AFC East: waivers

Morning take: Steve Johnson for 1,000

December, 19, 2012
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC East: Morning take: Johnson has 891 yards and needs just 109 in the final two games to post his third straight 1,000-yard season. He is the only reliable receiver in Buffalo’s offense and that needs to change next year.
Morning take: It’s a little late for that. The personnel needs to improve and it will take an entire offseason to fix the offense.
Morning take: Miami definitely needs cornerback depth and Patterson should be able to contribute. He was a former starter for the Browns who underperformed after getting a sizable contract.
  • The New England Patriots are helping the Jacksonville Jaguars sell tickets.
Morning take: It makes sense. This game could get ugly fast. It’s a chance for Jaguars fans to see one of the best teams in the NFL.

Miami Dolphins cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2012
Click here for a complete list of Miami Dolphins' roster moves.

Most significant move: Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, head coach Joe Philbin and the rest of his coaching staff warned their wide receivers that they needed to step up. This is Miami's weakest area, and week after week, receivers dropped balls and failed to make plays. Still, it was surprising that Miami cut two receivers of significance: Clyde Gates and Roberto Wallace. Both were on the bubble, but at least one was expected to make the cut -- especially on a receiver-deprived team. The Dolphins also released fellow receivers Chris Hogan, B.J. Cunningham and Jeff Fuller. The Dolphins said in the spring that they liked their receivers group; clearly, those opinions changed after training camp and the preseason.

Onward and upward: Miami made two free-agent additions to help the team’s depth at linebacker this offseason: Jamaal Westerman and Gary Guyton. Both players had starting experience and had played in the AFC East. But neither fit well with Miami’s new 4-3 defense. The Dolphins decided to cut their losses and not take either on their 53-man roster. There’s a good chance other teams will be looking for veteran linebackers, and due to their experience, both have a chance to land elsewhere.

What's next: Miami should be one of the busiest teams in free agency and scanning waivers. The Dolphins are rebuilding and need a lot of upgrades and depth. Wide receiver and safety are two positions Miami certainly will have its eye on. The Dolphins have a long way to go to make their roster into a contender. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs some assistance in his first season. So expect more changes in Miami before its Week 1 game against the Houston Texans.