AFC East: Aaron Hernandez arrested

Witness told Hernandez committed murder

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Carlos Ortiz, one of the alleged accomplices in the Aaron Hernandez case, says he was told that Hernandez said he killed Odin Lloyd.

According to court documents released Tuesday, Ortiz told police that Ernest Wallace, a second alleged accomplice, told him the day after the shooting that Hernandez admitted to killing Lloyd.

After Lloyd was shot near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass., Ortiz and Wallace returned to Bristol, Conn. That is where, according to court records made public in Florida today, Ortiz told police that Wallace said Hernandez shot Lloyd.

The documents were drawn up to justify a search of Wallace's home in Miramar, Fla., where Wallace was arrested about 10 days ago.

Also Tuesday, warrants obtained to search Hernandez's home were unsealed, showing an uncooperative Hernandez slamming his door and locking it when officers told him they were investigating a death. The documents show surveillance video of Hernandez in his home shortly after Lloyd was killed, with what appears to be a gun in his hands.

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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC East:
  • Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly believes Kevin Kolb is ahead of rookie EJ Manuel in the quarterback race.
Morning take: Kelly attended Buffalo's practices in the spring and viewed things from a former player's perspective. Kolb has the experience edge, and that has made for an early lead. Manuel has some ground to make up in training camp if he wants to play against the New England Patriots in Week 1.
  • Speaking of the Patriots, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell warned teams this week about claiming embattled tight end Aaron Hernandez off waivers.
Morning take: The NFL said a signing would have to get league approval, considering Hernandez is facing a murder charge and five additional gun charges. That essentially means the league doesn't want any additional attention right now by having Hernandez on an NFL roster during his legal process.
  • One of the marquee games on the Miami Dolphins’ schedule will be against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.
Morning take: I guess it’s never too early to look ahead to the regular season. This will be the end of a rough, five-game stretch for Miami to start the season. It also marks a revenge game for new Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
Morning take: Good pick by ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini to list guard Vladimir Ducasse at the top. The Jets have waited three years and haven’t gotten much from the former second-round pick. With former general manager Mike Tannenbaum no longer around to protect his roster spot, Ducasse must be ready to play in training camp.

The Massachusetts state police continued its investigation Thursday by searching the home of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the second time this week. Hernandez was charged with murder and faces five additional gun charges, as police continue to search for additional evidence.

ESPN’s Bob Holtzman is on the scene and has the latest in this video report.

AFC East over/under: Tom Brady

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With training camp just around the corner, the AFC East blog is providing over/under totals throughout the week for key players in the division. On Thursday, we take a look at New England Patriots quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, who will have a lot on his shoulders this season.

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Will Patriots QB Tom Brady have over/under 4,300 passing yards?

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The AFC East blog sets Brady's over/under total at 4,300 passing yards in 2013. Can the signal-caller, who turns 36 in August, reach that goal in New England?

Brady had a lot of change at wide receiver and major issues at tight end this offseason. New England led the NFL in total offense in 2012, but lost both starting wide receivers: Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. The Patriots are trying to replace them with the injury-prone Danny Amendola and a cast of rookies and average veterans. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, arm) is questionable for Week 1 and Aaron Hernandez was released this week after being charged with murder and facing five additional gun charges. Will all this uncertainty affect Brady's production?

Or will Brady continue to thrive regardless of his supporting cast? He’s done it before, and New England has the offensive scheme that can plug in other players. Brady threw for 4,827 yards last season. Is 4,300 yards a reasonable total for this one?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on Brady’s over/under total of 4,300 passing yards in 2013. You can also share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East: Morning take: This won’t be the first or last time we see a pro athlete partying. But Sanchez has to be smarter than this. Some are already calling this the “Butt Fumble Part II.”
  • NFL rookies can learn a lot from the case of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Morning take: There are plenty of cautionary tales, but this is the most recent. Hernandez had a really good situation in New England but now faces major legal issues that may potentially ruin his career.
Morning take: Training camp is important for a team like the Bills. They are in transition with a new offense, a new defense and a new quarterback. All these moving parts must be in sync by their Week 1 game against New England.
  • The Miami Dolphins continue to have dialogue with free-agent fullback Vonta Leach.
Morning take: Miami has been pegged as the favorite. The Dolphins have been very aggressive in free agency, and it's rare to be able to add a Pro Bowl player this late in the offseason.

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