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AFC Notes: Bengals, Chiefs, Colts, & Jaguars
- Coley Harvey of ESPN expects first-round rookie OT Cedric Ogbuehi to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, due to a torn ACL that he sustained in college.
- Harvey believes the Bengals will keep eight of their nine draft picks on their active roster, since Ogbuehi is likely to land on the PUP list.
- Seventh-round rookie WR Mario Alford appears to be a “lock” to make the active roster.
- Harvey mentions undrafted rookies SS Erick Dargan, CB Floyd Raven and C Chris Jasperse as “names to watch” to make the 53-man roster.
- Harvey does not see the Bengals initiating any trades, although he believes that veteran OT Andre Smith could be “enticing” as trade bait.
- Adam Teicher of ESPN expects TE Travis Kelce to have more touchdown receptions than WR Jeremy Maclin, due to the Chiefs’ struggles to score touchdowns with wide receivers last season.
- Teicher believes it is “unlikely” for the Chiefs to pursue OL Evan Mathis, due to the return of Jeff Allen, and additions of Ben Grubbs, Paul Fanaika, and second-round rookie Mitch Morse.
- Third-round rookie WR Chris Conley has gained a lot of playing time during offseason activities, and started after Maclin sat out with a sore foot.
- Mike Wells of ESPN writes the Colts feel comfortable enough to start second-year OL Jake Mewhort at left guard and move him to right tackle if needed.
- Wells says that first-round rookie WR Phillip Dorsett has shown “very apparent” speed during offseason activities.
- Dorsett is expected to see the playing field in some capacity next season as either a return specialist, or lining up at receiver.
- Michael DiRocco of ESPN writes that it is “long gone” for any conversation including the Jaguars relocating to Los Angeles.
- DiRocco could see the Jaguars pursuing a free agent linebacker, as that happens to be a position they would still like to improve.
- DiRocco expects second-round rookie RB T.J. Yeldon to emerge as an every-down back, but should be brought along “slowly” to that point.
- According to DiRocco, realistic expectations for Yeldon are around 700-to-800 rushing yards, and 10-to-15 receptions.
- HC Gus Bradley said it’s “probable” for second-year WR Marqise Lee to be held out of the Jaguars’ three-day minicamp, due to his injured knee.
- DiRocco does not see a trade market for many of the Jaguars’ players.
- GM David Caldwell is not “worried” about third-round rookie OL A.J. Cann getting his contract signed.
Tags A.J. Cann Andre Smith Ben Grubbs Cedric Ogbuehi Chris Conley Chris Jasperse David Caldwell Erick Dargan Evan Mathis Floyd Raven Gus Bradley Jake Mewhort Jeff Allen Jeremy Maclin Mario Alford Marqise Lee Mitch Morse Paul Fanaika Phillip Dorsett T.J. Yeldon Travis Kelce