East Notes: Wilkerson, Tannehill, Bills

Eagles running back Duce Staley believes that new running back DeMarco Murray is a perfect fit for the team, as Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com writes. “He’s a perfect fit for us, exactly what we want to do,” Staley said. “Downhill, full-steam ahead. That’s what we’re preaching every day: one, two, three, four yards and a cloud of dust. And all the backs we have, they’re able to do that.” Here’s more from the East divisions..

  • Jets coach Todd Bowles says he’s “hopeful” that Muhammad Wilkerson will be at the team’s minicamp next week, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweets. When he does arrive the coach says he’ll step right into his usual starting spot, as Brian Costello of the New York Post tweets.
  • While the Dolphins had their issues last season, former quarterback Phil Simms told SiriusXM NFL Radio (on Twitter) that Ryan Tannehill wasn’t the problem for them. Simms felt like Tannehill, who just linked a lucrative new deal with Miami, made strides in 2014 and grew up as a quarterback.
  • Coach Rex Ryan says the Bills acquired free-agent defensive end/linebacker Michael Buchanan Tuesday mainly with the idea of having him be a backup to outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News writes. For his part, Buchanan believes that he has a better opportunity to make an impact with the Bills than he did with the Patriots. He also said he has fully recovered from the sports hernia that caused him to finish last season on the IR.
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