AFC East: Cordy Glenn

Bills Camp Report: Day 2

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Buffalo Bills training camp:
  • There has been a throng of national media watching Bills camp through two days and they've seen Sammy Watkins put on a show. After catching every pass thrown his way in Sunday night's practice, Watkins continued to impress on Monday. He strode past Leodis McKelvin for a would-be touchdown grab early in practice and made a catch over three defenders look effortless later on. It's not just the deep game, either: he used his long arms to snag a pass on a crossing pattern, through traffic at one point as well. Watkins has that rare size and speed combination that can make him a dangerous weapon against opposing defenses. His height, long arms, and make-it-look-easy strides remind me of Randy Moss.
  • Speaking of height and speed, I've been impressed with Bryce Brown thus far in camp. The 6-foot running back has long legs and shows some burst getting into the second level. The Bills coveted Brown for more than a year before acquiring him in May. It remains to be seen how many carries the Bills can siphon from C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to Brown, but he adds depth to a backfield that didn't have much of it last season.
  • Nigel Bradham continues to see first-team reps at linebacker, a surprise given how his role virtually evaporated under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine last season. Even coach Doug Marrone has noticed a change in Bradham's work ethic. "Honestly, I think last year Nigel struggled at times with us," Marrone said Monday. "I saw a change, more of a commitment from him when we came back, which I give him a lot of credit for." The Bills are giving Bradham the first crack at replacing Kiko Alonso and he seems to have impressed the coaching staff. The issue with Bradham may be his abilities in stopping the run: The Bills turned to Arthur Moats last season against heavier offenses and rookie Preston Brown is knocking on the door for playing time on defense. It's a battle we'll continue to monitor closely.
  • After missing all of organized team activities and minicamp, T.J. Graham is back practicing this week. The results have been up-and-down. He made the play of Sunday's practice when he caught a deep bomb from Jeff Tuel, but in one of his first routes Monday he had a pass fall right through his hands after beating a defender on a similar deep route. Graham is the top "bubble" player for the Bills and can't afford those sort of plays.
  • Cordy Glenn remained out of practice Monday and the Bills are still mum on what landed him on the non-football illness list. "It’s a medical condition. I’m preparing to go on as if he’s not playing, which he’s not," Marrone said. "I’m just waiting for the doctors and I can’t speak about the condition because it’s something that happened outside of football. I’m planning on playing and right now he’s not there, so I have to play with him not being there. When they tell me he’s there then obviously we’ll plug him back in."
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will begin life without linebacker Kiko Alonso when they start training camp Sunday night.

As players reported to St. John Fisher College on Friday, general manager Doug Whaley put the absence of Alonso, who underwent surgery this week, in perspective.

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"It's a tremendous loss, but no one's crying for us," Whaley said. "Next man up. We think we've built a roster that can sustain a loss like this. But our expectations aren't going to drop."

As expected, Whaley mentioned rookie Preston Brown and third-year 'backer Nigel Bradham as possible replacements for Whaley. The second-year general manager added that each of those players have already practiced with the first team, as Alonso was out for most of OTAs recovering from hip surgery.

Other tidbits from Whaley:

Philosophy on EJ Manuel: There will be pressure on quarterback EJ Manuel to perform this season, but Whaley said the team has tried to give Manuel as much help on the field as they can. "He doesn't have the weight of the world on his shoulders, that he has to go out and win it," Whaley said. "We've surrounded him with some people where if he does his job, he should be OK." As far as how Manuel will need to improve, Whaley said: "I want to see him have more control of the huddle, of the offense. A command and a presence out there that we saw in college."

No word on Marcell Dareus: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has two pending legal situations from incidents this offseason, something that could make him subject to an NFL suspension. Whaley said Friday that he hasn't heard from the league on that front. Dareus wasn't among the players who moved into the dorm while reporters were present Friday.

Cordy Glenn status bears watching: Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn, considered the Bills' best offensive lineman last season, missed minicamp with what was called an illness. Glenn was placed on the active/non-football illness list this week and can be removed from the list at any time. Whaley was cautious Friday when talking about Glenn's status. "We're still waiting on some reports on him, but it looks like it's going to be one of those day-to-day things and we'll see how it progresses." Asked a follow-up question if Glenn's illness could threaten his season, Whaley said: "We don't think so, at this time. But again, we'll just have to see how it progresses. We hope not." Glenn is present at camp. "He'll be doing some light exercises and stuff like that," Whaley said.

