NFL Nation: Terry Glenn
“I think this guy reminds me of Drew Hill and Ernest Givins that we had back in the run and shoot days in Houston,” Palmer told Nashville media. “He is a guy that can also play outside. He closes the cushion between himself and the defensive back very quickly. The fact that he has the ability with the run after catch, his hands are very good, and I think he is a guy that will allow us to move him around and complement our other receivers and be more explosive offensively. The fact that he can get down the field, and if you watch the film he has thrown passes and made big game catches. I think this guy is electric and a very explosive player.”
Jeff Fisher and Mike Heimerdinger, his offensive coordinator during much of his tenure with the Titans, were often reluctant to lean on rookie wide receivers.
Palmer emphasized that his offense can create opportunity for a first-year guy, which will be a refreshing change.
“You can go back and look at our record; we had Terry Glenn in New England, as a rookie caught 90 balls,” Palmer said. “We had Kevin Johnson at Syracuse as a receiver first year had eight touchdowns. You had Andre Johnson who had 975 yards his rookie year. So, I think this system allows a rookie to come in and play early. There is enough evidence of that in the history of our coaching to indicate that we’re counting on this guy to come in and play.”
A lot has been made about the Kansas City Chiefs drafting the receiver with the No. 26 overall pick. The Pittsburgh receiver earned a reputation for being difficult in college.
Haley has dealt with several receivers who were known for being “divas.” Thus, because of Baldwin’s potential -- he’s 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and can make the spectacular catch -- and Haley’s history of working with these types of players, it could be a worthwhile risk.
Here is a look at Haley’s history of working with receivers:
- In the late 1990s, Haley coached the Jets receivers. Under Haley’s guidance, Keyshawn Johnson thrived and made the Pro Bowl. Johnson went on to have some difficult relationships with coaches later in his career, but Johnson and Haley remain close.
- As receiver coach in Dallas, from 2004-2006, Haley had to deal with two known difficult receivers, Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens. Both players succeed under Haley despite having their issues.
- As Arizona’s offensive coordinator, Haley had a classic sideline blowup with receiver Anquan Boldin during the NFC championship game against Philadelphia. Haley and Boldin downplayed the incident and along with star Larry Fitzgerald, Boldin excelled in Haley’s system.
- In 2009, in his first season in Kansas City, Haley clashed with Chiefs’ receiver Dwayne Bowe in training camp. Bowe spent much of the season in Haley’s doghouse. Yet, in 2010, Bowe responded to Haley’s tough love and become a Pro Bowl player.
Baldwin is entering a situation in which he will be challenged and if he revolts, it won’t be anything new for his head coach. He’ll be able to handle it.
Bill Parcells left the Patriots in large part because owner Robert Kraft sided with Grier, the vice president of player personnel, on the selection of Ohio State receiver Terry Glenn in 1996. The rift led to Parcells' infamous "buy the groceries" comment.
Bill Belichick fired Grier in May 2000 to install his vision of the front office.
Two weeks before Belichick dumped him, however, Grier played a role in helping the Patriots draft their greatest player.
ESPN's documentary, "The Brady 6," will debut Tuesday night. The hour-long film looks back at how Tom Brady went from the 199th draft choice to a first-ballot Hall of Famer, while the six quarterbacks taken ahead of him didn't come close to measuring up.
One of the more surprising revelations comes from Lloyd Carr, Brady's head coach at Michigan.
"Bobby Grier, who was with the Patriots at the time, talked about they were going to draft a quarterback late," Carr said in the documentary. "I just said, 'Bobby, I guarantee you you'll never regret drafting Tom Brady.'"
Dick Rehbein, the late quarterbacks coach, gets a lot of credit for Brady ending up with New England. Rehbein's glowing report of a Brady workout in Michigan was significant. But Grier apparently was the lone NFL executive to check with the coach who knew Brady best.
The Patriots were hesitant to draft Brady because of circumstances that caused the Wolverines to force Drew Henson onto the field. But that had more to do with trying to keep Henson from playing baseball than feeling Brady wasn't good enough.
"One of the real troubling parts was the Michigan situation -- the fact that, really, they were trying to replace him as their starting quarterback," Belichick said in the film. "You say, 'OK, they don't really want this guy as their starting quarterback. They want another guy. What's the problem here?' It was a little bit of a red flag there."
