12: New England Patriots: Trading For Cordarrelle Patterson
The New England Patriots are looking to get back to the Super Bowl. Danny Amendola is in Miami now and the Patriots needed to replace his production. They went out and got Cordarrelle Patterson from the Oakland Raiders. Patterson will be getting a majority of special teams role than wide receiver role. With guys like Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell returning from injury, Chris Hogan returning for another healthy season, and Rob Gronkowski as a tight end option, trading for Patterson, while letting Amendola walk in free agency was a very curious approach.
11: New Orleans Saints: Signing Tom Savage (Not Drafting Brees’ Successor)
The New Orleans Saints are looking to get over their heartbreaking playoff loss to the Vikings in the divisional round last year. The Saints have a guy in Drew Brees that can still be an efficient quarterback even though he is approaching his 40s. They have two other quarterbacks, including former Ohio State standout J.T. Barrett to build for the future.
The signing of Tom Savage just doesn’t seem to make sense.
He couldn’t do the job in Houston and a repeat (lack of) performance looks to be on the way for the Saints also. Not only that, but the Saints passed on a great opportunity to draft a successor to Drew Brees.
10: New York Giants: Signing Cody Latimer
The New York Giants are going to look to get out of the NFC East basement, considering they were 2-14 last year. They gained a big prize in the draft in former Penn. State running back Saquon Barkley. With that and wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., and Sterling Shepard, the signing of Cody Latimer seems to be a very bad one. With Beckham and Shepard getting the majority of reps at wide receiver and more running power with Barkley, Latimer will not get the targets he probably is expecting. It is a very odd signing by the Giants in this offseason.
9: New York Jets: Signing Teddy Bridgewater
The New York Jets are another team trying to get out of their division basement, this one being the AFC East. The Jets loaded up at quarterback. They re-signed Josh McCown, they drafted their QB of the future in Sam Darnold and… they signed Teddy Bridgewater, trying to return to form after a devastating knee injury suffered in 2016. Bridgewater makes it pretty crowded in the Jets’ QB room, as he’s capable of being a starter when healthy, and there just doesn’t seem to be any room for him in New York.
8: Oakland Raiders: Signing Doug Martin
The Oakland Raiders will be one of the more intriguing teams to watch this season, as they brought Jon Gruden back to coaching, they traded for disgruntled Martavis Bryant and they added Doug Martin to a backfield already consisting of Marshawn Lynch.
Gruden seems poised to improve the Raiders’ ground game, but Martin has been the most inconsistent running back in football.
The Raiders should’ve looked into drafting a RB in the early rounds, or signing a younger back on the market.
7: Philadelphia Eagles: Signing Mike Wallace
The Philadelphia Eagles signed a wide receiver in Mike Wallace that seemed more unnecessary than anything. The Eagles have the deep threat in Alshon Jeffery and the now two tight end system in Zach Ertz and Richard Rodgers that they can use to their advantage. They will only get better on defense, so the signing of Wallace is very eye-opening. He is penciled in on the first team as the right side wide receiver. But, we will see if that continues as the seasons progresses.