Other injury updates: Whaley said the team is still easing cornerback Leodis McKelvin back into action after offseason surgery. He is on the active/physically unable to perform list. Defensive tackle Alan Branch, meanwhile, is on the non-football illness list. Whaley said there were tests that came back during his check-in physical that require further scrutiny before he can practice.

Roster moves: The Bills released two players -- cornerback Darius Robinson and wide receiver Cordell Roberson -- on Friday. Whaley said the team is "upgrading" the roster and is in the process of signing two players to replace them. They are expected to be younger players, not veterans.
The Buffalo Bills signed linebacker Stevenson Sylvester on Wednesday, adding another player to compete at the position following the loss of Kiko Alonso to a season-ending knee injury.

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Sylvester, who turns 26 on Friday, was a fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. He played in 50 games in four seasons with the Steelers, making two starts. He should compete with Ty Powell and rookie Randell Johnson for a role on special teams.

To make room for Sylvester on the 90-man roster, the Bills waived tight end Mike Caussin, who missed each of the past two seasons with injuries. Caussin had been with the Bills since 2010.

In a procedural move, the Bills placed Alonso on the active/non-football injury list. Alonso remains on the 90-man roster and can be taken off the list at any time. The Bills may later choose to place Alonso on the reserve/non-football injury list, which would keep him out of at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He isn't expected to play this season.

The Bills also placed Johnson and cornerback Leodis McKelvin on the active/physically unable to perform list. Johnson participated fully in spring practices while McKelvin was recovering from hip surgery. Either player can come off the list at any time.

In addition, the Bills placed offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Alan Branch on the active/non-football illness list. Either player can return at any time during training camp.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to Bills practice Tuesday as they opened a three-day mandatory minicamp.

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Dareus missed the final two weeks of organized team activities after he was taken into custody following an alleged street race. Coach Doug Marrone did not specify where Dareus was during that time, only saying that the Pro Bowler was dealing with "personal issues."

The Bills will not make Dareus available to reporters during minicamp, saying they want him to "focus on football."

Dareus is scheduled to appear in a Hamburg, New York court on July 1.

Meanwhile, the Bills had two players missing from their first minicamp practice Tuesday. Tight end Scott Chandler was excused for a family matter, and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn sat out with an illness.

Defensive end Manny Lawson and defensive tackle Alan Branch both reported to practice after sitting out all of OTAs, which were voluntary.

"The season is long. When you have some years under your belt, you don't want it to be repetitive. You don't want to seem like you're going through the motions, the same thing over and over again," Lawson said. "It was good to step away, spend time with the family, go visit your family. Relax -- still work out in my time off -- but step away from the game and come back to it and it's all new and fun again."

Rookie offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, a seventh-round draft pick, did not practice Tuesday for what the team called travel-related issues.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin left practice with trainers and did not return. He did not suffer an obvious injury during practice.

Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (hip surgery) and Leodis McKelvin (hip surgery) both participated to full-team drills for the first time this spring.

The Bills had three players trying out during Tuesday's practice: wide receiver Tori Gurley, cornerback Kamaal McIlwain, and another unidentified defensive back.
How much does size matter?

To the Buffalo Bills, quite a lot. On Tuesday, we noted how the Bills have the NFL's tallest group of receivers. That's just one position, but it's not the only spot where the Bills top the league's charts -- at least on paper.

The Bills also have the NFL's heaviest offensive line, and it's barely even a contest. The average weight of their 15 offensive linemen is 325.2 pounds, far and away the biggest group in the league. Only the Oakland Raiders, at 320.3 pounds, come close.

Unlike at receiver, where most of the team's height is concentrated in players at the bottom of the depth chart, the Bills have both starting linemen and developmental blockers who break the scales.

Left tackle Cordy Glenn, who has started 29 games since being drafted in the second round two years ago, is listed at 345 pounds, making him the fourth-heaviest offensive lineman currently on an NFL roster. He's tied with rookie Seantrel Henderson, the Bills' seventh-round pick, who also checks in at 345 pounds.

