AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Ravens

Bills

Bills GM Brandon Beane says that they plan to have Nathan Peterman and A.J. McCarron working with the first- and second-team units through the first preseason before considering changes.

I think you give everybody the fair amount of reps now. Right now we’re going with Nathan (Peterman) and A.J.(McCarron) with the majority of the ones and twos, but giving Josh at least a period a day – at least,” Beane said, via John Kryk of the Toronto Sun. “And we’ll do that through the first preseason game, and then we’ll adjust from there and decide, Are we going to keep it the same? Are we going to give him more reps? Or are we going to give him less? Everything is earned here.”

Regarding first-round QB Josh Allen, who has been working with the third-team unit, Beane explained that he was behind initially, but he’s done a good job of picking things up.

(Allen) was behind, being in the draft, whereas both A.J. and Nate were already learning Brian Daboll’s system a month-plus before Josh got there,” Beane said. “But definitely, by the time we left there in June he was mentally there. Now it’s just catching him up physically, knowing all the plays – it’s a big playbook – and getting the guys lined up. But he has done a great job to this point.”

Jets

  • The Jets officially signed QB Sam Darnold to a four-year, $30.25M deal on Monday. (NFLTR)
  • Pro Football Talk reports that Darnold secured the full payout of the $20 million signing bonus within 15 days, which happens to be something that rarely, if ever, happens. PFT adds that all language voiding future guarantees if he is fined was removed from the deal.
  • According to Brian Costello, the Jets also agreed to pay his roster bonus each year even if he is on the non-football injury list.
  • Regarding the team’s depth chart at quarterback, Jets HC Todd Bowles said: “Josh [McCown] is 1. Teddy [Bridgewater] is 2. Sam is 3. Right now.” (Manish Mehta)

Ravens

Ravens QB Joe Flacco tells Peter King that “there’s definitely a little bit of a message” being sent by the team after they used a first-round pick on QB Lamar Jackson.

“There’s definitely a certain feeling you have,” Flacco said. “I don’t know if it’s the worst feeling in the world, but it’s definitely means something. There’s definitely a little bit of a message in there. But this is the NFL, man. I’ve been in it for 10 years, seen pretty much everything. Surprised by this [the drafting of Jackson] a little bit. My approach is I’m gonna show these guys every day what kind of quarterback I am, and I can’t really worry about anything else.

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