This NFL offseason has been nothing if not entertaining. Some NFL teams made a huge splash in free agency, such as the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, while other made major improvements in the 2022 draft, such as the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.

However, most (all) teams still have a weakness (or multiple weaknesses) on their roster that probably should be addressed if they want to win the Super Bowl. Should teams be looking to players in free agency to fill these needs or tempt fate and stick with what they have? That is what the next two months will be about: Evaluating what they have and addressing needs as they go. But what exactly are these roster holes, and who are the current starters at those positions?

Below, Football Outsiders outlines the biggest hole on each NFL roster now that the draft is done and training camp is in the distant future. Many of the advanced stats referenced below are explained here.

Let's jump in and start with the NFC East:


Dallas Cowboys

Biggest hole: Defensive line

The Cowboys drafted Sam Williams in the second round to help replace Randy Gregory, and the in-house replacement appears to be Dante Fowler Jr.. While the Cowboys by no means have a bad line on paper -- they're pretty strong on paper as a whole -- a scenario where DeMarcus Lawrence is hurt or unproductive and the Cowboys ask a lot of Micah Parsons again is plausible. In that scenario, it's a big ask for Williams and Fowler to contribute a meaningful pass rush.

Fifth-rounder John Ridgeway (Arkansas) was a stab at fixing the interior run defense. The Cowboys don't have a lot of interior production between Carlos Watkins on run downs and Trysten Hill on passing downs. It'd be a big boon if someone on the line took a big step forward to help settle the interior. Larry Ogunjobi, who lost a big contract with the Bears on account of a failed physical, could be an interesting fit if looking at free agents.


New York Giants

Biggest hole: Cornerback

Well, after trade rumors swirled, the Giants cut James Bradberry, which opens up a pretty sizable hole. Third-rounder Cordale Flott (LSU) and 2021 third-rounder Aaron Robinson are both better sized for the slot, which is a position that Darnay Holmes manned last season. The Giants needed to cut Bradberry to be able to find the cap space to sign their rookie class.

While free agency is still bustling, cornerback is relatively barren. Janoris Jenkins, Joe Haden, and Kyle Fuller could all be potential adds if they're willing to sign on to what looks like a rebuild season. They would also have to, as mentioned earlier, be willing to sign on for a pretty meager sum.


Philadelphia Eagles

Biggest hole: Cornerback

And who becomes an almost-immediate player for Bradberry? How about the Eagles? They didn't draft a player at cornerback, signing only a trio of undrafted free agents. Darius Slay is, of course, a star. They also have Avonte Maddox at slot corner and a camp battle between Zech McPhearson, Kary Vincent Jr., Mac McCain III and Tay Gowan on tap to play outside. Bradberry would immediately come in and settle that down. The Eagles don't have a ton of cap space, but they might be able to offer Bradberry the idea of winning.

If not, the same guys we just mentioned for the Giants would also all be in play for Philadelphia. Former Eagle Steven Nelson is off the board this time. We'll throw in Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes as other thoughts for the position that might fit a more zone-heavy team with former Vikings assistant Jonathan Gannon as defensive coordinator.


Washington Commanders

Biggest hole: Linebacker

We would also be telling the truth if we wrote quarterback, but Sam Howell is a decent prospect to wander out of this draft with, and how many more times do you need to read about Carson Wentz's limitations?

Commanders linebacker Jamin Davis was rough in his rookie season, allowing 91.7% of his coverage targets to be completed (per Sports Info Solutions) while adding 13 broken or missed tackles. While Cole Holcomb was better than that, he has hardly made himself a mainstay at this point.

The Commanders would absolutely make sense for a run-stuffing linebacker like Joe Schobert or Dont'a Hightower. In theory, Davis is going to develop into a better coverage player than he has been based on his raw attributes. But they need a little help here because the defensive line cannot do it all alone.