Links: Leach not out of picture in Miami

July, 19, 2013
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NFL.com's Adam Schein identifies the AFC East players who need to achieve -- and overachieve -- for each to team reach its potential.

Buffalo Bills

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly says his recovery from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor continues, although not quite as quickly as he would like.

Who can lead the Bills' defense from the middle linebacker position, Chris Brown of the team's official website wonders.

Brown also writes there are other candidates for the team's most important player, beyond defensive end Mario Williams.

Training camp begins in 10 days for the Bills, and the Buffalo News has a list of all the practices.

Miami Dolphins

While the Dolphins plan to enter training camp without offering free agent Vonta Leach a contract, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Leach is not completely out of the picture in Miami.

With Mike Dee leaving the Dolphins as their CEO, Salguero takes a closer look at one possible in-house candidate.

Two days before training camp starts, the Dolphins added first-year wide receiver Kenny Stafford to their 90-man roster.

Running back Lamar Miller continues to heap praise upon his workout partner, 49ers' Frank Gore. "Just learning from the guy who went to the University of Miami and is from the same neighborhood I'm from, pretty much it just takes my overall game to the next level," Miller told Erica A. Hernandez of the Sun-Sentinel.

New Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe chats with The Finsiders about what he'll bring to the defense as he joins the team following a Super Bowl run with the Ravens.

Cornerback Brent Grimes, a former Falcon, tells the team's official website that he's not sweating the Dolphins' home opener against Atlanta.

The Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly ranks the Dolphins' top 10 position battles.

New England Patriots

Stevan Ridley makes the cut as a running back who CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan would like to see crack the 300-carry mark this season and get the Patriots' offense back to the pre-2007 season style.

Steve Beauharnais could add value down the road for the Patriots' linebacking corps, writes ESPNBoston.com's Mike Rodak.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks asks -- and answers -- this question: How many Tom Brady passes will hit the ground without Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez, Danny Woodhead and a rehabbing Rob Gronkowski around this preseason?

"There's little doubting that (Chandler) Jones has many of the requisite skills to be an invaluable edge player for the Patriots, though the development of both his body and technique will play a part in his long-term outlook," writes Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com.

The Patriots' website finishes up its Position Battle series with a look at a pair of tight ends: Daniel Fells, a veteran in his second year with the Pats, and Zach Sudfeld, an undrafted free agent.

New York Jets

It's no coincidence that Chris Ivory was acquired by Jets general manager John Idzik, a former Seattle Seahawks executive, in an April trade. Ivory falls in at No. 13 on NFL.com's top 40 players most likely to Make the Leap in 2013. Also, CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan says Ivory could be the "sleeper of Fantasy drafts."

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com writes chemistry and two new starters on the offensive line could be an issue for the Jets early on.

The Jets withdrew their application for a helipad at their Florham Park training facility amid neighbors' opposition to the project, writes Justin Zaremba of NJ.com.

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