This off-season has had it’s fair share of dramatic signings. Many of the top names in the NFL have found a new home for the 2018 season; names like Sherman, Cousins, Talib, and many others. Lets take a look at what teams have improved the most on the offensive side of the ball this off-season:
New York Giants:
The New York Giants did not set the world on fire by signing any big names in free agency, but still made very solid additions that will surely help better a horrendous 3-13 record in the 2017 season. Their offensive line, while still not top-tier, should be much improved with the additions of former Patriots tackle Nate Solder, 2nd-round pick Will Hernandez of UTEP, and the decision of moving former first-round pick Ereck Flowers from left tackle to right tackle. This line should be formidable enough to bolster a solid running attack led by the number 2 overall pick, Saquon Barkley, and ex-Panther Jonathan Stewart backing him up. The pass catchers on the roster look to be some of Eli’s best in recent memory, with Evan Engram establishing himself as one of the most explosive tight ends in the NFL, and a receiving corps led by a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and what could turn out to be a sneaky good signing of former Broncos wide-out, Cody Latimer. With Eli Manning in the back nine of his career, the Giants organization has put together a solid young core of skill players in an attempt to extend his life in the NFL, and be in contention for another Super Bowl.
It won’t be hard to improve upon the second worst turnover differential in the league in 2017. The Denver Broncos skidded to a 5-11 record with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler under center last year, and realized it was time for some changes. Their biggest loss of the off-season was running back CJ Anderson, who they cut due to cap issues. Anderson was a tough runner who eclipsed his first 1,000 yard season of his career last year with the Broncos. Obviously, losing Anderson left a bit of a hole at running back, but that was quickly filled with the drafting of Oregon star, Royce Freeman. The Broncos had arguably one of the best drafts this year, adding pieces on offense such as wide receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. Both receivers have impressed many inside the organization, drawing comparisons to the current number 1 and number 2 wide outs, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, respectively. Tight end Jake Butt will also look to make an impact, as he is set to play his first season in the NFL after being sidelined due to injury. It was no secret that the Broncos biggest issue, was their quarterback situation. They addressed this right away, with the signing of Vikings hero Case Keenum, who signed a 2 year, $36M deal back in March. Keenum comes with a big question mark, as many believe he will not be able to repeat the heroics he achieved in 2017 with the Vikings, leading them to the NFC title game. However, John Elway expressed his full trust in Keenum by not taking a single quarterback in this year’s draft, and trading away Trevor Siemian to the Vikings. If Case Keenum repeats the productivity of last year, look for the Broncos to be back on top of the AFC West standings once again.
The Bears have a chance to be the breakout team of 2018. While their offense did have its woes last year, the potential is definitely there for second year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. This will be Trubisky’s first year as a full-time starter, as the Mike Glennon signing was an awful swing and a miss. The Bears seem to think that Trubisky is ready to take the big jump, as do many experts. Chicago went out and added a whole tandem of wide receivers, such as former Jaguars’ number 1 option Allen Robinson, Falcons’ Taylor Gabriel, and drafting University of Memphis star Anthony Miller, who finished his last year in college with over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns. These additions are no doubt an upgrade from the sub-par receiving core that the Bears sported in 2017. With brand new receiving options for Trubisky to throw to, an extremely solid rushing attack featuring Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and Benny Cunningham, and what should be one of the better offensive lines in football this year, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the Bears storm into 2018 with one of the top offenses in football.
Oh, Cleveland… the laughing stock of the league for so many years has finally had enough. Keep in mind, this is a list of the most improved offenses from last year, and it’s pretty hard to be worse than dead last. The Browns had the worst turnover differential of any team in the NFL last year, sitting at an incredible 41 total giveaways. With turnover machine DeShone Kizer throwing the ball, the Browns fell to the infamous 0-16 record. However, this year looks to be different. The Browns traded away Kizer to the Packers, and now have both former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and Heisman trophy winner Baker Mayfield on the roster. Cleveland also acquired star receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins, to pair him up with the through-the-roof potential of Josh Gordon, and a young Corey Coleman. On paper, the Browns look to have one of the best receiving corps in the entire NFL going into this year. They also added running backs Carlos Hyde in free agency and Georgia’s Nick Chubb in the draft, to go along with solid pass-catching back Duke Johnson, who was just resigned to a 3 year deal. All three running backs look to get action next year, running behind what is quietly one of the best run-blocking lines in football. Whether it’s Baker Mayfield or Tyrod Taylor under center next year, the Browns look to have put enough pieces together to be one of, if not the most improved offense in 2018.