AFC East Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots





If all goes according to plan for Patriots C David Andrews, he’ll return to the field as New England’s starting center in 2020. Andrews missed the entire 2019 season after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs, but he’s hoping to receive clearance this offseason. 

“I feel great,” Andrews said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I have a bunch of doctors’ appointments in February, [hopefully] get all that cleared up, and be good to go for next year.”

The 27-year-old Andrews added he was managing the blood clots last summer and thought it was just pneumonia before the diagnosis. Regardless, it’s not something he views as career-threatening. 

“I’m not ready to be done playing football. If there is any chance I can go play football, that’s what I’m going to do,” Andrews said. “You really take pride in being out there and that’s what I want to do. I want to play football. Maybe coach some day, but not for a long time.”

  • The Athletic’s Jeff Howe writes that addressing the tight end position should be one of New England’s top priorities this offseason, with Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard a top trade target and Bengals TE Tyler Eifert a realistic option in free agency. 
  • Howe adds the Patriots need a wide receiver, but the only option available to them might be trying to sign 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. 

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