Ebs’ Hot Takes: NFL Training Camp

BALLSTON SPA, NY – I could have easily made this week’s column about the new-look New York Yankees and their new rebuilding lifestyle.Bills TC

But let’s face it… If I did that, there’s a very good chance this whole column could be moot by 4 p.m. because half the team could be gone. From what I’ve been reading, just about everyone but Masahiro Tanaka, Dellin Betances, Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley have been floated around as trade bate. Oh, and A-Rod, too.

So, with that being said, let’s talk some football!

This week’s hot takes are about the NFL and some of the hottest topics buzzing in training camp.

Enjoy this week’s set of Ebs’ Hot Takes!

Tyrod Taylor… More like TyGOD Taylor! Okay, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but this guy’s legit!

AP Photo - Bill Wippert
AP Photo – Bill Wippert

Did you know that Tyrod Taylor had a better passer rating and completion percentage than the almighty Tom Brady last year? Yup! Taylor single-handedly won games for the Bills last season, yet he continues to fly under the radar in the national media landscape.

Taylor is about to have a breakout season. For the first time in his career, he entered training camp as the starting quarterback. A full summer taking reps with the starters will do wonders, with or without a healthy Sammy Watkins.

I’m in the minority that believes the Bills are playoff-bound this season, and it’ll be Taylor leading the charge. Will Buffalo win the division? Eh, maybe not, but second place in the AFC East and a wild-card berth is definitely not out of the question.

I mean, Rex Ryan’s defense can’t get any worse, right? Nahhh.

Patriots Nation’s in for a rude awakening. I’m sorry Pats fans, but the New England Patriots are not about to go 3-1 or 4-0 like many of you believe.

AP Photo - Elise Amendola
AP Photo – Elise Amendola

Believe it or not, but Tom Brady is the glue that holds this team together. This isn’t 2008 when Matt Cassel was surrounded by seven Pro Bowlers.

Sure the Patriots have two of the best tight ends in the NFL, but they don’t have a No. 1 wide receiver. Julian Edelman is nothing more than Wes Welker, Dion Lewis is slightly overrated, often has the injury bug, and New England traded away it’s biggest pass rushing threat in the offseason.

This division is up for grabs much more than people like to admit.

Odell Beckham Jr. is overrated. There. I said it.

And I’ll say it again.

OBJ2Odell Beckham Jr. is overrated.

Not only has his swag and overconfidence captivated the NFL, but OBJ has even captivated some very smart fantasy football analysts. There are actually some people out there making cases for the New York Giants wide receiver as the No. 1 overall player in their fantasy rankings. Jeez.

Isn’t this the same guy that let Josh Norman get in his head so much that he got suspended the following week? Oh, and by the way, Norman will see Beckham twice each season now.

What about the time OBJ threw a punch at Duke Williams when playing the Bills last season, just because Williams blocked him after an interception?

Does OBJ have talent? Yes. Undoubtedly.

However, I can’t trust him until the guy can keep his cool every time a player gets physical with him. This game involves tackling after all.

Until next time… Come back tomorrow for Junoir Blaber and please follow us on Twitter at @DJEberle66 & @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.