AFC East Blog
Running back Knowshon Moreno is ready to make his Dolphins debut. He said so Wednesday. And sure enough, Moreno is expected to play Saturday against the Cowboys, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Moreno missed all offseason workouts and the first two weeks of training camp while he was recovering from a June knee scope.
That concern you had regarding Sammy Watkins and his rib injury turned out to be a bunch of hooey. The Bills' first-round rookie practiced Tuesday. Watkins left Saturday's preseason game early due to the injury and didn't practice Monday. Head coach Doug Marrone didn't help matters with his vague words about Watkins' injury and his return timetable. It's unknown if Watkins will play this Saturday versus the Buccaneers.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he plans to play in every game in 2014, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss via Twitter. Last week, several outlets reported that Gronkowski had a 50-50 chance of playing in the regular-season opener as he is experiencing a slow recovery from ACL surgery. For his part, Gronkowski believes he'll be ready to start the season but ultimately, that decision will be up to the Patriots' medical staff.
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins walked off the field Saturday after sustaining an injury versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Initial reports state that Watkins has a bruised rib, and head coach Doug Marrone doesn't have a timeline for his return.
"When he comes back, I don't know," Marrone said of Watkins. "Unless I know for sure, I'm not going to comment."
Watkins was picked in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and is expected to be the Bills' No. 1 wide receiver.
In the second preseason game, Patriots RB Stevan Ridley fumbled and was immediately benched by coach Bill Belichick. Ridley looked impressive throughout the night, rushing nine times for 45 yards, but it doesn't help that he was already on a short leash due to previous fumbling issues. Rookie James White is expected to be pushing Ridley for carries, but he didn't do much to impress with his snaps either (although he didn't fumble.)
On Wednesday, rookie James White ran with the first-team offense in practice, while Stevan Ridley ran with the second team unit. There has been some discussion if Ridley is still in head coach Bill Belichick's dog house after having some fumbling issues the past two years. As recent as 2012, Ridley rushed almost 300 times for the Patriots while putting up 1263 rushing yards and 12 TDs.
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson could be on the roster bubble following a good camp by rookie WR Jarvis Landry. Gibson works primarily in the slot and on punt/kickoffs returns, which is the same position as Landry, and most reports indicate Landry has simply been better in those positions. Landry was also selected with a relatively high draft pick, being taken in the second round at No. 63 overall in the 2014 NFL draft.
There is a shroud of mist hovering over the starting quarterback position for the Ney York Jets. In the spring, Michael Vick made it known that it isn't necessarily an open quarterback competition. Vick has seen a lot of work in camp, and so has Geno Smith. This past week, though, Smith took 63 of 75 first-team repititions in practice. Rex Ryan, the coach of the New York Jets, was hesitant to name a starter for this Saturdays' preseason game. Ryan ultimately decided Smith would be the starter for the Jets' next preseason game according to ESPN New York.
A source close to the Patriots says that TE Rob Gronkowski's chances of playing in Week 1 of the regular season are currently at 50 percent, according to ProFootballTalk. Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered on December 8 of last year. The tight end has been taking part in individual drills at Patriots camp, and recently was cleared to participate in 7-on-7 work, but is a "far from a sure thing" to be in the field to start the season.
Rob Gronkowski participated in 7-on-7 drills today, according to CSN's Tom Curran via Twitter. This is the first time Gronkowski has participated in group drills during training camp. Previously he'd been working on the sidlelines individually. Gronkowski is recovering from a combination ACL/MCL tear. He's unlikely to play this preseason, but hopes to be back for Week 1 of the regular season.