NFC Roster Reset: Biggest signings/losses, burning quiz for every crew earlier than the 2022 NFL Draft

Our Roster Reset series takes a look at where things stand across the league heading into the 2022 NFL Draft. Kevin Patra examines the current makeup of the NFC below, addressing each team's biggest additions, losses and one burning question. Check back next week for the AFC.Want to know more about the Roster Reset series?…

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Our Roster Reset sequence takes a spy at where things stand throughout the league heading into the 2022 NFL Draft. Kevin Patra examines the present makeup of the NFC below, addressing every crew's biggest additions, losses and one burning quiz. Take a look at relief next week for the AFC.

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Dallas Cowboys
  • Biggest additions/signings: Michael Gallup, WR; DeMarcus Lawrence, DE; Dalton Schultz, TE
  • Biggest losses: Amari Cooper, WR; Randy Gregory, LB; La'el Collins, OT
  • 2022 draft picks: 9

BURNING QUESTION: What's the belief on the offensive line?

Grand of the offseason in Dallas has centered on the receiver recede, nonetheless the bigger quiz in my book is the offensive line. The community struggled with consistency remaining season and has but to acquire considerable upgrades. Correct kind out La'el Collins used to be reduce, and Connor Williams signed in Miami. Williams wasn't going to be retained after his struggles, nonetheless the Cowboys now bear a glaring gap. For years, Dallas boasted a talented O-line that allowed Dak Prescott to characteristic unscathed. Now attrition and age bear location in, and it be a unit on the verge of teetering. I will most definitely be nervous if the Cowboys don't use at the very least one of their first two picks in the draft to possess a gap and/or add depth up front. 

New York Giants
  • Biggest additions/signings: Tyrod Taylor, QB; Tag Glowinski, OL; Jon Feliciano, OL
  • Biggest losses: Evan Engram, TE; Logan Ryan, S; Kyle Rudolph, TE
  • 2022 draft picks: 9

BURNING QUESTION: Will the offensive line FINALLY be mounted? 

Dave Gettleman hacked away at fixing the Giants' O-line factors love a blindfolded youngster swinging at a birthday piñata. He omitted over and over -- whereas the onlookers chuckled. Recent GM Joe Schoen must strive and acknowledge to the riddle plaguing Broad Blue for years. So far, saddled with a inappropriate salary cap disclose, Schoen's response has been so to add veterans who can present steadiness and skills on somewhat cheap contracts. Gobbling up low-level vets to present depth is a catch launch as a lot as the overhaul -- critically given the cap restraints. With two top-10 picks in the draft, Schoen can then add at the very least one talented teen to the mix to total the transform.

Philadelphia Eagles
  • Biggest additions/signings: Haason Reddick, OLB; Jason Kelce, C; Fletcher Cox, DT
  • Biggest losses: Hassan Ridgeway, DL; Brandon Brooks, OG (retired); Alex Singleton, LB
  • 2022 draft picks: 11

BURNING QUESTION: One more first-spherical WR incoming?

After spending loads of the previous month re-signing their believe free agents and making one gigantic play for dilapidated Temple Owl Haason Reddick, we wondered when the patented Howie Roseman splash maneuver used to be coming. It came about to a particular level with Monday's draft swap with the Recent Orleans Saints. The Eagles shipped one of their first-spherical picks in 2022 for future draft capital. Already unloading one of their three first-rounders adjustments the calculus a diminutive bit for Roseman heading into the draft. After deciding on relief-to-relief first-spherical receivers in 2020 and 2021, he would possibly per chance capture to refill the trenches. Or, per chance with a necessity mild pending at receiver next to DeVonta Smith -- with Jalen Reagor now now not rising into a incompatibility-maker and after Philly did now not add a huge title in free company -- a wideout is mild on Roseman's wish checklist early in the draft. In a pivotal season for Jalen Hurts, surrounding the QB with talented WRs is the perfect technique to mediate his viability previous 2022.