In addition to Henderson, the Bills added 343-pound Cyril Richardson in the fifth round earlier this month. Ideally, Richardson and Henderson will both stick on the 53-man roster and could have eventually have potential to start.

The two draft picks are the latest in a pipeline of massive offensive linemen that general manager Doug Whaley has brought to Buffalo. They're projects for coach Doug Marrone, a former offensive line coach, as well as Pat Morris, the Bills' current offensive line coach.

The Bills ended last season with a trio of developmental guards who are on the larger side: Antoine McClain (336 pounds), Mark Asper (325 pounds), and J.J. Unga (320 pounds). Whaley plucked Unga off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad, while McClain was claimed off waivers from the Raiders. All three may have an uphill battle to make the cut this season.

No matter who the Bills keep of their current bunch of 15, the size of the group will be striking. It's Whaley's vision to beat his opponents with superior size, and he'll have plenty of it along his offensive line this season.

But will it make the difference? Much like the Bills' ongoing expedition to find a productive, tall wide receiver, the Bills' super-sized offensive line will need to show that their eye-opening height and weight figures printed on the roster are more than just numbers.

The results will need to come on the field before Whaley's strategy can be given the stamp of approval. Take last season for instance. The Bills gave Colin Brown -- a mountain of a man, at 6-foot-7 and 326 pounds -- the nod at left guard to start the regular season. He struggled in five starts and was finding new work by October, replaced by an undersized Doug Legursky.

The Bills should be leery of a similar outcome with Chris Williams, a free agent whom they signed to a four-year deal in March. Williams, who is 6-foot-6 and 326 pounds, has a shaky track record as an NFL starter. He'll slide in at left guard. Could Buffalo be a good fit for him? Of course. But if it isn't, Legursky will be the likely fallback option.

Pass protection will be another consideration. Size and brute strength work well in the running game, especially in power blocking schemes, but technique and athleticism come more into play in the passing game. Glenn handled EJ Manuel's blindside well last season but there were breakdowns elsewhere. With new starters possible at both left guard and right tackle, keeping Manuel upright will be key this season.

In the meantime, the Bills have another distinction to celebrate. With rosters nearly complete after the draft, the Bills have emerged with the NFL's premier size at both receiver and offensive line.

Now they have to show why that matters, on the field -- where it counts.

Bills add wrinkle in LG battle

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After saying last week that he wasn't pleased with the competition at left guard, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone added another layer to the battle on Wednesday.

Left tackle Cordy Glenn, who started 13 games as a rookie last season, was cross-trained at left guard for Wednesday's practice.

"We're not experimenting with him not being the left tackle," Marrone stressed. "We know that down the road from now, when we're dressing seven linemen, we'll have a swing inside player and a swing outside player. That's why we wanted to work him (at left guard) today."

Marrone hinted that it may have been a one-day move, although the Bills' uncertainty at left guard could eventually land Glenn back inside.

"I saw what I needed to see, meaning that he can do that and make the transition," Marrone said.

In Glenn's place, Thomas Welch took first-team reps at left tackle.

"We're looking at him as obviously competing for a starting position," Marrone said. "If you're not the starter, then you have to be able to swing."

On the second-team, Colin Brown took reps at left guard, while Doug Legursky moved to right guard. Both players had been splitting time at left guard on the top unit early in camp.

Passing along some other news and notes from Wednesday's practice:
  • Quarterback Kevin Kolb was not on the practice field, two days after missing Monday's scrimmage due to a death in the family. Marrone said he anticipates Kolb arriving back to training camp on Thursday night, and that the medical staff will determine if his knee, which he injured Saturday, is healthy enough to let him practice.
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin also did not practice, after participating in Monday's scrimmage. Marrone said McKelvin was sore and the team is "trying to be smart" about his recovery from an offseason groin injury.
  • Marrone said that safety Mana Silva, who was placed on the exempt/left squad list Tuesday, did not inform the team before leaving camp on Monday. "He did not contact me or speak to me about the decision," Marrone said. "I'm concentrating on the guys that are here." Silva will be away from the team indefinitely, per a source. "It's been very hard to try to talk somebody into playing," Marrone said Wednesday.
  • To fill Silva's roster spot, the Bills signed safety Mark LeGree on Wednesday. This is LeGree's seventh NFL team after being drafted in the fifth-round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. The 24-year old played at Appalachian State and will wear No. 30 with Buffalo.
  • Safety Duke Williams, who left Saturday's practice with concussion-like symptoms, was medically cleared and back on the practice field Wednesday.
  • The Bills on Wednesday announced that Antwon Bailey, Michael Grant, Matthew Scott, Jamar Nesbit and Kevin Mawae were selected as the 2013 Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship participants, and will assist the coaching staff during training camp.

