If Shady finally hits a wall in his 10th season, McCarron/Peterman/Allen could have the worst arsenal in the league.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the San Francisco 49ers right now, mainly because it appears they’ve found a franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. But does Jimmy G have enough support in the receiving and running games?
That’s not ideal for Bortles, but the Jags aren’t in horrendous shape elsewhere. They do have plenty of young talent on the wide receiver depth chart (second-round rookie DJ Chark, second-year fourth-rounder Dede Westbrook and 2017 receiving yardage leader Keelan Cole all could emerge), they upgraded from the aging Marcedes Lewis to Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end, and Leonard Fournette is one of the most promising young backs in football.
But there are no established stars among that group, and Fournette has a lot of work to do. He’s the centerpiece of the offense, but the 2017 No. 4 overall pick averaged only 3.9 yards per carry as a rookie despite having two touchdown runs of 75-plus yards. Without those aberrational plays, his rookie season would have been a letdown.
Second-year Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has himself some toys this season.
The 2017 No. 2 overall pick struggled while being babied in a feeble offense that forced him to target Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy and Dontrelle Inman as his top receivers last season, but the Bears went out in the offseason and grabbed Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Bennie Fowler and tight end Trey Burton to work with Trubisky.
Robinson is a 24-year-old with a 1,400-yard Pro Bowl season on his resume, Gabriel is one of the league’s fastest players and is due for a breakout season after flashing behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu the last few years in Atlanta, and Burton also has a chance to explode with a bigger role than the one he had with the Super Bowl champion Eagles (although he still scored five touchdowns in 2017).
Those three alone don’t make this a top-tier supporting cast, but consider also that 2015 No. 7 overall pick Kevin White still has a chance to break out in his age-25 season, and the Bears already entered the 2018 offseason with one of the best running back duos in the league.