With free agency and the draft all wrapped up. Some teams are ready to compete at this moment, some are not. Let’s see where each team in the NFC east and west fall.
New York Giants:
Honestly when you look at the Giants roster, it’s already taking an impressive shape. The defense was one of the top units in the NFL last season and with smart additions like Adoree Jackson, it just keeps getting better. Most of the key additions this offseason were on offense, especially at the wide receiver position. The Giants prioritized upgrading Daniel Jones’s weapons, however, more than anything, they still need to fix the offensive line in front of him. Andrew Thomas is their bookend left tackle and Nick Gates has been solid at center, but both guard positions have to be upgraded. This could help erase all the dumb things in Daniel Jones’s game, like the numerous fumbles he’s accustomed to.
Apart from Darius Slayton who is 30 years old and PFF graded at 60.1, the cornerback spot is lacking in talent and depth. In a division with talents spread across the wide receiver position, the Eagles are in dire need here.
The Cowboys defense was historically bad this past season giving up the second-most yards in the team’s history. The secondary was a big reason for that, and Dallas didn’t do enough in the draft to address the position. Kelvin Joseph and Nashon Wright, two cornerbacks selected in the draft, might have something to say about that. The additions of Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee in free agency are starting points to overhaul that secondary, and with Dan Quinn coming in with an improved scheme this unit has to get better.
Washington Football Team:
The Football Team has assembled a talented roster almost overnight. There are good players all over this team but quarterback play might hold them back. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a solid veteran, but with a couple of disgruntled quarterbacks in the league, there’s a chance to upgrade.
San Francisco 49ers:
This is the position with the least talent on this team. Jason Verret and Emmanuel Moseley are likely staters with Kuwan Williams to play in the slot. For a team that’s competing for a Superbowl, the depth of the cornerback has to be addressed.
Los Angeles Rams:
As of now, Micah Kiser, Kenny Young, Troy Reeder, and Travin Howard could be in an open competition for the inside linebacker spots. Needless to say, that’s not an overly impressive group and one that desperately needs an infusion of athleticism and young talent.
Cornerback is easily the biggest question mark on the Seahawks’ roster with no clear-cut No. 1 following Shaquill Griffin’s free-agent departure. D.J. Reed played well enough in the second half of last season to hang onto a starting job, but he looks like the best option among a group that includes free-agent pickup Ahkello Witherspoon, Tre Flowers, Demarious Randall, and Pierre Desir.
At tight end, the Cardinals return Maxx Williams and Darrell Daniels but lost pass-catcher Dan Arnold in free agency. While one year pro Ian Bunting is under contract, Arizona could use another proven player at the position.