AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots


  • The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia writes that 2021 is a key year for Bills RB Devin Singletary, as if he doesn’t take a big step, Buffalo could bring in a free agent or high draft pick in 2022 and relegate Singletary to the No. 3 role, which is typically inactive on gamedays. 
  • Bills RB Zack Moss improved as his rookie season went on and Buscaglia thinks if that continues, he could end up commanding 60-70 percent of the backfield touches. 
  • Buscaglia says veteran Matt Breida and former undrafted rookie Antonio Williams will compete for the No. 3 running back job in 2021. Buscaglia gives the early edge to Breida due to his speed and experience. 
  • He also adds RB Taiwan Jones is a near-lock to make the roster as primarily a special teamer. Williams and international player Christian Wade both seem destined for the practice squad, per Buscaglia. 
  • In the eight games both Moss and Singletary were fully healthy, Moss had about 53 percent of the snaps to Singletary’s 47 percent. (Buscaglia)


  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini says Jets CBs Bryce Hall and Blessuan Austin will enter training camp as the top two options on the depth chart but the roster is far, far from settled at that position. 
  • New Jets HC Robert Saleh wants to evaluate the young players on the roster before adding any veteran help, per Cimini, so it could be training camp before New York adds anyone at corner. 
  • Brian Costello of the New York Post notes Austin is strong in run support, finishing third on the team in tackles last season, but can be exposed in coverage. 


Patriots QB Cam Newton explained during a Q&A with personal QB Coach George Whitfield Jr that he’s learned to not feed “the haters“.

Simple,” Newton told Whitfield, via Boston Herald. “Feed your focus. Feed it. If the hate ain’t in my focus, I don’t feed it. I feed off of it, but I don’t feed it. It’s two different things. When I sense or when I dwell on hatred, that’s the product that’s going to come out — rage, anger. But that’s the hatred using me, not me using the hatred. So I want to process that and make that fuel me. I don’t dwell on what a person may say, what this person may say, she say, I just use it to my advantage and I feed what I want it to feed.

In addition to the Pats missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, Newton will also have to battle with first-round rookie QB Mac Jones for the starting QB job. Newton went into detail with Whitfield on his mindset regarding how he plans to accomplish his goals.

You’ve got to visualize yourself already there. Get your mental thought of being in that moment and taking your place there,” Newton said. “And once you get there, find so much distress that you can gutter up and feel comfortable in it. Whenever that is. And that’s how you grind. You know what I’m saying? Just take your mind to that place, stay there, get uncomfortable, and be comfortable with being in that position.”

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