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2022 NFL Season Preview Guide: All of PFF's offseason preview content in one place

The Buffalo Bills (+600 on DraftKings Sportsbook) are the current betting favorites to win Super Bowl 57 and enter the season as the top team in PFF's preseason power rankings. The un-retired Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trail closely behind (+700).

To help count down the days until the new NFL season, we at PFF have pulled together all of our position rankings, analysis and more, making this your go-to resource for 2022 NFL content.

Bookmark this page to keep up to date with all the latest PFF content as we head into the preseason, which will run from Aug. 4 to Aug. 28.

Power rankings | Position rankings | Unit rankings | Head coach & playcaller rankingsSingle-team features | Contract projections | NFL analysis & Roster rankings | Free agency recap2022 NFL Draft recap

Power rankings

Headline Publish date
NFL power rankings ahead of the 2022 season May 25, 2022
NFL roster rankings for all 32 teams for 2022: Strengths, weaknesses and X factors for every starting lineup June 30, 2022

Position rankings

Headline Publish date
2022 NFL quarterback tiers May 17, 2022
2022 NFL running back rankings and tiers May 17, 2022
2022 NFL wide receiver rankings and tiers May 24, 2022
2022 NFL tight end rankings and tiers May 31, 2022
2022 NFL offensive tackle rankings and tiers May 11, 2022
2022 NFL offensive guard rankings and tiers May 18, 2022
2022 NFL center rankings and tiers May 25, 2022
2022 NFL interior defender rankings and tiers June 1, 2022
2022 NFL edge rusher rankings and tiers May 19, 2022
2022 NFL linebacker rankings and tiers May 24, 2022
2022 NFL slot cornerback rankings June 2, 2022
2022 NFL outside cornerback rankings and tiers June 6, 2022
2022 NFL safety rankings and tiers May 26, 2022

Unit rankings

Headline Publish date
2022 NFL linebacker unit rankings June 28, 2022
2022 NFL secondary rankings June 27, 2022
2022 NFL defensive line rankings June 14, 2022
2022 NFL offensive line rankings June 13, 2022
2022 NFL receiving corps rankings June 9, 2022
2022 NFL RB unit rankings June 8, 2022

NFL Head Coach & Playcaller Rankings

Headline Publish date
Ranking the NFL's best defensive playcallers June 17, 2022
Ranking the NFL's best offensive playcallers June 16, 2022
2022 NFL head coach rankings June 6, 2022

