Most Improved NFL Teams


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The NFL offseason is a time when teams look to improve their rosters. Whether that is through the draft, trades, or free agency NFL teams are always looking to get better. When looking at the NFL offseason there are plenty of teams that have made the improvements necessary to put themselves in a good position to compete for the Lombardi Trophy. These are the teams that have done the best job of bettering their roster for 2021.

 

Miami Dolphins


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The Dolphins came into the offseason with the thought of building around quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. They wanted to make sure that Tua would have everything that he needed to be successful. The first thing that Miami did was signing Will Fuller on a one year, 10 million dollar deal. Fuller comes in and adds speed to the Miami offense. He will be an explosive playmaker that Miami lacked a year ago. Then the Dolphins went into the first round of the draft and drafted former Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle with the 6th overall pick. Waddle is another speedy playmaker that can help Tua with his development. But the Dolphins did not stop there. They went to work to improve an already great defense by adding outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips in the first round to improve their defense. Miami will look to build off their 10-6 season and make a run at the postseason.

 

New York Jets

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The Jets finished the 2020 season with a 2-14 record. They wanted to make sure they could make as many improvements as possible. They started out in free agency by improving their receiving core and adding former Titans wide receiver Corey Davis on a three year 37 million dollar deal. The Jets would then turn their attention to the defensive side of the football. They went to work on their defensive line adding Carl Lawson to a three year, 45 million dollar deal. They also added defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins on a one year, 5 million dollar deal to add depth to the unit. Finally they went after linebacker Jarrad Davis and signed him to another one year contract. The Jets did not stop making improvements in free agency. The Jets went and drafted former BYU QB Zach Wilson with the second overall pick. The Jets believe that Wilson can be their franchise quarterback. The Jets made sure to get him some help later on by trading up in the first round from 23 to 14 for former USC left guard Alijah Vera Tucker to protect Wilson. Then in the second round they drafted former Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore to give Wilson a pass catcher to rely on. The Jets look much better than they did a year ago. While they probably will not be a playoff team, they are vastly improved and should take a step forward next season.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

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You may be wondering how much the Chiefs could improve after playing in two Super Bowls and winning one. But the Chiefs massively improved their team by upgrading their offensive line. The Chiefs first landed guard Joe Thuney in free agency on a five year 80 million dollar deal. They then went out and signed former Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long out of retirement on a one year deal. They then went out and traded for Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Brown Jr. for a first round pick from Baltimore. Brown will fill the left tackle spot to help protect Mahomes from blindside pressure. But the Chiefs did not stop there. In the draft they completed their rebuild by drafting Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft. The Chiefs now have a much better offensive line to protect their franchise QB.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

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The Chargers finished the season with a disappointing 7-9 record. But they had much to look forward to after quarterback Justin Herbert had a rookie of the year campaign throwing 31 touchdowns to set the rookie touchdown pass record. The Chargers went out and made improvements to their roster to help boost their young quarterback’s production for the 2021 campaign. They went into free agency and signed former All-Pro center Corey Linsley to a five year 62.5 million dollar contract. They then went and added tight end Jared Cook for a one year contract worth 6 million. Then in the draft they took Rashawn Slater with the 13th overall selection to play left tackle. The Chargers then went and drafted cornerback Asante Samuel Jr in the second round to improve their secondary. The Chargers have all of the pieces necessary to take a jump and make the postseason.

 

New England Patriots

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The Patriots first year without Tom Brady ended in disappointment. The Pats went 7-9 and struggled to find any consistency. With quarterback Cam Newton catching COVID and Patriots skill players struggling to create separation, inconsistency was the hallmark of the Patriots offense in 2020. But the Patriots went into the offseason to make sure that would not be the case again. The first move they made was to sign tight end Jonnu Smith to a four year 50 million dollar deal. They did not stop addressing the tight end spot however, giving former Charger Hunter Henry a three year deal worth 37.4 million. The Pats wanted to have two viable tight ends on the field at the same time so they could replicate what they had with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. But New England also had to fix their receiver room. So they decided to acquire Nelson Agholor from the Raiders on a two year contract. Agholor will come in to help be the deep threat that the team was missing a year ago. The Patriots also went and signed Kendrick Bourne away from the 49ers to be their slot receiver. With a new set of skill position players, the Patriots believe that they can contend the AFC East and make the postseason in 2021.




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