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JerseySTEEL
06-11-2005, 05:36 PM
AFC focus: Impact newcomers

June 10, 2005

Kendrell Bell gives the Chiefs a pass-rush presence at linebacker, something they have lacked for years. He has tremendous explosion that allows him to cover a lot of ground and punish ballcarriers. Bell will be asked to be involved in coverage more than he was in Pittsburgh. He also must prove that he can stay healthy after missing most of last season with a sports hernia. He returned to practice this week...

The Steelers hope wide receiver Cedrick Wilson can help replace the big-play ability of wideout Plaxico Burress. Wilson should be productive because opponents likely will rotate their coverage toward Hines Ward. Wilson has the speed to stretch defenses. ...

After spending the past two seasons with the Redskins, Laveranues Coles is back with the Jets. He is a fearless receiver who should bring a physical dimension to the offense. He plays bigger than his 5-11, 193-pound frame. Coles' return should add to quarterback Chad Pennington's comfort level. The one concern about Coles is his chronic toe injury. ...

Chargers defensive lineman Luis Castillo (6-3, 303) was impressive in the team's rookie orientation. He should start at left end and could play tackle in place of Jamal Williams in passing situations. Castillo moves well and is big and smart. ...

The Colts drafted cornerback Marlin Jackson in the first round and expect immediate and significant returns. Cornerback has been a problem spot for the team, and Jackson should emerge as the starter on the left side. He has good size (6-0, 196) and an aggressive, hard-hitting style. He should improve run support and tackling in the secondary. ...

Outside linebacker Morlon Greenwood should have plenty of opportunities to make plays in the Texans' 3-4 scheme, a system he played in college. Greenwood is athletic and has good range. ...

Left guard Joe Andruzzi's lunch pail style may go unnoticed, but he might be the Browns' most important acquisition this offseason. Andruzzi is the consummate team player and a good leader. In New England, he provided consistent protection for QB Tom Brady and was an effective blocker in traffic. ...

New starting quarterback J.P. Losman has the tools to be an outstanding player for the Bills. He has excellent arm strength and can make all of the throws. He also can make plays on the move, something predecessor Drew Bledsoe couldn't do. The keys for Losman will be developing patience in the pocket, learning how to make proper pre-snap reads and making sound decisions with the ball. ...

Raiders defensive end Derrick Burgess has the speed and pass-rush moves to pressure quarterbacks consistently. That's something the team lacked from its linemen last year, as defensive tackle Warren Sapp was a flop and end Tyler Brayton had to be used primarily at linebacker. Burgess, though, is prone to injury. ...

Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch has made his presence known during minicamps. He has been involved in numerous scuffles with offensive linemen, who have been somewhat irritated by his practice pace. But the defensive coaches like Vanden Bosch's aggressive, energetic style of play. Hampered by knee injuries in Arizona, Vanden Bosch is close to 100 percent now. He might not start but should contribute to the rotation. ...

Patriots outside linebacker Chad Brown will have ample opportunity to make an impact. Coach Bill Belichick is the master of getting the most out of versatile players such as Brown, whose top attribute is rushing the passer. Look for Brown to line up all over the field and for him to play in all situations. ...

Outside linebacker Tommy Polley is known as a finesse player with great speed. In the Ravens' scheme, he'll usually be uncovered and should be third on the team in tackles behind middle linebacker Ray Lewis and free safety Ed Reed. However, opponents might be able to attack Polley with cutback runs. ...

Broncos defensive end Courtney Brown (6-4, 290) is big, strong and athletic, but his inability to stay healthy has prevented him from living up to his status as the top pick in the 2000 draft. Brown is embracing his opportunity for a fresh start, but he's coming off foot surgery. He could benefit from the attention end Trevor Pryce will draw from offenses on the other side. ...

Kevin Carter can play both end and tackle and gives the Dolphins the type of versatility they need in their move to multiple fronts. Carter still can rush the passer from the left end spot and always has held up at the point of attack against the run. ...

Outside linebacker David Pollack will be the rookie who has the most impact on the Bengals' schemes. Because of his versatility -- Pollack was an end in college -- he'll be used in a variety of ways. As the strongside linebacker, he'll be asked to contain the outside run and match up against tight ends in coverage. Pollack's biggest strength is his pass-rushing ability. He will be a factor in the zone blitz, and he'll rush from an end position on third downs. ...

The Jaguars hope rookie wide receive Chad Owens proves to be as dangerous a return man as he was at Hawaii. He lacks size (5-7, 181) and great straight-line speed, but Owens has a knack for finding the hole and going the distance on punt returns.

Information provided by Sporting News' NFL correspondents.

Tha rock
06-12-2005, 01:26 AM
Buress should do a bang up job for us I hope he stays healthy!! The only thing is they forgot randy and Lamont.