Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Around the AFC East: Ricky certainly intriguing
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
- Turns out there is some benefit to mediocrity. Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan writes the Bills got a decent draft pick in CB Leodis McKelvin but won't have to fork it over like the first half dozen teams that selected. McKelvin, who's still unsigned, was taken 11th overall and could be an opening-day starter.
New England Patriots
- The Patriots have only LB Jerod Mayo left to sign entering the start of training camp Thursday morning. Boston Globe reporter Christopher L. Gasper wonders if the holdup is because the Bengals haven't signed LB Keith Rivers, who was taken at No. 9, one spot ahead of Mayo. It would be in Mayo's best financial interest to wait and see what Rivers does, but missing time in camp to wait out a contract he can't control would be risky.
- Gasper also lays out 10 storylines to follow on the eve of the first air horn. No. 2 on the list is how the addition of former Dolphins defensive coordinator Dom Capers as new DBs coach will make an impact. Fans in Miami are torn on whether to laugh or cry.
- The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian provides a positional breakdown of the top training camp battles. Her top priority for the Pats: filling the void left by CB Asante Samuel. No, Capers doesn't qualify.
New York Jets
- New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers implores the Jets to strike a deal for Brett Favre. "He would give the Jets legitimate hope," Myers quotes an unidentified GM. "It makes sense for them." And it would fall in line with the career-ending stops for Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas. The Jets went 4-12 last year and have more problems than Favre can fix.