Dolphins rookie Jones making an impact

Posted Dec. 25, 2010 @ 1:20 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Here are some whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC East:

• Part of the Dolphins' young, deep secondary is FS Reshad Jones, a rookie out of Georgia. Starting CB Vontae Davis told PFW that Jones is "going to be a real good player" and that he "comes to work every day." In his breakout game, the fifth-round pick recorded his first sack, an interception and two passes defensed in the Week 10 win over the Raiders. He is the team's third safety but is also making a contribution on special teams.

• Rookies have made a big impact for the Patriots this season, but their third-round pick, WR Taylor Price, has been inactive all season long. "Behind the scenes, Taylor is working extremely hard right now," said WR coach Chad O'Shea. The speedy receiver out of Ohio is not needed on the active roster with so many receivers ahead of him, but the Patriots are pleased with his progress so far.

Rex Ryan's Internet foot video is just the latest in a series of controversies surrounding the Jets, but according to team owner Woody Johnson, the team has no plans to make a coaching change. "He's still the head coach of the New York Jets," Johnson told reporters. "I have a lot of respect for Rex and his family. My respect has not diminished one iota."

• Injuries caused a major shakeup of the Bills' offensive line, as Eric Wood has been playing center due to Geoff Hangartner's sprained knee. According to one team observer, the patchwork offensive line "has not been horrible and may even be an improvement at center." Wood played center in college but is expected to move back to right guard when Hangartner returns.