AFC East Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots

Bills

Bills RB LeSean McCoy announced Wednesday that he will be available for their Week 4 matchup with the Packers.

“I’m playing. I’m playing,” said McCoy, via BuffaloBills.com. “I felt good today. There’s still some pain, but I’ll be alright. I can deal with that. I feel good. Today was the first day I really ran hard. I felt fast. I feel rested. I’m excited.

“Today I was full go sprinting. I’m ready to get back out there and get going. I’ve got to get it going. Looking at all the other running backs, I’ve got a lot to do.

Jets

  • On Wednesday, Jets HC Todd Bowles called the recent report that he’s taking away some defensive play-calling duties from DC Kacy Rodgers “100 percent false, a complete lie. … It never happened. End of discussion. It’s not going to happen.” (Andy Vasquez)
  • Regarding the comments made by S Jamal Adams in which he said the team was unprepared for Baker Mayfield to enter Thursday Night’s Week 3 game and only planned for Tyrod Taylor, Bowles said Adams misspoke: “He misspoke. He didn’t mean it. He’s a young player. Part of having a young player as a leader is sometimes they have growing pains and teachable moments. He understands that. We talked about that.” (Connor Hughes)

Patriots

Chris Gronkowski, the brother of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, mentioned in an interview with WEEI that Rob is “super frustrated” with lack of help.

Usually a tight end is being covered by a linebacker, who really can’t cover anyone,” Chris Gronkowski said, via the Boston.com. “When you’re giving up two of your best defenders — two safeties or a corner and a safety — to cover a tight end, your guys on the outside should be able to win.

“It’s just super frustrating to watch, and they’ve got to figure something out.

“I can just tell by his emotions, his facial features, that he’s super frustrated with it. You can see at the end of the game, how they ended the game double-covering him, pressing him off the line,” Chris added. “He just wants to get the ball in his hands and make plays. But you just can’t do it when no one else is getting open.”

When asked about his brother’s comments, Rob said Chris doesn’t speak for him.

“I guess ‘buy his ice shaker’ was what he was trying to get to, and then he got caught up in all that nonsense,” Gronkowski said, via NESN.com. “But he doesn’t speak for myself, and he knows he doesn’t. He probably got caught up a little bit. But just got to move on. Buy his ice shaker, I guess. That’s all.

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