AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Dolphins

  • Over The Cap’s Nick Korte lists Dolphins G Michael Deiter and LB Jerome Baker as players who are helped by the new CBA’s PPE rules and are on track to get raises in their fourth season. 
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer notes the Dolphins coaching staff returned to the team facility Monday. 

Jets

  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini evaluates the first year of GM Joe Douglas‘ career, saying Douglas brought stability to a difficult situation after taking over for former GM Mike Maccagnan.
  • One of Douglas’ defining characteristics so far has been his willingness to draw a hard line in contract negotiations. Cimini writes it cost the Jets WR Robby Anderson but helped them keep CB Brian Poole and LB Jordan Jenkins on fairly low-cost deals. 
  • The other has been his commitment to shoring up the Jets’ offensive line, including trading for G Alex Lewis, signing C Connor McGovern, OT George Fant and G Greg Van Roten, and drafting first-round OT Mekhi Becton.
  • Cimini thinks Douglas’ best move was dealing DL Leonard Williams for a third and fifth-round pick, while his worst move was bringing C Ryan Kalil out of retirement.
  • Going forward, Douglas will need to navigate the situation with S Jamal Adams, continue to fix the wide receiver position and help the Jets draft better. 
  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano adds something to monitor going forward will be how Douglas and the Jets handle player injuries. There were multiple dustups last year with players like G Kelechi Osemele and WR Quincy Enunwa taking issues with the team. 
  • Other potential challenges for Douglas, per Vacchiano, include a potential extension for QB Sam Darnold and how he handles HC Adam Gase if he continues to struggle. 

Patriots

Former Chargers S Adrian Phillips spoke about his decision to join the Patriots as a free agent this offseason.

“It’s a first-class organization,” Phillips said, via NBC Sports. “You notice that from afar and you wonder, ‘How does that keep happening?’ So, actually being in the mix, you see that, and being in the meetings with the guys and with the DBs, you see why they’re always in the position that they’re in. It’s just great to be part of.”

Phillips credits his new teammates and coaches for embracing him and immediately making him feel at home in an unfamiliar situation.

“That’s a testament to those guys — to embrace me the way that they did and treat me like I’ve been there for so long, and not even having met me face-to-face,” Phillips said. “It’s a huge testament to them, and it’s a huge testament to the coaches, just showing that they’re real people who really want to know the best of you and really want to see the type of person you are and embrace you and bring you into the winning culture. So, it’s real cool to be a part of that.”

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