|AFC East roundup: Who will be Bills’ starting QB?||08.21.15 at 11:55 am ET|
With the regular-season officially less then three weeks away, it’s a good time to check in with the rest of the AFC East and see what’s happening with the Bills, Jets and Dolphins.
It would appear the division will be more competitive than in year’s past, but the Patriots still are the clear-cut favorite — although Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake did come out and say the team will “definitely” make the playoffs this season.
Here’s how the AFC East is looking at this point:
Preseason Game 1: L, 25-24 vs. Panthers
Preseason Game 2: W, 11-10 vs. Browns
— The biggest thing with the Bills remains their quarterback situation, and new coach Rex Ryan isn’t giving any hints on who that might be. Matt Cassel started the preseason opener last week and Tyrod Taylor started the second preseason contest Thursday night. Meanwhile, EJ Manuel reportedly is still in the mix. While none of the three are going to have performances that distinguish them as real difference makers, the key will be managing games and eliminating mistakes.
— The Bills are in contract discussions with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and it doesn’t seem like they are going as planned. “And it’s just really making me unhappy,” Dareus told the Buffalo News. “I feel like they don’t really want me here.” It’s reported the Bills have offered him a deal worth “more than $90 million over six years,” but he’s looking for Ndamukong Suh-type money. Suh signed a six-year, $114 deal with the Dolphins this past offseason.
— Like the Patriots, the Bills are banged up at the wide receiver position. Sammy Watkins (glute), Robert Woods (undisclosed) and Percy Harvin (hip) all didn’t play Thursday against the Browns and Chris Hogan was carted to the locker room during the game with an ankle injury. Wide out isn’t the only position dealing with a few injuries, as running backs LeSean McCoy (hamstring), Fred Jackson (hamstring), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (undisclosed procedure) also didn’t dress.
|AFC East roundup: What has rest of division done to this point in training camp?||08.03.15 at 11:57 pm ET|
With NFL training camps roughly a week in the books, now is a good chance to catch up with the rest of the AFC East to see what they are up to as preseason openers for all teams are just over a week away.
— The Bills still don’t have a starting quarterback as neither EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor or Matt Cassel have done anything to separate themselves from the other two.
— Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will avoid legal punishment for the incident last month when he allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family following a dispute over beach chairs, but the team announced he will be suspended six games.
— It didn’t take long for Richie Incognito to make an impact on coach Rex Ryan as he already named the troubled offensive lineman the team’s starting left guard.
— Off the field, new running back LeSean McCoy made headlines with a party he posted on Instagram for woman 21-and-over. “I felt like it was like a thing I do every year with teammates. It’s something I bring together with teammates, but I didn’t do it this year,” McCoy said to clarify what happened. “It got too wild. I should never have posted it, and I take blame for it.”
— In their first season without Rex Ryan, things have been much more calm with the Jets during camp with Todd Bowles leading the way. Quarterback Geno Smith has seen the majority of snaps with the first team, so it would seem he’s on track to the starting job over Ryan Fitzpatrick.
|Jets fan site flies plane over Gillette Stadium with ‘Cheaters Look Up!’ banner||07.30.15 at 11:03 am ET|
FOXBORO — The public relations assault on the Patriots became aerial Thursday on the first day of training camp.
The plane began flying as the Patriots worked out in the summer heat on the fields below.
Coaches and players said they didn’t take note.
“What plane? Nah, I didn’t see that,” Malcolm Butler said.
The Patriots have been embroiled in the Deflategate drama since the AFC championship. But the Jets’ link is interesting as the Patriots were accused of cheating in the “Spygate” scandal of 2007.
Mike Kensil, a former Jets team president, now works in the NFL office and has been a key figure in the league’s investigation of the Patriots during Deflategate.
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|What to make of: New York Jets||07.23.15 at 10:01 am ET|
With Patriots camp opening up on July 30 at Gillette Stadium, WEEI.com takes a quick look at each of the Patriots’ rivals in the AFC East, their additions, losses and what each team needs to accomplish in camp.
2014 finish: 4-12, 4th in AFC East
Key additions: Head coach Todd Bowles, GM Mike Maccagnan, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie, CB Buster Skrine, WR Brandon Marshall, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Stevan Ridley, DE Leonard Williams (Rookie)
Camp goals: Give Geno Smith one more chance at the starting quarterback job and see if his spring OTA and minicamp work has earned him frontrunner status at the start of camp over Ryan Fitzpatrick. Leave Rex Ryan drama behind and get in step with the no nonsense approach of Todd Bowles. Have Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall step up and take leadership roles.
What to make of the Jets:
There’s a lot to like about what the Jets did this offseason. They seem finally ready to shift the focus from the entertaining and melodramatic head coaching style of Rex Ryan to the hard-nosed approach of Todd Bowles.
They had the chance to interview Doug Marrone after he stiffed the Bills to collect his 2015 salary guarantee. They did not jump at the first chance to hire away a fellow AFC East rival head coach. Reports out of New York were that they were not impressed with Marrone and that they were looking for more of a seasoned coach with NFL experience, someone who could lead the Jets back to respectability.
Bowles played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety, including the Redskins where he started in Super Bowl XXII. Bowles was the defensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2012, and then for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and ’14. He was the interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season with a 2-1 record after the firing of Tony Sparano.
With the firing of general manager John Idzik and Ryan on Dec. 29, the Jets began the process of rebuilding their roster. New GM Mike Maccagnan identified several players, along with some help from owner Woody Johnson. Of course, that’s a thinly veiled reference to the Jets’ owner’s infatuation with all-world corner Darrelle Revis, who was busy with a Super Bowl run with the Patriots.
|Report: Darrelle Revis won’t attend Patriots’ ring ceremony, mom to take place||06.14.15 at 2:21 pm ET|
Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be handing out the Super Bowl jewelry Sunday night at his Brookline home but one of the key players who helped make it possible will not be on hand.
His mother, Diana Gilbert, will take his place and receive his first Super Bowl ring on his behalf.
Revis signed a five-year, $70 million contract with $39 million guaranteed on March 10. The Jets were the subject of an investigation by the league into tampering, after charges were filed by the Patriots. Jets owner Woody Johnson made comments about Revis, who was still under contract with New England at the time and Johnson was fined $100,000.
The Jets’ counter-investigation into Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s comments about Revis upon re-signing with New York was subseqently dismissed by the NFL.
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|Darrelle Revis speaks out on Tom Brady: ‘Tom was there when they did stuff in the past’||05.20.15 at 6:56 pm ET|
But in an interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis took some thinly veiled shots at Brady and the Patriots in the wake of punishment handed down for their alleged role in Deflategate.
“Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News Wednesday. “I understand that. But if [the NFL] feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. [The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that. Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”
The remarks were the first from Revis since the punishment was levied by the National Football League.
Revis, according to Mehta, made it clear that he was unaware of any wrongdoing by Brady in his one season with the Patriots that ended with a Super Bowl title.
But Revis did hint that the franchise’s rule-breaking history, such as Spygate, likely played a role in this latest punishment.
“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble,” Revis told Mehta. “When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”
|The greatest Jets draft video of all time||04.30.15 at 4:22 pm ET|
To paraphrase Jim Nantz, this video is a draft weekend tradition unlike any other — almost two minutes of Jets fans reacting to various draft picks. In truth, it’s one of the things we’ll miss the most about the draft not being in New York this year.
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