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AFC East Whispers

Jets' new stadium not providing home-field edge

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By PFW staff

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

• New Meadowlands Stadium is larger and more spacious than Giants Stadium was, but that extra room may be to the Jets' disadvantage. Rex Ryan said the crowd noise hasn't been as much of a factor this year in the team's home games despite the increased attendance. Both Jets losses have come at the new building, and the coach wants to develop an edge heading into the stretch run of the season. AFC foes New England, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis all have well-known home-field advantages, and Ryan hopes New Meadowlands can become a place that opponents fear playing in as well, but so far that hasn't been the case.

• The Patriots made a strange transaction last week, cutting LB Shawn Crable after he was active in the win over the Steelers, recording a half-sack. Then, they replaced him with LB Pierre Woods, who had been cut before the regular season. We hear the most likely scenario is that they believed Woods could help on coverage units and found Crable's pass rushing replaceable, but Crable may be back before the season ends.

Brandon Marshall went down in the loss to the Bears with a hamstring injury, leaving just three active wide receivers on the roster. RB Patrick Cobbs can play wideout, but there's not a lot of depth elsewhere if one of the starters misses time. The Dolphins do like what they've seen from undrafted rookie WRs Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace, and they would see more targets should Marshall have to miss a game.

Bryan Scott is the third safety on the Bills, but the team likes the way he plays and hopes to give him more playing time. In the Week 10 win vs. the Lions, Scott had seven tackles, a sack and a pass defensed, despite not being in the starting lineup. A good player on special teams, Scott provides veteran leadership to a team that lacks many experienced players.

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