Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Links: Hill says Jets to go 'deep in playoffs'
By ESPN.com staff
Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd is the only franchise tagged player to have not signed his tender. Sources close to the situation told The Buffalo News the parties did not speak Monday and didn’t have any talks last week. David Canter, the agent for Chargers safety Eric Weddle, tweeted some harsh words for Warren Sapp, who tells Byrd to go back to work and earn a deal. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas reacted to Byrd's demands by tweeting, "Pay that man...lol."
Just how fast will the Bills' offense run under coordinator Nathaniel Hackett? "We’ve averaged from four seconds to 18 seconds (per play)," Hackett tells Chris Brown of the team's official website.
In an ESPN Insider piece , Gary Horton ranks Bills running back C.J. Spiller as one of the AFC's most versatile players.
The Miami Herald's David J. Neal opines on the impact of free speech in this age of social media, and how it reflected on Mike and Maurkice Pouncey: "The Pounceys turn 24 on July 24. They don’t remember when 'Free [jailed person here]' once carried a social element."
"We haven’t yet heard from Mike (Pouncey), but you can be assured Dolphins coach Joe Philbin will talk to him. Most likely he’ll ask him where the hats came from, why they wore them, and tell Mike not to put the team is such a position again. End of story," writes Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel.
"I wouldn't trade Cam Wake for anybody in our league," Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle recently told the Dolphins' official website.
Rookie defensive end Dion Jordan answers five offseason questions, including how he'll accept feedback from veteran players.
New England Patriots
Former Patriot Willie McGinest predicts New England will finish 11-5 in 2013 because of his belief in both quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork will be honored at this year's "The Tradition" event in Boston.
Continuing a month-long series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they may potentially fit in 2013, ESPNBoston.com takes a closer look at cornerback Ras-I Dowling.
The Boston Globe takes a closer look at what life is like for former Patriot Aaron Hernandez in jail.
In an ESPN Insider piece , Gary Horton ranks Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman as one of the AFC's most versatile players.
New York Jets
Wide receiver Stephen Hill says the Jets "will be in the playoffs, and deep in the playoffs."
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com says Mike Goodson is the Jets' wild card among the running backs heading into the 2013 season.
A one-time short-term replacement for Darrelle Revis, defensive back Aaron Berry looks to find his place on a roster that now includes Dee Milliner.
"It won't matter to fantasy owners whether the Jets' quarterback is past pariah Mark Sanchez or potential messiah Geno Smith; worrying about it will be as worthless as agonizing over a last-round kicker," writes Sports Illustrated's Eric Mack.