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AFC Notes: Bengals, Chiefs, Colts, & Patriots

Bengals

  • Bengals OC Hue Jackson expects rookie TEs Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah to play a role in the offense if they continue to progress during training camp and the preseason.
  • However, Coley Harvey mentions that there is a “sizable gap” between the two rookies and TE Tyler Eifert for the starting job.
  • Harvey offers some games on the Bengals’ schedule that will be especially important for QB Andy Dalton including:¬†Week 1 at Oakland, Week 3 at Baltimore, and Week 5 vs. Seattle.

Chiefs

  • Adam Teicher doesn’t see the Chiefs re-signing CB Sean Smith after the season.
  • Teicher notes that Kansas City has been loading up on cornerbacks in recent years, so they won’t be desperate to lock up Smith to an extension.
  • Teicher mentions that the starting center spot appears to be Eric Kush‘s to lose right now.
  • Teicher expects Jeff Allen to their starting right guard.
  • Regarding former Pro Bowl S Eric Berry, Teicher doesn’t see any way he’s back until the midway point at the earlest.
  • Despite the fact that HC Andy Reid has said that they won’t have interest in free agent G Evan Mathis, Teicher wouldn’t be shocked if things changed now that they have more cap space to work with.

Colts

Patriots

  • Field Yates of ESPN writes that WR Brandon Gibson could end up being the next free agent receiver signing to pan out for the Patriots.
  • Yates expects K Stephen¬†Gostkowski play out all four years of his $17.2 million contract in New England.
  • While Patriots HC Bill Belichick has long admired WR Reggie Wayne, Yates doesn’t expect the Patriots to seriously pursue him in the coming weeks.