With three months until the start of the 2020 season, there are some glaring holes in every AFC teams roster so we thought we’d list the biggest need for each!
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After shoring up their awful tackle situation the Browns now have a stacked offense and desperately need to find a linebacker. They are apparently in on Clowney but he’s more of a pass rusher, they need someone capable to patrol the middle of the field or they will be vulnerable all season, options are lacking.
The Bengals are still in desperate need of help on the offensive line. They do get a nice boost from Jonah Williams, their first-round pick from last year who is returning from injury. Other than that they have a group of journeymen and there aren’t many options on the free-agent market. They’d be smart to trade for someone to make sure Burrow isn’t devoured in his first year under center.
One of the most stacked rosters in the league isn’t without its holes. While they stocked up on defensive linemen this offseason they still lack a true outside presence other than Judon. Other than that they could have done with bringing in someone else on the interior offensive line after Yanda retired. It’s unlikely they have a repeat of the most historically dominant rushing season in NFL history.
On defence, it’s hard to find a weak spot because that unit almost pushed the Steelers to the playoffs in 2019. However, on the offensive line, they need to add more options. Even after adding Wisniewski, their line has aged, Foster retired, Pouncey played awful last season and they have to protect an older Roethlisberger. Outside of that, they are fine, unless big Ben doesn’t return to his pre-injury form.
Obviously none of us knows how good Jarrett Stidham will be so that could potentially be the biggest need. If you look at the rest of the team though they need receiving options badly. Edelman is 34 years old, Sanu barely played, Harry was disappointed in his first year and they don’t have a tight end who can capably catch. This won’t be an easy year for Stidham, even if he is the next franchise QB.
Poised to steal the division crown, the Bills found Stefon Diggs to fill their biggest need. Buffalo is still in desperate need of finding a pass-rushing threat who will consistently pressure the opposing QB. They have a few pass rushers I would class as just above average but they don’t really have anyone to take on a double team or for an offense to have to plan around.
I could do a whole article on the Jets needs but they have one glaring weakness above all else. They need a decent receiver for Sam Darnold. They kind of improved the offensive line this offseason but they lost Robby Anderson and just replaced him with Breshad Perriman. Darnold is set up to fail in this offense and it will be another dismal year.
The Dolphins managed to pull out more wins than anyone thought they would in 2019. Now they actually have some talent but there are still big holes on this roster that need addressing. The offensive line is easy to target, they picked up an average tackle in the draft and added Ereck Flowers. This group is one of the weakest in the league and Tua will be eaten alive if he plays in 2020.
The future looks bright and they surrounded Drew Lock with weapons but they still have a way to go. Some may say the offensive line but I think cornerback needs to be addressed desperately. Losing Chris Harris and only bringing in A.J. Bouye who hasn’t been decent since 2017. They also have Callahan who disappointed in the slot last year, other than that it’s a bunch of nothing.
The Chiefs are pretty set at most positions, especially on offense. At cornerback, though they could do with some help. Breeland returns with Ward and Fenton but they can be beaten by top receivers easily, though they do show flashes of great play. The Chiefs will need to hope this secondary stays healthy if they want to repeat as Super Bowl champs.
If Tyrod Taylor or Herbert can quarterback this team then the Chargers need to protect them. They managed to steal Trai Turner from the Panthers but the Chargers tackles are atrocious. Their pass blocking has been one of the biggest reasons why this team has been held back despite their talent over the past few years. Trading away Okung was hardly a massive blow but he was the only capable tackle they had.
The Raiders added a premier playmaker at receiver and that leaves one glaring weakness, the secondary. They have a few interesting pieces at safety but at corner they drafted Arnette in the first round. I have no idea whether Arnette can play but I highly doubt he’ll be good enough in his rookie year to make up for the lack of talent at the other cornerback spots on this roster.
The Texans offense has had a bit of an overhaul this offseason but Watson should be talented enough to work with it. I think the secondary will be much improved this season so that leaves the defensive line as their biggest need. Yes they have JJ Watt and he’s a game wrecker, but he’s also injury prone and getting older. Mercilus was awful as a pass rusher last season and they lost their big nose tackle DJ Reader to the Bengals.
The Colts have put together a superb team with very strong positional units. However, they seem to have neglected their receiving options just a little. They still have TY Hilton who is an elite receiving option but outside of him, Rivers might struggle for consistency. Parris Campbell didn’t show much as a rookie, Pascal could be a good No. 3 option and they don’t have a difference-maker at tight end.
The Titans shocked everyone in 2019 with Tannehill as their QB1. This year they won’t surprise anyone and they have some weaknesses to attack. While cornerback could be their biggest need, I think pass-rushing help is more desperately needed. They are reportedly in the running for Clowney but it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll be productive and or healthy. They added Beasley but he was a one-year wonder and they just have a bunch of potential four-sack players after that.
One of the worst rosters in the league, the Jags will vie for the No. 1 pick next April. While they added a good corner and their defensive line looks decent, the offensive line will be their major downfall. They failed to add any talent and three of their starters failed to produce a grade above 55 according to PFF (very bad.)
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