Sebastian Vollmer's Return Sigh of Relief for Patriots, and More AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IAugust 30, 2012

Nov 21, 2011; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (76) prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

A few months ago, Tom Brady offered to buy left tackle Matt Light a lifetime supply of Kit-Kats if only to keep him out of retirement. Now that Brady knows what life is like without Sebastian Vollmer, perhaps he should look into generous compensation of his own.

The right tackle returned to action on Wednesday night against the Giants, playing in the team's first three series. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston breaks down his performance here, pointing out that he performed admirably in pass protection.

"Obviously, I haven't been sitting on my butt the whole time," said Vollmer, per ESPN. "I've been working out and I've done a lot of stuff, so I feel pretty decent."

The Patriots should be very hopeful that he continues to feel better than decent during the regular season, or else it could mean backup tackle Marcus Cannon sees extended time—and that might not bode well for No. 12 and the Patriots offense.

Here is some more news around the AFC East.


Buffalo Bills

Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News talks about the players on the Bills roster who will be getting a final chance to prove their worth to the roster against the Lions.

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio lists five things to watch in the Bills' preseason finale.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post writes that Dolphins fans will have to be patient with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but that it's not crazy to expect big things.

Michelle Kaufman of The Miami Herald talks about head coach Joe Philbin's healing process in recovering from his son's death.


New England Patriots

Ian Logue of breaks down the battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett for the Patriots' No. 2 quarterback spot.

Christopher Price of sheds some light on what we learned from the final game of the preseason.


New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York gives his five things to watch for in the Jets' preseason finale against the Eagles.

Joe Caporoso of lists the biggest positional question marks headed into the regular season.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained first-hand.