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HughC
06-10-2008, 08:02 PM
The Sporting News handed out grades to all 32 teams for their off-season (http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=421164)and ranked the Jets first, one of two teams to receive an "A"




A
New York Jets (http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/teams/jets/index.html). Among the most active shoppers, they fortified their offensive line with the additions of left guard Alan Faneca and right tackle Damien Woody. Nose tackle Kris Jenkins should be a force in the 3-4, and big things are expected from Vernon Gholston, the best pass rusher in the draft.

The Bills ranked third.




B-plus
Buffalo Bills (http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/teams/bills/index.html). Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud fills their need for a run stuffer-assuming he stays healthy -- and linebacker Kawika Mitchell is bigger than their recent starters on the weak side. Two rookies, cornerback Leodis McKelvin and wide receiver James Hardy, could start in Week 1.

The 'fins were 17th.




C
Miami Dolphins (http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/teams/dolphins/index.html). Miami added players to help its transition to the 3-4 defense (nose tackle Jason Ferguson, linebacker Reggie Torbor) and improve its special teams play (Keith Davis, Boomer Grigsby). The Dolphins filled a longtime problem spot by selecting Jake Long, the top left tackle prospect in the draft. If they lose defensive end Jason Taylor, their grade will fall below average.

The Pats ended up 31st.




D
New England Patriots (http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/teams/patriots/index.html). Re-signing wide receiver Randy Moss was big, but they said goodbye to premier cornerback Asante Samuel and didn't add any big-impact free agents.

ih8brady
06-10-2008, 08:51 PM
So Gholston is such a great, sure-fire guy but the same rag predicted him to be a 2nd rounder in their God-awful mock draft. :err:

Iroquois Joe
06-11-2008, 12:31 AM
It will be interesting to see how each teams new pieces fall into place.

That will be determined on the field. I hope that all the teams in the AFC east are more competitve this year. It's not a reach to say that the Jets, Bills or Dolphins can each walk away with a victory over the Pats this season.

Miami may be a year or two behind the Bills and Jets as far a leveling the playing field, but so many factors come into play no hack from the sporting news or any other rag can relly be taken too seriously.

Most of the fans on these boards are better educated on their own teams and the afc east in general than the majority of these writer guys.

satz
06-11-2008, 02:53 PM
i am so confused on one little fact

burger was the 2nd most sacked QB last year and his gaurd along with the lions OL which let to kitna being the most sacked QB last year and gave carr the distinction of being the most sacked QB in 3 yrs in a row are the best move ?.

Ted washington ,Jamal of chargers , hamilton of Steelers , wilfork of pats took 3-4 years to transition from a DT to NT and especially the last 3 started as NT in mid 20`s and had no weight or motivation problems. How is kris jenkins is going to buck the trend and make the switch in 1 yr and not go back to his old ways .No idea.

SpurzN703
06-11-2008, 03:24 PM
You're concerning yourself with offseason grades? I don't even understand why grades are neccessary in sports. What purpose does it serve and what makes the author qualified to even make that guess?