AFC East: Shaun O'Hara
- 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.
- Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets are not interested in offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara.
- Tom E.Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England has 22 gripes about the Patriots.
- Leo Roth and Sal Maiorana of the Democrat and Chronicle wonder if the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was a reality check.
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.
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.
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:
- A comprehensive photo gallery of the play.
- NFL editor Sheldon Spencer's feature story on how the play changed Tyree's life.
- ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton's top 10 plays in Super Bowl history.
- A click-and-drag survey for you to rank the greatest Super Bowl plays.
- Another "Inside a Moment in Time" of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison's 100-yard touchdown return in Super Bowl XLIII.
- A debate over which play was better, Harrison's or Tyree's, with senior writer Greg Garber and ESPNewYork.com columnist Ian O'Connor as litigants.
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).
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.
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.
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.