AFC East Notes: Vick, Garoppolo, Bills

Michael Vick has done his best to quell any talk of an open quarterback competition between himself and incumbent Geno Smith and earlier today, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg followed suit, writes’s Rich Cimini. “It may not be quite like the competition we had last year, where everything was 50-50,” said Mornhinweg, alluding to the open competition between Smith and Mark Sanchez. “Mike has all that experienced banked. We’re trying to continue the progress with Geno and then have Mike ready to go. It’s just that simple, and Mike knows exactly what expectations and roles he has.” More from around the NFL..

  • Expecting to see Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center sometime soon? Owner Robert Kraft isn’t. Earlier tonight, Kraft told NFL Network (via Ian Rapoport on Twitter) that Garoppolo is “disaster insurance” and hopes that he won’t play for a “long time.”
  • Sanchez won’t badmouth the Jets, but he’s no longer a beaten man now that he’s with the Eagles, writes Brian Costello of the New York Post. The much-maligned QB seems relieved to have the “buttfumble” and his time in New York in the rearview mirror.
  • Now that the Clippers have sold for $2 billion (yes, with a B), that raises the stakes for NFL teams, writes Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Florio wonders aloud if a prospective owner could be dreaming of putting a team in Los Angeles and paying a fortune for the Bills to make it happen. By the way, for the latest on the Clippers’ pending sale, you can head on over to our sister site,
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