AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Dolphins

  • ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe says if the Dolphins don’t like any of the quarterbacks available to them in this year’s draft, they could focus on offensive line and edge rusher with their three first-round picks. 
  • Dolphins claimed OL Adam Pankey off of waivers from the Packers. (NFLTR)
  • Dolphins signed DB Nate Brooks off the Patriots’ practice squad.
  • Dolphins signed DE Jamal Davis from the Titans’ practice squad. 
  • Dolphins placed CB Ryan Lewis and CB Ken Webster on injured reserve.
  • Dolphins waived RB Zach Zenner.

Jets

  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini expects the Jets to try and address their offensive line with their likely top-ten draft pick this offseason. 
  • According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Jets RB Le’Veon Bell was spotted bowling until 1 am on Saturday night despite being ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins with the flu. 
  • Jets HC Adam Gase said Bell didn’t violate any team rules but acknowledged it would have been a better look if the running back had stayed home to recuperate. (Costello)
  • Jets S Jamal Adams will be a game-time decision for Thursday night’s game against the Ravens. (Connor Hughes)
  • Some around the NFL believe the Jets could still be willing to trade Adams this offseason and some teams will likely try to pry away the young safety. (Ralph Vacchiano)
  • Jets RB Bilal Powell is likely out Thursday with the flu and an ankle injury. (Costello)

Patriots

Patriots first-round rookie WR N’Keal Harry played even less than a handful of snaps on Sunday against the Chiefs. But one of his two plays was a determined catch-and-run that was incorrectly ruled short of the goal line. While Harry has struggled like most to transition to New England’s offense, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels says he needs to do a better job of highlighting Harry’s strengths like what were displayed on that play. 

“We know he’s big and not easy tackle,” McDaniels said via NBC Sports’ Nick Goss. “I need to do a better job of finding ways to get him in space, get him the ball, and let him have an opportunity to (make plays).”

  • According to the Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the video confiscated from the Patriots videographer includes eight minutes of footage focused on the Bengals’ sideline as coaches signal and players run on and off the field. 
  • Per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, while the league is inclined to believe the Patriots’ explanations of the incident, it doesn’t mean the team is off the hook and there could be a fine coming. 
  • The Washington Post’s Mark Maske reports the NFL would like to move quickly on the situation and for the moment doesn’t believe major penalties are warranted. 
  • Maske says the NFL is looking at if the footage contains anything not seen in a TV shot or on the coaches’ tape from the game.
  • Patriots HC Bill Belichick said he had no additional comment beyond the statement released by the team and he doesn’t know anything about the situation and it’s not a football issue. (Tyler Dragon)
  • The offensive line is the top draft need for New England this offseason. (Mike Reiss)

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