Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:
It's game time for the Buffalo Bills, who will host rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins in their preseason opener.
Morning take: This is a good test for Buffalo's revamped defense, and particularly the defensive line. Griffin is an athletic quarterback. I want to see how well the Bills' first-team defense keeps Griffin in the pocket.
The New England Patriots prepare for their preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Morning take: The Patriots and Saints have had quality joint practices this week, and now it’s time for an actual game. Both teams got a lot out of it. I don't know why more teams don't do it.
How good is the New York Jets' defense?
Morning take: This was a top-five group last year that feels it can be No. 1. Based on the talent and what I've seen in training camp, it's a reachable goal.
Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis isn't worried about how he was characterized in HBO's "Hard Knocks" earlier this week.
Morning take: "Hard Knocks" exposed Davis' conditioning and showed a bit of his immaturity in the premier episode. Davis has been taken out the starting lineup, but he still has a chance to redeem himself in the preseason.