You’ll get no shortage of bold predictions during the offseason. The offseason is prime hype season. Even Amari Cooper himself said he is aiming for 2000 yards in 2019. Let’s be real. Now I am going to shoot my shot at a couple bold predictions that could actually come true.
Kyler Murray Leads All Quarterbacks in Total Yardage
The NFL has no shortage of dual threat quarterbacks. Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, John Allen, and Lamar Jackson just to name a few. Kyler Murray might be the best passer out of all of them. His quick release and pinpoint accuracy allows him to hit his receivers early and lets them create yards after the catch. When it comes to rushing the football, we have seen how dangerous Murray is in the open field. I full expect Kliff Kingsbury to put Murray in the best position possible to not only win ROY but also quickly claim the title as the best dual threat quarterback in the NFL.
Joe Mixon Leads the NFL in Rushing Yardage
There are so many star running backs in the NFL today that the rushing title is truly up in the air. People usually debate between Barkley, Elliot, Kamara, or Johnson as 2019’s rushing leader. I am going with a dark horse candidate in Joe Mixon. He had a great season in 2018 and is looking to improve his totals going into year 3. Behind a better offensive line and playing in a more offensive friendly scheme will only improve his chances. After finishing with 1168 yards in 2018, I can see Mixon jumping into the 1300-1500 range.
Travis Kelce Leads the NFL in Receiving Yardage
This might be the boldest take I have but hear me out. Kelce finished 2018 with 1336 receiving yards in 2018. That ranked 10th in the NFL. Yes, I know George Kittle had more than Kelce and I know Kelce is a tight end, but given the outlook in 2019, Kelce could be in for a monster season. Tyreek Hill should be gone for most, if not all, of the 2019 season and besides the off-injured Sammy Watkins, there isn’t another proven receiver in Kansas City. Kelce will not only operate as the safety valve, but also the go-to option in the passing game. When talking about Mahomes and his production, all that yardage has to go somewhere. We might see a historic season out of Kelce in 2018, and you heard it here first.