Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are back to cause havoc in the AFC East. Sure, Rob Gronkowski retired, but the Patriots signed TEs Benjamin Watson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. They also used their first-round pick on WR N’Keal Harry, signed WR Demaryius Thomas and resigned Julian Edelman.
Signing Michael Bennett on the DL was a big move too. The Patriots lost some talent, but they have never had a problem replacing talent, so why should they this year? NE is also tied for second this year with the easiest regular season SOS. This team will win 10+ games and dominate the AFC East.
One thing’s certain for the Jets this season, the run game will be better after signing Le’Veon Bell to a big contract. The Jets also signed C.J. Mosley and Jamison Crowder, among others. Sam Darnold will benefit from the Bell signing, as he now has a safety valve in the passing game.
The Jets still have a lot of problems, though, with one being Adam Gase. Gase believes Mosley and Bell are both overpaid, which can’t be good for team chemistry. The Jets will improve upon a 4-win season in 2018, but they’re not ready to compete with the Patriots at the top of the division.
The Bills had a good offseason, but they still have a long way to go. This season will be finding out whether or not Josh Allen has a future in Buffalo. They added several veteran WRs, including Cole Beasley, John Brown and Andre Roberts, but this passing offense will rank among the worst again.
Buffalo’s run game is more interesting, as they now have LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, and rookie Devin Singletary all competing for touches. The Bills defense will be strong again and could be even better than last year if they can solve how to stop the run consistently.
The Bills won six games last season and they may add one or two more wins this season.
Miami won seven games last season, but they’ll likely regress. The Dolphins have made it clear that they’ll be tanking this season for a top 2020 draft pick. Ryan Tannehill is out and Josh Rosen should get the nod at starting QB. Who knows, maybe Rosen proves himself and the Dolphins can use their top draft pick in 2020 on another position of need rather than on a QB.
This team lacks talent and while they’ll squeeze out a few wins, I’m not expecting them to win more than five games in 2019. The offensive line is weak and they don’t have any stars at skill positions.