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49ers to Have Big Draft

The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most successful NFL franchises on record. The franchise has won a very impressive amount of Super Bowls and is the home team for some of the best players in NFL history. Heading into the 2017 NFL season, the 49ers were not considered by many to be a top tier team. They did not have a very successful year in 2016 and seemed to be in the process of rebuilding.

The 2017 season did not start off very well. The team lacked consistency from the quarterback position and struggled to find cohesion on defense. Through the first 11 games of the year, the team had just one win. However, all of that changed when the team traded for quarterback Jimmy Garropolo. Garropolo was a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots and was very successful when he was able to play. Due to his age, track record, and skill set he was expected to be a very highly sought after free agent this offseason. The 49ers ended up trading for him and got him for just a 2nd round draft pick.

Once Garropolo got in the starting lineup, things turned around immediately. He ended up leading the team to 5 straight wins and the team is now considered to be one of the favorites to make the playoffs next year. While they had a very strong finish to the year, the team is now looking forward to the next season. One way that they will do this will be by focusing on the draft (https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-May-Have-Eyes-on-Big-Oklahoma-State-Receiver-474855573.html).

Last year, the 49ers made one of the big moves of the year when they traded down just one pick and picked up several additional selections from the Chicago Bears. The team now has a lot of different picks to use over the next few years that could be used to acquire much needed depth. The team is reportedly focused on drafting a wide receiver in the first few rounds that could provide the team with speed and open up the field. One of the players that they are also looking into is Marcell Ateman. Ateman is a very big body that had a very productive year for his school last year and could excel in the NFL.

Jimmy Garoppolo Traded to San Francisco

The National Football League is one of the most competitive professional sports leagues in the world. For a team that does not have a strong quarterback, winning on a consistent basis can seem to be completely impossible. Because of this, many teams end up drafting quarterbacks high in the draft and spending a lot of money on them free agency. This past week, one NFL team made a very major move that could help to ensure that their quarterback position is secure for the next decade.

This past week, the San Francisco 49ers made a major move when they traded a second-round pick in the 2018 draft for Jimmy Garoppolo (https://deadspin.com/the-jimmy-garoppolo-trade-will-have-ripple-effects-1820005537). Jimmy Garoppolo has previously been a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots for the past two seasons. While most backups do not get the opportunity to showcase their skills very frequently, Garoppolo was given a three-game trial this past season when starting quarterback Tom Brady was on suspension. During this time, and other situations in which Garoppolo has gotten the play, he has shown that he could have the talent and poised to be a starter in this league.

The trade for Jimmy Garoppolo is a major one for the 49ers and the Patriots. In Garoppolo, the 49ers will have a quarterback that has the proven ability to lead a team and win big games. It was widely expected that the Patriots would try to trade Garoppolo in the offseason, but it appears that they were given an offer that they could not refuse by trading Garoppolo for second round pick.

At this point, it remains to be seen exactly when Garoppolo will be given the opportunity to start for the 49ers. The 49ers currently are tied for the worst record in the NFL with a record of zero wins and eight losses. However, the team appears to have a very strong defense that could help limit the amount of points that Garoppolo will have to score once he takes over the starting nod. At this point, the 49ers have announced that rookie CJ Beathard will continue to be the starting quarterback for at least the next week. Depending on how quickly Garoppolo is able to learn the playbook, it is very likely that he will be put into the starting role in the near future.

Raiders Continue Homegrown Success

The 2016 NFL season was full of surprising teams. One of the most surprising teams of all where the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders finished with a very surprising 12 wins against just 4 losses. This record ended up being good enough for the team to finish in second place in their division and qualify for the playoffs. Unfortunately, the team ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Kansas City Chiefs.

While the Raiders ended up losing, there is a lot of reason for optimism in Oakland. While the team only has one or two more years in the city before moving on to Las Vegas, there is a good chance that they could advance much further in the coming years. Much of the success of the team is due to the team’s ability to draft. In the past few drafts alone, the Raiders have been very successful in finding top talent (https://justblogbaby.com/2017/07/18/oakland-raiders-unearthed-gems-recent-years/).

The 2016 Raiders had seven Pro Bowl players and three All-Pro players. The most dominant player on the team last year was Khalil Mack, who plays a hybrid position of both linebacker and defensive line. Since the day he arrived in Oakland, Mack has continued to live up to the hype that came with his draft position. Mack was selected fifth overall after being a star at the University of Buffalo.

While Mack was easy to predict for many experts, some of their other stars were harder to figure out. The team’s offense is led by quarterback Derek Carr. Carr was picked in the early part of the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. While he was very successful in college, many were concerned that he was too similar to his brother David Carr, who is widely considered an NFL bust. The Raiders saw through that concern and have been awarded by Carr’s talent.

