AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes Dolphins OL Jesse Davis and second-round OL Robert Hunt are the leading candidates to start at right guard and right tackle, though the exact lineup is yet to be determined. 
  • As for 2019 third-round G Michael Deiter, the Dolphins want him to get stronger after he started 15 games as a rookie, but was benched and lost his starting left guard spot to free-agent acquisition Ereck Flowers
  • Miami still sees Deiter as a potential starter at some point and he could start at right guard if Hunt isn’t ready. 
  • Jackson says fourth-round G Solomon Kindley is projected by the Dolphins as a backup to start out as another scout said he needs to get in better shape. 
  • Jackson mentions the Dolphins tried to sign CB Javaris Davis as an undrafted free agent but he elected to go to Kansas City. 
  • One scout mentioned Dolphins DT Benito Jones as the undrafted free agent with the best chance to stick to the final roster. 
  • While the Dolphins spent a lot of time with K Rodrigo Blankenship, they did not make him an offer as an undrafted rookie free agent. He signed with the Colts and Miami will stick with K Jason Sanders.

Jets

New Jets QB Joe Flacco has some familiar faces on his new team, including one of New York’s free-agent signings, WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman started his career as a first-round pick with the Ravens but ended up earning the bust label after failing to latch on in Baltimore. Since then, Perriman has been productive with a couple of other teams and Flacco says the change of scenery probably helped. 

“When things don’t quite work out with the team that you got drafted by, sometimes it leaves weird feelings in different people’s mouths,” Flacco said via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “For Breshad, I’m sure it was a tough time for him and that may affect you in different ways. I’m glad to see him go out and have success. I’m sure his confidence is up there where it needs to be. I honestly think him moving on was probably a good thing for him mentally and everything else. I’m glad to see where he’s at. I think he can be an asset for us.”

  • ESPN’s Field Yates points out the Jets will gain $11 million in cap space going forward for the post-June 1 release of CB Trumaine Johnson.

Patriots

  • While the Patriots are obviously worse at quarterback going from Tom Brady to Jarrett Stidham, ESPN’s Mike Reiss thinks they improved at running back, tight end and along the offensive line. 
  • Reiss says getting C David Andrews back after he missed last year with blood clots in his lungs should help the offensive line improve. And even if rookie tight ends struggle, the addition of third-round rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene should improve the low bar set in 2019. 
  • Reiss adds there are question marks at receiver, though, as they need veterans Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu to be healthy and 2019 first-round WR N’Keal Harry to make a leap. There’s also a potential lack of speed and game-breaking ability overall. 
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