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Friday, September 9, 2011
AFC East links: Sanchez to make a leap?

By ESPN.com staff

Buffalo Bills

At age 28, Ryan Fitzpatrick is finally getting his shot as a season-opening starting quarterback. “It’s taken me seven years to get this opportunity, and I can’t look back now,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m excited about it. This is what I’ve worked for, this shot right here.”

Donald Jones doesn't have the flashiest résumé, but he won the competition to fill the starting receiver spot vacated by Lee Evans and he's out to prove he belongs there.

The Starpress.com's Doug Zaleski has the story on Robert Eddins, an undrafted rookie linebacker who made the final roster. Coach Chan Gailey on Eddins: "Completely surprising. I had no idea really who he was. The scouting staff said, 'Hey we need to look at this guy, he's got something to him.' And they were right. The guy has really done a great job."

Miami Dolphins

The team decided to bring Larry Johnson back after rookie running back Daniel Thomas suffered a hamstring injury.

Quarterback Chad Henne is eager to unveil the Dolphins' new offense under coordinator Brian Daboll. Henne: "Overall we are excited to see what we can do with our playmakers out there and show this offense off." The AP looks at the pressure Henne is under heading into the season.

New England Patriots

Shaun Ellis, a college roommate of Albert Haynesworth's, said the "the Albert [he] saw back in college" has re-emerged with the Patriots.

ESPNBoston.com's Jeremy Lundblad examines whether a Randy Moss-Tom Brady reunion would work for the team.

New York Jets

Special-teams coach Mike Westhoff slammed former punter Steve Weatherford, who signed with Giants this offseason, saying he "was disappointed in some of the poor performances that [Weatherford] had at the end of the year."

Linebacker Bart Scott is asking fans attending Jets games to step it up and show their support. "We have to challenge the people that's in the stadium now to get off their iPads and tweets and represent the stadium and get loud and make it a home-field advantage for us."

The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin expects to see a much-improved Mark Sanchez this season.