AFC East's best: No. 24 Kendall Langford

June, 21, 2011
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The countdown of my top 25 AFC East players continues, one weekday at a time ...

No. 24 Kendall Langford, Dolphins defensive end

About the choice: Langford remained under the radar in a Dolphins' defense that featured the NFL's all-time highest-paid linebacker (Karlos Dansby), a top candidate for the sacks title (Cameron Wake), a Pro Bowl defensive lineman (Randy Starks) and a franchise-tag recipient (Paul Soliai). But Langford had another strong campaign after becoming an immediate starter out of Hampton in 2008. He recorded 47 tackles, three sacks, six tackles for losses, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

Key fact: Langford's strip-sack of Mark Sanchez in Week 14 led to the game's lone touchdown in a 10-6 victory over the New York Jets.

Hint about No. 23: ESPN Stats & Information says 82.4 percent of his third-down catches moved the chains. Three third-down catches did not, and two of them were touchdowns.

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