AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says the draft chatter has started to swing back toward the Dolphins taking Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
  • Jackson adds he talked to a source who doesn’t see Oregon QB Justin Herbert fitting Dolphins HC Brian Flores‘ leadership criteria.
  • Per Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal, Alabama HC Nick Saban said Miami would be making a mistake by passing on Tagovailoa because of his injury — similar to the one he made by passing on Drew Brees for Daunte Culpeper when he was the head coach of the Dolphins: “We failed Drew Brees on the physical. That’s why he’s not Miami’s quarterback.”
  • Saban has no doubts about Tagovailoa’s ability to translate his game to the NFL: “The sky’s the limit. I don’t think any of the questions with Tua have to do with his ability to throw the ball and be effective.”
  • Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer says he can’t find anyone who thinks Miami is taking Tagovailoa.
  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline says the Dolphins are one of the teams most interested in Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga, potentially in the third round. 
  • Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans has video conferenced with the Dolphins. (Justin Melo)

Jets

  • Per the Athletic’s Connor Hughes, Jets GM Joe Douglas reiterated he would listen if teams called with trade offers for S Jamal Adams even if he wasn’t looking to deal him: “I don’t view it as hedging, I view it as doing my job.”
  • Hughes points out the Jets have leverage with Adams still under team control for two more seasons with the fifth-year option and the new CBA undercutting the ability for players to hold out. 
  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline says the Jets are one of the teams most interested in Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga, potentially in the third round. 
  • Charlotte DE Alex Highsmith is drawing interest from the Jets, among others, as a third or fourth-round pick, per Pauline. 
  • Manish Mehta reports the Jets have had virtual meetings with five quarterbacks including Kevin Davidson, James Morgan, Shea Patterson, Nate Stanley, and Bryce Perkins.
  • Pauline adds the Jets are enamored with Texas A&M P Braden Mann and could pick him as high as the fourth round. 
  • Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans has video conferenced with the Jets. (Justin Melo)

Patriots

  • Mississippi State LB Willie Gay Jr. had a visit scheduled with the Patriots before the shutdown. (Aaron Wilson)
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