Newswire Items 6/9/06
-- Times have changed for the AFC East over the past few seasons. Two years ago, the Buffalo Bills barely missed being the third AFC East team in the playoffs compared with last season where the New England Patriots alone represented the division as the AFC's fouth seed. Each team underwent significant roster changes promising the fans a surprising 2006 season.
New England Patriots' Chad Jackson looks to be a good compliment to wide receiver Deion Branch. Miami Dolphins' Daunte Culpepper and Ronnie Brown will help the Dolphins challenge. New York Jets Rookie linemen D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold are expected to bolster a young offensive line Buffalo Bills wide receiver Peerless Price appears to be the key to the offensive success this season.
-- Recently returned Patriots veteran Tebucky Jones thinks the idea of bringing back former Patriots is a good idea. He would like to see veteran free agent Ty Law return to New England. Jones and Law were teammates when the Patriots won their fist Super Bowl together in 2001.
-- New England Patriot Ty Warren is known as "Boss Hogg" because he is "kind of bullish". Warren has been working hard during the off-season preparing himself to join a defensive line that some are touting as the best in the NFL. According to the Boston Herald Warren pooh-poohed the idea of being the best. "We really don't listen to much of that
" Warren said.
-- Former Patriots running back DeCori Birmingham signed with the New York Giants this week. Birmingham spent time with the New England Patriots during training camp last season. Although he didn't stick in New England, the Jets quickly grabbed him off the wire and put him on their roster. The Patriots could have used Birmingham when they suffered a rash of injuries at the postion and were forced to sign players off the street.
-- The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Patriot receiver Scott McCready, recently of NFL Europe. McReady won a Super Bowl with the 2001 Patriots. He has been in NFL Europe since being released by the Patriots, and ranks second overall in the league's career receptions and yardage.
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