How to dress for the season opener
More than a decade after the beginning of the modern NFL season, the new NFL season is set to begin.
But while most of the league’s stars will be ready for the action to begin in earnest, a handful of players will be missing the first wave of preseason games due to injury.
Here are five of the biggest storylines heading into the opener and beyond.
The New York Jets’ Brandon Marshall and the Detroit Lions’ Joique Bell will be absent from the opener 1.1.1 The New England Patriots have announced that they will be without their top two pass-rushers.
This will come as no surprise to any Jets fan.
After missing the season finale due to a torn ACL, Marshall had been expected to be back on the field for the opener against the Cleveland Browns.
But the injury has left the Patriots with a hole at their defensive end position.
The team’s other two pass rushers, linebacker Jabaal Sheard and safety Devin McCourty, will also be absent, leaving a void at the position.
With the team currently in a position of needing at least two players to be ready to play at the start of the season, it would seem the only safe bet is to bring back Marshall and Bell.
But there are still other defensive linemen that could be called upon as well, especially if cornerback Kyle Arrington is unable to play due to his injury.
The Jets could also try to make room on the roster by bringing in a veteran who has played a big role in the team’s success over the last two seasons.
That’s exactly what the team has done in the past, including with cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has been one of the NFL’s top playmakers and pass-rushing specialists.
The Lions could also be left in a similar situation as the Patriots, as they are not expected to have any of their top defensive linemen available for the first two games.
In other words, a roster spot could be open at cornerback for the Lions for the entire opener, if not longer.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to replace All-Pro safety William Moore with a veteran at safety.
Moore was released by the team in August following his one-year suspension, and it appears he’s done the damage he set out to do with the Bucs.
Moore, who started 10 games in his first three seasons with the team, will now have to start the season on the sideline.
The Bucs were expected to sign Moore to a two-year, $12 million deal before he was released, but he was unable to negotiate his new deal, so the team had to make a decision on his future.
With Moore likely to be out for the majority of the opener, the Buccaneers have already made the decision to move on from their franchise player, so it’s unclear if they will re-sign him or bring him back.
Moore’s departure will be particularly concerning for the team because he had been a major factor in their success during the second half of last season.
With that being said, the Bucs did bring in veteran safety Earl Thomas to help ease Moore’s transition into the league.
Thomas has started 13 games in three seasons, making him the Bucs’ top safety.
Thomas was drafted by the Bucs with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft, and he has been a steady contributor for the franchise in his career.
He has a career record of 14 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and 11 pass breakups.
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to start rookie quarterback Josh McCown at quarterback.
It’s not exactly a surprise to anyone that McCown would return to the starting lineup this week.
The Colts’ offensive line has been plagued by injuries over the years, and the team struggled to run the ball in 2016, even when McCown was under center.
That was the first time in his NFL career that McConys career was impacted by injuries, and that was not the case in 2017.
With Luck likely to miss the rest of the preseason with a shoulder injury, McCown will be the first quarterback to start in the regular season opener.
It will be interesting to see how the Colts’ offense will play out as McCown returns to the field, as he has shown flashes of greatness.
McCown has thrown for over 3,000 yards in three of his four seasons in Indianapolis, and while he is not a top-five quarterback in the NFL, he is certainly a good option in the AFC South.
The Miami Dolphins will likely start wide receiver DeVante Parker at quarterback for the second straight week.
Parker, who was signed by the Dolphins last offseason, has struggled to play on the outside of the offense in his rookie season.
His struggles have been well-documented, but the team will be hoping Parker can get off to a strong start against the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Parker is the second wide receiver on the Dolphins’ roster, joining rookie DeVante Boyd, who the team signed to a one- year contract in