AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says that the Dolphins are prepared if they don’t end up with a quarterback with their first pick in the draft, and have looked closely at the quarterbacks expected to go after Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert.
  • Jackson is reporting that the team has arranged a video conference with Washington QB Jacob Eason. The team also hosted Utah State QB Jordan Love for a pre-draft visit on March 14th.
  • One linebacker who has caught the Dolphins’ eye, according to Jackson, is Purdue’s Markus Bailey. Jackson reports that the Dolphins had scheduled Bailey on a visit to Dolphins’ team headquarters before they were banned by the league.
  • Jackson reports that Louisiana OL Kevin Dotson was also scheduled for a visit before the NFL banned them and that the team has scheduled a video-conference session with South Carolina DE D.J. Wonnum 
  • Other players who have had video or phone interviews with the Dolphins according to Jackson include Georgia OT Andrew Thomas and Southern Mississippi WR Quez Watkins.

Jets

Jets GM Joe Douglas has high hopes for free agent acquisition Breshad Perriman, who will get a shot at filling WR Robby Anderson’s role this season.

“He has unique size and speed combo,” Douglas said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Obviously his career trajectory was different than most first-rounders. But I think you’ve seen it in the back half of two years ago with Cleveland and then at the end of this year.”

Perriman looked impressive in the late stages of the season playing with the Buccaneers, and Douglas took notice.

“You’d be hard pressed to find a wide receiver that had better numbers than Breshad,” Douglas said of Perriman. “So, I’m really excited about his speed, his ability to take the top off the defense. We feel like he can come in here and make an impact. He’ll be able to develop a chemistry with Sam [Darnold] moving forward.”

Anderson’s two-year, $20 million deal was a reasonable price for the Panthers. The Jets had the money to retain Anderson, but it didn’t make sense for him to return on the type of  “prove-it” deal the Jets were offering.

“Robby obviously was a really good player here,” Douglas said. “Really helped us tremendously down the stretch last year. I’m happy for Robby that he was able to get the money he got…. It’s a really credit for him being an undrafted free agent and how he developed and where he is now. It’s a credit to his hard work.”

  • Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Jets C Connor McGovern‘s deal includes $18 million fully guaranteed at signing, not $10 million. Cimini previously reported McGovern’s $8 million 2021 base salary was guaranteed for injury only at the moment and became fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2021 league year. 
  • Jets OL Josh Andrews‘ one-year, $1.05 million deal counts just $887,500 against the cap under the veteran salary benefit. It also includes a $137,500 signing bonus with $200,000 of his base salary guaranteed. (Cimini)

Patriots

Doug Kyed of NESN takes a look at four receiver prospects who could make sense for the Patriots in this year’s draft including: 

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