AFC East Notes: Bills, Josh Rosen, Dolphins

     

Bills

  • Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN writes that while DT Jordan Phillips and DE Shaq Lawson have said they want to remain in Buffalo, it appears unlikely both will return.
  • Louis-Jacques says the Bills almost certainly cannot allow Lawson to walk without adding another defensive end and even they re-sign Lawson, there’s a case to be made they could use another defensive end.
  • Buffalo does have nine draft picks to work with this year in case they don’t want to dip into the free agent market for defensive line help.
  • Bills DE Jerry Hughes revealed he played through torn wrist ligaments last year that required him to undergo surgery this offseason. (Buffalo News)

Josh Rosen

As for the Dolphins acquiring Josh Rosen from the Cardinals last offseason, Grier still believes Miami attempted to upgrade their quarterback position with him despite his struggles in 2019. 

“We’re always trying to upgrade that position,” Grier said Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “It’s a young player that has some talent for us to evaluate knowing we’re going to have picks and a lot of picks in the future and money available that it made sense for us to do that trade. After we made it, Josh has made huge strides Brian has talked about. It’s been fun watching him grow throughout the year. I know no one got to see it, but he did a tremendous job growing. And people always forget like I’ve said before, you’ve got four different offensive coordinators and schemes, and that’s hard for a young kid with no stability. So, we’re proud of him.”

Dolphins

  • Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald writes that while Utah State QB Jordan Love isn’t the Dolphins’ Plan A option in the draft, he could be the team’s Plan B after impressing the team’s bigwigs this week in a private meeting.
  • According to Beasley, Dolphins special advisor Dan Marino was complimentary of how Love comported himself.
  • Beasley says that “plugged-in” people at the Senior Bowl believe Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa will be the team’s target, as long as he checks out physically.
  • If the Dolphins don’t come away with Joe Burrow or Tagovailoa in the early part of round one, Beasley says Love will absolutely enter the conversation later in Round 1.
  • Beasley reports that the Dolphins are expected to approach WR Albert Wilson about a pay cut/restructure of his current contract. However, if nothing comes of this, Beasley says Miami could still carry Wilson through training camp at his current salary before reevaluating his status before Week 1.
  • Tony Pauline points out that the Dolphins are expected to “place an emphasis” on their offensive line during free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.

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