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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch

By Tim Graham

NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

FALLING

Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis, right, wasn't his normally dominatinating self against the Vikings.
1. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets cornerback: He wasn't ready to return from his left hamstring injury. The Jets knew he wasn't fully healed for Monday night's game against the Vikings. Otherwise, Revis would've lined up against Vikings receiver Randy Moss. Instead, Antonio Cromartie guarded Moss and Revis spent much of the night limping after receiver Percy Harvin, who scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Chances are, Revis won't play Sunday against the Broncos.

2. Aaron Maybin, Bills outside linebacker: He was the 11th overall draft choice in 2009 but hasn't been good enough to get on the field for one of the NFL's worst defenses -- and maybe the worst in franchise history through five games. Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan tracks the number of snaps for each defensive player. He had Maybin down for two in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars, five a week earlier and eight the game before that.

3. Bill Parcells, Dolphins consultant: He's not the same golden figure he was a year ago. Parcells padded his Hall of Fame application right away by directing a 1-15 team to the division championship in 2008. But he's leaving clumsily. South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde has nicely summed up the situation, noting the strange announcement Parcells was stepping down as executive vice president days before the season and supposedly has been taking shots at Chad Henne from the thicket.

RISING

1. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots tight end: The departure of Randy Moss could affect Hernandez most of all in New England's offense. Hernandez immediately goes from being a complement to Moss and slot receiver Wes Welker to a more prominent option. Tom Brady already has targeted Hernandez 20 times this season, two fewer than he targeted Moss. Hernandez -- not Welker -- leads the Patriots with 146 yards after catches, according to ESPN Stats & Information data.

2. Calvin Pace, Jets outside linebacker: A foot injury kept Pace off the field for the first four games, but he came back with a fury Monday night. He recorded 1.5 sacks and hit Vikings quarterback Brett Favre three times. More importantly, he escaped from the game without re-aggravating his injury like Revis did. Pace is a huge part of the Jets' defense. He also missed the first four games last year because of a league suspension, but he led the team in three categories: eight sacks, 13 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles. His 16 quarterback hits were second to Shaun Ellis' 18.

3. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins running back: After losing back-to-back home games, the Dolphins seem to have realized throwing the ball so much is not what they're all about -- even with Henne and Brandon Marshall. Head coach Tony Sparano made comments during the bye week that suggest they want to recommit to the run. Such a mindset seems appropriate, and Brown would be the benefactor. He has been healthy, but through four games he's on pace to rush for only 904 yards and four touchdowns. Those are not numbers the top back on an elite running team should have.