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Thursday, April 1, 2010
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch


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Falling

Marshawn Lynch, Bills running back: A week ago, I asked Bills general manager Buddy Nix if Lynch still had a place on the team. Lynch has a poor reputation when it comes to character, and a new GM and head coach might not be as tolerant as the previous leadership. Nix replied, "That's up to him. He's like everybody else. We expect him to be [in the backfield]. We need two backs. We think that he's a really good player, and we want him to be there. We're all starting new, all starting fresh." Then Lynch, who lost his job as the feature back to Fred Jackson last year, was among the no-shows when the Bills opened their offseason workout program Tuesday. Attendance is voluntary, but that's not the best way to make a first impression on head coach Chan Gailey.

Rising

Tim Tebow, University of Florida quarterback: On consecutive nights, Tebow reportedly dined with Buffalo icon Jim Kelly and New England head coach Bill Belichick. That'll make a guy feel wanted. Tebow offers the most fascinating storyline of the draft -- whether he gets drafted in the first round or not. There is so much intrigue surrounding the collegiate legend and whether his unique talents translate to the NFL game. The Bills and Patriots seem like good fits. The Bills need a quarterback badly and own the ninth and 41st picks. The Patriots own four selections between Nos. 22 and 53. They have the ability to bring Tebow aboard and groom him under Tom Brady.