AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Steelers


Bengals WR Auden Tate‘s agent, Deiric Jackson, said his client was a healthy scratch in Week 2’s Thursday Night game and would like to pursue a trade if Cincinnati can’t figure out a way to use him. 

“He was healthy and ready to go,” Jackson said, via Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports. “If they don’t know how to use him, I’m sure there are plenty of other teams that would love to have a weapon like that offensively.”

Jackson mentioned that Tate has developed chemistry with Bengals QB Joe Burrow and reiterated that he’d like to pursue a trade. 

“I don’t care if it’s a first-rounder, whatever, you play your best guys,” said Jackson. “I know the type of chemistry that him and Joe Burrow (have) been having. He’s played special teams … If you’re not going to use him, why not let him go seek opportunities elsewhere?”

Jackson believes there were multiple plays in Week 2’s loss to the Browns that Tate could’ve made. 

“We’re not jumping the gun, but I also understand that in that game last night, there were some plays that he could’ve made. He’s a selfless player, but he also wants to be able to help his team.”


  • Tom Pelissero reports that Browns DE Adrian Clayborn sustained a hip flexor strain and is hopeful to play through his injury after undergoing medical treatment. 


Steelers’ LB Bud Dupree has been incorporating more moves into his pass-rushing this season with his coach Chuck Smith, which has led to early success so far. He also says that he is rarely relying on speed rushing and is using other techniques that suit his athleticism.

“I’m always wanting to learn more and see how other guys move and what a pass-rush coach sees in me and what it can help me with,” Dupree said, via Mark Kaboly of The Athletic. “I tell people all the time, Chuck is a foundation of pass-rushing. He was one of the first ones to do it at a high level. He is the foundation of it. If you can go be a part of their program in the offseason, it will take your mentality to a different level as far as knowing how to win.”

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