AFC East: Doug Betters
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).
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim GrahamNew York Jets
- Sam Borden of the Journal News writes head coach Eric Mangini, "as much as anyone, is on the line now. Not just for this season but for his entire Jets career."
- Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News looks into Mangini's softer philosophy on late-season practices.
- Newsday reporter Erik Boland writes Magini won't give tight end Dustin Keller any more rookie leeway.
- New York Post reporter Brian Costello takes a look at the Jets' problems at converting third downs.
- Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News examines how the Bills can go 22 possessions without a touchdown.
- The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's Sal Maiorana agrees with owner Ralph Wilson: The Bills don't have the talent.
- D&C columnist Bob Matthews writes third-string quarterback Gibran Hamdan deserves a look if J.P. Losman struggles.
- Palm Beach Post reporter Edgar Thompson assembles an array of voices for an interesting overview of the Dolphins.
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly writes the Dolphins have released cornerback Michael Lehan.
- David J. Neal of the Miami Herald looks at the Dolphins' paltry turnover total.
- MiamiDolphins.com writer Andy Kent writes about being an NFL defensive lineman in homage to Bob Baumower and Doug Betters, who will be added to the team's Honor Roll on Sunday.
New England Patriots
- Nose tackle Vince Wilfork intends to soldier on, writes Boston Herald reporter Karen Guregian.
- Providence Journal reporter Shalise Manza Young gauges the locker-room response to quarterback Matt Cassel's return after the death of his father.
- Lawrence Eagle-Tribune writer Bill Burt finds Raider Nation is alive and kicking -- and has a long memory about the tuck rule.
I think it's safe to say AFC East quarterbacks want Brandon Marshall to shut up.
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.
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- 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.
- How does Jason Taylor rank among the all-time Dolphins? Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote wants your vote. There are eight names to choose from on Cote's list -- and one of them is Doug Betters?
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.