Dolphins tried to get up to draft Mallett

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Dolphins tried to get up to draft Mallett

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

The Dolphins coveted Ryan Mallett, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. "We were willing to take him, we just couldnt get our hands on him, a Dolphins source told Salguero."We tried, but we couldnt do it. Hes going to be a good quarterback."The Patriots took Mallett with the 74th overall pick. Miami had made a deal earlier in the round to get running back Daniel Thomas at No. 62. They gave up their 79th overall pick, a fifth and a seventh to get up there. (Thanks to my corporate stepbrother Gregg Rosenthal for unearthing.)
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Patriots punter Ryan Allen named AFC special teams player of the week

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Patriots punter Ryan Allen named AFC special teams player of the week

FOXBORO -- Ryan Allen was the definition of an x-factor on Thursday night against the Texans. 

He punted seven times for an average of 47.6 yards per boot, and none of them were returned. A career-high six of his seven landed inside the 20-yard line, and the one that did not was marked right at the 20. He dropped his other punts at the 11, 10, 10, 14, 5 and 4-yard lines, helping to limit Houston's average starting field position to the 15-yard line. 

Allen has won the award now twice in his career. He also took it home in 2014 following a Week 14 win over the Chargers.

It is the second AFC Player of the Week honor for a Patriots special teamer this year. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski picked it up after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Cardinals back in Week 1.

Belichick on Rex Ryan's impression: 'I'm not really in tune to all that'

Belichick on Rex Ryan's impression: 'I'm not really in tune to all that'

FOXBORO -- Don't count on Bill Belichick to critique Rex Ryan's podium performance any time soon. 

The Bills coach did a brief impression of his rival to the south on Monday, mumbling something about the team's injury report to kick off his press conference. The clip went viral, but if Belichick saw it, he made it sound as though he didn't spend too much time thinking about it.

"I'm just focused on getting ready for the Bills," Belichick said on Wednesday. "I'm not really in tune to all that. I'm sure that's important to you guys. That's not anything I really spend much time with."

With a win over Buffalo, the Patriots would be 4-0 to start their season. They are 13-1 against the Bills at Gillette Stadium, with their only loss coming at the end of the 2014 season when Belichick and his team already had the No. 1 seed in the playoffs sewn up.