Bills hope Whitner will make more big plays

Posted Sept. 25, 2010 @ 3:39 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Here are some of the whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC East:

• With all the holes on the Bills' roster, SS Donte Whitner is far from a major concern for Buffalo coaches. Still, the team would like to see more production from the eighth overall pick of the 2006 draft. Whitner is a solid player who is good in both pass coverage and run support. But he rarely makes big plays, with only four interceptions, two fumbles forced and one sack in his career.

• Having WR Julian Edelman back and healthy provides yet another weapon for QB Tom Brady. Edelman missed most of the preseason and the season opener with a foot injury. We hear that Edelman will be placed in more specialized plays designed to get him the ball. The Patriots will likely get a little creative with the former college quarterback and find ways to get him the ball in space.

• WR David Clowney was cut by the Jets at the end of training camp because he didn't give a good effort on special teams, but he was re-signed after Week One because the team lacked speed at receiver. He is the Jets' No. 3 wideout at the moment, but he may not even be on the roster in a few weeks. With Santonio Holmes set to come off his suspension following Week Four, Clowney may be cut by the team again. A Jets insider called the receiver "a hold-down-the-fort guy."

• We heard earlier in the week that if the Dolphins were to make any trades, it would be to get another tight end. They didn't have to give anyone up but signed two rookie tight ends and waived TE John Nalbone. TE Jeron Mastrud was signed off the 'Fins' practice squad, and then they claimed Mickey Shuler Jr. off waivers from the Vikings. Head coach Tony Sparano said in training camp that the addition of WR Brandon Marshall would open up the middle for tight ends, but the Dolphins are sticking to their strategy of staying young and spending less by adding the two rookies at the position.