Around the AFC East: Ryan's knees not shaking
June, 4, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
New York Jets
- In a colorful interview with New York sports-radio station WFAN, rookie head coach Rex Ryan states he isn't intimidated by Bill Belichick's presence. Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News reports.
- Newark Star-Ledger reporter Steve Politi talks to players about the liberating experience of playing for Ryan.
- J.P. Pelzman of the Bergen Record writes the Jets are developing their own defensive identity.
- Buffalo News reporter Allen Wilson checks in with outside linebacker Alvin Bowen about the knee injury that wiped out his rookie season.
- Wilson, donning his columnists cap, says receiver Roscoe Parrish is too talented to be buried on the Bills' depth chart.
- The Bills are teaching their defensive linemen how to hand fight with tae kwon do master Joe Kim, writes Buffalo news reporter Mark Gaughan. A side note: Kim became a vogue instructor in the early 1990s, when then-Browns coach Belichick wanted to tap into the skills exhibited by Patriots outside linebacker Andre Tippett, a black belt.
- Miami Herald reporter David J. Neal takes a gander at guard Brandon Frye, who has been elevated to the first team because of injuries.
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Nick Schmit writes about defensive end Phillip Merling, the likeliest candidate to take Vonnie Holliday's old spot.
- Palm Beach Post columnist Greg Stoda chats with quarterback Chad Pennington about fending off Chad Henne.
- Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun checks in with Ravens quarterback John Beck about salvaging what happened in Miami.
New England Patriots
- Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork was noncommittal Wednesday about upcoming mandatory workouts, Boston Globe reporter Christopher L. Gasper reports.
- WEEI.com's Christopher Price lists Rodney Harrison's top five moments as a Patriot.
- Boston Herald writer John Tomase takes a look at the outspoken Harrison's new gig on the NBC broadcasting crew.