AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Dolphins

     

Bills

  • Over The Cap’s Nick Korte lists Bills OL Cody Ford and TE Dawson Knox as players who are helped by the new CBA’s PPE rules and are on track to get raises in their fourth season. 

Dolphins

New Dolphins C Ted Karras says he’s watched QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a long time and has been a fan from afar. Now Karras is excited to be snapping the ball to Fitzpatrick for as long as he’s Miami’s starter, even if the pandemic has delayed when they can start. 

“Well, I’ve been a fan for a long time,” Karras said via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “I love the way he plays. We definitely communicated a lot this spring. I’m really excited to start getting in-person, start getting some reps together; but I love the way he plays. He’s been a great leader and very welcoming to me so far, so I’m really excited to get to work with him and play some ball.”

Jets

  • The Athletic’s Connor Hughes lists Jets G Brian Winters, LB Avery Williamson, DL Nathan Shepherd, CB Blessuan Austin and TE Trevon Wesco as some potential surprise cuts this summer. 
  • Winters and Williamson are both veterans with high potential cap savings coming off injuries in crowded position groups, making them candidates to be released. 
  • Shepherd, Austin and Wesco were all draft picks by the previous regime who have not developed quickly, so GM Joe Douglas isn’t necessarily tied to them if they don’t show progress. 
  • Brian Costello of the New York Post writes the whole organization was on board with the selection of DT Quinnen Williams at No. 3 overall last year and the team will be patient with him even though he was also a Mike Maccagnan pick. 
  • Costello expects Jets CEO Christopher Johnson to still have a role in the organization when his brother, owner Woody Johnson, returns from his appointment as ambassador to the United Kingdom. 
  • For the Jets to keep RB Le’Veon Bell beyond this season, Costello says he would have to have a monster season and the Jets would need to have a very successful year. 
  • Adam Caplan mentions the Jets have interest in free-agent CB Logan Ryan as an outside corner across from CB Pierre Desir. Ryan played 40 percent of his snaps in the slot for the Titans in 2019 and is seen by many teams as exclusively a nickelback at this point. 
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