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We've been hearing the following whispers around the AFC:

• After doctors had estimated that it could take a year for Bills OG Eric Wood to recover from a November compound fracture in his left leg, the second-year player was able to participate in 11-on-11 drills during the team's June minicamp. His reps are being limited, but Wood said he is feeling good and expects to be fully ready for training camp. With the starting right guard possibly being Buffalo's best lineman in '09, his presence will be critical for a shaky offense.

• Don't expect Patriots WR Torry Holt to flame out like Joey Galloway did in 2009. Holt has done some good work with the first team and is a favorite to make the roster at this point.

• Broncos CB Champ Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, recently said he and Bailey are disappointed that the Broncos have not approached them to discuss a contract extension, but a training-camp holdout for Bailey can be ruled out, we hear. Bailey is in the final year of his deal. Prior to Reale's comments, Bailey had said that he'd play out the contract and would wait his turn for a new deal, noting that OLB Elvis Dumervil is also waiting to receive a long-term contract.

• One Ravens rookie who had a good spring was fifth-round WR David Reed. "David's done a real nice job," head coach John Harbaugh told Baltimore reporters in June. "… We'll have to see in training camp how much he's going to express himself and earn some playing time."

• The way we hear it, two Jaguars veterans, C Brad Meester and OG Kynan Forney, were the most impressive interior linemen for the team this spring. After the acquisition of OG Justin Smiley in a May trade, OG Vince Manuwai is not a sure thing to make the roster, and some of the criticism Meester received last season should have been directed toward Manuwai.

• The Colts could have a "diamond in the rough" in fifth-round TE Brody Eldridge, according to team insiders. "He was really impressive in the OTAs," said one daily team observer of Eldridge, whom the Colts are counting on primarily as an in-line blocker in short-yardage situations. "For a big guy, he is really athletic and showed a lot as a receiver. If teams forget about him, he could be a factor."
 
• The progress of Texans WRs Dorin Dickerson and Trindon Holliday bears watching when Houston begins to pare its roster in the preseason, the way we hear it. Dickerson, a converted tight end, and Holliday, a ultrafast former running back who can also return kicks, both have a ways to go in their development at wide receiver, but both have some intriguing raw skills.

• The Jaguars may have found the answer they have been looking for in the return game in rookie CB Scotty McGee, whose quickness and instincts as a return man have been very impressive this spring.
 
• WR Troy Williamson may be on his last life with the Jaguars. Williamson has been virtually invisible so far this offseason.

• The Chargers' June 21 release of SS Kevin Ellison, who was arrested in May for possessing 100 Vicodin pills without a prescription, has opened up a spot in the starting lineup to be decided in training camp. We hear the team really likes what it has seen from fourth-round rookie Darrell Stuckey, who stood out in offseason practices, but fifth-year veteran Steve Gregory is expected to give him solid competition for the job. It's a battle to watch this August in San Diego.

• The Broncos cut P A.J. Trapasso on June 15, which left Britton Colquitt, who hasn't attempted a punt in an NFL game, as the team's only punter. We hear there's still a chance Denver will sign a veteran to compete in training camp, but it's Colquitt's job for now. The Broncos switched punters during last season, cutting Brett Kern and replacing him with the well-traveled Mitch Berger, who is now a free agent.

• The Dolphins rewarded ILB Tim Dobbins with a two-year contract extension a couple months after acquiring him from the Chargers, but it doesn't appear he's a threat to take a starting spot from Channing Crowder yet. Dobbins took reps next to Karlos Dansby with the first-team defense when Crowder was out recovering from a foot injury, but Crowder was back with the first unit in OTAs earlier this month. Dobbins will contribute most on special teams.

 

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