AFC East Notes: Jets, Hill, Amaro, Patterson

Jets cornerback Dee Milliner had to wait a week, but it looks like he’ll make his season debut this Sunday against the Packers after recovering from a high ankle sprain, writes Dennis Waszak Jr. of The Associated Press. The cornerback is technically listed as probably but coach Rex Ryan said it’s not a matter of if he’ll play, but how much. Still, Antonio Allen and Darrin Walls will likely start at Green Bay. Here’s more from the AFC East..

  • As Saalim Hakim takes off, Jets wide receivers coach Sanjal Lal can rest easy about the project that didn’t work out: Stephen Hill. “Was there anything else I could have done?” Lal asked rhetorically to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Could I have worked harder with him? Could I have given him more individual attention? Could I have done anything different? I can look myself in the mirror saying I did everything I could and put all of myself into trying to develop him.”
  • The Jets have big things planned for rookie tight end Jace Amaro, as Mike Mazzeo of writes. Ryan doesn’t want to put expectations on the Texas Tech product in terms of yards or receptions, but he says that Amaro is going to be a “major factor” for Gang Green. Amaro racked up 1,352 receiving yards in his final college season but had just two catches for seven yards in his NFL debut.
  • Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesn’t have any regrets, but the folks at CSNNE say the Patriots would be better off had they drafted Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 29 in 2013 rather than trading him to the Vikings for four draft picks.
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