The 2017 New Orleans Saints ranked tops in the NFL in DVOA, which is pretty amazing considering how heavily the Saints relied on their rookies.
Barkley—who accumulated 3,801 yards from scrimmage and scored 43 touchdowns during his final two seasons with the Nittany Lions—looks primed to make a huge impact right away and is the early favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Looking at the running back depth chart, Barkley doesn’t have much competition for carries. He’ll take the bulk of rush attempts and serve as a viable receiving threat out of the backfield starting in Week 1.
Similar to the Browns, the New York Jets established their intentions at quarterback during free agency. General manager Mike Maccagnan re-signed Josh McCown and added Teddy Bridgewater, knowing he’d target a signal-caller in the first round of the draft.
Head coach Todd Bowles didn’t rule out Sam Darnold as a Week 1 starter, but he must climb over two veteran quarterbacks on the depth chart. McCown looked solid last year before breaking his left hand. The team expects Bridgewater to participate in organized team activities despite concerns about his knee, per ESPN.com reporter Rich Cimini.
The Jets don’t have the strongest offensive line. McCown and Bryce Petty took a combined 47 sacks last year. Spencer Long serves as an upgrade at center, but Bowles isn’t going to throw out the potential franchise signal-caller Week 1 unless there’s full confidence that he can handle leaks up front.