AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets

     

Bills

  • Bills T Dion Dawkins said of a potential contract extension with the team: “I can just leave it all in their hands…I would sit here and lie and I would say I don’t think about it, but that’s a lie. Of course, you think about it because that’s what’s coming up. I truly try my best to not think about it. I just have my mind set on playing ball and being consistent. Consistency is what gets guys paid, and that’s in every sport and every field. If you have a consistency of pluses instead of minuses, your resume is gonna speak for itself.” 
  • Josh Reed adds that Dawkins is heading into the final year of his contract and that the former second-round pick will make just over $1 million this season.
  • According to Buffalo Fanatics, Bills OL Jon Feliciano suffered an injury (chest) and had surgery on Friday. He could end up missing a few months with this issue. 

Dolphins

Many are wondering if Dolphins LB Kyle Van Noy will continue trending upward as he joins a new team and is expected to take on the leadership role in a new defense.

“I feel like my versatility will be able to be a matchup problem for any coach because you never know where I’m going to line up and match up against,”  Van Noy said, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “And I feel like I can be a leader to this team.”

Without Van Noy, Schad mentions that the team may be forced to rely on LB Andrew Van Ginkel, who didn’t make his debut until Week 12, or LB Vince Biegel who has earned the admiration of HC Brian Flores.

“I like Vince (Biegel) a lot,” said Flores. “I think he’s brought a lot of energy, a lot of effort, a lot of enthusiasm. I think he plays the game the way it should be played. He loves to play. He gives maximum effort on every play.”

Jets

  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News believes the Jets should use some of their new-found influx of draft capital to swing a deal for disgruntled Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue
  • He says one hangup will be the Jets’ inability to sign Ngakoue to an extension until after the season. New York will likely need to outbid other teams to keep Ngakoue and Mehta says ownership put GM Joe Douglas on a tight budget this offseason. 
  • However, Mehta adds there’s a belief the Jets might relax the cash restrictions in order to add an edge rusher. The Jets have $24.8 million in cap space available right now. 
  • Brian Costello of the New York Post says while the Jets aren’t targeting a top quarterback with their bevy of draft picks, QB Sam Darnold does need to prove he can be the quarterback of the future this year to secure his spot in New York. He still doesn’t see New York giving up on Darnold after 2020, though. 
  • Now that the Jets have traded S Jamal Adams, Costello thinks they could explore an extension for S Marcus Maye depending on his asking price.
  • Costello doesn’t anticipate the Jets making a major investment in a free agent or trade in 2020, instead pushing assets to 2021. 
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