by Craig Strachan
Last updated 20 March 2021
- LB – Matt Milano making the decision to stay in Buffalo was huge for the Bills defense, but adding another playmaker to this unit to help defend against the multiple tight end sets the Patriots are going to run in 2021 as well as giving them the ability to disguise their coverages more would be a boost to this group.
- RB – Devin Singletary and Zach Moss both did an OK job for the Bills in 2020 but finding a back who can elevate this offense to the next level and be a threat on all three downs would definitely be an upgrade.
- CB – The cornerback position was one that was talked about a lot in 2020 for the Bills, and while Taron Johnson stepped it up in the playoffs he seems most at home as the nickel. That still leaves Buffalo looking for an outside corner to play opposite Tre’Davoius White.
- OL – The addition of Matt Skura from the Ravens will help add some veteran leadership into this group, but protecting and supporting the investment the Dolphins made in round one last year has to be high on the priority list. If they decide to stay at #3 overall in the draft (they won’t), then Penei Sewell could well be the pick as someone who would definitely strengthen this group.
- EDGE – The release of Kyle Van Noy just adds to the need that the Dolphins have to improve their pass rush capabilities. Brian Flores would surely love to add a couple of players to really get pressure on opposing QBs so don’t be surprised if this is one they look at in both free agency and the draft.
- S – Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe aren’t guys that teams fear going against and both have their limitations. Adding a rangy safety who can play multiple roles and give this defense a new playmaker would definitely be a help to the Dolphins.
New England Patriots
- QB – Cam Newton is clearly not the answer for Bill Belichick’s squad (despite the new contract he’s signed for 2021), so finding themselves an upgraded signal caller is surely a huge must for the Patriots this offseason.
- WR – Yeah I’ve seen the signings of Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, but neither of those are true number 1 receivers that opposing defenses are going to fear. Having said that, we all know Bill Belichick doesn’t draft well at receiver, but nonetheless this is still a position of need for the Patriots.
- DL – The best defenses start by getting pressure from their defensive line, something that the group of guys the Patriots have assembled aren’t really able to do. Davon Godchaux is a good solid free agent pickup as a run stuffing nose tackle but adding pieces around him to help get penetration would be ideal.
New York Jets
- TE – The West Coast offense Mike LaFleur will run in New York likes to use its tight ends as a receiving threat – and they provide a good safety blanket as a check down option for a young QB. The Jets have nobody on the roster at the moment at the position that they could rely on for any more than a handful of catches a year.
- RB – The Jets shouldn’t be going into 2021 relying on 37 year old Frank Gore at running back. Bringing in a young lead back should be near the top of the Jets shopping list to help take pressure off whoever their quarterback is going to be.
- CB – If the Jets are going to look at improving this defense they should really start by upgrading in their secondary. Lamarcus Joyner, added as a free agent, may be part of the answer but adding quality to this group should still be a focus for this squad.