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What to make of: New York Jets 07.23.15 at 10:01 am ET
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles doesn't seem to be concerned with the Patriots. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles doesn’t seem to be concerned with the Patriots. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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.

New York Jets

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)

Key losses: Head coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik, CB Phillip Adams, CB Kyle Wilson, FB John Conner, NT Kenrick Ellis, QB Michael Vick, LB Nick Bellore

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.

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What to make of: Buffalo Bills 07.21.15 at 12:30 pm ET
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Rex Ryan is a big fan of what his team has done this offseason. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Rex Ryan is a big fan of what his team has done this offseason. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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.

Buffalo Bills

2014 finish: 9-7, 2nd in AFC East

Key additions: Head coach Rex Ryan, RB LeSean McCoy, QB Matt Cassel, QB Tyrod Taylor, QB Matt Simms, OG Richie Incognito, WR Percy Harvin, TE Charles Clay

Key losses: Head coach Doug Marrone, LB Kiko Alonso, RB C.J. Spiller, WR Stevie Johnson, CB Da’Norris Searcy, TE Scott Chandler

Camp goals: Find a consistent starting quarterback, Rex Ryan gets his message across to the team

What to make of the Bills:

Since the Bills last made the playoffs in 2000, the Bills have been in desperate search for a consistent starting quarterback.

The fact that they’re pinning their hopes on Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor to compete with EJ Manuel doesn’t offer up a lot of hope for Bills fans but Rex Ryan is a head coach accustomed to working with quarterback mediocrity. He’s also a coach that made the AFC championship in back-to-back years with Mark Sanchez.

Manuel, who started most of the 2013 and part of the 2014 seasons, is considered by many close to the team as the frontrunner to regain the starting job. But he will compete with free-agent Taylor and trade acquisition Cassel for the gig.

The biggest deal of Buffalo’s offseason came on March 10 when they dealt linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia for star running back LeSean McCoy, who scored just five touchdowns in 2014. The team immediately signed the six-year veteran to a five-year, $40 million deal. He replaces C.J. Spiller, who left to sign with the Saints.

After posting a surprising 9-7 record under second-year coach Doug Marrone, the team was dealt a surprising blow when he quit, taking advantage of a three-day out clause in his contract that would still pay him his full 2015 salary.

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Rex Ryan confident Bills can make playoffs this season 06.04.15 at 8:42 am ET
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At a charity softball game honoring slain police officers Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, new Bills coach Rex Ryan predicted the end of the longest active playoff drought in the NFL.

Buffalo has not made the postseason since 1999, and with Ryan at the helm, that could change — at least he thinks so.

“I think we’ll be in it this year,” Ryan told NJ.com. “So we’ll see.”

When prompted further, he reiterated.

“I think we will,” Ryan said. “Yep, I think we will.”

Ryan was slow to put a seal on that comment in particular, but had other things to say of the Bills’ upcoming season.

“Nah, I’m not going to say it’s a guarantee,” Ryan said. “But I guarantee you one thing: Teams aren’t going to want to play us. I can tell you that much.”

With the Bills’ current quarterback situation involving many options and a lack of a clear starter, Ryan said the position the team is in isn’t “ideal,” but he’s still optimistic.

“Hey, come watch practice, and you’ll probably come away with the same feeling I have,” Ryan said. “We’re loaded on defense. We’re loaded at the skill positions. So we’ll see.

“Obviously, it’s not an ideal situation, or there would already be one guy there [as the starter],” he added. “But we have enough talent there that I’m confident that when it’s all said and done, we’ll be fine.”

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Rex Ryan on facing Patriots without Tom Brady: ‘I just want to beat them no matter who’s back there’ 05.13.15 at 1:03 pm ET
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Rex Ryan isn’t going to pile on the Patriots.

The Bills coach was asked Wednesday for his take on Deflategate and Tom Brady‘s looming four-game suspension, but he wasn’t about to add fuel to the fire.

“They know all the facts,” Ryan told reporters in regards to the NFL and the investigation.

