AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Dolphins

  • Nick Korte of OverTheCap.com projects the Dolphins to receive a fourth-round compensatory pick for OT Ja’Wuan James.
  • Sources with the Dolphins’ scouting staff tell Matt Miller to look for Miami to look for offensive tackle, edge-rusher and running back in this year’s draft.
  • A high-level source mentioned to Miller that no team has done more work on Oregon’s Justin Herbert than the Dolphins.
  • Rutgers announced Thursday that they’ve hired Dolphins offensive quality coach Tiquan Underwood to be their new WRs coach.

Jets

Jets GM Joe Douglas says he and HC Adam Gase are “doing a deep dive” to find out how they can prevent injuries moving forward. 

“Without having all of the facts, my initial thought is that this year is a bit of anomaly as far as the amount of injuries that we sustained as an organization, as a team,” Douglas said, via the New York Post. “We are in the midst of that research; we are doing a deep dive to as far to what we can do to prevent this from happening again and what we need to implement to make sure that this amount of injuries doesn’t happen.

  • Matt Miller of B/R says those around the NFL who know GM Joe Douglas firmly expect him to draft a tackle or an edge-rusher in round one.
  • While the Jets could use a receiver and may end up losing Robby Anderson in free agency, Miller says the internal belief is that New York will focus on adding a receiver in rounds two or three.

Patriots

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility that Saturday’s game could be Tom Brady‘s final game with the Patriots.

“I’m not much for nostalgia,” Brady said when asked whether he’s feeling nostalgic, via Pro Football Talk. “I’m just pretty focused on what I need to do. This week has felt pretty much like every other week for the last 20 years. So, just trying to focus on what I need to do and this is a team that gives you a lot of challenges, and [we] just have to go out there and try to play really well. They’re going to force us to really be tied together. When we’re not and when we haven’t been this year, it hasn’t looked very good, and when we have been tied together, it looks pretty good.”

  • According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots and Brady haven’t had any contract talks since August when they agreed to a revised deal.
  • Reiss says Brady’s future with the Patriots are in “wait and see” mode regarding Brady’s future.
  • Matt Miller says no league or team sources he’s spoken to believe the Patriots are heavily invested in drafting a quarterback early in this year’s class.

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