Star defensive tackle Aaron Donald is still holding out while in hopes of a more lucrative contract, and it doesn’t look as if he will play in Week 1. In his place, the Rams are expected to start rookie sixth-round pick Tanzel Smart, a 3-technique from Tulane who has had a nice preseason. Smart will join nose tackle Michael Brockers and defensive end Ethan Westbrooks in 3-4 base sets.
He’s dealing with an ankle sprain that appears to be of the high-ankle variety. Beckham has done some running and cutting this week and wants to play Sunday night against the Cowboys. It’s likely to be a game-time decision, and he probably won’t be 100 percent.
This is a must-win season for John Fox as the former Broncos coach enters his third season in charge of the Bears, and it’s entirely likely that the Bears will improve, given their 1-6 record in games decided by seven points or fewer and league-worst minus-20 turnover differential last season. Both of those marks are likely to regress toward the mean.
Even after trading Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks, the Jets could plausibly be good on defense in 2017. They were the league’s top defense by DVOA against the run in 2016 and overhauled an aging, porous secondary with three new starters. With some better luck in the red zone, the Jets could produce a top-10 defense.
The offense … well, it’s hard to even dream up a world in which the offense is functional, let alone good. Josh McCown is 38 and fragile, but he put up MVP-caliber numbers Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys for the Bears over half of a season in 2013. He’d have to do something like that over 16 games to push Cheap Ireland Jerseys the Jets into the postseason. If McCown managed to pull it off once, though …