AFC East: Hayden Smith

AFC East links: No pressure for Mario

April, 10, 2012
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Buffalo Bills

New Bills defensive end Mario Williams isn't bothered by the lofty expectations being placed on him. Williams: "I know what this city wants and needs and that’s fine with me. That’s not pressure. I play football. That’s what I do. My main goal is to play football that helps us win. This city also embraced me.”

Miami Dolphins

Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is another wideout on the Dolphins' radar and plans on visiting with the team.

Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel breaks down the team's latest offensive depth chart.

New England Patriots

The Patriots are reportedly linked to a couple of draft prospects with character questions.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer says he's excited to be back with the Patriots for another season.

New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com says addressing Darrelle Revis' contract is something the Jets need to address soon.

What exactly do the Jets have in rugby star Hayden Smith?

AFC East links: Overpay for Tannehill?

April, 9, 2012
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Buffalo Bills

Linebackers coach Bob Sanders got a chance to briefly meet Mario Williams recently, and Sanders walked away impressed. “He is a great guy and a true professional," said Sanders. "Although he’s been around and been in the limelight, he is down to earth ... and he has outstanding character. I know he made all of Buffalo proud because of the character he has.”

Chidi Ahanotu, a 12-year NFL veteran who played under Gregg Williams with the Bills in 2002, said the embattled defensive coordinator was "the softest coach I’ve been around." More from Ahanotu: "It was to the point, really, where I said, ‘Man, this guy’s really not made out to be a coach.’ Honestly, that’s what I always felt in Buffalo -- this is not football. His approach was very cerebral.”

Miami Dolphins

After passing on Kyle Orton, Carson Palmer, Matt Flynn, Alex Smith and not trading up to draft Robert Griffin III, the Dolphins should consider overpaying to draft Ryan Tannehill, writes Armando Salguero in the Miami Herald.

Izzy Gould at the Sun Sentinel takes a look at what the Dolphins have done so far in free agency.

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Yeremiah Bell, said the safety would not be back in Miami. Rosenhaus said the Jets, Patriots and Eagles are interested in Bell.

New York Jets

Tim Tebow drew a crowd of 15,000 during an outdoor Easter service in Texas, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Rich Cimini at ESPNNewYork reports Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is scheduled to visit the Jets this week. Floyd could be a target for the Jets with the No. 16 pick.

Cimini also reported over the weekend that the Jets signed Australian rugby star Hayden Smith. At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, Hayden could be a tight end.

New England Patriots

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss explores what West Virginia's Bruce Irvin could offer the Patriots.

NESN.com's Jeff Howe looks at Clemson's Andre Branch, who had 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss last season, as a possible replacement for Mark Anderson.
Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday morning in the AFC East: Morning take: If you ever seen rugby, you know the game and physicality translates very well to football. Smith also is 6-foot-7, which provides a big target.
Morning take: This is great news for the Patriots, because their defense was different when Spikes was in the lineup. Spikes has a high ceiling if he stays healthy.
  • Here is more on the Buffalo Bills and former Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff.
Morning take: Is Reiff a top-10 pick? That’s debatable. But Reiff does fit Buffalo’s need, which makes him an option. The only thing that maters is where Reiff is on Buffalo’s draft board.
  • The Miami Dolphins hosted a visit with former Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh.
Morning take: McIntosh is a solid player and former star at the University of Miami. But does Miami have enough cap space to sign more free agents.

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