Change brings more opportunities and a better attitude to our lives. It also provides hope for the future. In my last piece, I concentrated on Players on New Teams in the NFC and provided player predictions.
Examining players changing uniforms continues with a look at 20 Players on New Teams: AFC Predictions. Below is a closer look at a few of the players changing teams entering the 2023 season.
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Changing Scenery: AFC
Here are players on new teams in the AFC and what we can expect from them this year.
Mecole Hardman joins the crowded New York Jets after signing a one-year deal as he recovers from his core surgery. He only played in eight games with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, recording 25 receptions for 297 yards and four scores. Hardman is only 25 years old, and his incredible speed is enticing. He has plenty of big-play threat ability, whether as a receiver, rushing the ball, or on special teams. His versatility will be extremely valuable for the Jet, however his fantasy relevance is difficult to measure.
It seemed inevitable that Allen Lazard would be a New York Jet, with all the rumors circulating about Aaron Rodgers going to the Jets. Lazard received a generous contract to join the Jets and be the WR2 opposite Garrett Wilson. The Jets pulled out all the stops and left nothing to chance by inking Lazard, who was Rodgers’ favorite target in Green Bay last season. He recorded a career-high 60 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns, which exhibits how his receptions and yardage have increased each season since 2020. Lazard will have to battle for looks with the likes of Wilson, Hardman, Corey Davis, and Cobb, but Rodgers trusts Lazard, which should play a significant part in him besting last season’s numbers.
The Steelers obtained veteran wide receiver Allen Robinson in a swap of seventh-round picks in April, hoping for a bounce-back season from the 29-year-old wideout. Robinson is still recovering from a stress fracture in his foot that required surgery, but he insists he will be ready for training camp in July. He is now with his third team in as many years, with his last 1,000-yard season coming in 2020. His play has dropped considerably, but the Steelers are looking for him to join the crowded receiving room and fill Pittsburgh’s No. 3 receiver role. His modest contribution of 33 catches, 339 yards, and three scores last season with the Rams does not inspire any confidence that Robinson carries any fantasy relevance heading into this season.