At this point in the season, no one is healthy. There have been more injuries to starting quarterbacks this season than years prior, which puts stress on teams to find other ways to arrive at victory.
Some of the notable names added to injured reserve last week include 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga, Vikings defensive tackle Dean Lowry, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa.
With that in mind, here is a look at the most pressing positional needs for every NFL team:
Projected key free agents: DT D.J. Reader, WR Tee Higgins, WR Tyler Boyd, OT Jonah Williams, CB Chidobe Awuzie
When it was learned that Joe Burrow was lost for the season, it felt as though the fans and franchise collectively gave up on the season. They will turn to Jake Browning, who has attempted 15 passes in his NFL career.
The franchise has invested significant resources into the offensive line over the past two offseasons, but still has positions to fill before Burrow can feel secure. The unit has not played up to expectations as it is allowing pressure, on average, in 2.34 seconds, according to TruMedia; the third-worst margin in the league.
The Bengals are allowing 247.8 passing yards per game, which is the sixth-most in the NFL. They put a lot of faith in a young cornerback room that has understandably seen its share of ups-and-downs this season.
Cornerback Tre’Davious White is done for the season with an Achilles injury. Kaiir Elam was added to injured reserve on Nov. 2 with an ankle injury. The Bills acquired Rasul Douglas from Green Bay, but Green Bay had already been looking for a reason to put rookie Carrington Valentine in the starting lineup. Christian Benford and Taron Johnson round out the Bills’ secondary.
The backbone of Buffalo’s defense has been a concern. Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones and linebacker Matt Milano are on the…