AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots

     

Bills

Bills RB Devin Singletary said he was excited to see the organization draft third-round RB Zack Moss and expects them to be a strong combination. 

“Seeing that [the Bills’ draft pick] was Zack, it was exciting, to be honest,” said Singletary, via BillsWire.com. “We’re both from South Florida, we’re both the same age, he just stayed a year longer in college. It’s really exciting. Us in the backfield together? That’s going to be problems [for defenses] I feel like, for sure. That’s the way I look at it. And then when you get somebody that’s good in the backfield with you, I’ve been in mostly backfields where I wasn’t the only back, that’s going to bring the best out of you and the best out of the team, and that’s what you want at the end of the day.” 

Singletary said learning from veteran RB Frank Gore, who is now with the Jets, was an important factor toward his development. 

“Having Frank was big for me, I was able to just able to just sit back and learn what he was doing on the field, off the field,” Singletary said. “I love Frank for that, that’s still my big dog to this day. Without him, going into this year, I feel like I’m ready. I feel like I learned everything I needed to learn from him and if anything, he’s a phone call away.”

Dolphins

During the draft process, one of the biggest stories was the periodic checks into former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa‘s recovery from a catastrophic dislocated hip injury. The Dolphins felt comfortable enough with his recovery from a potentially career-ending injury to take him with the No. 5 pick in the first round, and while there are no minicamps or OTA’s for Tagovailoa to showcase his progress further, by all accounts he’s continuing to rehab smoothly. 

“He’s doing miraculously well,” said Kevin Wilk, a physical therapist who has been working with Tagovailoa in Birmingham, via the Sun-Sentinel’s Safid Deen. “The miraculous part is that he healed so well. The second part is, he’s [done] so well at getting his strength back, which usually takes a long time after something like this.”

  • Tagovailoa moved to South Florida over the weekend and reported to the Dolphins facility on Monday, meaning Miami’s trainers and medical team now have access to Tagovailoa. (Omar Kelly)

Patriots

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer mentions Patriots HC Bill Belichick as a member of the $10 million a year in salary club among NFL head coaches.
  • The Athletic’s Mike Sando lists the Patriots as a team that should pursue free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick. When Sando polled NFL evaluators in 2016 before Kaepernick’s protest, he was generally seen as a high-level backup. 
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