Morning take: Gronkowski surgery Monday

May, 20, 2013
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Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East:
  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have his fourth arm surgery today with a recovery time of approximately 10 weeks.
Morning take: This timeline puts Gronkowski’s return right at training camp, although it would probably be wise to ease him in at that point. It’s unknown if Gronkowski has decided to also have back surgery, as well, this week.
  • Speaking of injuries, Miami Dolphins rookie first-round pick Dion Jordan (shoulder) is expected to be ready by training camp.
Morning take: Miami knew of Jordan’s shoulder surgery and still took him No. 3 overall. Jordan has tremendous athleticism and should be 100 percent by August.
  • Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel says his NFL offense is simpler than his offense at Florida State.
Morning take: I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. But Manuel is getting comfortable with the offense. Bills rookie head coach Doug Marrone is bringing his offense from Syracuse, which apparently is easier than Florida State’s.
  • New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith says he’s not na´ve and he’s not a diva.
Morning take: Smith has been one of the most critiqued prospects in this year’s draft, and that won’t stop now that he’s in New York. The best way for Smith to silence his critics is by going out and playing well.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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