The NFC East took a huge step in the right direction in 2022. If you remember, just two years ago this division sent a team with a losing record to the playoffs. In 2022, they had three playoff teams including the Giants who snapped an ugly drought. The Eagles played for a World Championship and the Dallas Cowboys handed Tom Brady a pink slip at home as they crushed the Bucs in round one. There is still plenty of work to do. Here are the 2023 NFC East team needs.
Team Needs: CB, LB, WR
The Cowboys retained defensive coordinator Dan Quinn which was of the utmost importance to their defense and now is the time to continue adding pieces to it. They could get more production out of their pass rush and pair another linebacker with Micah Parson. If they make a splashy signing, it could come at wide receiver which struggled outside of CeeDee Lamb this past season. TE Dalton Schultz and RB Tony Pollard are free agents, the franchise tag was used on Schultz a season ago, so they have a serious decision to make there. Adding another CB in the draft would be nice.
New York Giants
Team Needs: WR, CB, OL
The lack of a star wide receiver was a screaming point from Giants fans this year as Kenny Golladay continues to disappoint. The draft should be kind to New York in that area. After that, getting a shutdown corner should be high on their list and Tampa Bay’s Jamel Dean makes a lot of sense if the Bucs don’t franchise the young star. QB Daniel Jones and RB Saquon Barkley are set to hit the open market this offseason. I see them signing Barkley while tagging Jones to make sure this past season wasn’t a fluke, but they could be looking elsewhere.
Team Needs: DL, DB, RB
The Eagles came so close to winning a championship in 2022. Now this roster could flip with some serious talent getting ready to cash in during free agency, including two starters in the secondary. Most of the offense is already set, so focusing on adding pieces to the pass rush and the secondary is what they should prioritize. Because they have the New Orleans Saints top draft choice, I see them getting a top-notch defensive stud like Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr. Of course, they need to replace their offensive and defensive coordinators as well, since both were lured away for head coaching opportunities elsewhere.
Team Needs: QB, OG, LB
Sam Howell or someone else at QB? That will be the question of the offseason as the Commanders look for more reliable quarterback play outside of Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke. They are looking at some big-name offensive coordinators and it wouldn’t stun me to see Washington go out and get a veteran quarterback like Derek Carr. They have a great young defense and top-notch offensive weapons without a real leader on that side of the ball. Find a QB and go out a grab a lineman like Nate Davis from Tennessee and this Washington team could be knocking on the door for a playoff spot this season.