Continuing with my series for Sporting Charts covering some of the bigger player transactions in the NFL this offseason, this week I turn my attention to the AFC East.
The New England Patriots are once again heavy favorites to win this division, but there has to be some concern with their passing game with the departure of Tom Brady's favorite target Wes Welker. The Patriots did add Danny Amendola from St. Louis to take his place, but he will have some pretty big shoes to fill given the fact that Welker hauled-in 100 or more receptions in five of his six seasons with his old team.
Many experts are touting Miami as the team to watch in this division as it continues to surround second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill with additional weapons. The biggest addition was wide receiver Mike Wallace as a free agent from Pittsburgh. The Dolphins also signed former Jets' tight end Dustin Keller.
Buffalo took a big chance in the draft by drafting quarterback EJ Manual from Florida State with the 16th overall pick in the first round considering he was originally projected as a second round pick at best. The Jets' defense is primed to take another step backwards this season after parting ways with their best player, Darrelle Revis, who was traded to Tampa Bay. They could also be headed in a new direction at quarterback after drafting Geno Smith from West Virginia early in the second round.
The following is a link to my complete recap of the major transactions in the AFC in an article that was originally posted on Sporting Charts.
AFC East - Key Player Transactions for the 2013 NFL Season