AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets

     

Bills

Bills QB Josh Allen has been phenomenal so far to start 2020. But Tuesday night’s performance against the Titans was more like the Allen of past years, as he had two bad interceptions that contributed to a 42-16 blowout. 

“We’ve got to be better and that starts with me,” Allen said via WKBW Buffalo. “We’ll learn from this one, we’re not going to make it a bigger deal than what it needs to be, we’ve got a short week ahead of us and we need to learn from this one and kind of forget about it as quick as we can.”

  • The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia notes that while Bills second-round DE A.J. Epenesa had a great play on a tackle for loss, he was borderline unplayable on most of his other five snaps Tuesday night. 
  • Buscaglia adds it looks like the Bills are narrowing their defensive end rotation to just Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison and Trent Murphy.
  • With nickel corner struggling, Buscaglia thinks the Bills could look to make a trade to improve the position. 
  • Bills HC Sean McDermott said CB Tre’Davious White‘s back injury flared up this week and doctors will determine his availability for Week 6. (Marcel Louis-Jacques)
  • The Bills also missed LB Matt Milano, WR John Brown but McDermott isn’t sure when they’ll return: “They’re improving. That’s all I know. We’ll just have to see how the next couple of days go.” (Chris Brown)

Dolphins

  • Jeremy Fowler reports that Le’Veon Bell is likely to prioritize a role in an offense and his chances of winning in terms of his next team.
  • Fowler notes that Bell trains in Miami so it’s possible the Dolphins could be a consideration for him. 

Jets

  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini says former Jets RB Le’Veon Bell met with GM Joe Douglas and HC Adam Gase to discuss his future with the team on Monday night. They all agreed it was best to part ways and the team released him Tuesday after unsuccessfully shopping him in trade talks. 
  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano says multiple sources confirmed Douglas talked to all 31 other teams about Bell, gave the running back’s agent permission to work on a trade and was even willing to eat a chunk of Bell’s salary this year to get even a late-round pick back. 
  • However, the sticking point for other teams and the reason the Jets ended up releasing Bell was the injury guarantees on his $8 million salary in 2021. 
  • Gase confirmed the meeting and team’s thought process in releasing Bell: “That was a consensus we came to last night. Spoke with him. For us we felt it was best we part ways. Gives him an opportunity to go somewhere else.” (Connor Hughes)
  • The coach added he wanted “nothing but the best” for Bell and that it was a “tough decision to make.” (Hughes)
  • Pressed on Bell’s critique of Gase’s usage, Gase was ready to move on: “For whatever reason it didn’t work out. Our team is moving forward to Miami, that’s the No. 1 thing for us right now.” (Vacchiano)
  • The Jets will move to a running back by committee approach with Frank Gore, fourth-round rookie La’Mical Perine, Ty Johnson and Josh Adams all playing roles: “Perine’s definitely going to get a bigger role. Frank, you’re not going to lean on him, because of where he’s at in his career. Getting Perine involved is going to be critical. Having Ty and Josh Adams, we’ll get all these guys going.” (Manish Mehta)
  • Gase has elected not to cede control of the offensive playcalling. (Kim Jones)
  • He told reporters the staff discussed it but ultimately told him they didn’t think his playcalling was the reason the season has gone the way it has. (Hughes)
  • Neither Jets first-round LT Mekhi Becton nor G Alex Lewis practiced Wednesday but Gase believes Lewis will be able to play against the Dolphins this week. (Vacchiano)
  • Jets WR Breshad Perriman says his ankle feels good and he’s anticipating returning to play this week as well. (Hughes)
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