AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets

     

Bills

  • Per Joe Buscaglia, Bills GM Brandon Beane says TE Tyler Kroft is “where he’s supposed to be” as he rehabs from a broken foot during OTA’s. 
  • Beane says the goal is for Kroft to start “moving around” toward the end of training camp.
  • Beane tells reporters Bills RB LeSean McCoy will still play a major role in the team’s offense this year: “He sees the competition, and he isn’t afraid of it.” (Buscaglia)
  • The Bills initial starting offensive line, from left to right, was OT Dion Dawkins, G Quinton Spain, C Mitch Morse, G Jon Feliciano and OT Cody Ford. (Sal Capaccio)
  • Bills HC Sean McDermott says first-round DT Ed Oliver still has “a long ways to go” as he transitions from college to the NFL. (Vic Carucci)
  • Bills’ second-year DB Siran Neal said he is open to playing a “hybrid” position after being asked whether he’d play safety, cornerback, or linebacker this season: “Whatever they want me to be. Hybrid Guy”: (Sal Capaccio)

Dolphins

  • Regarding the addition of WR Allen Hurns, Dolphins HC Brian Flores said: “Bring in competition, who we think is a good player that embodies a lot of the characteristics.”
  • Flores added that he told Hurns “if you’re not ready to compete for a position, this isn’t the place for you.” (Adam Beasley)
  • Cameron Wolfe believes RB Kalen Ballage has a “real chance” to win starting running back job. Flores mentioned that he’s done a “great job” this offseason. 
  • Even so, Wolfe can see Drake and Ballage sharing the backfield load this year and it could be close to a 50/50 split. 
  • Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake said he lost five pounds this offseason in order to “stay on the field longer.” (Adam Beasley)

Jets

Jets RB Le’Veon Bell feels that his year away from football helped his body fully recover and rest. 

Your body doesn’t really recover the whole way going into that next season, right? Now I’ve had that time where I could literally recover,” said Bell, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “I don’t remember the little kinks and things I had. I don’t remember them, because I feel rested. My joints feel good. I’m excited and I’m ready to play.”

Bell said he does not feel “rusty” after his year away from the NFL and feels “perfectly fine.” 

I’ve been playing football for literally 20-plus years,” said Bell. “I’ve been playing since I was 5. If I’m rusty, I don’t feel it. It just feels like playing football. Maybe somebody else will say I’m rusty, but I feel perfectly fine.

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