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AFC Notes: Colts, Patriots, Ravens

Colts

Colts second-year DE Tarell Basham says he’s “way more comfortable” in the team’s new 4-3 base defense.

“Way more comfortable than where I was after the draft,” Basham said, via Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. “After the draft last year, things were just like going every which way, trying to get settled, trying to establish a role on the team, trying to learn this whole new position that I’ve never played before in my career ever, really, besides high school – which doesn’t count. It was hectic for me last year right around this time, trying to find where I fit into the team and on the defense.

“The 4-3 is the system that I was raised in, an attack and react type of defense. It’s definitely got me feeling more at home, I would say.”

Patriots

Patriots first-round RB Sony Michel is one of just 17 draft picks (NFLTR) who have yet to sign his rookie contract.

According to Michel, he’s not worried about it and is simply focused on being ready for training camp.

“I’m sure it’s going to get taken care of, but that’s other people that’s taking care of that,” Michel said, via the Boston Herald. “My focus is just to make sure I’m in the best shape possible that I can be to get ready for camp.”

  • Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell said his knee is “good” but when asked if he’ll be ready for training camp, he responded: “We’ll see.”

Ravens

Ravens first-round QB Lamar Jackson says a Chargers’ scout was the first person who approached him about working out as a receiver.

“It was a Chargers scout who told me about it,” Jackson said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “He was the first one to come to me about it. I’m like, ‘What?’ He caught me off guard with it. I even made a face at first like, ‘What?’ I thought he was trying to be funny but he kept going with it. So it just became blown out of proportion.

“So that was the first time I heard it, I was like, ‘What?’ Like he was like, ‘Oh, Lamar are you gonna go out for wide receiver routes?’ I was like . . . ‘No . . . I don’t recall saying that, I don’t remember telling you guys I’d go out for receiver routes.’ I’m like, ‘No, quarterback only.’ So that made me not run the 40 and participate in all the other stuff.

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