Around the AFC East we've been hearing the following whispers:
• RB Marshawn Lynch has enhanced his trade value with his recent stretch of good games, and the Bills would likely move him if they get the compensation they are looking for. Backup RB Fred Jackson has become the odd man out in the Bills' run game, but he's still loved in the team's locker room, while Lynch's behavior over the years has made him a pariah.
• Jets fourth-round RB Joe McKnight has been viewed as a bust after struggling in training camp and not being active for the season's first three weeks. The team, however, is still high on McKnight, choosing to cut Danny Woodhead (now with the Patriots) and placing Chauncey Washington (now with the Rams) on the practice squad. McKnight has recently shown the explosiveness that made him a dynamic player in college, and he could soon be dressing on game day.
• We hear one option to help the Patriots' secondary might involve a bit of a concession. If they're going to get beat, they might want to bring back CB Darius Butler to cover a team's No. 1 receiver and allow rookie CB Devin McCourty to shut down a opponent's No. 2. With CB Kyle Arrington on the field, McCourty is stuck covering the opposing team's best receiver, which is not a favorable option for the Pats. McCourty has played well after being thrust into a starting role, but he is still a rookie going up against top receivers.
• The Dolphins are not relying on the "Wildcat" formation in the red zone as they had in the past, but they are using it more often in other situations. Considering the gadget formation's lack of success this season, along with the potent passing game they unveiled against the Jets, the Dolphins might want to consider how often it's really worthwhile to use the Wildcat, since it means taking QB Chad Henne out from under center.