Welcome to The Truda Report everybody. For the first time the NFL trade deadline was filled with blockbuster trades. Younger, and more aggressive GM's are willing to make moves, so that resulted in a lot for me to talk about today. I'll quickly touch on each major trade, and then highlight some of the bigger stories from the NFL the last couple of days. Make sure to share this article as it helps TTR grow. Also, game seven of the World Series is tonight, so make sure to watch as this has been an incredible series.
NFL Trade Deadline:
49ers 2nd Round Pick - Jimmy Garopolo:
The New England Patriots finally dealt Jimmy G. Garopolo created a lot of buzz after preforming well in Tom Brady's absence at the beginning of last year. There is a big risk factor with him though, as he only has 94 pass attempts in his entire career, and was injured in only his second game. This move shows that the Niners clearly want to start their rebuild by getting a solid quarterback, and this is a good move in that direction. If Garopolo plays well the Niners have their quarterback for years to come, and if not he walks in free agency and they go after Kirk Cousins. On the Patriots end of things this shows a belief in Tom Brady's health and his ability to play another 2-3 years. This will be an interesting situation to follow in San Francisco.
Bills 3rd and 7th Round Picks - Kelvin Benjamin:
When your only offensive weapon is an injured Greg Olsen, I don't see the point in trading the best wide out on the roster. That's what the Panthers did though, as the Bills now get the number one receiver they needed. This make Carolina's offense weaker, obviously, but this should open up more opportunities for Funchess and McCaffrey. On the Bills side of things, they now become a real threat in the AFC. Their defense has been lock down all year, and now the offense should be able to keep up. By the way, for you fantasy players out there, this only make LeSean McCoy better, as defenses will have to stop stacking the box.
Eagles 4th Round Pick - Jay Ajayi:
As a Miami Dolphins fan, I can say with an incredible amount of knowledge on the situation that this was possibly the worst trade in NFL history. Ajayi has the traits of the best running backs in the game. Last year he led the league in forced missed tackles (aka juking ability) and in yards after contact (aka breaking tackles). Those two stats are the most important to me since something like yards per carry can depend on an offensive line. Speaking of offensive lines, the Dolphins have the worst in the NFL. Ajayi was hit in the backfield more than any other running back in the NFL this season, and it completely took away his ability to run successfully. We saw last year how lethal he could be with good blocking (three 200 yard games) but he didn't get the same help upfront this season. Miami was absolutely fleeced. On the Eagles end of things they now have a very deep running back core, and they could be the favorites to go to the Super Bowl.
Ezekiel Elliot's suspension has once again been reinstated. This is a big hit to the Cowboys as he has been incredible the last couple of weeks. The Cowboys are almost impossible to beat when their rushing attack is on point, and Zeke gave them that luxury the last couple of weeks. Now, with a tough stretch of games ahead, the Cowboys aren't in a good spot.
The NFL has now announced that Kiko Alonso will not be suspended for his hit on Joe Flacco, which concussed the quarterback. It was a had hit to the head, but ask anyone who knows football and they will defend Alonso. Flacco scrambled, tried to pick up the first down, realized he couldn't, slid late, and was hit hard due to it. Alonso was going full speed, was already leaning forward to hit Flacco low, and due to the quarterback sliding late, Alonso's shoulder went right into Flacco's head. I'm glad the NFL didn't suspend Kiko, not just because I'm a Dolphins fan, but because when you actually look at the play and don't just go with your gut reaction you realize Kiko wasn't in the wrong.
High School Senior from Connecticut obsessed with sports stats, facts, and management.