This week on the AFC East Roundup, we are focusing on the major story lines coming out of each team’s minicamp. Every team in the AFC East had their own players they were watching carefully but the one common theme between all four teams are the quarterbacks.
For the Bills, all eyes have been on the quarterback rotation between AJ McCarron, Nathan Peterman, and Josh Allen. After not seeing any action with the first-team in OTAs, Allen did see some brief time with the ones and impressed, but coach Sean McDermott reiterated that Allen will work mainly with the third-string going forward. Peterman has been impressing coaches so far in camp and has a legitimate shot at becoming the team’s starting quarterback. Another competition to watch going forward in camp is the wide receiver position. With Zay Jones unable to practice, every receiver has seen first-team reps and is battling for playing time, with the only clear starting receiver being Kelvin Benjamin.
Ryan Tannehill is back at the helm and is practicing for the Dolphins after missing last season with an injury that caused the team to bring in Jay Cutler. Tannehill backup David Fales has been impressing in every practice thus far. Fales played the majority of the Week 17 game against the Bills last season, and head coach Adam Gase has said that Fales looks way more comfortable than he did last season. Gase stressed that Fales will be competing against Brock Osweiler and Bryce Petty for the backup position. The Dolphins are also trying to decide who the tight ends will be this season after the two that appeared in games last year are no longer on the roster. There are currently six players on the roster battling for the position, including former Bill MarQueis Gray.
There has been no change to the Jets QB depth chart from when they started camp. Veteran Josh McCown is still the starting quarterback going into training camp with Teddy Bridgewater backing him up and then third overall pick, Sam Darnold, as the third string quarterback. Head coach Todd Bowles said he will talk with his offensive coordinator over the summer to come up with “a plan” for reps between the three quarterbacks. With Muhammud Wilkerson leaving the team in the offseason, Leonard Williams will be in charge of the defense. Even though it is camp, coaches have talked about how he looks a lot stronger and faster than last season. Bowles stressed that no position will be given, and there will be a competition for every spot on the field.
The question for the Patriots was whether Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski were going to show up to practice after rumors had both of them not returning for this season. Fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief as both of them showed up to camp, making everything a full-go before the start of the season. Other than that, it was business as usual for the Patriots, with the team taking a trip to Fenway Park last week for a bonding experience. The big news was the announcement of Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension, which means the receivers are now competing for more playing time during that four-game stretch.