- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:
New England Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady says backup Tim Tebow will not distract him.
Morning take: That’s one reason why the Patriots thought they could bring in Tebow-mania. Brady is the unquestioned starter regardless of what happens on the field, and there will be no push for Tebow to take over.
New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes is unsure if he will be ready for Week 1.
Morning take: The Jets need Holmes, but it’s important for him not to rush back. Holmes should probably sit out most or all of training camp in an effort to get ready for a Week 1 battle against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Buffalo Bills fourth-round pick Duke Williams is getting a golden opportunity for reps at safety due to Jairus Byrd’s holdout.
Morning take: This is a chance for Williams to show what he can do. Byrd has been absent all offseason and might not show up for the start of training camp unless a contract gets done. That’s more reps for Williams and others.
Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is excited about the team's offseason additions.
Morning take: Miami added linebackers Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler and cornerback Brent Grimes. These are all upgrades from a year ago. The Dolphins’ defense should be faster and more athletic.