Grier's call to Carr was wise to find out the true story of what transpired at Michigan.
In the Buffalo Sabres' locker room at HSBC Arena (of all places), I had a chance Monday to ask one of Grier's sons about the Brady pick. Mike Grier is a Sabres forward getting ready to play the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
"He deserves a lot of credit," Mike Grier said. "He was always doing everything he could, never left any stone unturned when evaluating players. As a kid growing up, he was always coming in the door at 10 or 11 o'clock at night. He was spending all those hours in the office. I know he put in the time and cared about what he was doing."
Mike Grier said his father is too reserved to revel in his successful moves. But Grier's sons can read him and are knowledgeable enough about sports to figure it out for themselves. Chris Grier is the Miami Dolphins' director of college scouting.
"He'll never let me or anyone else know about it or talk about it," Mike Grier said, "but just being around him and talking with my brother, I know that he's pretty proud of that draft class and Tom in particular.
"He did his homework, and for me personally, it's something every time Tom does something and plays the way he does, it puts a smile on my face the way things ended for my dad there in New England. But I think he did a pretty good job. I'm very proud of him for what he did there."
Mike Grier grew up a Patriots fan. He was born in Detroit while his father was running backs coach at Eastern Michigan. The family moved to Massachusetts when Grier took a job at Boston College in 1978 and joined the Patriots three years later.
Mike Grier starred on the ice for St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Mass., and then Boston University. He was an All-American and finalist for the 1995 Hobey Baker Award, college hockey's version of the Heisman Trophy.
But Mike Grier can't root for the Patriots anymore, not given his dad's departure and his brother's role with the AFC East rival Dolphins.
"It's hard for me," Mike Grier said with a laugh. "I grew up hating those guys. But I root for them every Sunday."
So what does a Dolphins fan with connections to the front office think they'll do with the 15th pick?
"I don't know," Mike Grier said. "But I'd like to see them get a quarterback or a running back."
The single-elimination tournament forced players to launch the ball back and forth at each other, and the last two standing were safety Sha'reff Rashad and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka. Fewell declared Rashad the winner because Kiwanuka threw the ball over his head. But the main thing was that every defender was shouting and laughing, which didn't bring back memories of the regrettable Bill Sheridan era.
It appears Fewell will bring a lot more energy to the table, but general manager Jerry Reese said after practice that the players would ultimately have to be the ones to deliver.
"Bill Sheridan gets thrown under the bus," said Reese, who was sipping on Pedialyte to battle a stomach virus. "I don't care if Vince Lombardi's calling the plays, you have to go out and execute the plays."
The "hot potato" drill was the high point of the afternoon, because the rest of practice was pretty much a jog-through. But I still jotted down some observations for those of you who are still reading this entry:
- I'm sure Coughlin loved watching cornerback Aaron Ross make some nice adjustments to the ball in interception drills. Ross spent most of last season's training camp nursing a hamstring injury, but he was one of the quickest players on the field in Sunday's practice. When he did drop an interception, he picked up the ball and spiked it into the ground. He just looked more intense then some of his teammates, and I think that has something to do with him missing so much time last season. And maybe the fact that he wants to play cornerback, not safety.
- Defensive tackle Chris Canty appears to be in excellent condition and that's why he was singled out by Coughlin after practice. Coughlin used a different phrase to describe running back Gartrell Johnson's conditioning: "Rigor mortis." Needless to say, he was not impressed with how Johnson performed on his conditioning test.
- Reese doesn't think rookies Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph need to be babied early in camp. He told us that both players will be thrown into the defensive line rotation from the start, and that he expects immediate results. I'll keep a close eye on those guys during Monday's sessions. They were mostly involved with the scout team Sunday.
- I'm hesitant to tell you that Ramses Barden is once again off to a quick start. I sort of went overboard on Barden after watching him in camp last year, and then he couldn't get on the field during the season. He's now catching everything with his hands instead of his body and everything seems smooth. Reese said Barden can be a "difference maker" this season.[+] EnlargeAP Photo/Hans PenninkGiants general manager Jerry Reese expects immediate results from first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul, right.
