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AFC Notes: Broncos, Browns, Ravens


Broncos’ first-round CB Patrick Surtain said he must “earn my stripes” this offseason and needs to earn a starting role. 

“I’ve got to most definitely earn my stripes,” Surtain said via Aric DiLalla of the team’s official site. “Nothing is given, everything is earned. I’ve got to go out there and prove myself each and every snap, each and every play. I’m just looking forward to it.”


  • Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com takes a look at the Browns’ safety situation, noting that S Grant Delpit appears to have put on good weight in training camp and has a decent chance to start Week 1 alongside S Ronnie Harrison and S John Johnson
  • Cabot also thinks that Delpit could match up against tight ends and has the talent to be the most explosive option in the defensive backfield for DC Joe Woods.
  • As for Johnson, Cabot says his intelligence will certainly factor into him playing a major role defensively for Cleveland. Johnson thrived in the defense of Brandon Staley last season, calling plays, lining up in the correct spot, and helping to coordinate others defensively. 
  • Cabot believes Johnson will serve many functions, including deep center fielder, box defender, slot corner with the ability to blitz, and occasionally functioning as a middle linebacker.


Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey said he has been impressed with rookie WR Rashod Bateman in practice.

“After guarding him throughout OTAs and minicamp the other day, I’ve seen some serious flashes. I told [Ravens GM Eric] DeCosta: ‘Hey, man. I think we got a pretty good one in Bateman,’” Humphrey said, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Ravens’ director of player personnel Joe Hortiz gave a detailed scouting report on what Bateman’s strengths are and where he can improve.

“There are things he can clean up about his game, but what you love is the temperament and the work ethic that he’s showing right now,” Hortiz said. “He is polished as an athlete and feel. But there’s still upside, physically – levels that he can take his game to. So, I think there’s still room for growth.”

Bateman mentioned he has high expectations for himself.

“I’m not focusing on being the No. 1 weapon,” Bateman said. “I want to be the best receiver for this team. This team deserves that, and this team has earned that. So, whatever coach [John] Harbaugh needs from me, whatever Lamar needs from me, whatever the offensive coordinator [Greg Roman] needs from me, that’s my job.”

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