AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots


  • Bills DC Leslie Frazier said DT Star Lotulelei didn’t need much playing time in the first preseason game because of how he practiced: “Star has shown us plenty in practice to tell us we didn’t need to play him in the 1st preseason game despite the layoff. He’s been a shining light for us. Will get time in-game this week.” (Chris Brown)
  • Bills QB Josh Allen thinks QB Mitchell Trubisky will be an asset to the team, even if he’s not playing: “He’s started 50 games and has seen a lot of things, a lot of defenses, like the ones we’re playing in preseason from the NFC North. I’m excited about getting to the regular season because he’s going to help us.” (Brown)
  • McDermott says the team will take it “one day at a time” with WR Isaiah Hodgins‘ knee injury. (Sal Capaccio)
  • McDermott also commented on OT Bobby Hart, who had a poor first outing in the preseason filling in for Dawkins who is on the COVID-19 list: “I’ve been happy with the way he’s approached it. Seems to be working on his game. He’s here early and I appreciate that.” (Capaccio)


Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed said he has confidence in Miami’s group of running backs including Myles Gaskin and Malcolm Brown.

“I think this is a talented room,” Ahmed said, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “We’ve got a talented team… Whatever they got to say, just know we got a whole team and it’s not just me, Malcolm and Myles.”

Ahmed said there’s no bad blood between the Dolphins’ backs at practice given they are competing for playing time.  

“We’re competitive in our own ways but never against each other,” Ahmed said. “I always want to see him do outstanding and I think the same for me.”

Dolphins HC Brian Flores views Brown as a “power back,” Gaskin as a “change of pace” type of player, while Ahmed has speed out of the backfield. 

“We like all the backs,” Flores said. “They all bring something a little different. Malcolm is a little bit bigger, has more what you may consider a power back. Myles, kind of a change of pace, good quickness, can get out of the backfield in the passing game. Salvon has got good speed and can get out of the backfield.”


Jets OT Mekhi Becton said the presence of DE Carl Lawson in practice is helping him get better.

“After the first drive, I went up to him and said, ‘I appreciate you, bro. You made me a whole lot better. They have nothing on you,’” Becton said, via Ryan Dunleavy. “We all felt that difference of our D-line and going against another D-line.’”

Becton added Lawson’s style is what makes him so unique.

“He’s definitely a different type of guy to block because he is going 100 percent every time,” Becton said. “He is lower to the ground, and he’s got power and speed.”


There was a moment of tension when reporters asked Patriots QB Cam Newton whether HC Bill Belichick had told him he was starting Week 1 yet. A visibly exasperated Newton said, “You know the answer to that question…you know he hasn’t said that.” Newton went on to add he’s only focusing on executing his job to the best of his abilities and not on where he may stand in the competition with first-round rookie Mac Jones

“Those things like that, I can’t worry about,” Newton said via CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, “because each and every day I don’t necessarily care about that — who is starting. I mostly care about putting out the best product possible for me, and I know Mac is feeling the same way and (third quarterback) Brian (Hoyer) is feeling the same way. And so is everybody else at each and every position. So as far as Week 1, we have so much to worry about prior to Week 1 and that’s where my focus is at right now.”

  • Belichick wants to get DE Chase Winovich experience after a long stay on the PUP list: “Right now, Chase needs to just get his reps on the field. … Obviously, he needs to work in every area because he hasn’t done much.” (Zack Cox)

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