Heading into last season, Nate Orchard had to be feeling good about his situation. The Browns selected him in the second round in 2015 after he had 18.5(!) sacks his senior season at Utah, and all he did to reward them was go out and start 11 of his first 15 regular season games while notching three sacks and an interception. If he could’ve built on that with a strong sophomore campaign, Orchard could’ve set himself to cash in early from his rookie contract and put himself closer to being in the elite pass rusher category.
After he was traded to the Patriots for backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, he’s on a team that has other deep threats like Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan. Tom Brady could be the one to realize the potential that made Dorsett a first-round pick two years ago.
His third year was always when I expected Dorsett to break out. I didn’t expect his production his first two years to be quite that low. His athleticism and ability jumped off the screen, but it was readily apparent that he need some polishing on his route running and other nuances of playing the receiver position. Now that he has gotten his feet wet, I think its time for Dorsett to really take off.
Now the Bucs went out and got DeSean Jackson this offseason, so it’s not like Shepard was likely to start. He probably would’ve been relegated to being a “special teams guy” had he chosen to re-sign with Tampa. Instead he moved on and signed with the Carolina Panthers, and I think this is going to be a sneaky great signing for them.
Shepard fits what the Panthers like to do on offense, and I also think he fits their offensive personality. For all his speed and quickness, Shepard is tough too. He will block. He will Cheap Raider Jerseys catch the tough pass in traffic. And he can adjust to balls that aren’t Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball perfect.