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Updated: March 25, 2004, 11:42 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
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Cincinnati Bengals: Last year WR Chad Johnson said he was confident he would gain 1,800 yards. Although he had a great season, he fell 445 yards short of his goal. But that didn't stop him from making the same boast this year. Johnson will have a new quarterback but he feels that Carson Palmer will be able to go downfield more and is a better match for his skills. "To have that ability to throw that deep ball with the arm strength to match my speed ... our system was not built around the deep ball," Johnson told the Cincinnati Enquirer, referring to previous seasons. "We were so good at the short and intermediate game. Any long balls we got were just a plus. But if we can be good at the short and intermediate stuff, and be good at the long ball also, which is something Carson is good at ..." Johnson recalled just four deep passes that were completed to him last year. He said eight or 10 should come his way this season.

Buffalo Bills: When coach Mike Mularkey was the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers he helped resurrect QB Kordell Stewart's career. Stewart remembers that, and now that he is a free agent he wouldn't mind following Mularkey to Buffalo. "This is obviously a situation that is somewhat of a no-brainer, but there are other facets to this," Stewart told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle when he visited Buffalo on Wednesday. "Going through this (free agent process) the second time, after being with Pittsburgh forever, you know what it's all about. You have to get agents and everybody else involved, all that good stuff. So as excited as I am, I have to step back and get a big picture and full glimpse of what's taken place. Whatever situation I end up in, it's going to be a good situation."

Kansas City Chiefs: Seemingly every offseason the Kansas City Chiefs propose changes to the league's playoff format and the overtime rules. This offseason will be no different. When the NFL's annual meetings begin Monday in Palm Beach, Fla. the Chiefs will ask the league to increase the playoff field by two teams to 14, or seven per conference. They would also like to change the overtime rules to allow for each team to have an offensive possession. The NFL's competition committee has studied the issues. Atlanta GM Rich McKay, the committee's co-chair, told the Kansas City Star the recommendation would be made to owners to defeat both proposals.

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