Following are several whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC East:
• The Jets expect their pass rush to improve in the second half of the season, even without adding anyone to their front seven. With CB Darrelle Revis returning to 100 percent health after battling a hamstring injury, the team has two elite corners in Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Look for a lot of heavy blitzes from the Jets, as they rely on their talented secondary to stop opposing passing attacks in one-on-one coverage and send everybody else to attack the quarterback.
• With injuries to Patrick Chung and Jarrad Page, S James Sanders returned to the field and started in Week Eight. As long as Page (calf) remains out, Sanders will be the No. 3 safety. Sanders brings security to the Pats' secondary. He's not a great athlete and doesn't react as well as Chung, but he communicates well and is a good leader on the field. With plenty of game experience after making five starts last season, Sanders enables the Pats to feel comfortable about their depth at the position.
• Even with the worst record in the league, Bills insiders don't expect head coach Chan Gailey to be fired after the season. As the team's offensive play-caller, Gailey has helped the unit improve since the start of the year, even with a poor offensive line and changes at quarterback and running back. The same cannot be said for defensive coordinator George Edwards, who may be looking for work unless the league's worst run defense doesn't improve in the season's final two months.
• When the Dolphins released CB-S Nate Ness before the season began, they were hoping he would clear waivers and join the practice squad. But the Seahawks pounced and signed Ness. He played in one game for them in a spot start in Week Eight and recorded five tackles before being waived. The Dolphins put a claim on him and got Ness back. With injuries to rookies Nolan Carroll and Reshad Jones, the 'Fins could use help in the secondary. Ness has the versatility to play corner or safety, and the Dolphins are glad to have him back.