Wednesday, July 14, 2010
AFC East links: Hartline could face charge
By ESPN.com staff
Even though they've missed the playoffs 10 years in a row, the Buffalo Bills have had no problems selling tickets so far this season.
Former Bills receiver Terrell Owens said Tuesday, "It's almost like I didn't play last year."
Sporting News NASCAR writer Reid Spencer asks Bills rookie C.J. Spiller, who was recently the grand marshall at a Nationwide Series race at Daytona, five questions ... some even about football.
Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline may face the charge of leaving an accident scene on July 3. From the Miami Herald: "According to the official crash report, Florida Highway Patrol investigators still don't know who was driving the Ford registered to Hartline that hit a broken down Cadillac Escalade parked on the right shoulder of Interstate 595 around 4:37 a.m."
NFL.com's Michael Lombardi breaks down the AFC picture and has the Dolphins making a big jump. "Miami is close, very close, to becoming a Super Bowl team -- in part due to its size, mental toughness and ability to consistently execute each week," Lombardi writes.
Meet the man who had to tell George Steinbrenner he was quitting the New York Yankees to work for the Dolphins.
Former Dolphins quarterback Cleo Lemon is adjusting to life in the Canadian Football League.
New England Patriots
The Patriots' young receivers could add new dimensions to the offense, writes NESN.com's Jeff Howe.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft reflects on his memories of Steinbrenner. Kraft told the LA Times he received a note from Steinbrenner after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl. "It was the nicest letter, praising us for the turnaround and making the right personnel decisions, even when they weren’t the most popular decisions at the time."
New York Jets
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is holding a passing camp for the team's receivers in California this week called "Jets West."
Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders ranked Jets running back Shonn Greene the third best prospect in the NFL in his piece for ESPN Insider. He predicts a 1,000 yard season for the back.
A look at the difference between prices for New York Jets and Bills games.
In Lombardi's breakdown of the AFC, he lists the Jets as a playoff contender, but not a Super Bowl contender, comparing them to the University of Kentucky basketball team. "The question you must ask yourself about the Jets is the same one you ask about Kentucky when you fill out the office pool in March -- can they get past the Sweet 16? I never have Kentucky in my Final Four, so I cannot put the Jets there," Lombardi writes.