AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Steelers

     

Bills

Bills WR Stefon Diggs said he never publically voiced displeasure about the Vikings prior to getting traded to Buffalo. 

“As far as my past with Minnesota, I never actually said anything,” said Diggs, via Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN. “But, to this new situation, I’m excited. There is no right or wrong or problems to be fixed from my old situation. I have a lot of respect for the Minnesota Vikings. At that time, a trade happened — you’ve kind of got to look at it for what it is. But I never really was vocal about what I did or didn’t like (in Minnesota).”

Diggs reiterated that he was never vocal about his issues with the Vikings after being asked about his tweet: “It’s time for a new beginning.” 

“I never really was too vocal about it,” said Diggs. ‘It’s time for a new beginning’ was enough said. I am super excited for my new situation. This is also a great organization built on a lot of hardworking guys. A lot of guys that really grinded to get to where they’re at.”

Diggs mentioned that he trusts the Bills organization and is excited to be a part of his new team. 

“I trust the people that are in place, I’m just happy to be a part of it. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything, I just want to be as helpful as I can, be a puzzle piece and try to mesh as well as I can to help this team win.”

Jets

Jets HC Adam Gase said RB Le’Veon Bell has come into training camp “extremely motivated” and is in “phenomenal shape.”

“I’d say he’s extremely motivated,” Gase said, via Ethan Greenberg of the team’s official site. “He’s in phenomenal shape. He looks great, just seeing him run and everything that I’ve heard from the strength guys as far as the lifting aspect is that he’s come in phenomenal shape. In our conversations, he’s extremely fired up to get going.”

Regarding Jets’ first-round OT Mekhi Becton, Gase mentioned that he plans to play the rookie at tackle given there would be “less moving parts” than if he played guard or center. 

“With him playing tackle, there are less moving parts than there would be at guard or center,” said Becton. “As a rookie, the highest percentage of the time, he will be blocking the guy that’s in front of him. I can’t wait to see how training camp goes. I know going up against Jordan [Jenkins] is going to be a great thing for him because he’ll be going against a veteran guy who’s really going to see what he’s all about. That’ll be very good for us and that’s going to be great for him. He’s going to get a lot of reps that are going to be valuable for him in the season.”

As for the Jets’ defense losing LB C.J. Mosley, Gase believes DC Gregg Williams has done well adjusting and getting “the max” out of players. 

“It’s a little different when things happen midseason or the middle of training camp and you’re trying to make a bunch of adjustments with guys on the roster,” Gase said. “When you’re starting like this, Gregg [Williams] will adjust things that he was either planning in the spring, adjusted so far or we’ll make another adjustment now. This is kind of what we do as coaches. We have to do a really good job of using the personnel that’s ready to go for each week. This is where Gregg has always done a great job of being able to use his guys to their abilities and get the max out of them.”

Steelers

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger explained what transpired with his elbow injury last year before he was eventually shut down for the season. 

“On the drive in Seattle, just kind of that pain wasn’t really going away,” Roethlisberger said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I threw one deep one to JuJu down the right side, and I really felt a different pain and different discomfort than I ever felt. It was shooting down my arm, and so I knew something was different at that moment.”

Roethlisberger describes that doctors had to “sew through the tendon” in his elbow during operation. 

“They sew through the tendon, and they reattach it to an anchor in your elbow,” Roethlisberger said. “As far as I am aware, it’s happened to just kind of everyday people on the street, if you will.

Roethlisberger said that his elbow feels “really, really good” and has been throwing “a lot.” 

“My arm feels really, really good,” said Roethlisberger. “Threw a lot of balls yesterday. Waking up today to see how it’s going to feel, and it feels great. That’s kind of what I anticipated.”

Roethlisberger mentioned that he feels healthier this offseason given he isn’t “dealing with a nagging elbow” injury. 

“Not dealing with a nagging elbow is definitely something. I’m not saying that it was every day that it bothered me, but to feel healthy, to feel more in shape, things like that — obviously you can’t turn back Father Time and make myself feel like I’m 21 and run all over the field, but I think you can go on the field even at an older age and feel really good.”

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