The State of Football in New York
The state of New York isn't known for its football teams, but nothing embodies the city of Buffalo like this Bills team. Josh Allen is the perfect quarterback to lead this football team to a Super Bowl. He is tough, gritty, and has a positive, but light-hearted personality. He is an upbeat guy who plays in an exciting and dominating fashion. Defensively, the Bills got a lot better this offseason. While Kaiir Elam might not have been my highest graded cornerback, he is a pro-ready player. I anticipate him making an instant impact and being a great player on the other side of Tre'Davious White. White's return to the football field will be huge for the Bills, especially with the support of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer in the defensive backfield. Up front, I expect a breakout year from Gregory Rousseau who has been receiving mentorship from his new teammate, Von Miller. One player facing a ton of pressure is Tremaine Edmunds. This is a contract year for him and he'll need to perform really well to get a contract similar to players like Fred Warner and Darius Leonard. Offensively, one of my favorite moves for them was bringing in Roger Saffold. Saffold is as solid as they come, and he will help this running game improve. I am curious as to how Devin Singletary, James Cook, and Zack Moss will split carries. I could see Cook taking on a big role as a receiver coming out of the backfield. In the passing game, I also anticipate Gabriel Davis taking on a greater role as the team's true number two receiver. On paper, this team is arguably the best team in the NFL. I believe it is Superbowl or bust in Buffalo.
New York Giants
The Giants are a team I am extremely excited about, and part of that excitement is because I have no clue how this team will do. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are both in "prove-it years" and need to show out. With Brian Daboll as head coach and Mike Kafka as the offensive coordinator, I believe the offense will be much better. I want to see this team play to Jones' strengths and put him in a true position to succeed. I am curious as to how Saquon Barkley looks; he wasn't as explosive last year as he's been prior to his injury. I want to see if his explosiveness returns after taking time off. Daboll is going to feature him more as a receiver and play to his athleticism. Barkley is going to be much better in Daboll's offense than he was in Jason Garrett's. This receiver room is complicated... Kenny Golladay needs to be better. It is as simple as that; he needs to be the leader and help bring Wan'Dale Robinson and KaDarius Toney along. Robinson and Toney are both such unique talents that can be mismatch nightmares for opposing defenses. Daboll just needs to give them free rein to be special in this offense. They shouldn't just be "pure receivers" because they can truly be so much more. Up front, I think this is the best offensive line the Giants have had in years. Daniel Jones has no excuses this year-- this team's success rides on his shoulders. Defensively, there is a lot of continuity which is good. Wink Martindale is going to blitz a lot and run a lot of man coverage. The one player I am most excited to see is Kayvon Thibodeaux. You can check out my story on Thibodeaux by clicking the photo of him below! Giants fans should be feeling good about this team to make a playoff run; it's the best coaching, best rookies, and best offensive line the Giants have had in years. In a weaker division, I could see the Giants sneaking into the playoffs; however, it all depends on Daniel Jones.
New York Jets
The Jets are a team that I believe are going to surprise a lot of people this year. Despite the struggles in 2021, I still believe they hired the right coaching staff. Robert Saleh is a coach I would love to play for, and Mike LaFleur is an offensive genius. I just think this team was inexperienced and didn't have all the right pieces around Zach Wilson. This team is so much better going into 2022 than it was in 2021. The trio of Wilson, Michael Carter, and Elijah Moore are all entering their second year in the league. I anticipate all three players hitting the ground running in this upcoming season. Offensively, the addition of Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall, Jeremy Ruckert, Laken Tomlinson, and CJ Uzomah is huge. Zach Wilson has legitimate weapons to work with and grow with. He could be looking at a similar year two leap as Kyler Murray made. Defensively, Carl Lawson is back from injury while Quinnen and Quincy Williams are entering their primes. Jermaine Johnson is an elite pass rusher who should wreck havoc for opposing quarterbacks next year. The biggest improvement that the Jets made is in their secondary. They drafted Sauce Gardner, who was my number one cornerback in this draft and a perfect fit in Saleh's system. DJ Reed is another player who has proven to be a great fit in Saleh's system and will lockdown the number two corner spot. Jordan Whitehead is also a major addition defensively. The Jets should be much better in year two of the Saleh-Wilson era; Jets fans have a lot to look forward to.