The New England Patriots won the AFC East last season for the seventh straight year, finishing with a 12-4 record and making it to the AFC Championship game. Now, though, the team is heading into training camp under the shadow of Tom Brady’s impending four-game suspension. This creates opportunities for another team, perhaps the New York Jets, to make a run for the division title.
The Jets finally settled their Jordan Norwood Authentic Womens Jersey quarterback controversy, bringing back Ryan Fitzpatrick on a one-year deal Wednesday. With their man back under center, they’ll aim to improve on an 10-6 campaign. The Buffalo Bills are also hoping to make the playoffs after a 16-year drought, while the Miami Dolphins are counting on Ryan Tannehill and the offense to take a step forward this season.
At the start of almost every season, Bills head Justin Simmons Authentic Womens Jersey coach Rex Ryan guarantees that his team will make the playoffs. But this year, the typically boisterous Ryan is taking a more subdued approach heading into training camp.
Perhaps Ryan has an interest in tampering down expectations: Club ownership reportedly gave him a playoff ultimatum in January, though he denies this is a make-or-break season. The Bills failed to gain traction last year, finishing 8-8 and forcing Ryan to admit he set expectations too high.
But with a healthy LeSean McCoy in the backfield and the much-improved Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, the Bills’ offense has a chance to be dynamic in 2016. Sammy Watkins finished up his sophomore campaign in impressive fashion, too, asserting himself as one of the best downfield threats in the game — if he can stay healthy.
One of the biggest questions facing the Bills this summer was whether star cornerback Stephon Gilmore would hold out. The good news for the Bills is that Gilmore said earlier in the week that he would show up to training camp.
Contract talks between Drew Brees and the Saints aren’t going anywhere. Saints VP and GM Mickey Loomis said Wednesday that Brees and the team “have not made any progress” on a contract extension. That’s probably because they haven’t even talked about it in three months. Brees has a stunning $30 million cap hit this season, which also happens to be the last year of his deal.
Brees is 37. The Saints need to make this happen so they can quickly try and fill in a team around him and make another run at the playoffs before Brees’ window closes. They could tag him next year, but because he’s already been tagged twice that would cost more than $43 million for a one-year deal.
If they don’t want to recommit to the Brees, it’ll be the best quarterback to hit free agency since the Colts cut Peyton Manning in 2012. Teams will be tripping over themselves to court him in March.