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AFC East links: Can Burress hold up?

8/5/2011

Buffalo Bills

The Bills added to their wide receiver corps, signing former Chargers first-round pick Buster Davis. San Diego drafted Davis in 2007 when GM Buddy Nix was part of the Chargers' front office.

Tyler Thigpen knew he'd be a good fit with the Bills since he'd be reunited with coach Chan Gailey. Thigpen: "I just felt like it was a great opportunity out here, already knowing the system. When I got a look at the playbook ... the first meeting, it felt like second nature to me."

Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman has been flashing the form in camp that earned him the nickname "Lights Out." Merriman: "I'm not going to say I'm back-back yet because we still have a lot of time before we really have to strap on the pads and go. But every day I'm feeling a little bit better.''

Miami Dolphins

Defensive end Kendall Langford, eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season, said Thursday the team has assured him that he will receive a contract extension, according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.

Quarterback Chad Henne admitted the jeers from Dolphins fans at training camp hurt him "deep down inside."

The Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly examines the idea (or perhaps fantasy) of Brett Favre joining the Dolphins.

New England Patriots

Logan Mankins appears to have smoothed things over with owner Robert Kraft. The Pro Bowl left guard is now open to the idea of negotiating a long-term deal with the Patriots.

The Patriots worked out defensive lineman Shaun Ellis, formerly of the Jets, on Thursday. Ellis is the latest in a string of defensive linemen to visit Foxboro this week; a list that includes Matt Roth, Quentin Moses, Raheem Brock, and, reportedly, Tommie Harris.

A report on Nate Solder's first practice with the Patriots.

New York Jets

Mark Sanchez's growth could be hindered by a lack of practice time with his wide receivers -- especially Plaxico Burress.

The New York Daily News' Gary Myers on Burress' ankle injury: "Burress has been talking about what great shape he's in. But if he turned his ankle just running around, it has to make you wonder what happens when he starts getting hit. If Burress is brittle, the Jets are in trouble. His body is not used to the stress of football."

Coach Rex Ryan expects Calvin Pace to key the Jets' pass rush this season. Ryan: "Yeah we think [he could have] one of those potential 10-sack seasons and all that, he has that kind of ability. There’s no doubt.”

Twelve-year veteran tackle Damien Woody will announce his retirement Friday.