Heel Tough Blog: 2018-19 NFL Heels Recap

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Giovani Bernard RB/Cincinnati Bengals

2018-19 Stats: 12 GP, 4 GS, 56 rush, 211 yds, 3 TD, 48 tar, 35 rec, 218 yds

Bernard had to work through an injury for a portion of the season, but the emergence of Joe Mixon was the biggest factor in Bernard’s step back. 2018-19 was the worst season statistically of his career, but the good news is that Bernard is still listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart. If Cincinnati was to draft a mid-round running back, that’s when Bernard may have to become concerned.

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Russell Bodine C/Buffalo Bills

2018-19 Stats: 10 GP, 10 GS

Bodine started the first ten games in his first season in Buffalo before suffering a broken fibula that cost him the final six games of the season. Bodine is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of the 2019-20 season, and should re-assume the starting role in the final year of his two-year deal with the Bills.

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Tre Boston S/Arizona Cardinals

2018-19 Stats: 14 GP, 13 GS, 79 ttkl, 1.0 TFL, 3 INT, 9 PD

Boston was signed just prior to the preseason and continued his steady production as a key starter in the secondary. Boston started 13 of the 14 games he was active for this season and once again forced turnovers from his free safety. Expect Boston to start once again wherever he is at next season and continue his steady career trajectory.

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Zach Brown OLB/Washington Redskins

2018-19 Stats: 16 GP, 12 GS, 96 ttkl, 10.0 TFL, 1.0 scks, 2 FF, PD

Brown took a step back following back-to-back flawless seasons and was even phased out of the starting lineup a few times throughout the season. Still, he finished with nearly 100 tackles for the third straight season and should be a starter once again as he enters the final year of his three-year deal with the Redskins.

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Bruce Carter OLB/Atlanta Falcons

2018-19 Stats: 11 GP, 0 GS, 21 ttkl

Carter played a reserve role this past season with Atlanta this past season and performed well enough to receive a contract extension with the team just a few days ago. Carter should hold down a similar role this upcoming season with the Falcons for the 2019-20 season.

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Cayson Collins OLB/Oakland Raiders

2018-19 Stats: DNP (Practice Squad Member Only)

Collins was apart of the Dolphins practice squad in the preseason, but was cut, narrowly missing out on the 53-man roster in Miami. The Raiders placed him on the practice squad mid-season and he did enough to earn a futures contract with the team, meaning he will be apart of the team in the preseason.

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Jonathan Cooper OG/Washington Redskins

2018-19 Stats: 4 GP, 4 GS, 3 penalties

Cooper’s career has been dominated by injury issues and those injuries reared their ugly heads once again in 2018-19. Cooper was off to a solid start in Washington before being placed on the IR back in early December. Cooper will be a free agent this offseason and with the issues he’s had staying on the field, it seems highly unlikely that he will receive anything more than a one-year prove it deal.

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Eric Ebron TE/Indianapolis Colts

2018-19 Stats: 18 GP, 9 GS, 125 tar, 74 rec, 827 yds, 14 TD

Ebron was at a crucial point of his career following his release from Detriot. He responded by heading to Indianapolis and reigniting his career behind a Pro Bowl season. Ebron was one of the key receiving targets for Andrew Luck and helped return the Colts to the playoffs for the first time in four years. Expect Ebron to continue to be a big part of the Colts passing game going forward and build off of this strong season.

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Mack Hollins WR/Philadelphia Eagles

2018-19 Stats: DNP (Injury)

Hollins was expected to be an important part of the Eagles 2018-19 wide receiving corps, especially with the injury to Alshon Jeffery. However, Hollins’ season would end before it could even start, though, as he suffered a groin injury in the first preseason game and was placed on IR. Hollins should have no issues re-assuming his role as a rotational outside receiver for the 2019-20 season.

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Elijah Hood RB/Carolina Panthers

2018-19 Stats: DNP (Injury)

Hood was on track to potential make the Panthers 53-man roster heading into the final game of the preseason, but suffered a knee injury on the opening kick return of that final game. The Panthers did place him on the IR, though, so he will be a restricted free agent this offseason. Hood will once again have to battle to make a roster this upcoming season.

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James Hurst OT/Baltimore Ravens

2018-19 Stats: 10 GP, 10 GS, 2 penalties

Hurst missed six games with an undisclosed injury, but was once again a key starter on the offensive line for Baltimore. He did start all ten games that he played in, but may have to work to reassume a starting position in 2019-20. The battle between him and Alex Lewis at left guard will likely determine that.

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Naz Jones DT/Seattle Seahawks

2018-19 Stats: 10 GP, 0 GS, 7 ttkl, 1.0 TFL

Injuries prevented Jones from taking that next step in 2018-19, but don’t be shocked if that next step is taken in 2019-20. With starting defensive tackle Shamar Stephen being a free agent, there may be a battle for the starting defensive tackle position opposite of Jarran Reed. Jones and Poona Ford would likely be the favorite, so there is a chance that he could be locked in a battle to start in the preseason.

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T.J. Logan RB/Arizona Cardinals

2018-19 Stats: 10 GP, 0 GS, 2 rush, 2 yds, 7 tar, 7 rec, 37 yds, 12 KR, 24.7 avg