Cottage Grove sentinel. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1909-current, September 07, 2016, Page pg 3, Image 30

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    THE WATCH LIST
FIVE PLAYERS ON NEW TEAMS TO WATCH
2016 ROOKIE WATCH
DEMARCO MURRAY RB EAGLES TO TITANS
In 2014 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys DeMarco
Murray was the NFL’s rushing leader before signing with
Philadelphia and enduring a whirlwind 2015 season. The
Titans are building around Marcus Mariota and adding a
proven back like Murray could be just what is needed to
take the next step. If he succeeds, this could quickly become
one the best offenses in the league.
MARVIN JONES WR BENGALS TO LIONS
With the retirement of Calvin Johnson the Lions had a big
hole to fi ll at receiver and quickly turned to free agency
signing Jones away from the Bengals. Jones is considered
by many to be under-rated and while he may not be as
iconic as Johnson he will be a viable target for Matt
Stafford while he seeks his fi rst 1,000-yard season.
Opposite recently signed Anquan Boldin he just
may get it in Detroit.
BROCK OSWEILER QB
BRONCOS TO TEXANS
As Peyton Manning’s backup in Denver,
Brock Osweiler kept the Broncos alive on
their path to the Super Bowl. He then shocked
the NFL by signing with the Texans who are
looking to make a fresh start on offense. In
four years with the Broncos he played in 21
games, starting seven, and will now carry
the full load in Houston where there are a
number of new faces on offense.
JANORIS JENKINS CB RAMS TO
GIANTS
The Giants were as active in the free agent
market as any team and while they lost a few
players, especially on defense, they also gained.
They’ve boosted their secondary signing Jenkins
away from the Rams after having his best
season. With the Giants he’ll not only be a solid
corner but also a possible mentor for fi rst round
draft pick Eli Apple.
MARK SANCHEZ QB EAGLES TO
BRONCOS
The Broncos drafted Memphis quarterback
Paxton Lynch late in the fi rst round of the 2016
draft, but still needed an insurance policy. So,
they traded with the Eagles to get journeyman
Mark Sanchez who has a knack for rising to
the occasion in situations just like this. Sanchez
will compete with Lynch and if Denver’s defense is
anything like last season, he’ll keep them in a lot of
games.
EZEKIEL ELLIOTT RB DALLAS COWBOYS
The Cowboys will waste no time inserting Ezekiel Elliott into
the backfi eld. A workhorse at Ohio State, Elliott is not only
a powerful down-fi eld runner but he’s not afraid to pick up
a blitz or run a pass route. He joins one of the most potent
offenses in the league, when healthy. Will an alleged domestic
abuse accusation disrupt his debut with the Cowboys?
JARED GOFF QB LOS ANGELES RAMS
The Rams return to Los Angeles with a rookie quarterback
in Jared Goff. The top overall draft pick out of the University
of California may not start opening day, nor is he expected
to spend much time on the bench. The Rams eye Goff
with long term designs and with the support of a solid
running game he should be on the fi eld fairly early in
the season.
JOEY BOSA DE SAN DIEGO
CHARGERS
Many projected this Ohio State phenom to be
the fi rst overall pick in the draft but he fell to the
Chargers who desperately needed defensive help
with the third overall pick. Bosa is big, quick and
immediately adds both pass rushing pressure and
run stopping ability to the Chargers’ defense.
RYAN KELLY C INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
The Colts threw a lot of cash at quarterback Andrew Luck in the
off-season and turned to the draft to protect him in the future
when they selected Alabama center Ryan Kelly with the 18th
pick. A three-year starter, Rimington Trophy winner and National
Champion at ‘Bama, Kelly is a proven talent and is expected to
start on opening day.
DEFOREST BUCKNER DE SAN
FRANCISCO 49ERS
Chip Kelly, who recruited Buckner at Oregon, has now
drafted him with the seventh overall pick. Buckner
may or may not start on opening day but is
pegged to be part of a rotation of defensive ends
challenged with the task of putting pressure on
opposing quarterbacks in a tough division.
Some NFL scouts felt Buckner was the best
defensive player in the draft.
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