AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots



  • The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia writes that the Bills could look to trade for defensive tackle help, as they need help following the loss of DT Harrison Phillips for the season. 
  • Buscaglia expects the Bills to continue rotating OT Ty Nsekhe and second-round rookie OL Cody Ford at right tackle in order to keep the veteran Nsekhe fresh for the whole season.
  • Buscaglia wouldn’t rule out a trade for Bengals WR A.J. Green, though he doesn’t think Buffalo would give up more than a third-round pick. 


The Dolphins flipped a second-round pick to the Cardinals for former first-round QB Josh Rosen to give him a chance to prove himself as Miami starts its rebuild. Though Rosen couldn’t beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job initially, the Dolphins named him the starter a couple of weeks ago and have no intention of going back. 

“It’s settled. I like where Josh is,” Dolphins HC Brian Flores said via NFL Media’s Kevin Patra. “I think he’s improving on a week to week basis. I think he’s a young, talented player. I think he needs to get in there and develop and get reps and just improve.”

For his part, Rosen understands what’s at stake for him. Nothing beyond this year is guaranteed for him, which is unusual compared to most first-round quarterbacks, due to circumstances largely outside of his control. Still, he’s determined to make the best of it. 

“I feel like I’m trying out for the team,” Rosen said via ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “… It’s a different circumstance than what other quarterbacks are put in but it’s the one that I’ve been given. I’m taking it in full stride. I’m excited to hopefully prove over the next 12 more weeks that I’m their guy moving forward.”


  • Per the Athletic’s Connor Hughes, Jets HC Adam Gase says TE Chris Herndon is out for this week after hurting his hamstring running routes Friday. Herndon was eligible to play for the first time this season after a four-game suspension: “It’s a legit hamstring…It’s not ideal.”
  • Gase added Jets LB C.J. Mosley is “doubtful at best” to suit up against the Cowboys with his groin injury. (Hughes)


  • Per the Athletic’s Jeff Howe, former Patriots WR Antonio Brown said in a video on his social media he’d be open to returning to the Patriots despite his standing grievances against the team for salary filed through the NFLPA: “[If] you guys follow the Patriots, tell them to call me. They still gotta pay me. They might as well let me earn it.”
  • Howe said based on what he heard inside the building, there’s zero chance of that ever happening. 
  • Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett is out for Thursday night’s game against the Giants. (Nick Underhill)
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