NFL Barometer: Smith-Schuster Set To Soar
NFL Barometer: Smith-Schuster Set To Soar

This article is part of our NFL Barometer series.

Welcome to the second of two pre-training camp editions of the NFL Barometer, where I'll strive to project who's headed in either a positive or negative direction. Naturally, there's plenty of unknowns at this time of year, but the combination of the free agency, the draft, OTAs and mini-camps have all helped provide a glimpse into how certain players' fortunes shape up heading into the 2018 season.

Without further ado, let's delve further into the outlook for multiple players at each skill position as camps approach:

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Jared Goff, Rams: Perhaps no second-year player took a bigger leap forward last season than Goff, who looked like an entirely different quarterback in new head coach Sean McVay's system. The 23-year-old comes into 2018 armed with the considerable confidence last year's success affords him, as well as a stacked supporting cast that includes Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. While Sammy Watkins departed this offseason, the team arguably upgraded in acquiring Cooks via trade, a speedster that's proven considerably more durable over his career, and whose 2017 numbers in New England outpaced Watkins'. Additionally, Goff should be even better in his second year under McVay, as should his potential-laden young tight end duo of Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, which would afford the quarterback two more high-upside targets.

Case Keenum, Broncos: Keenum continues his rather improbable climb from run-of-the-mill backup to front-line starter in a new locale this season.

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for Rotowire.com, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.
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