The NFL next year should be exciting to watch. Many players return from injury, fans are allowed in the stands, and the NFL added to the game. That being said, there are a lot of unanswered questions for each team. Not all of our questions will be addressed before the season begins, but some will be answered in training camps, which begin on July 27 for most clubs. That being said, I’ll be going over the most pressing questions for all 32 teams as training camps begin. These articles will be released by division, so be on the lookout for your favorite team. The AFC North should be up for grabs next year as everyone except the Bengals is poised to win the division.
Pittsburgh Steelers- Are the Steelers contenders with Big Ben at QB?
The Steelers are one of the best franchises in NFL history, but they have struggled recently under Tomlin. However, Mike Tomlin cannot be held entirely responsible because Ben Roethlisberger limits the Steelers’ offense. His arm and overall football talent aren’t what they used to be, expected after an injury, but it hurts the Steelers’ offense. Teams also take advantage of Ben’s tendency to throw short, fast passes, limiting the team’s overall potential. Their defense has been one of the best over the past couple of seasons, but the offense has limited them. If the Steelers want to win ring #7, they should find a new quarterback soon.
Baltimore Ravens- Will the offseason additions help the Ravens passing game?
Baltimore made an extra effort this off-season to boost their passing attack, but will it make that much of a difference next season? They signed Sammy Watkins and drafted Rashod Bateman with their highest pick. Lamar isn’t known for his passing ability, but the new additions could help him become better next season. Last year, the Ravens’ best pass-catcher was Mark Andrews, so Lamar should have better weapons to work with. The Ravens should have a more balanced offense next year with all the new additions to their receiving corps, and Lamar’s weapons should be better.
Cleveland Browns- Will the defense step up?
Last season, the Browns’ defense struggled to keep up with a strong offense. They finished in the bottom ten in DVOA, with Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward being the main contributors. The Browns signed Jadaveon Clowney, John Johnson III, Takkarist McKinley, Troy Hill, and Anthony Walker Jr. to enhance their defense. They also invested their first and second-round picks in the 2021 draft on defensive players, which should benefit them in the long run. I believe their defense’s effectiveness will be determined by how well their defensive coordinator coaches them and how well McKinley and Clowney perform.
Cincinnati Bengals- How fast can Burrow bounce back after his injury?
According to reports, Joe Burrow tore his ACL in November last year and is still not 100%. He did avoid the PUP/NFI list, which is a good sign for his recovery. Usually, when QBs come back from a major injury like an ACL, it takes almost the whole season to return to form. In some cases like Robert Griffin’s, they never return to how they were pre-injury. I think it will take Burrow a couple of weeks to adjust back to the game, and having Ja’Marr Chase will definitely help. The Bengals’ poor O-Line play last won’t help Burrow recover, so hopefully, the new offseason additions help him stay upright next season. The Bengals are still in the process of rebuilding, and keeping their franchise quarterback healthy should be their top concern.