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  1. Tracking starters in recent AFC East drafts

    Tim Graham

    While working on a feature about Tom Modrak's draft record as Buffalo Bills vice president of college scouting, ESPN researcher John Fisher dug up some interesting data. The Bills actually were the AFC East's most efficient club when it came to dr...

    Blog | April 22, 2011
  2. Making millions in the AFC East

    Tim Graham

    Sports labor squabbles often are described as billionaires arguing with millionaires over money. While that's a catchy rhyme that sums up fan frustration, the phrase is not entirely true. Inspired by a blog entry from the minister of all things...

    Blog | March 04, 2011
  3. John Madden names Patriots top O-line

    Tim Graham

    The New England Patriots already had the NFL's best quarterback, best offensive player and best coach for 2010. Now they have the best offensive line, too. John Madden -- the actual guy, not the video game -- announced the Patriots won the 2010...

    Blog | February 03, 2011
  4. Overachievers prevailing in AFC East

    Tim Graham

    It's no mystery why we love underdogs. Respected football minds who get paid to assemble NFL teams dismissed them out of hand, scratched them from their draft lists, cut them in training camp. Yet these players survive. They're too driven to gi...

    Blog | December 09, 2010
  5. Patriots' offense measuring up to '07

    Tim Graham

    Three years ago, the New England Patriots left jaws agape by operating almost exclusively out of the shotgun, spreading out their receivers, sending Randy Moss deep, zipping quick passes to Wes Welker and mixing in throws to Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stal...

    Blog | December 06, 2010
  6. Connolly stepped up in Mankins' absence

    Tim Graham

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears was asked for a reaction to left guard Logan Mankins' return to the team. "Are you kidding?" Fears said with laugh. "The guys are jumping for joy." You can't blame New Eng...

    Blog | November 03, 2010
  7. Mankins' return great news for Patriots

    Tim Graham

    Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins is about to finally sign a contract with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports. MankinsMankins is expected to sign his restricted free-agent tender of $1.54 million Tuesday and report for duty. ...

    Blog | November 02, 2010
  8. Oh, snap! Center-QB exchange important

    Tim Graham

    Indianapolis Colts fixtures Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday are about to set a record. Unless an injury befalls one of them, Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be the 158th start together for Manning and Saturday. That will be...

    Blog | September 29, 2010
  9. AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

    Tim Graham

    A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 3. The New England Patriots badly needed a backfield boost. Five days after they traded Laurence Maroney, trusted veteran Kevin Faulk went down with a season-finishing knee injury...

    Blog | September 28, 2010
  10. Patriots lead way in Scouts Inc. Top 200

    Tim Graham

    Scouts Inc. has evaluated more than 2,500 players and on Tuesday unveiled its Top 200 rankings for the year . You can view the entire list, see how players compare around the NFL and sort them by position if you have an ESPN Insider subscription. ...

    Blog | August 24, 2010
  11. Patriots have critical issue at left guard

    Tim Graham

    In general, the New England Patriots have stability on their offensive line. They seem set with left tackle Matt Light, center Dan Koppen, right guard Stephen Neal and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. But a line is only as strong as its weakest ...

    Blog | August 07, 2010
  12. Patriots announce all-decade squad

    Tim Graham

    The New England Patriots have revealed their all-decade team. The players were chosen Monday by the Patriots' Hall of Fame Nomination Committee. Offense Quarterback: Tom Brady Running back: Corey Dillon Receivers: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, ...

    Blog | March 16, 2010
  13. Neal's decision to play stabilizes Patriots

    Tim Graham

    The steady influence of right guard Stephen Neal often gets overlooked on the New England Patriots' offensive line. Neal never has been to a Pro Bowl like left tackle Matt Light, left guard Logan Mankins or center Dan Koppen. Neal isn't a tantaliz...

    Blog | March 12, 2010
  14. Neal, Mangold offer inside pass protection

    Tim Graham

    In examining how effectively every NFL offensive lineman pass blocks, analyst Khaled Elsayed didn't limit himself to the tackles. On Wednesday, we took a gander at Elsayed's research on the ultimate pass-protectors. The AFC Ea...

    Blog | March 04, 2010
  15. Draft Watch: AFC East

    Tim Graham

    Each Wednesday leading up to the NFL draft (April 22-24), the blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: Busts and late-round gems. Buffalo Bills The Bills' drafts have been pockmarke...

    Blog | February 24, 2010
  16. Is Patriots' O-line in need of renovation?

    Tim Graham

    Scouts Inc. founder Gary Horton recently compiled his breakdown of the 32 clubs' needs heading into the offseason for an ESPN Insider feature. For the New England Patriots, he listed outside linebacker, receiver and defensive end as the primary ar...

    Blog | February 15, 2010