AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots


Bills backup QB Mitchell Trubisky explained that he felt he really needed a fresh start, which is why he opted to sign with Buffalo this offseason. 

“I think I just needed a fresh start,” Trubisky told the Buffalo News. “I just wanted to go somewhere where I was wanted and they had a role for me.

“I wanted to be a part of a championship-caliber team, so when this opportunity came knocking on the door, I thought it was a great fit, just with the offense and the people they’ve got in this building right now. To be part of a team that can possibly go win a Super Bowl, I think that’s special. . . . Coming here and backing up Josh is going to be a new role, but I’m ready to embrace that and be a part of this great team and help any way I can.”

  • Bills GM Brandon Beane said there was no update on contract extension discussions for QB Josh Allen: “No, there’s really nothing to give you on that. If something were to happen this summer, we’re definitely let you know and hopefully it’s coming from us and not being broke somewhere else. Other than that, there nothing I can give you.” (James Palmer)
  • Bills OC Brian Daboll said adding WR Emmanuel Sanders is a huge addition for the team: “He’s got a really good football mind…been able to handle all the different spots we’ve put him in.” (Michael Giardi)
  • Daboll mentioned he is grateful for having the opportunity to interview for head coach openings last winter: “I’m very appreciative of the organization that gave me an opportunity to sit down and meet some new people in this league. I’m just so focused on this year. I’m grateful & appreciative & wish both of those organizations well.” (Chris Brown)
  • Daboll is also happy to have TE Tommy Sweeney: “He’s a resilient guy with what he went through with COVID. He’s getting his feet underneath him, but he’s a smart, dependable guy who will put his best forward come camp.” (Brown)
  • On RBs Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, Daboll believes both can be lead running backs on a team: “Knowing they’re each capable of playing all three downs for you, it enables us to stay w/the hot hand & not worry about subbing for matchups or down & distance. They’re two good young backs & a good competition for training camp.” (Brown)
  • Daboll said Trubisky has been a great addition to the QB room: “Been fantastic in meeting room, he’s a pro. He’s been thru a lot, played a lot, it’s a brand new system for him. Been a really good addition. Has a good way about him. He has a lot of freedom, now has to learn how to use it if he gets a chance to play.” (Brown)


  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini notes Jets RB Tevin Coleman has the early lead on the lead back role give his familiarity with the Shanahan-style offense new OC Mike LaFleur is installing. 
  • Cimini mentions some opposing scouts think 2020 fourth-round RB La’Mical Perine might not be a good fit for the new offense and the scheme change will stunt his development. 
  • Other options who will be competing for roles, per Jets HC Robert Saleh, include fourth-round RB Michael Carter, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams and Austin Walter: “Every back has a unique trait. Finding roles for them is going to be fun.”
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports the Jets remain interested in free agent OT Morgan Moses


  • The Athletic’s Jeff Howe points out that Patriots fifth-round LB Cameron McGrone, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, also tore the same ACL in high school and was able to return in just six months. 

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