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Published: Wed, September 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


EASTBUFFALO BILLS
2004 record: 9-7Coach: Mike Mularkey (second year, 9-7)Players added: QB Kelly Holcomb; OL Mike Gandy; G Bennie Anderson; RB ReShard Lee, G Greg JermanPlayers lost: QB Drew Bledsoe; DT Pat Williams; OT Jonas Jennings; S Pierson Prioleau; RB Dante Brown; TE Bradford Banta; OT Marcus Price; S Izell Reese; RB Travis Henry; G Mike Pucillo; OT Lawrence Smith (injury); G Ben Sobieski (injury)Of note: The ascension of former University of Miami running back Willis McGahee is complete. He supplanted Travis Henry in the lineup last year and made Buffalo instantly better. Now, with Henry traded to Tennessee, McGahee enters 2005 as the man.
MIAMI DOLPHINS
2004 record: 4-12Coach: Nick Saban (first year)Players added: LB Donnie Spragan; DE Kevin Carter; DE Vonnie Holliday; S Travares Tillman; QB Gus Frerotte; S Tebucky Jones; OT Stockar McDougle; FB Heath Evans; CB Mario Edwards; NT Keith Traylor; S Lance Schulters; G Damion Cook; G Frank Middleton; LB Jason Glenn, TE Lorenzo Diamond, P Donnie Jones, WR Danny Farmer; C Alonzo Ephraim, CB Kris Richard; CB Ray Green; RB Ricky Williams (suspended, four games)Players lost: S Sammy Knight; LB Morlon Greenwood; DT Bryan Robinson; CB Patrick Surtain; CB Jimmy Wyrick; QB Jay Fiedler; FB Rob Konrad, G Greg Jerman; DT Mario Monds; DE Jay Williams; CB Will Poole (injury); S Chris Akins (injury)Of note: A crippling blow to the Dolphins' chances came when second-year corner Will Poole tore up his knee in off-season workouts. Poole was expected to replace Patrick Surtain, who was traded to Kansas City. Instead, Poole's injury forced Travis Daniels and Reggie Howard one spot up in the order.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
2004 record: 17-2Coach: Bill Belichick (sixth year, 62-27)Players added: CB Duane Starks; WR David Terrell; LB Monty Beisel; LB Wesly Mallard; LB Chad Brown; S Antuan Edwards; QB Doug Flutie; CB Chad Scott; KR Chad Morton; WR Tim Dwight; WR Eugene BakerPlayers lost: LB Tedy Bruschi (injury); FB Rabih Abdullah; S Je'Rod Cherry; WR Kevin Kasper; WR David Patten; CB Ty Law; G Joe Andruzzi; LB Roman Phifer; OT Adrian Klemm; NT Keith Traylor; QB Jim Miller; OT Lance Nimmo; QB Chris Redman; DB Ike Charlton; LB Ted Johnson; OLB Ryan Claridge (injury)Of note: Against teams that made the playoffs the past two seasons, the Pats are 16-1.
NEW YORK JETS
2004 record: 10-6Coach: Herman Edwards (fifth year, 37-32)Players added: CB Ty Law; RB Derrick Blaylock; WR Laveranues Coles; DT Lance Legree; QB Jay Fiedler; TE Doug Jolley; OT Ethan Brooks; LB Barry GardnerPlayers lost: DT Jason Ferguson; CB Terrell Buckley; QB Quincy Carter; RB LaMont Jordan; OT Kareem McKenzie; P Toby Gowin; TE Anthony Becht; LB Sam Cowart; WR Santana Moss; K Doug Brien; S Reggie Tongue; LB Jason Glenn; DT Josh Evans; CB Donnie Abraham; CB Roderick Bryant; QB Ricky Ray; CB Ray Mickens, G Dave Yovanovits; LB Darrel McClover (injury)Of note: The Jets open at Kansas City. In 1968, the Jets opened at Kansas City and finished the season winning the Super Bowl.
