AFC East: Chris Berman
Posted by ESPN.com staff
- ESPN anchor Chris Berman was "stunned" and "humbled" by Ralph Wilson's request to present the Bills owner at his Hall of Fame induction. "It really came out of the blue to me," said Berman. "I've rarely been so honored or humbled as that phone call. I said, 'I'll tell you this, I'll do a helluva job for you.'"
- Miami's Ernest Wilford is hoping his versatility as a tight end/wide receiver will put him in a good position to make the team.
- The Palm Beach Post's Edgar Thompson asks, "Which Dolphin will you be focusing on next month?"
New England Patriots
- The Boston Globe's Gary Dzen looks at the possibility of Willie McGinest rejoining the Patriots.
New York Jets
- The New York Post's Mike Vaccaro says the recent suspension of linebacker Calvin Pace for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs won't get Jets fans down.
- Larry Izzo is getting used to wearing a former rival's colors -- again. More on this from the Globe's Christopher L. Gasper.
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly tells us about receiver Anthony Armstrong, who's turning some heads.
- Palm Beach Post reporter Edgar Thompson reviews what stood out at this weekend's minicamp.
- Mike Berardino of the Sun-Sentinel writes about Monday's unsurprising cuts.
- Miami Herald reporter David J. Neal writes about a veteran's role as quasi-coach to rookies.
- Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post checks in with second-year guard Shawn Murphy about finally getting on the field.
- Jonah Bronstein of the Niagara Gazette thinks cornerback Drayton Florence might not make the team out of training camp.
- Brian Galliford of BuffaloRumblings.com takes a look at how the Bills use their safeties.
- Canandaigua Messenger Post columnist Bill Pucko dislikes Bills owner Ralph Wilson's decision to have ESPN's Chris Berman present him for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
New England Patriots
- Bill O'Brien doesn't have the title, but he will be New England's offensive coordinator, writes Boston Globe reporter Christopher L. Gasper.
- WEEI.com's Christopher Price shares his thoughts on what he's seen now that OTAs and minicamp are over.
- Michael Blunda of Pro Football Weekly says Tom Brady's knee is the top fantasy football story to follow for 2009.
New York Jets
- New York Daily News reporters Rich Cimini and Ralph Vacchiano write the Jets have lost interest in Plaxico Burress.
- Newsday's Bob Galuber thinks the Jets would be wise to steer clear of Burress.
- Before Mark Sanchez has taken a snap in shoulder pads, he "has New York in the proverbial palm of his hand," Mark Cannizzaro writes for Pro Football Weekly.
- CBSSports.com senior writer Clark Judge takes a look at why the Jets and other teams are getting their draft picks signed quickly.
Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has chosen ESPN's Chris Berman to present him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Berman will introduce Wilson during ceremonies Aug. 8 in Fawcett Stadium. Former Bills defensive end Bruce Smith, also in this year's class, recently revealed he will have his old defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell, introduce him for induction.
Wilson's choice will be well-received in Buffalo, but probably wouldn't be the same had he been inducted sooner. He was particularly fond of local boy and "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert. The Bills' most famous fan died in June 2008.
Legendary Bills quarterback and U.S. congressman Jack Kemp died last month. A few days earlier, Wilson's daughter passed away. Linda Bogdan was the NFL's only active female scout.
Wilson explained his choice in a press release:
"Chris has been a friend of mine for many years and I thought he would be a great person to introduce me if he would do so. He acknowledged that he would, and I thank him very much, and he will be in Canton with me. Chris really embodies the Bills fans, who have played such an important role in my career in professional football. Professional football is all about the fans and having Chris as my presenter follows that thought."
Berman has endeared himself to Bills loyalists over the years. He would pick their team to win the Super Bowl every preseason. "Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills" is one of his popular sayings. Berman used to quote an anonymous cab driver (the late general manager John Butler) who would correctly identify the Bills' first-round draft choice before it was made.
Berman, the host of "Sunday NFL Countdown" and "Monday NFL Countdown," also released a statement.
"Fifty years in sports, there's only one constant: Ralph Wilson is the owner of the Buffalo Bills. What Mr. Wilson has done for pro football and for the city of Buffalo and Western New York, it's hard to put into words. He remains in it for the same reasons he got into it in 1959: He loves the game of football, and that's apparent in everything he does. It will be an honor to have a bird's eye view to watch him be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, especially this year, in the 50th year of the old American Football League. He's a man I admire very much and I'm honored to just be there."
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Nobody circles the drain like the Buffalo Bills.
Or something like that.
Unabashed Buffalo backer Chris Berman saved the Bills from unanimously being projected to finish last in the AFC East on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown."
The pregame show's panel of experts were all over the place on who would win the division, with each of the other three teams getting at least one mention.
But the greatest consensus had the Bills finishing fourth.
- Tom Jackson: 1. Patriots; 2. Jets; 3. Dolphins; 4. Bills.
- Cris Carter: 1. Dolphins; 2. Patriots; 3. Jets; 4. Bills.
- Mike Ditka: 1. Jets; 2. Dolphins; 3. Patriots; 4. Bills.
- Keyshawn Johnson: 1. Jets; 2. Patriots; 3. Dolphins; 4. Bills.
- Berman: 1. Jets; 2. Patriots; 3. Bills; 4. Dolphins.