AFC Notes: Browns, Patriots, Steelers



Browns LB Christian Kirksey believes that this year’s team has “a different feel” than the previous years he has played in Cleveland.

Being one of the longest-tenured players on the team, I’ve seen the teams come through Cleveland,” Kirksey said, via “I’m going on to my second head coach, my third general manager, my third defensive coordinator, so I’ve seen players and front office people come in and out the building, and this is just a different feel.

Kirksy complimented recently acquired QB Tyrod Taylor‘s leadership and competitive drive.

He’s our guy to take the field and finally have a competitive attitude on the offensive side of the ball,” Kirksey said. “Jarvis LandryJosh Gordon, all those guys just have a swagger about themselves. In all my years I’ve never had that on the offensive side of the ball. Those guys are telling us, ‘We’re working today.‘”


Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski tells Willie McGinest that he is “super excited” for training camp and the 2018 season.

“I am refreshed,” Gronkowski said, via NBC Sports Boston. “You know after the season, long seasons, how your body can feel and everything. I just wanted to see where I was at, and see how I can get my body feeling, see if I can handle it, endure it again, and I feel like I’m super ready, man.”


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says he’s walking a “fine line” at his age when it comes to getting his body ready for the NFL season.

“It’s a fine line I walk at this age, of resting and getting my body enough rest for the season and working out to prepare,” Roethlisberger said, via Jeremy Fowler of “My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be. But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age.”

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