Ryan Fitzpatrick is “really excited” to have Tua Tagovailoa in the Dolphins‘ locker room, as Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes. He gushed about the Alabama product in a chat with former Bills teammate Eric Woods, though he’s not quite ready to pass the torch as the team’s starting quarterback.
“I also want to be out there playing,” Fitzpatrick said. “I also want to be on the field. And that’s why I’m still doing it, because I still enjoy playing the game. Hopefully some of the lessons I’m able to teach him are from him watching me play. But if it’s the other way around, I’m going to do my best to help him succeed in the best way he can.”
Ultimately, the Dolphins will do what’s best for business, but Fitzpatrick may have a leg up on the rookie, thanks to his relationship with new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
“Chan and I have worked together for three years … He’s the guy who has given me the longest leash in my career in terms of being able to do things,” Fitzpatrick said. “And I trust him completely, and he has ultimate trust in me as well. This will be a little bit different in that if I’m out there playing there’s going to be a little bit longer leash because of the history we have together.”
Here’s more from the AFC East:
- ACL rehab is going well for Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams and he’s on track to be ready for Week 1, according to a team source who spoke with Adam H. Beasley and Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. For now, the Dolphins plan to have Williams and DeVante Parker as their top outside receivers. On the inside, they’ll likely turn to slot specialist Albert Wilson, who renegotiated his contract in May to ensure his spot on the team. Wilson is on the books for just $3MM in base salary this year. Initially, he was set to earn ~$9.5MM in 2020.
- It would be a shock if first-round tackle Mekhi Becton doesn’t start for the Jets right away, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com writes. Becton, selected with the No. 11 overall pick, already has the build of a veteran – he stands at 6’7″ and tips the scales at around 365 pounds. As Cimini notes, the Jets have not started a rookie offensive lineman since 2006, when they trotted out center Nick Mangold and left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
- For months, the Jets have been expected to release Brian Winters in a cost-saving move. Instead, he’s currently set to compete with Greg Van Roten for the starting right guard job, as Brian Costello of the New York Post writes. If the Jets dropped the veteran, they’d save $7.2MM with no dead money left over.
- The Patriots agreed to a brand new deal with Patrick Chung on Wednesday, keeping him under contract through the 2023 season.
- Defensive lineman Ed Oliver could be in lots of trouble following his arrest, but the Bills are still allowing him to participate in their virtual offseason program.