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NFL Notes: Bills, Browns, Jets, Packers

Bills

  • Canio Marasco of the Bills’ official site mentions that the starting linebacker role is “completely wide open.”
  • Marasco says that LBs Ramon Humber, Preston Brown and Lorenzo Alexander have been starters during minicamp, but second-year Reggie Ragland and recently acquired Gerald Hodges could push for starting spots.
  • Marasco believes the starting right tackle job will ultimately come down to Jordan Mills and Dion Dawkins.
  • As for the backup running back role, Marasco writes that second-year Jordan Williams is the “most likely” to win the job due to his one-cut running style fitting the team’s zone blocking scheme.
  • Marasco says S Jordan Poyer is the “most likely” player t start opposite of Micah Hyde.
  • Marasco could see second-round WR Zay Jones emerging as a starter, consider that he has the speed and height to play as an outside receiver.

Browns

Browns TEs coach Greg Seamon said first-round TE David Njoku is developing well through the offseason program and believes he can line up in multiple spots.

He’s young. He’s really developing. He’s got a great work ethic. I’m excited about his potential,” said Seamon, via ClevelandBrowns.com. He’s in that rookie process right now where there’s a lot being thrown at him. It’s a demanding position because you’re involved in all three aspects of the offense; you have blocking for the run, pass protection and then being a receiver. We’re experimenting a little bit. I think that his athletic ability tells you that he can play in a lot of different areas of the field. He can be a detached guy, he can be a tight end in the traditional sense, he can be in the slot, he can be a wing.”

Jets

  • Brian Costello of the New York Post mentions that Jets OLB Lorenzo Mauldin likely won’t face discipline from the NFL until 2018 for the misdemeanor assault charge from an incident that took place on April 2.
  • Costello says it’s hard to say if his offseason arrest will affect Mauldin, but he has said he feels like he’s in a for big 2017 season after dropping weight and bulking up.
  • Costello adds that fifth-round LB Dylan Donahue could push Mauldin for a role during training camp.

Packers

  • Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers’ official site mentions that Micah Hyde’s departure means the Packers will be looking for another punt returner to pair with Randall Cobb.
  • Hodkiewicz expects Jeff Janis to be in the mix to return kicks and second-year WR Trevor Davis could be an option as either a kick or punt returner.