SOUTHHOUSTON TEXANS
2004 record: 7-9Coach: Dom Capers (fourth year, 16-32)Players added: CB Phillip Buchanon; LB Morlon Greenwood; CB Lewis Sanders; LB Frank Chamberlin; LB Zeke Moreno; TE Marcellus Rivers; WR Reggie Swinton; OT Victor Riley; WR Kevin Kasper; DT Daleroy StewartPlayers lost: LB Jay Foreman; S Eric Brown; LB Jamie Sharper; S Marlon McCree; OT Marcus Spears; CB Aaron Glenn; CB Kenny Wright; LB Tyreo Harrison; KR J.J. Moses; TE Bennie JoppruOf note: The Texans finally won back-to-back games for the first time in team history last season. It took them 36 games to accomplish the feat. It was the longest streak by an expansion team in NFL history.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
2004 record: 12-4Coach: Tony Dungy (fourth year, 27-17)Players added: OT Joaquin Gonzalez; LB Solomon BatesPlayers lost: TE Marcus Pollard; G Rick DeMulling; LB Jim Nelson; S Idrees Bashir, C Tupe PekoOf note: The Colts had three receivers who had more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2004. Marvin Harrison had 1,113 yards and 15 touchdowns, Reggie Wayne had a team-high 1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns and Brandon Stokley totaled 1,077 yards and 10 scores.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
2004 record: 9-7Coach: Jack Del Rio (third year, 14-18)Players added: CB Terry Cousin; DE Reggie Hayward; DT Martin Chase; DT Tony Williams; CB Kenny Wright; LB Nate WaynePlayers lost: CB Dewayne Washington; DE Jason Gildon; WR R. Jay Soward; CB Juran Bolden; FB Marc Edwards; DE Lionel Barnes; LB Tommy Hendricks; OT Bob Whitfield; OT Sammy WilliamsOf note: The offense has gone 50 consecutive games without scoring 30 points. The Jaguars were 29th in scoring last year with an average of 16.3 points per game.
TENNESSEE TITANS
2004 record: 5-11Coach: Jeff Fisher (11th year, 98-77)Players added: DE Kyle Vanden Bosch; RB Travis Henry; S Arturo FreemanPlayers lost: DE Kevin Carter; CB Samari Rolle; RB Robert Holcombe; WR Derrick Mason; OT Fred Miller; K Joe Nedney; RB Antowain Smith; DE Carlos Hall; CB Andre Dyson; S Lance Schulters; K Gary Anderson; G Jason Mathews; S Scott McGarrahan; DE Juqua Thomas; WR Darrell Hill; WR Jason McAddley; QB Doug Johnson; WR Eddie Berlin; TE Shad MeierOf note: With 61 wins since 1999, coach Jeff Fisher has more wins than any other NFL coach except Tony Dungy (63).
AFC WESTDENVER BRONCOS
2004 record: 10-7Coach: Mike Shanahan (11th year, 108-63)Players added: LB Ian Gold; DT Gerard Warren; TE Stephen Alexander; DE Courtney Brown; DT Michael Myers; DE Ebenezer Ekuban; RB Ron Dayne; P Todd Sauerbrun; LB Keith Burns; G Cameron Spikes; WR Jerry Rice; OT Anthony Clement; DE John EngelbergerPlayers lost: DE Reggie Hayward; S Kenoy Kennedy; LB Donnie Spragan; G Dan Neil; CB Kelly Herndon; CB Willie Middlebrooks; P Jason Baker; RB Reuben Droughns; RB Garrison HearstOf note: Denver has not won a playoff game since Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway retired.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
2004 record: 7-9Coach: Dick Vermeil (fifth year, 34-31)Players added: LB Kendrell Bell; S Sammy Knight; DE Carlos Hall; CB Patrick Surtain, WR Darrell Hill; WR Freddie Mitchell; TE Sean Brewer; FB Robert Holcombe; RB Dee Brown; CB Ashley Ambrose; CB Dewayne WashingtonPlayers lost: LB Fred Jones; RB Derrick Blaylock; DE Vonnie Holliday; LB Monty Beisel; WR Johnnie Morton; RB Omar Easy; S Eric Crouch; CB Eric Warfield (suspended, four games); CB Julian Battle (injury).
Of note: Kansas City's Trent Green joined Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts and as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons.
OAKLAND RAIDERS
2004 record: 5-11Coach: Norv Turner (second year, 5-11)Players added: DE Derrick Burgess; WR Randy Moss; RB LaMont Jordan; LB Jay Foreman; CB Renaldo Hill; TE Rickey Dudley; DT Kenny Smith; RB Leonard Henry; TE Josh Norman; TE Zeron Flemister; RB Omar Easy; DE Mark Word; DT Ed Jasper; WR Randal WilliamsPlayers lost: LB DeLawrence Grant; LB Napoleon Harris; G Ron Stone; DT John Parrella; RB Tyrone Wheatley; RB J.R. Redmond; S David Terrell; RB Amos Zereoue; TE Roland Williams; QB Rich GannonOf note: The Raiders did not have one running back reach 500 rushing yards last season -- a big reason LaMont Jordan was signed away from the Jets.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
2004 record: 12-5Coach: Marty Schottenheimer (fourth year, 24-25)Players added: CB Bhawoh JuePlayers lost: WR Tim Dwight; DT Jason Fisk; QB Doug Flutie; LB Zeke Moreno; K Jeff Reed; DT Eric Downing; RB Leon Johnson; WR Bobby Shaw; RB Jesse Chatman; LB Carlos Polk (injury)Of note: The Chargers defense posted its first shutout in 11 years last season with a 21-0 win at Cleveland.


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