AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots

     

Bills

Once seen as a potential top-15 pick, former Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa slid all the way to the Bills’ pick in the second round. If Bills HC Sean McDermott has his way, Epenesa will wait a little bit longer to see the field in a full-time role. Buffalo has a number of other veterans on the defensive line and hopes to ease Epenesa in as a rotational player as he learns both defensive end and defensive tackle. 

“In a perfect world, he’ll play a backup position the first season potentially to move inside on rush situations,” McDermott said, via Syracuse.com’s Ryan Talbot. “That’s asking a lot at this point because, learning as you know, learning two positions just in your first season and adjusting all the while to life in the NFL is a challenge so we’ll just focus on one position for now, but the more he can do the better for us and for his future.”

  • The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia writes Bills fifth-round QB Jake Fromm isn’t a lock to make the active roster as a third quarterback behind Matt Barkley if he struggles.
  • Buscaglia mentions Bills sixth-round CB Dane Jackson is likely competing with veteran CB E.J. Gaines for the sixth cornerback spot on the roster if Buffalo elects to keep that many. 
  • Fellow sixth-round K Tyler Bass is also in a competition with incumbent Bills veteran K Stephen Hauschka. Bass has the bigger leg but Buffalo still likes Hauschka’s accuracy inside of 50 yards. 
  • Buscaglia lists Bills seventh-round WR Isaiah Hodgins and UDFA OT Trey Adams and LB Mike Bell as young players who could push for a roster spot and are strong bets for the practice squad. 
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer mentions Bills CB Tre’Davious White as a non-quarterback who could merit an extension this summer and potentially reset the cornerback market. 

Dolphins

  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes that he thinks the Dolphins might be able to get a sixth-round pick right now for QB Josh Rosen. That’s a far drop from the second and fifth-round picks Miami gave to acquire him from the Cardinals last year. 
  • However, Salguero adds Miami isn’t in a rush to deal Rosen, as he might re-inflate his value if he performs well in camp and the preseason. 
  • Dolphins DB Bobby McCain said he’s “coming along really well” following November shoulder surgery and is working to be ready for the start of the season. (Salguero)
  • McCain is fine with staying at safety after moving from cornerback: “It’s not my decision to make decisions. I love playing football and I’m able to do it all.” (Adam Beasley)

Patriots

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