He had only four hits, but one of those a pinch-hit solo blast against the Rockies on Sept. 10 showed a sparkle of the promise that Verdugo holds.
Why he could break out: Even though Verdugo didn’t do a lot of hitting in his 23 at-bats with the Dodgers last season, there is every indication that he will if given greater opportunity.
Hyde is certainly the most notable of the three players, but it’s difficult to believe that the Browns also couldn’t have drafted and developed a better running back than the former 49ers starter, who is on a three-year, $15 million pact.
The one hope is that Hyde ends up in a scheme which plays to his strengths in the short-term alongside Tyrod Taylor.
As Evan Silva pointed out on Twitter, Hyde has been significantly more effective in the shotgun than he has under center as a pro, which is also true for Taylor.
The bright side of the Hyde signing is what it suggests: that the Browns likely won’t use the No.
1 overall pick on Saquon Barkley and intend to draft a quarterback.
Free agency wasn’t the only reason Philadelphia was able to take home the Lombardi Trophy. They traded for Timmy Jernigan, who totaled 2.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss, in the offseason. Philadelphia also pulled off a midseason trade for Ajayi, who averaged 5.8 yards per carry in seven regular season games with the Eagles.
They had some hits in last year’s draft, too. First-rounder Derek Barnett recorded five sacks and a forced fumble in his rookie season. He also recovered the Tom Brady fumble that shut down the Patriots’ late-game rally in Super Bowl 52. Barnett is one of several stars the Eagles have drafted in recent years, joining Wentz, tight end Zach Ertz, and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Nelson Agholor, their 2015 first-round pick, finally broke through for his best season yet.
As with any championship-winning team, there’s some luck involved, too. For the Eagles, that included snagging kicker Jake Elliott off of the Bengals’ practice squad when Caleb Sturgis got hurt.