The NFL has been playing catch-up to the rest of the world in terms of its training facilities.
For a sport that was supposed to be a stepping stone towards the future of the game, the NFL is in a slump right now.
While the league is doing well, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
Here are the five best players in the NFL on a cold summer’s eve in Las Vegas.1.
Jared Goff: Jared Goff’s performance in the 2016 season, coupled with his incredible first two weeks of the season, set a new record for a rookie QB, and it’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future.
Jared Goff, who was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL draft, completed nearly 80 percent of his passes in his first two games, and he’s averaging over 1,000 yards passing and 15 touchdowns per game through the first three weeks of his NFL career.
Goff has thrown for more than 5,000 passing yards and 15 touchdown passes in three games, but he still has to prove he can keep up his hot start.
The Rams have had plenty of opportunities to make a run at the NFC West title this season, but they’ve struggled to get there, and Goff could be the difference.2.
Mike Evans: Evans was drafted by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft and was the Panthers’ top wide receiver in 2016.
Evans had his best season in 2017, catching 75 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns, but in the second half of the year he struggled.
Evans struggled to make plays in the run game, and when the Panthers faced a tough schedule in the middle of the NFL, Evans’ production fell off dramatically.
Evans missed six games in August and September, and in September he missed two games with a concussion.
Evans also missed six weeks with a knee injury.
The Panthers signed veteran DeAngelo Williams and drafted rookie running back Tarik Cohen in the first round of last year’s draft, but Evans hasn’t been able to fully take advantage of the opportunity.
Evans is still the Panthers top receiver, but it’s going to take a few more games for him to truly break out.3.
Ezekiel Elliott: Ezekiel Elliott is the best running back in the NFC South.
Elliott is one of the league’s top backs at this point in the season.
He leads the NFL with 1,934 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns through two games.
Elliott has been able a great deal of the time to get behind the offensive line, and the rookie has been a huge part of the Cowboys success this season.
Elliott is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and has scored at least 10 rushing touchdowns in five of his six games.
If Elliott can maintain his hot pace and continue to be effective, he could be a top-10 running back for years to come.4.
Christian McCaffrey: Christian McCafferey is the leading rusher in the league this season for the San Francisco 49ers, with more than 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
McCaffrey is on pace to become the first player to lead the NFL in rushing for two straight seasons and to be the first to accomplish the feat in a season in which the league has struggled to find a consistent running back.
McCaffey was selected No. 8 overall in this year’s NFL draft by the 49ers in the third round, but the rookie was not selected by any other team.
McCaffeey is currently the second-leading rusher in football behind DeMarco Murray, but is the second leading rusher behind the league-leading Elliott.
McCafrey has been more than a factor for the 49er offense this season and is one to watch as a potential MVP candidate in the coming season.5.
Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, the starting inside linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks, is the fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft and the top linebacker in the entire NFL.
Bennett has made his mark as a leader and a competitor in the locker room and on the field, and his presence could make a huge difference for the Seahawks.
Bennett’s presence could also make an impact as a pass rusher.
He’s the only defensive end in the history of the Seahawks to record 10 sacks, and one of only three defensive ends to record 15 sacks.
Bennett could become one of two defensive ends in NFL history to record five sacks in the same season.