We’re back! One week down in the NFL’s pre-season, 3 to go before it all gets going! With that being said, let’s start talking about it! Over the next few weeks I will look at each division and one player that I’ll be keeping an eye on this season. Today, the AFC East!
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen: This one is easy, although MLB Tremaine Edwards could be someone else to keep an eye on. Allen was selected 7th overall in the 2018 draft and has a ton of potential. As most rookie Quarterbacks do, he struggled in the passing game, but he also ran the ball for 631 yards and 8 touchdowns. That mobility, combined with a full off-season in the offense could help translate into better offensive numbers for the sophomore pivot.
Miami Dolphins S/CB Minkah Fitzpatrick: A swiss-army knife in the secondary, Fitzpatrick has the rare skill set to play at the Corner and Safety spot. A lot of time defensive backs will struggle in their rookie year with the speed and strength of NFL Receivers, but Fitzpatrick still found ways to make plays(9 pass deflections and 2 interceptions). Another year in the league, with a Coach like Brian Flores could go a long way, and he could be the second best DB playing in Florida.
New England Patriots WR N’Keal Harry: The Patriots don’t draft WR’s in the first round, and they always find ways to get the job done. It says a lot about 6’4, 225 product out of Arizona State, that they decided to select him 32nd overall. I don’t think he will be able to fill the hole left by retired TE Rob Gronkowski, but I do believe he will be asked to play a similar role, with chances to make big plays in the red zone.
New York Jets RB Le’Veon Bell: The Jets didn’t give Bell a 4 year deal worth 52.5 million dollar contract to be a part time back. He could get up to 400 touches when you combine carries and receptions on this young Jets team, who will be led by 2nd year pro Sam Darnold. If the Jets have any success, I think Bell could be a dark horse MVP Candidate.
Who will you be looking out for? On Wednesday, I’ll take a look at the AFC North!