Thursday, May 6, 2010
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch
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Joe McKnight, Jets running back: The fourth-round draft pick out of USC had a rough start at rookie minicamp. McKnight wasn't sure if it was his nerves, the heat or the aggressive pace compared to what he went through with the Trojans, but he struggled to hold onto the ball and his stomach contents. He repeatedly dropped passes in drills, needed extra medical attention, suffered from cramps and generally looked exhausted.
Logan Mankins, Patriots guard: Mankins had to like what he learned Wednesday, when New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans signed a seven-year contract worth $56.7 million. That sets the bar for the game's elite guards and Mankins qualifies. He's an unsigned restricted free agent. He would've been an unrestricted free agent this year if not for special rules for the uncapped season. Mankins was New England's first-round pick in 2005 and has been to a pair of Pro Bowls. Evans, a fourth-round draft choice, is entering his fifth season. He's coming of his first Pro Bowl campaign and was first-team All-Pro, too.