Jerry Hughes knows better than to dismiss the New England Patriots. As much as the Buffalo Bills defensive end would enjoy acknowledging a changing of the guard taking place in the AFC East seven weeks into this season, Hughes wasn't prepared to go that far on Wednesday. At least, not yet.
In September, Patriots running back James White lost his father, Tyronne, in a car crash in Florida. White’s mother, Lisa, was also in the car and suffered serious injuries. With a little more than a month gone by, White had some good news to share on Wednesday.
The top candidate would be cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who almost certainly won’t be willing to play for the $7 million he’s set to earn next season. Gilmore, last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, could fetch a first- or second-round pick from a Super Bowl contender with a shaky secondary, and the Patriots are deep at corner. New England also could have suitors for left guard Joe Thuney, who’s playing on the franchise tag this season, and No.