Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:
Do the New York Jets have enough trust in quarterback Mark Sanchez?
Morning take: The Jets are a ground-and-pound offense. However, you do see the play calling allowing more chances for Sanchez to go downfield. Perhaps the trust is growing.
Is Miami Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush becoming a target?
Morning take: The Jets, including safety LaRon Landry, say they are coming after Bush. New York is back to talking again, and Bush is a big topic.
New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo missed Wednesday’s practice with an elbow injury.
Morning take: The Patriots have some depth at linebacker, but there's still time in the week for Mayo’s elbow to get better for Sunday’s game.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Shawne Merriman sees the necessary leadership.
Morning take: If Buffalo has the right leaders, they need to show up. The Bills are notorious for allowing things to snowball and go downhill quickly. Buffalo is in danger of allowing this season to go down the tubes again.