AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots


Bills GM Brandon Beane said he has gotten trade calls from other teams about the Bills’ defensive lineman.

“That’s probably the position we’ve had the most calls is our defensive line and especially the defensive ends,” Beane said, via Bills Wire. “We just have to decide again there how many we want to keep and who we’d be willing to part with and if the value made sense for us.”


  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini notes the Jets had internal discussions about bringing in QB Nick Mullens prior to his signing with the Eagles. Mullens knows the Jets’ offensive system and could be an upgrade over their current group of backup quarterbacks. 
  • Cimini also looks at some potential edge rusher targets the Jets could target who they have some familiarity with. Jets HC Robert Saleh worked with 49ers DE Dee Ford, while DC Jeff Ulbrich coached Falcons DE Dante Fowler and GM Joe Douglas scouted Eagles DE Derek Barnett when he was in Philadelphia’s front office. 
  • All of those guys might cost more in terms of draft compensation than the Jets are comfortable giving up, though, according to Cimini. Cheaper targets to monitor might be Raiders DE Clelin Ferrell, Texans DE Shaq Lawson, Ravens OLB Jaylon Ferguson and Buccaneers OLB Cam Gill


Legendary former Patriots assistant coach Dante Scarnecchia weighed in on what he’s seen so far from the Patriots quarterbacks Cam Newton and first-round rookie Mac Jones during the preseason. 

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“I watched the quarterbacks to see what they look like after all the things that have been said. I was really, really impressed by both the quarterbacks,” he said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “It looks like Cam has better command of the offense, and the ball seems to be coming out a little bit faster. And I think what they’re doing with Mac Jones is everything. They’re lining up in stuff that has gone beyond Basics 101 and into other things — the empty backfield sets, the protection adjustments, all the stuff that goes with it. And he seems to be doing very well with it all.”

  • Former Patriots third-round OT Yodny Cajuste has barely played his first two seasons due to injury and was behind at the start of camp, but he’s made a major charge the past couple of weeks toward securing the backup swing tackle role, impressing C David Andrews at least: “He’s kind of a vet, an older guy, but he hasn’t played a lot. None of it is his fault. To see him work through this, it’s inspiring to see and says a lot about his mental toughness.”
  • PFF’s Doug Kyed reports Patriots CB Jonathan Jones suffered a minor injury in Thursday’s joint practice with the Giants.
  • Patriots LB Josh Uche was grateful to be compared to OLB Matt Judon by veteran Dont’a Hightower: “That’s a great comparison. Judon is probably one of the best pass rushers I’ve been around.” (Zack Cox)
  • Patriots fourth-round RB Rhamondre Stevenson said he’s been in touch with former RB LeGarrette Blount for advice after drawing comparisons to him: “I talked to him, but I hope to talk to him a little bit more and pick his brain and just see what I need to work on from his point of view.” (Cox)
  • Patriots DE Chase Winovich said he crafts his game after Clay Matthews, Jadeveon Clowney and Von Miller: “I’m a very growth-minded individual. I’ve learned about games from watching Clay Matthews. I learned about change of direction from Jadeveon Clowney. I learned about get-off from Von Miller.” (Cox)

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