Going, Going, Gone The Denver Broncos suddenly have a stockpile of young passcatchers with extraordinary potential. This seems to be the perfect arrangement for KJ Hamler, as defenses will not be able to put their focus on stopping the explosive playmaker. They’ve also learned that Hamler has serious “game speed” and somehow becomes even faster once the ball is in his hands. Something tells me he will be doing some serious damage as he quickly becomes a fan favorite in the Mile High City.
Yetur Gonna Eat The Carolina Panthers are in search of its new identity as they move on from the Cam Newton era while attempting the rebuild the defense. This should make for the perfect home for Yetur Gross-Matos, who will immediately give the Panthers pass rush a major boost, and should be chasing down quarterbacks for years to come in Charlotte.
New York Nittany Lions Cam Brown is set to join a plethora of fellow Nittany Lions alumni as he joins the New York Giants, where he’ll be reunited with Saquon Barkley, Grant Haley, and Austin Johnson, who recently joined the team as a free agent. However, Brown seems most excited for the opportunity to continue working with Sean Spencer, who once recruited Brown to come to Penn State as a defensive end, before ultimately making the transition to outside linebacker. John Reid is also set to reunite with a former Penn State coach, joining Bill O’Brien in Houston, nearly a decade after initially catching his eye as someone destined for the NFL.
Bucking Expectations Robert Windsor is preparing for the next stage of his football journey in Indianapolis, where he helped Penn State win a Big Ten championship as a redshirt freshman. He knows he’ll be starting under the radar as a sixth-round pick, but is ready to become a mainstay in the trenches.
Looking Ahead There are three Nittany Lions who seem poised to be high draft picks in 2021, or possibly later. Micah Parsons and Pat Freiermuth seem like surefire first round draft picks, while Jayson Oweh has the physical tools that every NFL team desires in a passrusher as he prepares for his first season as a starter and a potential breakout year in Happy Valley.
Memories, Sweet Memories Call me weird, but my favorite type of football game is when a high-powered offense that is viewed as unstoppable is held in check. It’s thrilling to watch it unfold, unsure if the dam is going to break at any moment or if the defense will be able to do the unthinkable for a full 60 minutes. It’s why the 1987 Fiesta Bowl will forever be known as one of the greatest games in college football history. Oh yeah, and it also brought a national championship to Happy Valley. Enjoy the rebroadcast and relieve those memories if you were fortunate to view it live, or enjoy a crash course in Penn State history if you’re a more recent Nittany Lion faithful.
The QB Room Let’s shift from the past to the future — with the commitment of Christian Veilleux, Penn State is loaded with star-power at quarterback for years to come. L247 takes a look at how things might shake out with so much talent fighting to see the field.