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AFC Notes: Jets, Patriots, Texans

Jets

Patriots

Patriots rookie DE Derek Rivers is not only hoping to carve out a role in the team’s defense this but also “exceed” in that role.

“I want to play, obviously,” Rivers said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “I definitely want to play, but I want to help. I want to get into my role and exceed at my role whatever that maybe. That’s what I want to do. I want to exceed in my role. I’m a competitor, and I want to win.

Texans

Texans fourth-round OT Julie’n Davenport is competing with veteran Chris Clark for the right tackle job this summer.

Texans HC Bill O’Brien had nothing but good things to say about Davenport and his performance up to this point.

“I like Julién,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a rookie, so they’re all learning. It’s tough in no pads. I think the true test for a lineman is when the full pads are on in camp, but so far he’s smart, he works hard, he’s got a good skillset for that position. So far, so good, but again the true test for lineman is when they put pads on.”