Washington Commanders
  • Biggest additions/signings: Carson Wentz, QB; Andrew Norwell, OG; J.D. McKissic, RB
  • Biggest losses: Brandon Scherff, OG; Landon Collins, S; Matt Ioannidis, DL
  • 2022 draft picks: 6

BURNING QUESTION: Is Carson Wentz in fact the solution? 

Following the 2021 season, Washington's starting QB belief used to be in actuality: Anybody nonetheless Taylor Heinicke. That sentiment is how the Commanders ended up calling on every accessible signal-caller earlier than sooner or later landing on Wentz. The main-spherical pedigree continues to present Wentz pictures despite evidence that he is an inconsistent quarterback who would now not elevate the play of these spherical him. His inappropriate discontinue to the 2021 season (5 straight video games under 230 yards passing) left the Colts begging for somebody to take him off their fingers. They discovered a determined mate in Washington. To find how grand pre-draft evals follow players, distinction Wentz getting a third crew to put money into him carefully as a dilapidated first-rounder to how straightforward it is miles for Washington to avoid Heinicke, an undrafted player. Washington has pieces to make noise in the NFC East, starting with star receiver Terry McLaurin and operating relief Antonio Gibson. But if Wentz is an incorrect mess all over again, it'd be relief at the approach starting stage in 2023.  

Chicago Bears
  • Biggest additions/signings: Lucas Patrick, C; Byron Pringle, WR; Justin Jones, DT
  • Biggest losses: Khalil Mack, LB; Allen Robinson, WR; James Daniels, OG
  • 2022 draft picks: 6

BURNING QUESTION: Did the Bears attain ample to buffer Justin Fields in Year 2? 

Fields possesses the athletic ability to sooner or later discontinue the QB shuffling in Chicago after a long time of having a spy. Unlike varied clubs with young signal-callers, the cap-strapped Bears would possibly per chance well now not buffer Fields with grand skills this offseason. Losing Daniels in the middle and missing on restricted free agent guard Ryan Bates scheme the O-line rebuild is half-baked. Pringle is a magnificent third-fiddle receiver with upside nonetheless is now now not a game-altering skills. Chicago must seek to the draft so to add abet for Fields. Last twelve months, the Bears pass-catchers hardly ever ever helped the young signal-caller by making involving plays. Whereas there are strides for the QB to make from a processing standpoint in Year 2, he needs support. So far, it be exhausting to gaze where that can advance from originate air of rising star Darnell Mooney.

Detroit Lions
  • Biggest additions/signings: D.J. Chark, WR; Charles Harris, DE; Tracy Walker, S 
  • Biggest losses: Trey Plant life, DE; Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB; KhaDarel Hodge, WR
  • 2022 draft picks: 9

BURNING QUESTION: Will the defense proceed to make stronger without considerable additions? 

The Detroit brass appears intent on pushing the QB quiz into 2023. Within the extra fast future, will one of the crucial worst defenses in the NFL exhibit improvement without a huge-title old model addition? Re-upping Harris and Walker will support the core intact under DC Aaron Glenn, nonetheless loads of the Lions' offseason adds had been on the periphery. Signing corner Mike Hughes and bringing linebacker Jarrad Davis relief to Detroit had been catch, low-price moves with upside, nonetheless would possibly per chance fair now now not tremendously commerce the defense. Jeff Okudah strolling back from an Achilles depart would possibly per chance well be the most considerable addition to a secondary that needs support. The Lions are relying on the persisted improvement of its young players under Glenn and DB coach Aubrey Perfect. There are constructing blocks, with the likes of corner Amani Oruwariye and Levi Onwuzurike up front. Then there would possibly be the No. 2 overall take, which would possibly per chance well be passe on defense. Given the offseason moves, it make certain the Lions are relying on their coaching staff to maximize the skills somewhat than dispensing dough to import game-changers. 

Green Bay Packers
  • Biggest additions/signings: Aaron Rodgers, QB (extension); De'Vondre Campbell, LB; Allen Lazard, WR
  • Biggest losses: Davante Adams, WR; Za'Darius Smith, LB; Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR 
  • 2022 draft picks: 11

BURNING QUESTION: Who will Aaron Rodgers be throwing to in 2022? 

