Panic Meter for NFL Teams, Players That Struggled in 2023 Preseason


Panic Meter for NFL Teams, Players That Struggled in 2023 Preseason

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    Broncos QB Russell Wilson

    Broncos QB Russell Wilson AP Photo/Matt York

    The 2023 NFL preseason has actually passed, and we’re going to get some clearness as all 32 clubs cut their lineups to a 53- male headcount by Tuesday, however we can’t disregard the indication with having a hard time groups and gamers.

    Though we should not get captured up on preseason standings, group and private efficiencies matter in tune-up video games for the routine season.

    If a quarterback has a rocky summer season in a brand-new system or a novice pass receiver with a history of drops continues to reveal disparities with his hands, coaches need to make modifications to bind loose ends.

    Moreover, groups that had a hard time to move the ball or decrease opposing offenses– even with 2nd- and third-stringers in the video game– might wish to attend to lineup depth prior to Week 1.

    With 2023 exhibit video games in the books, we have a panic meter that shows our issue for groups and gamers with a concentrate on preseason efficiencies.

Ikem Ekwonu, OT, Carolina Panthers

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    Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu (79) watches the scoreboard during an NFL pre-season football game against the New York Giants on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

    AP Photo/Rusty Jones

    In 2022, the Carolina Panthers chose the very first offending lineman in the draft, taking Ikem Ekwonu with the No. 6 general choice. Per Pro Football Focus, he dedicated 13 charges and permitted 6 sacks last season.

    The Panthers require the 22- year-old to clean up his charges and tighten up on his method in pass defense with quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 1 total choice from this year’s draft class, under.

    Because of the spotlight around Young, Ekwonu will go under the microscopic lense as he’s anticipated to secure the novice’s blind side, which didn’t work out in the preseason.

    Head coach Frank Reich informed press reporters that his self-confidence in the NC State item hasn’t fluctuated in spite of the left take on’s miscues:

    Lot of self-confidence in Ickey. I have no issues about him playing winning football and being among the real anchors of our offending line. After the year that he had in 2015, the training school he’s had, not just is he going to be an actually great gamer for us, he’s going to be a great leader. We have had a number of miscues that he’s been associated with, however those things will get exercised.

    On numerous celebrations, Young averted pressure from his left side to purchase time in the pocket or move the chains with his legs.

    While a group’s pass security isn’t the obligation of one gamer alone, the Panthers will depend upon Ekwonu to keep a few of the league’s finest edge-rushers far from their treasured draft choice. He’s a second-year gamer who might continue to experience growing discomforts.

    Panic Meter: 8

Cade York, K, Cleveland Browns

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    Cleveland Browns place-kicker Cade York reacts after missing a 43-yard field goal attempt late in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 33-32. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

    Editor’s Note: Cade York is being launched today, per NFL Insider Jordan Schultz

    Typically, kickers go through the very same movements and regimens in preparation for a huge minute. You can see them on the sideline, kicking into an internet prior to they take the field.

    When a kicker loses his self-confidence, he might have a hard time to restore it even with regular repeating. Even a young kicker who goes high in his draft class can flame out after a prolonged rough duration– simply have a look at Roberto Aguayo’s 1 year NFL profession.

    Cade York might not decrease the very same path as Aguayo, however groups will not think twice to carry on from a kicker in a depression if he costs them video games.

    In the preseason, York has actually transformed simply 4 out of 8 field-goal efforts, and Kansas City Chiefs protective deal with Phil Hoskins obstructed his prospective game-winning begin Week 3 of the preseason.

    However, the 22- year-old appears to have the ideal state of mind for him to get better in the routine season, per Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal

    ” I understand how excellent I am,” York stated. “That’s been the most aggravating thing the last month, dealing with that. The genuine video games begin quickly. Simply attempting to take a running start into the season and simply begin putting them through all the time.”

    On Monday, the Cleveland Browns obtained kicker Dustin Hopkins from the Los Angeles Chargers, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Maybe York reacts well to competitors with his task on the line.

    As a novice last season, York went 24- of-32 on his field-goal efforts. With that success rate and his current misfires, he’s not a lock to end up the 2023 season as the Browns kicker.

    Panic Meter: 10

Russell Wilson, QB, Denver Broncos

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson listens to play calling with an ear piece during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

    Following Russell Wilson’s worst analytical season as a passer, the Denver Broncos employed Super Bowl-winning head coach Sean Payton to assist the signal-caller uncover his Pro Bowl type and raise an offense that ended up last in scoring in 2022.

    Thus far, the 34- year-old does not appear like a prime prospect to win Comeback Player of the Year. In 2 preseason getaways, he went 10- of-19 passing for 117 backyards and a goal, which raises some issue when you consider his 64.6 percent profession conclusion rate.