- For a man who had ACL surgery about seven months ago, I thought 33-year-old Keith Bulluck looked pretty quick in drills. The Giants will bring him along slowly, but I do think middle linebacker is his job to lose. It had to be strange for him to start a training camp with another team after a decade with the Titans. When the horn blew to go to the next drill, you could tell that Bulluck was a little unsure what to do. But he's a highly intelligent player who will catch on quickly.
- Some of my beat-writing buddies were so busy tweeting about how poorly rookie punter Matt Dodge was hitting the ball that they might have missed two consecutive 55-yard bombs with excellent hangtime.
- Hakeem Nicks is so far down the road compared to last year at this time that it's silly. He does a nice job of staying low when he comes out of his breaks. Sort of reminds me of Terry Glenn in his younger days. Glenn was an excellent route runner when he first got to the Cowboys in 2003. Tony Romo used to marvel at how Glenn consistently got open against some of the top cornerbacks in the league. Nicks looks like he's run about 800 of those quick hooks this offseason.
- Eli Manning hit Derek Hagan on a fly pattern down the right sideline. Manning actually threw a duck, but the ball reached its intended target. Manning's also on the Barden bandwagon: "Well he had a really good spring. Last year he didn’t get a whole lot of playing time, when he did get in he made some things happen," Manning said before Sunday's practice. "But he had a really good spring, he’s a smart guy, he understands the offense and what’s going on, especially for a guy who hasn’t had much playing experience. So it’ll be good to get him in the preseason games and other games and see how he does. But he’s a big target with big hands and he’s excited about what he can do and how he can help improve our offense."
- I think tight end Travis Beckum will be one of the breakout players from this camp. Reese and Coughlin have both bragged on him, and he's already displaying a lot more confidence. He's a big target with some speed. If Beckum can take the next step, he and Boss could be an effective duo.
- Mario Manningham had his ups and downs last season, but on Sunday, he caught everything thrown his way. I like how all the Giants receivers are snatching the ball out of the air instead of letting it get into their bodies.
- Cornerback Terrell Thomas might emerge as one of the better cover guys in the division. He had a solid season in '09 and he appeared to be closing fast on everything thrown in his direction Sunday. After Mike Jenkins and perhaps Asante Samuel, I think you have to think about putting Thomas in there. He has so much confidence right now.
- For the Giants, this camp is going to be about reclaiming their identity as a physical football team. I heard that from almost everyone Sunday. And a lot of that starts with the running game. New York had to lean heavily on the passing game in '09 because the run wasn't working. The Giants made some changes in the offseason, but a lot of these guys were around for the embarrassment of '09. They're not going to dwell on that .500 season, but it's a decent point of reference. I also like the fact that none of the players and coaches are trying to pin everything on injuries in '09. Some of it had to do with the Giants flat-out stinking, and that's being acknowledged.
- Some of you guys want to know how the offensive linemen look. I'll take a long look at those guys tomorrow. Let's hope Coughlin lets them bang around a little bit in the morning. Not much meat on the bone in Sunday's practice.
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Each Wednesday leading up to the NFL draft (April 22-24), the ESPN.com blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: The decision-makers.
Several key members of the Bills' front office will be in unfamiliar roles for the draft. Rookie general manager Buddy Nix has been a consigliere for decades, but he has never overseen a draft. Assistant general manager Doug Whaley will be in Buffalo's war room for the first time after handling pro personnel for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chan Gailey hasn't gone into a draft as the head coach for 11 years. The most prominent holdover is vice president of college scouting Tom Modrak. The Bills fired pro personnel chief John Guy after last season.
This will be the third Dolphins draft for football operations boss Bill Parcells, general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano. There's little doubt whose voice is most authoritative in the command center. Parcells handpicked Ireland and Sparano. Each is beholden to him. But that doesn't mean they're "yes" men. One of the qualities Parcells values most from his support staff is the ability to proffer a dissenting opinion. With that in mind, it's interesting Miami's director of college scouting is Chris Grier, son of former Patriots and Texans executive Bobby Grier. Parcells eventually left the Patriots after a disagreement with Bobby Grier about drafting receiver Terry Glenn. Parcells didn't want Glenn. Grier did. Patriots owner Robert Kraft sided with Grier, instigating Parcells' infamous "buy the groceries" lament.
