Frenz of the Family: Must-Reads Around the AFC East, April 19 Edition

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IApril 19, 2012

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The news may be slim, but the analysis is still as heavy as a brick.

The schedules for each team have been fully processed by the general public, and the attention has shifted back to the 2012 NFL Draft for the most part.

These AM links should reflect that.

New York Jets

Santonio Holmes really doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, or at least not enough to allow it to control what he says to the media. Todd Jason of The Jet Report blog writes that it was meant more as a stiff arm to the media than anything else, and has a very level-headed take on the whole situation from start to finish.

B/R Jets featured columnist Ryan Alfieri has a 16-game prediction for the Jets schedule, and has Gang Green finishing with a surprisingly good record. He closes it out by saying, "As nice as my predictions played out, it's important to remember that because of the way the Jets play the game, they can lose to any team, making them as likely to be 6-10 as they are to be 12-4."

Getting back to the drat, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York has a draft watch list, with top prospects the Jets have been looking at. Not surprised to see Dontari Poe's name on the list, but would be shocked if he was the pick at 16 considering they just used a first round pick on a defensive linemen last year. Not to mention the lack of elite tape on Poe, plus the Jets big needs at other positions.

New England Patriots

With Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney now on the trading block according to the Washington Post, B/R Patriots featured columnist Samer Ismail raises an interesting question: should the Patriots pursue a reuinion with their former No. 3 receiver? One other thought: Gaffney is not only familiar to the offense, but also familiar to Brady. His prime's only going to last a few more years tops; he shouldn't be asked to get in lockstep with rookie receivers.

But more important than a potential acquisition could be a potential retiree. Two reports from Wednesday came out about Patriots tackle Matt Light, one on his mum comments to the media about his retirement (according to Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald) and one on an undisclosed source saying he will retire (according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). The Patriots have set themselves up nicely for the post-Light era by drafting Nate Solder, and the release could save them $5 million or even more.

Michael Lombardi of NFL Network has a great video up on Bill Belichick's draft philosophy. I know this is called must-reads, but this is must-see internet TV. 

Miami Dolphins

Fans of the Dolphins are wondering, and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald points out, why the Patriots, who just went to the Super Bowl, have an easier schedule than the Dolphins. Shouldn't the scheduling system make it harder on the team that does the best? The main reason is because, quite simply, the Patriots don't have to play the Patriots.

But shifting back to the draft, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has made it his mission to learn about the one thing coaches most look for in a quarterback. I've linked to these pieces before, but this one from Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt boils it down to one simple concept: how he processes information. It's easy to see why: If you have a cerebral quarterback these days, you can run a successful NFL offense.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills are hopeful to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, but they'll have some pretty big obstacles to overcome in their schedule. B/R featured columnist Mike Chiari compiled a list of three. And those aren't the only obstacles: once they get there, they have to win. If they even win one game, it will be their first playoff win since December 30, 1994—nearly two full decades ago.

Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News blog BillBoard reads the tea leaves on general manager Buddy Nix's draft history, taking on his quotes from a wide-lens perspective. The fact that he emphasized wanting to get a "starter" at 10 should be comfort to Bills fans who are concerned the team might draft Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill if available.