Frenz of the Family: Must-Reads Around the AFC East, May 18 Edition

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IMay 18, 2012

Draft picks have begun signing their new contracts, and Quinton Coples is one of the most recent to ink a deal.
Draft picks have begun signing their new contracts, and Quinton Coples is one of the most recent to ink a deal.Al Bello/Getty Images

New York Jets

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, the ripping of Mark Sanchez has even spilled over to former teammates, as ex-Jets punter Steve Weatherford offers some harsh criticism of the Jets quarterback.

'Tis a gift to be simple, and Tony Sparano's offense grants the Jets that gift. Brian Bassett of The Jets Blog shares running back Joe McKnight's comments, and Bassett gives his own thoughts.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis, on trial for assault chargers, agreed to plead   guilty and will not be deported to his homeland of Jamaica.

Randy Lange of reports that the team signed first-round defensive end Quinton Coples to a four-year, $9.3 million deal.

New England Patriots

Wes Welker daily updates may be getting redundant, but if you read one piece on his comments to Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald—besides Guregian's (and mine!)—make it this one from Kristen Shilton of The Foxhole.

Also, this isn't a must-read article, but a must-read book. Chris B. Brown of wrote a book, The Essential Smart Football, which has a look at Tom Brady's no-huddle offense, Bill Belichick's hybrid defense, Nick Saban's school of defense and a lot more, most of which has a Patriots tie or influence.

B/R Patriots featured columnist Marc Freshman has six "X-factors," or players who will be responsible for either success or failure in 2012.

According to Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe, seventh-round cornerback Alfonzo Dennard signed a four-year contract on Thursday.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins lack talent at wide receiver to the point where Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post says that even seventh-rounder Rishard Matthews has a chance to make an impact.

B/R Dolphins featured columnist Scott Altman has 10 players who will be central figures in the Dolphins' success or failure in 2012.

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel looks at the old and new look of the Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo Bills

Chris Brown of points out that the future is bright at cornerback, with two rookies and a second-year defensive back giving the team promise at a position where it has struggled.

According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio, Bills offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders was pleasantly surprised with the similarities from college to pro.

The Bills also signed their first-round draft pick Stephon Gilmore, according to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News.

AFC East

Bleacher Report NFL Draft guru Matt Miller has a video in which he addresses the biggest question mark for every AFC East team.