The​ ​NFL’s​ ​last​ ​hope:​ ​TRADE

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Vishnu Nair

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Throughout​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​NFL,​ ​season,​ ​injuries​ ​have​ ​cost​ ​the​ ​league,​ ​ridding​ ​them​ ​from major​ ​players​ ​in​ ​major​ ​moments.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​tough​ ​position,​ ​however,​ ​the​ ​teams​ ​are​ ​making​ ​big moves​ ​that​ ​can​ ​perhaps​ ​change​ ​their​ ​luck;​ ​teams​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​make​ ​offers​ ​to​ ​many​ ​players.

The​ ​division​ ​bottom​ ​Giants​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​further​ ​and​ ​better​ ​their​ ​squad.​ ​As​ ​of​ ​now,​ ​key components​ ​in​ ​their​ ​offense​ ​are​ ​injured,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Wide​ ​Receiver​ ​Odell​ ​Beckham​ ​Jr., and​ ​Wide​ ​Receiver​ ​Sterling​ ​Shepard.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​loss​ ​of​ ​two​ ​major​ ​offensive​ ​weapons,​ ​the​ ​Giants are​ ​in​ ​a​ ​dilemma​ ​and​ ​they​ ​are​ ​forced​ ​to​ ​go​ ​one​ ​of​ ​two​ ​different​ ​routes.​ ​First,​ ​they​ ​can​ ​change their​ ​entire​ ​style​ ​of​ ​offense,​ ​or​ ​secondly​ ​they​ ​can​ ​trade​ ​of​ ​2-time​ ​superbowl​ ​winning​ ​Quarterback Eli​ ​Manning,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​a​ ​liability​ ​at​ ​this​ ​stage​ ​of​ ​the​ ​game,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​team​ ​could​ ​look​ ​to​ ​develop quarterback​ ​Geno​ ​Smith​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bench​ ​and​ ​go​ ​into​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​of​ ​rebuilding.​ ​So​ ​it​ ​is​ ​to​ ​no​ ​surprise that​ ​their​ ​were​ ​trade​ ​rumors​ ​of​ ​Eli​ ​to​ ​Green​ ​Bay,​ ​or​ ​more​ ​recently,​ ​to​ ​Jacksonville,​ ​to​ ​pair​ ​with ex-giants​ ​coach​ ​Tom​ ​Coughlin.​ ​Whatever​ ​plan​ ​the​ ​giants​ ​intend​ ​to​ ​apply,​ ​the​ ​sooner​ ​the​ ​better.

Another​ ​story​ ​in​ ​the​ ​league​ ​are​ ​the​ ​dominant​ ​8-1​ ​Philadelphia​ ​Eagles,​ ​who​ ​are​ ​currently running​ ​away​ ​with​ ​the​ ​NFC​ ​East.​ ​Winning​ ​nearly​ ​every​ ​game,​ ​the​ ​Eagles​ ​are​ ​an​ ​offensive powerhouse​ ​with​ ​a​ ​great​ ​defense​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​Quarterback​ ​Carson​ ​Wentz​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​placed​ ​third​ ​in the​ ​race​ ​of​ ​total​ ​passing​ ​yards​ ​this​ ​season​ ​with​ ​2,063​ ​total​ ​yards,​ ​which​ ​shows​ ​exponential growth​ ​considering​ ​he​ ​was​ ​only​ ​a​ ​rookie​ ​last​ ​season.​ ​The​ ​Eagles​ ​already​ ​have​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​running back​ ​in​ ​LaGarrette​ ​Blount​ ​who​ ​has​ ​467​ ​total​ ​rushing​ ​yards.​ ​The​ ​Eagles​ ​have​ ​won​ ​a​ ​majority​ ​of their​ ​games​ ​in​ ​offensive​ ​brawls,​ ​and​ ​hopefully​ ​the​ ​acquiring​ ​of​ ​Jay​ ​Ajayi,​ ​former​ ​Miami​ ​Dolphins running​ ​back,​ ​they​ ​can​ ​now​ ​further​ ​their​ ​backfield​ ​versatility.​ ​Blount​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Eagles​ ​provides​ ​a flex​ ​option​ ​with​ ​power,​ ​key​ ​for​ ​short​ ​yardage​ ​situations,​ ​which​ ​can​ ​also​ ​provide​ ​many touchdowns.​ ​Ajayi​ ​on​ ​the​ ​other​ ​hand​ ​is​ ​more​ ​of​ ​an​ ​agile​ ​back​ ​who​ ​has​ ​burst-out​ ​plays.​ ​If​ ​used correctly,​ ​this​ ​running-back​ ​duo​ ​could​ ​pose​ ​a​ ​threat​ ​to​ ​any​ ​opposition.​ ​Couple​ ​this​ ​with​ ​Carson Wentz’s​ ​blazing​ ​hot​ ​start​ ​to​ ​the​ ​season,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the​ ​reason​ ​why​ ​the​ ​Eagles​ ​are​ ​the​ ​most interesting​ ​team​ ​to​ ​watch.​ ​In​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​the​ ​team,​ ​they​ ​have​ ​to​ ​be​ ​excited;​ ​the​ ​last​ ​time​ ​the Philadelphia​ ​were​ ​8-1,​ ​they​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the​ ​superbowl.

