AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

Bills WR Cole Beasley has established himself as a “security blanket” for QB Josh Allen with his ability to consistently work free from defenders. Beasley will line up all over the formation and says he’s excited to finally be with a team that wants to play to his strengths after signing in Buffalo during free agency. 

“He’s real receptive to things that I like to do,” Beasley said via Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor. “I’m finally getting to do all the things that I’ve wanted to do and tried to get Dallas to do.”

  • Allen says he has yet to be able to overthrow speedy WR John Brown, another free-agent wide receiver addition for Buffalo. 
  • Paylor says LB Tremaine Edmunds and DT Ed Oliver, the Bills’ two most-recent first-round picks, have been impressive and have the team excited about their potential. 
  • Paylor mentions seventh-round rookie TE Tommy Sweeney and DE Darryl Johnson have been impressive and earned their roster spots. 

Dolphins

Jets

Jets WR Robby Anderson has not only flashed his trademark speed and ball-tracking ability this preseason. The third-year receiver has shown off some of the more complete game he and the coaches have hinted at this offseason, using him on underneath routes. The hope is a recent calf injury Anderson picked up won’t derail those plans. 

“I don’t know if it’s a concern,” Jets HC Adam Gase said via Pro Football Talk. “Anytime you have a soft tissue, it’s an unknown. That’s why its day-to-day. We’ll just keep, he’ll keep working on that and hopefully we get him back for the practices and get him a full week go when he feels good and we’re ready to roll.”

  • Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the Colts will receive the lower of the Jets’ two sixth-round picks in exchange for CB Nate Hairston, the second which was acquired from the Chiefs for LB Darron Lee. 

Patriots

  • With Patriots C David Andrews likely out for a while dealing with blood clots in his lungs, the next man up for New England at center is Ted Karras, who started two games in 2017: “You have to make the calls, but I’ve been doing it. I’ve been around here for a while. It’s not that much different. You’ve got to snap the ball.” (Matt Vautour)
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