1. Philadelphia Eagles
A surprise playoff berth last season accelerated the front office’s plans to revamp the roster to compete for more.
2. Dallas Cowboys
They took a few hits on the roster front, but they are still a playoff contender.
3. Washington Commanders
The name has changed and they have a new quarterback. Let’s see if they can make it work.
4. New York Giants
Once again the Giants have made a regime change and we’ll see if this produces results in the next 3-4 years.
Head Coach: Nick Sirianni
Key Position: Quarterback
A lot has been said about Jalen Hurts and whether he can lead this team to a Super Bowl. There won’t be many excuses this season as the front office went out and acquired a new receiver in A.J. Brown in a draft day trade. Pairing him with former Heisman trophy winner DeVonta Smith and the Eagles having an outstanding duo at receiver to help Hurts establish himself as a premier quarterback.
Key Acquisitions: CB James Bradberry (NY Giants), WR A.J. Brown (Tennessee Titans), DE Haason Reddick (Carolina Panthers), LB Kyzir White (LA Chargers)
Key Rookies: DT Jordan Davis, OL Cam Jurgens, LB Nakobe Dean
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
Key Position: Defense
There was a lot to be happy about with the Cowboys defense last season. While they did allow a lot of yardage to their opponents, they didn’t allow them to score many points. However, losing DE Randy Gregory to free agency will hurt the pass rush as Micah Parsons is the lone standout from last season. This means DeMarcus Lawrence must regain his pass rushing prowess before signing that massive extension. Also Trevon Diggs is an excellent ballhawk at corner, but is prone to blowing his assignments far too often.
Key Acquisitions: LB Anthony Barr (Minnesota Vikings), DE Dante Fowler Jr. (Atlanta Falcons), WR James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Key Rookies: OL Tyler Smith, DE Sam Williams, WR Jalen Tolbert
Head Coach: Ron Rivera
Key Position: Everything
There is no denying that there is plenty of potential with the way this roster has been put together. The problem is that it seems to always fall apart at the worst times. In steps new quarterback Carson Wentz who is trying to resurrect his career in a new location for the second consecutive year. He has a solid foundation in place with WR Terry McLaurin, RBs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic along with third round pick Brian Robinson. First round pick Jahan Dotson could be exactly what the Commanders having been needing at receiver for some time and that’s a third down safety net. The secondary needs to play to their potential as long as the defensive line with Montez Sweat, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Chase Young all collectively get after the passer.
Key Acquisitions: G Andrew Norwell (Jacksonville Jaguars), G Trai Turner (Pittsburgh Steelers), QB Carson Wentz (Indianapolis Colts)
Key Rookies: WR Jahan Dotson, DT Phidarian Mathis, RB Brian Robinson
Head Coach: Brian Daboll (Buffalo Bills)
Key Position: Offense
This is likely the last go round for QB Daniel Jones. Hiring Brian Daboll as head coach means the Giants want the offense to make drastic improvements. They were second to last in total offense, passing, rushing and points per game last season. All of that put a strain on an improving defense that couldn’t keep up. Jones easily has the best offensive line of his career so far in front of him. RB Saquon Barkley is fully healthy as is WR Kenny Golladay. There should be no reason why he can’t make this work. That is unless he gets another case of fumblitis.
Key Acquisitions: OL Jon Feliciano (Buffalo Bills), OL Mark Glowinski (Indianapolis Colts), QB Tyrod Taylor (Houston Texans)
Key Rookies: DE/LB Kayvon Thibodeaux, T Evan Neal, WR Wan’Dale Robinson, OL Joshua Ezeudu, CB Cor’Dale Flott