AFC East Links: Dolphins, Landry, Pats, Bills

Earlier today, we learned that veteran Daryn Colledge is planning a visit with the Dolphins as Miami attempts to add offensive line depth in the wake of center Mike Pouncey‘s injury. Let’s look at some more notes from South Beach and the rest of the AFC East:

  • There’s no doubt that the Dolphins’ locker room atmosphere suffered last season as a result of strife along the offensive line, but defensive end Cameron Wake disputes that the team is completely rudderless, writes James Walker of “Obviously, it’s unfortunate what happened [last season] and we’re not going to dive too deep into that,” said the 2013 Pro Bowler. “But, as a whole, you look around this team [and] there are guys that may be vocal or guys that maybe do it by example. We have leaders all over the place.”
  • The Dolphins’ offense needs an upheaval, and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is the right coach to lead the unit, opines Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today in a profile of new assistants around the league. Lazor worked wonders with Nick Foles as the quarterbacks coach with the Eagles last season, and Joe Philbin and Co. hope the 42-year-old can do the same with Ryan Tannehill.
  • The Jets drafted safety Calvin Pryor in the first round of last month’s draft, and his presence in the defensive backfield prompts questions about Dawan Landry‘s role, writes Brian Costello of the New York Post. Landry and fellow 2013 starter Antonio Allen graded as the 56th- and 57th-best safeties in the league per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), so Pryor would likely be an improvement over either veteran. Ultimately, Costello believes the team will keep both Landry and Allen and utilize a lot of three-safety schemes.
  • Phil Pryor of analyzes potential standouts among the Patriots’ undrafted free agent haul, and specifically points to running backs Roy Finch and Stephen Houston as rookies who could have an impact in 2014.
  • Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post previews the 2014 Bills season, writing that although the team is much improved, Buffalo fans will likely watch a 15th straight playoff-free season.
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