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AFC East Roundup: best positional groups

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Which groups are the team’s bread and butter on the field?

The last couple of weeks on the AFC East Roundup we have looked at the predicted starters on both sides of the ball for each of the teams in the division. This week we will be looking at the best positional group each team has to offer going into the season. Some of these groups are because of just one person while others are because each all of the players work perfectly off of each other on the field.

Buffalo Bills: Secondary

For the Buffalo Bills, their best positional group is the secondary. The team is returning Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, and Tre’Davious White from last year and signed Vontae Davis in the offseason. Last year, the secondary was second in the NFL allowing only 14 touchdowns through the air and ranked sixth in the league in interceptions. The secondary was locked down on deep balls last season allowing the lowest passer rating in the league and will hope to continue that going into this season. With the offense having many question marks, the secondary will have a large responsibility in keeping the score close.

New England Patriots: Quarterback

When you have Tom Brady on your team, you automatically have one of the best quarterback groups in the league. Every year it seems the narrative is that Brady is going to slow down but that has yet to be the case. Last season, Brady took home his third MVP award and was the best in the league by a long shot when facing pressure. Brian Hoyer is his backup after returning for his second stint in New England so even if something happens to Brady, the team is confident that they can continue being good to great.

Miami Dolphins: Running Back

Even with the departure of Jay Ajayi, the Dolphins found a suitable replacement in Kenyan Drake. Over the final five games of last season, he rushed for a league-best 444 yards at an average of 4.9 per carry. He is dynamic in the passing game and will be a big part of the offense with the uncertainty of how quarterback Ryan Tannehill will come back after injury. Behind him will be Frank Gore who signed with the team this offseason. Gore is still one of the toughest guys to tackle in the league and moved into fifth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list last season.

New York Jets: Question mark

Unfortunately for the Jets, there is just not a position group that stands out for the team. The defense was among the bottom half of the league and major categories and so was the offense. Quarterback may be their deepest position with Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and number 3 overall pick Sam Darnold but none of them have shown that they can carry the Jets to the promised land. McCown is the veteran who is viewed as just the bridge, Teddy is coming off a major knee injury when he was with the Vikings and Darnold is still a rookie at the end of the day.