Granted, he hasn't been truly tested yet, but Culpepper looked great at minicamp for a guy coming off knee surgery. The former Vikings quarterback has to regain his confidence after a miserable 2005 season. He won't have to do as much in Miami as he did in Minnesota, since the Dolphins have a strong defense and running game.
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His speed and size should make him an instant hit in Buffalo. The No. 8 overall draft pick ran a 4.38 40 and has great cover ability for a safety.
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He made an instant splash in Patriots minicamp, eliciting a negative reaction from veteran running back Corey Dillon, who is justifiably worried about his job. Maroney's speed will help bring life back to New England's running game, and he's a solid receiver.
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The No. 4 overall draft pick needs to get stronger before the season starts or he'll wear down quickly. If he can bulk up, he has the talent and drive to be an instant star. The key for the Jets is to establish their running game so Ferguson isn't constantly pass-blocking.
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He has the speed to play both cornerback and safety, but the Fins will use him primarily at safety at first. He'll have to outperform several veterans to earn a starting job.
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The rookie out of Memphis is competing with veteran Martin Gramatica, but when a team takes a kicker in the fourth round, you have to figure they'll keep him. Gostkowski will face serious pressure in taking over for Adam Vinatieri, but in minicamp he appeared to have a lot of poise for a rookie.
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He has struggled since leaving the Bills after the 2002 season but could be effective if he regains his confidence. Price never responded to the pressure of being a No. 1 guy in Atlanta. Fortunately, Lee Evans is set in the No. 1 receiving slot for Buffalo, which means less pressure on Price, assuming he holds off Josh Reed for the No. 2 spot.
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Kimo von Oelhoffen
The Jets are switching to a 3-4 alignment and need the 35-year-old von Oelhoffen to have a solid season. The 12-year veteran knows the 3-4 well from his days in Pittsburgh and will be counted on to help the younger defensive players.
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His career in San Diego was hampered by injuries. He's healthy now and looked solid in minicamp. He has a very good shot to make an impact as New England tries to replace David Givens. The Pats love to spread the ball around, and Tom Brady appears to have chemistry with Caldwell.
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The rookie out of Oregon immediately served notice to veterans Chad Pennington and Patrick Ramsey that it's not a two-man race for the starting job. Once the Jets start to struggle -- which they will -- look for new coach Eric Mangini to give the strong-armed Clemens a shot.
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