I am back from vacation and it’s time for training camp and the preseason. Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East:
ESPN NFL quarterback guru Ron Jaworski ranks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots the league’s third-best quarterback.
Morning take: The Brady-Peyton Manning debate is always close. But most agree that Aaron Rodgers is the NFL's top quarterback entering the 2013 season. Brady deserves kudos for still being at the top of his game at the age of 35.
Who will step up and become a playmaker on defense for the Buffalo Bills?
Morning take: The top candidates are Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, defensive end Mario Williams and corner Stephon Gilmore. Buffalo has talent. It will just take better coaching from new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes says he has no timeline for a return.
Morning take: Holmes is desperately needed this season, but he's still not fully healed from last year's foot injury. It could be a long season for the Jets’ offense if Holmes can’t return to form.
Miami Dolphins tailback Lamar Miller is showing a nice burst early in training camp.
Morning take: This is the time when running backs must prove themselves. Training camp and the preseason are more physical and I expect players like Miller, Daniel Thomas and rookie Mike Gillislee to be more assertive.