AFC East Notes: McCoy, Bills, Wake, Pats

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says the odds of the Bills trading any veterans — like RB LeSean McCoy, whose name has recently surfaced in trade rumors — are very slim. La Canfora writes that it would take a “bounty” to pry McCoy or Jerry Hughes away from Buffalo, as the team considers both players, who are both signed beyond this season to club-friendly deals, to be vital veteran components of its rebuild. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com agrees, saying it could take as much as a second-round draft pick to land McCoy.

Now let’s round up a few more notes from the AFC East, starting with more from Orchard Park:

  • This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Rapoport tweets that the Bills have no intention of playing newly-acquired signal-caller Derek Anderson, barring injury. Anderson is with the club to tutor rookie QB Josh Allen, not to take any of his playing time.
  • From the “something to keep an eye on” department, Jenna Cottrell of 13 WHAM tweets that Allen asked wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin if he wanted to work on routes during pregame warm-ups today, and Benjamin told him no. The Bills acquired Benjamin at the trade deadline last year but have not gotten much production out of him, and he does not appear especially motivated to perform well in his platform year.
  • Dolphins DE Cameron Wake recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery but could be back as soon as next week, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Normally such a procedure would require a four-week recovery period, but Wake is such a quick healer that he may make it back in a fraction of that time.
  • Mike Reiss of ESPN.com observes that Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty is on pace to recoup the money that he lost when he agreed to a pay cut before the regular season. New England gave him the opportunity to make up the difference via incentives, and McCourty is well on his way to hitting those incentives. The same cannot be said for Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, however.
  • Reiss also notes that Kenjon Barner, who has been shuttled on and off of the Patriots‘ roster several times since September 12, may have a little more job security right now. Barner’s former club, the Eagles, are very much in need of RB help, and the Pats know that if they cut Barner again, they may not get him back.
  • Darryl Slater of NJ.com tweets that Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who is dealing with a serious illness, is on the sidelines for the team’s game against the Colts today. It does not sound as if he has resumed his coordinator responsibilities yet, but it is a good sign nonetheless.
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7 comments on “AFC East Notes: McCoy, Bills, Wake, Pats

  1. Rocket32

    Benjamin is a bum. Is he gonna take shots at Josh Allen next when he leaves Buffalo and blame Allen for his own failure? Would love to see him go to Green Bay and have Rodgers as his QB like he wanted and do nothing their too. He’d then have to accept that its his own lack of talent and that he’s the problem.

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  2. bostonbob

    He has been a bum since he came into the league. Such a waste of God given size and talent.

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  3. crosseyedlemon

    It’s interesting that fans come here constantly complaining about overpaid players and yet few of them seem to show up to support the Bills management who have spent less than any team on payroll expenses.

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    • frankthetank1985

      I don’t see any comments based on money here. I see a bunch calling a bum a bum but thing about money.

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  4. joefriday14
    joefriday14

    Those Bills Brain Trust signing a non playing quarterback with both of their quarterbacks “injured” is brilliant. Now he will be able to help both quarterbacks during the game learn magic tricks to perform at birthday parties after both retire next year. What a keen idea. Meanwhile, the Bills will experiment with not using a quarterback during their next games, but going “Wildcat” for four quarters. This is as innovative a plan ever developed.

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  5. Guest617

    buffalo fans don’t care about winning, they’re naturally happy ppl

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