Ranking AFC East left tackles

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Offseason minicamps and organized team activities are pretty much in the books. Teams will now take time off and rest in preparation for the grind of training camp later this summer.

With that said, let’s take a look at updated rankings of AFC East left tackles entering the season.

No. 1: Nate Solder, New England Patriots

2012 stats: 16 starts

Analysis: Solder entered last season with a lot of pressure and big shoes to fill after the retirement of Matt Light. However, the 2011 first-round pick held his own protecting Tom Brady's blind side. Solder's solid performance helped New England lead the NFL in total offense last season. Solder is a terrific fit for New England's up-tempo style. Solder, who was a converted tight end in college, is tall, lean and moves very well. The Patriots had Light at left tackle for many years, and it appears Solder has a chance to have a similar career in New England.

No. 2: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, New York Jets

2012 stats: 16 starts

Analysis: I always thought Ferguson was a bit overrated. He made three straight Pro Bowls from 2009-2011, but I never viewed him as an elite left tackle. Perhaps the best thing you can say about Ferguson is he’s durable and never missed a start for New York in seven seasons. Any offensive line with talents like Ferguson and center Nick Mangold should not be terrible. However, the Jets' offensive line has been awful the past two seasons. The Jets could not run or pass with any consistency in that span. Ferguson is the most dependable lineman in this unit, but he certainly deserves some of the blame.

No. 3: Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills

2012 stats: 13 starts

Analysis: Glenn was one of the players I liked in the 2012 draft. The former second-round pick had very good size and strength that made it hard for a pass-rusher to get through or around. The only question was whether Glenn could move well enough to play left tackle in the NFL, and he proved it during his rookie year. Glenn started 13 games and proved to be the best left-tackle option on the Bills. Glenn must stay healthy, but he played very well in stretches last year and looks like a keeper.

No. 4: Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins

2012 stats: 16 starts

Analysis: Martin is another 2012 second-round pick who has more to prove at left tackle than Glenn. Martin played decent football at right tackle most of the season. But Martin was shaky in his starts at left tackle after former starter Jake Long suffered a season-ending arm injury. Miami didn’t spend big bucks this offseason to re-sign Long or find another left tackle in free agency. The Dolphins also passed on left-tackle options in the draft, which shows their confidence in Martin. He did a lot this offseason to work on his strength, which was his biggest weakness. Martin’s arms and shoulders are noticeably bigger. This is perhaps the riskiest move the Dolphins made this offseason. If Martin doesn’t improve significantly, Miami’s offense and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill could struggle.

Grading AFC East rookies classes

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The first half of the NFL season is in the books, which means this is a good time for reflections.

All four AFC East teams were happy with their rookie draft classes in April. But is that still the case after seeing them for eight games in November?

Here is our midseason report card for AFC East rookies:

Buffalo Bills (3-5)

Notable draft picks: CB Stephon Gilmore, LT Cordy Glenn, WR T.J. Graham

Analysis: Buffalo got pretty good production early from its top two picks: Gilmore and Glenn. Both were immediately starters but Glenn suffered an injury that slowed him down. Gilmore is learning on the job but is having a solid rookie season. He leads Buffalo with 11 pass defenses. The Bills haven’t gotten much else from this rookie class. Still, filling the premium positions of cornerback and left tackle for the long-term raises the grade.

Grade: C

Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Notable draft picks: QB Ryan Tannehill, RT Jonathan Martin, DE Olivier Vernon, RB Lamar Miller

Analysis: Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland had another stellar draft class, and it’s a major reason Miami is in contention. He landed a franchise quarterback in Tannehill, which are always bonus points. Martin has started every game at right tackle and is holding his own. He will only improve. Vernon has been a terror on special teams and off the bench. He already has 2.5 sacks, two blocked field goals and a punt block recovered for a touchdown. Miller is the third running back but has contributed in spot duty. He averages 5.5 yards per carry. You can’t ask for more from a rookie class.

