Morning take: Jets' top rookies

June, 18, 2013
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Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC East: Morning take: First-round picks Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson and second-rounder Geno Smith are not under contract. But there’s little reason to panic with the rookie wage scale. Things will work out.
  • Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley says cornerback Stephon Gilmore is ready to make the jump in Year 2.
Morning take: Gilmore played better as his rookie season went on. He’s a fearless and competitive player who must step up as Buffalo’s top corner this year.
  • New England Patriots tailback Shane Vereen said the offense “slipped up” in the AFC title game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Morning take: New England only scored 13 points in its last game of the season. It’s the playoffs and it happens. This is why the Patriots’ defense must improve to pick up the team if the offense has a bad game.
  • Will Miami Dolphins rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis unseat veteran Dan Carpenter in training camp?
Morning take: You have to assume Miami drafted Sturgis for that reason. Carpenter struggled last season and is being paid about four times more than Sturgis this season. It makes sense for Miami to go with the rookie if it’s a close race.

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