AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

Dolphins

Jets

While the timing of the Jets decision to fire Mike Maccagnan and replace him with GM Joe Douglas during the summer was criticized, the hire of Douglas himself, who’s well-respected around the league, was hailed as a strong move. Douglas didn’t get a chance to put his thumbprint on the 2019 Jets squad, but the timing of his hiring has allowed him plenty of time to gear up for this offseason as he takes his first steps in trying to turn around the Jets. 

“I also didn’t have to rush through implementing a grading scale change, implementing a new philosophy,” Douglas said via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “You didn’t have to try to hit the ground running with All-Star games and the Combine right around the corner. So you could really get your processes in place, communicate with the people on your staff about what expectations are, how processes are going to change, what the grading scale’s going to be. We were able to have some exercises in the summer, do some summer work as far as getting guys used to the new grading scale. Not to bore you with all those details, but there were a lot, lot, of benefits of starting when I did.”

Patriots

  • Per NFL Media’s Michael Giardi, when the police arrested Patriots CB Joejuan Williams they found acetaminophen hydrocodone prescription pills, valacyclovir hydrocodone pills, “a large amount of marijuana,” hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and illegal paraphernalia in his car. 
  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports Patriots OT Yodny Cajuste, who missed his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a torn quad, is staying in New England to continue rehab and workouts at the team facility this offseason. 
  • Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin said he had a good meeting with the Patriots at the Senior Bowl. (Jordan Reid)
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