AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

  • Per WGR550’s Sal Capaccio, Bills HC Sean McDermott doesn’t anticipate Buffalo making any major moves ahead of the trade deadline: “I think the guys know where we stand. We’re confident in the guys we have.”
  • ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports the Bills are one of several teams still interested in potentially trading for receiver help.

Dolphins

  • Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman says there’s a good chance the Dolphins continue their fire sale and trade WR DeVante Parker, who’s still seen as talented around the league. 
  • Freeman adds there are teams highly interested in trading for Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake
  • The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero writes the Dolphins could keep QB Ryan Fitzpatrick next year as well. Fitzpatrick has up to $4 million of his $5.5 million 2020 salary that guarantees if he hits certain playing time incentives this year, which is likely if he keeps starting. 

Jets

Jets LB C.J. Mosley returned to action Monday night against the Patriots for the first time since pulling his groin in Week 1. However, it quickly became clear Mosley wasn’t completely recovered from the injury, and he acknowledged as much following the game, saying he was still playing through the injury and might have to for the rest of the season. 

“Where it’s at, it will affect every move that I make at my position,” Mosley said via the New York Post’s Ryan Dunleavy. “Unless I don’t play at all, that’s the only way it’s going to get better. So that’s not really in my plans, not to play for the rest of the season.”

The Jets gave Mosley six weeks from the initial injury to recover and Jets HC Adam Gase thought Mosley looked good in practice leading up to the game. However, Gase says the team will evaluate Mosley going forward to try and get him as healthy as possible and in a position where he can help the team. 

“Going into the game, I would’ve said no. From what we saw, he looked good,” Gase said. “That’s why we are going to keep looking at this, and keep a close eye on him, and keep in communication with him, and just try to figure out what we need to do to where he feels like he did going into that first game.”

  • Gase said the team doctors will take a deeper look at Mosley: “It could be more than a groin.” (Connor Hughes)
  • Teams have expressed interest in trading for Jets WR Robby Anderson, who’s entering the final year of his deal and poised to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason. (Connor Rogers)

Patriots

  • Per ESPN’s Josina Anderson, new Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu says he still isn’t sure if he’ll play against the Browns this week after being traded this week from Atlanta: “We’ll see what the plan is. I’m ready if they want me to go.”
  • New England did not need to rework Sanu’s deal as a part of the trade, and the veteran receiver will count $3.779 million and $6.5 million against the cap the next two seasons. (Jeremy Fowler)
  • Patriots DE Michael Bennett said the reason he was suspended a game by the Patriots was for voicing his opinion: “It’s America, you can voice your opinion about certain situations. That’s what I did.” (Mark Daniels)
  • Bennett pushed back against the idea that he learned a lesson from the suspension: “I didn’t take away nothing. I got suspended. Lost money. What am I supposed to takeaway front that? There’s no love loss.”
  • Bennett told reporters it was up to the Patriots if he was traded or not: “That’s up to them. That’s up to the team and how they feel about it. I like playing here.” (Zack Cox)

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