AFC Team Needs For 2021

Josh Morrow 1 day ago·5 min read

The AFC has several Super Bowl contenders going into the 2021 season, here is a look at each team’s positional needs this offseason. AFC NORTH — Pittsburgh yet again won the division in 2020 but were closely followed by the Ravens and the resurgent Browns. The Bengals are making strides, but it will be left to the other 3 teams to decide who will be the King of the North. Pittsburgh Steelers (12–4) — The question marks surrounding who will be under centre appear to have been answered for another year with Big Ben sticking around. That leaves two main areas of concern especially at Running-Back and on the Offensive-Line. Baltimore Ravens (11–5) — Lamar Jackson looked as dangerous as ever on the ground but struggled when mattered throwing the ball. The Ravens did not have a Receiver go for over 800 yards, filling a gap at Wide-Receiver would go away to pushing them over the edge as would an improved Pass-Rush as the sack leader only had 4. Cleveland Browns (11–5) — Made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 under Head Coach Kevin Stefanski. They appear to be all set on offence with OBJ returning into the mix but two areas where they need strengthening are in the Defensive-Backs room as the only real standout is Denzel Ward. They also need a Pass-Rusher to go alongside Myles Garrett. Cincinnati Bengals (4–11–1) — Cincinnati have the starting QB position locked down for the foreseeable future, but they need to invest in the Offensive-Line especially with Joe Burrow returning from a serious knee injury. On the defence, they are crying out for more pressure on the opposing QB, and they will do this by adding a Pass-Rusher.

AFC EAST — The tide could finally be changing as the dominance of the New England Patriots appear to be fading away and the Buffalo Bills led by Josh Allen have taken control of the division. Here are the primary team needs for 2021 Buffalo Bills (13–3) — Offensive Line was strong last year but they have 3 of their starters hitting free agency, they need to be better at running the ball this year too. Pass-rushers are also needed highlighted in the AFC Championship game versus the Chiefs. Miami Dolphins (8–8) — Took big strides under the coaching of Brian Flores and his team, but they need to add a dominant Wide-Receiver to their ranks to help young QB Tua Tagovailoa. Another position of need to will help Tua is a Running-Back who can chew up yards and the clock consistently. New England Patriots (7–9) — Dropped off which was to be expected after future 1st ballot hall of famer Tom Brady moved on to pastures new. They have the base of a good team still but like the Fins, they need a dominant Wide Receiver as N’Keal Harry has not lived up to their expectations. Tight End is another position of need to help Cam Newton who has signed a new 1 year deal. New York Jets (2–14) — The Jets team may not be as bad as the record suggests with solid players on either side of the ball however they will need to improve drastically to avoid the wooden spoon again. The theme continues in the East as the Jets need a true number 1 Wide-Receiver which leads us onto the other position of need. Quarterback is a huge question that needs answering is whether its Sam Darnold or via the draft.

AFC SOUTH — The South has two contenders for the Conference in the Colts and the Titans, one team on the rebuild in Jacksonville and one team seemingly in meltdown In the Texans. Tennessee Titans (11–5) — The Titans had yet another good season on the back of good play from Ryan Tannehill and almost literally on the back of Derrick Henry. Tennessee struggled with rushing the Quarterback so getting a Pass-Rusher is a must. With Corey Davis likely to test free agency a Wide-Receiver to pair with AJ Brown is needed. Indianapolis Colts (11–5) — After Philip Rivers hung up the cleats in the offseason the Colts made a trade with Philadelphia bringing in Carson Wentz to work with Frank Reich again. They hope this will cover the QB for years to come if Carson can recapture his form from a few years ago. Two positions of need for the Colts are Offensive-Tackle and Defensive-Back. Houston Texans (4–12) — One huge question is where will DeShaun Watson is playing football in 2021 if he stays the Offensive-Line needs investment to protect him. Houston will be looking to add a veteran Cornerback in the offseason too. Jacksonville Jaguars (1–15) — Look odds on to fill a position of need at Quarterback with the number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence. They should look to pair him with a Wide-Receiver that he can grow with.

AFC West — The Chiefs got to the Superbowl yet again from this very tough division. The Raiders and the Chargers will need to take strides to catch up with their dominant counterparts and the same for the Broncos with regards to becoming more competitive. Kansas City Chiefs (14–2) — The Chiefs got to the big dance yet again but came up short this time partly due to their lack of Pass-Rush so that is an area that needs addressing in the draft or free agency. Another area that needs addressing is the Offensive-Line after releasing Schwartz and Fisher . Las Vegas Raiders (8–8) — Las Vegas had yet another great but again the defence came back to bite them in the second half of the season. Coaching changes have already happened and expect the Raiders to target defence heavily in the offseason. Top of the shopping list is a dominant Pass-Rusher as well as an elite Safety which would help the team no end. Los Angles Chargers (7–9) — Having found their record-setting QB in Justin Herbert the Chargers desperately need to invest in the Offensive-Line to keep Herbert upright and healthy. On the other side of the ball, LA will be looking to bring in a Cornerback to sure up their secondary. Denver Broncos (5–11) — A disappointing season for the Broncos who quickly need to decide if are sticking with Drew Lock or looking to the draft for a replacement as Quarterback is a major area of concern. An area of the field that has been a strong point for several years has been Cornerback, it has now become a weakness and needs addressing sooner rather than later.

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