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    • michael89156

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      Five offenses that'll look completely different in 2014.The Sporting NewsBy David Steele @david_c_steele RSS July 18, 2014 12:07pm EDT Different-looking offenses 'O' what a difference In a pass-first NFL, teams spend the offseason adding missing pieces to their offensive puzzles. Inevitable change is good for some but bad for others. SN's David Steele points out five offenses that'll look completely different in 2014. dif_zps4954de1a.pngThe NFL is now an offensive, pass-first league — the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win notwithstanding. Offense gives you a chance, at least. A lack of offense means no chance, which means some teams must improve on 2013 or perish.Here are five NFL offenses that look the most different this yeardif1_zps60a76733.png1      Jacksonville Jaguars What’s new: First four draft picks were QB Blake Bortles, WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson and G Brandon Linder; RB Maurice Jones-Drew left as a free agent; RB Toby Gerhart signed as a free agent; QB Blaine Gabbert was traded; Gs Will Rackley and Uche Nwaneri were released; WR Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely; T Luke Joeckel returns from October broken ankle.For better or worse? Better, if only because of the quarterback, whenever Bortles takes over for good. They’re not counting on Blackmon anymore. Losing Joeckel hurt last year. Gerhart has big shoes to fill in Jones-Drew’s.dif2_zps43c3fe27.png2    Houston TexansWhat’s new: QB Matt Schaub was traded to Oakland; QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and RB Andre Brown signed as free agents; RB Ben Tate and TE Owen Daniels left as free agents; RB Arian Foster returns from November back surgery after missing eight games; drafted G Xavier Su-a-Filo, TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and QB Tom Savage.For better or worse? Break-even. Expectations for Fitzpatrick, while he keeps the seat warm for Savage, are far lower than they were for Schaub. A healthy Foster (and Brown) will ease the loss of Tate. They know they’ll miss Daniels, a cap dif3_zps0e53e2a5.png3    Cleveland BrownsWhat’s new: RB Ben Tate and WRs Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin and Nate Burleson signed as free agents; WR Josh Gordon likely to be suspended for at least part of the season; drafted QB Johnny Manziel and RB Terrance West; QB Brian Hoyer returns from October knee surgery; QB Brandon Weeden and WR Davone Bess were released.For better or worse? Factoring in most of the drama, including the quarterback duel, it’s better. Inserting the Gordon mess makes it worse, though.dif4_zpse1e1c7d3.png4    Carolina PanthersWhat’s new: WR Steve Smith released; WRs Ted Ginn, Brandon LaFell and Domenik Hixon left as free agents; WRs Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood and TE Ed Dickson signed as free agents; drafted WR Kelvin Benjamin and G Trai Turner; T Jordan Gross and G Geoff Hangartner retired; G Travelle Wharton was not re-signed.For better or worse? Worse, until proven that the complete overhaul at wide receiver is an upgrade. Benjamin has the potential to do that by himself, though.herron_zps2bf038f6.png5  Tampa Bay Buccaneers .What’s new: QB Josh McCown, T Anthony Collins, Gs Evan Dietrich-Smith and Oneil Cousins and TE Brandon Myers signed as free agents; WR Mike Williams was traded; all six draft picks were on offense, including WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins; RB Doug Martin returns from October shoulder surgery; G Carl Nicks’ status uncertain with an injured and infected toe.For better or worse? Better. Lovie Smith and Co. completely hosed the stables out. Martin and Vincent Jackson may have to go around introducing themselves to the wave of new teammates.

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    • Anonymous

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      If the offense can somehow find a way to gel early on, could be an exciting year. Although the realist in me wonders if we’re going to be relying too much on two rookie playmakers and a journeyman QB to make any serious noise. The good news is we should be better than last season on offense, regardless. I’m excited to see what Tedford has up his sleeve though.

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      Next years draft and FA signings should be laser focused on specific spots and depth. Nice place to be.

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    • Anonymous

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      If the offense can somehow find a way to gel early on, could be an exciting year. Although the realist in me wonders if we're going to be relying too much on two rookie playmakers and a journeyman QB to make any serious noise. The good news is we should be better than last season on offense, regardless. I'm excited to see what Tedford has up his sleeve though.

      Too many new pieces.  Should gel by the bye week and Glennon should give them a playoff push the last month of the season. 

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      Lol.

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    • Anonymous

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      ASJ is going to be an important part of this offense, IMO. I think, barring injury, he should have around 50-60 catches, roughly 650 yards. Hard to predict the touchdowns. Smith likes to run in close, and when in passing mode I think VJax and ME will be the primaries.

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      ASJ could be ginormous in this offense.  I know I am a homer but I really can’t help but think that we just drafted pro-bowlers with our first two picks.  It’s difficult to find TE with ASJ’s hands, he’s going to be a load to cover.  Fortunately for our opponents all they will have to do is cover him because the other two threats are tiny with bad hands. Bwahahahahahaha!!!

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    • Anonymous

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      ASJ is going to be an important part of this offense, IMO. I think, barring injury, he should have around 50-60 catches, roughly 650 yards. Hard to predict the touchdowns. Smith likes to run in close, and when in passing mode I think VJax and ME will be the primaries.

      I think ASJ will be huge in the red zone. Just a hunch.

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      Next years draft and FA signings should be laser focused on specific spots and depth. Nice place to be.

      Assuming the QB situation pans out.  Hopefully it does and they can draft/sign players for depth. But if it doesn't work out, then its back to the drawing board. And that could translate to, going after Winston with their first round pick, or even trading up to draft him if they happen to win a few games.

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      ASJ could be ginormous in this offense.  I know I am a homer but I really can't help but think that we just drafted pro-bowlers with our first two picks.  It's difficult to find TE with ASJ's hands, he's going to be a load to cover.  Fortunately for our opponents all they will have to do is cover him because the other two threats are tiny with bad hands. Bwahahahahahaha!!!

      All this.  I'm really interested in seeing what Tedford can do with ASJ and Wright in a 2 TE set. Thant's a lot of size to account for with VJax and Evans outside.

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    • Anonymous

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      ASJ is going to be an important part of this offense, IMO. I think, barring injury, he should have around 50-60 catches, roughly 650 yards. Hard to predict the touchdowns. Smith likes to run in close, and when in passing mode I think VJax and ME will be the primaries.

      I think ASJ will be huge in the red zone. Just a hunch.

      I agree.  He may not take the league by storm BUT I have a good feeling that he is going to be a fun red-zone weapon.  Finally defended will truly have to pick their poison when they face the Bucs.  Nice to be on the other side of that equation.

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