Divisional report: Top AFC East stories
May, 4, 2012
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com
Looking back on the week that was around the AFC East:
- Aaron Corp, a quarterback from the University of Richmond, led the way amongst 10 undrafted free agents signed by the team.
- Free agent quarterback Vince Young, who spent the 2011 season with Philadelphia (and threw for a career-high 400 yards in a Week 12 start against the Patriots), worked out for Buffalo. Receiver David Nelson was impressed.
- The first Buffalo player to crack the list of NFL Network’s Top 100 NFL Players of 2012 (as voted on by their pees) was running back Fred Jackson. He was voted 83rd overall, two spots behind Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
- Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com wrote an insightful piece about the Bills' approach to the 2012 NFL Draft, which included an emphasis on durability.
- General manager Jeff Ireland is confident in his team’s effort in the draft.
- Sports Illustrated’s Peter King writes that first-round pick Ryan Tannehill has a tough task in front of him in Miami.
- Familiarity shouldn’t be a problem for Tannehill, as he will once again play for Mike Sherman (Miami’s offensive coordinator and his coach at Texas A&M), and former Aggie teammate Jeff Fuller – a favorite wideout of his in college – was among the undrafted free agents signed by the team.
- Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post takes a stab at projecting the Dolphins depth chart.
- The Jets signed a kicker and long snapper, while also waiving a defensive lineman, a wide receiver, and a guard.
- Joey Clinkscales, the Jets vice president of college scouting, was the subject of rumors speculating that he may leave the organization to take a job with the Oakland Raiders.
- Head coach Rex Ryan, never one to shy away from a bold statement, declared in a press conference that defensive end Quinton Coples and wide receiver Stephen Hill, the team’s top two draft choices this year, will start this season, although he was quick to further explain his comments.
- Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano sees improvement in Tim Tebow since he coached him at the 2010 Senior Bowl.
- Former Boston College cornerback Donnie Fletcher was one of 10 undrafted free agents signed by the Jets this week.