AFC Notes: Browns, Jets, Raiders



  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that former Jets K Chandler Catanzaro chose not to re-sign with New York this offseason because he didn’t want to play in cold weather.
  • Instead, Catanzaro elected to sign on with the Buccaneers earlier this offseason.
  • Catanzaro explained back in March that his time with the Jets was a good learning experience based on how difficult it is to kick in the AFC East and outdoors on a consistent basis. (Greg Auman)


Raiders HC Jon Gruden mentioned that newly acquired WR Martavis Bryantbrings a different dynamic” to their offense.

“Let me tell you, he brings a different dynamic,” Gruden said, via NBC Bay Area.” He’s 6-foot-4 and he plays it. He’s 4.4- (second 40-yard dash) fast and he plays it. We just have to get him wired into the offense and Jordy Nelson‘s experience and versatility has really been impressive that it’s allowed us to do some things in just a few days that is pretty cool. We like our receivers, and we think Martavis will make you think twice about doing some things.”

  • New Raiders LB Derrick Johnson said of being a season removed from the torn Achilles he suffered in 2016: “My burst is back. It’s better than ever. It’s a good feeling. … I was healthy last year. I’m even better this year. … Man, I’m excited. My body is healthy.” (Michael Gehlken)
  • As for what attracted him to the Raiders, Johnson said: “Jon Gruden was a big pull. … Oakland had the best plan for me at my age.” Johnson added: “I believe I have a lot left in the tank.” (Michael Gehlken)
  • According to Johnson, he had three or four teams interested in bringing him in, but the plan the Raiders had for him and Jon Gruden were the reasons why he signed with Oakland. (James Palmer)

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