AFC East Blog
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss quotes Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski saying, "Definitely not [playing] every single snap. But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game plan this week, will be good." It has been only eight months since Gronkowski had surgery to repair his ACL and MCL. It is expected that newly acquired TE Tim Wright will get playing time when Gronkowski is not on the field.
Quarterback Kyle Orton agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills. He'll help QB Jeff Tuel back up second-year QB E.J. Manuel, who has struggled badly in the preseason. Orton started just one NFL game last season and was considering retirement before accepting this deal.
The running back who many fantasy owners thought was holding the Dolphins' ground game back is no longer a Dolphin. Daniel Thomas was released on Saturday.
A second-round pick from the 2011 draft, Thomas was dogged by injures and ineffective play in his three seasons. He never gained more than 600 yards or averaged 4 yards per carry in any season. He was living on borrowed time in Miami when the team signed Knowshon Moreno in the offseason. Thomas couldn't do a lot during the preseason to prove he deserved a roster spot as he was bothered by a hamstring injury for most of the month.
Wide receiver Stephen Hill's size and speed couldn't overcome his penchant for injuries and dropping passes. On Saturday, the Jets released Hill, the 43rd overall pick from the 2012 draft.
Hill ended each of his first two seasons on injured reserve and didn't play more than 12 games in either year. His "best" season came in 2013 when he caught 24 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown. However, he has dropped nine of the 97 targets in his career and dropped two more during the preseason.
E.J. Manuel will open the season as the Bills' starting quarterback, but if money is a determining factor, he better not get too comfy in his role. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the one-year deal Orton signed Friday will pay him $5 million. In other words, Orton will get paid as much as the Buccaneers QB Josh McCown, who is his team's starter.
Orton started in Week 17 last season for the Cowboys, filling in for an injured Tony Romo. He completed 30 of 46 passes against the Eagles for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins aggravated his rib injury last night versus the Lions, but he has "dodged serious injury," according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Watkins should be able to play without limitations next Sunday versus the Bears.
At some point this season, Watkins may be catching passes from Buffalo's newest quarterback, Kyle Orton. The Bills and the 31-year-old QB agreed to a one-year deal Friday, as first reported by ESPN's James Walker. Orton was released by the Cowboys in July and was reportedly considering retirement. But those plans on hold for now.
The Bills have been rotating through backup quarterbacks lately. They cut Dennis Dixon and Thad Lewis earlier this week. They then signed Jordan Palmer and cut him today. Now, Orton steps in. He will initially battle Jeff Tuel for the No. 2 gig.
Bills rookie wideout Sammy Watkins, who had already missed one preseason game and a few days of practice due to a rib injury, suffered another injury to his ribs Thursday versus the Lions. The injury is reportedly in the same area of Watkins' previous rib injury, which he sustained on Aug. 16
Tim Wright may become the Patriots' new version of TE Aaron Hernandez, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Patriots acquired the second-year tight end and a fourth-round draft pick this week by trading LG Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers. Wright is a former college receiver who measures up at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and has 4.65 speed. In his rookie season with the Buccaneers, Wright caught 54 balls for 571 yards and five touchdowns.
Well, here's something to liven up a rather dull Tuesday.
The Patriots and Buccaneers are on the verge of a trade with direct and indirect fantasy implications all over the place. The Patriots will acquire second-year tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick next season from the Buccaneers in exchange for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer was the first to break the big news. He said that the deal isn't final just yet, but the players involved have been informed, and terms have been worked out.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 99 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game, a 30-7 blowout victory versus the Panthers. Edelman, who caught 105 balls in the 2013 season, was especially impressive after the catch, including on a 35-yard catch-and-run. Edelman also returned two punts for 51 yards.