Friday, August 26, 2011
AFC East links: Bills lose LB, sign another
By ESPN.com staff
The Bills signed veteran linebacker Kirk Morrison on the same day they placed Reggie Torbor on injured reserve due to pain in his shoulder. The Bills also added free-agent wideout Ruvell Martin.
Why didn't the Bills, a team in dire need of offensive line help, make a play to sign former Pro Bowler Bryant McKinnie, who signed with the Ravens this week?
Cornerback Vontae Davis claims he and fellow corner Sean Smith make up the "best tandem in the league."
Tony Sparano isn't buying the idea that the AFC East is a two-horse race between the Jets and Patriots. Sparano: "I think we’re one of the good teams in this division, and I think anybody that doesn’t believe that is probably going to make a big mistake."
New England Patriots
Andre Carter has never seen a coach as hands-on as Bill Belichick. Carter: "I've probably had five or six head coaches and that's a lot of head coaches in 11-year span. But, by far, I see why he's successful, why he's an X's and O's guy. From special teams to position meetings to just detail in general, I've never seen a coach so hands on."
Belichick took his team on a field trip to watch "The Fighter," a movie based on the life of Lowell, Mass., native Micky Ward, who was on hand to speak with the players and tout his message of perseverance.
New York Jets
Derrick Mason has sky-high expectations for the Jets' offense. Mason: "I think with the personnel we have, the coaching we have, we can be one of the top-scoring teams in the NFL."
The Giants and Jets have moved up the start of their preseason game on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. because of the threat of Hurricane Irene.
Safety Jim Leonhard looks back on the busted play during last season's Jets-Giants preseason game in which Giants quarterback Eli Manning lost his helmet and came away with a nasty gash requiring 12 stitches.