NFL Analysis

Headline Publish date
Ranking the NFL's best offensive linemen by pressure rate July 1, 2022
One trade or free-agent acquisition for all 32 NFL teams before 2022 training camp June 29, 2022
Ranking the most elusive NFL running backs from the 2021 season June 29, 2022
Areas of improvement for 5 standout 2021 NFL rookies June 29, 2022
Best NFL cornerbacks in man and zone coverages June 29, 2022
Projecting the quarterbacks most likely to improve in 2022: Zach Wilson, Baker Mayfield and more June 27, 2022
Best NFL receivers against man and zone coverages June 27, 2022
Ranking the NFL quarterbacks most affected by pressure in 2021 June 24, 2022
NFL Betting 2022: Discrepancies across NFL rankings and their impact to NFL betting June 23, 2022
Ranking the top 32 NFL contracts ahead of the 2022 season June 23, 2022
Top five offensive and defensive duos ahead of the 2022 NFL season June 23, 2022
Every NFL team's best value draft picks since 2006 June 22, 2022
NFL's biggest training camp battles at every position June 22, 2022
Re-drafting the 2020 NFL Draft: Justin Herbert joins the Commanders and the Detroit Lions take Justin Jefferson June 22, 2022
Ranking the 10 best Year 3 breakout candidates heading into the 2022 NFL season June 21, 2022
Ranking the best 2021 NFL starting quarterbacks by accuracy at different target depths June 21, 2022
Which NFL defenses use the most unique schemes? June 21, 2022
Which NFL offenses use the most unique schemes? June 21, 2022
The effect of perfectly covered plays on NFL offenses June 20, 2022
Ranking the best cornerbacks in press coverage from the 2021 NFL season June 20, 2022
Re-drafting the 2019 NFL Draft: Four WRs go in top 10, including A.J. Brown to Jets and Terry McLaurin to Giants June 20, 2022
Examining the relationship between dropped passes and quarterback performance June 17, 2022
NFL's prototypical defensive linemen for each DL technique ahead of the 2022 season June 15, 2022
NFL News: 15 storylines to keep an eye on for 2022 minicamps June 14, 2022
10 NFL players who struggled as rookies but are under pressure to perform in Year 2 June 14, 2022
Ranking last season's starting QBs by deep passing performance: Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray lands at No. 1 June 8, 2022
Who could be this year's Cincinnati Bengals? Current, former NFL executives weigh in June 7, 2022
5 overlooked teams entering the 2022 NFL season June 7, 2022
Potential post-June 1 roster cuts and trade candidates ahead of the 2022 NFL season May 31, 2022
What remains stable between a rookie QB's first and second NFL seasons? Analyzing the heralded 2021 class May 26, 2022
6 potential AFC breakout candidates for the 2022 NFL season May 26, 2022
Introducing QB Wins Over Expected: Why Patrick Mahomes is still the best QB in the NFL May 25, 2022
Captain Checkdown: The quarterbacks who most and least rely on checkdown passes May 24, 2022
2018 NFL Draft grades for every team May 24, 2022
College-to-pro projections for the top rookie running backs: Breece Hall, Kenneth Walker III and more May 23, 2022
6 potential NFC breakout candidates for the 2022 NFL season May 20, 2022
Examining the effect of fast wide receivers on NFL offenses May 19, 2022
College-to-pro projections for 2022 NFL Draft first-round edge defenders May 17, 2022
Ranking the top 25 players under 25 entering the 2022 NFL season: Nick Bosa, Justin Herbert, Tristan Wirfs and more May 17, 2022
The NFL’s Best Cornerbacks in Press Coverage: Xavien Howard, Jamel Dean and more May 17, 2022
How the Jets’ and Giants’ game-changing 2022 NFL Draft classes could set the teams on a new course May 16, 2022
How first-round WR production compares to second-round WR production May 12, 2022
The NFL’s best wide receivers against press coverage May 10, 2022
Ranking top offensive and defensive rookie of the year candidates for 2022 May 4, 2022
Ranking the situations for the NFL's top second-year quarterbacks in 2022 May 4, 2022
Projecting the most impactful 2022 rookie classes May 4, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Is there more pressure on the New York Giants or New York Jets? April 21, 2022
Are player-for-player trades making a comeback in the NFL? April 7, 2022
PFF Data Study: The effect of formation and team strength on box count March 30, 2022
Are NFL defenses becoming more or less predictable? March 29, 2022
Eager: Revisiting the probability of transitioning from a poor team to an elite team (and vice versa) March 29, 2022
Top landing spots for Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill: New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and more March 23, 2022
Where Jimmy Garoppolo, Baker Mayfield, 2022 draft prospects could land as NFL QB landscape clears up March 22, 2022

