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AFC East Q&A: Who will be the division MVP?

Tom Brady is turning 40 in August, but that didn't stop ESPN.com's AFC East reporters from unanimously picking the New England Patriots quarterback to be the division's MVP this season.

Mike Rodak, Buffalo Bills reporter: Brady. It is a copy-and-paste scenario for this category until he decides to retire. The more interesting discussion is which player would be runner-up for MVP in the division. My choice is Bills running back LeSean McCoy. Without him, Buffalo's offense might be among the worst in the league, even with QB Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. McCoy, who has the most rushing yards in the NFL since he entered the league in 2009, remains in the prime of his career and looks to have at least another excellent season ahead of him. There is a drop-off behind McCoy at running back for Buffalo after the loss of Mike Gillislee in free agency to the Patriots, which makes McCoy even more valuable. When he's on the field, he should be the center of attention for a defense.

James Walker, Miami Dolphins reporter: The easy pick is Brady, who might very well be the favorite to win the MVP award this season. There isn’t a close second choice in the AFC East. Brady will be 40 but continues to play at an elite level. Plus, New England added dynamic wide receiver Brandin Cooks, it will get a healthy Rob Gronkowski back at tight end and it brought aboard an underrated running back in Gillislee, meaning Brady could have one of the best supporting casts in his career. The Patriots are stacked at every skill position offensively, and Brady should put up huge numbers.

Mike Reiss, New England Patriots reporter: This is the classic cut-and-paste situation from the past decade-plus, where we go find the file from recent years and simply change a few words around to update why Brady is the pick. In the handful of Patriots offseason practices I watched in May and June, Brady was still making all the tough throws, as his arm strength shows no signs of decline. One day, he was one of the last players off the field, staying late to work with resistance bands and on his throwing technique. The next day, he stayed late again, this time with newcomer Cooks as the two worked on the deep ball. Brady remains as committed as ever to his craft, and as long as he stays injury-free, he’s positioned for another big season.

Rich Cimini, New York Jets reporter: Let’s face it, Brady is the MVP every season in this division. If you need an explanation, you haven’t been paying attention for the past 16 years. I tried hard to come up with a clever non-Brady pick, but I failed. Jarvis Landry and Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins were considerations, as was the Bills' McCoy. They’re all integral players on their respective teams, but none of them is in the same league as Brady in terms of value. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill could be a dark horse if he shows second-year growth in coach Adam Gase’s offense. In the end, it doesn’t pay to overthink this. I’ll go with the chalk: Brady.