The NFL offseason continues to run its course. After free agency, the NFL draft and another small round of free agent signings, what teams will look like in 2021 — at least for the most part — is beginning to take shape.
That also means that we should have a pretty good idea of which teams are taking steps forward and backward. Pro Football Focus recently released their list of the five most improved NFL teams heading into the 2021 season.
Here’s the list, which was shared in video form at NFL.com.
- Cleveland Browns
- New England Patriots
- New York Jets
- Washington Football Team
- Jacksonville Jaguars
In order to fully gauge PFF’s reasoning behind the rankings, you have to watch the video. There are some interesting takeaways from it, but I was surprised that they didn’t include one team in particular: the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins were a borderline playoff squad last year with one of the top defenses in the NFL. Yes, the offense really struggled to balance the team out, but that’s the point. Based on their offseason additions, they could easily be one of the most improved rosters in the league.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa desperately needed more weapons in the passing game, and Miami provided them. Will Fuller V, one of the league’s top deep threats when healthy, was brought over from the Houston Texans to complement DeVante Parker. Plus, Tagovailoa’s former teammate, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, was the team’s first pick back in April. Robert Foster is also an interesting depth addition.
Tagovailoa also needed improved play from his offensive line. And once again, the Dolphins made moves. Matt Skura and D.J. Fluker both came over from the Baltimore Ravens, and Notre Dame offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg was selected in the second round and could be the answer at right tackle.
Boston College’s Hunter Long, drafted in the third round, could also be the long-term answer as a blocking tight end to complement Mike Gesicki.
Which team would I remove from the list to make room for Miami? It’s tough to say because all are worthy, but I would probably slide Miami into the fourth or fifth spot to take Washington’s place.
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