There is no doubt that the National Football League is one of the most unpredictable. Nevertheless, it is fairly easily to spot the most likely starting quarterbacks for each AFC East team at this point in the game. Will these players keep their spots before the preseason ends? It’ll all depend on their performances throughout the preseason. The AFC East includes the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets. Each team’s starting lineups will be analyzed in greater depth below.
It should come as no surprise to learn that the Bills weren’t great during the 2016 season. The team put together an abysmal record of just 7 wins with 9 losses. They’ll desperately want to do much better this year. It is believed that Tyrod Taylor will assume the role of starting quarterback for the Bills. However, it should be noticed that coach Sean McDermott has admitted that nothing is promised. Taylor’s competition includes Nathan Peterman and Cardale Jones. It is fairly safe to say that Taylor will keep the role, as long as he doesn’t mess things up too severely. While the team’s defensive line has plenty of experience, some of those players, including Jerry Hughes, have proven to be unpredictable at times.
According to the latest booking ratings, the Bills should be lifted to some degree by 1st round pick Tre’Davious White. While few expect the Bills to be a Super Bowl contender, many analysts believe they may be able to improve their record from the previous year.
Fans are already excited about the Dolphins’ prospects this season. They’ve already accumulated a good offensive lineup, which has helped to generate a little bit of hype around the team. The team’s offense will be led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. It is believed that Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills will lead as the team’s wide receivers. The combination is undeniably the most impressive offensive force the team has mustered in the past few years. However, it is important to remember that the team faltered in the defensive area last season.
1st round pick Charles Harris and 2nd round pick Raekwon McMillan may be able to help change that. The team will also have to wait until the first half of the season is finished before T.J. McDonald’s suspension ends. Until then, Nate Allen will likely start at safety.
New England Patriots
Is it even necessary to analyze the New England Patriots? Obviously, Tom Brady will return as a quarterback and he’ll play alongside many familiar faces, including Rob Gronkowski. The team has taken steps to improve their depth at the cornerback position. Otherwise, the Patriots should continue doing what they did last year. If they do that, it’ll be another successful season for Brady and the Patriots.
New York Jets
Fans of the New York Jets have some bad news. The team’s depth in a few key spots, including tight end, offensive line and quarterback is very weak. The team did pick up a few new wide receivers, including ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. Nevertheless, that might not matter much, if the offensive line is unable to stop the defense from reaching starting quarterback Josh McCown.