The AFC East is rife with established star talent and emerging prospects at prominent positions.
Who will shine brightest in 2010?
In the comments section of the blog, fans already are arguing with conviction about how the upcoming season will shake out. They're debating the final standings, the playoff teams, the young quarterbacks, the coaches.
Since there are so many strong opinions out there, I thought it would be a good time to poll the audience to see who you predict will be the AFC East's most valuable player.
Below are my thoughts on the top candidates from each team, keeping in mind such awards are partial to offensive players. Add your thoughts in the comments section below, and feel free to add any names I didn't mention.
Buffalo Bills: Perhaps a reach to be included in this conversation, rookie running back C.J. Spiller might be the most dynamic player on the team already. He has home-run capabilities and will have opportunities in the run, pass and return games. Running back Fred Jackson and receiver Lee Evans have proven to be solid players, but they would need to elevate their games considerably to have an elite season worthy of division MVP.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have a few candidates who could state a case if the season breaks right. Running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown have been brilliant for stretches during their careers. New receiver Brandon Marshall is a game-changer, having caught at least 100 passes in three straight seasons. And if second-year starting quarterback Chad Henne can pull the offense together, then the team's success would be reflected in his stat line.
New England Patriots: Any offense that features Tom Brady and Randy Moss has a chance to light up the scoreboard. Brady should post big numbers again in 2010. The Patriots didn't make any changes to their backfield that would suggest significant changes. Wes Welker's absence in the slot could be mitigated by the emergence of sophomore Julian Edelman. The Patriots have upgraded at tight end by drafting a pair of highly rated rookies and signing free agent Alge Crumpler.
New York Jets: Here's a rare case where a defender has the best shot. Superduperstar cornerback Darrelle Revis is the best player on the team because of his impact on a defense that ranked No. 1 overall and against the pass last year. On offense, Shonn Greene can be a star if he emerges as the featured back. Does second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez deserve a mention here? If the Jets move away from their run-dominant offense and he starts slinging the ball to his collection of receivers, then his numbers could warrant consideration if he keeps his interceptions down.