With three teams all within the same state, football rivalries in New York can get competitive to say the least. There are three teams all vying for that top spot and bragging rights. The question to be asked is: Who are the true kings of New York?
New York Jets
The Jets, a team that has rebuilt through the draft over the last few seasons, made a trade with the Colts on Saturday to move up from number six in April’s NFL draft to number three. They could get their quarterback of the future in guys like Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield. They have also added some key free agents to help with the rebuild process in players like Trumaine Johnson, Isaiah Crowell, Avery Williamson, Spencer Long, Teddy Bridgewater, Cairo Santos. Also, they re-signed a couple of their guys in Morris Claiborne and Josh McCown. With the flurry of moves, it looks like the future is bright for the Jets.
New York Giants
New York had a disappointing 2017 season, going 3-13. Changes had to be made so enter in a new head coach in Pat Shumur and new offensive coordinator Mike Shula. Both guys will look to help a Giant offense that ranked 21st in the league last year. Protecting quarterback Eli Manning is key as he needs time to throw to find his All-Pro receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall. Bringing in Nate Solder helps as they can keep Ereck Flowers at right tackle where he is more comfortable. The signing of Patrick Omameh will help on the offensive line as well. Look for the Giants to get a lot of calls for the number two pick. They can move down and pick up more picks. Also, moving down they could draft a guy like Quenton Nelson the talented guard out of Notre Dame.
The Bills were the most surprising team last season not just in New York, but maybe in the whole AFC, finishing 9-7. They made the playoffs for first time since 1999, ending an 18-year drought which was the longest active drought. The Bills were defeated in the Wild Card round by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the final score being 10-3. The Bills are looking to build from making the playoffs in 2017 as they started by trading Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round pick. Next, they traded offensive lineman Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals for the 12th pick. The move up might mean Buffalo is looking at a quarterback even after signing A.J. McCarron to a two-year deal.
The Bills were also active in free agency as they signed Trent Murphy (defensive end), Star Lotulelei (defensive tackle), and re-signed talented defensive tackle Kyle Williams to solidify the defensive line. In addition, they signed Vontae Davis to the corner position as an upgrade. Chris Ivory comes over from Jacksonville and gives the Bills a nice one-two punch with LeSean McCoy. With all the moves the Bills have made so far, things are looking bright in Buffalo. Also, they own five picks in the first 65 selections of the draft.
The kings of New York must be the Bills as they were a playoff team last year and are looking to build off that. However, the team that looks to have the brightest future are the Jets especially after the moves they have made in the draft over the last few years. They have drafted “The Big Cat” Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, and Marcus Maye on defense while Robby Anderson is a building block on offense. Don’t count out the G-Men though as they can make a swift turnaround.
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