The​ ​NFL​ ​right​ ​now,​ ​however,​ ​is​ ​all​ ​about​ ​supporting​ ​greatness,​ ​and​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​better form​ ​of​ ​greatness​ ​that​ ​Tom​ ​Brady.​ ​Tom​ ​Brady,​ ​for​ ​many​ ​years,​ ​was​ ​thought​ ​to​ ​be​ ​in​ ​his​ ​prime, but​ ​quite​ ​frankly​ ​as​ ​a​ ​40-year-old,​ ​he​ ​may​ ​very​ ​well​ ​still​ ​be​ ​in​ ​his​ ​prime.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​span​ ​of​ ​15​ ​years, Quarterback​ ​Tom​ ​Brady​ ​along​ ​with​ ​Patriots​ ​head​ ​coach​ ​Bill​ ​Belichick​ ​have​ ​won​ ​5​ ​superbowls, which​ ​is​ ​more​ ​than​ ​any​ ​Quarterback​ ​has​ ​ever​ ​won.​ ​This​ ​season,​ ​the​ ​Patriots​ ​6-2​ ​record​ ​is​ ​not mind-boggling,​ ​but​ ​Tom​ ​Brady​ ​is​ ​still​ ​hitting​ ​his​ ​stride,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​patriots​ ​may​ ​not​ ​even​ ​lose another​ ​game​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​season.​ ​This​ ​season,​ ​perhaps​ ​the​ ​most​ ​notable​ ​injury​ ​within​ ​the​ ​squad is​ ​Wide-Receiver​ ​Julian​ ​Edelman,​ ​who​ ​tore​ ​his​ ​ACL​ ​at​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​season,​ ​and​ ​it seems​ ​that​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be​ ​no​ ​return​ ​for​ ​him.​ ​Such​ ​a​ ​void​ ​can​ ​never​ ​be​ ​filled​ ​as​ ​Edelman​ ​is​ ​Brady’s target​ ​and​ ​aerial​ ​threat,​ ​helping​ ​the​ ​Pats​ ​to​ ​win​ ​2​ ​super​ ​bowls.​ ​However,​ ​the​ ​void​ ​can​ ​be partially​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​the​ ​off-season​ ​acquisition​ ​of​ ​former​ ​Saints​ ​Wide-Receiver​ ​Brandin​ ​Cooks, who​ ​much​ ​like​ ​Edelman,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​speedy​ ​threat​ ​to​ ​catch​ ​deep​ ​balls.​ ​Not​ ​losing​ ​Tight-End​ ​Rob Gronkowski​ ​also​ ​helps​ ​the​ ​Pats​ ​attack​ ​as​ ​well.

 

Another​ ​story​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Pats​ ​regards​ ​Tom​ ​Brady.​ ​As​ ​mentioned​ ​earlier,​ ​even​ ​though​ ​he​ ​has played​ ​15​ ​seasons​ ​as​ ​a​ ​starter,​ ​Tom​ ​Brady​ ​is​ ​arguably​ ​the​ ​best​ ​player​ ​in​ ​the​ ​league​ ​and​ ​40 years​ ​of​ ​age.​ ​According​ ​to​ ​him,​ ​he​ ​can​ ​play​ ​till​ ​he​ ​is​ ​45,​ ​but​ ​this​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​be​ ​unlikely.​ ​However, the​ ​patriots​ ​trade​ ​activity​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​have​ ​put​ ​them​ ​in​ ​a​ ​risky​ ​position.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the season,​ ​the​ ​Indianapolis​ ​Colts​ ​lost​ ​yet​ ​another​ ​quality​ ​player​ ​in​ ​starting​ ​Quarterback​ ​Andrew Luck.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​a​ ​trade​ ​deal​ ​was​ ​set​ ​up​ ​with​ ​New​ ​England,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Colts​ ​acquired​ ​former New-England​ ​Patriots​ ​3rd-string​ ​Quarterback​ ​Jacoby​ ​Brissett.​ ​Then​ ​a​ ​few​ ​weeks​ ​ago,​ ​49ers acquire​ ​Patriots​ ​backup​ ​Quarterback​ ​Jimmy​ ​Garoppolo,​ ​who​ ​had​ ​a​ ​3-1​ ​start​ ​playing​ ​in​ ​the absence​ ​of​ ​Tom​ ​Brady​ ​due​ ​to​ ​his​ ​suspension.​ ​To​ ​make​ ​matters​ ​worse,​ ​Brisset,​ ​who​ ​struggled early​ ​on​ ​in​ ​the​ ​season,​ ​has​ ​come​ ​to​ ​life​ ​in​ ​Indiana,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Patriots​ ​may​ ​have​ ​to​ ​settle​ ​for​ ​a​ ​less value​ ​back-up​ ​quarterback​ ​if​ ​something​ ​happens​ ​to​ ​Tom​ ​Brady.

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