New England is scheduled to face Buffalo in the second game of the regular season in upstate New York. If the suspension holds, Brady would be sidelined for the game. Ryan was asked if he’d rather play Brady, but he wouldn’t add to the drama.

“I just want to beat them — no matter who’s back there,” Ryan said of the Patriots.

“No matter who’s there, we’re playing them Week 2. They’re playing us,” Ryan said. “(Bill) Belichick is bringing his team in and he’ll have his team prepared. We’ll have our team prepared too.”

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Tom Brady, Rex Ryan have some fun at QBs expense after opening day pitch in dirt 04.15.15 at 2:05 pm ET
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Tom Brady one-hopped David Ortiz when throwing out the first pitch at Fenway on Monday. On Wednesday, he had some fun at his own expense with the following Facebook post.

Going to stick to catcher and leave the throwing to the football field…

Posted by Tom Brady on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Of course, because it was Rex Ryan, the Bills coach felt the need to remind folks Wednesday that his first pitch at the Buffalo Bisons opener made it to the plate without an issue while Brady’s was a one-hopper, adding that, “Tom likes taking advice from me, I know.”

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Darrelle Revis: Patriots’ offer ‘wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for’ 03.25.15 at 7:09 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis said Wednesday the Patriots' offer to him wasn't in the ballpark of what he was looking for. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis said Wednesday the Patriots’ offer to him wasn’t in the ballpark of what he was looking for. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Even though the Patriots didn’t pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million team option for 2015, the team still had a chance to sign him — just like every other team in the league — via free agency.

Ultimately the Patriots did make an offer to Revis, but it fell short of what he was looking for.

“Obviously I’m not going to speak to numbers,” Revis said on The Michael Kay Show in New York Wednesday. “But I had the option — the $20 million option — that they could’ve exercised and they didn’t. We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for. We moved on and they moved on too. Had a great conversation with Bill [Belichick], and we moved forward just like they did. That’s how you look at it.”

Revis ultimately signed with the Jets for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed. Some may say Revis only chose the Jets because of the money he was offered. He said it takes both sides to agree upon a deal.

“Contracts are contracts. We all know that, man,” said Revis. “Both sides have to agree on the deal and the numbers are the numbers. If a team doesn’t want to pay you money, they won’t pay you, they will give you a lesser deal. If they want to pay you, they will pay you. Everybody knows that. It’s not just one side. Contracts don’t get done one-sided. They get done with both sides agreeing to the terms.”

Playing for the Jets for the first six years of his career and then being traded to Tampa Bay in 2013, Revis said he was actually surprised the Jets would be interested in bringing him back for a second time. It was a place he wanted to return to, a place he calls “home.”

“I think at that point I was surprised,” Revis said. “It was a lot of back-and-forth with the tampering, what Mr. [Woody] Johnson said. There was just a lot of stuff going on at that time. In free agency they were one of the teams that called. The Jets were one of the teams that called. It was a bunch of teams. It was the Steelers, it was Cleveland, it was the Chiefs, it was the Packers, Baltimore — I mean, it was every team as well. Guys were willing to fly down and meet with me.

“The whole situation was like I said, it will always go back to that is where I got drafted. That is where I felt most comfortable. That is where I feel familiar with. I know a lot of people in the building and I felt like for me it was time to come home.”

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Rex Ryan on Patriots: ‘They’re clearly the team to beat and we’re coming after them’ 03.24.15 at 11:34 am ET
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The Bills-Patriots division rivalry is sure to be taken to a new level with Rex Ryan taking over as head coach.

Like with the Jets, Ryan knows the Patriots are the team to beat in the AFC East and he and the Bills are not backing down.

“They’re clearly the team to beat and we’re coming after them,” Ryan told reporters at the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona.

Buffalo had one of its best seasons in years last year going 9-7, which was their first winning season since 2004. They also beat the Patriots in the regular-season finale at Gillette Stadium, possibly giving the organization some momentum going into 2015.

With the offseason moves the Bills made, along with the other teams in the division in the Jets and Dolphins, Ryan feels the AFC East is “the best in football.”

In his six seasons as coach of the Jets he went 46-50, leading the team to two AFC championship games.

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