- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East:
With all that's going on with the New England Patriots, can the up-and-coming Miami Dolphins win the AFC East?
Morning take: The Dolphins have had a quiet and workmanlike offseason, while the Patriots' offseason has been messy. However, quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick have ruled the division for so long that they remain preseason favorites.
Speaking of the Patriots, could they re-sign free-agent receiver Brandon Lloyd?
Morning take: Lloyd was released earlier this offseason because the Patriots felt he wasn’t worth the money he was due this year. Unless they can get Lloyd at a bargain-basement rate, I don’t see why there would be a reunion.
Former New York Jets defensive back Ray Mickens predicts the Jets will go 11-5 this season.
Morning take: Even former players can make homer predictions. The Jets need everything to go perfect for this talent-thin group to finish with 11 wins. I'd like to see Mickens' rationale for this prediction.
Which Buffalo Bills players stand out so far to first-year head coach Doug Marrone?
Morning take: The defense is ahead of the offense at this stage. So that’s important to note. Training camp will be an important time to get all units in sync for an important Week 1 matchup against New England.