For whatever reason, I committed to this’ Breaking Down the 2020 NFL Offseason’ format so I guess I’ll move onto the next division. Writing about the AFC East without Tom Brady seems pointless. Every team is tanking and they don’t even all know it.
But here is the AFC East offseason breakdown:
Buffalo Bills: Stefon Diggs
Giving Josh Allen a real No. 1 receiver and an actual deep threat to close his eyes and chuck it to is a genius move by Buffalo. We saw how much Dak Prescott improved when the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper and this Diggs trade should have a similar result.
New England Patriots: No one
Bold move for the Patriots to not sign any player that matters.
New York Jets: George Fant
I won’t pretend to know which offensive linemen are good or bad but George Fant is probably better than whoever the Jets had out there last season getting Trevor Siemian broken in half over a nose tackle’s knee.
Miami Dolphins: Byron Jones
Miami made Byron Jones the highest-paid cornerback in the sport penning him to a 5-year $82 million deal which is an absolute overpay but it teams him up with Xavien Howard thus giving the Dolphins the best secondary in the AFC East.
New England Patriots: Tom Brady
I think Brady is WASHED. This offseason was an opportunity to improve their quarterback play from last season and instead they replaced Tom Brady with *Googles* no one. Okay. Jarrett Stidham will probably be fine or whatever but they are entering all 16 games next season with the worst QB in the stadium.
Miami Dolphins: Reshad Jones
A decade with the Dolphins ends with the release of the 32-year old safety. The Dolphins now have $10 million in dead cap just to get rid of any player old than 25.
Buffalo Bills: Lorenzo Alexander
Veteran leader on defense, Lorenzo Alexander, has retired after 13 seasons in the NFL. *salutes* thank you for service.
New York Jets: Robby Anderson
52 receptions, 779 yards and 5 touchdowns might not be a Pro Bowl season but Sam Darnold needs more options. Not less.
Buffalo Bills: Drafting Jake Fromm
I’ve been very critical of the New York Jets drafting James Morgan in the 4th round as it’s simply a wasted to pick to select a young QB to sit behind your young QB. It does nothing but put unnecessary pressure on Sam Darnold but Josh Allen is a playoff quarterback whose job isn’t a question. No, drafting Jake Fromm is a mistake because Jake Fromm stinks.
New England Patriots: Not Doing Shit
All season long, Tom Brady apologists were blaming his lack of weapons for his drop off in ability. The Patriots didn’t change a damn thing on offense. Sooo, if Brady couldn’t succeed with these bums, what chance does Jarrett Stidham have?
Miami Dolphins: Wasted money on D-Line
The Miami Dolphins were dead last with 23 sacks last season and gave money to guys like Shaq Lawson and Kyle Van Noy. Neither of which had more than 6 sacks last season so they’d still be dead last if they were on the roster in 2019.
New York Jets: Not Replacing Robby Anderson
I recognize not wanting to pay Robby Anderson money you didn’t believe he deserved but to not replace his productions seems odd. They drafted Denzel Mims in the 2nd round and he would’ve played great alongside a guy like Robby Anderson. Not sure he’s a No. 1 option.
Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa
Ryan Fitzpatrick is my favorite player in the league and even I know that Tua is walking into to practice day one as the better QB. The only thing that would prevent him from getting on the field is Fitzpatrick’s relationship with new offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey, who helped Fitzmagic reach career highs with 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2015 on the Jets.
New York Jets: Mekhi Becton
The Jets desperately needed offensive line help. They let Luke Falk get his ass beat so badly that he literally sued the team. Le’Veon Bell is one of the best backs in the league and this offensive line just let the defense in the backfield every time he got a hand off. Mekhi Becton is a difference-maker.
Buffalo Bills: A.J. Epenesa
There were very few edge rushers in this year’s draft anddd the Buffalo Bills managed to scoop one up. Last season at Iowa, Epenesa recorded 11.5 sacks in 13 games. He walks into the NFL as one of the more productive pass rushers day one.
New England Patriots: Kyle Dugger
Dugger is a safety from a division II school. He is the ultimate try-hard perfect for Belichick’s defense full of overachieving try-hards. Welcome home, Kyle.
Position Battle To Watch
New England Patriots: Quarterback
I cannot believe that Stidham and Brian fucking Hoyer will be the only two quarterbacks on the roster when the season begins. Just sign Cam Newton or Joe Flacco already and let’s end this charade.
New York Jets: Cornerback
Pierre Desir had 3 interceptions in 12 games last season which apparently is a lot. Remember when guys used to get double-digit interception totals? But anyway, yea the Jets have a bunch of No. 2 corner options fighting to be No. 1.
Miami Dolphins: Quarterback.
The quarterback battle to watch in Miami is actually for the QB2 slot with Josh Rosen still clinging onto this roster. It’d be a damn shame if he was discarded in Arizona for a rookie and now jettison from Miami for another rookie.
Buffalo Bills: Running back
Zack Moss was drafted in the 3rd round which means he was drafted to play but he currently sits on the depth chart behind Devin Singletary and TJ Yeldon. Either one of these guys could be a starter in this league.
Biggest Storyline Heading Into 2020
Buffalo Bills: Will Josh Allen win the MVP?
The Bills drafted running back Zack Moss. They drafted wide receivers Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins. They traded for Stefon Diggs to play alongside John Brown and Cole Beasley. You have weapons, my G. Go off, king.
Miami Dolphins: Does tanking work?
Miami was not shy last season about sending all of their star players out of town in exchange for draft capital and salary cap relief and now they might have their franchise quarterback for the next decade and a fairly stacked roster on paper. Will teams start to realize that you can just punt a season and instantly build up a contender the next season?
New England Patriots: Are the Patriots Tanking?
Speaking of tanking, the New England Patriots let a lot of veterans walk in free agency and did absolutely nothing to upgrade any positions on this team. The Patriots might be the favorites to draft Trevor Lawrence next season and win 6 more Super Bowls.
New York Jets: Can Sam Darnold survive?
Darnold has yet to play a full 16 games. Whether he’s recovering from a foot injury or he’s making out with dirty mouths at the club and catching mono, Darnold needs to prove that he has the durability to stand in the pocket for a full season.
Who wins the division?
Probably the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick will illegally record every practice and deflate every football. He doesn’t give a shit.