Catching up on the AFC East

July, 9, 2012
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Several things happened in the AFC East last week while I was on vacation. Here are some of the stories we missed.

No. 1: Various Chad Ochocinco chatter

Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Ochocinco kept busy last week. He got married, legally changed his name back to Johnson and says he wants to play football until he's 40. We want to give a hearty AFC East blog congrats to Ochocinco getting hitched. As far as his goal to play until 40, his biggest goal should be having a big year for the Dolphins. They need someone to step up this season at receiver.

No. 2: Tannehill no longer in Miami QB race

Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill reportedly is all but out of Miami's quarterback race heading into training camp. This is no surprise. The Dolphins didn’t want Tannehill to play right away to begin with. That is why they signed veteran David Garrard to battle Matt Moore. I don’t expect to see Tannehill on the field as a starter until late 2012 or 2013. For now, Garrard or Moore needs to lead the team. Garrard has looked better in minicamp. But what happens in training camp is what really matters.

No. 3: Tim Tebow takes up MMA training

Tebow continues his offseason routine by training at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA. MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and more NFL players are trying it out. Tebow is entering camp in top physical condition. This can only help his standing.

No. 4: Bills hope to get updated stadium lease soon

One of the underlying stories about the Buffalo Bills this year is the looming stadium lease that is set to expire next year. New York officials and the Bills have been hard at work trying to work out an amicable agreement to renovate Ralph Wilson Stadium. I agree this is the easiest, cost effective thing to do, as oppose to building a new stadium. The plan is to have things hammered out by the end of the month.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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