Rookie Dalvin Cook enters Week 1 as the Vikings’ starting rusher after bursting onto the scene in the preseason.

Despite considerable excitement surrounding Jameis Winston, the Bucs’ third-year starter still was only a Tier 3 QB in voting this year. Will he ascend? That question is paramount in part because the Buccaneers play a league-high 10 games against QBs in the top two tiers. How frequently will Winston give Tampa Bay an edge?

When the center points to someone, that’s who the offensive line is working to. Often, the QB will also point to the same player, or someone else if needed, so everyone is on the same page. This lets the defense know which way the center is sliding in pass protection. The defensive line will call stunts/twists AWAY from where the center is sliding because those two offensive linemen are man-to-man. It’s hard to run a stunt with the center sliding your direction.

Wentz followed that up with a pretty 15-yard pass to Jeffery, his other new receiving threat. It looks like Philly’s offseason acquisitions are fitting right in.

“Definitely a lot of pride,” Rhodes said of the one-on-one matchup. “I have to come down with the tackle. When he was here we had a couple of conversations that I told him I’m not going to back down from him. He told me we’re going to see how that ends. We’re definitely going to see how that ends Monday night.”

Though the future Hall of Famer may have the spotlight now, another running back hopes to make headlines in his debut as Peterson’s successor.

Rookie Dalvin Cook enters Week 1 as the Vikings’ starting rusher after bursting onto the scene in the preseason. The similarities between Cook and Peterson have been debated since the ex-Florida State product was drafted in the second round last April.steelers_122

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