AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots

Bills

Bills TE Dawson Knox explained that he wants to be a dynamic threat in the Buffalo offense moving forward. 

“I want to get to the point where I am that weapon for our team (like Kelce is for Kansas City),” Knox said, via NFL.com. “Travis is the best in the league right now at what he does. … It just comes from watching film and getting on the field and starting to feel out some of the stuff that he can see pretty quickly. It’s really not just running your route and being in the right spot. It’s how well can you adjust on the fly? How well can you read coverages when the ball is snapped? Because defenses are so good at disguising coverages and safeties are moving around and linebackers are showing blitz and then they’re dropping out.”

“So it’s just being able to catch on to some of those things, which I felt like I was able to do more and more as the year went on last year. And I’m excited to keep building on. I definitely feel confident that I’ll be able to do that this year. I know I just want to keep stacking those good days on good days.”

Dolphins

Dolphins’ DL coach Austin Clark is expecting more out of former first-round DL Christian Wilkins in 2021.

“I think he can definitely do a lot more,” Clark said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Wilkins believes he made a big improvement from 2019 to 2020 and feels that he can show in even better shape for the upcoming season.

“I’m my biggest critic and so it’s working on everything, but definitely I feel like I can play at any time, as many snaps as I needed, run to the ball, those things I pride myself on,” Wilkins said. “That’s where it starts for me.”

Wilkins was affected by a battle with COVID-19 last season, but is putting that behind him and is looking forward to becoming a leader among his teammates in Miami.

“That really matters on those days where it’s the twelfth practice of camp and everybody’s dead and tired and you got a little bit more of a spark,” Wilkins said. “And you’re like, ‘All right, I’ll be the spark today.’ Like I’ll get those guys going. I’ll try to make a play or bring a little energy.”

Patriots

Patriots’ first-round QB Mac Jones said that Cam Newton has been a “good mentor” to him so far this offseason. 

“He’s done an awesome job being a good mentor,” Jones said, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “He brings great energy. Brian and Jarrett have done a good job helping me in the film room. All three of them, just watch their reps and learn as much as I can.”

Jones said there’s no animosity between the Patriots quarterbacks, including Newton, Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and himself. 

“We’re just coming in every day — there’s four guys in total and I am the rookie, so I am just learning from them,” Jones said. “They have all been very nice to me, treated me well and I am just trying to help them out as much as I can, too. Whatever I can do. We’re all in this together, so it’s not like — there’s competition, but I don’t want to have a misconstrued word there, like it’s bad competition or it’s unhealthy. We’re all close and we’re all going to get better together. That is what we’re going to do.”

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