Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers become the next team to go from worst to first? Will the Panthers pull off the inverse? Those are just a few of the burning questions that SI.com’s John DePetro, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar examine in this edition of the Audibles Podcast.
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Other topics include:
• Rookies poised to make an impact in Year 1: "Brandin Cooks, without question," says Doug Farrar. "You put him and Kenny Stills in a Drew Brees' offense, [giving] you two deep slot guys … Brees has already alluded to the fact that they might use Cooks in the Darren Sproles-role, and I was so impressed with his [Cooks'] college tape."
• Dream Hard Knocks team: "The obvious choice is Cleveland, right?" asks Chris Burke. "Everyone wants to see what Johnny Football is up to. ... Cleveland would have been a home run for HBO."
• Pick one quarterback for just 2014: Matt Ryan or Cam Newton: "I would say for one year, I'd take Newton, and I don't even think it's close," says Doug Farrar. "Newton has a better arm, he's far more athletic, I think he has a far bigger upside. With Matt Ryan you sort of know what you got."