The AFC Notebook

A weekly look at the news, views and hits from around the AFC.

New England Patriots sign little known wide receiver Rod Owens and tight end Carson Butler to deals earlier this week. The Pats' defense took a hit when outside linebacker Derrick Burguess was placed on the reserve/did not report roster. Owens played college at Florida State and was with the St. Louis Rams previously. This will be Butler's sixth NFL team per Yahoo!Sports. The two reported to camp this week and received their complimentary hoodies.

Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker A.J. Edds will miss the entire 2010 season following an injury sustained during the fourth day of training camp. Yahoo!Sports reports that Edds' injury was a torn ACL. It looks like Dolphin's seventh round pick Austin Spitler will replace Edds in the team's line up.

Another target for Carson Palmer is now in the fold. Cincinnati first-round draft pick Jermaine Gresham ended a holdout that kept the tight end away for six days of training camp. According to, Gresham agreed to a deal with the Bengals on Monday and is expected to arrive in Bengals camp. He will then automatically be processed by local authorities and law enforcement since he is now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals and that comes with the territory.

From Latrobe, Pa.; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is lighting it up according to offensive coordinator Bruce Arias who stated this is the best preseason he has seen out of Roethlisberger. The infamous quarterback has yet to be intercepted during the team's drills and has gone entire practices without throwing an incompletion Arias reported to MSNBCSports. No word on how his passes are going with the ladies in town.

In Jets' news, running back LaDanian Tomlinson states he has no reaction to the statements made by his former teammates on the San Diego Chargers regarding his departure. Tomlinson says that he has no reaction because he's "so focused in this football team and job at hand." Tomlinson has had a very solid camp and head coach Rex Ryan said he still sees the same burst in the player that made him an All-Pro and one of the most feared offensive players in the league.

From the old friends file…in Minnesota, Brett Favre has announced his plans to retire for the fourth time…or has he? The now 40 year old quarterback cited the slower than anticipated recuperation of his ankle following an off season surgery as the primary reason for this retirement. says that fellow Vikings' player Jared Allen summed it up best stating; "I still hope we see him in a couple of weeks. But the sun is going to rise tomorrow and we're going to have football whether Brett Favre shows up or not." Then on Wednesday, Favre showed up near his hometown in Mississippi and played toss and catch with the local high school team, much like he did the last two seasons…

The Jets will face Baltimore in week one and the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Ravens' cornerback Lardarius Webb is having an impressive camp.

Addition by subtraction. Several media outlets are reporting that there is optimism in Oakland and the reason for that optimism is the fact that the Raiders are now Jamarcus Russell free. The thought process is that the defense isn't half bad and if the offensive line can gel, the team has a chance at a few wins this season. Don't sleep on the Raiders quite yet…Steve Wyche at has a good look at the Raiders and it's a piece worth checking out.

The debate is ongoing about Tim Tebow's readiness to start in Denver and now Woody Paige has jumped into the mix. In a Denver Post piece, Paige says that while Tebow may not be able to read NFL defenses quite like Peyton Manning, he's still a playmaker and versatile, quick on his feet and has a proven track record of being able to take what a play offers him. Paige thinks Tebow can be a very good NFL quarterback.

Lauren Benson writes the weekly AFC Notebook for

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