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AFC Notes: Bengals, Colts, Jaguars, Jets & Raiders

Bengals

Colts

Jaguars

  • Mike DiRocco of ESPN writes there is a level of “concern” from the Jaguars about their limited talent at safety.
  • According to DiRocco, there are no players with lingering injury concerns outside of  DT Sen’Derrick Marks (ACL), OLB Dante Fowler Jr. (ACL), and S James Sample (broken arm).
  • DiRocco has seen progress in the throwing mechanics of QB Blake Bortles, in that he has “shortened” his delivery and is “lengthening” his follow through.
  • According to DiRocco, RB Storm Johnson has been passed on the depth chart by both Bernard Pierce and Corey Grant.
  • DiRocco does not expect Bortles to get over exposure during the preseason, but will receive the normal amount of playing time for a starter.
  • WR Arrelious Benn has “more of a chance” to make the active roster than DiRocco previously envision. However, DiRocco prefers WR Tony Washington, due to his performance during  OTAs and minicamp.

Jets

  • Rich Cimini of ESPN believes that if QB Geno Smith can cut down on his turnovers, like Alex Smith for example, that the Jets could make the playoffs.
  • According to Cimini, the franchise tag and the presence of rookie Leonard Williams, gives the Jets have the leverage in contract discussion with Muhammad Wilkerson.
  • Cimini believes that Wilkerson’s contract will be the “starting point” for extension negotiations for DT Sheldon Richardson.
  • Cimini does not think the Jets will target OLB Bruce Irvin if he becomes available, due to the presence of third-round rookie DE Lorenzo Mauldin.
  • Second-year S Rontez Miles is not expected to start at any point this season, though he is “gaining” momentum.

Raiders

  • Bill Williamson of ESPN writes that WR Amari Cooper dropped some passes during minicamp, but there is no concern over it becoming an issue.
  • Second-round rookie DE Mario Edwards is a candidate to start “right away“.
  • According to Williamson, third-round rookie TE Clive Walford has been “outstanding” this offseason, and could potentially start over TE Mychal Rivera.

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