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Jets excited about using Chris Johnson in the flat

BY DAN BEGNOCHEIt’s no secret that Chris Johnson is a spectacular runner – more than 1,300 yards of rushing offense per year (with a 2,000-plus season, to boot) on average can tell you that.But CJ2K in the flat, one-on-one with a linebacker? That’s a very different, but equally scary monster to face for any defense.That’s what the New York Jets were working on in practice...
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Center role ‘will take some time’ for Shelley Smith

BY DAN BEGNOCHEMiami Dolphins offensive lineman Shelly Smith hasn’t played center since his days at Colorado State.Come Friday morning, however, it was he who was snapping for a fully revamped Miami line unit that’s looking to rebound from the recent loss of its most valued player, Mike Pouncey.According to the Sun-Sentinel, Smith, who signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract...
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Revis: Being a Patriot is awesome in a weird way

BY NICK ST. DENISDarrelle Revis is with the enemy. Well, the used-to-be enemy.The former New York Jets star cornerback took the practice field this week with his new team, his ex-rival New England Patriots, and needless to say, it's been a bit of an adjustment--a good one, though.“It’s been awesome, but it’s been kind of weird in a way,” he said Friday, via ESPN Boston...
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Bills make minor moves, swap reserve defenders

BY EDITORThe Buffalo Bills announced Friday the signing of cornerback Bobby Felder, and in a corresponding move, the team released defensive tackle Colby Way.Felder entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. The 5-11, 200-pound Nicholls State product spent some time on the Vikings' practice squad prior to joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
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Dolphins' Tannehill knows 'it's a big year for myself'

BY SEAN DONOVANIn 2014, the Miami Dolphins look to build on the positives of last season and deliver the franchise's first postseason berth in six years.In the minds of Dolphins fans, however, the season is expected to produce an answer to the most significant question of the team's short term future: After two seasons of slow but steady growth, can Ryan Tannehill turn the...
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Belichick says Mayo has Bruschi-type leadership traits

BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe New England Patriots have a slew of recognizable names on their roster that can be classified as a team leader, from Tom Brady to Vince Wilfork.You can add veteran linebacker Jerod Mayo to that list.Coach Bill Belichick addressed the media prior to the team’s second training camp session Friday and was asked about the type of presence the seven-year vet brings...
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Belichick getting to know Patriots version of Revis

BY NICK ST. DENISBill Belichick got to see plenty of Darrelle Revis when the veteran cornerback was ruling the roost for half a decade in the New York Jets' defense.Now that Revis is donning New England Patriots digs, Belichick is getting a little different perspective this summer."Just on a personal level, I never had a personal relationship with him so I’ve enjoyed that...
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Pouncey on PUP, likely to miss first half of season

BY DAN BEGNOCHEFor a team that would like nothing more than to get back to a fully functioning offensive line, it looks like the Miami Dolphins may have to wait half the season to get it.One month ago, the leader of the team's line, center Mike Pouncey, underwent hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. Wednesday, a source told The Miami Herald that rehab could take up to four months...
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Brady: Work ethic is one of Thompkins' best attributes

BY DAN BEGNOCHENew England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins had a rookie year like most youngsters just starting out in the league -- flashes of brilliance clouded by a plethora of mistakes.The 25-year-old out of Cincinnati tallied 466 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games in 2013. He put up 127 yards in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons and even averaged 30 yards a catch...
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Searcy: Family adds 'fuel to the fire' to up his game

BY DAN BEGNOCHEIn three years with the Buffalo Bills, safety Da'Norris Searcy has been slowly but surely working himself in the starting secondary.After two promising years where his involvement and contributions to the defense grew, Searcy took more than 700 snaps with Mike Pettine's unit in 2013, tallying 3.5 sacks, an interception and even a touchdown.Now coming into his...
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Jets' Idzik primed for camp: 'Now we start to hit'

BY NICK ST. DENISThe New York Jets are in Cortland, priming to hit the field Thursday for the first training camp practice of 2014.Consider second-year general manager John Idzik ready.“Now we’re living together, now we don the pads (and) now we start to hit," Idzik said, via NewYorkJets.com. "We’re playing in a couple of weeks, so it feels like this is the dawn of...
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Patriots swap out a couple of reserve receivers

BY NICK ST. DENISThe New England Patriots announced Wednesday the re-signing wide receiver Greg Orton, releasing rookie wideout Tyler McDonald in the process.Orton, 28, was originally signed to the Patriots' practice squad at the end of December and released in May. The 6-foot-3, 199-pounder spent part of 2011 and all of 2012 on the Denver practice squad and went to training...
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Marrone doesn't see Dareus-gate as a distraction