New England Patriots
Patriots overlord Bill Belichick is entering his second draft without right-hand man Scott Pioli, who is now running the show in Kansas City. Belichick manages every personnel move within the organization. He receives help from senior football adviser Floyd Reese (the former Tennessee Titans general manager) and director of player personnel Nick Caserio, but Belichick has the first, second and final say. We've already noted Kraft reserves the right to get involved. But he won't go against a coach who has brought him three Lombardi trophies.
New York Jets
Parcells protégé Mike Tannenbaum is entering his fifth draft as general manager and his second with Rex Ryan. The opinionated coach has considerable say on whom the team selects, especially when it comes to defensive players. Tannenbaum isn't afraid to make moves on the fly, executing several trades to move up and select key players: quarterback Mark Sanchez, running back Shonn Greene, cornerback Darrelle Revis and linebacker David Harris. Tannenbaum and Ryan lean on top college scout Joey Clinkscales, who interviewed to be Dolphins general manager before Ireland got the gig.
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- Dan Reeves said he walked away from the Dallas Cowboys because Jerry Jones wanted an "hours" requirement in the contract. It's amazing that Jones let something this petty stand in the way of doing a deal with Reeves -- if he truly wanted to get it done.
- Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more on why the deal fell apart.
- Dallas Morning News columnist Kevin Sherrington looks at the George Bailey angle in this Reeves story.
- Randy Galloway of 103.3 FM ESPN says that Dallas has become Oakland East.
- Tim MacMahon of Cowboys Blog fame has done a superb job of compiling everything on this topic.
- Stay classy, Terry Glenn.
- Phil Sheridan wants the Eagles to hire another personnel man.
- Is T.J. Houshmandzadeh headed to Philly?
- Would you take Phil Simms in his prime over Donovan McNabb?
- Eli Manning's enjoying his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
- Justin Tuck won't let injuries hold him up.
- David Elfin of the Washington Times talks about the Redskins' new tight ends coach.
- The Redskins have signed a couple of guys to futures contracts, but I think NFC Beast enthusiast Shaun Suisham is safe.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Chances are, at least one person in your family is every bit the athlete Greg Camarillo is.
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|Greg Camarillo might not be the prototypical NFL receiver, but he leads the Dolphins with 372 receiving yards.|
He is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. He ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at his pro workout day before the draft. He wears size medium gloves.
Drive toward the illuminated light stanchions in your town on a Friday night and look through the chain-link fence. You'll see high school players who fit Camarillo's general description.
Those kids could play in the NFL, too. They almost certainly won't. If it was that easy, then Camarillo's story wouldn't be considered exceptional.
"I'm still amazed by it sometimes," Camarillo said while hunkered over a plastic plate of barbeque chicken, rice and beans at his stall in the Miami Dolphins locker room. "I wasn't supposed to be here.
"Pretty much every step of my journey I wasn't supposed to take the next step. Odds were against me. That's how my athletic career has been. I've always been the underdog, and I kind of like that."
Unrecruited, unable to score in college, not invited to the scouting combine and undrafted is not a good formula for becoming a go-to NFL target.
Yet Camarillo, who forever will be remembered as the hero who saved the Dolphins from the embarrassment of a winless season last year, leads them with 32 catches for 372 yards and a touchdown.
He has more catches than last year's ninth overall draft pick (Ted Ginn) and has started every game, while a handsomely paid offseason acquisition (Ernest Wilford) and a 2006 third-round pick (Derek Hagan) watch in street clothes.
"He's a guy that from the day that I walked in the door here has done nothing but make plays," Dolphins first-year head coach Tony Sparano said. "Every practice that I'm out there, Camarillo separates from somebody, makes a play, dives for a ball, makes a great catch, beats somebody that he's not maybe on paper not supposed to beat in man-to-man coverage."
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- Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Sal Maiorana tells the compelling story of rookie RB Xavier Omon. The small-school star lost one brother to a drunk driver and another to suicide. Sadly, that's not all.
- Buffalo News reporter Rodney McKissic talks with FB Darian Barnes about a position that's starting to get as specialized as long snapper.
- Miami Herald scoopmeister Barry Jackson shares some inside chatter on QB Chad Henne and WR Terry Glenn, among other subjects.
- Palm Beach Post reporter Edgar Thompson writes coach Tony Sparano, unlike his predecessor, won't be giving his veterans a pass during preseason games.
