East Notes: RGIII, Bryant, Murray, Jets, Bills

Despite reports that he doesn’t have confidence in quarterback Robert Griffin III, Washington coach Jay Gruden says he’s confident that RGIII has a high ceiling, writes Mike Jones of The Washington Post. “No, he is 24 years old and he is still learning,” Gruden said of Griffin, who will return to the starting lineup on Saturday against the Eagles. “I don’t think we can really judge his future right now based on what he has done. I think it’s a continuing process and we just all want to see him try to get better every week. And, you know, hopefully he will do that this week and we will see some progress from last week from the three quarters that he played this week, moving forward. It’s important for our offense to rally around him and play well around him also. So the big thing we want, consistency out of the position and then some improvement.” More from the East divisions..

  • Cowboys stars Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray have excelled this season as they approach the opportunity to test the open market. To owner Jerry Jones, that’s a good problem, writes Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. “You know the antithesis of that would be to be sitting here with them needing contracts and be sitting here with about three wins. I love this problem. I liked it back in the early ’90s and I love it today,” Jones said.
  • With Marcus Mariota seemingly out of reach for the Jets, Brian Costello of the New York Post looks at the rest of the team’s quarterback options. The Browns’ Brian Hoyer is a potential free agent option and Mark Sanchez will be among the top available QBs, even though his return might not excite Jets fans. The Jets could also take Michigan State’s Connor Cook or UCLA’s Brett Hundley in the middle rounds and try to develop them, but they likely won’t help the team in 2015.
  • After getting cut by Washington and going through several workouts that didn’t lead to a deal, safety Bacarri Rambo now finds himself as a contributor on the Bills‘ defense, writes Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports.
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