AFC EAST ROUNDTABLE: Minicamp Questions Pt 2

In Part 2 of this series we asked AFC East beat writers: Who is the one player on the team who stood out during the minicamp and might be ready for a breakout year?

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

Who is the one player on your team who stood out during the minicamp and might be ready for a breakout year?

Alain Poupart (Dolphin Digest): It's always dangerous to project a player's performance based on work in shorts, but Dolphins players and coaches were raving all spring about the work of 2007 first-round pick Ted Ginn Jr. The wide receiver has been a disappointment in his first two seasons in the league, but he seemed more decisive in his route running this spring and caught everything thrown his way -- at least in those workouts that were open to the media. The Dolphins clearly have a need for a true No. 1 receiver and maybe Ginn can be that guy. Of course, things are different when there's hitting involved, particularly in the case of Ginn, who's never been accused of being a physical receiver.

Tyler Dunne ( Seems kind of obvious, but you have to go with T.O. Owens made catches over the minicamp that no Bills receiver has made all decade. Trent Edwards, not exactly a quarterback that goes to the long ball, hooked up with Owens on bombs during the minicamps. No doubt, Turk Schonert would love to go deep more this season and open up an offense that's been shackled for so long. Owens is the key. Minicamp is minicamp. But still, Owens did not look like the aging receiver critics say he is. He will drastically change the complexion of Buffalo's offense from day one.

Dan Leberfeld (Jets Confidential): I would say wide receiver Brad Smith. He made several circus catches in the minicamp, and seems like a player ready to take a quantum leap this season. Over his first two years in the league, Smith was somewhat nondescript. But let’s keep in mind that he was a college quarterback at Missouri, and had to start at square one as a receiver after the Jets drafted him. It’s hard enough for college receivers to make the transition to the NFL, can you imagine who difficult it is for a rookie and second-year player who has never played the position?

But now, you get the sense that Smith is comfortable in his wide receiver skin, and is ready to make some things happen. Also, with Laveranues Coles gone, he’s going to get the ball thrown his way more. He got so few chances his first two years in the league, it was hard for him to get into any flow.

Jon Scott (Patriots Insider): Minicamp is tough to gauge standout players, but Tom Brady is the guy I didn’t expect to see jogging around, dropping back, throwing passes. When the big off-season question was whether or not he’d be ready in time for the regular season, minicamp was just a pipe dream. Looking around, New England has a better team on paper this year than last year. With a healthy Brady, the offense should be tough to contain.


Look for more in the series later this week

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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