    Moreover, Wilson will open the season without 2 of his leading pass receivers in Tim Patrick (torn Achilles) and Jerry Jeudy (hamstring). Yes, the latter might return eventually this season, however the quarterback’s supporting cast does not look as great as it did a month back.

    Last week, Wilson stated he thinks it’s “ all coming together” for the offense, however the Broncos might wish to start with a conservative technique on the ground till they see him click with his pass-catchers.

    Remember, Denver signed running back Samaje Perine, who will sign up with Javonte Williams to bring the majority of the hurrying work.

    The Broncos illuminated the scoreboard 41 -0 versus the Los Angeles Rams in their preseason ending with quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Ben DiNucci tossing for 342 lawns and 2 goals integrated. Denver wishes to see the offense rollover that momentum into the routine season with Wilson, however he’s going to deal with beginners as an operate in development within Payton’s system.

    Fortunately for Wilson, he does not need to bring the offense if the Broncos run the ball successfully.

    Panic Meter: 4

Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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    GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 19: Rashee Rice #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs prepares for a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 19, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

    Norm Hall/Getty Images

    The Kansas City Chiefs have depth at pass receiver, however in the best-case situation, among their young playmakers will emerge from the group to enhance four-time All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.

    The Chiefs picked Rashee Rice in the 2nd round of this year’s draft, and he had a chance to take a huge function while Kadarius Toney is on the heal from knee surgical treatment.

    While the Chiefs take a “ day-by-day” method with Toney’s healing, Rice might see snaps in three-wide receiver sets together with Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore, however he will likely divide those responsibilities with Justyn Ross, who’s had an remarkable offseason.

    Because of Rice’s drop problems, quarterback Patrick Mahomes might establish a more powerful relationship with Ross early in the season.

    On a favorable note, the 23- year-old understands what’s triggered his problem with drops.

    ” I’m understood for following the catch– lawns after the catch– so I’ve simply got ta find out a method for me to repair attempting to remove prior to I have the ball in my hands,” Rice stated by means of Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star

    If the SMU item hones his concentrate on protecting the ball, he might end up being a big-play receiver for an offense that does not require Mahomes to toss deep to acquire lawns in lots.

    A novice with irregular hands might quickly lose the trust of coaches, however Rice understands how to resolve his fault, which minimizes the level of issue on the panic meter.

    Panic Meter: 3

Los Angeles Rams

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    Rams head coach Sean McVay

    Rams head coach Sean McVay Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

    This offseason, the Los Angeles Rams have actually concentrated on establishing their children after rejecting cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Bobby Wagner, edge-rusher Leonard Floyd and wideout Allen Robinson II. In the preseason, their star gamers didn’t take the field.

    Defensive take on Aaron Donald, quarterback Matthew Stafford and wideout Cooper Kupp, who suffered a hamstring injury at the start of camp, viewed the novices and unverified skill get important preseason snaps.

    Based on the outcomes of the exhibit video games, Los Angeles might wish to resolve its depth throughout the lineup. The Rams’ backups had a rough preseason. Forget the group’s 0-3 record, it’s how the club lost all 3 contests that is worrying.

    Los Angeles permitted 214 hurrying lawns to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 of the preseason, quit 342 passing backyards to the Las Vegas Raiders in the following getaway and lost 41 -0 to the Denver Broncos in its last exhibit match.

    Stafford and Kupp have a strong connection, which assisted lead the group to a Super Bowl title in the 2021 project, however aside from Donald, the Rams do not have a tested protector to prevent opposing offenses this year.

    Los Angeles will put a great deal of pressure on Stafford, who’s handled a number of injuries in the current past, which might be a dish for catastrophe.

    Panic Meter: 9

New England Patriots

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    Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

    Patriots head coach Bill Belichick Carly Mackler/Getty Images

    The New England Patriots needed to shock their offense with a shift in approach after a stopped working try out Matt Patricia and Joe Judge calling have fun with “ impact” from head coach Bill Belichick last season.

    While concerns about quarterback Mac Jones’ work relationship with Belichick remain, the Patriots have not altered the narrative about their offense.

    In the preseason, they scored one goal through the air, and they have not had the ability to trot out their beginning offending line in unison since of injuries.

    ESPN’s Mike Reiss hypothesized that the Patriots would hold Jones out of the 3rd preseason contest due to the fact that of the offending line’s problems in pass security.

    Early in August, left take on Trent Brown experimented restrictions since of an injury.

    According to Christopher Price of the Boston Globe, the Patriots are positive about guard Cole Strange’s return from injury for Week 1, however Mike Onwenu’s status stays unpredictable.

