AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hinted at wanting a new stadium for the Bills with help from the city of Buffalo in order to ward off relocation. 

“The reason why I’m supportive is because I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here and continues and remain competitive,” Goodell said via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “And I think it’s great for this community. And we’ve been able to do these stadiums in such a way that it creates a tremendous economic benefit, too. I want the Bills to be successful and I want them to continue to be competitive here in Buffalo.” 

  • First-round DT Ed Oliver has been standing out so far to the player he replaced, former Bills DT Kyle Williams: “He’s an explosive athlete. Plays hard. That was one of the main things that stuck out to me. A lot of times when you get these supremely talented guys, maybe they don’t play hard all the time. And he did.” (Sal Capaccio)

Dolphins

  • CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora expects the Dolphins to name QB Josh Rosen the starter by the third preseason game. 
  • The Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley expects S Reshad Jones to still have a significant role if he’s not traded even if he’s not the starter. 
  • Beasley points to the 20 percent of the time the Patriots played in dime — six defensive backs — last year. The league average was three percent and the 2018 Dolphins only played a single snap of dime defense. 

Jets

  • After the Jets finish interviewing Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly Monday, the decision will fall to CEO Christopher Johnson, HC and interim GM Adam Gase and general counsel Hymie Elhai, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.

Patriots

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer expects the Patriots to lean on DE Michael Bennett to replace the production lost from DE Trey Flowers
  • Breer adds that the Patriots won’t likely play the 33-year-old Bennett for 70 percent of the snaps like they did Flowers. 

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