Matthew Phillips – June 3, 2018
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears — Why are we bullish on Mitch Trubisky? Simple: look what Sean McVay did for Jared Goff last year. When you have a coach that has ability to relate to his young quarterback, and the foresight to actually surround him with some talent, good things happen. Chicago went out and hired promising young offensive mind Matt Nagy to be their next head coach. In free agency, the Bears signed wide receiver Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel; they also drafted wide receiver Anthony Miller in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft, who could be a real sleeper to watch as well. Under new offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, the Bears are going to run a very “friendly” offense for Trubisky, meaning he could very well be “this year’s Jared Goff.”
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos — I know it’s not the sexiest sleeper take, but the Denver Broncos absolutely wanted to light a fire under running back Devontae Booker, when they took ultra-tough and ultra-productive running back Royce Freeman in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Booker heard that message loud and clear. The Broncos staff has been pleased with the way he’s been approaching this offseason, and with quarterback Case Keenum under center, he should see a lot more room to run. The Broncos organization was very high on Booker when they took him in the 2016 NFL Draft, so you can be sure they’ll give him at least one more chance to prove their faith in him this season
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins — Most people have already forgotten about Josh Doctson, even though he was a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. But after missing his entire rookie season, he was never really able to get on the same page with Kirk Cousins, as the quarterback always seemed to prefer throwing the ball to other receivers. Even head coach Jay Gruden admonished Cousins at times, recognizing his quarterback needed to give the talented Doctson more chances to use his size and strength to snatch the ball away from defenders. With Cousins gone, new quarterback Alex Smith is already showing signs of rapport with Doctson, and Doctson says he feels as healthy and prepared as he’s been at any point in his NFL career. He has enormous talent and potential that’s hard to overlook.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Although it seems like Tampa is set at both their starting wide receiver positions (with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson), don’t overlook what Chris Godwin might be able to do in this offense with Jameis Winston throwing the ball. For one, Godwin has been the talk of early OTA’s, with even head coach Dirk Koetter commenting on what a good offseason he’s had. Further, Jackson hasn’t really been a good fit for the Bucs, and with his contract expiring at the end of this season, it wouldn’t be surprising if they began to phase him out of the offense, especially if Godwin is performing.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals — The Arizona Cardinals haven’t had a legitimate tight end in years, but there’s a good chance that drought is over. The underrated rookie showed flashes of promise during the second half of the 2018 NFL season, recording at least five targets four times in a five game span. Depending on whether the quarterback there is Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen, a good tight end always serves as a good “security blanket,” and the staff in Arizona is very excited about what he could contribute to the team.