AFC EAST ROUNDTABLE: Minicamp Questions Pt 4

In Part 4 of this series we asked AFC East beat writers: What sleeper really helped himself in minicamp? In Buffalo, rookie Nic Harris could be a darkhorse at outside linebacker.

The fourth installment of this multi-part series on minicamps around the AFC East. Check back all week long for more updates.

What sleeper really helped himself in minicamp?

Alain Poupart (Dolphin Digest): That distinction probably would have to belong to nose tackle Paul Soliai, who needs to impress at every turn because he's heading into what just might be a make-or-break season for him. Soliai gained some weight early in the offseason, which certainly didn't endear him to his coaches, but by all accounts he performed well in the OTAs and minicamp.

 

Tyler Dunne (BuffaloFootballReport.com): I like Nic Harris at linebacker. Some scouts questioned whether or not the Bills reached for the Oklahoma standout. A prototypical 'tweener, Harris is too big to shine at safety in the pros. But as an outside 'backer in Buffalo's Tampa 2 scheme, Harris is in the right place. The team loves his ball-hawking presence. He should be able to roam. Harris told me his goal is to start. That's a real possibility with only Keith Ellison in his way. The terminology is still a work in progress, but if Harris can catch up mentally, he could be a surprise starter by opening day.

 

Dan Leberfeld (Jets Confidential): OLB Marques Murrell. While he was on the team last year, he hardly played, so I would still consider him a sleeper. He made a bunch of plays in the spring, as a pass rusher and also in coverage. The Appalachian State product looks like a guy who could really help the Jets pass rush in 2009. He has a great motor. He also has very good bloodlines. He is the brother of former NFL RB Adrian Murrell.

 

Jon Scott (Patriots Insider): I think that Sebastian Vollmer is going to open some eyes. He’s big (6-foot-7, 312-pounds), and has a lot of upside. Though the Patriots have their starting offensive line, it shouldn’t take long before Vollmer steps into the lineup. Considering Vollmer is the third tackle on the depth chart on either side, he has a long way to go to get ahead of the veterans in front of him. If Nick Kaczur struggles and the team opts not to retain Wesley Britt, Mark LeVoir or Ryan O’Callaghan, don’t be surprised to see Vollmer see playing time.

 

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Dan Leberfeld covers the New York Jets for Jets Confidential Magazine
Alain Poupart covers the Miami Dolphins as the Associate Editor of Dolphin Digest
Tyler Dunne covers the Buffalo Bills for the Buffalo Football Report
Jon Scott covers the New England Patriots for Patriots Insider


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