Adams wanted out, forcing a replace to the Raiders that came with a fresh contract. The collateral hurt of that fresh deal furthermore led straight to Valdes-Scantling now now not re-upping in Green Bay: Tyreek Hill desired to surpass Adams' contract, which resulted in Hill being traded to Miami, with Kansas Metropolis then scooping up MVS. Now it be unclear whom Rodgers returned to throw to. A 31-twelve months-venerable Randall Cobb is the most accomplished receiver on the roster. Lazard used to be retained on a restricted free agent gentle. Then it be Amari Rodgers and most likely whomever the Packers pluck out of the draft. No topic whom Green Bay selects, the improvement of Rodgers (a 2021 third-rounder) is fundamental to the makeup of the corps. You would possibly well per chance be in a plot to't bear a "draft and assemble" belief without the latter phase of the approach. The Packers haven't chosen a WR in the principle spherical since 2002 (Javon Walker). If that would now not commerce this twelve months, Wisconsin would possibly per chance insurrection. 

Minnesota Vikings
  • Biggest additions/signings: Za'Darius Smith, LB; Harrison Phillips, DL; Jordan Hicks, LB
  • Biggest losses: Xavier Woods, S; Tyler Conklin, TE; Michael Pierce, DT
  • 2022 draft picks: 8

BURNING QUESTION: Is the defense mounted? 

Kirk Cousins passe his leverage to derive one more twelve months of gigantic assured money and a no-replace clause. But the bigger focal point for the Vikings' offseason used to be on the defensive facet of the ball. In Mike Zimmer's remaining season, the D grew to develop into porous, and no amount of A-gap blitzes would possibly per chance stem the tide. This offseason, alongside with a fresh coaching staff, the Vikings imported Smith from Green Bay. If healthy, he'll pair successfully with Danielle Hunter to present the Vikes a two-headed monster. Z brings a versatility to the D-line Minnesota lacked in the previous. Including a comely-up specialist in Hicks helps the middle. Questions remain on the support discontinue, then all over again. Patrick Peterson's return helps some, nonetheless the 31-twelve months-venerable corner is now now not the same player he as soon as used to be. A Fangio-model D needs sticky corner play to work successfully. It be now now not certain whether or now now not the Vikes bear the horses to compete. Nonetheless, if the defense plays successfully, the Vikings would possibly also be a sneaky candidate to make noise in an NFC that has seen a load of skills proceed the conference. 

Atlanta Falcons
  • Biggest additions/signings: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB; Marcus Mariota, QB; Casey Hayward, CB
  • Biggest losses: Matt Ryan, QB; Russell Gage, WR; Foye Oluokun, LB 
  • 2022 draft picks:  9

BURNING QUESTION: What will Arthur Smith's offense seek love with a gutted receiving corps? 

The Matt Ryan replace signaled a considerable rebuild in Atlanta. Marcus Mariota's familiarity with Arthur Smith's device will most definitely be a profit, nonetheless whom will he be throwing to? Outdoors of tight discontinue Kyle Pitts, there would possibly be now not any dominant pass-catcher on the roster. Operating relief Cordarrelle Patterson would possibly per chance play a extra celebrated role in the passing game. Then what? The wide receiver room is a broad quiz mark. Calvin Ridley is suspended for at the very least the 2022 season. Russell Gage signed with division rival Tampa. The tip of the depth chart contains restricted free agent speedster Olamide Zaccheaus, dilapidated Bengal Auden Tate, dilapidated Lion KhaDarel Hodge and dilapidated Endure Damiere Bryd. Tate boasts the most skills out of the four, nonetheless he has managed devoted 799 yards on 61 catches in his four-twelve months profession. Currently, it be the thinnest receiver crew in your entire NFL. Furthermore, given Mariota's hurt history, Atlanta most likely is now now not performed adding to the QB room. The quiz is merely whether or now now not it comes high in the draft (No. 8 overall) or with a put up-draft old model addition. 

