NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-5)
NEW FACES: WR Danny Amendola, RB LaGarrette Blount, WR Josh Boyce, LB Jamie Collins, WR Aaron Dobson, DT Tommy Kelly, TE Zach Sudfeld, OL Will Svitek, QB Tim Tebow, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, RB Leon Washington, S Adrian Wilson.
KEY LOSSES: TE Aaron Hernandez, WR Brandon Lloyd, DT Kyle Love, WR Wes Welker, RB Danny Woodhead.
STRENGTHS: QB, DL, LB.
WEAKNESSES: DB, WR.
EXPECTATIONS: Patriots handled rough offseason well. They cut Hernandez day he was arrested on murder charge and replaced top two WRs Welker and Lloyd with Amendola and rookies. Should win weak AFC East for 10th time in 11 seasons. Defense should improve with veteran Kelly and greater depth. WRs a question mark and TE Rob Gronkowski probably will miss start of season following back surgery. But Patriots get better as year goes on: 23-1 in last half of past three seasons. Last year's highest scoring team in NFL still solid at RB with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen. With coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady leading way, Patriots could go deep into playoffs.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-9)
NEW FACES: WR Mike Wallace, DE Dion Jordan, CB Brent Grimes, LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Philip Wheeler, WR Brandon Gibson, T Tyson Clabo, PK Caleb Sturgis.
KEY LOSSES: T Jake Long, RB Reggie Bush, LB Karlos Dansby, LB Kevin Burnett, CB Sean Smith, WR Davone Bess, TE Anthony Fasano, K Dan Carpenter.
STRENGTHS: DE, DT, WR.
WEAKNESSES: OL, TE, RB, CB.
EXPECTATIONS: Following free-agent spending spree, new starters projected at 11 positions. That's a lot of change, and it might take a while for coach Joe Philbin to work out kinks, especially on offense. 1972 Dolphins made recent trip to White House, but invitation to 2013 team seems farfetched. Instead, look for season-long flirtation with .500. Early schedule daunting, and December surge may be needed to end franchise's streak of four consecutive losing seasons.
NEW YORK JETS (6-10)
NEW FACES: QB Geno Smith, RB Chris Ivory, CB Dee Milliner, TE Kellen Winslow Jr., S Dawan Landry, LB Antwan Barnes, DT Antonio Garay, G Willie Colon, DL Sheldon Richardson, WR Mohamed Massaquoi.