AFC Notes: Bengals, Colts, Patriots


Bengals third-round DE Joseph Ossai recalls where he gets his motivation from. 

“The motor came from freshman year of high school,” Ossai said, via “There was a pass that went out to a tight end and I didn’t chase the ball, and the coach pulled me off and said, ‘You have to chase that ball, because there’s that slim chance that it might happen.’ So, even the next play or another play before, the same play happened. I ran, I punched the ball out and ever since then, it was like euphoria when that happened.

So, ever since then, I have to get to that ball. It’s like Road Runner. Who does he chase? The cartoon — when he’s chasing that bird. That’s how I feel when I’m chasing that ball. So, maybe that could be a nickname. Road Runner, something like that.”


Colts’ GM Chris Ballard was excited to add big-bodied WR Mike Strachan late in the draft.

“Mike is a big target who needs some developmental work, but he has a really unique skillset at wideout,” Ballard said, via Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan.

Strachan says that he plans on bringing a championship mentality and is exactly the type of special player that the Colts need on their roster.

“I’m just an overall playmaker,” Strachan said. “I’m going to come in and be coachable. I’m going to give a championship effort. I feel like I’m that special player that the Colts need. I just feel like I can come in and with the tools I have adding up to what we already have, that we could really be in the run for a Super Bowl. That’s really what I want to get to is a Super Bowl and I feel like we can definitely do that especially with the tools that we have right now.”


  • Ben Volin of the Boston Globe believes that Patriots’ HC Bill Belichick could be grooming Matt Patricia as a potential replacement, as he currently holds the title of special assistant to the head coach.
  • Volin points out that Patricia has signed every free-agent contract on behalf of the team this year and also collaborated with Belichick on the decision to select QB Mac Jones in the draft.
  • According to Volin, Patricia shows up to practice, spending time with Belichick, teaching defensive linemen, and observing drills.
  • When it comes to Falcons’ WR Julio Jones, Volin doesn’t see the Patriots trading for him despite being one of the teams favored to land the veteran. The Patriots currently have $14.78 million in cap space and would likely need to renegotiate Jones contract and commit to him for multiple years in order to 
  • Volin also notes that the team has already spent big money in free agency on the likes of TE Jonnu Smith, TE Hunter Henry, WR Nelson Agholor, and WR Kendrick Bourne.

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