At Draft Rite, we are all about covering the NFL from a roster-building perspective. We consider ourselves to be your home of the NFL offseason. Team building is such a fascinating subject, and the NFL invests millions of dollars into the people who put everything together every year.
It’s an inexact science. The league is constantly evolving and changing to match the new schemes and strategies designed by coaches and front-office executives. Roster building is such a careful craft. With only 53 spots available (45 activated on game day), teams have to be very careful with the people that they keep and the ones that they let go.
Prospects and the draft are only a small part of the NFL offseason. There is more to it, such as the veterans who have been in the league for a while and understand the ropes.
Every day, Tuesday through Saturday, I will be giving you a report on what teams across the NFL have done officially, and try to give you some insight into what that can mean for them and the rest of the league.
Baltimore Ravens re-sign LB Pernell McPhee
The Baltimore Ravens just continue to load the roster with depth by the day to ramp the level of competition up to another level. If I may be allowed to over-react in May, the Ravens are loading up for a Super Bowl run and they are my go-to early season prediction to go win it. Pernell McPhee coming back helps this team tremendously on the depth end of things. Let’s talk about it.
An injury cut McPhee’s season short last season, but he’s always been a valuable situational pass rusher with a good run defending skill-set. McPhee started his career in Baltimore as a 5th round pick out of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Bears signed him in the 2015 season to be their starting outside linebacker, but quickly replaced him.
The deal with McPhee is he’s not effective in pass coverage because he doesn’t move well in zone coverage and is an average athlete.
Let’s look at the Ravens linebackers depth chart (projection by Ourlads).
In seven games last season, and McPhee’s first season back in Baltimore, McPhee logged 3 sacks, 6 quarterback hits, and 7 tackles-for-loss. He’ll never be effective dropping into coverage, but at least he can be a solid run defender as well as a good pass rusher.
This is a solid depth move that gives Baltimore a lot of options to work with regarding their linebacking group. The scheme is extremely fluid, and gives room to move players around as needed.
Jacksonville Jaguars sign QB Mike Glennon
The Jacksonville Jaguars just confirmed that Gardner Minshew is indeed their quarterback of the future with this move, signing former Buccaneers, Bears, Cardinals, and Raiders quarterback Mike Glennon to the roster. Glennon’s playing style is closer akin to the former Jaguars quarterback, Nick Foles, who the team traded to the Chicago Bears this offseason.
Glennon comes significantly cheaper than Foles was, at about 20% of the cost. A third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Glennon is proven to be a suitable backup in his career, starting in 22 games and compiling a passer rating of 84.3.
The Jaguars quarterback roster:
Jake Luton (R)
Glennon has traditionally fit into west-coast offensive styles despite his 6’7″ and 225-pound frame. He doesn’t have a particularly strong arm and he struggles under pressure to be consistently accurate. Regardless, if things don’t go well with Minshew at the helm, the Jaguars can sleep rest assured knowing that there is someone who can provide immediate relief on the sideline.