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AFC Notes: Dolphins, Patriots, Steelers

Dolphins

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that his knee injury from last year won’t prevent him from running this year.

“One hundred percent,” Tannehill said. “We’ve been running our full gamut of run plays, and that includes zone read, play action, inside zone, outside zone power, we really have it all.

Tannehill explained that the injury came at a pretty disappointing time in the year last season, considering that he was really starting to figure things out in Adam Gase’s offensive system and the game was slowing down for him.

“That is what made it so tough for me is the fact we went on a little run there, winning games, and I finally started to feel really comfortable in the offense and what we were trying to accomplish and how we were doing it,” Tannehill said. “The game was really slowing down for me. I was seeing things more clear for me than I ever have. And understanding what Adam was trying to get out of certain plays.

“You start to get to know a play-caller as the season goes on, what he’s trying to get out of certain plays. It just takes time. You can’t go out there week one of year one and expect to know what he wants out of each play call. I was starting to get to that point where I knew exactly what he wanted to do when he sent in a play call and I think that is what made it so tough. But it’s also exciting for me to start kind of where I left off and build on where we started last year.

Patriots

  • New Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore mentioned during an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak and Bertrand” that one thing that has stood out to him from joining New England is the “super-fast” pace in which the team practices.
  • Mike Reiss adds that getting the defense prepared for no-huddle offenses was a “significant” part of the team’s agenda during offseason workouts.

Steelers

The Steelers and RB Le’Veon Bell have until July 17 to negotiate a long-term extension or Bell will play out the year under the franchise tag and test the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Bell tells ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler of the current situation: “I’m good with everything, just taking it day to day for real.”

Adam Schefter recently reported that both the Steelers and Bell are motivated to get a long-term extension in place before the July 17 deadline. However, Schefter says there’s currently “no deal in sight” but the two parties are expected to make a push to get an agreement in place over the next few weeks.

At this point, Schefter believes it “could go either way.

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