Newswire: Bethel Johnson As No. 2?

News from around the web includes: New England Patriots' Doug Flutie takes a final jab at his critics, Patriot's wide receiver, Bethel Johnson fighting to keep his career afloat with the hopes of being the Patriots No. 2 receiver and Indianapolis Colt's Marvin Harrison to undergo surgery. These stories and more in today's newswire.

Newswire Items 5/22/06


-- Throughout Doug Fluties' career, fans have been behind him, his critics have not. With the announcement of his retirement last Monday, Flutie found opportunity to poke one last jab at his critics. "I'm going to announce my retirement and they'll say 'See, I told you he [Flutie] couldn't do it.'" Reports the San Diego Union Tribune. With that comment comes the bitterness that Flutie has had during his career always wanting to prove himself as an NFL quarterback and never getting the recognition he felt he deserved.

-- Selected 45th in the 2003 draft, Patriot's wide receiver Bethel Johnson is at the crossroads of his career. With the departure of David Givens, Johnson is hoping to have a shot at the No. 2 receiver position. Over the past three years, Johnson has only had 34 receptions and was inactive during last years' playoffs. ''If they wrote me off, I'd be gone by now," Johnson told the Boston Globe.

-- Former Patriot David Givens has been getting a little heat over the number assigned to him in Tennessee. Givens, who wore No. 87 for the Patriots, will be wearing No. 89 with the Titans. The last player to wear 89 in Tennessee was Frank Wycheck, the ever-popular tight end who retired in 2003. Wycheck was part of the Music City Miracle play that enabled Tennessee to defeat the Buffalo Bills on the last play of their Wildcard game.

-- Indianapolis Colt's Marvin Harrison will undergo elbow surgery according to the Associated Press. Colts' head coach Tony Dungy indicated the surgery was planned. Harrison will not be participating in the Colts five week workout program.

-- Donnie Edwards' days in San Diego may be coming close to an end. Speculation about Edwards' future as a Charger has picked up steam since the linebacker's rift with the front office has become more public. Even with the voice of support for Edwards by the coaching staff, he may see his walking papers come June 1st, the annual ritual of roster cuts by teams looking to unload overpriced veterans. The North County Times believes cutting Edwards would be a mistake similar to the release of pro bowl safety Rodney Harrison, just a few years ago.

-- How preparations for the '06 season are progressing in New York with the Jets' new coaching staff is a matter of opinion. Many pundits believe the Jets staff are too inexperienced to get the program on track their first season. Those pundits may not remember that Jets' offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was part of the offensive coaching staff that directed the Charger offense in a 41-17 drubbing of the Patriots last season. Current Jets head coach, and former Patriots defensive coordinator, Eric Mangini's recalls how Schottenheimer is able to think "outside the box."

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