AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Titans



The Bills brought in veteran Russell Bodine this offseason to compete with Ryan Groy for the starting center job, replacing Eric Wood.

“It’s just part of being in the NFL,” Groy explained, via “Guys leave and guys come in. This is my fifth year in the NFL. I am kind of used to the transition.

Bills HC Sean McDermott noted that Bodine has already stepped up as a leader, despite being with the team for a matter of months.

“We lost a couple of guys on the offensive line that were some of our leaders in some ways, shapes, and forms,” said McDermott. “Russ Bodine has stepped up.


  • Brian Costello of the New York Post writes that the Jets signed Avery Williamson in free agency to replace Demario Davis at inside linebacker.
  • One thing, in particular, to watch for Williamson is whether the Jets keep him on the field for passing downs, much like they’ve done in the past.
  • Costello expects Williamson to finish the year with plenty of tackles and could be utilized as an interior rusher to help out the team’s overall pass rush in 2018.
  • While numerous charges were dropped against Jets WR Robby Anderson this offseason, Manish Mehta mentions that he’s still subject to discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy. With this in mind, Mehta says there’s no guarantee Anderson will be available for a full 16 games this season.
  • Even so, Mehta still believes Anderson has the ability to possibly emerge as a true No. 1 receiver for the Jets.


Titans new CB Malcolm Butler mentioned that it’s easy to see that HC Mike Vrabel previously played for the Patriots because there are similarities between him and Bill Belichick.

“It’s the Patriots system, one of the greatest systems in the NFL,” Butler told Robert Klemko of “You can tell Mike played for Belichick because you can see some of the similarities. They’re about winning the way New England is about winning.

“One thing I saw early: Mike will put you on blast. He don’t care who’s around. He’s going to say what’s right. He might be a bit looser than Bill Belichick, but they’re both great guys. A man caught a ball on me—honestly I don’t know his name yet—but Mike let me hear about it. ‘Don’t get stuck on top of the routes like that! Make a play!’ Nobody cares where you come from or what you make. Everyone’s equal. And you can tell from the head coach all the way down to the interns, everybody wants to win.”

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