Our Players to Watch Segment now takes a look at the question filled AFC East
Buffalo Bills: Cordy Glenn LT- Questions have persisted since draft day as to whether or not Cordy Glenn can play Left Tackle in the NFL. Those questions remain largely unanswered after a season that produced mixed results for the 2012 2nd round pick. He is athletically gifted but he will have to show more consistency to quell concerns.
Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Martin LT- With the departure of Jake Long, Martin will move from the right side to the left. Martin played LT for an inconsistent 5 game stretch after Long suffered a season ending injury. Martin led the league in QB hurries allowed last season but the Dolphins believe he is a better fit on the left side. The success of a young backfield consisting of Ryan Tannehill and Lamar Miller will be partly determined by the play of Martin.
New England Patriots: The Tight End- The position is huge question mark at the moment and will be vital to the success of the Patriots if they want to continue to run 2 TE sets at a frequency well above the league average. With Hernandez gone and Gronk still a medical concern the Patriots will have to dig deep in their depth chart for answers. Jake Ballard has been unimpressive and may get cut. My guess for top candidate is Zach Sudfeld who was signed as an UDFA from the University of Nevada-Reno, he is a big athletic specimen that has impressed during OTA’s.
New York Jets: Quinton Coples- Coples is making a transition to OLB and will now be able to display his athletic ability. Although Coples will still be used essentially as a a pass rusher he will get more of an opportunity to play in coverage and in space. Coples recorded 5.5 sacks last season and the Jets hope that he will have a bigger role creating pressure this season. Only 5 teams had fewer sacks that the Jets last season.