AFC East Notes: Byrd, Cassel, Bowman, Fins

The Dolphins are expected to re-sign receiver LaRon Byrd this week, a source tells Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel. Byrd, 25, saw brief NFL action last season, appearing in one game with the Browns. He spent the last five weeks of the season on Miami’s practice squad before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Let’s take a look at more from Miami and the rest of the AFC East…

  • New Bills quarterback Matt Cassel is excited about the club’s chances in 2015, and favorably compares Buffalo’s roster to that of the Chiefs’ playoff team of 2010 (which Cassel helmed). “The talent level of what we have here overall is much higher than what we had in Kansas City back in 2010,” Cassel told Chris Brown of “…We’ve got all the pieces to the puzzle here to be a successful football team.”
  • After signing with the Dolphins yesterday, veteran cornerback Zackary Bowman now has his sights set on a starting job, as he explains to James Walker of Miami has a wide open competition at No. 2 CB, where Brice McCain, Will Davis, Jamar Taylor, and perhaps a draft pick will all battle Bowman for time.
  • Bowman will also contribute on special teams, an area of focus for the Dolphins this offseason, writes Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel. Along with Bowman and McCain, linebacker additions Kelvin Sheppard and Spencer Paysinger also have special teams experience that could come in handy. Miami’s ST unit ranked as the league’s worst in 2014, according to Football Outsiders.
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