The NFL AFC East is loaded with rookies to watch
As we’ve been reiterating throughout this entire offseason, the name of the game is very different for rookies this upcoming NFL season. No OTAs, no rookie mini camps, and not much chemistry to potentially form before camp.
Rookies are relying on virtual meetings, and impromptu practice sessions with veterans on their respective teams around the league. This is the first article of “rookie go tos” where I will be analyzing the rookies that each team will be relying on the most on each side of the ball.
Each year, teams rely on cheap talent to produce. This year won’t be any different. The Chiefs had rookies Juan Thornhill, Mecole Hardman, Rashad Fenton and Khalen Saunders all see meaningful snaps en route to their Super Bowl victory.
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In the first article of this series, I’ll be analyzing the AFC East where everyone will be adjusting to life after Tom Brady. There’s an old saying among the scouting community that you draft to beat the teams in your division and for the first time in nearly two decades, teams in the AFC East may not be as worried about New England. The Patriots who have won 17 of the last 19 titles are seemingly not the favorites going into the year.
Each team has garnered a lot of attention this offseason for different reasons. What will life look like for New England after Brady? Can the Jets resolve the Jamal Adams dispute and try to properly retool for Sam Darnold?
Can Flores continue his late season success into 2020 after an impressive free agency haul and 11 draft picks? And how will the Bills handle being the presumptive favorite? This is an intriguing division to look for with tons of young talent and question marks moving forward.