Grade: A

New England Patriots (5-3)

Notable draft picks: DE Chandler Jones, LB Dont'a Hightower, DB Tavon Wilson, DB Alfonzo Dennard

Analysis: Jones is a home run for New England. He has six sacks already this season and has brought a much-needed pass rush to the Patriots’ defense. Hightower was a physical presence early in the season but has battled through injury. Wilson and Dennard have been pleasant surprises. New England’s secondary has struggled mightily, which has opened up some opportunities for both rookies to get playing time and make a contribution. Wilson and Denard have combined for five interceptions.

Grade: A-

New York Jets (3-5)

Notable draft picks: DE Quinton Coples, WR Stephen Hill, LB DeMario Davis

Thoughts: Coples has 15 tackles and two sacks. He has the physical tools but hasn’t made the immediate impact the Jets expected. Hill continues to be a raw prospect. He’s made some nice plays but also suffered a lot of drops. Davis is getting increased playing time with veteran Bart Scott (toe) injured. Bush has been a nice contributor on special teams, but continues to sit behind veteran safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell on defense.

Grade: C-

AFC East blogger James Walker talks about the success that the Buffalo Bills' offensive line is having so far this season.

Three things: Bills-Lions

August, 30, 2012
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The Buffalo Bills travel to Detroit to play their preseason finale against the Lions Thursday night. It is Buffalo’s final chance to get a win in the preseason.

Here are three things to watch for in this game:

1. Tarvaris Jackson's Bills debut

Buffalo made headlines this week by cutting former first-round pick Vince Young and trading with the Seattle Seahawks for Jackson. Both quarterbacks have similar playing styles, but the Bills feel Jackson is an upgrade to backup starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jackson must be a quick learner in Buffalo’s offense. He will most likely run some basic plays tonight. But Jackson will need to have full command of the offense early in the regular season if Fitzpatrick gets injured.

2. No injuries

Last week’s preseason game was the "dress rehearsal," this week is all about survival. Buffalo, like many teams, just want to get out of this game healthy. The Bills have a huge season opener Sept. 9 against the division rival New York Jets. Buffalo will need all its weapons to win on the road. Bills coach Chan Gailey said his starters will be on the field for about 10 plays, just to get their feet wet. If no starters get injured Thursday night, that is more important than a victory.

3. Which rookies will step up?

Don’t expect to see much of first-round pick Stephon Gilmore and second-round pick Cordy Glenn. But beyond that, Buffalo’s rookie class should get a lot of opportunities against Detroit to show what they can do. Players like rookie wide receiver T.J. Graham and first-year linebacker Tank Carder should see playing time in this fourth preseason game.

Morning take: Glenn named Bills' LT

August, 21, 2012
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Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC East: Morning take: The Bills are really high on Glenn, who has the size to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side. That's a big responsibility for the rookie.
  • New England Patriots starting safety Patrick Chung left Monday's preseason game with an injury.
Morning take: This is part of the reason Patriots coach Bill Belichick sat many of his key starters last night. It was New England's third preseason game in a short span -- and the Patriots needed to come out healthy.
  • The Miami Dolphins' starting nod for quarterback Ryan Tannehill's signifies a youth movement in the NFL.
Morning take: Tannehill will be the fourth quarterback picked in the first round to start this season. The days of waiting a year or two for top picks at quarterback to develop are coming to an end. The pressure to win is too great.
Morning take: If the Jets had a viable replacement, Hunter would be benched by now. But New York doesn’t have many quality options to go to. So the team has to decide what to do next.

The Bills hope size matters

July, 31, 2012
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The NFL has rapidly become a pass-heavy league. But the Buffalo Bills are taking an old-school approach to building a contender.

Last year, Buffalo drafted defensive tackle Marcell Dareus with the No. 3 overall pick. The Bills followed by drafting left tackle Cordy Glenn in the second round this year and signing defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. That’s a lot of money and high draft picks dedicated to winning in the trenches.

