The Bills were among the most active teams in free agency, but the Jets weren't far behind. Which AFC East rival had a better offseason?
The News' training camp preview continued Monday with a look at teams from around the division. The Jets "made it a point to surround quarterback Sam Darnold with talent heading into his second NFL season," including signing running back Le'Veon Bell and slot receiver Jamison Crowder, as well as trading for guard Kelechi Osemele.
The Jets also hired Adam Gase as head coach, brought in Dowell Loggains and Gregg Williams as coordinators and fired general manager Mike Maccagnan. That's a lot of change for a team with a young quarterback, but betting sites seem higher on the Jets than the Bills. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Jets at +650 to win the division and the Bills at +1000 while DraftKings has the Jets +700 and the Bills +1200.
Elsewhere in the division... That team that's always good continues to look good and remains the heavy favorite to win the division. Losing Rob Gronkowski will hurt – he was Tom Brady's safety valve – but adding N'Keal Harry in the first round and Demaryius Thomas in free agency should help offset the loss in the passing game, plus Josh Gordon is still in the picture. New tight end Benjamin Watson will help but he is suspended four games. The Patriots play the Dolphins, Jets and Bills in Weeks 2-4; if they get through the first round of division games unscathed, it could be smooth sailing the rest of the way.
Free tickets available for Bills' open practice at stadium: You can see the Bills practice at New Era Field for free on Aug. 2, but you'll need to pick up a voucher at one of these five Western New York stores to attend.
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