AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots



  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports a team source has told him the Dolphins plan to select at least one offensive tackle and potentially two in the draft this year. 
  • Salguero says Miami could use both of its lower first-round picks on tackles, or trade up from No. 18 for a top tackle. 
  • Miami was planning to send a large contingent to Alabama’s pro day before it was canceled to speak with S Xavier McKinney. (Barry Jackson)
  • Cal S Ashtyn Davis is another strong option, as Dolphins DB coach Gerald Alexander coached him the past three seasons. 
  • The Dolphins also planned to send numerous officials to talk to Alabama DL Raekwon Davis at Alabama’s pro day. (Jackson)
  • USC OT Austin Jackson had been invited to the Dolphins’ facility for a Top 30 visit before the pandemic shutdown. (Barry Jackson)
  • The Dolphins have also had video interviews with Temple C Matt Hennessy and Washington C Nick Harris
  • Jackson reports Utah RB Zack Moss and UNC DE Jason Strowbridge were candidates to take local visits to Miami’s facility before the shutdown. 


  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano says it would take a crazy offer including a first and second-round pick, plus more, for the Jets to trade S Jamal Adams
  • He adds it’s possible Jets GM Joe Douglas could be preparing for an extension for Adams as soon as this summer or during the regular season with all the short-term deals New York has handed out. 
  • Vacchiano doesn’t think the Jets will pony up the cash or draft picks it would take to sign DE Jadeveon Clowney or trade for WR Odell Beckham.
  • Vacchiano mentions the Jets really like Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III and both he and Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy are options in the first round. 
  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline believes it’s 50/50 on whether the Jets trade down from No. 11. 
  • Jets LB Patrick Onwuasor‘s one-year deal includes a $1 million signing bonus, $1 million base salary and up to $500,000 in incentives. (Field Yates)


There are still months to go before Week 1 but most indications have the Patriots turning to 2019 fourth-round QB Jarrett Stidham as the first starting quarterback to attempt to usher them into the post-Tom Brady era. New England doesn’t have the cap space right now to add a veteran of much consequence beyond Brian Hoyer and a rookie would be a year behind Stidham in the system. While Stidham arguably would be the worst starting quarterback in the AFC East, former Patriots executive Scott Pioli pointed to the team’s success with unheralded passers in the past. 

“… There are other quarterbacks that have come out of that system that have done it,” Pioli said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “The guy that played in the Super Bowl this past [season] out in San Francisco, Jimmy G, did a pretty good job of it. Matt Cassel had a pretty solid run as a quarterback during his time. There have been quarterbacks that come out of that system that learn under that group of people, and are taught by really good coaches, and they become good enough quarterbacks to win games in the National Football League.”

  • Notre Dame S Alohi Gilman had a private visit with the Patriots that was canceled due to the shutdown. (Justin Melo)
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