Carolina Panthers
  • Biggest additions/signings: D.J. Moore, WR (extension); Austin Corbett, OG; Donte Jackson, CB
  • Biggest losses: Haason Reddick, LB; Stephon Gilmore, CB; DaQuan Jones, DT
  • 2022 draft picks: 6

BURNING QUESTION: Is Carolina in fact giving Sam Darnold one more shot? 

Selecting up Darnold's fifth-twelve months likelihood remaining twelve months saddled the crew with the QB for one more season at $18.858 million assured. It be the handiest reason he's on the roster. But the Panthers can't head into a pivotal season for coach Matt Rhule with Darnold as the lone hope, devoted? RIGHT? Now we bear seen ample of Darnold to take hold of he's now now not going to support an offense. Even his ability to stride the offense when all the pieces sets up perfectly -- catch blockading, originate receivers off the snap -- is crimped by a propensity for turnovers and dunderheaded plays. It's miles who he is. Carolina has swung and omitted at every opportunity to upgrade the QB plot. The remaining, perfect chances are the draft. With the No. 6 overall take, the Panthers would possibly per chance bear their selection of signal-callers (Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, and a glorious deal of others.). It be now now not a huge twelve months to want a rookie QB, nonetheless Carolina is operating low on alternatives at the disclose.

New Orleans Saints
  • Biggest additions/signings: Jameis Winston, QB; Marcus Maye, S; Tre'Quan Smith, WR
  • Biggest losses: Sean Payton, coach; Terron Armstead, OT; Marcus Williams, S
  • 2022 draft picks:  7

BURNING QUESTION: Are the Saints rebuilding or reloading? 

On its face, the Saints' offseason appears love the form of a crew re-upping for one more disappear. They reputedly promoted all people after Payton stepped down. They re-signed Jameis to be the starter and old model Andy Dalton to possess the backup role. They imported security Marcus Maye, who is coming off an Achilles depart. They re-signed WR Tre'Quan Smith and DB P.J. Williams. These are all moves for a crew working find it irresistible be on the verge of one more postseason disappear. But Recent Orleans' losses are broad. Payton used to be a top-5 coach. Armstead used to be a stud left kind out who leaves a gaping gap. And Williams felt irreplaceable on the support discontinue of the defense. Add in Malcolm Jenkins retiring, and the Saints went from a incredible security duo to one with looming questions. Monday's replace offers the Saints ample resources so to add a playmaking wide receiver and most likely the QB of the future. If Recent Orleans is to contend in the principle twelve months sans Payton, the crew must hit multiple home runs with these draft picks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Biggest additions/signings: Tom Brady, QB; Ryan Jensen, C; Chris Godwin, WR
  • Biggest losses: Alex Cappa, G; Jordan Whitehead, S; O.J. Howard, TE
  • 2022 draft picks: 6

BURNING QUESTION: When will holes be filled on the defensive front? 

Given the old long-established skills -- led by Brady -- I'm now now not terrified in regards to the transition from Bruce Arians to Todd Bowles. It be imaginable the swap is even an upgrade. From a roster point of view, Brady's return has resulted in a trove of re-signings and some ideal old model additions love Russell Gage and Logan Ryan. The biggest quiz remaining for the Neat Bowl contender is on the D-line, where Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh remain free agents. Suh is already campaigning to return. At this point, the Bucs would possibly per chance fair mild seek to the draft to possess the void; they can wait until after the draft to potentially re-up the vets.

Arizona Cardinals
  • Biggest additions/signings: James Conner, RB; Zach Ertz, TE; Jeff Gladney, CB
  • Biggest losses: Chandler Jones, LB; Christian Kirk, WR; Scramble Edmonds, RB 
  • 2022 draft picks: 8

BURNING QUESTION: How will Chandler Jones' production be changed? 

