Sparano: Haynesworth will be a 'handful'


Sparano: Haynesworth will be a 'handful'

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Dolphins coach Tony Sparano believes Monday nightschallenge with the New England Patriots in Miami will be a "great opportunity"for his team, right out of the gate.

As confident as he sounded about quarterback ChadHennes command of the offense and about running back Reggie Bushs speed out ofthe backfield, in a conference call on Wednesday, even Sparano knows Week 1isnt going to be a cakewalk.

Part of that reason comes from what hes seen of Patriotsdefensive lineman Albert Haynesworth in the past.

Hes a good player, said Sparano, who also added hespreparing his Dolphins offense to see both a Patriots 4-3 and 3-4 defense.Hes an active player, and a big physical guy in there with Vince Wilfork,in that group that they have there. He can give you pass-rush ability, but moreimportantly, I think the guy is really active around the ball in the run game.So we have had several opportunities to play against Albert, and hes been ahandful. Sparano also said he expects to see Patriots wide receiverChad Ochocinco in multiple receiver spots on Monday night.

I would envision that they would use him in some type of arotation there, and probably try to get him in a few different spots that areout there, Sparano said. Im sure thats part of the learning curve, justgetting him in different positions to get him the ball. As for his own offense, Sparano described it as being alittle different this season, with regards to speed, especially with theaddition of Bush in the backfield.

But once again, all eyes in Miami will be on Henne, andSparano believes hes up to the challenge.

I think that Chads really had a productive preseason,Sparano said. Hes got really good command of the offense. If there wasanything good about the lockout, it was that Chad had to be out there and ranall the workouts, and all that stuff, and I think that was really helpful forhim" If you were looking for a scouting report on linebackerA.J. Edds who the Patriots just claimed off waivers then Sparano gave awayas much as he could on the former Dolphin, calling him a smart player who has agood amount of long-snapping experience, if needed.

It just ended up being numbers, really, said Sparano of why the Dolphins cut Edds.Hes a very smart player. We had 10 linebackers on the team at the time, andA.J. obviously missed a lot of time last year with the ACL. So that really wasit.

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Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.


Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona. 



No intel gathering on Garoppolo at Patriots practice

No intel gathering on Garoppolo at Patriots practice

FOXBORO - There were no tells about the Patriots quarterback situation for Sunday during the portion of Friday practice the media was allowed to watch. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, who on Wednesday was seen throwing short and medium-range passes without a lot of zip, hasn't thrown a ball with media in attendance since. Friday morning, after stretching and jogging, Garoppolo began a session feigning taking a snap from a center and going into a drop. But he did so without a football in his hands. 

Rookie Jacoby Brissett did flip a few passes during the jogging and stretching portion and, while he was wearing gloves, he is showing no signs of favoring his right thumb. 

So the question isn't whether the Patriots have any quarterbacks for Sunday against the Bills, it's whether or not they'll have Garoppolo. Certainly, it's a question that's been on the mind of Bills head coach Rex Ryan who keeps speaking the truth in jest by referencing the uncertainty around the Patriots situation. 

After being on the field in limited capacity all week, it's a certainty that Garoppolo dresses for the Bills game. Whether he plays and how effective he might be remains anything but certain.