Newswire: Branch, Law & Supplemental Draft

News from around the web includes: A look at the New England Patriots roster situation; A look at the early supplemental draft entries; More speculation on where Ty Law will land and Indianapolis Colt quarterback Peyton Manning's comments on the Colt's running game.

Newswire Items 6/23/06

-- New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch will more than likely work out his contract disputes with the Patriots by mid August. According to some experts Branch is rated as the No. 18 wide receiver in the league. The Patriots have a group of wide receivers that will benefit from the experience of Branch when he does return. In the backfield, the running back situation looks to be a dogfight between veteran Corey Dillon and rookie Laurence Maroney. With his ability to catch the football, Maroney is expected to share more playing time with Dillon.

-- Linebacker Ahmad Brooks from Virginia, fullback Ahmard Hall from Texas, defense end Jason Berryman from Iowa State and linebacker Dave Dixon from Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College have entered the NFL supplemental draft to be held on July 13th, according to the league's player personnel office. Yahoo Sports reports that players will have until June 30th to file for the supplemental draft.

-- Physical phenom Ahmad Brooks had his moment in the sun at Virgina's pro day for the NFL hopeful. Brooks, no longer welcome back to the Virginia football program, was afforded one more opportunity to show his stuff. This time instead of doing it on the field in front of thousands of fans, he went through the paces in front of a smaller, but more important crowd -- coaches and scouts from 22 NFL clubs. The Boston Herald reports that the Patriots were not one of the team's in attendance for the event.

-- New York Jet's new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer met with reporters recently and shed some light as to what to expect. Schottenheimer told the New York Post that he will bring passion and intensity to the offense and that the race for the starting quarterback is 'wide open'. Schottenheimer states, "All four guys [Chad Pennington, Patrick Ramsey, Brooks Bollinger and Kellen Clemens] have a great work ethic and everyone has handled the team well…"

-- Indianapolis Colt starting quarterback Peyton Manning is sorry to see running back Edgerrin James leave. Manning jokingly told ESPN that possibly he [Manning] could take up some of the slack left by James, which "might catch the defenses off guard." But Manning also has a good deal of confidence in the running backs the Colt's have selected to help replace James.

-- Cardinals Insider reports that free agent cornerback Ty Law is still available to teams willing to pay the price. According to the report the Cardinals are roughly $28 million under next season's cap, which would put them in the driver's seat to sign Law if money were the only obstacle. However, Arizona ownership is notorious for being tight with their spending meaning Law could very well end up as a Kansas City Chief or a New England Patriot still.

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

 

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