- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC East:
Will 2013 be a breakout year for Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore?
Morning take: Gilmore gained valuable experience by starting all 16 games last year. Gilmore is fearless and willing to take on the opponent's best receivers. Expect a more consistent sophomore season.
The Miami Dolphins do not have a lot of position battles in training camp.
Morning take: Interestingly, the one I’m excited about is the kicking competition between Dan Carpenter and rookie Caleb Sturgis. Carpenter struggled last season and Sturgis comes in with a very strong leg to push the veteran.
The New England Patriots' defense appears ahead of the offense at this point.
Morning take: Quarterback Tom Brady is throwing to all new receivers, so it’s going to take time. I expect New England’s offense, in general, to take a step back from one year ago when the Patriots lead the league in total offense and scoring.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is back to taking control of the defense.
Morning take: Ryan is in the hot seat and must win this year. So it’s wise for Ryan to run what he does best, which is the defense. The offense is the major concern.