Tuesday, May 3, 2011
AFC East links: Whitner done in Buffalo?
By ESPN.com staff
BuffaloNews.com's Allen Wilson took a rough survey of media reaction to the Bills' draft and found that 11 of 16 national publications gave the team at least a B grade.
In an interview on WEDG 103.3 Monday, GM Buddy Nix weighed in on the futures of Drayton Florence and Donte Whitner. Asked whether the two veteran defensive backs were finished in Buffalo, Nix said, "Drayton Florence, absolutely not. We think Drayton wants to be here, and we want him here. We're going to try to sign Drayton Florence. Donte Whitner, I don't think wants to be here, and he probably won't."
The silver lining of the lockout is it allows teams more time to identify the undrafted free agents they're interested in. "I think [the lockout] is really going to give us a great opportunity to reset the board, kind of look back at what we have on the team right now and kind of refocus our efforts on going after the right college free agents that we want for our team," GM Jeff Ireland said.
First-round pick Mike Pouncey loves to run block. "I love being down there and being physical with the guys. I think I'm a better run-blocker than pass-blocker," Pouncey said.
New England Patriots
The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian suggests the Patriots’ draft class may have better equipped the team to beat the Jets.
The Boston Globe's Greg Bedard breaks down the Patriots' post-draft roster.
New York Jets
ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini grades the Jets' draft and gives the team a B.
Mark Sanchez is holding his "Jets West" camp, which gives the Jets quarterback and offensive skill players such as LaDainian Tomlinson, Dustin Keller and Braylon Edwards a chance to practice together during the lockout.