AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Ravens, Raiders

Let’s take a look at the latest from the AFC:

  • The Dolphins are fielding a completely revamped offensive line, along with several new starters on defense, leading Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald to examine how the new Miami players are faring in comparison to last year’s starters. Using Pro Football Focus’ data, Jackson notes the results are mostly positive, especially along the front five, where tackles Branden Albert and Ja’Wuan James are playing extremely well.
  • At 1-3, the Jets sit in last place in the AFC East, and Manish Mehtha of the New York Daily News places the blame for New York’s struggles squarely on the shoulders of general manager John Idzik. Despite having more than $24MM of cap space with which to work, Idzik opted to sign second- and third-tier free agents, and failed to bring in a top notch corner, says Mehta.
  • Safety Will Hill, who is in the midst of six-game suspension, probably won’t start for the Ravens immediately, writes Jamison Hensley of Hill was signed to one-year deal in July after being waived by the Giants. There was speculation that his ban could be reduced under the terms of the new drug agreement, but any alteration has yet to be announced.
  • Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano will continue to serve as the team’s offensive line coach, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times (Twitter link).
  • Robert Mays of Grantland looks at the roster construction of the Bills, as well as the decision to start Kyle Orton at quarterback, and argues that Buffalo has a decent chance at winning the AFC East.
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