The new NFL league year begins with free-agency and then the NFL draft over the next few months. Listed below are the biggest needs to fill for each of the teams in the AFC East.
Pass Rusher – The Bills are reportedly going to switch from the 3-4 to a 4-3 defense, and in a 4-3 the pass rushing responsibilities fall more on the shoulders of the defensive ends. Buffalo needs to either sign a few DE's or move a 3-4 linebacker or two down to the D-line
Wide Receiver – This all depends on Steve Johnson. If the Bills keep Johnson, they need a big possession receiver opposite him. If they lose Johnson, they need to get a #1 guy
Offensive Tackle – What Buffalo does here depends on if they think that Erik Pears and Chris Hairston are the answer on the bookends. Hairston played last year, but primarily as a backup
Quarterback – Nobody believes that Matt Moore is the answer and Chad Henne is as good as gone. I think this is the most likely landing spot for Packer backup Matt Flynn
Defensive End – What kind of DE the Dolphins go after depends on if this team stays with the 3-4 or switches to the 4-3.
Right Tackle/Guard – Miami doesn't have a true Guard on the right side and their options at Right Tackle aren't that great either, especially compared to LT Jake Long.
New England Patriots
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End – Most of the Patriots' outside guys are getting up there in age and are more suited as 4-3 DE's. Since the Pats run a hybrid defense that's OK, except they need guys who are more suited to play Linebacker in a 3-4 or players that fit the hybrid role.
Wide Receiver – With the emergence of TE's Gronkowski and Hernandez, the WR position has been overshadowed. But Tom Brady needs a speedy player that can stretch the field opposite Wes Welker.
Defensive Back – New England had one of the worst pass defenses in the league last year and are likely to clean house at Safety and need to upgrade or develop their current group of Cornerbacks.
Interior Line – New England needs a true Center and a Guard to play opposite Logan Mankins.
New York Jets
Outside Linebacker – There is nobody on the Jets roster that scares you as a pass rusher. This team needs someone you just tell to go get the quarterback and they go do it. Calvin Pace had only 4.5 sacks last year, that's not acceptable for a 3-4 OLB.
Safety – The Jets have two or three solid Cornerbacks but their Safeties are suspect. Jim Leonhard is adequate but has injury issues and New York needs someone to play opposite of Leonhard who is better in coverage.
Right Tackle/Guard – This team needs better Guards if they expect to run the ball better and Quarterback Mark Sanchez gets harassed constantly from the right side. An upgrade is needed at Right Tackle.
Running Back – Shonn Green is serviceable, but the Jets' running game needs someone more explosive. Joe McKnight is a scatback at best.
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