Monday, June 28, 2010
What AFC Easterners under most pressure?
NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan wrote a column about the 16 players (actually 17) he believes to be under the most pressure to perform in 2010.
Four AFC East players made the list, which Kirwan explained is for players whose "teams have put the onus on them to succeed, and if they don't come through, their teams will likely disappoint."
12. James Hardy, Bills receiver: The 41st pick of the 2008 draft has an injury history. The Bills need a receiver to emerge opposite Lee Evans with Terrell Owens and Josh Reed no longer on the roster.
13. Matt Slauson, Jets guard: Kirwan suggested Slauson will have to replace perennial Pro Bowl left guard Alan Faneca. That might happen, but I disagree there's a serious amount of pressure on Slauson. He was a sixth-round draft choice last year and was inactive for 13 games. Plus, the Jets drafted guard Vladimir Ducasse in the second round two months ago.
14. Charlie Anderson and Koa Misi, Dolphins outside linebackers: They made Kirwan's list in tandem because the Dolphins lost 16 sacks when Joey Porter and Jason Taylor departed. I'm surprised not to see Cameron Wake's name included. Porter singled out Wake when publicly ripping the Dolphins in February.