Off-Season Report: AFC East

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Buffalo Bills: Blake Annen is apparently making some noise at the team’s minicamp, as reported by Andrew Kuczkowski on the Bill’s official website. At 6’4” and 247 pounds, Annen has the size and speed to be a gifted player at the TE position. 

Tight Ends coach, Tony Sparano said “You tell Blake something one time, he generally picks it up very quickly and then he’s able to implement it as part of his game. He does a terrific job of taking coaching points from the classroom and from individual drills and then putting them to life out there on the field in the team drills.”

We see this all the time during OTA’s and minicamps, a young player showing some potential, but take it as just that. The Bills are Annen’s fifth team in two years in the NFL. He may be worth keeping an eye on for dynasty owners. Annen is buried on the depth chart, we’ll see where he stands once the team cuts down to 53 in August.

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New England Patriots: The biggest news here is the signing of their third round draft pick Jacoby Brissett, which was reported last Friday. Brissett was the last of the rookie picks to sign their deal with the Patriots, according to the Boston Herald. The 6’4”, 235 pound signal caller started just 26 games at NC State, going 458 of 765, throwing for 5,268 yards and 43 touchdowns. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. 

Brissett is likely to be the third string quarterback in New England. His value as of now is very low as of now. Brissett might be the second string guy for the first weeks if Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is upheld and if the team doesn’t sign anybody. 

For redraft leagues, there currently isn’t any reason to be eyeing him. There also isn’t any reason for dynasty owners to seriously consider him as of now either, because the team does have a fairly decent option in Jimmy Garoppolo. It’ll be interesting to see how he develops in this league, but for now, he doesn’t have much fantasy value to offer.

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Miami Dolphins: Head coach Adam Gase is happy with Ryan Tannehill’s progress says an ESPN report by James Walker. According to the report, the Dolphins signal caller was pushed really hard this spring, doing a lot of red-zone work and working in tough situations to improve on pocket presence. Coach Gase said he wanted to push Tannehill as far as he had to find his breaking point and see how he would respond to the heavy pressure.

Last year, I had heard similar reports about Tannehill’s improvements and the coach being happy, but he didn’t really turn out to be a stud. I am cautiously optimistic here with Adam Gase being the head coach. Gase tends to be pretty good about tailoring an offense to his quarterback’s strengths, while also masking their weaknesses. I’d be curious to see similar reports in July, as for Coach Gase saying he’s happy, that’s something he about has to say to the media.

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New York Jets: The Jets signed Kyle Williams and waived Quenton Bundrage last Friday, according to a report on the team’s official website. Williams is in his sixth season in the NFL, has played in 38 games (all with the 49ers), catching 47 balls over that span for 574 yards and four touchdowns. Quenton Bundrage, the undrafted wide out out of Iowa State, will have to find a home elsewhere.
 This is likely a move to add better depth for the Jets here. While I can’t say for sure how Bundage did in spring practices, it looks like it didn’t go well for the former Cyclone. As for Kyle Williams, the best case scenario is that he’ll land on the depth chart around 4th or 5th string. Unless the Jets get a bad injury bug at wideout, there is no need to really take this guy, other than maybe keep an eye on him in deep dynasty leagues.

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