High drama with star running backs and the AFC South. The kind of drama that could determine who wins what has become one of the most intense divisions in the NFL.
Yesterday, news broke that Jacksonville Jaguars castaway and proven 1,000 yard rusher, Leonard Fournette, will be going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving Tom Brady yet another serious weapon in their campaign to win a Superbowl this year. And creating the possibility that Fournette could become a champion just down the road from his old team.
Then we have Alvin Kamara and his ineffective contract talks with the New Orleans Saints, that have lead to the team being open to the possibility of trading their all world running back. It’s unclear where Kamara would go or how serious the team is about unloading him. You’ve got to believe Sean Payton would like to make it work.
The arrival of Tom Brady in the South and the resulting prime time games means that the spotlight will be indirectly on these running backs. And should TB12 or Drew Brees get injured again, then these backs might very well carry the entire show.
And we haven’t even considered Christian McCaffrey in Carolina, who could have a better year than both of these guys.
Should Kamara stay put, then you’ve got to put the Bucs and Saints on the same level offensively for now. Fournette was the missing piece of that offense (although lack of a real back up for Brady worries me more) and if that passing game isn’t as dynamic as we believe, the Bucs now have a workhorse to pick up the load.
Either way, when it’s all over the decisions made by Leonard Fournette and Alvin Kamara would have set the wheels in motion over who goes further this year.