Around the AFC East

October, 3, 2012
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Taking a spin around the AFC East, and checking in on the Patriots' divisional counterparts.

* Gailey calls out team. After surrendering a 21-7 lead to the Patriots, and eventually falling by 24 points in a Week 4 matchup, Bills head coach Chan Gailey says his team needs to be mentally tougher. The Bills had high expectations heading into 2012 after spending big this offseason to lure free agent Mario Williams away from Houston, but the early returns have been minimal. Williams has just 1.5 sacks so far, and the Bills have dropped each of their two division games thus, each by 20 points or more.

* WR Holmes injured. The Jets lost cornerback Darrelle Revis to a Week 3 ACL tear, which presumably would put an end to his season. Head coach Rex Ryan, however, said the team will not move Revis to the injured reserve list just yet, leaving open the possibility of the star cornerback returning to play in the Super Bowl if the Jets advance that far. He'll undergo surgery in the coming weeks. But the Jets suffered yet another big blow in Week 4, as top receiver Santonio Holmes went down with a foot injury, and it looks as though he could be out for the remainder of the season as well. Injuries are piling up for New York, and the offense has endured major struggles in recent weeks.

* Gaffney hooked by Fins. A former Patriot has landed on his feet in Miami, as the Dolphins announced on Tuesday that wide receiver Jabar Gaffney has been signed. Gaffney, of course, spent the offseason and training camp with New England, having signed a two-year contract to return to the Patriots after three years away. Gaffney suffered a hamstring injury during camp that hampered him, and his signing is likely a sign that he is fully recovered. There was some speculation that Gaffney could reunite with the Patriots when he returned to health, but the team looks sufficiently stocked at the position, particularly with Deion Branch's return and Julian Edelman's emergence.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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