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AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots

     

Bills

On one hand, the strides Bills QB Josh Allen has made in his first two NFL seasons are remarkable, improving his completion percentage six points and doubling his passing touchdowns from his first to second seasons. On the other, they show just how raw he was coming out of Wyoming. Allen still has a tendency to play “hero-ball” and do too much, which was on display during Buffalo’s playoff loss to the Texans when he tried an ill-advised lateral in the fourth quarter and chucked a deep pass to a double-covered fullback in overtime. 

“That’s the next step for Josh,” Bills HC Sean McDermott said via ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques. “… it’s the understanding that ‘I don’t have to do it all by myself. I’m a tremendous generator and playmaker, but I’ve got pieces around me.’ As we continue, in all honesty, to build the roster, that’s what we have to do, is continue to give him pieces he trusts in addition to the ones he already has.”

And despite the improvement, Allen’s accuracy is still a work in progress. His overall completion percentage was still under the 60 percent benchmark and his adjusted completion percentage of 30.9 percent on deep passes ranks 39th out of 48 passers with 10 or more deep attempts, per PFF. Buffalo’s hope, however, that as the supporting cast continues to improve, Allen will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. 

“I don’t think that there’s a hump that Josh can’t get over,” Bills GM Brandon Beane said. “At the end of the day, it’s maturity. Again, it’s me doing a better job of increasing the talent around him, too, so that he can trust and have more players that he can trust and make plays for him, where he’s just got to get the ball out, hand it off, do whatever and not feel like he’s got to do too much.”

Dolphins

Dolphins S Bobby McCain notes that he is ready to play anywhere he is needed. He has also played cornerback in the past and is willing to do anything for Miami to succeed next season.

“I’m a guy that can play any place in the backfield. With practice and with time, everyone gets better,” McCain said, via DolphinsWire.com “It’s not my decision to make decisions. My job is to just play football. I love playing football and I love doing what I do, and I’m able to do it all.”

Patriots

  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss points out Patriots RB Damien Harris has a history as a strong special teams contributor, which could help the 2019 third-round pick play more than two games in his second season. 
  • While Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham already beat out QB Brian Hoyer for a roster spot last preseason, former Patriots assistant Charlie Weis says that might have been as much a business decision with Hoyer’s salary than Stidham being better. 
  • Former Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia says he’s retired for good this time. Scarnecchia has already come out of retirement once to return to New England but told Reiss the consulting work he did for the team this offseason was more than enough. 
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