Commentary

Analyzing AFC team needs

Originally Published: February 21, 2009
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
With the free-agent market opening Friday, Scouts Inc. breaks down each team's needs. Click here for NFC team needs.

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

Team needs: Center, defensive end, tight end, outside linebacker, wide receiver, quarterback, offensive lineman

Scouts comments: The Bills have major needs, and it will be very difficult to fill them all. The defense could potentially emerge as one of the better units in the league with the addition of a fierce defensive end who can really get after the passer and make everyone around him better. On offense, more wide receivers are needed, and a top two-way tight end in particular would go a long way toward easing Trent Edwards' burden. Center is also a need that should not be ignored, as the Bills are pitted against massive 3-4 nose tackles in every divisional contest.

Miami Dolphins

Team needs: Right tackle, wide receiver, free safety, inside linebacker, cornerback, guard/center, outside linebacker

Scouts comments: If Vernon Carey departs, the Dolphins' offensive line may need to find two new starters and could shuffle some of its current personnel. Also on offense, the Dolphins are missing a true No. 1 wide receiver who could take this passing game to a new level. On defense, the secondary could use at least one more playmaker, plus a replacement for Channing Crowder at inside linebacker.

New England Patriots

Team needs: Strong safety, outside linebacker, offensive tackle, cornerback, inside linebacker, running back

Scouts comments:This is essentially the same record-breaking offense from 2007, but New England's defense needs help in almost all areas within their back eight. Former stalwarts such as Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison are now liabilities, and youth must be served. The Patriots will add youth and talent on defense with the addition of several new potential starters at cornerback, safety, and inside and outside linebacker. One of each would be ideal.

New York Jets

Team needs: Quarterback, cornerback, inside linebacker, wide receiver, right tackle, defensive end, free safety

Scouts comments: Even if Brett Favre had decided to return to the Jets, adding a quarterback would not have been a bad idea. Now the most important position is riddled with uncertainty. It would be nice to add a top-flight wide receiver or upgrade at right tackle, but a cornerback to play opposite Darrell Revis and improving the front seven is the higher priority. With Rex Ryan now the head coach, expect most of the Jets' resources to be dedicated to defense.