Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
New York Jets
New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini writes rookie OLB Vernon Gholston "finished a disappointing preseason with another hollow performance" in Thursday night's exhibition finale.
Newsday writer Erik Boland takes a look at RB Jesse Chatman, who almost hit 100 yards each in rushing and receiving.
Evaluation was more important than fielding the best players, writes New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro.
Jane McManus of the Journal News types the words "Erik Ainge" and "led the team" together for probably the first time in her life.
Newark Star-Ledger reporter Dave Hutchinson details S David Barrett's conversion from CB.
Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason says "the Bills are prepared to play the entire season without" holdout LT Jason Peters.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Sal Maiorana writes the Bills rested 21 of their 22 starters, with only S Ko Simpson playing in Thursday night's exhibition.
The Bills were trying to avoid an Osi Umenyiora situation by scratching their starters, Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan explains.
Niagara Gazette reporter Jay Skurski updates how bubble players like LB Jon Corto, CB Ashton Youboty and RB Dwayne Wright fared.
The Bills announced Thursday they have broken the 56,000 barrier in season tickets, about 1,000 under their franchise record, writes Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News.
Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post offers a must-read feature on how much football means to Dolphins exec Bill Parcells. The story isn't rah-rah chalk talk; it's sadder than that.
Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington proclaims RB Ronnie Brown ready for live action after Thursday night's performance.
In his Miami Herald blog, Armando Salguero takes a walk with QB Josh McCown. The next journey McCown takes might be a hike.
The Dolphins broke from preseason finale tradition and played their starters until the half, explains Palm Beach Post reporter Edgar Thompson.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov was among the many who finally spotted WR Ernest Wilford.
New England Patriots
Boston Herald scribe John Tomase pokes around the New York Giants' locker room and doesn't find anybody too excited about beating the Tom Brady-less Patriots.
Boston Herald reporter Karen Guregian writes "there's still something about this winless precursor to the regular season that remains unsettling."
WR Chad Jackson's impressive night leads off Guregian's notebook from the game.
The Providence Journal's Shalise Manza Young notices the performance of rookie QB Kevin O'Connell.
Boston Globe writer Christopher L. Gasper gives a rundown of who played and who didn't.
Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe is sick of the preseason.