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NFC West – 2018 Off-Season Transactions Dec 2018
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2018 NFL notable off-season transactions – NFC West



Arizona Cardinals

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Hired HC Steve Wilks, OC Mike McCoy, and DC Al Holcomb to replace HC Bruce Arians, OC Harold Goodwin, and DC James Bettcher.

Player Additions:

QB Sam Bradford
QB Mike Glennon
G Justin Pugh
OT Andre Smith
WR Brice Butler
CB Bene Benwikere

Player Subtractions:

RT Jared Veldheer
QB Carson Palmer
WR John Brown
WR Jaron Brown
S Tyrann Mathieu
TE Darren Fells
DT Xavier Williams
RB Adrian Peterson
RB Andre Ellington
CB Tramon Williams
LB Kareem Martin
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB Drew Stanton

Draft:

Round 1 (10) – Josh Rosen QB – UCLA
Round 2 (15) – Christian Kirk WR – Texas A&M
Round 3 (33) – Mason Cole C – Michigan
Round 4 (34) – Chase Edmonds RB – Fordham
Round 6 (8) – Chris Campbell CB – Penn State
Round 7 (36) – Korey Cunningham OT – Cincinnati

Notable Injuries:

C AQ Shipley (ACL) – Out for the season

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 314.1 (Rank: 22), Pass Yards/Gm – 227.5 (Rank: 15), Rush Yards/Gm – 86.6 (Rank: 30), Points/Gm – 18.4 (Rank: 25), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.02 (Rank: 17), Adjusted Sack Rate – 8.1% (Rank: 25)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 310.9 (Rank: 6), Pass Yards/Gm – 221.3 (Rank: 14), Rush Yards/Gm – 89.6 (Rank: 6), Points/Gm – 22.6 (Rank: 19), Fantasy Points/Gm – 7.0 (Rank: 16), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.34 (Rank: 3), Adjusted Sack Rate – 5.9% (Rank: 24)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Sam Bradford
RB: David Johnson
GLB: David Johnson
3RB: David Johnson
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Brice Butler
WR: Christian Kirk (R)
TE: Ricky Seals-Jones

Notes:

Larry Fitzgerald stat lines (Targets/Catches/Yards/TDs) for 2016 = 150/107/1,023/8.
David Johnson receiving stat lines for 2016 = 120/80/879/4.
Fitzgerald stat lines for 2017 = 161/109/1,156/6.
O-line is still a weakness.
Very tough projected strength of schedule.
Rush offense projects as very weak.
Pass offense projects as weak.
Rush defense projects as very strong.
Pass defense projects as strong.
If CB Peterson doesn’t shadow, which as of now is unlikely, target the X.
Fade Fitz late season

Los Angeles Rams

Coaching Changes:

Promoted Shane Watson (formerly TEs coach) to pass-game coordinator and Aaron Kromer (formerly OL coach) to run-game coordinator. OC Matt LaFleur is now the OC for the Titans.

Player Additions:

DT Ndamukong Suh
CB Marcus Peters
CB Aqib Talib
WR Brandin Cooks
LB Ramik Wilson

Player Subtractions:

WR Sammy Watkins
CB Trumaine Johnson
DE Robert Quinn
LB Alec Ogletree
DE Connor Barwin
S Cody Davis
TE Derek Carrier
WR Tavon Austin

Draft:

Round 3 (25) – Joe Noteboom OT – TCU
Round 4 (11) – Brian Allen C – Michigan State
Round 4 (35) – John Franklin-Meyers DE – Stephen F. Austin
Round 5 (10) – Micah Kiser ILB – Virginia
Round 5 (23) – Obo Okoronkwo OLB – Oklahoma
Round 6 (2) – John Kelly RB -Tennessee
Round 6 (18) – Jamil Demby OT – Maine
Round 6 (21) – Sebastian Joseph DT – Rutgers
Round 6 (31) – Trevon Young DE – Louisville
Round 7 (13) – Travin Howard OLB – TCU
Round 7 (26) – Justin Lawler DE – SMU

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 361.5 (Rank: 10), Pass Yards/Gm – 239.4 (Rank: 10), Rush Yards/Gm – 122.1 (Rank: 8), Points/Gm – 29.9 (Rank: 1), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.7 (Rank: 3), Adjusted Sack Rate – 5.6% (Rank: 9)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 339.6 (Rank: 19), Pass Yards/Gm – 217.2 (Rank: 13), Rush Yards/Gm – 122.4 (Rank: 28), Points/Gm – 20.6 (Rank: 12), Fantasy Points/Gm – 10.63 (Rank: 3), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.36 (Rank: 27), Adjusted Sack Rate – 7.9% (Rank: 5)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Jared Goff
RB: Todd Gurley
GLB: Todd Gurley
3RB: Todd Gurley
WR: Brandin Cooks
WR: Robert Woods
WR: Cooper Kupp
TE: Tyler Higbee

Notes:

G Jamon Brown is suspended for two games.
Tough projected strength of schedule, especially against perimeter secondary defenders.
Strong defensive upgrades over last season. DT Aaron Donald has yet to report to camp.
Rush offense projects as strong.
Pass offense projects as strong.
Rush defense projects as below average.
Pass defense projects as very strong.

