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AFC East Whispers

Jets plan to help Leonhard with TE coverage

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By PFW staff

We've heard the following whispers from around the AFC East recently:

• Future matchups with top tight ends concern the Jets. CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie can lock down the outside, but receivers have done well in the middle of the field. SS Jim Leonhard, who stands 5-foot-8, has difficulty defending taller and stronger players in pass coverage, so expect the team to drop some linebackers into coverage when facing teams that like to throw between the numbers.

• Just before the Dolphins benched QB Chad Henne, they signed veteran CB Al Harris, waiving former first-round pick CB Jason Allen in the process. In a move that showed the team's desperation, the 'Fins determined Allen was expendable, despite the fact he led the team with three interceptions. We hear that Allen wanted to leave Miami before the season began, until he got the chance to start, but he had essentially lost that starting job to Sean Smith after Week Eight's win over the Bengals. Harris will compete with Benny Sapp to play nickel back, and recently re-signed CB Nate Ness could also see playing time in the secondary.

• The Bills experimented with the pistol formation in Week Nine, where QB Ryan Fitzpatrick lines up four yards behind C Geoff Hangartner and a running back lines up three yards behind Fitzpatrick, with limited success. Don't expect the team to abandon the formation, however, as head coach Chan Gailey believes the team can run the ball better from the pistol than they have from the shotgun.

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