AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots


Bills’ QB Josh Allen says that the team is in a good place, especially with the return of OC Brian Daboll.

“It creates a very good space,” Allen said, via the team’s official site. “Just being able to talk with guys in a very comfortable fashion, being in the same system now going on the fourth year and having that rapport that I have with Daboll and (quarterbacks) Coach (Ken) Dorsey and really understanding our offense in and out and being able to relay that to my teammates. I’ve always said that the job of the quarterback is to be an extension of the offensive coordinator and have to understand what he wants in certain situations and by me knowing that I get to relay that to my teammates and allow us to try to have better success on the field. It’s a blessing to be in this situation, not many people have that luxury of being in the same system and understanding and knowing guys on a personal level for as long as I have, so definitely blessed here.”

Allen also isn’t worried about what will happen in the future. Instead, he is focused on doing all he can to help the Bills get onto the big stage this season.

“Yeah, to take that next step, I’ve got to re-evaluate what I’m doing on the field, and be very honest with myself,” Allen said. “And I think that’s one thing I feel I can brag about is I’m very honest, first with myself. I’m very realistic when it comes to my play on the field and what I can do better, and what I need to do better and approaching how to do that. Finding ways I can be more efficient in the pocket and moving, better with ball security, running in within the pocket, and then making decisions and not trying to force things no matter what the situation may call for. That’s where trusting your teammates, trusting the plan, trusting your coaching and coaching staff, and trusting the process in what coach McDermott is preaching to the team. That’s what I’m trying to do.”


Jets HC Robert Saleh said QB Zach Wilson‘s willingness to learn has been impressive so far.

“He’s relentless in terms of his want for knowledge,” Saleh said, via SNY. “He’s got a lot of horsepower in his mind and he’s not afraid to use all of it.”


Patriots HC Bill Belichick had never drafted a quarterback in the first round until selecting Mac Jones this past April. But Jones isn’t getting treated differently than any other rookie, sporting the No. 50 jersey at a recent OTA practice. Belichick was also careful not to highlight him at the expense of any other quarterback on the roster. 

“I think all the quarterbacks are working hard,” Belichick said via Pro Football Talk. “Again, it’s a starting over process for everybody. Some of them have been here, some of them haven’t. They’ve had various levels of opportunity to work in our offense. But, really, we’re starting everybody at the same point like we always do this time of year. So Mac dove into the playbook and continues to do that. Like everybody out there, we all have a lot of things we have to work on — that includes everybody. That’s what he’s doing, that’s what everybody is doing.”

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