Dolphins' case to win the AFC East
The Bills’ general manager is openly lamenting his bad quarterback situation (and our numbers paint an even bleaker picture), the Jets just saw their starting QB sidelined by way of a teammate’s sucker punch (although we actually see Ryan Fitzpatrick as an upgrade over Geno Smith) and the Patriots are bracing for having to play the first four games of the season without Tom Brady.
By process of elimination, the Dolphins are having the best offseason in their division, and that’s before getting into their personnel upgrades. The acquisitions of free agent Ndamukong Suh, owner of PFFs third-highest nose tackle grade, and positively graded receiving talents in TE Jordan Cameron (free agent) and WR Kenny Stills (trade), plus the drafting of playmakers WR DeVante Parker and RB Jay Ajayi have made for a significant overall talent improvement.
Miami management also successfully locked-up QB Ryan Tannehill, PFFs 11th-graded quarterback from 2014, to a four-year contract extension, giving them by far the division’s best QB situation until Brady returns to the field.
While the Dolphins will face the Patriots later in the season following Brady’s suspension, they could build enough of an early lead to be a serious threat to New England for the AFC East title.