- Associated Press writer Antonio Gonzalez gives a glimpse of RB Ricky Williams' newfound enthusiasm for football.
- Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald writes the quarterbacks have no clue how the snaps will be doled out in Saturday's preseason opener.
New England Patriots
- Boston Globe reporter Mike Reiss analyzes the offensive line with its Super Bowl letdown as a backdrop.
- Boston Herald reporter Karen Guregian shines a spotlight on questions surrounding the Patriots' defense.
- LB Mike Vrabel returned from the PUP list, but he probably won't play in Thursday's preseason opener.
New York Jets
- The New York Daily News gives insight on Tuesday night's Brett Favre talks.
- Newark Star-Ledger scribe Dave Hutchinson writes second-year CB Darrelle Revis is making a name for himself.
- New York Post reporter Mark Hale takes a look at OLB Calvin Pace, who will make his Jets debut in Thursday's preseason opener.
- Jets coach Eric Mangini and Dolphins counterpart Tony Sparano are on the same page: Draw up a depth chart, then tell everyone to ignore it.
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New York Jets
- The Jets haven't been working out a new deal with TE Chris Baker as many assumed, reports New York Daily News writer Rich Cimini.
- Meanwhile, rookie TE Dustin Keller is making an impression in his first camp.
- The Jets jumped at the chance to sign former Rutgers S Ron Girault after the undrafted rookie was cut by the Chiefs.
- USA Today's season preview predicts an abundance of blossoming young players could end an eight-year playoff drought.
- SI.com insider Don Banks is calling the Bills his surprise team in the AFC. "The buzz is real," WR Lee Evans tells Banks.
- The Bills would rather keep T Langston Walker on the right side, but Jason Peters remains AWOL.
- New offensive coordinator Turk Schonert says the Bills will use their fullback, and free agent Darian Barnes looks like the man.
- Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero says free-agent WR Terry Glenn is not the answer and shouldn't be signed.
- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reporter Harvey Fialkov writes Glenn could be Mr. Miyagi.
- Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post takes a look at how WR Ted Ginn's development is starting to catch up to his speed.
- Maybe it's the Boomer Grigsby Curse. In looking at rebuilding projects, Pro Football Weekly columnist Matt Sohn writes the Dolphins are doing it right. Not so much for the Chiefs.
New England Patriots
- S Rodney Harrison called his encounter with RB Laurence Maroney "a kiss on the cheek." Somebody get Laurence an ice bag.
- Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley measures the disparate trust levels WR Randy Moss and Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez have built/frittered in New England.
- Quincy Patriot Ledger reporter Glen Farley checks in with WR Kelley Washington, who's hoping to be more than a special teamer. Washington played 14 games last year but had zero catches.
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New England Patriots
- LB Tedy Bruschi explains to Boston Herald columnist Tony Massarotti why Brett Favre should stay retired. "When you say you're going to hang it up, that's got to be your (final) decision," Bruschi said.
- Providence Journal reporter Shalise Manza Young checks in on the Tank Williams experiment. Is he a LB? He claims he's not sure.
- He wasn't exactly Steve Tasker for the Bills, but the Patriots saw enough out of WR Sam Aiken to sign him up for their special teams.
- K Stephen Gostkowski said his lack of long field-goal attempts last year was because the offense was so good it rarely left him too far away.
- Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Sal Maiorana writes WR Lee Evans was staunchly behind J.P. Losman in last year's QB controversy, but Trent Edwards has won him over. Good thing because Edwards will be the one throwing him the ball.
- Losman missed Tuesday night's sloppy practice under the lights with a swollen passing thumb.
- The Bills pray DT John McCargo can overcome his faulty foot to make an impact. "We are hoping like hell that he can take that next step and play like we hoped," D-line coach Bill Kollar told the Buffalo News.
- Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote writes about RB Ricky Williams' self-reclamation project. Not many outside South Florida have addressed what, at the moment, seems a tired tale, but Williams' return will become the team's biggest storyline of '08.
- The Miami Herald headline says WR Derek Hagan is "getting rave reviews." But if he were really standing out, then they probably wouldn't be going after Terry Glenn.
- Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post catches up with young ILB Channing Crowder, who has the unenviable task of replacing the beloved Zach Thomas.