Single-team features

Headline Team Publish date
Inside the Grady Jarrett extension ATL May 3, 2022
How James Cook can take the pressure off QB Josh Allen BUF May 27, 2022
Linsey: Chicago Bears putting a lot on Justin Fields' shoulders in 2022 CHI April 30, 2022
Making sense of David Njoku's new contract with the Cleveland Browns CLV May 31, 2022
Which NFL teams make the most sense for Baker Mayfield? CLV May 6, 2022
Examining the “uniqueness” of Russell Wilson and how the Denver Broncos’ new QB has evolved over his career DEN March 22, 2022
Why bettors should feel comfortable backing the Detroit Lions in 2022 DET June 7, 2022
Can Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers win a Super Bowl with this receiving corps? GB June 23, 2022
The Packers added speed and versatility at wide receiver, but can these guys play? GB May 26, 2022
Monson: The move for QB Matt Ryan was the best the Indianapolis Colts could do, but they're still looking up at the AFC contenders IND March 21, 2022
Atlanta Falcons trade QB Matt Ryan to Indianapolis Colts IND March 21, 2022
NFL Player Comps: Trevor Lawrence to Andrew Luck's career trajectory JAX July 1, 2022
Can Christian Kirk be a true No. 1 WR in Jacksonville? JAX May 10, 2022
Brandon Staley envisions the Los Angeles Chargers' defense mirroring the offense after offseason additions LAC March 30, 2022
Los Angeles Rams make Cooper Kupp one of NFL's highest-paid WRs with 3-year extension LAR June 8, 2022
Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald to become the highest-paid non-QB in NFL history LAR June 6, 2022
Las Vegas Raiders sign wide receiver Hunter Renfrow to 2-year, $32 million contract extension LV June 10, 2022
Inside the Raiders' decision to acquire WR Davante Adams in trade with Packers LV April 1, 2022
With Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle in tow, the Miami Dolphins' offense will be one of the most intriguing storylines of the 2022 NFL season MIA June 21, 2022
NFL Betting 2022: Why you should bet under 9 wins for the Miami Dolphins MIA June 8, 2022
What to expect from Tua Tagovailoa after the Miami Dolphins' 2022 offseason MIA May 27, 2022
What the Tyreek Hill trade means for Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins MIA March 24, 2022
Kansas City Chiefs trade WR Tyreek Hill to Miami Dolphins MIA March 23, 2022
The New England Patriots' new-look offense is shaping up under Mac Jones, but the team's playcaller remains a mystery NE June 14, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Top potential targets for the New Orleans Saints at No. 16 and No. 19 overall NO April 15, 2022
Top landing spots for New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney: Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and more NYG April 22, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: How do scouts, coaches and execs actually feel about Kayvon Thibodeaux? NYG April 13, 2022
Can Mitchell Trubisky play better with Pittsburgh Steelers than he ever did with the Chicago Bears? PIT June 18, 2022
Pittsburgh Steelers sign S Minkah Fitzpatrick to a 4-year contract extension worth over $18.4 million per year PIT June 15, 2022
Examining Kenny Pickett's fit within the Pittsburgh Steelers offense PIT May 23, 2022
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel requests trade: Top landing spots include New York Jets, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs SF April 20, 2022
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski to retire TB June 21, 2022
Bruce Arians retires from coaching, moves into front office role with Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB March 30, 2022
Washington Commanders sign WR Terry McLaurin to a 3-year contract extension WAS June 28, 2022
NFL Betting 2022: Why the Washington Commanders over 7.5 wins is a good bet WAS June 20, 2022
Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick retiring after 17 seasons WAS June 2, 2022
Why Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera felt aggressive approach for QB Carson Wentz was important WAS April 5, 2022

Contract projections

Headline Publish date
Every NFC team’s best contract: Jarvis Landry, Adrian Amos and more June 30, 2022
Every AFC team's best contract: Darren Waller, Trey Hendrickson and more June 28, 2022
NFL Contracts: Who's next in line for big-money extensions? Lamar Jackson, Terry McLaurin and more June 22, 2022
NFL Salary Cap: Three-year analysis for all 32 NFL teams June 21, 2022
Projecting second contracts for top 2019 NFL draft picks: $280 million for Kyler Murray? How much money could Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel get? May 27, 2022
Contract outlooks for 2022 NFL offseason holdouts: Aaron Donald, Kyler Murray and more May 26, 2022
Predicting the fifth-year option decisions for all 32 2019 first-round draft picks March 29, 2022
Most player-friendly and team-friendly contracts of 2022 NFL free agency March 24, 2022
2022 NFL Free Agency: Did Davante Adams reset the wide receiver market after all? March 23, 2022

Free agency recap

Headline Publish date
10 free agent signings that make sense after the 2022 NFL Draft May 5, 2022
Best landing spots for PFF's top remaining free agents April 11, 2022
Five boom-or-bust signings from 2022 NFL free agency March 30, 2022
Most interesting scheme fits signed in 2022 NFL free agency March 30, 2022
2022 NFL Free Agency: Building the best team from available free agents March 24, 2022
Most improved, unimproved position groups from 2022 NFL free agency March 23, 2022
2022 offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams after NFL free agency March 22, 2022
2022 NFL Free Agency: One positive takeaway for all 32 NFL teams so far March 22, 2022
2022 NFL free agency grades for all 16 AFC teams March 22, 2022
2022 NFL free agency grades for all 16 NFC teams March 21, 2022

Draft recap

Headline Publish date
Favorite prospect-team fits in Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft April 26, 2022
AFC West 2022 NFL Draft Preview: Current projected starting lineups, biggest remaining needs and ideal draft targets April 14, 2022
AFC South 2022 NFL Draft Preview: Current projected starting lineups, biggest remaining needs and ideal draft targets April 13, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: How teams weigh off-field issues will impact Arizona State cornerback Jack Jones' stock April 6, 2022
Sikkema: Six 2022 NFL Draft trades I would love to see April 4, 2022
AFC East 2022 NFL Draft Preview: Current projected starting lineups, biggest remaining needs and ideal draft targets March 30, 2022
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