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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

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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
Bold predictions for every NFL team in 2022 — AFC South August 2, 2022
Pittsburgh Steelers sign WR Diontae Johnson to two-year contract extension August 2, 2022
Bold predictions for every NFL team in 2022 — AFC North August 1, 2022
How Kyler Murray’s contract affects Lamar Jackson's contract negotiation July 30, 2022
Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson suspended six games July 27, 2022
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel signs three-year, $73.5 million contract extension July 26, 2022
NFL Training Camp Roundup: Julio Jones signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kyler Murray’s contract extension and more July 26, 2022
Why Baker Mayfield will win the Carolina Panthers' QB competition over Sam Darnold July 25, 2022
Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf signs three-year, $72 million contract extension July 25, 2022
Mythbusting the Lamar Jackson narratives: Why he more than deserves the big-money extension July 25, 2022
How QB Trey Lance changes what the San Francisco 49ers can and will do offensively July 22, 2022
One ‘secret superstar' for all 32 NFL teams entering the 2022 season July 22, 2022
Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign WR Julio Jones July 21, 2022
How will QBs from 2021 NFL Draft class stack up after 2022? NFL sources rank them July 20, 2022
How do NFL combine athleticism and draft round reflect how defenders perform in coverage? July 19, 2022
PFF50: 10 players who just missed the list July 22, 2022
PFF50: The 50 best players in the NFL right now July 22, 2022
Q&A With ESPN's Field Yates: Lamar Jackson's upcoming contract extension, young quarterbacks primed for a strong 2022 NFL season and more July 22, 2022
Pass Protection and Diminishing Returns: Examining the value of offensive linemen in the passing game July 22, 2022
July 21 Training Camp Notes: Kyler Murray's contract extension, Jessie Bates trade buzz and more July 21, 2022
July 20 Training Camp Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo looking for a trade, Derwin James and Chargers progressing toward extension and more July 21, 2022
Which NFL teams get the most value out of their free agent signings? July 20, 2022
2022 NFL Training Camp Primer: Schedules/key dates and offseason roster unit rankings July 20, 2022
NFL Training Camp 2022: What to watch, storylines and reports July 20, 2022
Can Baker Mayfield lift Carolina Panthers into playoff contention? NFL sources believe so July 19, 2022
Ranking NFL second-year breakout candidates for 2022: 15 players who could become stars, from quarterbacks to pass-rushers July 19, 2022
July 18 Training Camp Notes: Leonard Fournette's weight, JK Dobbins' Week 1 availability and more July 19, 2022
Projecting contract extensions for players likely to sign before Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season July 15, 2022
Ranking the NFL’s best tight ends in the red zone from the 2021 season July 14, 2022
Inside N'Keal Harry's turbulent stint with the New England Patriots July 13, 2022
Wide receivers primed for bigger roles in 2022: NFL sources weigh in on Gabriel Davis, Sammy Watkins and more July 13, 2022
New England Patriots trade WR N'Keal Harry to Chicago Bears July 12, 2022
How PFF route-running grades teach us more about coverage matchups July 8, 2022
Using coverage mistakes to identify player and position value for NFL defenses July 8, 2022
The best offseason move for all 16 NFC teams July 7, 2022
The best offseason move for all 16 AFC teams July 7, 2022
Cleveland Browns trade QB Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers July 6, 2022
Evaluating NFL quarterbacks’ decision-making process July 6, 2022
How to attack even fronts in the running game July 6, 2022
Is Minnesota Vikings' Justin Jefferson already NFL's best WR? July 1, 2022
NFL roster rankings for all 32 teams for 2022: Strengths, weaknesses and X factors for every starting lineup June 29, 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
2022 NFL secondary rankings: Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers take top spots June 27, 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 24, 2022
Can Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers win a Super Bowl with this receiving corps? June 23, 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 22, 2022
Every NFL team's best value draft picks since 2006 June 22, 2022
NFL Contracts: Who's next in line for big-money extensions? Lamar Jackson, Terry McLaurin and more June 22, 2022
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski to retire June 21, 2022
NFL Salary Cap: Three-year analysis for all 32 NFL teams 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
NFL Betting 2022: Why the Washington Commanders over 7.5 wins is a good bet June 20, 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
Can Mitchell Trubisky play better with Pittsburgh Steelers than he ever did with the Chicago Bears? June 17, 2022
Pittsburgh Steelers sign S Minkah Fitzpatrick to a 4-year contract extension worth over $18.4 million per year June 15, 2022
NFL's prototypical defensive linemen for each DL technique ahead of the 2022 season June 14, 2022
NFL News: 15 storylines to keep an eye on for 2022 minicamps June 14, 2022
Las Vegas Raiders sign wide receiver Hunter Renfrow to 2-year, $32 million contract extension June 8, 2022
2022 NFL RB unit rankings: Cleveland Browns lead the way while Dallas Cowboys land in top 10 June 7, 2022
Why bettors should feel comfortable backing the Detroit Lions in 2022 June 7, 2022
Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick retiring after 17 seasons May 31, 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 26, 2022
The Packers added speed and versatility at wide receiver, but can these guys play? May 26, 2022