Raiders Continue Success in Win Over Chargers

Coming into the 2016 NFL season, the Oakland Raiders were considered by many NFL experts to be one of the teams in the league with the most potential for improvement. While they fell short of team goals last year, the Raiders are led by a number of young stars including quarterback Derek Carr, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, and linebacker Khalil Mack. According to a recent news article (http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Five-Questions-Answered-In-The-Oakland-Raiders-Win-Over-The-San-Diego-Chargers/e5445694-b1d8-47db-bdb4-01ae0dca6795), the first five weeks of the NFL season have shown just how good the Raiders can end up being.

 

On Sunday, the Raiders were very dominant offensively and ended up beating division rival San Diego Chargers by a score of 34 to 31. This win helped the Raiders to improve their record to an impressive score of 4 wins and 1 loss. The most impressive feat for the Raiders is that they were once again led by their young stars. Derek Carr is considered by many to be a top-tier quarterback and he as able to throw two touchdown passes, one of which went to Amari Cooper.

 

Thanks to the win, the Raiders now look like they are ready to take over the Denver Broncos as the top team in the division. The Broncos looked great to start the season, but struggling to play without their starting quarterback, Trevor Simien. In his replacement, Paxton Lynch was not able to get control of the offense and the Broncos lost at home to the Atlanta Falcons.

 

After yesterday’s win and the Bronco’s loss, the Raiders are now tied for first place in the division and actually own the tiebreaker over the Broncos. If the season was to end today, the Raiders would actually own the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. While the Raiders have gotten off to a very good start, they doe have a number of tough contests ahead of them. The team will still have to play the Broncos twice and need to continue to play well in order to win the division and make the playoffs.

 

 

Raiders Continue Success in Win Over Chargers

Coming into the 2016 NFL season, the Oakland Raiders were considered by many NFL experts to be one of the teams in the league with the most potential for improvement. While they fell short of team goals last year, the Raiders are led by a number of young stars including quarterback Derek Carr, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, and linebacker Khalil Mack. According to a recent news article (http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Five-Questions-Answered-In-The-Oakland-Raiders-Win-Over-The-San-Diego-Chargers/e5445694-b1d8-47db-bdb4-01ae0dca6795), the first five weeks of the NFL season have shown just how good the Raiders can end up being.

 

On Sunday, the Raiders were very dominant offensively and ended up beating division rival San Diego Chargers by a score of 34 to 31. This win helped the Raiders to improve their record to an impressive score of 4 wins and 1 loss. The most impressive feat for the Raiders is that they were once again led by their young stars. Derek Carr is considered by many to be a top-tier quarterback and he as able to throw two touchdown passes, one of which went to Amari Cooper.

 

Thanks to the win, the Raiders now look like they are ready to take over the Denver Broncos as the top team in the division. The Broncos looked great to start the season, but struggling to play without their starting quarterback, Trevor Simien. In his replacement, Paxton Lynch was not able to get control of the offense and the Broncos lost at home to the Atlanta Falcons.

 

After yesterday’s win and the Bronco’s loss, the Raiders are now tied for first place in the division and actually own the tiebreaker over the Broncos. If the season was to end today, the Raiders would actually own the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. While the Raiders have gotten off to a very good start, they doe have a number of tough contests ahead of them. The team will still have to play the Broncos twice and need to continue to play well in order to win the division and make the playoffs.

Newly Returned To Los Angeles, Rams Expected To Open 2018 In China

The Los Angeles Rams have just returned to the West Coast, after spending the last few years in St. Louis. The NFL is looking to relocate the franchise yet again when the 2018 season kicks off, at least for a week.

New details have emerged about the league’s plans to have a game open the 2018 season in China and the two teams that are most likely to play in that game appear to be the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. As Yahoo Sports reports, the NFL might have decided the Rams don’t have the right to say no to the game abroad, since they were just allowed to move home cities.

While those in China are likely quite excited about the prospect of being able to watch an NFL game live, those in the US are looking at this kind of travel as little more than a massive hassle. The league has talked about reducing that hassle by making the game take place in the first week, though there are is still going to be quite a bit of jet lag in this scenario.

It doesn’t appear there are going to be volunteers for the game, which is why the NFL is pushing a team like the Rams, who is seen as owing it a favor. Players understand this is part of the job, but there is usually a pretty decent amount of complaining precisely because the game is going to interrupt their usual practice routine.

Critics of the plan to open the 2018 season in China have also pointed out it’s a bit disrespectful to the core base of NFL fans. The league insiders have talked about making the Los Angeles Rams the home team in this game. As a matter of practicality, that means the team is only going to have seven home games in the 2018 season.

That seems like an odd move for the league to do, for a team that will play its first season in Los Angeles this year. It would seem likely the team would like to continue to build it’s local fan base back up, by having as many games as possible in its home stadium. The China season opener isn’t a done deal, but the league has said it would like to find a way to make it work.