AFC East links: Merriman 'over the hump'

Buffalo Bills

Shawne Merriman said the nagging injuries that have dogged him the past few seasons are no longer an issue . "I'm pretty much over the hump in getting back into the groove of things and playing football," Merriman said.

Coach Chan Gailey talked about who's expected to start on the offensive line, at linebacker and at kick returner against Kansas City.

Miami Dolphins

Vontae Davis was surprised by the reaction to his claim that he and Sean Smith are the league's best cornerback duo. "I absolutely was surprised, because they kind of got blown out of proportion," Davis told The Boston Herald. “I mean, I respect all the guys before I came into the league that I looked up to, the [Darrelle] Revis and the [Antonio] Cromartie. But I play with confidence. And I didn't expect to that get much attention. But I mean, that's the media for you."

Despite missing the entire preseason, Jake Long says he's ready to go for the season opener.

Despite playing at home in the upcoming Monday night game against the Patriots, coach Tony Sparano was preparing his team for crowd noise in practice.

New England Patriots

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: “Two of the top three spots at safety have been turned over, and there are two new cornerbacks filling out the depth chart. No doubt, this is a new look for the New England Patriots secondary.”

Quarterback Tom Brady has his sights set on another Super Bowl title.

New York Jets

Mark Sanchez wasn't bothered by comments Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made about the Jets QB's photo spread in GQ.

Brian Costello of the New York Post looks at the differences between Rex and Rob Ryan's defenses.