Friday, September 2, 2011
AFC East links: Robert Kraft one-on-one
By ESPN.com staff
Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: "The way most of the Buffalo Bills played Thursday night in their 16-6 loss to the Detroit Lions, it's likely that more players lost potential jobs, allowing others to win positions by default."
The Buffalo News' Jerry Sullivan writes that he remains skeptical that linebacker Shawne Merriman can still play at a high level for a full game.
Ready or not, here comes the regular season. Greg Cote of The Miami Herald: "Preparing for an uber-anticipated Monday night season opener vs. mighty New England by playing an anticlimactic scrubs-only exhibition is sort of like getting ready for a heavyweight championship fight by sparring with your grandmother."
Selling tickets to Dolphins home games remains an issue for the franchise.
New England Patriots
Patriots owner Robert Kraft sat down with The Boston Globe's Greg A. Bedard to discuss the upcoming season, the team's high-profile acquisitions, his role in the new collective bargaining agreement and more.
Albert Haynesworth is in a happy place now, crediting the Patriots with saving his career.
New York Jets
ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini: "Their 2-2 record notwithstanding, the Jets can call it a successful preseason, mostly because they didn't suffer any major injuries to their starting lineup. That's no small accomplishment, considering there was no organized training in the offseason due to the lockout."
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News is sticking with his prediction of a Jets-Eagles showdown in the Super Bowl.