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Thursday, April 8, 2010
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch


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Falling

Vernon Gholston, Jets outside linebacker: Whether or not the Jets are able to convince free-agent Jason Taylor to sign with them, the courtship says all you need to know about what the club thinks of Gholston. The Jets drafted him sixth overall in 2008 to get after opposing quarterbacks. Two seasons later, he has zero sacks. Gholston has started three games. He has been a healthy scratch for three games. The Jets apparently don't expect him to break out in 2010. The Jets' interest in Taylor doesn't bode well for outside linebacker Bryan Thomas, either.

Rising

Patriots' 2011 draft: The Patriots received pleasant news Easter evening: The Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins. Either of the two other teams vying for McNabb -- the Bills and Raiders -- would have been problematic for the Patriots. The Patriots would love for the Bills' muddled quarterback situation to remain the same and wouldn't want to face McNabb twice. Had McNabb landed in Oakland, he would've provided a mammoth upgrade over JaMarcus Russell and almost certainly improved its record. The Patriots obtained the Raiders' 2011 first-round draft pick in the Richard Seymour trade.