AFC East: Shaun O'Hara

Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC East:
  • Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne has a separated left shoulder and will be out for a significant period.
Morning take: It appears the Dolphins will try to turn around the season without Henne. Backup Matt Moore is the starter for now, unless Miami finds a more suitable replacement.
  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets are not interested in offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara.
Morning take: O'Hara is probably the biggest name available for offensive linemen. The Jets could use some help, especially with Nick Mangold (ankle) out. But New York is showing confidence in the players it has.
Morning take: Curran points out the upcoming quarterbacks New England's defense will face the next several weeks. They include Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick, who will present stiff challenges.
  • Leo Roth and Sal Maiorana of the Democrat and Chronicle wonder if the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was a reality check.
Morning take: We will know for sure over the next two weeks. If Buffalo can't bounce back and pick up big wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, questions will remain.

AFC East links: Bills get linebacker help

August, 1, 2011
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Buffalo Bills

The Bills have found their replacement for Paul Posluszny in the form of ex-Packers linebacker Nick Barnett.

Quarterback Tyler Thigpen is excited to be back on the same sideline as Chan Gailey.

Miami Dolphins

The Sun Sentinel details Brandon Marshall being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Miami signed defensive tackle Ronald Fields to a deal on Sunday and also brought in former Giants center Shaun O’Hara for a visit.

New England Patriots

Albert Haynesworth made a positive impression during his first practice with the Patriots.

The Patriots and Matt Light have come to terms on a two-year deal.

New York Jets

Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com: "The Jets were embarrassed the other day when they lost Nnamdi Asomugha to the Philadelphia Eagles, this after asking just about everyone except Joe Namath and Don Maynard to restructure their deals to make Asomugha theirs. The rejection rocked the foundation of the Jets' program, the core belief that every free agent worth a damn was desperate to play for Rex Ryan. With the rest of the AFC surely mocking them in private, reveling in their misery, the Jets needed to reestablish their credibility as a preferred destination for the stars. Plaxico Burress gives them that credibility at the Giants' expense."

The New York Daily News' Mike Lupica says acquiring Burress is a win-win for the Jets.

Revisiting David Tyree's catch and 18-1

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Adalius Thomas admitted "I almost get sick to my stomach" when he sees images of the play three years later.

One of the most magnificent highlights in NFL history was David Tyree's miraculous ball-on-helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII. The play, which began with a sack-defying Eli Manning scramble, propelled the New York Giants to the title and left the New England Patriots one game shy of an undefeated season.

ESPN.com has put together "Inside a Moment in Time" to revisit Tyree's catch. Patriots fans might feel as nauseous as Thomas when they check out the feature, but the feature is an impressive look back at history.

Editors and reporters began the process in June. They spoke with 12 players and one official involved in the play. It's broken into two photos, Manning's scramble and Tyree's catch.

Patriots defenders Richard Seymour, Jarvis Green, Mike Vrabel and Thomas recall what was going through their minds at the time of the first snapshot, as do Manning and Giants linemen David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara.

Patriots defensive backs Rodney Harrison and James Sanders and back judge Scott Helverson share their on-the-spot memories of Tyree's catch.

The package also includes:

Joyner judges Jets O-line among league's elite

June, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

KC Joyner, the football stat wizard who finds ways to quantify the previously unquantifiable, thinks the New York Jets might have the best offensive line in the NFL.

Joyner, for the New York Times' NFL blog, "The Fifth Down," recently attempted to determine which Meadowlands squad had the better O-line group.

In the process, he came to the conclusion the Jets were better than the Giants up front and might be the class of the league.

"Going into this, I would have thought the Giants would have won this hands down, but the metrics show that isn't the case," Joyner writes.

Joyner conducted a position-by-position comparison based on point-of-attack win percentage and yards per carry (run blocking) and a formula that factors sacks allowed, quarterback hits, holding penalties and batted throws (pass protection).

He gave the Jets the edge at left tackle (D'Brickashaw Ferguson over David Diehl), center (Nick Mangold over Shaun O'Hara) and right tackle (Damien Woody over Kareem McKenzie).

Jets left guard Alan Faneca is a perennial Pro Bowler, but Rich Seubert's numbers were better last year. Jets right guard Brandon Moore is a serviceable starter, but he didn't stand a chance in matching up with All-Pro Chris Snee.

Name the player: Add anyone to Bills' roster

January, 29, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

It would be like letting loose an 8-year-old in FAO Schwartz and telling him he could have anything he wants from the shelves, but only one item.

That would be a long, painstaking process.

To round out our AFC East project, I ask Buffalo Bills fans:

If money, contracts and salary-cap restraints were no object, and you could choose any player in the NFL to add to your team, whom would you acquire?

There are too many positions to consider, any number of decisions would be correct.

What about Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and moving Lee Evans to the No. 2 position?

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning because you know, unlike Trent Edwards, he consistently will play at an elite level and probably start all 16 games?

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates to fill an offensive role the Bills haven't had? Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady, allowing them to move Jason Peters to the right side? New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara to anchor the line?

On the other side of the ball, Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth or Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen would facilitate a pass rush that was non-existent in 2008. Perhaps Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed is the way to go.

Please share your thoughts below or drop a line in my AFC East mailbag. I will gather the responses and make a selection for each team Monday based on what you have to say.

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