AFC East Blog
On June 23 Tom Brady had his "Deflategate" appeal heard. The post-hearing briefs are expected next week. Following the briefs, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is anticipated to take his time making a decision. Brady "shouldn't expect a decision any sooner than mid-to-late July". Goodell could do anything from upholding the four-game suspension to completely eradicating the suspension all together. Brady's lawyer Jeffrey Kessler weighed in on the potential outcome. "I don't know what the timetable is," said Kessler. "I think we put in a very compelling case."
The Dolphins made Ryan Tannehill their franchise quarterback this offseason. After signing his $96 million contract, Miami is undoubtedly his team. He has emerged as a leader this offseason. Tannehill has also improved the one glaring weakness in his arsenal. He's reportedly throwing a much better deep ball this year. Tight end Dion Sims commented on Tannehill's progress saying, "Ryan is way better than last year and more of a leader."
Percy Harvin has never been an outside receiver. He's always been more of a "gadget player". This offseason Bills' WRs coach Sanjay Lal is working tirelessly to develop Harvin into a legitimate outside receiver. Head coach Rex Ryan believes in his talent and is on board with the move. "He's a playmaker and I think Percy now he's just scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be," said Ryan. "I'm excited to see how he can elevate his game at that position. He's extremely talented … A great player like Percy Harvin, even though it's been a number of years, he's just now really getting comfortable now as a true receiver. Not a gadget guy, not a this or that. I think he's just popping off. We're excited to see what he can do."
While most brush him off, Tyrod Taylor continues to linger as a legitimate contender for the Bills' starting quarterback job. Some people around the team even believe he's the favorite to be under center Week 1. Taylor recently spoke on the QB situation and what he needs to do to come out on top. "I think it comes with just building trust in the receivers, knowing the type of guys you have around you, just knowing the type of playmakers that you have around you," Taylor said. "It's my job to get the ball to them. We have a bunch of speed on the outside, a bunch of guys that can get the ball and do very well in the space, so it's my job to get the ball to them as quickly as possible. And that's mainly what I'm trusting when I go out there … We're out there pushing each other. We're looking to get better each and every day, and that's all the coaches are asking for right now."
Dolphins' wide receiver Rishard Matthews demanded a trade this offseason, however, he was not granted his wish and remains in South Beach. Matthews was reportedly not happy with his role and was only further disturbed after the team acquired Greg Jennings and DeVante Parker. It sounds like some of his teammates feel similarly to Matthews. Some believe he would "thrive" if he was given a greater opportunity. He showed some flashes in 2013 including a game against a tough Buccaneers' defense in which he caught 11 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.