THERE was shock waves around the NFL on Saturday evening as the Colts were dealt a hammer blow, not only to their season but to the immediate future of the franchise.
After years of solid drafts, clever free agency moves, they had just about put together all the pieces to protect there franchise QB.
But then Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the sport. The Colts were finally in a position to go deep into the Playoffs with one of the most well rounded rosters in football, but the loss of Luck is devastating and is reflected in the bookmakers as drop from 12/1 to 50/1 (Paddy Power) to win the Super Bowl.
If you are on them to win the AFC South @11/10 (Boylesports), the task just got a lot harder with Jacoby Brisset, but he has shown signs of promise and is probably the best back up in the league at present.
Do not give up hope just yet, there is enough pieces to get 9-12 wins.
Most Regular Season Rushing Yards
Saquon Barkley had a big reputation coming into the league, but he surpassed all expectations. The Penn State running back had one of the most electrifying rookie seasons we have seen since in recent memory.
He became only the third rookie to surpass 2000 yards, breaking multiple giants records, most touchdowns in a season (11), rookie Running back reception record (91) and all time record for the most 100 yards from scrimmage games (13).
Questions remain over Todd Gurleys health, in the latter part of the season we saw his touches and numbers diminish greatly.
The Rams adding rookie Darrell Henderson is a clear they wanted dept at the position, touches could be divided between Gurley, Henderson and Malcom Brown.
Ezekiel Elliot is the clear favorite @13/4 (Ladbrokes) as he is going for his 3rd rushing title in a row, but questions remain over his contract situation and whether he will be ready for week 1.
Even if he lines out on opening night I expect another year of progression for Barkley, the Giants are tight on Wide Receivers and playmakers as it is, so expect him to line up all over the back field and be pressed into even greater duty this season.
- Saquon Barkley @4/1 (Ladbrokes)