Around the AFC East: Kaczur back for Pats
July, 27, 2008
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
- Kirstie Alley has a new favorite football player. Second-year QB Trent Edwards has added as much as 18 pounds from last year's playing weight and is up to 225.
- The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle takes a look at coach Dick Jauron's decision to practice sans pads until Monday.
- Robert Royal is coming off a knee injury and fighting for the starting spot on a team that keeps bringing in more tight ends.
- After two years of posturing from Nick Saban and one year of Cam Cameron's milquetoast responses, Tony Sparano's straight-shooting news conferences sound like Brahms to the local press corps.
- New half-owner Stephen Ross attended the first day of camp and looked like a star-struck fan. He sounded like one, too, assuring Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel columnist "We're gonna get it turned around."
- Kevin Clark of the Sun-Sentinel reports RB Ronnie Brown's recovery from a surgically repaired right knee has reached the mental stage.
New England Patriots
- Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports T Nick Kaczur is practicing this morning for the first time in camp. Kaczur began camp on the physically unable to perform list and has been dealing with issues stemming from an April drug charge and his subsequent involvement in a sting operation.
- Boston Herald reporter John Tomase takes a look at Wesley Britt, who has been seeing first-team snaps at Kaczur's spot.
- The Globe's Christopher L. Gasper writes the offensive line is seeking redemption after giving up five sacks, letting Tom Brady get hit nine times and averaging 2.8 yards per running play in their final game.
- RB Laurence Maroney "found the balance" for success last year, helping him run for 100 yards in four of the Patriots' last six games. "I'm feeling myself right now," he told reporters Saturday.
New York Jets
- Newsday's Eric Boland, citing an unnamed league source, reports a trade for Brett Favre is looking increasingly unlikely.
- Favre or no Favre, Chad Pennington sounds as though he knows he's not supposed to win the quarterback competition.
- New NT Kris Jenkins confesses he loves being a grunt. That's good because there's not much glory at that 3-4 spot.