Which NFL players will lose their starting jobs next season? I’ll kick off the discussion.
1. Geno Smith. Mike Vick is the better quarterback and Rex Ryan’s job is on the line. The Jets will lose a few games early in the season and Ryan will bench Smith for Vick.
2. Matt Schaub. He won’t bounce back, the Raiders will lose and Dennis Allen, hoping to save his job, will switch to Derek Carr.
3. Chad Henne. The Jaguars don’t want to anoint rookie Blake Bortles as the starter, but he will outperform Henne in training camp and earn the starting job.
4. Le’Veon Bell. It won’t take the Steelers long to figure out that LeGarrette Blount is the better tailback on first and second down. Blount averaged 5.0 yards per carry last season. Bell averaged 3.5. He will become the Steelers’ third-down change-of-pace back, and his main value will be as a pass-catcher.
Surprise: Eddie Lacy. He’s a good short-yardage back, but he averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 2.3 yards after contact per carry last season. James Starks averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 3.0 yards after contact per carry last season. Starks will be 28 next season.