NFL power rankings ahead of the 2022 season May 25, 2022
Best of PFF May 24, 2022: Betting market-implied power rankings, wide receiver rankings and more May 24, 2022
Captain Checkdown: The quarterbacks who most and least rely on checkdown passes May 24, 2022
Best of PFF May 23, 2022: Betting market-implied power rankings, projections for rookie running backs and more May 23, 2022
Examining Kenny Pickett's fit within the Pittsburgh Steelers offense May 20, 2022
Doug Kyed’s Mailbag: New England Patriots’ offense, Davante Adams, the Atlanta Falcons’ offseason and more May 19, 2022
Examining the effect of fast wide receivers on NFL offenses May 17, 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 16, 2022
Doug Kyed’s Mailbag: Rookie quarterbacks, Ravens wide receivers and more May 12, 2022
Can Christian Kirk be a true No. 1 WR in Jacksonville? 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 Sub cat Publish date
Inside the Grady Jarrett extension ATL May 3, 2022
Best value free agent contract for every NFL team since 2013 BLT July 28, 2022
Doug Kyed's Mailbag: Trey Lance's future, NFL's best running back room, rookie receivers' fantasy outlooks and more BUF May 27, 2022
Bold predictions for every NFL team in 2022 — AFC East CAR July 29, 2022
10 best candidates to make the PFF50 in the future CAR July 20, 2022
July 19 Training Camp Notes: Potential Alvin Kamara suspension, possible un-retirement for Rob Gronkowski and more CAR July 20, 2022
Ranking the NFL’s best wide receivers in the red zone from the 2021 season CHI July 12, 2022
Linsey: Chicago Bears putting a lot on Justin Fields' shoulders in 2022 CHI April 30, 2022
Players with the most to prove in 2022 on all 32 NFL teams: Sources weigh in on Tua Tagovailoa, Michael Thomas and more CLV August 1, 2022
32 Teams, 32 Players: Intriguing players to know for 2022 NFL training camp CLV August 1, 2022
Strengths and weaknesses of every AFC team entering 2022 NFL training camp CLV July 6, 2022
Potential post-June 1 roster cuts and trade candidates ahead of the 2022 NFL season 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
Who could be this year's Cincinnati Bengals? Current, former NFL executives weigh in DET June 7, 2022
Ranking the NFL quarterbacks most affected by pressure in 2021 GB June 23, 2022
Contract outlooks for 2022 NFL offseason holdouts: Aaron Donald, Kyler Murray and more 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
Ranking the NFL's best offensive linemen by pressure rate JAX July 1, 2022
Most underrated player on all 32 NFL teams JAX May 10, 2022
Using volatility to evaluate NFL offensive linemen KC August 1, 2022
Brandon Staley envisions the Los Angeles Chargers' defense mirroring the offense after offseason additions LAC March 30, 2022
2022 NFL receiving corps rankings: Cincinnati Bengals take No. 1 spot, Philadelphia Eagles make top five LAR June 8, 2022
5 overlooked teams entering the 2022 NFL season LAR June 6, 2022
2022 NFL offensive line rankings: Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers among Tier 1 teams LV June 10, 2022
Inside the Raiders' decision to acquire WR Davante Adams in trade with Packers LV April 1, 2022
Ranking the 10 best Year 3 breakout candidates heading into the 2022 NFL season MIA June 21, 2022
Los Angeles Rams make Cooper Kupp one of NFL's highest-paid WRs with 3-year extension MIA June 8, 2022
PFF Sunday Review: 2023 NFL Draft quarterback rankings, Contract outlooks for 2022 NFL offseason holdouts and more 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
Strengths and weaknesses of every NFC team entering 2022 NFL training camp MIN July 4, 2022
Where things stand for four franchise-tagged stars ahead of the July 15 extension deadline NE July 13, 2022
10 NFL players who struggled as rookies but are under pressure to perform in Year 2 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
Re-drafting the 2019 NFL Draft: Four WRs go in top 10, including A.J. Brown to Jets and Terry McLaurin to Giants PIT June 18, 2022
Ranking the NFL's best offensive play callers ahead of the 2022 season PIT June 15, 2022
College-to-pro projections for the top rookie running backs: Breece Hall, Kenneth Walker III and more PIT May 23, 2022
NFL PUP List Report: How players from all 32 teams are recovering from offseason injuries SEA July 28, 2022
NFL Rumor Roundup: Diontae Johnson's hold-in with Steelers, Odell Beckham Jr. to Rams and more SF July 31, 2022
What to know about the Deshaun Watson suspension SF July 27, 2022
Eight NFL teams with the best blocking environments for their running backs in 2022 SF July 26, 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
Chiefs tackle Orlando Brown Jr. set to report to training camp, play 2022 season on franchise tag TB July 26, 2022
Re-drafting the 2020 NFL Draft: Justin Herbert joins the Commanders and the Detroit Lions take Justin Jefferson TB June 21, 2022
Bruce Arians retires from coaching, moves into front office role with Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB March 30, 2022
Best NFL cornerbacks in man and zone coverages WAS June 28, 2022
Which NFL offenses use the most unique schemes? WAS June 20, 2022
2022 NFL Head Coach Rankings: Bill Belichick, John Harbaugh and Andy Reid lead the way 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
Introducing Expected Contract Value: A better way of evaluating NFL contracts July 19, 2022
NFL Player Comps: Trevor Lawrence to Andrew Luck's career trajectory June 30, 2022
Washington Commanders sign WR Terry McLaurin to a 3-year contract extension June 28, 2022
NFL's biggest training camp battles at every position June 22, 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 June 21, 2022
How James Cook can take the pressure off QB Josh Allen May 27, 2022
What remains stable between a rookie QB's first and second NFL seasons? Analyzing the heralded 2021 class 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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