1. Buffalo Bills
This is their year to start becoming the dominant franchise in this division.
2. New England Patriots
With Brady’s departure it will be interesting to see if another former league MVP in Cam Newton can continue their winning ways.
3. Miami Dolphins
A few shrewd moves in the offseason has their future looking a lot better than it was one year ago.
4. New York Jets
I still don’t think they know what they’re doing with a suspect offensive line and then trading away their best defensive player.
Head Coach: Sean McDermott
Key Position: Quarterback
There is no doubt how talented a quarterback Josh Allen can be in this league. He was the Bills’ third leading rusher last year and led the team with 9 rushing touchdowns. It’s time for him to show off that arm strength. His completion percentage should improve as well with a legitimate number one wideout in Stefon Diggs. Having John Brown who was the leading receiver last year with over 1,000 yards is the perfect complement to what Diggs brings. Cole Beasley was the perfect slot receiver and should be even better this year. Time for Allen to become an elite quarterback.
Key Acquisitions: DE Mario Addison (Carolina Panthers), DT Vernon Butler (Carolina Panthers), WR Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings), DT Quinton Jefferson (Seattle Seahawks), LB A.J. Klein (New Orleans Saints), CB Josh Norman (Washington Redskins)
Key Rookies: DE A.J. Epenesa, RB Zack Moss, WR Gabriel Davis, K Tyler Bass
Head Coach: Bill Belichick
Key Position: Defense
Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Duron Harmon, Danny Shelton and Jamie Collins. Those are just a few names that departed via free agency and then Dont’a Hightower and Patrick Chung opted out due to the virus. There are a lot of new faces on the defensive side that will have larger roles this season. This doesn’t mean trouble for a Bill Belichick run defense, but if there are any adjustments that need to be made it could take longer to fix them on the fly than in years past.
Key Acquisitions: QB Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers), LB Brandon Copeland (New York Jets)
Key Rookies: S Kyle Dugger, LB Josh Uche, LB Anfernee Jennings, TE Devin Asiasi, TE Dalton Keene
Head Coach: Brian Flores
Key Position: Quarterback
Time will be ticking to see how soon the Dolphins trot out Tua Tagovailoa. He is a rare talent in that he doesn’t seem to break under any kind of pressure. The injury bug seems to have gotten him pretty good from his playing days at Alabama, but when he’s healthy he’s a force. If Miami doesn’t force the issue and makes sure they can keep him upright, the left-handed version of Russell Wilson could be their cornerstone for years to come.
Key Acquisitions: RB Matt Breida (San Francisco 49ers), OG Ereck Flowers (Washington Redskins), RB Jordan Howard (Philadelphia Eagles), CB Byron Jones (Dallas Cowboys), C Ted Karras (New England Patriots), DE Shaq Lawson (Buffalo Bills), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Kansas City Chiefs), LB Elandon Roberts (New England Patriots), LB Kyle Van Noy (New England Patriots)
Key Rookies: QB Tua Tagovailoa, OT Austin Jackson, CB Noah Igbinoghene, OL Robert Hunt, DT Raekwon Davis
Head Coach: Adam Gase
Key Position: Offensive Line
While I won’t dunk of the effort that they put forth in upgrading the line, there is still more to be desired. Drafting Mekhi Becton to be your left tackle was the right move and should solidify QB Sam Darnold’s blind side. Spending money to sign George Fant to be the right tackle was the wrong move. If it ends up working out then all is well, but if you allow 52 sacks again and average just under 79 yards rushing like last season this will be another doomed season for the Jets.
Key Acquisitions: CB Pierre Desir (Indianapolis Colts), OT George Fant (Seattle Seahawks), QB Joe Flacco (Denver Broncos), RB Frank Gore (Buffalo Bills), WR Chris Hogan (Carolina Panthers), S Bradley McDougald (Seattle Seahawks), C Connor McGovern (Denver Broncos), WR Breshad Perriman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), OG Greg Van Roten (Carolina Panthers), CB Quincy Wilson (Indianapolis Colts), LB Patrick Onwuasor (Baltimore Ravens)
Key Rookies: OT Mekhi Becton, WR Denzel Mims, S Ashtyn Davis, DE/LB Jabari Zuniga