AFC East Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots



Bills HC Sean McDermott says he’s spoken with WR Kelvin Benjamin about his recent comments in which he said playing for the Panthers was not good for his career.

There’s a time and a place — I’m not saying specific to what comments were made — there’s a time and place for things like that,” McDermott said, via “This was not one of them. We have a lot of respect for our opponents, No. 1, and everyone in the league. I’ve spoken with Kelvin and that’s not how I want us to handle things like that. So we’ll move forward as a team and I’m hoping we’ve already done that.”


Jets owner Woody Johnson was officially confirmed as the ambassador to the United Kingdom a year ago, which led to his bother, Chris, being appointed to acting owner.

A league source tells Rich Cimini of ESPN that the can’t see Chris leaving the team after Woody’s three-year commitment is up.

Chris is enjoying this, more so than many people would’ve thought,” Cimini’s source said. “I don’t see him walking away. I see both remaining with the team when Woody returns.”

  • Cimini mentions that cornerback could end up being a position where the Jets are faced with some difficult decisions. While Buster Skrine has come up as a potential roster cut, Cimini would be surprised if he doesn’t make the team, even with the development of rookie Parry Nickerson in the slot.
  • As for who could be on the outs this summer at cornerback, Cimini says that Rashard Robinson, who is facing a four-game suspension, should be worried.
  • Cimini believes current Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell would be a “perfect” for the Jets, but he can’t see the team making that kind of free agent splurge for a 27-year-old running back.


  • Mike Reiss reports that the Patriots had WR Eric Decker “squarely in their sights” during the third round of the 2010 NFL draft before the Broncos and then-HC Josh McDaniels selected him at No. 87 overall.
  • Regarding rookie RB Sony Michel, who recently underwent a procedure to drain fluid from his knee, Reiss says that he would ideally get to play in at least one preseason game for the team, but the Patriots obviously won’t push him to do so.
  • Reiss believes undrafted CB J.C. Jackson has a “solid chance” to make the Patriots’ 53-man roster.
  • As for the Patriots’ recent decision to release WR Jordan Matthews, Reiss mentions that it came down to the hamstring injury he suffered and there were lingering questions about how big of a role he would have in the team’s offense.
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