How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch

October, 6, 2010
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FALLING

Chad Henne, Dolphins quarterback: He mostly was quiet when the Miami Dolphins opened their season 2-0 on the road. Since the Dolphins opened up their passing attack, they're 0-2, with both losses at home. Henne has rolled up big aerial yardage. He passed for a career-high 363 yards two weeks ago against the New York Jets and 302 yards in Monday night's loss to the Patriots. But he also telegraphed some passes and threw four interceptions. Another game like that after the Dolphins return from their bye, and the calls for Chad Pennington will get louder.

Lee Evans, Bills receiver: A catch with about 20 seconds left in Sunday's loss to the Jets prevented Evans from going without a reception for the second time in three games. Evans has 10 catches for 94 yards and no touchdowns. An unheralded group of Steve Johnson, David Nelson and Roscoe Parrish each have more catches and/or yards than Evans, who is one of the league's highest-paid receivers.

Dolphins' Wildcat offense: The Dolphins have stood by the Wildcat, but it might be time to see the vet. They averaged 6 yards a play and scored 16 touchdowns the past two seasons, but they've gotten stuffed time and again this year. Their 17 Wildcat plays have gained an average of 1.6 yards with zero touchdowns. The Dolphins called one Wildcat play Monday night against the Patriots, who stopped Ronnie Brown for a 2-yard loss.

RISING

[+] EnlargeBrandon Tate
AP Photo/Lynne SladkyPatriots receiver Brandon Tate's playing time should increase now that Randy Moss is gone.
Brandon Tate, Patriots receiver: His profile on the Patriots' offense should soar now that Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings. Tate, a second-year pro with zero touchdown catches, becomes the most likely deep threat for Tom Brady. Tate has shown how explosive he can be in the return game. He ran back a kickoff 103 yards in Monday night's victory over the Dolphins, becoming just the third player in franchise history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season.

Jets offense with Santonio Holmes: In their three-game win streak -- all over AFC East opponents -- the Jets averaged 32.3 points. They scored more than 28 points only twice last year. The offense is clicking. Mark Sanchez hasn't thrown an interception. LaDainian Tomlinson looks fantastic and is on pace for more than 1,300 yards. Dustin Keller has been devastating at tight end. Braylon Edwards has been a game-breaker. And look who comes back from a suspension this week. It's Holmes, the MVP from Super Bowl XLIII.

Fred Jackson, Bills running back: The Bills reduced their crowded backfield Tuesday, when they traded Marshawn Lynch to the Seahawks. A league source informed me Jackson has been named the starter ahead of rookie C.J. Spiller. Jackson finished last season as Buffalo's featured back and had a season so prolific -- fourth-highest all-purpose yardage total in NFL history -- the Pro Football Hall of Fame asked for his jersey to display before the season opener. In four games, Jackson has 20 carries and two receptions.

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