AFC East: Doug Betters

A look at draft all-stars from AFC East

April, 18, 2010
In case you overlooked it, NFL editor Sheldon Spencer delivered an impressive series in which he assembled the best teams by draft round in NFL history.

The project was considerable, and the results make for a fun read.

A breakdown of AFC East representatives underscores how important a strong draft is to winning championships. All but a handful of those players belonged to a team that was great for a long time.

Five players who made the cut played for the Miami Dolphins' undefeated 1972 squad and won multiple Super Bowls.

Seven more played in at least on Super Bowl for the New England Patriots, with three joining as free agents.

Three played in four straight Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills.

Before you take a look at the list, check out Spencer's explanation of how the draft all-stars were selected.

First round: Bills defensive end Bruce Smith, Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour, Chargers linebacker Junior Seau (Dolphins, Patriots).

Second round: Bills running back Thurman Thomas (Dolphins), Dolphins center Dwight Stephenson, Dolphins defensive tackle Bob Baumhower.

Third round: Dolphins running back Mercury Morris, 49ers receiver Terrell Owens (Bills), Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

Fourth round: Bills receiver Andre Reed, Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel.

Fifth round: Dolphins running back Jim Kiick, Patriots tight end Ben Coates, Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, Chargers safety Rodney Harrison (Patriots).

Sixth round: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Jets defensive tackle Joe Klecko, Dolphins defensive end Doug Betters, Ravens outside linebacker Adalius Thomas (Patriots).

Seventh round plus: Dolphins defensive tackle Manny Fernandez, Ravens linebacker Bart Scott (Jets).

Around the AFC East: Mangini on the spot

December, 12, 2008

Posted by's Tim Graham

New York Jets

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

Porter has plenty to crow about for Miami

November, 4, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

I think it's safe to say AFC East quarterbacks want Brandon Marshall to shut up.

Most Sacks By a Dolphin Through
First 8 Games (Since 1982)
Through the first eight games of the 2008 season, Joey Porter has the most sacks by a Dolphins player. Here's how he ranks in team history:
1. Joey Porter 2008 11.5 ?
2. Trace Armstrong 2000 11.0 16.5
3. Bryan Cox 1992 10.0 14.0
4. Jeff Cross 1990 9.0 11.5
Adewale Ogunleye 2003 9.0 15.0
Most Sacks In the NFL Through
First 8 Games (Since 1982)
Player, TeamYearNo.Total
1. Michael Strahan, NYG 2001 14.0 22.5
2. La'Roi Glover, N.O. 2000 12.0 17.0
Kevin Greene, Carolina 1998 12.0 15.0
4. Joey Porter, Miami 2008 11.5 ?


The Denver Broncos receiver was a verbal target for Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter on Sunday. The Dolphins won 26-17, holding Marshall without a catch in the first half and to just two for the game.

Marshall publicly responded to Porter on Tuesday. The Broncos and Dolphins won't play each other again (unless they both make the playoffs), but given the fact Porter converts trash talk to into fuel, upcoming opponents can't be too thrilled.

Porter is having an epic campaign and, with a strong homestretch, could wrangle defensive player of the year honors.

Porter leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks,
already a career-high for the three-time Pro Bowler. He is on pace to break Michael Strahan's NFL season sacks record of 22.5.

Since sacks became an official NFL stat, Porter is off to the best start among any Dolphins player through eight games. That's saying something for a franchise that's featured such defensive stars as Jason Taylor, Trace Armstrong, Bryan Cox, Doug Betters and Bill Stanfill.

Even when including Miami's unofficial sack leaders before 1982, Porter is on pace to obliterate the franchise record. Stanfill and Taylor share it with 18.5 sacks.

Porter has at least a half-sack in each of his past six games and a full sack in four straight games.

Around the AFC East: Pennington heads back to battle

July, 24, 2008

Posted by's Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills

  • This just in: The Bills announced this afternoon they've signed two more of their picks, leaving two to go. Third-round DE Chris Ellis and sixth-round RB Xavier Omon signed on the dotted line today.
  • To preview the start of camp at St. John Fisher College, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Sal Maiorana lays out Buffalo's top preseason storylines. One of his burning questions is how much impact Turk Schonert will have as the new offensive coordinator. One thing's for sure: His offense at least will be more fun to watch than Steve Fairchild's drudgery.

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

  • The Patriots have signed rookie LB Jerod Mayo, drafted 10th overall out of Tennessee. Mayo was the club's last rookie without a contract. The deal wasn't struck in time for him to participate in this morning's first practice of training camp.
  • Bill Burt of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune has an exclusive sit-down with Bill Belichick.
  • The Boston Globe's Christopher L. Gasper takes a look at what makes Camp Belichick so effective. Former TE Christian Fauria says Belichick "puts players in those uncomfortable situations in July and August, so in October, November, December, when the games mean the most, it's not the first time they've been in them and it's second nature."

New York Jets

  • Newsday columnist Rob Glauber talks with survivalist Chad Pennington. It always strikes me whenever I'm reminded Pennington already is 32 years old (he was a 24-year-old rookie). Yet we're still waiting to see what he's going to turn into.
  • Not receiving one iota of the sentimentality of Yankee Stadium's shuttering is the Jets' final preseason at Hofstra University.