Surprise surprise at the Miami Dolphins last season? A division that Tom Brady in a New England Patriots jersey once couldn’t see much success in for years. The newest division leader that comes up is the Buffalo Bills. Besides that, the Dolphins gave one hell of a run to almost make the playoffs. The Patriots were active this past offseason and maybe the tables have turned. The AFC East finally a more competitive division overall?
Here is the quick preview for the 2021 AFC East Division!
- Key Additions: RB – Matt Breida, QB Mitchell Trubisky,
- Key losses: WR – John Brown
- Starting Quarterback: Josh Allen
- Last season: 13-3
2021 outlook: The Bills should still be favored to win this division however, there could be just a little more flavor added to the mix this season. The Dolphins and Patriots appear to come into the 2021 season a little bit more prepared to be taken seriously. Should it bother the Bills winning the division? No. The real problem for Buffalo is going to be overcoming the more serious threats in the AFC. That’s right, looking at Baltimore, Kansas City, Tennessee, and Cleveland. Buffalo is seeking its third straight winning season and trip to the Super Bowl. Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Emmanuel Sanders are the best targets to throw to and the Bills add Matt Breida to the mix in the backfield. Sounds like they are staying put with most of last year’s defensive roster but that’s the key. The Bills defense will have to flex this season since no major additions was added to that side this past offseason.
- Key additions: QB – Jacoby Brissett, RB Malcolm Brown, DT – Adam Butler, CB – Justin Coleman, WR – Will Fuller V
- Key losses: QB – Ryan Fitzpatrick, LB – Kyle Van Noy, NT – Davon Godchaux
- Starting Quarterback: QB – Tua Tagovailoa
- Last season: 10-6
2021 outlook: Rumors of Dashaun Watson preferring Miami as a destination once was the glarious of times until his legal troubles came to light. The Dolphins might see that as a blessing in disguise as they are now focused on Tua Tagovailoa. Fitzpatrick is now the Quarterback of the Washington Football as the Dolphins stay with their main offensive core as last season. Adding Will Fuller V is a huge deal for a WR core that needed a player with some explosiveness. Tua’s inexperience could be overshadowed if Fuller stays healthy and able to give his young QB more confidence to throw. The defense for Miami improved nonetheless and has been their strong point while allowing the offense to groom over the past couple of seasons. With an added 17 weeks don’t be suprise if the Dolphins win 10+ games this season. Miami also can’t bank on getting better as why they’ll win more as the Patriots could make the argument as well and spice up the division battle.
New England Patriots
- Key additions: QB – Mac Jones, TE- Hunter Henry, WR – Nelson Agholor, TE – Jonnu Smith, LB – Kyle Van Noy
- Key losses: DT – Adam Butler, S – Terrence Brooks, LB – Matthew Judon
- Starting Quarterback: Mac Jones
- Last season: 7-9
2021 outlook: With the official news that Cam Newton is no longer with the Patriots, guess who? Mac Jones! The worse part about this for Cam is that the Patriots were active this past offseason. Adding some offensive threats in Smith and Henry as the prime Tight Ends and Nelson Agholor as a receiver. This is more appealing than what the Patriots put on the table for Newton last season. However, the bright spot is that the Patroits went 7-9 and really worked the free agency to fill their gaps or re-sign key defensive players. New England, on paper, should be knocking on the door of the division championship against Buffalo this season. With Belichick still at the helm it’s hard to count the Patriots out but talent of the Ravens, Chiefs, and Browns could outlast them in the AFC.
New York Jets
- Key additions: QB – Zach Wilson, DE – Carl Lawson, DE – Vinny Curry, RB Tevin Coleman, WR – Keelan Cole, WR Corey Davis, CB Justin Hardee
- Key losses: QB- Sam Darnold, OLB – Jordan Jenkins, WR – Breshad Perriman, DE – Henry Anderson
- Starting Quarterback: QB – Zach Wilson
- Last season: 2-14
2021 outlook: The Jets gave up on Sam Darnold three years in and now with new Head Coach Robert Saleh. The hiring of Saleh hopes to add some of his defensive sucess he’s had as the Defense Coordinator of the San Fransisco 49ers from 2017-2020. However, hot from the draft is QB Zach Wilson who the Jets won a measly 2 games just to secure the BYU product. Not saying that’s a bad thing however, the offense features RB Tevin Coleman and WR Jamison Crowder at best beyond the QB position. Jeff Ulbrich was hired by Saleh to run the defense. However, the best defensive signing was DE Carl Lawson to beef up the defensive line but don’t expect much from the Jets secondary. Saleh hasn’t gotten the full opportunity to rebuild the defensive side in one summer. Expect much of the same for the Jets in 2021 as they did in 2020. A few winable games on their schedule but hopefully a fun game on December 26th as Wilson faces off against the number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars.