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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
AFC East links: Jets' defense like '85 Bears?

By ESPN.com staff

Buffalo Bills

Defensive end Alex Carrington is getting some work at linebacker and the 6-foot-5, 304-pounder made a good impression.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins hope their defense gets a boost from the return of three players who missed most of last season.

Miami released its first depth chart for the new season.

New England Patriots

Former Patriots coordinator Eric Mangini says defensive end Shaun Ellis will be a good fit in New England.

New England has 19 defensive lineman on its roster at the moment, and that’s not counting hybrid players such as Jermaine Cunningham and Markell Carter.

Steve Buckley of BostonHerald.com talks with Patriots coach Bill Belichick about preparing for the season after a lockout-shortened offseason.

New York Jets

Quarterback Mark Sanchez compares the Jets' defense to the famed 1985 Bears unit that rampaged its way to a 15-1 regular season and a Super Bowl crown. Coach Rex Ryan quickly dismissed the notion.

Some offseason moves by the Jets should concern offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Defensive end Shaun Ellis says there are no hard feelings with the Jets after he joined the Patriots for a contract that dwarfed what the Jets were offering.

Adding veteran receiver Derrick Mason was among the moves the Jets made aimed at helping quarterback Mark Sanchez develop.

The Jets added a pair of linebackers.