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AFC Notes: Browns, Jaguars, Patriots, Titans

Browns

Browns HC Hue Jackson told reporters that rookie QB DeShone Kizer has given the team moving forward.

“Oh, absolutely,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “At the end of the day, this young man gives us hope. He gives you an opportunity to make plays. When I looked up, the game was 21-10, and here we are in the fourth quarter with a chance to win the game late in the game and that’s because of some plays he made. That is what you expect out of your quarterback. We are talking about a young rookie quarterback who is one of the youngest players in the league at that position. That is exciting for me. It’s exciting for our organization.”

Jaguars

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone explained that the loss of WR Allen Robinson for the season is an obvious blow to their offense, but it’s also disappointing given the work Robinson has put in up to this point.

Obviously to sit here and say ‘this doesn’t hurt,’ the ‘next man up’ sort of thing, we all understand that in our profession, but what I think about is how hard A-Rob worked and how much he put in,” Marrone said, via Mike Kaye of First Coast News.

I know what type of year he wanted to have and I think that’s the thing that gets me as a coach more than anything. He’s a player who has done everything you’ve asked him to do and was really set up for a great year and to sustain [a severe] injury it’s obviously a blow.

Marrone added that they’re confident in Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee stepping up in Allen’s absence.

“Well, obviously we have confidence in Marqise and Allen to step up,” Marrone said.

Patriots

  • Ben Volin reports that Kyle Van Noy‘s new three-year contract with the Patriots is worth $12.8 million and includes $5.5 million guaranteed.
  • Van Noy receives a $3.5 million signing bonus and a $2 million fully guaranteed salary in 2018.

Titans

Titans HC Mike Mularkey announced that S Johnathan Cyprien will miss several weeks with a hamstring injury.

“Fortunately, we have some depth at that position, with Curtis Riley as well,” Mularkey said, via Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com. “We have some depth there. That is one of the positions we kept for special teams, so we have some guys who can step in and have some experience.”