Welcome to the first in a nine-part series of articles where we indulge in a little bout of whimsy ahead of the NFL season!

What we have done is taken all eight of the divisions in the NFL and created a ‘super-squad’ of players from the four teams in that division.

We have rated each of the players picked for each squad and for fairness and uniformity, we have picked each of the eight squads and eight teams for the eight divisions in the same format.

There are also the same number of players in each position and the same positions for each squad and team.

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However, it is also a good barometer for judging the strength of the teams in each division, based on how many players they get through to the 53-man divisional squad and 26-man starters.

Let’s now take a look at the teams eligible to provide members for our hypothetical AFC East divisional squad and team.

AFC East

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets

And let’s now recap the rules for the squad selection process.

Rules For The Squad Selection

  • All players must be from one of the four teams in the division stated.
  • All squads will be comprised of the same number of players (53).
  • All squads will be uniformly selected with the same number of players in each position.
  • In addition to the 53 squad players, a starting Offense and Defense will be picked.
  • Finally a head coach from one of the four teams will be picked to coach the team.

Each squad will comprise of the following 53 players.

Offense (24 players)

  • Quarterback – 3
  • Running Back – 2
  • Full Back – 1
  • Wide Receiver – 6
  • Tight End – 2
  • Left Tackle – 2
  • Left Guard – 2
  • Center – 2
  • Right Guard – 2
  • Right Tackle – 2

Defense (25 players)

  • Defensive Tackle – 4
  • Defensive Ends – 5
  • Inside Linebacker – 2
  • Outside Linebacker / Edge Rusher – 4
  • Strong Safety – 2
  • Free Safety – 2
  • Cornerbacks – 6

Special Teams (4 players)

  • Kicker – 1
  • Punter – 1
  • Specialist Punt/Kick Off Returner – 1
  • Long Snapper – 1

Let’s now begin the selection process by naming the 53-players to make the initial AFC East game day roster.

AFC East – Squad Selection

QBJosh AllenBuffalo BillsA+DTQuin’n WilliamsNY JetsA-
QBAaron RodgersNY JetsADTChristn BarmoreNE PatriotsA-
QBTua TagovailoaMiami DolphinsB+DTEd OliverBuffalo BillsB+
RBBreece HallNY JetsB+DTDaQuan JonesBuffalo BillsB
RBRha.StevensonNE PatriotsB-DEJ.Frankln-MyersNY JetsB-
FBNick BawdenNY JetsB-DEShaq LawsonBuffalo BillsA-
WRJaylen WaddleMiami DolphinsADEGreg. RousseauBuffalo BillsB+
WRTyreek HillMiami DolphinsADEEmmanl OgbahMiami Dolp.B+
WRStefon DiggsBuffalo BillsADEChristin WilkinsMiami Dolp.B
WRGarrett WilsonNY JetsB+ILBVon MillerBuffalo BillsA
WRDevante ParkerNE PatriotsBILBCJ MoseleyNY JetsA
WRRandall CobbNY JetsB-L/ELeonard FloydBuffalo BillsA
TEDawson KnoxBuffalo BillsB+L/EMatt MilanoBuffalo BillsA
TEMike GesickiNE PatriotsBL/EQuincy WilliamsNY JetsA-
LTTrent BrownNE PatriotsB+L/EMatt JudonNE PatriotsA-
LTTerron ArmsteadMiami DolphinsA+SSJordan WhitehdNY JetsA
LGDavid EdwardsBuffalo BillsB+SSJabril PeppersNE PatriotsB+
LGAljh Vera-TuckerNY JetsAFSMicah HydeBuffalo BillsB+
CMitch MorseBuffalo BillsA-FSJevon HollandMiami Dolp.B
CDavid AndrewsNE PatriotsBCOSauce GardnerNY JetsA
RGLiam EichenbergMiami DolphinsA-COJalen RamseyMiami Dol.A+
RGDion DawkinsBuffalo BillsA-COJonathan JonesNE PatriotsA-
RTMekhi BectonNY JetsA-COXavien HowardMiami Dol.A-
RTRiley ReiffNE PatriotsC+COTre’Davs WhiteBuffalo BillsA-
Special TeamsCOKaiir ElamBuffalo BillsA-
KGregg ZuerleinNY JetsB+Head Coach
PThomas Morst’dNY JetsA-HCBill BelichickNE PatriotsA+
KRBraxton BerriosMiami DolphinsB+Nominated Home Stadium (Capacity)
LSReid FergusonBuffalo BillsBSTGillette Stadium (65,878)B-

AFC East Squad Gradings


  • Quarterbacks – A
  • Running/Full Backs –  B
  • Wide Receivers – A-
  • Tight Ends – B
  • Offensive Line – A-
  • Overall Offense – B+


  • Defensive Line – B+
  • Edge Rushers – A-
  • Linebackers – A+
  • Safeties – B+
  • Corners – A

Special Teams

  • Kicker – B+
  • Punter – A-
  • Kick Returner – B+
  • Long Snapper – B

Team Intangibles

  • Experience – A-
  • Pace – B
  • Physicality – A
  • Mental Toughness – B-
  • HC Effectiveness – A+

AFC East Starters

Now let’s take a look at the players out of the 53-man squad that will start on offense, defense and special teams for the AFC East.

QBJosh AllenBillsA+DEShaq LawsonBillsA-
RBBreece HallJetsB+DTChrs. BarmorePatriotsA-
WR1Tyreek HillDolphinsADTQuin. WilliamsJetsA-
WR2Stefan DiggsBillsADEGreg RousseauBillsB+
WR3Jalen WaddleDolphinsAOLBMatt MilanoBillsA
TEDawson KnoxBillsB+ILBVon MillerBillsA+
LTTern ArmsteadDolphinsA+OLBMatthew JudonPatriotsA
LGA.Vera-TuckerJetsA-FSMicah HydeBillsB+
CMitch MorseBillsASSJord. WhiteheadJetsA
RGDion DawkinsBillsACB1Jalen RamseyDolphinsA+
RTMekhi BectonJetsACB2Sauce GardnerJetsA
Special Teams
KGregg ZuerleinJetsB+ PT.MorsteadJetsA-
LSReid FergusonBillsB PRB.BerriosDolphinsB+

AFC East Starting XI Analysis

  • Buffalo Bills – 11 starters
  • Miami Dolphins – 5 starters
  • New England Patriots – 2 starters
  • New York Jets – 8 starters


  • Passing & Wide Receivers
  • Offensive Line
  • Defensive Line
  • Linebackers
  • Cornerbacks


  • Tight End
  • Running Back

Key Player – Offense

  • Josh Allen – QB – A perfect leader and QB for this pass-oriented offense.

Key Player – Defense

  • Von Miller – ILB – A perfect leader for this exciting shut-down defense.


This is a massively strong team from the AFC, which is not surprising given that there are four good or better teams in this division. I can’t imagine too many more divisions are going to have such strength in depth around the team.

Overall Team Rating – A-

This AFC East Divisional squad should be looking at winning the AFC Divisional Tournament and then going on to be strong contenders in the Divisional Superbowl!

Join me next time when we take a look at the squad and team made up from the four teams in the AFC North.