The Cardinals misplaced some considerable pieces of their playoff crew. None bigger than sack master Chandler Jones, who generated 71.5 QB takedowns in six seasons with Arizona. The Cards' defense struggled down the stretch remaining season even with Jones in the lineup, and there would possibly be now now not a glaring replacement on the roster for his disruptive spirit. Marcus Golden is a catch edge rusher, nonetheless now now not one whom offensive lines tilt toward. Jordan Hicks' launch opens up snaps for 2021 first-rounder Zaven Collins to play alongside 2020 first-rounder Isaiah Simmons. The Cardinals invested loads of draft currency in two internal linebackers. The quiz is whether or now now not or now now not Collins is willing for a a lot bigger role in Year 2. 

Los Angeles Rams
  • Biggest additions/signings: Allen Robinson, WR; Joe Noteboom, OT; Bobby Wagner, LB
  • Biggest losses: Andrew Whitworth, OT; Robert Woods, WR; Von Miller, OLB
  • 2022 draft picks: 8

BURNING QUESTION: Will the champs be in a plot to change the depth that helped propel them to a Lombardi Trophy?

The Rams persisted their top-heavy keep by importing receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner. But the losses are devoted as gigantic. Robert Woods is long gone. The Rams would possibly per chance well now not hold onto Von Miller. Andrew Whitworth's retirement necessitated Joe Noteboom's re-signing. But there had been extra considerable losses -- love defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day, corner Darious Williams and guard Austin Corbett -- who performed key roles in the Neat Bowl disappear. The build will the O-line depth advance from if accidents strike? Then there would possibly be the lingering quiz of Odell Beckham Jr. and his imaginable return after the ACL depart. L.A. brass has performed a grand job at finding lumber-and-play depth in the middle rounds of the draft. That will most definitely be devoted as key this season with just some of the depth siphoned off.

San Francisco 49ers
  • Biggest additions/signings: Charvarius Ward, CB; Ray-Ray McCloud, WR; George Odum, S
  • Biggest losses: D.J. Jones, DT; Laken Tomlinson, OG; Raheem Mostert, RB
  • 2022 draft picks: 9

BURNING QUESTION: Will Jimmy Garoppolo in fact stick spherical?

Now we bear hammered the Garoppolo storyline love Noah constructing his ark, nonetheless until there would possibly be just a few readability on the disclose, it be the biggest quiz in The Bay. It sounds extra and extra most likely that the San Francisco brass would possibly per chance hold on to Jimmy G to gaze if a preseason QB hurt would possibly per chance suggested a replace that can now not currently in the playing cards. With out a reduce-off date to stride on, the Niners divulge they'll fair now now not devoted reduce the QB. It would possibly well per chance per chance derive hella awkward advance coaching camp if he's mild making $25 million nonetheless Trey Lance is getting the total reps. Beyond the glaring QB storyline, the 49ers want to change guard Laken Tomlinson, an underrated starter in Kyle Shanahan's blockading device.

Seattle Seahawks
  • Biggest additions/signings: Rashaad Penny, RB; Drew Lock, QB; Quandre Diggs, S
  • Biggest losses: Russell Wilson, QB; Bobby Wagner, LB; D.J. Reed, CB
  • 2022 draft picks: 8

BURNING QUESTION: Can Pete Carroll in fact support faraway from a rebuild without Russell Wilson?

The 70-twelve months-venerable coach insists the Seahawks are now now not constructing for the future. Yet, the roster makeup suggests in any other case, with a number of glaring holes. Seattle is paying so a lot to the protection duo of Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams whereas gazing a pass-disappear gap. Including Uchenna Nwosu used to be an underrated stride, nonetheless questions remain about how the 'Hawks will disrupt the passer. Bringing relief Rashaad Penny on a one-twelve months deal used to be trim after he dominated down the stretch remaining season, nonetheless there are considerable quiz marks alongside the O-line, as Duane Brown stays a free agent. Nonetheless, the obvious quiz mark is at quarterback, where Drew Lock is in line to launch up despite flagrant struggles in Denver. Whether it be scooping up a rookie in the draft in hopes of recreating the magic it had with a young Wilson (despite the proven fact that the defense is now now not nearly about as factual) or having a spy for a old model love Baker Mayfield, Seattle can't take a seat pat at QB if it for certain is now now not planning to be in rebuild mode.

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