AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets

     

Dolphins

  • Armando Salguero mentions Brett Bielema and Patrick Graham as two names to watch for the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator job under Brian Flores.
  • Salguero says that DTs Vincent Taylor and Davon Godchaux along with DE Robert Quinn could be poor fits for the Dolphins’ new defensive scheme.
  • Cameron Wake is a free agent and Salguero questions whether he would make sense for Miami as a stand-up linebacker.
  • Conversely, Salguero thinks former first-round pick Charles Harris would benefit from a shift in defense.
  • According to Salguero, QB Ryan Tannehill won’t be back in Miami for the 2019 season.
  • While no one has told him directly that WR DeVante Parker won’t be back with the Dolphins, Salguero thinks it would make sense for Miami to rescind his $9 million option.
  • Salguero can see Flores advocating to keep veteran WR Danny Amendola, even though the team would clear $6 million of cap space by releasing him.
  • Salguero also anticipates the Dolphins’ offensive line is going to get a “major reboot.

Jaguars

  • According to Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars and RB Leonard Fournette are still on the same in terms of their working relationship moving forward.
  • This comes despite the news that Jacksonville is still attempting to void the remaining guaranteed money in Fournette’s contract. This is currently being appealed via the NFLPA.

Jets

Jets HC Adam Gase said that Sam Darnold was eager to ask him questions about his offensive scheme and has a “great energy about him.”

I loved the questions he was asking,” Gase said, via ProFootballTalk. “He was on it for what was going through his mind what he was looking for. The questions he was asking me about offense kind of how I’ve gone about it in the past of handling certain situations and just football-wise and with quarterbacks. You could see there’s a great energy about him to where he loves this game, he’s got that fire in him where he’s always looking to learn. Anytime you’re around a young kid like that that kind of already has that part of it that’s something you want to be a part of. A lot of times you have to get young guys to understand, ‘Hey, athletic ability only gets you so far.’ It’s expanding your mind, it’s making sure that you’re constantly learning. That’s the key to being a great player.

Gase added that he’s excited to coach Darnold so early in his career.

I think this is the youngest I’ve ever had any experience with a quarterback,” Gase said. “The older guys that I’ve had, it’s the back half of their career. Physically there were limitations there and they were fighting through injury and just Father Time, basically. Where now it’s like, ‘Hey, you’re 21 and your body feels great, you recover quickly, you can make all the throws, you can move around.’ It’s a new experience for me. I think it’s an exciting one. I’m anxious to kind of get going and I know you love to make sure everybody knows when the CBA rules really start taking place so I know I can’t do anything until April. So I got a ways to go. I just want to get to that point.”

 

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