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NFL Notes: Bills, Broncos, Jets, & Redskins

Bills

Bills GM Doug Whaley released a statement Wednesday walking back his comments that humans aren’t supposed to play football.

Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday morning,” Whaley said. “As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it. Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what make the game so compelling to play and watch. The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment.”

Broncos

  • According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Broncos haven’t had any conversations about Peyton Manning joining their organization in a different capacity.
  • Renck points out that this could be due to the fact that Manning is keeping his options open right and maintaining flexibility.
  • Renck writes that the one-year, $2 million contract signed by Ronnie Hillman with the Broncos should be enough for him to make the 53-man roster, even after Denver used a fourth-round pick on Devontae Booker.
  • In regards to the quarterback position, Renck expects the Broncos to continue splitting reps between their three quarterbacks. However, he doesn’t rule out them possibly adding a quarterback as nothing more than “insurance” during training camp.

Jets

  • Jets OC Chan Gailey told reporters on Wednesday that they are “very comfortable”
  • with Geno Smith being their starting quarterback for Week 1. (Manish Mehta)
  • Gailey mentioned that second-round QB Chrisitan Hackenberg’s upside is “very good in our opinion.” (Kimberley Martin)
  • Although, Gailey did say that “every rookie quarterback would benefit from sitting and learning“, but not everyone has this luxury. (Kimberley Martin)

Redskins

  • John Keim reports that Redskins WR DeSean Jackson won’t collect his $500,000 workout bonus after he did not attend the team’s voluntary practice session on Wednesday.
  • Redskins first-round WR Josh Doctson said he’s been battling a minor Achilles’ injury for a few days, but expects to be full-go on Thursday. (Tarik El-Bashir)