At times last year, the Vikings seemed ambivalent about quarterback Case Keenum. The Broncos definitely don’t.
After two seasons (arguably three) of subpar quarterback play and quarterback competitions that kept the winner from thriving as much as he could, the Broncos are all in with Keenum. And the players are, too.
Since becoming the Indians’ primary closer in 2014, Allen has consistently performed at a high level. He and Kenley Jansen are the only pitchers to record at least 20 saves with an ERA under 3.00 in each of the previous four seasons, owning a strong 12.1 K/9 innings pitched in that span as well. — Wildstein, ESPN Stats & Information
One of the last men standing after the Marlins’ offseason rebuild, Realmuto finished fourth among catchers in WAR last season (3.6). He is second among backstops in hits during the past two seasons, and he has impressive athleticism for a catcher, stealing at least eight bases in each of the past three seasons (note — on the DL with a back injury). — Kraemer, ESPN Stats & Information
Dupree had a career-high six sacks last season with the Steelers. He has 14.5 sacks in 38 career games over his first three years in Pittsburgh.
While the Steelers have been able to produce talented linebackers for years, they haven’t had an outside linebacker get at least 10 sacks since James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley had 10.5 and 10 sacks, respectively, in 2010. As a former first-round pick, the Steelers will have a decision to make on Dupree’s fifth-year option after this season. A double-digit sack season from Dupree would certainly ensure the team will do so.
Denver’s ownership situation was in the news, so I figured it would be instructive to lay out how things have worked there over the last five years, since owner Pat Bowlen got sick. At the time, the decision was made that there wasn’t one specific candidate out of Bowlen’s seven children who was ready to run the franchise, so his ownership was turned over to a three-person trust made up of team president Joe Ellis, general counsel Rich Slivka and attorney Mary Kelly.