Tuesday, October 27, 2009
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
1. Ted Ginn, Dolphins receiver: All signs point to the ninth overall pick of the 2007 draft watching a lot more plays from the sideline while rookie Brian Hartline gets more snaps. Nobody on the roster possesses Ginn's speed, but half the roster has better hands. It would be hard to find another Dolphin who can't maintain better focus.
Ginn was sensational in getting behind Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis for a 53-yard touchdown to help beat the Jets in Week 6. But the bobbles and timidity have irked the Dolphins far too often. Saints safety Darren Sharper snagged one of his drops and returned it for a touchdown Sunday. Ginn flubbed another pass that would have been a first down with three minutes left in the game.
2. Terrell Owens, Bills receiver: Bills fans are about done with T.O. Through seven games, he has 18 catches for 242 yards and one touchdown. Those stats can be explained away by erratic quarterback play and general offensive chaos.
Not even the most ardent Owens apologist can excuse the continual drops and what appears to be a lack of effort on some plays. And if he's not dogging it, then Owens has lost a step and simply is showing his age.
3. Logan Mankins, Patriots left guard: He went into Wembley Stadium with one penalty all season. Mankins committed four penalties in an easy victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- three false starts and one holding.
One of his false starts turned a third-and-1 into a third-and-5 the Patriots failed to convert. Mankins' holding penalty put the Patriots in a second-and-20 situation. Two plays later, the Buccaneers sacked Tom Brady.
1. Shonn Greene, Jets running back: In his first substantial NFL action because Leon Washington went down with a broken leg, Greene showed why the Jets traded up so they could open the second day of the draft with the hard-charger from Iowa.
Greene stepped in and propelled the Jets to their second straight 300-yard rushing game with Thomas Jones. Green recorded the third-best performance by a rookie running back in Jets history: 19 carries for a game-high 144 yards and two touchdowns. His 6.7-yard season average ranks third among all NFL backs with at least seven carries.
2. Jairus Byrd, Bills safety: He's just a rookie, but the son of former Chargers defensive back Gill Byrd has been a revelation for a team that hasn't had many players step up on a regular basis.
Jairus Byrd has five interceptions, all in the past three games. The only player with more is Saints star Darren Sharper. Byrd, a second-round pick out of Oregon, intercepted Jake Delhomme twice Sunday to help the Bills win their second straight game.
3. Calvin Pace, Jets outside linebacker: Pace finally had his big welcome-back game. He served a suspension the first four games of the season. The Jets lost his first two games back. They won big on Sunday, and Pace was a factor.
All he did was record three sacks, two forced fumbles and pass defensed. He unofficially was credited with a team-high seven tackles.