AFC East Notes: Gilmore, Jets, Sanchez, Pats

Wayne Chrebet took a ton of big hits during his time with the Jets and even though he still feels unsettling side effects from that to this day, he’s thankful for his playing career, writes Dennis Waszak of The Associated Press. “I played the way I wanted to play even after I had the injuries, and I wouldn’t change that — because if I did, I wouldn’t be respected and appreciated the way I am now,” the former wide receiver said. Chrebet will be inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor along with late former owner Leon Hess on Monday. More from the AFC East..

  • More than half of 2012’s top 10 draftees may not have their fifth-year options exercised, writes Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, and that includes Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Despite being a solid contributor, Gilmore is not yet a star player and that could be more of an investment than Buffalo wants to make. Of course, the team’s uncertain coaching and GM situations also complicate matters.
  • Ben Volin of The Boston Globe (via Twitter) was surprised to see that the Patriots waived defensive back Don Jones today as he believed they were really high on him. The safety was a key special teams player for the Pats, so one has to wonder what went into New England’s decision.
  • If Mark Sanchez continues to play well, it’s going to be a major negative for Jets coach Rex Ryan going forward, opines Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap (via Twitter). Ryan has taken a great deal of criticism for his lack of offensive acumen and inability to develop a young quarterback. While observers wrote off Sanchez a long time ago, he has looked rather strong with the Eagles this season and turned in a strong performance today.
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