Before the snap, Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (SS) walks down to the strong side of the formation over the tight end with the free safety (FS) aligned in the deep middle of the field. Plus, with the cornerback showing a press look outside versus Hogan (yellow circle), this tells Garoppolo that he has the matchup on the fade route. The QB audibles at the line, holds the free safety during the drop (with his eyes) and targets Hogan over the top of the defense. Yes, the cornerback drops the coverage, but I’m more focused on the young quarterback recognizing the matchup and making a check to expose it for a score.
Through the six quarters of work that Garoppolo put on tape, there are plenty of positive examples of the Patriots quarterback making the proper pre-snap read. It’s clear he has a high-level football IQ, but just like the pro evaluators who are putting a grade on Garoppolo, we also have to highlight when the QB missed open targets based on his pre-snap reads.
RGIII spent most of 2016 on the sideline recovering from injury. Even when he was healthy, the former Rookie of the Year didn’t add much more to the offense than rookie Cody Kessler did. Griffin completed less than 60 percent of his passes and doesn’t quite fit the mold of “veteran mentor” the team is looking for to help develop Kessler and whatever young passer enters the fray this offseason.
At a cost of $8.7 million, Griffin’s stay in Cleveland could be a short one.
Cutting Okung before March 8 will save the Broncos $11.7 million in cap space. Since the veteran tackle never really found a way to stand out on the Denver offensive line, it seems unlikely the team will bring him back at such a high cost. Instead, John Elway can throw that money after another budding blocker who will turn into a pumpkin upon arriving in Colorado.