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Friday, July 29, 2011
AFC East links: Jets in holding pattern

By ESPN.com staff

Buffalo Bills

The Bills are ready to hit the ground running.

Brad Smith on agreeing to a deal with the Bills: "I just want to come in and have an opportunity to compete and help the football team. I think that's the vibe I got from the coaches, the staff, the front office, they're trying to build something, everybody's working together, understanding their roles and coming together to win games. That's the bottom line."

Miami Dolphins

Jeff Darlington of The Miami Herald: "The Dolphins are still working toward adding a veteran quarterback to provide [Chad] Henne with a legitimate battle for the starting job, but the question remained Thursday whether Denver’s Kyle Orton will be the player to fill that role."

Marshall Faulk and Heath Evans expect Reggie Bush to play a big role in the Dolphins' offense.

New England Patriots

Greg A. Bedard of The Boston Globe: "A day after Patriots fans grumbled at the lack of noise coming out of One Patriot Place during the most frenzied transaction period in NFL history, [Bill] Belichick traded for the most talented defensive lineman in the league [Albert Haynesworth], and the receiver who over the past 10 years ranked second and third, respectively, in yards and receptions [Chad Ochocinco]."

Ron Borges gives Patriots fans plenty of reasons to worry about the acquisition of Haynesworth.

New York Jets

The Jets remain in a holding pattern when it comes to free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post: "If Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum pulls this one off, we'll have to refer to him as 'Magic Mike' from now on."