AFC East: Mark Herzlich

Pats pick Marcus Cannon takes on cancer

May, 19, 2011
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Marcus Cannon's last month has been marked by grave fear and elation.

The offensive lineman from Texas Christian was diagnosed with cancer days before the NFL draft. Although non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is treatable, there are no guarantees. Cannon slid down the draft board. The New England Patriots picked him in the fifth round.

Cannon was a guest Thursday on ESPN's "First Take" and spoke with Dana Jacobson about his story.

"My passion for [football] has ... through the days, I've really seen how much I love playing football," Cannon said. "That's really why it didn't bother me if I dropped in the draft because I'm in love with football.

"If I would've went in the seventh round, I'd be happy because I just want to play football. This just showed me things can happen and you can never play football for the rest of my life. I'm going to make the most of whatever I have left."

AFC East leftovers from the combine

March, 3, 2011
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Before we get too far removed from the NFL scouting combine and mired in the labor morass, it's time to empty out the notebook from Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are some AFC East-oriented tidbits from the defensive players who met with reporters there.

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers on the NFL's greatest offensive tackle:
"If I had to pick, I’d have to say Jake Long. One of the best I have ever seen."

Bowers on being compared to Bruce Smith and Reggie White:
"It's amazing. Just to be in the same sentence as those guys is amazing. Anytime anybody can put you in a sentence with Reggie White and Bruce Smith, you must be doing something right."

Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward on being compared to Vernon Gholston:
"We're two totally different players. Vern, they had him dropping at linebacker. You've seen my dropping abilities. They're pretty good [joking]. Me, I can play all over the line. I can play 3-technique and 6-technique. We are two different players. We had the privilege of going to The Ohio State, but we're not the same player. I'm never going to compare myself to him, and I don't think he'll ever do the same."

Fresno State outside linebacker Chris Carter about working with former Patriots outside linebacker Willie McGinest:
"We've been working primarily on drops. I know how to rush the passer. That's my big thing, work on drops and perfecting that, getting the hips loose. Making sure we go over the defenses 100 percent and I know everyone's assignment. When you play DE, you pretty much only have to know the front-seven assignments. But as a backer, one thing they emphasized is making sure we know everyone's assignment."

Hampton defensive tackle Kendrick Ellis on a fellow alum with the Miami Dolphins:
"Every time when I used to be at Hampton, I'd watch Kendall Langford. He just gave us hope. Small-school guys, we're not on TV every week. Just with him doing it, it gave us hope that we could do it. Kendall was a good player. So I try to emulate what Kendall did, being strong in the weight room, working hard and trying to be just like him."

Clemson safety Marcus Gilchrist on what he learned from C.J. Spiller:
"Humbleness. A lot times you hear about these big-time, high-profile guys and a tendency to judge them with character issues because they have such a big head. But C.J. is one of the most humble guys you'll ever meet."

Florida punter Chas Henry on speaking with Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff:
"I’d sure love to hear from him. It’s a great organization. They’re going to have a lot of success in the future, and I’d love to be a part of it. ... I’m definitely following their situation."

Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson on comparisons to Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby:
"I've heard that a lot. I could definitely see myself as a similarity to Karlos. We're both tall and got long arms. Actually our play styles are very similar. That's a great comparison. He's a great linebacker. Just to have that type of comparison, someone who was in the NFL, is just a great accomplishment."

Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins on being coached by the Buffalo Bills at the Senior Bowl:
"It was real good, being coached by the Bills. They opened my eyes a lot. I had to improve my pass-rush a lot, and they taught me a lot about not looking in the backfield, beating my man first, and actually had a good Senior Bowl, got better each day."

Cancer survivor and Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich on his relationship with Tedy Bruschi:
"Tedy reached out to me first. I remember the date, Sept. 29th, because that's the date I was told I didn't have cancer any more. One thing he told me that night back at my dorm at Boston College was 'Mark, you're a survivor now. Be proud of being a survivor.' Those are words that have stayed with me through my whole process. To me, that meant get your story out there, raise as much money as you can, be helpful to other people."

AFC East wire: Advice for Henne

June, 2, 2010
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Buffalo Bills

The shift from defensive end to linebacker this offseason has made Chris Kelsay feel like a rookie all over again.

Bills right tackle Cornell Green says quarterback Trent Edwards is “ready to go” right now.

Miami Dolphins

Wide receiver Davone Bess cut short a radio interview Tuesday morning when he witnessed a one-car accident.

Chad Henne is listening closely to the advice he's receiving from Bill Parcells and Dan Marino in an effort to become a better quarterback.

New England Patriots

Wide receiver Randy Moss has his sights set on another Super Bowl run with the Patriots.

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich will play Friday in Tom Brady's flag football game at Harvard Stadium.

New York Jets

Jim Leonhard is serving the role of mentor to rookie free agent Donovan Warren.

Don't try to tell David Clowney that football has an offseason. The Jets wide receiver remains busy year-round.

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