1. Dallas Cowboys
Assuming the Cowboys do pay Ezekiel Elliott, this is a talented roster that could push towards the Super Bowl.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
The salary cap crunch hasn’t caught up to them yet. There’s no safety net in Nick Foles should Carson Wentz go down.
3. New York Giants
While they didn’t do a complete overhaul this team is firmly in the hands of head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman.
4. Washington Redskins
Their defense and running game are their strengths, but can QB Case Keenum find that magic he had two years ago with Minnesota?
Head Coach: Jason Garrett
Key Position: Wide Receiver
Having Amari Cooper for a full season should do wonders. This offense is predicated on running the ball with Ezekiel Elliott, but having a player like Cooper opens up a lot of possibilities. Bringing in Randall Cobb as the new slot receiver was smart and that gives Michael Gallup a better chance of building on his promising rookie season.
Key Acquisitions: WR Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers), TE Jason Witten (unretired), DE Robert Quinn (Miami Dolphins)
Key Rookies: DT Trysten Hill, OL Connor McGovern, RB Tony Pollard
Head Coach: Doug Pederson
Key Position: Running Back
This was a position of strength when they won their first Super Bowl title. Now it has become a weak point with injuries and inconsistent play. Jordan Howard should help stabilize it and if Corey Clement can stay healthy he can provide a spark. Darren Sproles might be the smallest guy on the field, but his impact can’t be dismissed for this offense.
Key Acquisitions: LB Zach Brown (Washington Redskins), DE Vinny Curry (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), RB Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears), WR DeSean Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), DT Malik Jackson (Jacksonville Jaguars), QB Josh McCown (NY Jets), DT Hassan Ridgeway (Indianapolis Colts), DB Andrew Sendejo (Minnesota Vikings)
Key Rookies: OT Andre Dillard, RB Miles Sanders, WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
Head Coach: Pat Shurmur
Key Position: Everything
While they had a better second half (4-4) last season than the first half (1-7), they have changed the identity of the team in the offseason. Eli Manning is still the QB for now. Daniel Jones has a lot to pick up, but he has the talent to be a great QB. This offense is Saquon Barkley’s now and he will run with it, literally. The front line of the defense got a jolt with the drafting of Dexter Lawrence and the secondary should be better with Deandre Baker and Jabrill Peppers in the fold.
Key Acquisitions: DB Antoine Bethea (Arizona Cardinals), LB Markus Golden (Arizona Cardinals), DB Jabrill Peppers (Cleveland Browns), OT Mike Remmers (Minnesota Vikings), OL Kevin Zeitler (Cleveland Browns), WR Golden Tate (Philadelphia Eagles)
Key Rookies: QB Daniel Jones, DT Dexter Lawrence, CB Deandre Baker, LB Oshane Ximines, CB Julian Love
Head Coach: Jay Gruden
Key Position: Quarterback
What looked to be a very promising season last year turned completely upside down with Alex Smith’s gruesome leg injury that could end his career. They scrambled to find a replacement after his backup Colt McCoy also had a season ending leg injury. This year its Case Keenum tasked to be the signal caller while Dwayne Haskins waits his turn to takeover.
Key Acquisitions: LB Jon Bostic (Pittsburgh Steelers), DB Landon Collins (NY Giants), OL Ereck Flowers (Jacksonville Jaguars), QB Case Keenum (Denver Broncos), OT Donald Penn (Oakland Raiders), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Oakland Raiders)
Key Rookies: QB Dwayne Haskins, LB Montez Sweat, WR Terry McLaurin