East Notes: Allen, Cooks, Eagles

Bills fans are anxiously looking forward to the inevitable ascension of Josh Allen, and Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News takes a look at the team’s quarterback competition with training camp fast approaching. A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman know that, if either of them start the season under center — and McCarron is generally seen as the favorite to open the year as the starting signal-caller — they would just be keeping the seat warm for Allen. Carucci notes that Allen’s natural talent was on full display throughout spring practices, and he adds that all three competitors have developed a friendship during their time together. The Buffalo News scribe examines each player’s case to start on Week 1, and he notably does not rule out any possibility at this juncture.

Now let’s take a look at a few more notes from the league’s east divisions:

  • Former Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks just inked a massive extension with the Rams, and Mike Reiss of ESPN.com says New England had a pretty good idea that Cooks, who was scheduled for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2018 season, was going to get that kind of money given the robust state of the wide receiver market. However, the Patriots just did not value him that highly and were approaching this year as though it would be Cooks’ last in Foxborough. So, when presented with the opportunity to get a first-round pick for him this offseason, New England pounced.
  • Earlier today, the Patriots signed No. 31 overall pick Sony Michel.
  • Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com takes a look at 10 Giants who are in danger of being cut because of their salaries, the status of their position groups, or some combination thereof. Dunleavy’s list is headlined by guard John Jerry and defensive end Kerry Wynn.
  • Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has made more trades than any other general manager since 2010, per Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, who believes that Roseman will make more trades in the coming weeks. Shorr-Parks puts a potential return on each player on the roster, and he notes that Roseman would likely be open to moving Nick Foles and Brandon Graham, though it would take at least a first-round pick to acquire Foles and a third-rounder to land Graham.
  • In a separate piece, Shorr-Parks offers his take on the locks, longshots, and bubble players on the Eagles‘ roster as it currently stands. As Shorr-Parks has indicated previouslyRonald Darby is another trade candidate if De’vante Bausby continues to play well in training camp.
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  1. sports is life

    Beane looking pretty smart unloading Darby for draft picks, Eagled looking to possibly trade him one year later.

    Allen will not start until the staff is confident with the line. Not going to physically or even mentally injury your QB of future when there are too many areas of concern.

    If line gels and protects well, if running game is working well again and if receivers understand the newly instituted offense then maybe Allen gets on the field.

    More realistically is with 85 plus million in cap next year you fill in the gaps and start Allen fresh

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  2. Bills1

    Im thinking the Bills are drafting top 5 next year.

    The offense is bare..even with McCoy.

    Dont put Allen out there with this unit. Its not setting him up to succeed.

    Im also thinking Cleveland makes the playoffs again before Bills do.

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  3. Bills1

    Allen was also regarded as a project QB. It was widely thought he needed the most work.

    Think that a handful of OTA appearances change that seems super optimistic and not realistic.

    W still have training camp…true. But I think the Bills should be thinking long term for that investment.

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