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AFC Notes: Bills, Chiefs, Jets

Bills

Bills HC Sean McDermott said the team traded up to No. 16 overall to pick LB Tremaine Edmunds because they valued his athletic ability and high football IQ.

It is important to have athletes,” said McDermott, via Mitchell Courtney of Bills.com. “But we also look for the football IQ that goes along with it.

Bills DE Shaq Lawson said he is completely recovered from his shoulder injury and is taking care of himself off the field as well.

I’m doing things on the field and off of the field, eating right. Once I take care of my body, I’m good to go,” said Lawson.

Chiefs

  • Matt McMullen of Chiefs.com notes that Kansas City now has one of the most dynamic receiver duos in the league with Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, noting the two have accounted for a combined 32 receptions of over 25 yards.
  • McMullen mentions that Watkins has proven to be a reliable target with no drops on all 39 catchable pass targets he received last season.
  • Against off-man coverage, Watkins recorded the highest receiver rating in the league last season at 139.7, while Hill’s 136.3 rating was No. 2 overall, according to Pro Football Focus.

Jets

  • Brian Costello of the New York Post expects free agent acquisition Isaiah Crowell to get the first crack at being the Jets’ No. 1 running back this summer after signing a three-year, $12 million contract this offseason.
  • While Crowell believes he can be an every-down back for the Jets, Costello says it’s more likely that New York will get Bilal Powell and/or Eli McGuire involved in passing situations.
  • Costello adds that the Jets are hoping the promotion of Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator and the hiring of Rick Dennison as their OL coach will lead to an improved running attack in 2018, despite not having the best offensive line.

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