Ok, so I’m bored sitting here thinking about what I can write with regards to the 2017 NFL London games when my mind starts wandering to which teams and players I’m most looking forward to seeing this year – yeah, there really is NOTHING worthwhile going on in the NFL right now. After a little time spent thinking about it, this is the list I’ve come up with. Perhaps this will change as the season starts and players perform well or poorly but for now, this is who I’m looking forward to seeing in London.
Larry Fitzgerald – Absolutely no surprises here I’m sure. I guess this is the guy most people are looking forward to seeing play before his retirement from the game. He’s been to 10 Pro Bowls in his 13-year career and holds too many NFL and Cardinals’ records to mention. He’s also a player I have respect for as he seems to be just about getting on with his job and not trying to shock in order to make headlines like far too many NFL players do today – yeah, I can be a grumpy old git!
In the least appealing game, to me, of the 2017 NFL London matchups, Larry Fitzgerald is definitely the player I’m most interested in watching play.
I did a post about him a while ago which can be found here.
Aaron Donald – Yet another, “How could it be anyone else?” selection for me. This guy is just a wrecking ball in the middle of that defensive line. In recent years I’ve tried my hardest to like the St. Louis/LA Rams as I thought they were an up-and-coming young team, at one point, that deserved to have an eye kept on them – I guess Mr Fisher put paid to that, huh?
Recently voted #15 on the Top 100 NFL Players of 2017, Aaron Donald is the only Ram that I can think of that gets my interest. His short stature and pure power are what I think will get him in Carson Palmer’s face during that matchup at Twickenham. On a boring and poor team, the LA Rams have this gem leading the charge on defense – poor bastard.
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees – Another easy one this year is New Orleans Saints’ QB Drew Brees. He’s another legend of the game that I can’t wait to see play before he retires. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be cheering for the Dolphins when the two teams meet at Wembley, but I’ll be appreciating the skill of Brees as well.
Just like Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals, Drew Brees has been in the league for a while now (16 seasons) and has been to the Pro Bowl 10 times and also holds far too many NFL and team records for me to me bothered typing out here. Let’s just say that we NFL London game-goers are going to be treated to watching yet another sure thing as far as Hall of Fame inductees go. Legend.
I did a post about him which can be found here.
Laremy Tunsil – I should probably be banging on about “London-born Jay Ajayi!” with this one but, to be honest, he’s not the first on the list of Dolphins players I’m looking forward to seeing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m not looking forward to seeing him because I am, especially if he can come to the 2017 NFL season with the same kind of performances he showed he’s capable of in 2016. It’s just that I’m not sure about him and whether he’s going to be as successful. Anyway, time will tell and I could very well be proven wrong to not have him here on my little list.
I am, however, intrigued to see how Dolphins offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil has progressed and whether he is turning into the superstar lineman he was touted as being before all the gas mask smoking BS reared its ugly head during the draft. I’ll be honest and say that I’m not even sure where he’ll be playing along that line right now but suspect I’ll find out once training camp starts and we start getting information about teams and their players.
So yeah, wow, Laremy Tunsil, where did that come from? I’m also looking forward to seeing the usual suspects along the defensive line of Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake as they try to break down that improved Saints offensive line as I like a good trench warfare scrap.
Danny Woodhead – I reckon the Baltimore Ravens are making some good moves to get themselves back into the playoff picture in 2017 and haven’t been shy about signing the more veteran players available to help them do so. One of the players they’ve picked up is the type of understated players who just gets on with the job and doesn’t crave the limelight and I love that! My pick of players I’m looking forward to seeing play in London in 2017 is RB Danny Woodhead. He just gets it done!
I don’t expect him to set the place on fire and he’ll probably be a backup, splitting time with someone like ex-Cleveland Brown, Terrance West who had his best season to date in 2016.
Maybe another weird one but I just like this guy and he always looks like he could break out for a big gain on any run or pass play.
Dalvin Cook – I can’t wait to see this guy play in 2017. I get the impression that people are saying he’s not going to see as many touches of the ball as fellow newcomer to the Vikings, Latavius Murray, but I’m not so sure. That Minnesota Vikings offensive line looks kinda ok but not great. Because of that, my little brain tells me that, surely, Cook should be better suited with his elusiveness?
I only saw Murray play a few times last season as I didn’t watch many Raiders games but I’d have to say he didn’t look exceptional even though he played behind that fantastic offensive line they have. I have no idea who will start for the Vikings at running back in 2017 and I think it’s all to play for during training camp. If Cook doesn’t take the starting job during training camp I reckon he’ll have it before the end of the season with Murray backing him up and coming in on plenty of passing downs.
Leonard Fournette – You know what, even though this guy is one of the players I’ve been most looking forward to seeing in the NFL for a while now, I had a tough job picking one player from this team that I’m most looking forward to seeing.
I know that the same could be said for last season (2016), but this Jacksonville Jaguars team looks stacked with potential on both sides of the ball! I so hope that a change of coaching staff is going to be the turning point for the Jags and if Blake Bortles can sort himself out, they’ve got the potential to go far. They even look to have a decent offensive line for Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette to use and the running back has the potential to be a game-changer this season.
If the QB and wide receivers don’t book their ideas up though, Fournette is going to have one hell of a rough time trying to do it all in his rookie year.
That defense is looking good as well now. Again, let’s hope that changes at the coaching level can reap great rewards for the Jaguars this season.
The whole Cleveland Browns team – Seriously, I’m a Browns fan, what did you expect? There are so many veteran players on the team that I’m looking forward to seeing like OT Joe Thomas, OG Kevin Zeitler and Joel Bitonio, OC J.C. Tretter and WR Kenny Britt to see if he can alleviate my annoyance at Terrell Pryor being let go, to LB Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey, CB Joe Haden and whether he’s back on form or just knackered after constant groin injuries and big Danny Shelton etc etc etc, but I’m also mega excited about seeing this year’s draft class take to the field. SS Jabrill Peppers, DE Myles Garrett (who’s not excited about seeing this freak of nature play), DT Larry Ogunjobi and Caleb Brantley, TE David Njoku…the list just goes on for me.
You know that we’re all interested to see the QB battle play itself out, too, and who’ll be leading the Browns’ offense out onto the field come NFL London game time. Right now I wouldn’t dare put money on which QB it’ll be but I can’t help but be excited about the fact we got our QB of the future in the second round of this year’s draft in DeShone Kizer.
If I had to pick one player that I’m most looking forward to seeing it would be…………Myles Garrett. I just can’t wait to see him go at that average Minnesota Vikings offensive line along with the other young players the Browns now have in that unit. OMG, I’m so excited! LOL!
So, who are you most looking forward to seeing live at Wembley and/or Twickenham Stadium(s) in the NFL London 2017 games? Whether you’re a fan of one of the teams coming over to play in front of us or not, surely there must be a player or players that entertain you when they play?
As always, let us know in the comments below.