2) Which is the best under-radar addition?
BL: Dolphins DE Robert Quinn
The Dolphins essentially gave up only a fourth-rounder for Quinn, but, health willing, he could drastically upgrade a pass rush that consisted of little more than Cameron Wake last year. The Dolphins were 25th in sack percentage, with Wake’s 10.5 sacks representing more than a third of the team total. Quinn had 8.5 sacks last season, following two injury-marred seasons in 2015 and ’16, when he had a total of nine sacks but missed 15 of 32 games. He had 19 sacks in 2013, sandwiched between seasons of 10.5.
EE: Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates
It’s a major stretch here to suggest that a coach who has been out of work the past few seasons could be a huge addition, but that’s what’s going down. I really think Bates’ enthusiasm and ability to connect with quarterbacks will be huge as the team tries to squeeze the last few drops out of Josh McCown while getting ready for Sam Darnold. The Jets’ offensive personnel is below-average for sure, and if Bates helps make this an average unit while developing Darnold, he’ll be a great add to the staff.
GG: Patriots WR Jordan Matthews
The Pats signed Matthews to just a one-year deal, but his addition could be a key one. The Pats' WR corps has never been loaded with outstanding names/talents; they get by with smart overachievers who fit the scheme. In Matthews' first NFL seasons, he made a huge impact in Philly. In his third year he made some mistakes in key situations and fell out of favor with the Eagles brass, leading to a trade to Buffalo last year. If he can regain the form he showed earlier in his career, Matthews can become Tom Brady's favorite target.
AA: Patriots OT Trent Brown
Potentially Tom Brady’s blind-side blocker and heir to the NFL’s highest-paid O-lineman, Brown shouldn’t be flying under anyone’s radar. So, why did his acquisition, along with a fifth-rounder from the Niners, for the 95th overall pick, generate little buzz? A dancing bear in a contract year under the tutelage of Dante Scarnecchia, Brown lands in a great spot. Brady and Belichick aren’t BFFs currently, but this could be a shrewd Solder plan B.
HA: Bills EDGE Trent Murphy
The Bills are in desperate need of an upgrade to their pass rush, and Trent Murphy could very well prove to be a surprisingly significant part of that fix. Forget the six sacks he totaled his first two years in the league in Washington — in 2016, Murphy's third season, he totaled nine sacks and was emerging as a force, set to have a huge contract year last season, before he tore up his knee in training camp and missed the whole season. At just over $10 million guaranteed, Murphy will be a steal if he can add one sack or more and become a perennial double-digit sack guy. With a full year to rehab the knee and a predominantly NFC team schedule — read: a number of opponents that aren't familiar with him — I expect Murphy could have a breakout year.