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Peter King
July 30, 2001
At week's end the best free agents looking for work were mostly defensive players. They include former Bucs defensive end Chidi Ahanotu, who, at 31, still has a double-digit sack season in him; linebacker John Holecek, coming off a 110-tackle season in Buffalo; and cornerback Eric Davis, who had five interceptions in each of his last five years with Carolina....
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July 30, 2001

Dispatches

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At week's end the best free agents looking for work were mostly defensive players. They include former Bucs defensive end Chidi Ahanotu, who, at 31, still has a double-digit sack season in him; linebacker John Holecek, coming off a 110-tackle season in Buffalo; and cornerback Eric Davis, who had five interceptions in each of his last five years with Carolina....

Giants quarterback Kerry Collins, a 58.8% passer last year, has looked at tape of every throw he made in 2000 and knows what he must do to improve. "Instead of trying to force throws into narrow spaces downfield, I have to learn when to dump it off," he says....

The Browns think third-round pick James Jackson can help solve their problem at running back. Asked recently by team owner Al Lerner if Jackson would be a star, new coach Butch Davis, who had Jackson at Miami, replied, "The [idea] that he's the next Jim Brown is not realistic. The [idea] that he could be the next Leroy Kelly is." Provided, of course, that the injury-plagued Jackson can stay healthy....

The Vikings are balking at making Randy Moss the highest-paid receiver ever and appear prepared to let him play out the final year of his four-year deal....

The Patriots go to camp confident that they've done more than any other team to increase their depth. New England signed 17 unrestricted free agents, the most expensive of whom was former Lions guard Mike Compton ($600,000 signing bonus). With the league's softest early schedule—the Browns, Bengals, Panthers, Chargers and Falcons in the first nine weeks—the Patriots could be this season's Giants, a team that takes advantage of the schedule to start fast and make the playoffs.

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