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Most Impactful Players for Every AFC Team in 2017

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens – C.J. Mosley

Normally I would’ve said Terrell Suggs but C.J. Mosley will have the keys to the defense when Suggs decides to hang up the spikes. Mosley played in 14 games and had four interceptions. He’s a very aggressive player but will need to stay healthy.

Cincinnati Bengals – A.J. Green

We all know that A.J. Green is one of the top wide receivers in the league. Green only played in ten games due to injury. He was still able to get 66 receptions for 964 yards and four touchdowns. The Bengals will need to rely on Green to make every play possible. They may even get creative and try to get Green the ball in different ways.

Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett

There are no real positives to the Browns other than they picked Myles Garrett with the number one overall pick.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Le’Veon Bell

Bell is the best all around running back in the league. His ability to make guys miss is out of this world. He only played in 12 games last season because he was suspended for the first four games. He still had impressive numbers with 1,268 rushing yards and 616 receiving yards with a combined nine touchdowns. Bell recently declined a five-year contract because he believes he’s worth more than he was offered. He’ll be playing for a new contract this season.

AFC South

Houston Texans – J.J. Watt

Watt only played in three games last season but will still be the heart and soul of that Houston Texans defense.

Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck

Luck had a good 2016 campaign throwing for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns. Luck has yet to start throwing from surgery he received in January. When he returns he’ll still have T.Y. Hilton at his side.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Allen Hurns

Hurns only played in 11 games last season and only had 477 receiving yards with three touchdowns. In 2015 Hurns played 15 games and had 1,031 yards with ten touchdowns. When healthy Hurns is a threat but the only thing that could weigh him down is Blake Bortles.

Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota

Mariota has weapons across the board with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry out of the backfield. Along the outside he’ll most likely have rookie receiver Corey Davis, free agent add Eric Decker, Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker. The offense will be tough to stop if Mariota can deliver the ball smoothly to his targets.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills – LeSean McCoy

Well it’s always fun to watch Bills Mafia and LeSean McCoy may be the only bright spot on the roster.

Miami Dolphins – Jarvis Landry

I was going to say Ryan Tannehill here but he’s garbage. So I went with Jarvis Landry, the most exciting player on the team. Landry had 94 receptions last season for 1,136 yards and four touchdowns. So if Tannehill can get the ball in the vicinity Landry will come down with the ball.

New England Patriots – Tom Brady

Brady is the best quarterback to play in the NFL. In only 12 games last season he threw for 3,554 yards with 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Let’s not forget he led the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit to win the Super Bowl. Brady also got a gift from the New Orleans Saints in Brandin Cooks, which just adds depth to their already solid receiving corps.

New York Jets – ArDarius Stewart

The Jets don’t have much to watch this upcoming season so let’s pay attention to Stewart out of Alabama.

AFC West

Denver Broncos – Von Miller

Von Miller is an animal taking on double teams and even triple teams but he’ll still end up on the quarterback. Miller makes the Broncos defense successful with his ability to rush the passer and lets the defensive backs do their job on rushed passes.

Kansas City Chiefs – Travis Kelce

Alex Smith can’t throw the deep ball so Kelce will get a lot of targets. He plays with an edge that everyone loves to watch. Kelce had 85 receptions for 1,125 yards and four touchdowns. Smith likes to check the ball down and take care of the ball so Kelce will again be the beneficiary.

Los Angeles Chargers – Philip Rivers

Can Philip Rivers make the Chargers relevant again? He threw 21 interceptions last season but the turnaround needs to start with him.

Oakland Raiders – Marshawn Lynch

Beast Mode is back baby. Lynch hasn’t played since the 2015 season for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2015 he only played in seven games but expect big things from Lynch this season with an impressive team around.

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