Newswire: Pre-camp news and notes

News from around the web includes: Previewing the New England Patriots' upcoming season, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers talks to the media while quarterback Duante Culpepper continues to impress, the Buffalo Bills are building for the future and the New England Patriots Cheerleaders will be revealing the lovely ladies again in their 2007 swimsuit calendar.

Newswire Items 6/12/06

-- Last season many prognosticators wondered if the shine was beginning to wear off of the New England Patriots with the loss of their offensive and defensive coordinators. Despite that and the many injuries that plagued the Patriots, they finished strong and won another AFC East Division championship. A report published on the Jets official site discusses the Patriots strengths and weaknesses including free agent losses and pickups along with their rookie class.

-- Miami Dolphin wide receiver Chris Chambers spoke with the media following the first day of minicamp. Chambers gave his take on the Dolphins new quarterback Duante Culpepper along with his feelings regarding the upcoming season. Chambers told, "I'm very excited…It's about me getting polished and working on some of my weaknesses…"

-- Dolphin quarterback Duante Culpepper continues to be excited about his progress and accomplishments during minicamp. The Sun Sentinel reports that if Culpepper's rehab continues as planed, he should be ready for opening day against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

-- At the end of last season, the Buffalo Bills hired Marv Levy as their general manager and Dick Jauron as new head coach with the hopes of rebuilding the Bills into a playoff contender. Both have the same philosophy…"You play the game to win". discusses the difficulty ahead for the Bills in accomplishing that task.

-- Heading into 2005, the Buffalo Bills were the secoind best team in the NFL in total yards allowed. At seasons end, they ranked 29th in the same department. A report by the Niagara Gazette discusses the possibility of a new defensive scheme for the Bills.

-- The New England Patriot cheerleading squad will continue their revealing tradition with the release of their 2007 swimsuit calendar. According to the Boston Herald, the calendar will be available sometime in August.

-- San Diego Charger head coach Marty Schottenheimer was pleased with the performance of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers during their minicamp. Schottenheimer tells ESPN, "Its hard for me to give A's to anybody this early. But I would say a B-plus. I thought he did a terrific job. I was very pleased."

-- Christian Fauria is anxious for a fresh start in Washington. The former New England Patriot tight end signed with the Redskins as a free agent this off-season and is ready to get started with his new teammates. Although it was tough to leave, the move to Washington allows Fauria an opportunity for more playing time.

"It was so easy in New England," the Fauria told the Washington Times. "My family loves it there. I know the offense like the back of my hand. I had a good relationship with the quarterback [Tom Brady]. I had a lot of friends there. But my playing time was dwindling."

-- Minicamp opens tomorrow at Gillette Stadium for the full complement of Patriots players, veterans adn rookies alike. The Patriots have a number of subplots ready to play out, noteably competition at a number of roster spots. The Boston Globe previews some of those postion battles in time for the three day camp.

These articles and more can be found in Monday's Newswire


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