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AFC East Future Power Rankings

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1. New England Patriots

2016 record: 14-2 (won Super Bowl)
AFC East future rank: first

Why they're here: It's shortsighted to look past the remarkable career and acumen of Tom Brady. He's the best player on the planet. But the Patriots' No. 1 ranking here is also a reflection of their deep, talented roster. The nucleus of players signed through at least 2019 also includes: Rob GronkowskiDevin McCourtyJames WhiteMarcus CannonStephon GilmoreJulian EdelmanDont'a Hightower and others. The pipeline is strong. -- Field Yates

Biggest worry: There's no way to predict how much longer Brady will play at a high level, but the wall will come eventually. The other looming unknown: How much longer does Bill Belichick really want to coach? No matter how good QB Jimmy Garoppolo becomes or how qualified Belichick's replacement is, the eventual absence of Brady and Belichick will have a tremendous impact on this organization. -- Louis Riddick

What could change for the better: The Patriots rank so high in most categories that it's tough to find areas where they might outperform projections, but if Brady really can remain a top QB into his mid-40s, as he has said he plans to do, then the No. 7 ranking in that department could be conservative. If Brady doesn't last that long, there's also a chance the team could refocus around Garoppolo and remain exceedingly well-positioned at that spot. -- Mike Sando

21. Miami Dolphins

2016 record: 10-6 (lost in wild-card round)
AFC East future rank: second

Why they're here: The Dolphins' defensive line has a chance to be among the most imposing in football, led by a trio of Ndamukong SuhCameron Wake and Charles Harris. But the secondary still remains a significant question mark, and the lack of premium cover cornerbacks will stress this defense. The Dolphins must do a better job of developing young draft picks, such as 2016 second-rounder Xavien Howard, to outperform this ranking. -- Field Yates

Biggest worry: Is Ryan Tannehill really the team's long-term future at quarterback? The Dolphins could save $15.2 million on their 2018 cap if they released Tannehill prior to the fifth day of the 2018 league year. It's an interesting predicament: Tannehill did post career highs in completion percentage (67.1), TD percentage (4.9) and passer rating (93.5) in 2017, while going 8-5 as a starter. But he also had his season cut short by ACL/MCL sprains. I see more questions than answers with Tannehill. -- Louis Riddick

What could change for the better: Our rankings for the Dolphins suggest we're exceedingly high on Adam Gase and the coaching staff but lukewarm at best on everything else. If QBs are Gase's specialty, then it's not so difficult to envision the Dolphins' outlook at that position improving upon the current No. 20 ranking. Somewhere in the middle teens could be realistic for Tannehill or whichever QB Gase seeks down the line. -- Mike Sando

26. Buffalo Bills

2016 record: 7-9 (Third in AFC East)
AFC East future rank: third

Why they're here: The Bills' organizational structure underwent arguably the most extreme overhaul of any in the NFL this past offseason, with GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott now in charge. Whether or not Tyrod Taylor is the quarterback beyond 2017, a primary task of the Bills' front-office duo is to upgrade at wide receiver. Sammy Watkins has just one year left on his rookie contract, and health issues have plagued his career thus far. -- Field Yates

Biggest worry: McDermott opted to keep Taylor around this offseason, restructuring his deal into a two-year, $30.5 million contract. That's a reasonable salary to pay a quarterback like Taylor. But the only thing that matters for the Bills is finding a way to challenge New England for AFC East supremacy. Is Taylor good enough to do that? I'm not a believer. We shall see. -- Louis Riddick

What could change for the better: The Bills finished with the sixth-lowest ranking in draft outlook, but it's realistic to think Buffalo is finally well-positioned for a stronger showing in that regard. Hiring a head coach and general manager during the same offseason means the Bills' front office is synced up. While that doesn't assure drafting success, it can help facilitate it. -- Mike Sando

 

31. New York Jets

2016 record: 5-11 (Fourth in AFC East)
AFC East future rank: fourth

Why they're here: The Jets are in tear-down mode. It's not a mystery. After purging the roster of several veterans on more lucrative deals, the Jets have started compiling some assets. Question marks pepper the roster, starting at quarterback, but the team also possesses what is almost assuredly the least imposing group of wide receivers in the NFL. -- Field Yates

Biggest worry: This is by far the worst QB situation in the league. They need to figure out whether Christian Hackenberg can give them a chance to win. Then they can move on to the monumental task of rebuilding the entire roster. This team is not winning anytime soon. -- Louis Riddick

What could change for the better: The Jets ranked last in QB outlook, but there is a very good chance the team will be in position to select from a highly rated draft class in 2018. Using an early pick for someone such as USC's Sam Darnold would quickly move the Jets into the top 10 for QB outlook when the time comes to produce future rankings next offseason. That is a realistic scenario given how poorly the Jets seem destined to finish in 2017. -- Mike Sando

 

Just sharing my insider account with you guys. ESPN makes it a pain to copy and paste the full article these days so I'm only putting in the AFC east. I consider it my contribution to the board. Browns were the only team rated worse than the Jets FYI

http://www.espn.com/nfl/insider/story/_/page/2017NFLFPR/2017-nfl-future-power-rankings-projecting-next-three-seasons#MIA

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We're not 32, we're not 32; so, there is a chance..... 

