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AFC East Whispers

Jets worried about OLG spot

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By PFW staff

We've been hearing a number of whispers from around the AFC East, including the following:

• Jets coaches are worried about their interior offensive line. The team had hoped that second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse would win the OLG spot vacated by Alan Faneca, who was released in the offseason. But Ducasse struggled in training camp, and the job has gone to Matt Slauson, a sixth-round pick in 2009 who appeared in three games last season.

• Cornerback is the strongest position on the Bills. Leodis McKelvin, the No. 11 pick in the 2008 draft, is the team's nickel back, but that's not due to a lack of production. According to our team observers, his spot on the depth chart is not an indictment of McKelvin but instead a compliment for starting RCB Drayton Florence, who had 11 pass deflections last season.

• When the Patriots cut Derrick Burgess, they showed confidence in rookie OLB Jermaine Cunningham being their long-term guy on the outside, even though he might not start in Week One as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain. We hear that Cunningham is big, tough and physical and can set the edge better than the Patriots' outside linebackers did last season.

• While rookie Koa Misi is likely the Dolphins' strong-side linebacker of the future, he will share time with Ikaika Alama-Francis to start the season. We hear Alama-Francis is better at setting the edge, and Misi is better in pass coverage and a better pass rusher, so expect them to rotate on running and passing downs.

Randy Moss made headlines again, telling CBS Sports that he doesn't feel wanted by the Patriots. Moss' contract is up at the end of this year, and this can go one of two ways for New England. Moss is a guy whose feelings have dictated his play before, but he will also be playing for a new contract.


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