New York Jets Work Out 20 Players, and Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer INovember 28, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the 1st half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL draft isn't for about five more months, but the New York Jets are bringing in players by the truckload for evaluations.

According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Jets brought in 20 players for tryouts on Tuesday.

Source said the Jets brought in a ton of players for tryouts today as many as 20 players.

— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) November 28, 2012

Via the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, the 20 players include: 

DB Suaesi Tuimanunei, DB Curtis Taylor, DE Jacquies Smith, QB Matt Simms, RB Darrell Scott, WR DeMarco Sampson, WR Preston Parker, S Lane Olson, WR Eddie McGee, DB Bret Lockett, LB Nic Harris, LB Robert Eddins, DE Claude Davis, LB Kourtnei Brown, and T Lee Barbiasz.

The Jets have depth issues, so this makes sense at least on that level, but do they really think their issues are going to be fixed during the season?

They only have $4.2 million in cap space for 2012, and are scheduled to be $20 million in the hole in 2013. They're obviously not going to sign all 20 players, but with so little room, how do they plan to sign anyone? Are they planning a salary dump similar to what the Eagles pulled off by waiving defensive end Jason Babin? 

Whatever the case, the Jets are clearly anxious to get a jump start on moving forward despite what's been a disappointing 2012 season thus far.

Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post gives his breakdown of some of the key plays from Sunday's win over the Seahawks.

Bleacher Report Dolphins featured columnist Thomas Galicia lists 10 players who should be in the Dolphins' crosshairs for the 2013 NFL draft.


New England Patriots

Tom E. Curran of points out the consistency of the Patriots offensive line despite myriad changes, and appropriately attributes it to the steady hand of Dante Scarnecchia.

According to Field Yates of ESPN Boston, Patriots special teams coach Scott O'Brien still has confidence in kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

B/R Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault explains and outlines why forced fumbles don't happen by accident.


New York Jets

Chris Gross of puts together a compelling argument to keep Rex Ryan as the head coach after this year.

Jeff Capellini of CBS New York says the "retirement" of Fireman Ed speaks to a bigger problem with the Jets—it's the fans.


Buffalo Bills

Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News points out that the Bills are 5-15 over their past 20 games, and other nuggets of note about the team in that dreadful stretch.

Jeremy White of WGR 550 Sportsradio looks at the deep limitations on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.


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 via team press releases.