Editors Note:- Throughout the season we’ll be asking Toilets to Titles team members to answer us a few questions.
Today we have Ben, Eric, and Coach Schepps to answer some questions on 2021.
Who do you think will have the better season, Mike Williams, Darnell Mooney or Laviska Shenault Jr?
Ben – I think the answer here is Darnell Mooney. It feels like the stars are aligning, and he could take a step forward in his production to be the rare day 3 WR who breaks out. From week one to week six last year, Mooney saw a snap count share of 60%. From week seven onwards, his snap count share was 83.4%. Now, clearly the number two wide receiver on the bears, I see no reason he won’t see that kind of snap share over the whole season. That gives him legitimate 120 targets upside this year. Then factor in that he’s going into his second season where WR’s generally show the most improvement. The offseason will be more typical compared to last year and hopefully, the Bears have improved QB play(in the form of Justin Fields). Mooney is the player I want on my roster out of these three.
Eric – I’m all in on a Laviska breakout. While DJ Chark may be at the top of the depth chart I think Laviska is at the top of the talent chart. He’s got great hands and runs like the wind, making him a threat to take it to the house on any play.
Schepps – It’s ‘viska all the way. ‘viska is built differently than Mike and Mooney. I think both Williams and Mooney have the upside of a high end WR2 but ‘viska has the upside of a high end WR1. ‘viska is going to put the NFL world on notice this season, keep your eyes open and your Fantasy Football roster full of Shenault.
What is your best guess for James Robinson’s stat line in 2021?
Ben – I don’t think the drafting of Travis Etienne is a death knell for James Robinson production. I see a usage similar to that the New Orleans Saints had in the Alvin Karma/Mark Ingram era with Robinson in the Ingram role. Over 17 games, I think he still has a decent shot at a 1000 rushing yard season. I’ll say 215 carries for 975 yards rushing and 40 targets for 32 receptions for 224 yards, 8 TD’s in total 6 rushing and 2 receiving.
Eric – As Travis Etienne gets accustomed to the NFL game I think James Robinson has a decent start to the year but will fade down the back half as the Jags second first round pick shows everyone why he was a first round pick. Final stat line for Robinson is 700 yards rushing with 5 touchdowns and next to no stats in the receiving department.
Schepps – If you look at Urban Meyer’s offensive structures at Florida and Ohio State, you will see running backs like Chris Rainey & Jeff Demps as well as running backs like Tim Tebow(basically) & Ezekiel Elliott. There is a role in that Jaguars offense for Etienne and Robinson. My best guess for James Robinsons stat line in 20201 is 240 carries, 1032 rushing yards, 8 Rushing TDs, 30 Receptions, 210 Rec yards & 1 Receiving TD.
Does Jalen Hurts start for the Eagles all-season or lose his starting spot?
Ben –Unless they trade for Deshaun Watson, Jalen Hurts will start for the Eagles all season. The Eagles have the draft capital to get their Quarterback in the 2022 NFL draft, if that’s what they want to do. That makes this season all about finding out if Jalen Hurts can be a franchise QB.
Eric – I believe the Eagles are a real contender to acquire Watson in a trade. I also believe they Hurts is a bad NFL quarterback. Phenomenal athlete but it’s a huge question mark on if he can make all of the throws. The eagles are giving him every opportunity to take the job but I don’t think it’s his still by the end of the season.
Schepps – I think the Eagles will let Jalen start for the majority of the season. I expect the Eagles to have some troubles this season and to not finish with a very good record. Down the stretch, I could see the fans turning on Jalen and the Eagles front office throwing them a bone by benching Jalen and riding out the wave until the 2022 NFL Draft where I expect them to take a QB.