AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots

     

Bills

  • The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia says as long as Bills QB Josh Allen doesn’t dramatically regress in 2020, Buffalo will likely pick up his fifth-year option next May. 
  • Buscaglia still expects Bills RB Devin Singletary to lead the team in carries despite the selection of RB Zack Moss in the third round. 
  • Buscaglia thinks Bills DE Trent Murphy‘s $9.775 million cap figure will kill any potential trade market if he becomes expendable. 
  • Bills WR Robert Foster, RB Christian Wade and WR Duke Williams are likely on the wrong side of the roster bubble, per Buscaglia, though Wade should end up on the practice squad. 
  • If both Bills OTs Dion Dawkins and Ty Nsekhe are out, Buscaglia believes Buffalo would turn to OL Jon Feliciano at left tackle, as he played outside in college. 

Dolphins

New Dolphins RB Matt Breida is no stranger to working as a part of a committee. His old team, the 49ers, is famous for its running back by committee approach. Breida joins a Miami backfield that already includes Jordan Howard, as well as Kalen Ballage, Myles Gaskin and seventh-round rookie Malcolm Perry. He sees a lot of parallels with his former team. 

“We’re all coming in there willing to compete, willing to make each other better,” Breida said on NFL Network. “That’s one thing that I learned quick in these virtual meetings with these is guys is that they’re eager to get better. That’s kinda how we were last year in the running back room in San Francisco and that’s gonna go a long way to help us get where we gotta get.”

  • Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post considers Howard the best bet to be the Dolphins’ top running back this year.
  • Schad also expects Howard to share carries with Breida unless new OC Chan Gailey believes one of them is a better matchup in a particular game or has the hot hand.
  • Howard figures to be the running back to get the majority of the goal line carries this year.
  • Schad considers Malcolm Perry to be the Dolphins’ best running back prospect and projects he’ll make the team.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer says while he expects Dolphins first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa to start at some point in 2020, he thinks QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will open Week 1 as the starter. 

Patriots

  • NBC Sports’ Tom Curran points out the Patriots will have to address CB Stephon Gilmore‘s contract in the near future. Gilmore will turn 30 in September and has two years left on his deal at cap hits of $18.67 million and $19.67 million. 
  • Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson is set to be a free agent after 2020 and Curran thinks his next deal could set the bar for Gilmore. 
  • Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald tells Curran if Gilmore were on the market now, he’d probably sign for a little more than the $16.66 million the Eagles gave CB Darius Slay to reset the corner market. 
  • If Gilmore’s play doesn’t fall off, Curran expects New England to try and work out a deal before his contract ends following the 2021 season. 
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