The NFC Division Teams would not allow themselves to be left behind by the leveling up of their NFL opponents. They secured some exciting additions for their teams as well.
Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Tolbert, WR
Dallas needed to add talent at wide receiver after losing Amari Cooper (who was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a fifth-round pick and a swap of sixth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft on March 16, 2022.).
Dallas also lost Cedrick Wilson who signed a three-year, $22.8 million contract with the Miami Dolphins on March 17, 2022.
To augment the Cowboys’ line of wide receivers, Dallas brought in Jalen Tolbert with James Washington in free agency. Tolbert is a product of the University of South Alabama Jaguars, an 88th pick in the 2022 NFL draft.
The Cowboys believe that Tolbert can help the team with the skill set he has. In his last 24 games, Tolbert had 151 catches for 2,703 yards and 20 touchdowns.
That late growth and his ability to make big plays is the reason why Dallas drafted him in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He is a physical player who was able to break free through both his strength and speed to make big plays in his college days. Tolbert’s 12 catches of at least 40 yards in 2021 were the most in the nation.
Tolbert is good at the line of scrimmage, getting releases and his ability to get vertical are one of his strengths. He can distinguish if the coverage was man or zone, understood adjustments on routes, and how to get to the areas he must be.
He does have a big frame but is amazingly fast which helped him become the big-play and deep-threat guy that he is. He tracks with a ball with great ball skills and his ability to get off a press and run with that frame really stood out in game scenarios.”
New York Giants: Brian Daboll, HC
The New York Giants fired Coach Joe Judge on January 11, 2022, ending his tenure with the team at an overall record of 10–23 (.303).
Judge suffered from questionable calls, like a coach’s challenge on a non-reviewable scoring play in week one against Denver.
New York has a new coach after getting rid of Judge. Brian Daboll will step in to lead the Giants for a shot at the Super Bowl.
It was January 4, 2018, when Daboll was named as the new offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, his hometown team, under head coach Sean McDermott. Daboll is one of the reasons for the rise of quarterback Josh Allen.
The new Coach did a good job in polishing Allen to a luster. Allen set several passing records for the Bills, improving their offense and finishing 2nd with 31.3 points per game. It was DaBoll’s third season with the Buffalo. The team finished the season
with 13 wins since 1991, won its first division title and playoff game since 1995, and made their first AFC Championship Game since 1993 losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 24–38.
Consequently, Daboll won the Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the 2020 season. He signed as the New York Giants’ 22nd head coach on January 28, 2022.
The New York Giants need an intelligent and progressive’ offensive mind to revitalize the franchise. Daboll is an answered prayer to the team.
An offensive mind was their priority among the potential candidates interviewed by the Giants for the head coach position. That is where Daboll comes in. The new Head Coach and the Giants will be a perfect fit.
Philadelphia Eagles: A.J. Brown, WR
The Philadelphia Eagles chose DeVonta Smith as their 10th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Eagles traded up two spots with the Dallas Cowboys for the trade. Smith inked a 4-year $20.1 million rookie contract on June 3, 2021.
Smith scored his first career touchdown on his very first catch in week 1 against the Falcons. Smith had an impressive rookie season for Philadelphia after recording 64 receptions for 916 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The 916 yards set the Eagles’ rookie record for most receiving yards in a single season. Smith struggled during the team’s 31–15 loss in the Wild Card round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 4 catches (on 11 targets) for 60 yards.
The Eagles decided to compliment Smith’s achievements by acquiring A.J.Brown in a trade from the Tennessee Titans in exchange for an 18th overall pick in the 2022 draft.
Tennessee picked wide receiver Treylon Burks from the Arkansas Razorbacks. Burks has similarities with Brown’s type of plays.
The Eagles shocked the world when they were able to acquire Brown on draft day. The former Titans star joins DeVonta Smith to create one of the most exciting wide receiver tandems in the NFL and provides the Eagles an embarrassment of riches on offense.
Wide receiver A.J. Brown is a game-changer that will make a difference in the games he’ll play; in addition, he’s a cornerstone of the Philadelphia franchise.
The Eagles have another exceptional receiver other than Smith in their roster. Brown could create separation as a reliable pass catcher. He now adds that needed reliability opposite of DeVonta with his experience.
Philadelphia now has four wide receivers that can play outside and move into the slot when needed.
Washington Commanders: Jahan Dotson, WR
Before the Washington Commanders pick their 2022 WR draftee, they presently have Terry McLaurin in their ranks. McLaurin emerged as a major weapon for Washington since his third-round 2019 NFL draft pick. He recorded his second-straight 1,000+ yard season in 2021, catching 77 passes for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns.
Through three seasons, he has 222 receptions for 3,090 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Commanders and McLaurin recently agreed on a three-year extension contract worth $71 million.
Washington needs a dynamic addition that will help McLaurin for the next season. The Commanders opted for Jahan Dotson in the first round (16th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.
The team originally had the 11th selection before trading down and picking up third and fourth-round picks later in the draft. Dotson signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $15 million, on May 18, 2022.
Another reliable receiver is Curtis Samuel. Unfortunately, he had a lingering groin injury that limited him to five games in 2021.
Samuel recorded a mere six catches for 27 yards and did not play in the final four games of the regular season. The team is looking for his return to add more wideouts for QB Carson Wentz.
The BFC Eastern teams have the weapons they need for a chance to land in the 2022 NFL playoffs. NFL fans are more excited to welcome the opening salvo of these teams.