By Marc Lawrence — With NFL training camps in gear around the league, NFL.com projects the best-and worst-case scenarios for seven intriguing defensive rookies. Attacking it from a best case/worst case scenario, analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah breaks down the top seven defensive rookies, including six first-round selections. Obviously at the top of his chart is Ohio State DE Chase Young. According to Jeremiah, Young’s Best-case scenario is that Young dominates games the way he did at Ohio State. He starts from Day 1 and teams up with Montez Sweat to give the Washington Football Team the best young pass-rush duo in the NFL. He racks up a couple multiple-sack games and more than holds his own against the run. Young’s Worst-case scenario: The pass-rush opportunities are limited because his team rarely enjoys playing with a big lead. He still finds ways to impact the game with his overall skill set. Jeremiah puts the floor at seven sacks this fall, saying Young is just too talented to dip below that number. To read the take on each of the other six best-and worst-case scenarios for these future defensive stars to be click here.
The Vegas Knights stunned the hockey world in their expansion season in 2017-18 when goalie Marc Andre Fluery led them to the Stanley Cup finals. They made it back to playoffs the following postseason and are considered a favorite to win the Cup this season, despite the fact that head coach Peter DeBoer has started backup goalie Robin Lehner in in six of their eight postseason games. Fluery, who is 12-2-2 all-time against the Vancouver Canucks (this round’s opponent), feels as if DeBoer has stabbed a knife in his back and said as much in a Twitter post. This is not what Vegas needs at the moment. Not with the Canucks 5-0 as the designated visitor in the playoffs this year.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL PREVIEW GUIDE magazine: NFL specialist Mike Mains wrote in this year’s magazine: Over the last 19 years, 8 NFL teams have seen their win total decrease by 3 or more games in back-to-back seasons. The following year, 7 of those 8 teams increased their win total by 4 or more games. The only team that didn’t was San Francisco in 2016. Detroit dropped from 9 wins in 2017 to 6 wins in 2018, and then to 3 wins in 2019. An increase of 4 or more games in 2020 would put them over their season win total of 6.5 games. That bodes well for Detroit. To which we can see the Lion sleeps tonight, but he figures to awaken for the 2020 season ahead.