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AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jaguars

Bills

  • Joe Buscaglia of WKBW writes that if Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin can stay healthy and post similar production to what he had a few years ago, he could be setting himself up for a big contract next year.
  • Buscaglia doesn’t think the Bills will commit to Benjamin long-term until he shows he can be an impact player for them and develops some chemistry with QB Josh Allen.

Dolphins

Dolphins first-round DB Minkah Fitzpatrick says he’s looking forward to playing his first game in the NFL.

“Every day I just think about it,” Fitzpatrick said, via the Miami Herald. “I’m just going out there and doing what I do. Making plays. It’s the same game. Just in a different stadium, different setting. I’ve just got to do what I do.

According to Fitzpatrick, he still has more work to do in terms of learning the playbook, but he thinks he’s made good progress up to this point.

“OTAs were good. I learned a lot,” Fitzpatrick said. “I have the playbook not mastered, but I’m learning the playbook. All the older guys took us in. Whenever we have questions, they answer them. Whenever they see something, they point it out. We’re all working together.”

Jaguars

Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett mentioned that RB Leonard Fournette “almost took too many hits” last year and they’re hoping to find a way to allow him to still be aggressive while protecting himself more.

I think as a young player getting to this level and then he really ran hard and did a really good job,” Hackett said, via the Florida Times-Union. “But I think he almost took too many hits. I just want him to be able to understand the system more so he can run even smarter, but still never lose that aggressiveness.″

Hackett added that they’re hoping to be “as versatile as possible” in terms of their offense this season.

We have always talked about wanting to be as versatile as possible,″ Hackett said. ″If you put three tight ends out there and then a fullback out there and then all tight ends and all wide receivers and just always continue to mix it up, I think that is always something that you can really utilize to your advantage.”

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