AFC East Q&A: How about Matt Forte or Reggie Ragland as best newcomer?

Unlike at this time last year, the AFC East hasn't had much headline-grabbing activity, in terms of player acquisitions.

Besides the Patriots, each team had a signature 2015 move that dominated the discussion: cornerback Darrelle Revis (Jets), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Dolphins) and running back LeSean McCoy (Bills).

Meanwhile, New England still feels good about signing free-agent defensive end Jabaal Sheard, whose name recognition doesn't match the aforementioned trio but who played a significant role in helping the Patriots clinch a seventh straight division title.

Those newcomers all made a mark, and there were some impressive rookies as well, so now the question is: Who will do the same this year?

Mike Rodak, Buffalo Bills reporter: That's not an easy question. I'm hesitant to give this to any rookie, so I'll choose between the Jets' Matt Forte and Ryan Clady, as well as the Patriots' Martellus Bennett. Each veteran is coming off a down season shortened by injuries, but when these players are healthy, they are among the best at their positions. I'll go with Bennett because of the Tom Brady factor.

James Walker, Miami Dolphins reporter: It's always risky to pick a 30-year-old running back, but the free-agent signing of Forte is going to pay quality dividends for the Jets. New York's quarterback position is in flux. The only sure thing about the Jets offensively is that they will run the football. They were in the top 10 last season in rushing yards (1,868) and rushing attempts (448). Forte will play a major role in the running and passing game. This is a player who rushed for 1,038 yards and had an astounding 102 receptions for the Bears in 2014. He isn't far removed from being that type of player. Forte will be one of this year's underrated free-agent pickups.

Rich Cimini, New York Jets reporter: There are some intriguing rookies in the AFC East, beginning with Dolphins guard Laremy Tunsil, but the best newcomer is Forte. Since his rookie season in 2008, Forte has more yards from scrimmage (12,718) than any other player in the NFL. I bet that'll surprise some folks. He'll be the Jets' No. 1 back, so there will be no shortage of opportunities. The concern is his age, 30, which is taboo in the running back world. But I have a feeling he'll deliver another Forte-like season.

Mike Reiss, New England Patriots reporter: Forte is a good choice as the best proven newcomer, and so is Bennett, but let's think outside the box here. If you picked Bills cornerback Ronald Darby as the answer to this question last season, you would be feeling pretty good right now. But few probably picked him because what indication was there that the second-round pick from Florida State would be that guy? That gives the Bills credibility in this category, and that's why I'll put my chips down on linebacker Reggie Ragland, the second-round pick from Alabama. When I think of Rex Ryan's Jets teams, David Harris was a stalwart at linebacker. Ragland could be the Bills' version of Harris.