With the NFL season now over, all 32 NFL teams will try to figure out what they need this off-season and how they can be better in 2018. The NFL Scouting Combine will take place in Indianapolis from February 28-March 5. General managers are usually busy at this time of year and it isn’t an easy job for them.
Here is what each AFC East team needs this off-season:
New York Jets (5-11): Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Defensive Back
The New York Jets played hard for Todd Bowles in every game during the 2017 season. Josh McCown (38 years old) played quarterback for most of the season until he missed the last few games with a broken hand. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg don’t seem to be the answer at quarterback for the Jets in the near future. They will either have to sign somebody like Kirk Cousins or draft somebody sixth overall like Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen (if he slips). Whoever the new quarterback is for the Jets next season needs a top premier receiver and the Jets really don’t have one. Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson are nice receivers, but the Jets can do better. The Jets could also use some help in the secondary.
Miami Dolphins (6-10): Linebacker, Defensive Line, Quarterback
The Miami Dolphins didn’t have a strong defense in 2017. They could use help at linebacker because they don’t have anyone that sees the game well. The Dolphins didn’t get enough of a pass-rush last season and that is what caused the secondary to get tired. Miami could use a quarterback because I don’t think Ryan Tannehill is the answer and he is injury prone. Matt Moore isn’t a starter, rather, he’s more of a quality backup. They could use a franchise quarterback, but I wouldn’t draft one in the first round. Miami should draft a defensive player in the first round and then look to draft a quarterback in the second round.
Buffalo Bills (9-7): Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Defensive Tackle
It looks like the Bills are going to move on from Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. I don’t think Nathan Peterman is the answer in Buffalo either. With Peterman having five interceptions in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers, that seemed to be a measuring stick for Peterman and it will always be used against him. This means Buffalo will draft a quarterback or sign one. What are the odds Buffalo moves up in the first round to draft one? Along with getting a quarterback, they could use another wide receiver to open up the offense. The Buffalo Bills have a very good defense, but they could some help on the interior defensive line to stop the run and put pressure on the quarterback.
New England Patriots (13-3): Defense, Quarterback, Tight End
The Patriots made it to the Super Bowl with the 29th ranked defense in the NFL. They couldn’t stop a nose bleed in the Super Bowl and the Patriots need to draft as much defensive personnel as possible. New England mainly needs pass rushers on the edge and run stoppers on the interior. They also need a quarterback to groom because they traded away Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady continues to age. Brady was amazing throughout the season and he won MVP for the third time in his career, but he won’t be playing in the NFL anymore soon. New England could use a tight end because it is quite possible Rob Gronkowski retires from the NFL. He has taken a beating and he doesn’t know if he can handle it anymore. Gronkowski might be the best tight end to ever play this game and he is irreplaceable down the middle. Dwayne Allen wasn’t a factor when Gronkowski didn’t play.