New York Jets
- At a time when most everybody else has been wishy-washy about the Jets' quarterback situation, Chad Pennington is refreshingly blunt. New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden is convinced Pennington should be the starter.
- Newsday beat reporter Eric Boland writes CB/KR Justin Miller is happy to be on his feet after missing much of last year's camp with a bum hammy and blowing out his right knee in Week 2.
- J.P. Pelzman of the Bergen Daily Record takes a look at G Alan Faneca's role in anchoring the Jets offensive line.
- Another big-ticket free agent, OLB Calvin Pace, is trying to overcome perceptions in Arizona he was a bust.
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|Could being reunited with Bill Parcells get former Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn back on track?|
The Miami Dolphins are willing to take a chance on oft-injured WR Terry Glenn.
Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting the former Dallas Cowboys receiver is about to rejoin Bill Parcells again. Engel cited two unnamed sources in his story out of Oxnard, Calif., where the Cowboys are holding camp.
The signing would reunite Glenn and Parcells a third time. Parcells, now the Dolphins football operations boss, coached Glenn with the New England Patriots and the Cowboys.
Yes, Glenn is the player Parcells once referred to as "she," but Glenn eventually won him over. Ninety catches for 1,132 yards as a rookie will do that. Glenn, who turned 34 last week, has amassed 1,000 receiving yards four times in his 12 NFL seasons. He caught 70 passes for 1,047 yards and six touchdowns two seasons ago.
The Cowboys cut Glenn on Friday over concerns about his right knee. He underwent two surgeries last year and missed 15 games. But when Glenn was healthy, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano was impressed.
Sparano, who spent the previous five seasons as a highly involved Cowboys offensive assistant, was asked about Glenn on Saturday. He agreed Glenn could be a dangerous threat for somebody.
"That's the way he looked," Sparano said of Glenn's late-season return in '07. "He looked like the Terry Glenn that I knew."
Glenn's value would be enhanced if he can be a mentor to fellow Ohio State product Ted Ginn Jr., a receiver and return specialist the Dolphins selected ninth overall last year.
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- If Jason Peters' teammates are bothered by the Pro Bowler's contract dispute, they're not about to say it publicly -- yet.
- Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Sal Maiorana writes about the Bills' abounding playoff optimism -- even though they've gone 53-75 since 2000 and have one winning season in that span.
- Sun-Sentinel columnist Ethan J. Skolnick wonders who will emerge as the face of the franchise now that DE Jason Taylor and LB Zach Thomas are gone. My guess is, for better or worse, Ricky Williams. He's the most compelling player on the roster and the national media's only go-to subject for an interesting storyline.
- The Cowboys have cut WR Terry Glenn. Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero thinks he might be headed to the Dolphins to hook up with Bill Parcells a third time.
- Ronnie Brown tells the Miami Herald's Jeff Darlington what Williams revealed in Austin, Texas, weeks ago: The Dolphins running backs think they each can rush for 1,000 yards this year.
- Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post compares Parcells' latest rebuilding project with another 1-15 team he inherited. Parcells took over the Jets in 1997, finishing 9-7.
New England Patriots
- The Patriots announced Saturday morning they have signed rookie OL Lav Bauta two days after cutting him. The move was possible because veteran OL Gene Mruczkowski has retired.
- The biggest positional question mark of Patriots camp is at left cornerback, and injury-prone Fernando Bryant heads into camp the favorite to win the job vacated by Asante Samuel.
- TE Ben Watson claims his surgically repaired right ankle is doing fine.
- New TE Marcus Pollard sounds like he'll do whatever it takes to get involved in the offense: "If [Tom Brady] tells me to hide eggs, I'm hiding eggs even if it's not Easter." What about candy corn when it's not Halloween?
New York Jets
- New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica tells the Jets they'd be morons not to go after Brett Favre so they can compete for relevancy in a market that includes the Super Bowl champs and the Yankees. Not so much the Knicks.
- Bob Glauber of Newsday thinks it would be a colossal mistake to trade for Favre.
- New York Times reporter Greg Bishop writes about the Jets' evasiveness in addressing their interest in Favre.
- In case you missed it while watching Favre coverage, the Jets made their contract official with sixth overall draft pick Vernon Gholston. "Anyone interested in talking about Vernon?," GM Mike Tannenbaum pleaded with the New York media.