Here are the most interesting stories Saturday in the AFC East:
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a pounding in a 30-28 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Morning take: New England’s offensive line has been shaky this preseason. Brady, 35, already has two fumbles from big hits. If this group doesn’t improve and get healthy fast, it could deter the Patriots from making a title run.
The Buffalo Bills want to look sharp in their “dress rehearsal” game tonight against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morning take: Buffalo has looked lethargic this preseason. The Bills have started slow in every game and need to at least show flashes of the team most people think they can be.
The immediate future is looking rough for the Miami Dolphins.
Morning take: Dolphins coaches and front office don’t like the term, but it’s clear this is a rebuilding year for Miami. This team has too much change and too many holes on the roster to make a playoff push in 2012. I’ve been saying this since the spring and the product is showing on the field this summer.
New York Jets right tackle Austin Howard says he’s ready for the starting gig.
Morning take: Howard can’t play any worse than former starter Wayne Hunter. If Howard makes a little progress, that will be an upgrade for the Jets’ offense and quarterback Mark Sanchez.