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AFC East Roundup: position battles other than quarterback

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Besides QBs what are the team’s biggest position battles?

We all know that three out of the four teams in the AFC East are having quarterback competitions to determine either their starter or their backups. Even the Patriots with Tom Brady are trying to determine who his backup is going to be this season. This week on the roundup we will be looking at the biggest position battle each team is facing besides the quarterback.

Buffalo Bills: Wide Receiver

The Bills have an interesting situation at wide receiver because only Kelvin Benjamin has established himself as a lock-in starter. Other than that, there is no telling what the rest of the depth chart is looking like. Zay Jones is looking to bounce back in his sophomore season but he had off the field issues during the offseason and is currently rehabbing from a surgery. Rookie Robert Foster is showing promise working with Brian Daboll who was his offensive coordinator last year at Alabama. Brandon Reilly is fighting to show that he belongs after being a fan favorite in preseason last year. Then there are the veterans Andre Holmes and Jeremy Kerley looking to show everyone that they can still perform at an elite level. Malachi Dupre, Cam Phillips, Rod Streater, the list goes on. Oh, and the Bills traded for Corey Coleman on Sunday.

Miami Dolphins: Tight End

The Dolphins are looking to find their starting tight end for the season after the team lost the two tight ends that appeared in games for them last season. They currently have five tight ends on the roster including second round pick Mike Gesicki. Also, among the tight ends competing for a spot is former Bills TE MarQueis Gray. Gesicki and Gray have been leading the way in terms of snaps at the tight end position during camp but tight ends coach Shane Day explained that all the tight ends on the roster are getting looks and each have their own set of strengths and weaknesses.

New York Jets: Defensive End

The key for this position battle for the Jets is who they want to line up with Leonard Williams on the line in an attempt to draw double teams away from him. It is currently a three-man race between Nathan Shepherd, Xavier Cooper, and Henry Anderson. Shepherd is the rooking being the team’s third round pick in this year’s draft while Cooper and Anderson are the veterans. They have the slight edge in the competition because Shepherd is coming from a Division II College and still has a bit to learn. This competition exists because the team got rid of Muhammad Wilkerson.

New England Patriots: Wide Reciever

Much like the Bills, the Patriots find themselves in a situation at wide receiver partly due to the four-game suspension that Julian Edelman is facing to start the season. The team brought in Jordan Matthews from Buffalo during the offseason but he was released after suffering a leg injury during camp this week. To fill the open slot, the team signed veteran Eric Decker to come into town. Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, and Chris Hogan are other notable receivers that are fighting to work their way into the position. Even though he is technically a tight end, Rob Gronkowski affects this competition as well due to the number of times that he lines up as a receiver.