AFC East Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

Jets

Jets LB Jordan Jenkins is entering a contract year in New York, as he’s in the final year of his four-year rookie deal. However, he says that hasn’t changed his approach from any other year. 

“Every year is pretty much a contract year in my mind,” Jenkins said via Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. “Ever since I got drafted in the back of my mind… (you) think, ‘If I don’t do my job, I get cut.’ That’s flat-out what it is…. That’s the type of mentality that I’ve had since I’ve been here. If I don’t do my job, I’m gone. That’s pretty much how I look at that. The better I do my job, the more security you have.”

Much of the buzz surrounding the Jets this offseason has centered around what new HC Adam Gase can do with QB Sam Darnold and the offense. However, the Jets have high expectations for their defense in 2019.

Patriots

  • Jeff Howe of the Athletic reports that Patriots second-year OT Isaiah Wynn (Achilles) is expected to be ready for training camp. Wynn has reportedly been running at full speed.
  • According to Howe, it’s a “major stretch” to think Nick Caserio wanted out of New England just because the Texans were interested in interviewing him for their general manager job. As for joining the Texans next year after his contract expires, Howe writs that it’s still “too early for anyone to have a firm grasp on that possibility at the moment.
  • As for the Patriots’ plans for defensive play-calling, Howe says the plan is still for Bill Belichick to handle those responsibilities during the season, even though Jerod Mayo had done so during offseason workouts. Although, Howe admits it’s possible Mayo could eventually take over as play-caller in 2020 and defensive coordinator as early as 2021.
  • Regarding Jack Easterby’s departure, Howe says it’s largely been overrated. 

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