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NFL Insiders make early 2017 season predictions

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Does Brady make Cooks an elite fantasy option? (2:14)

Brandin Cooks teams up with Tom Brady this season in New England and could make an immediate impact on the field. Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Mike Triplett wonder if he can still be a WR1 in an offense with many options. (2:14)

We've officially reached the stage of the NFL offseason when we have a much better idea of how all 32 rosters will look in Week 1. So it's time for our six NFL insiders to recalibrate their early predictions for the 2017 season. Over the next two weeks, they'll make predictions on the following topics:


Who will be the NFL's best offense and defense in 2017?

Matt Bowen, NFL writer: The Patriots should create the most issues for opposing defenses this season with a healthy Rob Gronkowski and the addition of wide receiver Brandin Cooks in coordinator Josh McDaniels' offense. Cooks has the electric ability to produce explosive plays on high-percentage throws from Tom Brady. On defense, give me the Seahawks. Getting Earl Thomas back is the key to Seattle's core Cover 3 scheme. This unit wins with the perfect mix of rush and coverage.