AFC East: Charles Grant
Teams fiddled with their rosters by rummaging through a free-agent pile enlarged by Saturday's cuts.
The Buffalo Bills made a big signing at tight end, bringing in veteran David Martin for immediate help at a position of need and claimed guard Kraig Urbik off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Miami Dolphins surprisingly cut Martin, leaving them with only Anthony Fasano and John Nalbone. Joey Haynos is out with a foot injury.
The Bills were hit hard by tight end injuries this summer, and Shawn Nelson was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Buffalo cut tight end J.P. Foschi and cornerback Dominique Harris to make space for their new players.
The Dolphins placed cornerback Will Allen on injured reserve and picked up four players off waivers: offensive linemen Jeremy Parnell (New Orleans Saints) and Joe Reitz (Baltimore Ravens) and defensive ends Clifton Geathers (Cleveland Browns) and Robert Rose (Seattle Seahawks).
To clear room, the Dolphins cut offensive lineman Cory Procter and defensive end Charles Grant and Marques Douglas.
Also on Sunday, the New England Patriots officially announced a pair of trades: safety Jarrad Page from the Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker Tracy White from the Philadelphia Eagles for undisclosed draft picks.
New England claimed guard Stave Maneri off waivers from the Houston Texans and released linebacker Tyrone McKenzie.
- NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks proclaims Buffalo's run game most critical to turning around the team's fortunes.
- Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Sal Maiorana acknowledges unsigned rookie C.J. Spiller's absence at the start of camp. Spiller is the lone draft pick unsigned after the Bills locked up nose tackle Torell Troup.
- Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero explains why the Dolphins signed free-agent defensive end Charles Grant -- and why Grant hadn't been signed by anyone else.
- Palm Beach Post scribe Brian Biggane notes the under-the-radar hiring of linebackers coach Bill Sheridan to help boost a disappointing unit in 2009.
- Boston Globe reporter Shalise Manza Young gives a primer on the big position battles headed into camp.
- Andy Hart of Patriots Football Weekly puts into perspective outside linebacker Shawn Crable's release Wednesday.
What type of prospect should the Miami Dolphins expect with the 25th selection in the draft?
I thought it would be helpful to look back over the past 10 years to see what each AFC East club's first-round draft slot has produced.
There have certainly been some duds at No. 25. Antuan Edwards, Freddie Mitchell and William Joseph prove that the honor of being a first-round draft pick doesn't guarantee much of anything in the NFL.
But teams have mined some diamonds in recent years, including a Super Bowl MVP, a sophomore All-Pro and a starting quarterback.
- 1999 Antuan Edwards, S, Packers: Journeyman managed 16 games as a rookie and started only 32 games in a career that ended in 2005.
- 2000 Chris Hovan, DT, Vikings: Blood-and-guts lineman has started 133 of his 140 NFL games and was a second-team All-Pro in 2002.
- 2001 Freddie Mitchell, WR, Eagles: Lasted only four seasons, maxing out in 2003 with 35 catches for 498 yards and two touchdowns.
- 2002 Charles Grant, DE, Saints: Seven-year starter recorded 27 sacks in his first three seasons.
- 2003 William Joseph, DT, Giants: Has started only 17 games in his four seasons and failed to make the Raiders out of training camp last year.
- 2004 Ahmad Carroll, CB, Packers: Is on his fourth team and hasn't started since 2006.
- 2005 Jason Campbell, QB, Redskins: Already has 36 starts after three seasons, with a 35-23 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
- 2006 Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers: Super Bowl MVP has 156 receptions for 2,587 yards and 15 touchdowns as No. 2 receiver.
- 2007 Jon Beason, LB, Panthers: Already an All-Pro, he has started every one of his NFL games.
- 2008 Mike Jenkins, CB, Cowboys: Played in 14 games and started three as a rookie.