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57 minutes ago, Mike135 said:

We better be 32 come January damn it!

McCown's teams have drafted 1st, 2nd, and 1st the last three years.  We better not be the dumbasses who mess this up.

Totally going 11-5 and missing the playoffs this year.

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26 minutes ago, ASH1962 said:

With Hackenberg at QB

At least.?

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meh.  just these guy's opinions.  you know what they say about opinions.  the most striking thing is if a punk like tannenhill can post decent numbers than so should hack or even petty.  and much as the players mentioned are currently good, 2019 is a long time away in football terms and imo most of those players will be cut, traded or out of the league by then.

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other than the Pats at #1(I think people tend to underrate what Brady has done for that franchise and he will not be playing too much longer) I think it's a pretty good read.

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The Bills and Miami should not be that low league wide at all.

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11 minutes ago, Beerfish said:

The Bills and Miami should not be that low league wide at all.

lack of future QB will always hinder future rankings.  those teams have average options at the moment and the future is murky though Miami has a great offensive mind to mold a young QB.

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10 minutes ago, nyjunc said:

lack of future QB will always hinder future rankings.  those teams have average options at the moment and the future is murky though Miami has a great offensive mind to mold a young QB.

The way QB's sway arguments over what team is gonna be good or not these days perhaps this kind of ranking should just be called the Future QB power rankings.

The rest of the team hardly matters to a lot of football prognosticators, its have an elite QB or bust.

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Conceptually I've never understood the point of "Future" power rankings. They're basically just today's power rankings with some random twit putting a spin about young/old players.

And by the way, if we get the 1st overall pick next year and draft a stud QB, suddenly our :"future power rankings" will skyrocket.

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51 minutes ago, UntouchableCrew said:

Conceptually I've never understood the point of "Future" power rankings. They're basically just today's power rankings with some random twit putting a spin about young/old players.

And by the way, if we get the 1st overall pick next year and draft a stud QB, suddenly our :"future power rankings" will skyrocket.

especially since so much can change in one year.  one team can look great now and terible a year from now(think about us in the last year) or vice versa.  if you don't have a Brady, Rodgers, Peyton, Ben, Wilson type your team is likely to be up and down every year or 2.

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The Jetsiest thing would be 10-6 just missing the playoffs...again. Hackenberg defies all odds and is a star who gets a career ending injury in the last game.

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We are ranked too high IMO in the AFC East.

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The Dolphins are not getting rid of Tannehill. If he has a good year and is not gun shy with the knee injury they will definitely move up in the rankings. Gase runs a good system and gets the most out of his QB's. He is a players coach but is also a disciplinarian, granted things can change like Bowles first season but I don't see it and I hate the Fins.

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Playoffs this year. 

Hack is the truth.

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10 hours ago, jeremy2020 said:

The Jetsiest thing would be 10-6 just missing the playoffs...again. Hackenberg defies all odds and is a star who gets a career ending injury in the last game.

Too dark. More like season ending injury, cut  by Jets and picked up by Pats to back up Brady after they trade Jimmy G to the Bills for their next 6 number one picks. Brady go's down after tripping over Darron Lee at a charity event and gets a lis franc injury. He retires and Hack takes the Pats to win four out of the next 7 Super Bowls. Giants, Dolphins and Bills each win one in same time period. The Jets almost make the playoffs three times in same stretch. 

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19 minutes ago, Maxman said:

Playoffs this year. 

Hack is the truth.

So weed is legal out there now?

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3 hours ago, peebag said:

So weed is legal out there now?

No I don't do drugs.

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4 hours ago, FTL Jet Fan said:

The Dolphins are not getting rid of Tannehill. If he has a good year and is not gun shy with the knee injury they will definitely move up in the rankings. Gase runs a good system and gets the most out of his QB's. He is a players coach but is also a disciplinarian, granted things can change like Bowles first season but I don't see it and I hate the Fins.

that is good news for the rest of the division.  I hope Tannehill is in Miami for many years to come.

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