Around the AFC East: Bills' top pick arrives
July, 28, 2008
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
- CB Leodis McKelvin, the No. 11 overall draft pick, finally arrived to camp and has begun his quest to unseat Jabari Greer as the left-side starter. He made it in time for the first practice in pads Monday.
- Before McKelvin signed his five-year deal, potentially worth $19.4 million, his family was spending his money.
- Playoff talk has been rampant so far at Bills camp, even though they haven't been there since the 1999 season.
- Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero writes the Dolphins are proceeding as though 2007 never happened. An interesting item: Salguero catches up with Don Shula, and the Dolphins icon mentions he still hasn't spoken to new football operations boss Bill Parcells.
- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel columnist Ethan J. Skolnick puts the onus on Nick Saban's draft picks to step up or else further add to the ex-coach's abysmal legacy.
- Dave George of the Palm Beach Post calls the Dolphins "the greatest invasion of outsiders since the replacement roster of the 1987 strike season."
- John Beck had a dreadful day and might have taken a major step back in the QB competition.
- One of the overlooked battles of camp -- let's face it: there are about 22 of them to track -- has been fullback, where converted linebacker Boomer Grigsby and Reagan Mauia are knocking heads.
New England Patriots
- T Nick Kaczur, certainly still smarting from his offseason issues, didn't speak with reporters after returning to practice Sunday. But coach Bill Belichick noted "It's good to get Nick out there."
- New RB LaMont Jordan also made his full-go camp debut. "I definitely know what I'm stepping into, coming to a winning organization and I just want to get in here, make the team, and do my part and ultimately get this team back to the top," he said.
- With OLB Mike Vrabel on the PUP list, Pierre Woods is getting an extended look.
New York Jets
- The Jets signed an AFC East exclusivity agreement with an innovative Web site that, with an Xbox 360 controller, helps them securely access their playbook, video and scouting reports from anywhere in the world.
- Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger suggests if the Jets QB competition between Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens were a pay-per-view event, fans would be livid. It has been lopsided so far.
- New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini writes "Pennington is beating Clemens soundly, but everything could change with one phone call," saying the Jets still are in the Brett Favre hunt.
- Pennington on Sunday made a pointed request for the front office to make up its mind on Favre quickly. "Sooner or later," Pennington said, "the organization has to make a decision one way or the other."