East Notes: Patriots, Jets, Murray

The head of the FCC says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Redskins nickname from the public airwaves, Tom Wheeler of The Associated Press writes. Wheeler, who did not offer a timetable for a ruling, has previously said he finds the name “offensive and derogatory,” but that he hoped owner Dan Snyder would change it without any formal action. Here’s more from the AFC and NFC East..

  • The Patriots should have done more this offseason, writes Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. The Pats had space to work with this offseason and while they made some moves, like adding Darrelle Revis, they didn’t address all of their holes. Volin also thinks the Pats should have used a higher pick on a guard or center, especially if they knew they’d be trading Logan Mankins down the line.
  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is universally respected, but as a GM, he has come up short, writes Mike Sando of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req’d). Sando notes that the receivers New England has drafted over the past five years have combined to catch 52 passes for 727 yards and four touchdowns in 27 games with the Patriots. No team in the league has gotten fewer games or receptions from the receivers it has drafted since 2010.
  • It’s too early to evaluate the Jets‘ 2014 draft class, but now that four of those 12 picks are no longer on the roster, it does not look good, writes Brian Costello of the New York Post.¬†With two rookies on IR and one on the taxi squad, that leave just five actually playing this season. Of those five only safety Calvin Pryor is starting and he has had little impact so far.
  • Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com (on Twitter) doesn’t envision the Cowboys extending running back DeMarco Murray‘s contract. If Murray finishes the season without injury, he writes, maybe the Cowboys will take care of him, but that’s far from certain. Murray has had an amazing start to the 2014 season be he has yet to play a full season since entering the league.
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