The Bills certainly passed the eye test in our first look at the team during morning walk-throughs. Suddenly, the Bills look like a group you’d feel very safe taking with you in a dark alley.

"We needed to get bigger. We were a small team; our linebackers were small and we got knocked around a lot," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said Tuesday. "My philosophy is it's a big-man's game and you got to get bigger. You win and lose consistently with those guys up front. That's our thinking."

The Bills currently have 24 players listed over 300 pounds, although not all will make the team. Williams, Buffalo's best defensive player, checked in at 292 pounds.

Buffalo's strength in 2012 will be its defensive and offensive lines. The Bills should be great at running the ball, stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback.

Add the three together and you could have the makings of a team ready to take the next step and contend for the playoffs.

"Buddy and I both believe the game, a major part but not the whole part, is won in the trenches," coach Chan Gailey said. "It is won on both sides of the line and who can control that part of the game. It's hard to find those guys. So when you get the opportunity to get them, you take that opportunity."
Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday morning in the AFC East: Morning take: The Dolphins should be interested in all receivers with potential. I'm not convinced the team is happy with its current group. The Dolphins have the draft capital with two third-round picks next year thanks to the Brandon Marshall trade.
Morning take: Sanchez took a beating last season, and probably had wear and tear, but no surgery was needed. I'm a little tired of Burress talking about his former team seemingly to keep his name in the news while he searches for a job.

  • Buffalo Bills rookie receiver T.J. Graham is signed and ready to get to work.
Morning take: Buffalo has all of its draft picks signed, and rookies now can join the team on a voluntary basis. First-year players like Stephon Gilmore, Cordy Glenn and Graham all could have big roles this season.
Morning take: McDonald isn't a big name, but his versatility to play guard and center gives him a shot. McDonald's chances mostly rest on the availability of starting guards Logan Mankins and Brain Waters early in the season.

AFC East links: Who starts at LT for Bills?

July, 6, 2012
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Buffalo Bills

Who's going to start at left tackle for the Bills? BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown looks at the two-man race between Chris Hairston and 2012 second-round pick Cordy Glenn.

Center Eric Wood, who's going through the second major rehab of his pro career, said he's learned to be more patient during the healing process, reports the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski. Wood on rehabbing from a compound leg fracture suffered during his rookie season: “It definitely prepared me for this time around and helped me be more patient. I remember coming back from the leg break, I did do the minicamp for those three days just because I was dying to be back out there. This time around I’m more patient and realizing Sept. 9 is what matters.”

The Bills owe it to their fans to take advantage of new regulations that allow teams to lift local TV blackouts if just 85 percent of a stadium's nonpremium seats are sold, according to a Buffalo News editorial.

Miami Dolphins

What storylines will the team behind HBO's "Hard Knocks" focus on for this season's installment on the Dolphins? The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson talked with Ken Rodgers of NFL Films to find out.

Who's stock went up or down during the offseason? The Sports Xchange identifies the risers and fallers, and also takes a look at coach Joe Philbin's vision for the team.

New England Patriots

A 2012 team preview from Mike Kirby of NFL Draft Examiner.

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Rodak looks at reasons why linebacker James Ihedigbo should and shouldn't make the final roster.

Receiver Brandon Lloyd comes in at No. 16 on Tim Graham's list of the Top 25 players in the AFC East.

Field Yates describes how teams scout for defensive ends, and gauges where the Patriots stand at the position.

New York Jets

Tim Tebow has added jiu-jitsu to his offseason training regimen; the Jets quarterback has been working out in Torrance, Calif., at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, reports Lynn Hoppes.
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday morning in the AFC East: Morning take: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen will both get a shot to produce. New England will pass so often anyway that this young pair, along with Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai, just have to take care of the football.
Morning take: Everything has been going well so far for the Jets this offseason. Holmes and quarterback Mark Sanchez appear to be on the same page again, and this duo will be key to the offense.
Morning take: Long wasn’t himself all year due to various injuries. He deserves credit for playing through pain, but his performance also suffered on the field, which probably left a bad taste.
Morning take: This is good news for the second-round pick. The Bills are high on Glenn and expect him to step in and start right away. Glenn has the size and ability but must learn the NFL game.

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