Leinart had to deal with a battle against a future Hall of Famer for most of his time in Arizona, and he also was derailed by shoulder and collarbone injuries.
It didn’t help that he couldn’t beat out Warner when healthy under Whisenhunt.
The third first-rounder taken in ’06 is the only one who was able to endure as a starter through 2017. As a rookie, Cutler sat behind Jake Plummer for most of the season.
The Jaguars didn’t re-sign Allen Robinson, and they go after his replacement here. Chark is a big target (6-3, 199 pounds) with big-play speed who has potential to be a complete No. 1.
The Vikings might be rolling Mike Remmers into a regular role at right guard with this pick, as O’Neill is a physical, smooth athlete who is good enough to start right away at right tackle. At that position, some of his limitations in pass protection will be less exposed in front of Kirk Cousins.
The Bucs were looking for a little more coverage depth and a potential starter to replace Brent Grimes, who’s 34 and signed for only one more year. Davis is an attacking ball hawk who needs some work to become consistent.
Every team would love to roster a player like Lynch, a high-upside flier, but the one-year, $4 million contract the Chicago Bears gave the 25-year-old in free agency now looks like a promise for playing time. Behind 2016 first-round pick Leonard Floyd and Lynch, the only noteworthy edge defenders on the Bears roster are Sam Acho, who hasn’t posted more than four sacks in a season since 2011, and Kylie Fitts, a rookie sixth-round pick.
That flier is now considered a starter. If Lynch continues to play like he has the last two seasons, that will hurt Chicago.
We’re going on Year 8 of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati without ever knowing if he’s a franchise quarterback. At what point are the Bengals going to ditch this same old song and dance? Dalton was efficient when he had an innovative play-caller and a great and healthy supporting cast, but those days are long gone.
Case Keenum has a higher adjusted net yards per attempt than Dalton over the last two years and only commanded a two-year commitment by the Denver Broncos—after the Vikings passed on an extension. Dalton, somehow, has all the job security in the world.