AFC East: Johnny White

Video: RB Johnny White hurt in Bills loss

August, 21, 2011
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Buffalo Bills running back Johnny White was carted off the field after his head hit the ground on a tackle by Denver Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan in a 24-10 preseason loss.

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AFC East links: Ty Law worthy of Hall?

July, 1, 2011
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Buffalo Bills

Second-year receiver Marcus Easley has a chance to make an impact.

The Bills might have given their return game a boost in the draft. Fourth-round draft pick Da’Norris Searcy, fifth-round pick Johnny White and seventh-round pick Justin Rogers have all doubled as returners.

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins hope Cameron Wake’s got more than the 14 sacks and three forced fumbles he contributed in 2010, his first season as a full-time starter. But they also know there are no guarantees that 2010 won’t be his best season, because he's already 29.

Even though fullback is his official position, rookie Charles Clay has shown enough versatility to fill several roles for the Dolphins.

New England Patriots

Is former Patriots defensive back Ty Law worthy of the Hall of Fame? Here are some opposing views.

New York Jets

Holley Mangold, the sister of Jets center Nick Mangold, played center in high school like her brother, but the 323-pound woman gave up football for weightlifting when she got to college. She now plans on trying out for the 2012 Olympics.

Bills join in Tar Heel draft derby

April, 30, 2011
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Imagine how good the University of North Carolina could've been last season.

The Tar Heels won eight games, including their first bowl victory since 2001. But they were peppered with substantial problems throughout the season.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesNew Buffalo running back Johnny White was one of eight North Carolina players selected in the first 171 picks of the NFL draft.
They endured a pair of scandals, one for improper agent contact and another for academic misconduct. Fourteen players were suspended for one game, seven for the entire season. Injuries presented additional troubles.

Illustrative of the Tar Heels' remarkable collection of talent was how much they populated the NFL draft.

Eight North Carolina players were selected within the first 171 slots and four players inside the first two rounds. The only positional group not represented was tight end.

The Buffalo Bills snagged Tar Heels with consecutive picks, taking strong safety Da'Norris Searcy in the fourth round and running back Johnny White in the fifth.

"We were stacked with talent," White said on a conference call with reporters. "I'm just happy for all those guys and feel blessed to be a part of that."

North Carolina's pro day was like a scouting festival. Droves of personnel evaluators converged on Chapel Hill because so many players hadn't produced in-season game film.

"It was unbelievable evaluating those guys," Bills regional scout Tom Roth said. "I mean, there were 15, 16, 17 [scouting reports] I wrote. Then with all the drama going on there and the injuries, there were about 150 people there. ... Some teams had their whole coaching staffs there."

The Bills sent four evaluators: general manager Buddy Nix, vice president of college scouting Tom Modrak, regional scout Darrell Moody and Roth.

"We felt like if we had all our guys and were healthy and eligible that we could go as far as we could take ourselves," White said.

Searcy was prevented from playing three games while the university investigated a class paper that had been called into question. He was cleared.

"Of all the kids at North Carolina that were involved in the academic stuff," Moody said, "he was a kid -- to put it bluntly -- he got screwed. ... There was something there they wanted to check and had questions about.

"He shouldn't have missed any games at all."

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