This is an interesting choice. The Panthers, with Jonathan Stewart on the wrong side of age 30, did need a running back. Leonard Fournette was off the board. McCaffrey’s versatility will bring a new dimension to the Carolina offense. But is it justified to use such a lofty pick on a running back who is likely to get in the range of 10 to 15 carries per game rather than 20 or more?
Ross is a speedster. But he’s also a good all-around receiver. Still, the Bengals probably didn’t need to use the No. 9 choice to get him.
As The Post’s Des Bieler writes, this isn’t the first time Fitzpatrick has been signed to be a backup, only to have the starter in front of him go down to injury. It’s known as the ‘Ryan Fitzpatrick curse.’ After the game, Bucs Coach Dirk Koetter said that X-rays for Winston were negative, and that the quarterback will undergo an MRI this week. Winston himself said he’d be back “soon.”
There were some major injuries during the 1 p.m. games: Julio Jones left the Falcons’ loss to Buffalo with a hip injury and did not return, Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook left the team’s loss to Detroit with what is feared to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota left the team’s loss to Houston with a hamstring injury.
During the 4 p.m. games, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr left the team’s matchup against the Broncos in the second half with an injury. Carr was clutching his back after being sacked, and did not return.
The Browns should be able to put a better team around the QB. That’s not saying much, of course, following a one-win season. But at least it’s something. The problem is, will the play at QB be any better? Is rookie DeShone Kizer, named the starter entering the season, the future there? If the Browns get to the end of the season and don’t have at least some idea about the likelihood that Kizer can fill the QB void, that will be a major failure.