AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

Last season, Bills DE Jerry Hughes had just 4.5 sacks and his lowest tackle total since his second year in the league. After Buffalo’s 2019 season ended, Hughes revealed he’d been playing through torn wrist ligaments and a groin injury. Hughes had surgery to repair the injuries and says so far everything is progressing well toward being healthy for the 2020 season. 

“Everything seems to be on track, going along well with my rehab. I’m still able to go to the facility four times a week, so I’m just moving along quite well,” Hughes said via the Buffalo News. “I’ve been talking with my trainers and what they’ve been telling the guys here in Houston is that I’m on schedule.”

  • The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia says not to rule out the Bills as trade candidates for Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, as they’ve expressed interest in a downhill-style back to complement RB Devin Singletary.
  • If Jacksonville is willing to take a Day 3 pick for Fournette, Buscaglia can see the Bills being more than willing to meet that price, especially since Fournette is entering the final year of his rookie contract and Buffalo could potentially recoup a compensatory pick. 

Dolphins

Jets

  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini says his sense is the Jets are willing to slow-play an extension for S Jamal Adams into 2021, which will be the final year of his deal after the fifth-year option, while Adams wants to be extended now. How the two sides navigate that will be crucial to Adams’ future in New York. 
  • Cimini writes that if Louisville OT Mekhi Becton is the only tackle left and his flagged drug test raises character concerns with the Jets, keep an eye on Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb for New York.
  • Cimini adds Jets GM Joe Douglas, with strong roots in the Ravens and Eagles organizations, is open to moving down in the draft and adding more picks.  

Patriots

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