What a week that was. The New York Jets defeated the Denver Broncos 16-9, the Miami Dolphins beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10 on SNF, and the New England Patriots basically started their own QB controversy by benching Mac Jones after a very short outing. This week, the Buffalo Bills are back on primetime against the struggling Green Bay Packers. There are some good games this week in the AFC East, as well as a lot of storylines. So let’s take a look.
AFC East Standings
- The Bills released some renderings for their new stadium.
- The Bills ruled out CB Tre White for the week eight matchup against the Packers. White practiced on Wednesday without a red non-contact jersey for the first time, leading many to believe a return could come next week.
- Micah Hyde retuned to the Bills facility yesterday for the first time since his neck injury and answered questions from the media. Hyde said that he still plans to return to the field next season, despite this being the third neck injury of his career.
New York Jets
- The Jets announced that newly acquired RB James Robinson will practice this week, but won’t say if he’ll play on Sunday against AFC East rival New England Patriots. Getting there Tuesday and playing Sunday might be too quick for both sides.
- Robinson says he was blindsided by the trade.
“It was just out of the blue. I was home about to doze off and I got the call and that was that.”Robinson on being traded (Via Andy Vazquez/NJ.com)
- Tua Tagovailoa said after the Steelers game that his coaches told him they “never” want him lowering his shoulder and initiating contact again.
- The Dolphins signed OL Grant Hermanns to their practice squad, replacing recently departed OL Larnel Coleman (signed by the Carolina Panthers).
- Safety Brandon Jones tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Jones is the second Miami DB lost for the year. (Nik Needham ruptured his Achilles a couple of weeks ago.)
- Miami worked out former Patriots CB Malcolm Butler this week.
New England Patriots
- The Patriots will start Mac Jones at QB again for this week’s divisional matchup against the Jets. How long will he stay in the game? That’s anybody’s guess.
- The team is expected to host a handful of punters for a workout this week. Incumbent P Jake Bailey is struggling this year. He currently has the second-worst yards per punt average in the NFL (43.2).
- According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Patriots received calls about the availability of WR Kendrick Bourne and OL Isaiah Wynn.
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