From Comcast SportsNet Thursday, August 4, 2011
Former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini is joining ESPN as an NFL studioanalyst, the network has announced.Mangini, who coached in Cleveland for two years after three seasons in NewYork, will appear on several ESPN programs as well as ESPN Radio shows. Thenetwork says Thursday that Mangini, fired by the Browns after last season, willstart on Aug. 17. He worked as a guest analyst for ESPN during the NFL playoffs lastpostseason. Seth Markman, ESPNs senior coordinating producer for NFL studioshows, says Mangini is one of the smartest football people Ive ever beenaround.Never particularly candid or colorful, Mangini jokingly says hes perfectfor TV: With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like anatural fit.
FOXBORO -- Though Dion Lewis is expected to practice this week, he was not on the field with teammates Wednesday.
Lewis was eligible to begin practicing last week but remained sidelined. On Wednesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots running back would be on the field this week. Once Lewis does begin practicing, the team will have three weeks to determine whether or not he is activated.
Newly-acquired Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was present for his first practice in New England about 24 hours after being dealt by the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder was working out with Patriots off-the-ball linebackers (Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts) to begin the session.
The Patriots have parted ways with practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris, it appears. His spot on the 10-man practice-squad unit has been taken by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson.
Tom Brady answers a question from Tom E. Curran on his ability to run for 1st downs on 3rd and 5.