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Bills better than Jets after 2019 offseason? – The Buffalo News

We’re beyond the biggest waves of free agency, the draft, the voluntary offseason workouts and sailing into the calmest period of the NFL calendar.

Players have scattered, some back to their hometowns and some on vacation, with instructions from their coaches to remain in shape and out of trouble.

It’s a time for rest and relaxation before the start of training camp late next month. The Buffalo Bills’ rookies are scheduled to report on July 22 and the veterans will report on July 24 for another training camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

In the interim, it’s reasonable to reflect on where teams stand after an offseason of changes.

How have signings, draft picks, trades, retirements and health issues shaped the league since the Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl LIII?

Here are The Buffalo News’ post-OTA power rankings:

Rank, Team (2018 record)

1. New Orleans Saints (13-3)

A top Super Bowl contender with Drew Brees poised to continue terrorizing NFL defenses.

2. New England Patriots (11-5)

Rob Gronkowski retired. Trey Flowers signed elsewhere. But they still have Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

3. Los Angeles Rams (13-3)

Can Todd Gurley return to form?

4. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

There’s no question about Andrew Luck’s health this offseason.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

Patrick Mahomes remains surrounded by talent, but will miss Tyreek Hill if he’s suspended.

6. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)

Philip Rivers remains at the top of his game heading into his 16th NFL season.

7. Chicago Bears (12-4)

Khalil Mack keeps this defense among the league’s elite.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

Carson Wentz signed a long-term extension; Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles left in free agency.

9. Dallas Cowboys (10-6)

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper have the full offseason to work together.

10. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1)

Odell Beckham Jr. joins a loaded offense helmed by Baker Mayfield.

11. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)

What can offensive innovator Matt LaFleur accomplish in his first season with a healthy Aaron Rodgers?

12. Houston Texans (11-5)

Deshaun Watson heads into his third season healthy, a year removed from torn ACL.

13. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)

Russell Wilson continues to rave about rookie receiver DK Metcalf.

14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)

Slow start doomed last season, but Matt Ryan isn’t far removed from reaching the Super Bowl.

15. Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1)

Can Gary Kubiak help get the most out of Kirk Cousins?

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1)

Missed the playoffs last season, and they’re worse without Antonio Brown.

17. Tennessee Titans (9-7)

Marcus Mariota has never remained healthy for a full 16-game regular season.

18. Buffalo Bills (6-10)

Josh Allen has better receivers, but revamped offensive line will need time to develop.

19. New York Jets (4-12)

Le’Veon Bell should make life a whole lot easier on Sam Darnold.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

Jalen Ramsey, entering contract year, is talking up the addition of QB Nick Foles.

21. Carolina Panthers (7-9)

Fortunes rest on Cam Newton’s surgically repaired right shoulder.

22. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

Significant losses on defense could undermine run-heavy approach on offense with Lamar Jackson the starting QB.

23. San Francisco 49ers (4-12)

Jimmy Garoppolo has participated in everything but 11-on-11 drills as he returns from a torn ACL.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)

Jameis Winston gets one season to prove he’s the guy under Bruce Arians.

25. Denver Broncos (6-10)

Joe Flacco will start over second-round pick Drew Lock.

26. Washington Redskins (7-9)

Dwayne Haskins will take the starting job from Case Keenum, sooner than later.

27. Detroit Lions (6-10)

Matt Patricia can’t afford another losing season.

28. New York Giants (5-11)

How long can Eli Manning hold off Daniel Jones?

29. Oakland Raiders (4-12)

“Hard Knocks” should be a blast.

30. Arizona Cardinals (3-13)

Despite No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray, expectations remain low for what was the worst team in the league.

31. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)

Rookie head coach Zac Taylor is hampered by a terrible defense.

32. Miami Dolphins (7-9)

Trade for Josh Rosen gives AFC East three QBs drafted in the first round in 2018.





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