- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC East:
Who are some players on the bubble for the Miami Dolphins?
Morning take: Plenty of receivers are on the bubble in Miami, as the team tries to pick its top five or six players to keep. That is a position to watch in these final two preseason games. The Dolphins must also decide what to do with young backup quarterback Pat Devlin.
Will the Buffalo Bills' defense struggle this season?
Morning take: The group hasn't looked sharp in the preseason, but I expect more when the real games begin. Buffalo's defensive line must lead this group and provide a boost for the other two levels.
New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes (ribs) is confident he will play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Morning take: The Jets need a jolt to their struggling offense, and Holmes, New York's No. 1 receiver, can provide it. He's one of the few offensive playmakers on the team.
Here are the New England Patriots not expected to play tonight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Morning take: Receivers Wes Welker and Jabar Gaffney are the big names. But both players are resting up for the regular season. This is the “dress rehearsal” game for New England and a final chance for many of the starters to prepare for Week 1 of the regular season.