Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC East:
Has New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick become too conservative a play-caller?
Morning take: According to the Football Outsiders, Belichick ranked 23rd among 32 head coaches in its “Aggressiveness Index” last season. New England led the league in total offense and scoring. So my guess is there weren’t a ton of opportunities to be overly aggressive.
Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso has impressed in organized team activities and is working with the first team.
Morning take: No one questions Alonso’s talent. He fell to the second round due to various off-the-field concerns at Oregon. But if Alonso stays focused, he could be a steal for Buffalo.
How good can the defense of the Miami Dolphins be this year?
Morning take: There is a lot of talent on all levels of the defense. The biggest concern is at cornerback, where rookies have to step up or veterans like Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall must stay healthy.
Ex-NFL general manager Ted Sundquist says the New York Jets must find an identity.
Morning take: The Jets have a talent issue, not an identity issue. New York wants to lead with stout defense and execute well enough on offense. That’s the identity, but it’s going to be tough for New York to consistently execute with its lack of talent.