As camps begin now for 32 teams in the NFL, a journey of a lifetime begin for a few. Over the last few weeks we have seen the NFL Draft, along with huge blockbuster trades happen over the period. Here is a look into some key players who have had their stock fall and rise.
Joe Flacco: With the addition of a powerhouse wide receiver in Anquan Boldin, the Baltimore Ravens just became Super Bowl contenders. Adding Boldin along with Ray Rice, Derrick Mason, and Todd Heap has helped give Joe Flacco an established group of weapons. (Also the addition of Donte Stallworth). Flacco has had a quarterback rating of 84.9 in his first two seasons, along with 35 Touchdowns, and passing for 6,584 yards. Adding a Pro Bowl wide-out like Boldin certainly will help his cause.
Chad Henne: Coming down the stretch of last year, Henne began to prove to Miami fans that they have finally found their replacement since Dan Marino retired. Chad helped push the Dolphins to the borderline of the playoffs after loosing to the Steelers in the season finale during a season were they were projected to not even be close to the playoffs after losing Chad Pennington. This wasn’t your ordinary Dolphins squad; Henne coming into the season wasn’t the teams starting quarterback. (Chad Pennington). But now with the addition of Brandon Marshall the Dolphins put themselves right up in the division with the Jets, and Patriots. In the coming weeks we will be able to see how Marshall’s fish tale with the Dolphins starts off.
Jason Campbell: After six wasteful years in the Redskins organization, Jason Campbell finally got his wish to move on. Being acquired from the Oakland Raiders last month helped give Campbell a new starting job and a clean slate to help his career. He also now provides the Raiders with a franchise quarterback that they will need to get back on track. Once the Raiders had cut JaMarcus Russell, the job was obviously granted to Jason and he will still need to beat out the likes of journeyman Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller, and Charlie Frye for the job.
Honorable Mention: Devin Thomas, (WR-Redskins); Kevin Kolb, (QB-Eagles); Tony Romo, (QB-Cowboys)
Brian Cushing: Cushing tested positive this week for PED’s but has been rejecting the reports all week. (As a typical juicer would). The NFLPA voted to take away Cushing’s Defensive Rookie of The Year award and to revote on the winner. Now instead of playmakers like Clay Mathews (woot woot!), and Jairus Byrd the award was voted upon again and given to the same player who won it. You bet, Brian Cushing. His value won’t go down as much as you think it would, but his reputation certainly already has.
Adalius Thomas: The former Patriots linebacker is still unemployed as a free agent. Thomas left New England after controversy with the organization about his playing time and money. Thomas will turn 33 in training camp and hasn’t received that much interest from around the league anymore.
JaMarcus Russell: Russell was cut weeks ago by the Raiders and is now looking for a new locker room to call his home. The Saints reportedly showed some interest in Russell but Sean Peyton has denied all the reports about Russell returning home to Louisiana. He is only 24 and in the NFL we are in today, somebody will eventually take a chance on him.
Honorable Mention: Terrell Owens, (FA); Kevin Smith, (RB-Lions); Santana Moss, (WR-Redskins)
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