We are hearing the following whispers from around the AFC East:
• C.J. Spiller's role is still unclear in the Bills' offense. Despite being named a starter coming out of training camp, the rookie has seen his workload stay consistently low in the team's first five games, averaging 3.8 carries and 2.6 catches a game. With Fred Jackson now the team's full-time starter at running back, Spiller seems to be set as the third-down back for the foreseeable future, though the team could use his big-play ability on the field more often.
• The Jets' OLB rotation of Bryan Thomas, Jason Taylor and Calvin Pace allows the team to put great pressure on opponents while maintaining the flexibility that Rex Ryan desires with his defenders. All three players can play either on the left or right side of the defense, and each can stop the run and rush the passer. Ryan loves moving his defenders around to create offensive confusion, something he is able to do with the multitalented players on his roster.
• While OT Nick Kaczur's back pain had been alleviated a great deal, the Patriots felt they couldn't wait any longer, so they placed him on injured reserve after acquiring WR Deion Branch from Seattle. We hear that while Kaczur's health had gotten a lot better, veteran OL Quinn Ojinnaka can essentially do what Kaczur did, playing both guard and tackle on the O-line, and that made it easier to give up on waiting for Kaczur to return this season.
• There was talk after their Week Four loss to the Patriots, when QB Chad Henne threw three interceptions, that veteran backup QB Chad Pennington could enter into the mix. Although the coaching staff is comfortable with Pennington, it wants to stay on course with the team's investment in Henne. Yet, head coach Tony Sparano hates turnovers, and if Henne keeps throwing it to the other team, a QB controversy could begin brewing.