AFC East Blog
Tom Brady has not missed a single voluntary workout at Patriots' camp this offseason. Brady usually does not attend these workouts, however, with "Deflategate" looming large, this season he's there. Perhaps he wants to get as many reps in with his teammates before being suspended, in order to build a rapport. Then again, it could be a showing of solidarity amongst the Patriots as a team and organization. Either way, Brady is there and will be ready for 2015, whenever it may begin for him.
The Patriots have brought back ILB Brandon Spikes after a one-year hiatus in Buffalo. The deal is for one year and will added much depth behind the oft-injured Jerod Mayo. Spikes is poor in coverage but excellent against the run.
The Dolphins have signed Ryan Tannehill to a six-year extension. The deal is worth $96 million with $45 million guaranteed. Tannehill is now locked up through 2020.
Bryce Brown is yet to attend Bills voluntary workouts. His absence is due to an apparent "family commitment". The Bills have added running backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams this offseason. Brown has not overwhelmed when given opportunities.
Rumors have swirled that E.J. Manuel could possibly lose his roster spot in Buffalo if he does not perform well in training camp. Bills' offensive coordinator emphatically put those rumors to rest when asked if Manuel's roster spot was in jeopardy. "Speculation's the key word there," Roman said. "I don't remember ever saying that and that's the furthest thing from the truth. I mean, he's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job. There's a lot of clay to mold there as well, so whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from. But the answer is, no, he's doing a good job."
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has reported that Rishard Matthews is not happy with the revamping of the Miami Dolphins receiving corps. Mathews is reported to be skipping team workouts and is instead working out individually with free agent QB Brady Quinn. Matthews is looking to either be cut or traded in hopes of receiving more playing time on another team.
The Jets rolled the dice this offseason and acquired Stevan Ridley despite him coming off a torn ACL. He appears to be progressing well in his rehab. Ridley is currently participating in positional drills at OTAs. Reportedly, he's moving around very well.
In a bit of a surprise move on Wednesday, Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey came out and said there is no quarterback competition in New York. He added that barring an injury, Geno Smith will "probably" be the starter. He went on to praise Smith's talent and basically lock him in as the Week 1 starter.
Roger Goodell finally spoke about "Deflategate" today. Just a day after Patriots' owner Robert Kraft announced he would not be fighting the league's imposed punishments and the team would accept their decision. Now Goodell has come out and said he is open to hearing any "new information" Tom Brady has on the matter. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport says the "door seems very open" for Brady to have his suspension reduced.
With a much deeper stable of running backs in Buffalo this season, Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn would like to see Fred Jackson's snaps cut in half. The 34-year-old back saw 548 snaps last season. Lynn believes a reduced role for the oldest back in the league could really help his production down the stretch. "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season," Lynn said. "If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you're going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson."