NFL analysts for ESPN present their favorites as the team that has improved the most during the first wave of signings in the offseason
The experts of the NFL for ESPN offer their take on what has transpired so far during the first wave of the 2022 offseason free agency period.
This time around, the question is: Which team has improved the most so far in free agency, whether through signings, re-signings or trades? From national columnists, fantasy analysts, to a former league general manager, analysts at NFL for ESPN choose your favourites:
Stephania Bell: Cincinnati Bengals. They might not have pulled off the sexiest moves, but the offensive line was perhaps the biggest obstacle between them and a victory in the game. superbowl. the quarterback Joe Burrow he was sacked 51 times last regular season, the most in the league. Teams went 16-34 last year when pressured on at least 42 percent of their pass backs, and the loss of the Bengals at superbowl was between those games (42.9 percent). Right Tackle Additions La’el Collins –the new self-proclaimed bodyguard of Burrow— and interior offensive linemen ted karras and alex cappa they could be just what it takes to take them to the top in 2022.
Matt Bowen: Buffalo Bills. The Bills they added a quarterback hunter capable of changing the course of the game in Von Millerwhile defensive tackles Tim Settle and Daquan Jones they underpin the inside of the front. buffalo upgraded the defensive line here to keep the best quarterbacks in the league in check AFC and try again to reach the superbowl.
Mike Clay: Los Angeles Chargers. There are quite a few good options here, but I’ll go with the chargers for his ability to surround the young quarterback Justin Herbert with a much better supporting cast. the cornerback J C Jackson and the linebacker Khalil Mack they are among the best in the league at their respective positions. The land defense of The Angels was atrocious last season, so defensive tackles Sebastian Joseph-Day and austin johnson they represent a much-needed improvement up front. Renew with wide receiver Mike Williams and add to the tight end Gerald Everett They help the cause on the offensive side.
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Los Angeles Chargers. They walked offense through 2021, but were severely lacking on the defensive end, having given up the 10th-most yards and fourth-most points. That was probably the biggest reason they missed the playoffs. But the chargers have done a very good job of improving in that area, with the additions of Mack, jackson, Joseph-Day and Johnson. and the rehiring of Williams and keeping offensive pieces in place will certainly help, too.
Jeremy Fowler: Las Vegas Raiders. A team on the shore just added the parts it needed to compete seriously. The exchange for Dave Adams elevates the entire offense, and Chandler-Jones he is a level quarterback hunter Hall of Fame. With jones taking the position of Yannick Ngakoue to the opposite side of Maxx Crosbythe raiders they exchanged to Ngakoue by Rock Ya-Sin, an intriguing 25-year-old cornerback with untapped potential. The raiders They improved a lot, and the AFC West you will notice it. Now, let’s take care of that offensive line…
Dan Graziano: Jacksonville Jaguars. You can argue with some — if not all — of the contracts, but you can’t say the Jaguars didn’t work to improve during free agency. They got a front line guard in Brandon Scherffa starting cornerback at Dario Williamsand two key defenders who generated interest from other clubs in the linebacker Foyesade Oluokun and defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi. I don’t know exactly how the situation will work between receivers with new types like Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Evan Engram in the group, but the receivers they had last year weren’t exactly lighting up the league. Also, take into account a dramatic improvement in the head coaching position. I don’t think the jags are ready to compete against the heavyweights of the AFCbut after a 3-14 disaster, I hope to see them at least a lot better than they were.
Eric Moody: Cincinnati Bengals. Added offensive linemen collins, karras and cappa to help protect his franchise quarterback. And considering the other offensive players on the Los Angeles roster Bengalstight end Hayden Hurst –on a one-year deal– it will be an unfavorable matchup for opponents.
Matt Miller: Denver Broncos. The quarterback trade Russell Wilson will get most of the attention — and rightly so — but adding to an already impressive defense at defensive end randy gregory and defensive tackle DJ-Jones could make the Broncos a legitimate contender in the AFC West.
Jordan Reid: Los Angeles Chargers. Having a quarterback on a rookie deal, like they do with chargers and Herbert, is a great help for building a template. He helped them close the contract extension with Williams. But, the most impressive moves came on the defensive. Buy in exchange for Mack and sign to Joseph-Day and jackson, provided improvement in key points. The AFC West it will be a week-to-week battle, and the chargers they’ve improved significantly on the defensive side of the ball to help complement an explosive offense led by the young all-star under center.
Kevin Seifert: Baltimore Ravens. I thought of the Brown’sbut I was hesitant about how much of an impact the quarterback would have deshaun watson, considering that you can serve a suspension. The broncos they exchanged for Wilson, but they play in the most difficult division of the league. The ravensmeanwhile, have taken care of big needs with good players — safety marcus-williams and right tackle morgan mosesamong others–, and they should be back in the fight for the AFC North in the next campaign.
Mike Tannenbaum: Cleveland Browns. Dramatic improvement in position casts a shadow on everything else. Watson gives them the opportunity to compete meaningfully for a superbowl every year, as long as you stay healthy. An improvement at wide receiver, with Amari Cooper replacing Jarvis Landrymakes of cleveland even more difficult to stop, considering that he already has explosive players around Watson and Cooper on the tight end David Njōkuand the runners Nick Chub and Kareem Hunt.
Seth Walder: Denver Broncos. The improvement from the pair Teddy Bridgewater/Drew Lock to Wilson surpasses anything else done by the other teams, and instantly transforms Denver from a non-contender to a contender.
Field Yachts: Denver Broncos. The additions of gregory and jones help strengthen an already solid defensive front, but the trade for Wilson is what cements Denver like the one chosen here. No one has been the subject of more “if only I had a quarterback” style conversations than broncos. They must feel confident that they now have one who can lead them to a superbowl.
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