Morning take: Patriots don't miss Manning

Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC East:

  • The New England Patriots do not miss Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Morning take: Tom Brady and Manning have had classic battles for a long time but can do without it this season because of Manning's neck injury. Manning against New England's inconsistent pass defense would not have been a good matchup for the Patriots.

Morning take: If the season ended today, Miami would own the fifth overall pick. I think a quarterback of the future is a must. But it could come down to the roster evaluation and philosophy if there is a new regime.

Morning take: Any time you guarantee a Super Bowl, there's a high probability of falling short. Ryan probably regrets saying that, especially since this team would be fortunate if it makes the playoffs.

  • Buffalo Bills receiver Brad Smith is starting to produce.

Morning take: The Bills made Smith one of their big offseason acquisitions and then seemed unsure of how to use him. Smith had his best game at receiver Sunday against Jets. It took a contest against his former team to jumpstart his season.