BY DAN BEGNOCHEFirst, it was his offseason arrests. Then, a failed conditioning test Saturday. Sunday and Monday, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle was absent from training camp due to a court date for his first alleged crime in Alabama.Wednesday was the second consecutive day the 24-year-old was in attendance at camp, though still limited due his failed test. He reportedly participated...
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Mankins glad to have Gronkowski back in the mix

BY EDITORNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is cleared to play, according to coach Bill Belichick.Gronk avoided the Physically Unable to Perform list for the start of training camp, and it appears the rehab of the torn ACL he sustained last December is moving along. That's music to his teammates' ears as the squad prepares to take the practice field this week....
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Jets add situational rusher Babin to defensive front

BY EDITORThe New York Jets arrived to training camp Wednesday and immediately made a bit of news.Gang Green announced the signing of veteran defender Jason Babin, an 11th-year veteran with 62.5 career sacks and 14 forced fumbles to his name.The 34-year-old outside linebacker joins an already stount defensive front that apparently was in the market for a situational pass rusher given...
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Hopkins' fate with Bills hinges on specialist role

BY DAN BEGNOCHELast season, Dan Carpenter was brought in as an injury replacement for Buffalo Bills kicker Dustin Hopkins, following his release by the Miami Dolphins. He subsequently put up career bests in field goal percentage and points in 2014 and was awarded a four-year contract for his efforts.While a kick-off with the younger Hopkins seemed like a given this season now that...
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Mario, Bills' defense 'starting to grasp' new system

BY DAN BEGNOCHEWhile the Buffalo Bills' offense garnered much of the attention in the team's first two training camp sessions, the defense -- particularly the team's strong front four -- is boning up on the intricacies of Jim Schwartz's newly installed schematic.A season after posting the second-most sacks in the league, the Bills defensive squad will now try to replicate...
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Bills' Roosevelt excited to join all the 'Buffalo boys'

BY NICK ST. DENISAnd then there were four.With the Buffalo Bills' recent re-signing of receiver Naaman Roosevelt, the squad now has a two-pair of Buffalo natives, as he joins Derek Brim, Corey Graham and Mike Williams on the roster."I got released by Detroit and Buffalo called me right away," Roosevelt said Monday, via BuffaloBills.com. "It's crazy that there...
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Patriots swap pair of rookie free agent D-linemen

BY NICK ST. DENISIt was the swap heard 'round the world. Well, not really.The New England Patriots announced Monday that they've signed rookie free agent defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, a BYU product, and released rookie free agent Seali'i Epenesa, a defensive lineman out of UCLA.Manumaleuna, 25, was originally signed by the New York Giants in May, but the the...
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Kevin Faulk: Belichick 'right up there with Lombardi'

BY DAN BEGNOCHEEx-Patriot Kevin Faulk still lives and breaths football, just in a slightly different setting.Now three years removed from his 13-year stint with New England, the 38-year-old Louisiana native is back in his hometown of Carencro, where he coaches high school football and teaches physical education.He may not be in the huddle with likes of Tom Brady and Troy Brown anymore...
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Coples sheds weight in hopes of shedding blocks

BY NICK ST. DENISThis offseason, Quinton Coples has focused on improving the outside linebacker part of his game, as the hybrid defensive frontman has naturally been more comfortable at defensive end with his history at the position.Now that his role as a DE-slash-OLB is more clearly defined, Coples is making the proper adjustments. Those adjustments? Size.He's still 6-foot-6...
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Tannehill-Wallace out to fix more than just deep ball

BY NICK ST. DENISWe've written plenty about last year's deep-ball struggles between Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receiver Mike Wallace.Both players have acknowledged that improving the downfield connection is a must moving forward, though Tannehill is just as concerned with getting on the same page with Wallace on all the other parts of the field....
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Williams: Chemistry with E.J. a ‘one-day’ process

BY DAN BEGNOCHEWith changes abound throughout the Buffalo Bills' offense, one of the major concerns of fans and coaches alike is the time it will take for quarterback E.J. Manuel to meld with his supporting cast.With an abbreviated rookie year, a new quarterback coach and some additions in both the running and passing game, training camp will be a crucial time for everyone to...
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Marrone: This year we have a background with players

BY NICK ST. DENISIn Year 1, Doug Marrone was not only learning the basics of being a head coach in the NFL, but also simply learning the basics about his personnel.In 2014, Marrone is able to hit the ground running, and much of that has to do with his extensive knowledge of the team, something he didn't have as a rookie coach."Well, last year I didn’t know a lot of the...
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Jets focused on Patriots? 'Bull----,' says Rex Ryan

BY NICK ST. DENISApparently, Rex Ryan gets asked about whether his New York Jets spend their season-preparation time thinking about the New England Patriots.Apparently, that doesn't quite sit well with the sixth-year head coach.“Somebody asked me if we focus on New England. Bullsh–,” Ryan told The New York Post over the weekend. “We’re focused on us. We’re focused...
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