AFC East: Sidney Rice

Source: Sidney Rice visits Jets

April, 16, 2014
Injury-plagued wide receiver Sidney Rice, cut by the Seattle Seahawks after the season, visited with the New York Jets on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

The Jets already have signed two receivers, Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford, but they still want to build depth. Rice, 27, was once regarded as a rising star, but he has missed 15 of the past 48 games due to knee injuries and concussions. In fact, he tore an ACL last October, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. He reportedly was cleared only recently to return to football activities.

The 6-foot-4 Rice would be an inexpensive acquisition for the Jets, probably a one-year contract for close to the minimum salary. General manager John Idzik is a former Seahawks executive and was partly responsible for signing Rice to a five-year, $41 million contract in 2011. Rice parlayed his one big year (1,312 receiving yards for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010) into the big score.

Rice has 243 catches for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns.

WR Ford draws interest from Jets

March, 18, 2014
With most of the big-name free agents no longer available, the New York Jets are shopping the secondary market, looking for value. They're showing interest in former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

"Yes, there's some interest from the Jets," Ford told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I would say they're the team showing the most interest in me. Right now, we're still in the exploration phase, weighing things out."

Ford, 26, a former fourth-round pick, doesn't have enough reputation to calm an uneasy fan base, which is wondering why general manager John Idzik isn't spending more money. (As of Tuesday, the Jets had $25.4 million in cap space, according to ESPN data.) But Ford would address a need. Even though they signed Eric Decker, the Jets are still looking for another receiver.

Receivers coach Sanjay Lal, formerly of the Raiders, is familiar with Ford. He's a speedster out of Clemson, but he has only 57 career receptions for 848 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders phased him out last season, as he finished with only 13 catches for 99 yards.

In other developments:
  • The Jets are engaged in talks with free-agent right guard Willie Colon, who started 16 games for them last season. Colon, recovering from biceps surgery, wants to return. He's also drawing interest from other teams and could be signed somewhere in the coming days.
  • Free-agent cornerback Aaron Berry visited the Cleveland Browns, where former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is interested in signing him.
  • The Jets have expressed interest in former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice. He was a big free-agent score for the Seahawks in 2011, but he has been limited by injuries. He made only 15 receptions in eight games last season and was recently released.

Wrap-up: Vikings 38, Bills 14

December, 5, 2010
The Buffalo Bills scored the first touchdown and then got swatted in a 38-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome.

What it means: After a string of highly competitive games, the Bills suffered one of the their worst losses. The Vikings rolled even with quarterback Brett Favre, receivers Percy Harvin and Greg Lewis and right guard Steve Hutchinson sidelined. The Bills are 2-10.

Hero: Adrian Peterson thrived against the NFL's worst defense. Bills rookie linebacker Arthur Moats knocked Favre out of the game on the third play, but the Vikings didn't need him. Peterson rushed 16 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

Goat: Bills cornerback and kick returner Leodis McKelvin had a rough afternoon. Vikings receiver Sidney Rice made a scintillating play to outjockey McKelvin and come down with a 31-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. McKelvin fumbled the ensuing kickoff, helping the Vikings score 28 points in a 5:45 stretch.

Streak extended: Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick needed almost 56 minutes to lengthen his streak to 13 games with a touchdown pass, finding David Nelson for a 12-yarder with the game out of hand. Fitzpatrick also fumbled twice, losing one.

Defensive highlights: Buffalo's defense had its moments despite the lopsided score. Cornerback Drayton Florence had his first multi-interception game and his first interception return for a touchdown. Donte Whitner and McKelvin picked one apiece.

What's next: The Bills and Cleveland Browns have played some awful games in recent years. Remember that 6-3 gem last year? Next week's meeting should be livelier, with Trent Edwards and Derek Anderson long gone. The Browns defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10 in Sun Life Stadium.

Inactive list intrigue for AFC East games

December, 5, 2010
There are some notable inactives to report for Sunday's games involving AFC East teams.

For their must-win game against the Cleveland Browns in Sun Life Stadium, the Miami Dolphins have scratched receiver Brandon Marshall, linebacker Channing Crowder and cornerback Al Harris.

The absences of Crowder and Harris might be more significant than Marshall. The Dolphins won without him last week in Oakland, and quarterback Chad Henne played one of his best games.

Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling is back from his Achilles injury and active for the first time this year.

For the Buffalo Bills' game at the Metrodome, guard Eric Wood, tight end Shawn Nelson and cornerback Terrence McGee are out, as expected.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play, but receivers Percy Harvin, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett are out. So is right guard Steve Hutchinson. That might help Bills nose tackle Kyle Williams add to his sack total.

As NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert notes, the Vikings have just three receivers: Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian and Greg Camarillo. Rookie quarterback Joe Webb could see some action as a target.

Favre wonders why Fins dealt Camarillo

September, 16, 2010
Brett Favre said it once and then said it again for emphasis.

Greg Camarillo is one heck of a receiver.

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AP Photo/Jim MoneGetting traded to Minnesota gives wide receiver Greg Camarillo a chance for playing time he might not have had in Miami.
"It makes you wonder why they traded him," Favre said of the Miami Dolphins, who sent Camarillo to the Vikings on Aug. 25 for defensive back Benny Sapp. "I do think he is everything that they said he would be and then some. ... He runs very good routes, seems to have great hands, very knowledgeable of the game.

"So, once again, I think he's everything that they said he was, and then some."

Camarillo didn't have to wait long to play his old team, an unlikely occurrence given he was dealt out of the conference. They'll play Sunday afternoon in the Metrodome. The quick turnaround, however, means Favre and Camarillo still are trying to get on the same page.

Favre threw Camarillo's way only twice in the season opener, but Camarillo made a terrific grab for 29 yards. Camarillo should be a bigger contributor Sunday and beyond with Favre's favorite target, Sidney Rice, out for at least half the season because of hip surgery.

"Getting on the same page in a short amount of time is always the trick," Favre said.

Camarillo wasn't busted up about the trade. It allows him to get on the field. He fell on Miami's depth chart with the acquisition of Brandon Marshall and younger targets Davone Bess and Brian Hartline emerging.

"It's a great opportunity,'' Camarillo told Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington. "To be honest with you, I don't know how much I would have played in Miami this year. So this is a fresh start for me, and it's an opportunity to see the field and get some action."

His Dolphins teammates didn't sound too thrilled to see Camarillo leave.

Camarillo is highly respected for his perseverance. He was a walk-on punter at Stanford who didn't score a touchdown in college, wasn't invited to the scouting combine and was released multiple times before making an active roster. His first touchdown since high school defeated the Baltimore Ravens in overtime and saved the Dolphins from a winless 2007 season. The Dolphins voted him their representative for the NFL Players Association.

"It really hurt a lot of us to see him leave," Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said on a conference call Wednesday. "He's money. It seems like every time we need a big play, we need a first down, the ball is in the air and it's going to him. You pretty much know it's a catch.

"He's a hard worker and a very intelligent guy, and he's just a great teammate."

Dolphins ship Camarillo to Vikes for Sapp

August, 25, 2010
Two years ago, Greg Camarillo was the Miami Dolphins' leading receiver.

He went into this season rated no higher than fourth.

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Steve Mitchell/US PresswireGreg Camarillo had 50 catches for 552 yards in 2009.
With receiver depth to spare, the Dolphins sent the sure-handed Camarillo to go play with Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, who were desperate after losing Sidney Rice for an extended period and have concerns over Percy Harvin's migraines.

"In the NFL, you have to be ready for trades at any time," Camarillo's agent, J.R. Rickert, wrote in a text. "This is a great opportunity for Greg to play with one of the best quarterbacks ever."

The Dolphins acquired cornerback Benny Sapp, the Vikings' nickelback who bolsters an inexperienced crew.

Camarillo was on a plane to Minnesota by Wednesday afternoon, although neither team has announced the trade.

"Yeah, it's crazy," Camarillo told Ken LaVicka of ESPN 760 in West Palm Beach, Fla. "I hate to be rude, but I don't have time for interviews. I have to move my whole life."

Camarillo is one of the NFL's great overachievers. He walked on as a punter at Stanford and badgered the coaching staff into letting him get more involved in team drills. He eventually switched to receiver, wasn't drafted and has passed through the waiver wire a few times. He spent time on the San Diego Chargers' practice squad before establishing himself as a reliable possession receiver for the Dolphins.

Camarillo became a fan favorite in December 2007, when his fourth career reception went 64 yards for an overtime touchdown to beat the Baltimore Ravens and avert an 0-16 season.

He was Chad Pennington's favorite target during their magical 2008 campaign. Camarillo had 55 receptions for 613 yards and two touchdowns when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 12.

But another undrafted player, Davone Bess, established himself as a worthy possession receiver himself and settled into the slot. The Dolphins drafted Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner last year and traded for Brandon Marshall this year.

Football Outsiders determined Camarillo had zero drops on 73 targets last season, the most chances of any player without a drop.

Sapp started seven regular-season games and both playoff games for the Vikings last season. The Vikings credited him with 55 tackles, three for losses and seven passes defensed. He didn't have any interceptions but forced two fumbles.