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AFC East Do’s & Don’t’s for 2020 Offseason

By Alex Kurpeski

AFC EAST

New England Patriots

Do: Re-sign QB Tom Brady

The New England Patriots would be wise to keep QB Tom Brady around

The Patriots without Tom Brady are like a PB & J with no PB, simply an inferior product altogether. A reunion with the 42 year-old future hall of famer should be a priority this offseason, as this team still has a window to compete with reigning DPOY Stephon Gilmore leading a stout defensive unit. 

Don’t: Avoid finding a quarterback of the future

Utah State QB Jordan Love could be an interesting investment for the Patriots

Even with Brady returning, the Patriots should look towards the future at the QB position. In a draft filled with franchise caliber QB prospects, New England should consider moving up to take a high-upside passer like Utah State’s Jordan Love or Washington’s Jacob Eason. 

New York Jets

Do: Continue to build around QB Sam Darnold

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold is entering a make-or-break season

The Jets are entering year three of the Sam Darnold project. In what could be a make-or-break year for the USC product, New York should go all-in on his supporting cast this offseason. With viable pass-catchers like Amari Cooper, Emmanuel Sanders, Austin Hooper, and Hunter Henry set to hit the open market, the Jets should prioritize adding some receiving talent to the offense. Moreover, the addition of higher quality tackles of both sides of the line could also be very beneficial to Darnold’s development this season.

Don’t: Give up on RB Le’Veon Bell

New York Jets RB Le’Veon Bell should bounce back in 2020

Following a season where he averaged just 3.2 yards per-carry while scoring only three rushing touchdowns, the Jets appear to be leaning towards the panic button in regards to Bell’s status with the team. However, given how bad New York’s offense was in 2019, Bell deserves one more opportunity to prove himself in 2020 despite his off-field antics. Once the best player at his position, a re-established approach to the run game could be what the Jets need to turn things around. 

Buffalo Bills

Do: Add another receiver alongside Cole Beasley and John Brown

Oct 27, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Brown and Beasley performed well as Josh Allen’s top receivers last season, however the Bills are still just one pass-catcher away from establishing a truly special passing attack. With rookies like Tee Higgins and Justin Jefferson likely on the board when Buffalo’s first round pick comes around, drafting a receiver should be priority number one for Sean McDermott’s squad. 

Don’t: Avoid bringing in another running back to compete with Devin Singletary

Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary may not have the tools to be a three-down back

As the pseudo RB1 in Buffalo’s offense, the 5’7 Singletary played well, averaging 5.1 yards per-carry. However, history states that most running backs at Singletary’s stature will struggle to stay on the field as lead backs (with notable exceptions such as Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren Sproles). 

Miami Dolphins

Do: Figure out the quarterback position

Alabama Crimson Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa has been heavily linked to the Miami Dolphins

It appears that Josh Rosen is not the answer in Miami. Soon to be 38 year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick is not either. Miami needs to find their franchise signal-caller in this year’s draft, as they should have their pick of the litter (aside from Tiger cub Joe Burrow who almost certainly be the Bengals choice at 1.1). Whether it’s Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert, Miami must take a QB in round one of this year’s draft. 

Don’t: Spend money for the sake of spending

The Miami Dolphins will need to avoid throwing money at big name free agents like Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

With over 90 million in projected cap space, the Dolphins are going to have money to blow in free agency. However, the best thing Miami could do this offseason is limit their spending. Rather than throwing money at the wall until it sticks, the Dolphins must limit their big spending to players who fit their window to compete (preferably signing guys with upward mobility as well).

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