AFC East Notes: Jets, Harvin, Jones, Pats

New acquisition Percy Harvin should make an immediate impact for the Jets, writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The Jets probably won’t overload the 26-year-old playmaker in his first game, but he should have a ripple effect on the rest of the offense. In Mehta’s mind, Harvin is the Jets’ only pass-catching option that puts a scare into opposing defenses. Here’s more out of the AFC East…

  • The Jets made waves with their acquisition of Percy Harvin this year, but they could have had him in the 2009 draft, as Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News writes. After selecting Mark Sanchez, the Jets thought about trading for another first-round choice to get Harvin, who ultimately went to the Vikings at No. 22. “No,” Ryan replied when asked if he wonders whether he and then-GM Mike Tannenbaum could’ve pulled it off. “Why spend that kind of time? You should be looking at what you have right now. (There will be) time to reflect maybe 20 years from now or something.”
  • Bad news for Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. The team is fearing that in a worst-case scenario, his hip injury could keep him out of the lineup for the rest of the regular season, a source tells Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. The best case for the Pats is that he’ll be out six weeks from the point on injury, which would allow him to return for Week 13 against the Packers. The Pats traded for Titans’ defensive lineman Akeem Ayers in the wake of Jones’ injury.
  • When the Patriots signed Brandon Browner in the offseason, many believed that he was brought aboard to stifle bigger receivers at the line and make the matchups easier for Darrelle Revis. As the Patriots look ahead to a matchup against Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, Browner doesn’t neccessarily agree with that idea, writes Mike Petraglia of “I wouldn’t say anything like that. I’m here because they wanted me here,” Browner said. “It’s a good matchup for me this week, me and [Revis].”
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