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AFC Notes: Bengals, Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets & Ravens
- Coley Harvey of ESPN believes the Bengals view second-year QB A.J. McCarron as a priority player to develop, even after signing QB Terrelle Pryor.
- Harvey writes that McCarron should avoid the practice squad since Cincinnati used a fifth-round pick on him in 2014.
- Harvey expects WR Denarius Moore, WR Cobi Hamilton and CB Onterio McCalebb to see action as return specialists during the offseason program.
- However, Harvey sees CB Adam Jones as the primary punt-return man with WR Brandon Tate and seventh-round rookie WR Mario Alford possibly earning action at both return positions.
- Harvey hears there is a “good chance” that OT Andrew Whitworth receives a contract extension later this summer.
- Mike Wells of ESPN writes that RB Vick Ballard‘s health will dictate whether he makes the 53-man roster, while former practice squad RB Zurlon Tipton will have to perform well during offseason activities to make the active roster.
- Wells views WR Griff Whalen as a “long shot” to make the 53-man roster.
- James Walker of ESPN writes the Dolphins have never viewed RB Lamar Miller as a workhorse type of running back, so it is hard to determine whether he will earn more carries in 2015. According to Walker, Miami appears “very optimistic” that fifth-round rookie RB Jay Ajayi will earn snaps next season.
- Walker believes Miami must produce a winning season in 2015 for HC Joe Philbin to receive an extension.
- Walker expects the Dolphins to run a 4-3 base defense, but could rotate to 5-2 and 3-4 sets given certain situations.
- Mike DiRocco of ESPN expects one of LB Thurston Armbrister, LB Matt Robinson and LB Todd Thomas to make the 53-man roster.
- DiRocco views WR Allen Robinson as the team’s No. 1 receiver at this point in time.
- DiRocco expects DE Ryan Davis to earn more playing time with the recent injury to first-round rookie DE Dante Fowler Jr.
- DiRocco has been told that TE Clay Harbor will be the No. 2 pass-catching tight end behind Julius Thomas, while Marcedes Lewis will likely be used as a blocker.
- Sam Young and Cody Booth are expected to be the Jaguars’ primary backup offensive tackles, while Austin Pasztor will move inside to the guard position.
- DiRocco says that second-round rookie RB T.J. Yeldon is “absolutely” the favorite to be the starting running back.
Tags A.J. McCarron Adam Jones Allen Robinson Austin Pasztor Brandon Tate Clay Harbor Cobi Hamilton Cody Booth Dante Fowler Jr Denarius Moore Griff Whalen Jay Ajayi Joe Philbin Julius Thomas Marcedes Lewis Mario Alford Matt Robinson Onterio McCalebb Ryan Davis Sam Young T.J. Yeldon Terrelle Pryor Thurston Armbrister Todd Thomas Zurlon Tipton