Whether you are planning to play fantasy football this season, or are just a general NFL fan, it’s exciting to check out the top talent heading into a new season. Pre-season games have begun, and we are getting to see a lot of action from rookies and new players that are looking to make the final cut or lock into starting positions for the season. During pre-season what we see less of are the “big name” players who are being rested up in preparation of the year ahead. In order to scope out the prospects on those players, it’s better to look at last season and to read training camp reports.
This article will take a look at some of the offensive players in the AFC East who are poised to have a big season. You may not see them on the field much during pre-season, but expect to hear their names quite a bit once regular season commences.
Allen’s rookie season with the Buffalo Bills was a bit rocky, but he showed a lot of promise and athleticism, and many are speculating that after having an offseason to refine his arm and improve his accuracy, 2019 could be a big year for Allen.
Anyone who has watched Bell play knows that he’s an elite running back, but after a season off and with a whole new team to play with, there is a lot of speculation about whether or not Bell will have the same performance seen in the past. Even Bell seems to be aware that for fantasy owners this is a major concern and he issued an apology via Twitter in July stating, “this year’s going to be wayyyy different”. Hopefully that’s true, but even in fantasy football there’s no such thing as a safe bet, and if you’ve got money on the line it’s important to always gamble safely.
Herndon started off slow in New York, but towards the end of the season a string of receptions and touchdowns ensured that he saw a lot more targets, making him such a threat that shutting him down became a major focus for the Patriots during the last game of the season. But it isn’t just that Herndon shows talent as a receiver; he is also an aggressive blocker, which is critical for freeing up the run game and creating offensive opportunities.
With Rob Gronkowski retired, Herndon looks to be one of the most promising tight ends to watch in the AFC East this season.
Cannon is not a flashy player, but he is dependable and hardworking, and with a recent contract restructure, it’s clear that the Patriots still plan to lean on him in the 2019 season. The usually tight lipped Belechick has offered high praise for Cannon, stating, “He works hard. A quiet kid, but he’s very dependable, team oriented. He’s done a good job for us in the running game and the passing game. He’s been a good player.”
We can expect another solid year out of the Patriot’s O-Line, and Cannon will continue to be an important part of that effort.
It’s impossible to predict the outcome of a football season with perfect accuracy, but barring any major setbacks, it’s a solid bet that each of the players mentioned in this article will bring their top game to the field in 2019. Of course, there will be many other players in the AFC East that are poised to have a good year, and perhaps most interesting will be those rookies and sleepers that we can only make very rough predictions about. In the end, it should be another interesting year for football, both in terms of watching the top-name talent turn out another competitive season, and in terms of the new additions that each of the four teams in the AFC East have made during the off-season.