Thursday, July 18, 2013
Links: Parcells reflects on Jets, Dolphins
By ESPN.com staff
T.J. Graham, Robert Woods and Brad Smith are all in contention for the No. 2 role behind wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who tells the team's official website: "The competition is going to be crazy because of the talent that we have."
ESPN.com's projected quarterback rankings has Kevin Kolb positioned at No. 31 and EJ Manuel right behind at No. 32 overall.
“I’m excited for all the new weapons we’ve brought in,” said second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill in response to a fan's question. During the same conference call Wednesday evening, the Miami Herald reports Tannehill reminded fans that he likely will never be another Robert Griffin III. "I don’t think we’re going to rely heavily on my feet. ... I don’t think it’ll be a pillar of our offense." See video of Tannehill answering questions.
Running back Lamar Miller tells the team's official website that in his second year, he's "down with the playbook" and he expects Tannehill to have a breakout season.
Bill Parcells claims he brought more talent to the Dolphins, but regrets some of the decisions he made as the team's top football executive, writes Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel.
"Miami is a bit short on reliable fantasy options going into the season, but that presents the opportunity for sleepers here," reports Eric Mack of Sports Illustrated.
Former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who purchased a South Florida house when he was signed by the Dolphins in 2006, has lost the home to a bank in a foreclosure case.
New England Patriots
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, now a murder suspect, has been pulled from yet another group of products, reports ESPN's Darren Rovell.
As with cornerback Ras-I Dowling, Marquice Cole's chances of securing a roster spot will be impacted by the availability of Alfonzo Dennard, writes ESPNBoston.com's Mike Rodak.
Speaking of corners, Patriots Football Weekly argues for which player they'd rather have on the field: Dowling or Cole.
The Patriots will be one of eight NFL teams to take part in a pilot program during the 2013 season in which a player's entire medical record will be available for team doctors to examine on the sideline of a game via the use of an iPad, reports Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com.
Christopher Price, of WEEI.com, breaks down the Patriots' linebackers for 2013.
New York Jets
Bill Parcells said he believes his best coaching performance occurred in an 8-8 season -- 1999, his final year as the Jets' coach, according to Rick Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. "Holding that team together to accomplish that, I think probably was one of the better things. That wasn't any monumental success or anything, but I think most coaches will tell you, when you start 1-6, it's tough to maintain the things you need to be successful," said Parcells.
Jeff Cumberland has a chance to establish himself as a legitimate starting tight end, but how will the new guy, Kellen Winslow, factor into the Jets' offense?