With the NFL Draft and free agency over, every front office thinks they’re ready to make a Super Bowl run in 2018. Quarterbacks are the building blocks of a modern NFL team, and every quarterback needs a good supporting cast around him. With that being said, let’s look at three offenses that are looking to take a giant leap forward in 2018.
The Bears invested in their franchise quarterback in 2017 by trading up to grab Mitchell Trubisky. Then, they brought in offensive guru Matt Nagy as the new head coach. After that, they went out to get Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton to give Trubisky more weapons. Finally, they drafted Iowa’s James Daniels to play guard and Memphis’ Anthony Miller as another pass catcher. Don’t forget their excellent offensive line and superstar running back in Jordan Howard. The Bears offense will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. They made the right moves, grabbing a great mix of both rookies and veterans who can be impact players. If everyone can stay healthy (I’m talking about you Kevin White), they have the potential to be a top 10 offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This pick has gone on for probably the past four years now, but this is really the year. After drafting running back Ronald Jones out of USC in the second round, the Bucs should have a potent run game. Also, Jameis Winston should finally have the support system that he needs in the pass game with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the outside, with their first round pick from last year, tight end O.J Howard running up the seam. Does that mean he’ll stop throwing interceptions? Not necessarily, but Evans, Godwin, and Howard are all big targets who are pretty hard to miss. The offensive line will be a big question mark, but keep an eye on Alex Cappa, a guard out of Humboldt State who was one of the biggest risers during draft season, as a potential impact player.
The offense, led by Case Keenum, should see a bit of a resurgence this year. Royce Freeman, their third round pick out of Oregon, is going to be the starting running back from day one, and he’s getting a lot of love from fantasy owners and NFL GM’s. Their second round pick, wide receiver Courtland Sutton, has the highest upside of any receiver in the draft, and now he gets to learn from Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders too! There are a few great sleepers on this team too, at running back, watch out for undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsay out of Colorado. At wide receiver, Carlos Henderson missed his first year because of injury, but he got a lot of love coming out of Louisiana Tech, so keep your eye on him to show some flashes this season. Jake Butt also has a lot of potential at tight end, there was first round talk about him coming out of Michigan before he tore his ACL.