Kerry Collins of
Having a tight-end of the
quality of Jeremy Shockey to throw to opened up numerous options offensively for
the Giants. Look for the Giants to improve upon their 2002 season, with a
re-signed Ike Hilliard back to complement Shockey and All-Pro wide receiver
Amani Toomer. Let's not forget that
Collins is a physical quarterback with deft touch. While not pulling the ball down and running, Collins is sufficiently mobile to elude defensive pressure. Consistency is the key for the signal-caller, if he can continue to build upon the second half of the 2002 season, the Giants will have one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
Overall, the Giants are tinkering with the offense to utilize more of the two tight-end sets that Collins prefers. We expect Collins to pickup where he and the Giants left off at the end of the 2002 season.
Matt Hasselbeck of the
Hasselbeck brought to
Now, being named the starting quarterback and backed by a commitment from the organization, Hasselbeck should have the opportunity to build upon the success he and the Seahawks tasted in 2002. Lining up with work-horse running back Shaun Alexander, wide receivers Koren Robinson and Darrell Jackson, Hasselbeck is leading an explosive Seahawks' offense.
Hasselbeck has shown to be an accurate quarterback who gets rid of the ball quickly, and is very capable of hitting the receivers on the run. Relatively inexperienced, though being the Seattle starting quarterback for a portion of the 2001 season, Hasselbeck came into his own in the second half of the 2002 season. The key for Hasselbeck was his ability to recognize the defense, anticipate the scheme, and make the right throws.
Patrick Ramsey of the
Following a rough beginning to his professional career in early 2002, Ramsey elevated his play late in the season once he began to understand the offense and was able to breakdown the opposing defenses. During the off-season, Ramsey was diligent in his 2003 season preparation.
The Redskins will have questions in the backfield as they seek a replacement for running back Stephen Davis, they will have struggles at the quarterback position until Ramsey garners more experience and consistency. A large benefit that will come into play is that the Redskins are surrounding Ramsey with explosive talent at the wide receiver positions and have solidified the offensive line.
The late 2002 season success of
Ramsey was a sign of things to come in
Drew Brees of the
Brees is not the proto-typical quarterback that teams clamor for in the league today. Barely six-feet tall and not graced with a cannon for an arm, Brees is the type of quarterback that is mentally prepared, has tremendous awareness, and is a true leader. Though he lacks arm strength, Brees can make all the throws, it certainly will help that the Chargers invested in standout wide receiver David Boston to compliment the consistent Brees in the Chargers' offense.
With an adequate offensive line to protect him, Brees will have the opportunity to shine in the 2003 season, not due to the fact the Chargers intend on opening up the offense, but more so due to the notion that the San Diego defense will struggle as they influx youth into the scheme. The Chargers will either open up the offense to combat defensive inefficiencies or the team will play from behind, in either case, Brees will have the opportunity to shine.
Add wide receiver Reche Caldwell and Stephen Alexander to the mix and Brees has numerous weapons to utilize. He may not be one of the elite quarterbacks in the game, but Brees is a solid player that with a good supporting cast can be an extremely effective and proficient player.
Daunte Culpepper and the
Offensive coordinator Scott
Linehan has been the calming influence that has helped elevate the play of
Culpepper during the second half of the 2002 season. Linehan
has worked diligently with Culpepper on minimizing his mental
mistakes, being more prepared, all of which has led to the maturing of
Culpepper. Coincidently, Culpepper became a much better quarterback with the
rushing threat of Michael Bennett. Improved talent surrounding Culpepper will
again make him a very viable threat and leader of the resurgent
A rushing attack, second to none in 2002 will be a challenge for the Vikings. Michael Bennett could be lost for the season after complications from foot surgery this off-season. Replacing Bennett will be a challenge for the Vikings, which all could mean that additional pressure will be placed on Culpepper to play at the level he did in 2000. Helping Culpepper's cause could be an extremely talented and effective offensive line, an offensive line that many in the NFL believe is the best in the game.
Many questions remain in