    ” From what I’ve been informed, relatively particular Strange will be back for Week 1 … that’s why I had him slotted as beginning LG,” he composed. “Onwenu, not a lot. As BB has actually stated (and I’m paraphrasing), you can’t simply run around a track a couple of times and delve into playing. You need to get callused up.”

    The Patriots might feed running backs Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott up until the offending line returns to regular-season kind, however brand-new offending organizer Bill O’Brien needs to discover a method to raise Jones, who fell back after a Pro Bowl novice project.

    If the quarterback develops a connection with newbies JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mike Gesicki, New England’s aerial attack might gouge opposing defenses in the middle of the field, however we’ve yet to see it in live action in part since of a banged-up offending line.

    Panic Meter: 7

Isaiah Simmons, POUND, New York Giants

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    GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JULY 31: Linebacker Isaiah Simmons #9 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in a team practice ahead of the NFL season at State Farm Stadium on July 31, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    The Arizona Cardinals had actually seen enough out of Isaiah Simmons after his abysmal Week 2 preseason trip versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Days after the video game, they traded him to the New York Giants in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round choice.

    Following his last outing with the Cardinals, the 25- year-old took responsibility for his uninspired efficiency, which ended up being his drape call in the desert.

    ” I seem like I clearly require to play much better,” Simmons informed press reporters “I feel that method each and every single video game. Dynamites certainly are something we require to tone down since dynamites are what leads you to winning the video game.”

    Head coach Jonathan Gannon highlighted Simmons’ protection concerns.

    ” A couple times in protection he may’ve lost utilize,” he stated. “But we will return to the tape and get it tidied up.”

    To make matters worse for Simmons en route out, the group had concerns about his effort, per’s Donnie Druin

    ” Through training school and 2 preseason video games, the Cardinals didn’t like what they saw both in regards to play and effort,” he composed. “Simmons was once again charred toast in protection and just quit on a couple of plays in the loss vs. Kansas City.”

    Simmons might require a clean slate to alter the trajectory of his profession and reenergize his play on the field. In the very first getaway as a Giant, he almost ferreted out Aaron Rodgers for a sack.

    Nonetheless, Giants protective planner Don “Wink” Martindale should discover a method to open the Clemson item’s capability.

    According to The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, Big Blue may utilize Simmons in blitz plans and as a guy protection protector, which is suitable for his abilities.

    However, the Giants didn’t compromise superior draft capital to get Simmons, so they do not have much to worry about if he dies.

    Panic Meter: 2

San Francisco 49 ers

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    49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan

    49 ers head coach Kyle Shanahan Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    This offseason, the San Francisco 49 ers rode a roller-coaster flight filled with quarterback headings.

    Brock Purdy went through surgical treatment to fix a torn UCL; they signed Sam Darnold, who went No. 3 total in the 2018 draft; and the front workplace traded Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys hours prior to the group’s last preseason video game.

    The 49 ers have drawn criticism for the method they dealt with the very first 3 years of Lance’s profession, and they’ve looked simply as cumbersome offensively in their preseason video games.

    San Francisco has actually turned the ball over 7 times in 3 exhibit contests.

    In their very first preseason video game versus the Las Vegas Raiders, the 49 ers just scored one goal, an inexpedient toss from Lance to wideout Chris Conley that ricocheted off numerous gamers into tight end Ross Dwelley’s hands. The Raiders selected off quarterback Brandon Allen and required a fumble in a dominant 34 -7 win.

    The 49 ers had a good trip versus the Denver Broncos in a 21-20 success, however they turned the ball over 3 times.

    In San Francisco’s last exhibit match with the Los Angeles Chargers, running back Jordan Mason tripped over Purdy near the objective line and after that fumbled on the following play. The quarterback strolled into completion zone on a five-yard go to top off the 49 ers’ 2nd offending drive, however the group completed with 12 points and 2 turnovers.

    In 3 preseason contests, Purdy saw minimal action, and he didn’t toss a goal pass. Darnold looked strong, however he went 6-of-11 passing for 89 backyards and a goal versus the Chargers’ backups. Allen just finished 50 percent of his passes and tossed 2 interceptions in 2 trips.

    The 49 ers have actually put all their eggs in Purdy’s basket. Darnold might be a functional backup, however the group’s choice to trade Lance reveals significant self-confidence in the last choice of the 2022 draft to lead a Super Bowl-contending team.

    Overall, none of the 49 ers quarterbacks looked especially excellent in the preseason, though Purdy has actually made the advantage of the doubt after leading San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game last season.

    Panic Meter: 1

    Maurice Moton covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @MoeMoton

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