New England Patriots: Tight End
As apparent to everyone last season, the Patriots offense looked terrible without the presence of Rob Gronkowski or just any “good” tight end in general. I decided to take an in-depth look at the Patriots with and without their tight end and these were the results:
Shown above are the stats related to the Patriots pace of play in 2018 and 2019. As you can see, the Patriots rank more plays (per 60-minute pace and normal pace) in 2018 versus 2019. We can’t necessarily relate this to not having a tight end, but we can use this to show that there was a “hole” in the offense. Next, let’s take a look at the play of the Patriots without Gronk.
Above are the game splits from 2010 to 2018 for the games that Rob Gronkowski (In-Split) and games he didn’t (Out of Split). I could have added tons of categories and every single one was worse without Gronk. Points for, Points per drive, and win percentage all went down in his absence and rightfully so as Gronk was a huge part of this offense. Now we need to narrow this down to his best friend….Tom Brady.
Now I know that Brady might not return to the team this year, but we can use the splits chart above to show how the lack of tight end affected Tom Brady. Again, in split is games in which Gronk played and vice versa for out of split. Yet again you can see that the Patriots need a tight end and bad. They need to look to make a splash in free agency and target Austin Hooper or Eric Ebron.
New York Jets: Wide Receiver
Man the Jets were BAD last year and the only way to make this team improve is adding a supporting cast around him (and fire Adam Gase). With Robby Anderson headed out the door in free agency, the Jets will need to find a replacement in free agency or in the draft. Sam Darnold’s supporting cast efficiency ranked 28th, via playerprofiler.com, which measures the efficiency and overall play of the RB, WR, TE on the team. Along with that, Darnold ranked 26th in team dropped passes and 37th in red zone completion percentage on only ranking 25th in red zone attempts to show that the efficiency was just not there.
Although the Jets need a ton of help all around, they NEED to go get Jerry Jeudy in this year’s NFL Draft.
Miami Dolphins: Quarterback
Josh Rosen, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brock Osweiler, Matt Moore, Jay Cutler, Ryan Tannehill, Chad Henne, and the list goes on and on…
Shown above is the past quarterbacks for the Miami Dolphins dating back to 2016 and the QBR (quarterback rating) in those years. As you can see the quarterback play has not been good which should force them to go after Tua Tagovailo in the NFL Draft.
Adding a confident, playmaking Heisman candidate quarterback to complement the youth of the Dolphins team is what the Dolphins need to do. Brian Flores…make it happen.
Buffalo Bills: Wide Receiver
Josh Allen was a solid fantasy asset last year, due to his rushing ability, but in terms of an overall football quarterback, he was not that great. Allen ranked 23rd in adjusted yards per attempt and 33rd in true completion percentage. To me, the missing piece for this offense is simple and that is to add a wide receiver to play alongside the veterans of John Brown and Cole Beasley. Since they are in middle of the draft it may be hard to get one of the top two guys in Ceedee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy but Henry Ruggs and Justin Jefferson both stand out to me.