San Francisco 49ers

Player Additions:

CB Richard Sherman
G Weston Richburg
RB Jerick McKinnon
LB Jerry Attaochu
G Jonathan Cooper
RB Alfred Morris

Player Subtractions:

RB Carlos Hyde
CB Leon Hall
C Daniel Kilgore
G Brandon Fusco
LB Elvis Dumervil
C Marcus Martin
G Zane Beadles

Draft:

Round 1 (9) – Mike McGlinchey OT – Notre Dame
Round 2 (12) – Dante Pettis WR – Washington
Round 3 (6) – Fred Warner ILB – BYU
Round 3 (31) – Tarvarius Moore S – Southern Mississippi
Round 4 (28) – Kentavius Street DE – NC State
Round 5 (5) – D.J. Reed CB – Kansas State
Round 6 (10) – Marcell Harris S – Florida
Round 7 (5) – Jullian Taylor DT – Temple
Round 7 (22) – Richie James WR – Middle Tennessee

Notable Injuries:

RB Jerick McKinnon (ACL) – Out for the season.

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 349.3 (Rank: 12), Pass Yards/Gm – 245.3 (Rank: 9), Rush Yards/Gm – 104.0 (Rank: 21), Points/Gm – 20.7 (Rank: 20), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.2 (Rank: 10), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.8% (Rank: 18)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 351.6 (Rank: 24), Pass Yards/Gm – 235.3 (Rank: 22), Rush Yards/Gm – 116.3 (Rank: 21), Points/Gm – 23.9 (Rank: 22), Fantasy Points/Gm – 4.94 (Rank: 29), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.09 (Rank: 15), Adjusted Sack Rate – 5.0% (Rank: 29)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo
RB: Alfred Morris
GLB: Alfred Morris
3RB: Matt Breida
WR: Pierre Garcon
WR: Marquise Goodwin
WR: Trent Taylor
TE: George Kittle

Notes:

LB Reuben Foster is suspended for two games.
Overall soft projected strength of schedule but tough through the first 7 games.
Upgrades to O-line.
Matt Breida may end up being Tevin Coleman lite in this offense.
Rush offense projects as above average.
Pass offense projects as average.
Rush defense projects as average.
Pass defense projects as very weak.
The addition of RB Alf Morris could undermine McKinnon’s potential outlook.

Seattle Seahawks

Coaching Changes:

Hired OC Brian Schottenheimer and DC Ken Norton Jr. to replace OC Darrell Bevell and DC Kris Richard.

Player Additions:

LB Barkevious Mingo
TE Ed Dickson
WR Jaron Brown
DT Tom Johnson
NT Shamar Stephen
G D.J. Fluker
WR Marcus Johnson
WR Brandon Marshall

Player Subtractions:

S Kam Chancellor
DT Sheldon Richardson
DE Michael Bennett
CB Richard Sherman
TE Jimmy Graham
RB Thomas Rawls
WR Paul Richardson
CB Jeremy Lane
TE Luke Willson

Draft:

Round 1 (27) – Rashaad Penny RB – San Diego State
Round 3 (15) – Rasheem Green DE – USC
Round 4 (20) – Will Dissly TE – Washington
Round 5 (4) – Shaquem Griffin OLB – UCF
Round 5 (9) – Tre Flowers S – Oklahoma State
Round 5 (12) – Michael Dickson P – Texas
Round 5 (31) – Jamarco Jones OT – Ohio State
Round 6 (12) – Jake Martin OLB – Temple
Round 7 (2) – Alex McGough QB – Florida Intl

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 330.4 (Rank: 15), Pass Yards/Gm – 228.6 (Rank: 14), Rush Yards/Gm – 101.8 (Rank: 23), Points/Gm – 22.9 (Rank: 11), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.18 (Rank: 31), Adjusted Sack Rate – 8.1% (Rank: 25)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 323.2 (Rank: 11), Pass Yards/Gm – 209.2 (Rank: 6), Rush Yards/Gm – 114.0 (Rank: 19), Points/Gm – 20.8 (Rank: 13), Fantasy Points/Gm – 8.5 (Rank: 11), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.1 (Rank: 17), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.6% (Rank: 15)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Russell Wilson
RB: Chris Carson
GLB: Chris Carson
3RB: Chris Carson
WR: Doug Baldwin
WR: Tyler Lockett
WR: Brandon Marshall
TE: Ed Dickson

Notes:

Very tough projected strength of schedule.
O-line is still bad and huge defensive downgrades to D-line from last season.
RB Chris Carson could start the season as the RB1, despite Seattle making Penny a first round pick.
S Earl Thomas has yet to report to camp.
Rush offense projects as weak.
Pass offense projects as average.
Rush defense projects as average.
Pass defense projects as average.
RB Rashaad Penny (R) will miss all of preseason with a broken finger. Wasn’t ahead of Carson even before the finger issue.

Last updated: September 6, 2018 at 7:13 am


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