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    1.  Buffalo Bills

    2. New England Patriots

    3. New York Jets

    4. Miami Dolphins

     

    Matt Jones and Alex Leshoure both are excellent quarterbacks who have a lot of upside moving forward, with Jones getting the nod due to age and ceiling. Wegert still seems to be the starter in the long term for the Jets but his situation is growing more precarious by the year. Matty Ice wasn’t inspiring in his run with the Chargers but let’s see if the problem was with him or the org.

     

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    1. New York Jets

    2. Miami Dolphins

    3. New England Patriots

    4. Buffalo Bills

     

    Sean Bell has been excellent the majority of his career, and last year’s slide was probably due to scheme more than anything. Keenan Robinson and Marcus Barry should form a strong duo, but Robinson’s readiness for NFL play remains to be seen. Ron Thomas isn’t quite what he used to be, but he’s still a solid NFL RB. Wendt and Matthison make for an interesting duo in Buffalo, but the position has to be seen as a point of weakness for the team.

     

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    1. Miami Dolphins

    2. New York Jets

    3. Buffalo Bills

    4. New England Patriots

     

    J.C. Weldon is one of the premier WRs in the league even if he hasn’t been particularly happy with management lately, and Jermaine Jennings with DJ Gibson as secondary options are great as well. The Jets have a good amount of up and coming WR talent, and Schumacher has a good chance for a breakout year. The Bills are pretty old across the board but there’s decent talent there. The Pats are pretty mediocre at WR and they get major points docked for even having Eli Austin rostered. 

     

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    1. Buffalo Bills

    2. New York Jets

    3. Miami Dolphins

    4. New England Patriots

     

    Buffalo’s star-studded line led by Cuellar and Woods is shaping up to be one of the league’s best despite some suboptimal players at guard. The Jets’ line disappointed last year but with the addition of Charlie Becker it’s primed to improve dramatically, though lack of depth will be an issue. Miami’s line is aging but for now Peterson and Blakely are still able to carry it, though it might be a position of concern following this year. The Patriots have some solid pieces along their line as well but it’s not a position of strength as it is for the rest of the division. 

     

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    1. Buffalo Bills

    2. New England Patriots

    3. Miami Dolphins

    4. New York Jets

     

    The Bills front seven is getting very old, but the star power at least for now still seems to be there, especially with CJ Thomas patrolling the middle of the field. The Patriots are poised to take the #1 spot in the near future here between Davenport and Graham, but the rest of their front seven is fairly uninspiring. The Phins defensive line is excellent, but it’s held by by their mediocre linebacker group. The Jets are in a transitory phase in their front seven it feels like, with veterans being phased out but no young star players quite ready to pick up the slack. 

     

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    1. Miami Dolphins

    2. Buffalo Bills

    3. New York Jets

    4. New England Patriots

     

    With Patrick Ross looking like a solid replacement for Christiansen the Phins are in a great position to remain as one of the premier secondaries in the league, despite Justin Davis’ aging. The Bills are the highest boom or bust secondary, as their extreme talent but relative inexperience means their actually effectiveness is hard to predict, but I’d give good odds for them being great this season. The Jets are another young secondary, but have Reshad as an anchor in the back, though they don’t have as much overall talent as Buffalo. Finally, with the notable exception of Jarvis Bolton, the Patriots secondary looks to be old and frankly mediocre. 

     

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    1. New York Jets

    2. Miami Dolphins

    3. New England Patriots

    4. Buffalo Bills

     

    Hoag and Maslowski form one of the best special teams batteries in the league for the Jets. For the Phins, Ben Morrison is as good as ever, but Chandler really needs to prove himself as a starting caliber punter still. Weathersby is still a solid kicker for the Pats, but their punting was pretty bad last season. Finally, the Bills have a massive question mark at kicker, and are occupying a lot of roster slots with their special teams unit. 

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    Well-done article.

     

    I think our front 7 is much better than you're giving it credit for here but we are starting a couple of new, unproven guys at LB who look to have a ton of upside in Ray and Delgado. Our DL will also be a stronger point with Pratt being a top 2 DT in the AFC and Dixon being a bit underrated (10 sacks last year) with guys like Kelly and Aveau being able to step in. But of course I'm a homer and a lot of these guys are lower overall, so who knows.

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    Nice article, I appreciate the work that went into it.

     

    Having said that, the Patriots are returning all 5 starting lineman and the top 3 running backs from the team that ranked 9th in rushing yards in 2024 (the next best in the division ranked 22nd) despite mostly playing from behind. But sure, 3rd in backfield and last in offensive line. 

     

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    8 minutes ago, Piercewise1 said:

    Nice article, I appreciate the work that went into it.

     

    Having said that, the Patriots are returning all 5 starting lineman and the top 3 running backs from the team that ranked 9th in rushing yards in 2024 (the next best in the division ranked 22nd) despite mostly playing from behind. But sure, 3rd in backfield and last in offensive line. 

     

    your offensive line was last in the division by oline rating last year, and the two teams ranked ahead of you in RB each spent a 1st rounder on that position this year. But you might be right that I'm underestimating your players at those positions, only one way to find out.

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