Potent NFL Offseason Additions on AFC

Potent NFL Offseason Additions on AFC North Division Teams 

Baltimore Ravens : Kyle Hamilton, Safety

The Baltimore Ravens scouting of a potent safety isover in Kyle Hamilton to replace the uncoachable Earl Thomas.

 

The Notre Dame alum has the size and speed to help in every area, and shore up a new defensive scheme. Hamilton is a 6-foot-4, 220 pounds frame who can square off with bigger receivers and can tackle near the line of scrimmage.

 

Hamilton will augment the Ravens in improving their pass coverage and help run the defensive line. Baltimore will have a fortified look in secondary with the recruitment of Marcus Williams in free agency. The Ravens have Mike McDonald as the new defensive coordinator.

 

When Hamilton was playing for the Fighting Irish, he made eight interceptions during his 3-year career at Notre Dame.

 

Baltimore needs a player who can force turnovers and Kyle Hamilton is a key that can turn the engine for picks on end. His ball skills are exemplary and is a threat to pick and bring down the skin.

 

Cincinnati Bengals: Daxton Hill, Cornerback

 

The Cincinnati Bengals greatly developed their defense last year that carried them to the Super Bowl Finals last season. They have a certain weakness that needs addressing and that is the secondary.

 

The Bengals searched for a best-player-available-draft and Daxton Hill can fill in the void that can strengthen their weakness.

 

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor thinks that Hill will be a great weapon for us on defense. He will also be useful in many different aspects of the game. Cincinnati Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo is excited working with Hill.

 

The Michigan Wolverine can cut and blitz off the edge with good recovery on the run. Anarumo further reiterated that Hill is also good at breaking off blocks and is a good football player overall.

 

Hill has the speed and brains (Twice All Big Ten Academic). He played a total of 33 games in three years on one of the largest stages in the country nicknamed “The Big House”. 

 

Hill plays beyond versatility and that is doing his thing with a big heart. He makes sure that his teammates and the people around him are playing to the best of their abilities — making sure that he is doing the best that he can for his peers and not really focusing on himself.

 

Hill ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the 2022 combine; it was a huge draw in a division with quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson and tight ends Mark Andrews, David Njoku and Pat Freiermuth.

 

Anarumo is always looking to deploy the middle with speed. Consequently, Hill will be a great asset to flood speed in the middle.

 

Cleveland Browns: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback

 

When the trade of Quarterback Deshaun Watson happened with the Houston Texans in March of this year, the deal created a moral issue for the Cleveland franchise and its fan base.

 

The Brown enthusiasts would normally call for a celebration with a new QB acquisition. On the other hand, the several lawsuits piling behind Watson is a heavy burden affecting the Browns management and their supporters. It is not sure if he can play this season.

 

Tony Buzbee, Texas attorney representing the 24 plaintiffs who sued Watson over the last 15 months alleging instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault, announced that settlements had been reached in 20 of 24 cases.

 

The NFL has already recommended serious discipline and probably will seek a one-year suspension of Deshaun Watson.

 

The union delivered an argument on Watson’s side citing the lack of punishment in cases involving Commanders owner Dan Snyder, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and ex-Panthers owner Jerry Richardson as grounds to lighten Watson’s punishment.

 

If the suspension gets through, Cleveland is considering the return of former number one draft pick, Baker Mayfield. Going back to the Browns camp is his best career move as no team showed interest in his $18.8 million guarantee for 2022. With Watson’s suspension, he would lose $57,500.00 per game.

 

So, if Watson is out and Mayfield is not back for Cleveland, it will be QB Jacoby Brissett calling the shots as quarterback for the Browns. The addition is not so exciting afterall.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Pickett, QB

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to opt for their guy from the house because they knew the quarterback through from any other potential candidate to fill the post.

 

Kenny Pickett is the safest option for the Steelers and is the most pro-ready quarterback in the selection process. Additionally, he will be the best candidate for Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada’s plays.

 

Kenny Pickett is the most reasonable quarterback backup if things go haywire. For the quarterback post, there is Mitch Trubisky to start for Pittsburgh.

 

The team has a rookie replacing Ben Roethlisberger. But, Pickett apparently won’t be taking Roethlisberger’s place right away. He will be backing Trubisky in the quarterback hierarchy.

 

Pittsburgh got a closer look at Pickett’s credentials after college. The University of Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi reiterated that “the Steelers are not only getting a tremendous quarterback, but also one of the finest leaders and toughest competitors he has ever been around.” 

 

Kenny Pickett chose to go back to college and forwent the 2021 NFL Draft. He was then taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 20th overall selection of the 2022 NFL Draft. He played in 52 games at the University of Pittsburgh and threw for over 12,000 yards and 81 touchdowns in his college career. 

 

In his final season, he led the Panthers to an ACC title. Additionally,  Pickett completed 330 of 497 passes for a 67.2 completion percentage with 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns to seven interceptions.

 

The Pitt Alumnae also added 20 rushing touchdowns in his career, five of which came in his last season. Pickett’s outstanding final year with the Panthers landed him third place in the Heisman voting.

 

Picket should start under center for the team soon. Growing pains are expected, but Pickett won’t need to do much for the Steelers to return to the playoffs with an elite defense behind him.

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