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Thursday, August 25, 2011
AFC East links: Pats keeping the tempo up

By ESPN.com staff

Buffalo Bills

It remains unclear if rookie Marcell Dareus will miss any time after injuring his ankle in practice on Wednesday.

C.J. Spiller is saying all of the right things in light of fellow running back Fred Jackson's remarks earlier this week. "Who wouldn't want to be a No. 1 back? The big thing is that everyone is making a big deal about it," Spiller said. "The thing about me and Fred is that we're pushing each other to get better. ... Whoever they go with, the other person has to be right there helping make sure he gets his job done."

Miami Dolphins

Defining Charles Clay's role on the team is easier said than done.

Is Tony Sparano finally happy with the status of his offensive line?

New England Patriots

Playing with an increased tempo is something Tom Brady and the New England offense are emphasizing this season.

The Patriots are coming to grips with the fact they'll likely be losing some good players when they are forced to trim their roster.

New York Jets

LaDainian Tomlinson is completely comfortable with his role on the Jets' offense.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News: "The Giants were the best team in the league when [Plaxico] Burress shot himself the night after Thanksgiving. They fell apart without him and then lost to a mediocre Eagles team at home as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Giants, who didn't score a touchdown in the loss to Philly, have never repeated as Super Bowl champs and until the Burress incident, it looked as if it was going to happen."