AFC Notes: Broncos, Jets, Patriots

     

Broncos

Broncos executive VP John Elway downplayed the report from earlier in the day that Vic Fangio’s coaching style has created internal issues with players and the coaching staff. 

“Let me tell you this: Vic is fair and straight forward. Period. He’s the head coach and it’s OK for him to give his opinion,” Elway said, per Mike Klis. “If you’re happy with things and worried about criticism you are in the wrong (expletive) game. It’s not a personality contest. It’s about winning.”

Jets

  • According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, if the Jets want to move on from RB Le’Veon Bell this offseason, they’ll likely have to eat part of his salary to move him in a trade. 
  • Cimini adds there’s a good chance C Jonotthan Harrison and OT Chuma Edoga are the only key offensive linemen to return to the Jets next season. 

Patriots

Patriots first-round rookie WR N’Keal Harry made his debut for New England on Sunday, catching three passes for 18 yards receiving.

How much he actually contributes moving forward is up in the air, as there’s a long history of rookie pass-catchers struggling to make meaningful on-field contributions given the complexities of New England’s offense. The last rookie wide receiver to have an impact for the Patriots, Malcolm Mitchell, said Harry will have to show aptitude in practice before he’s counted on in the games. 

“I earned that through practice, not through games,” Mitchell said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Way before I got on the field, I had to execute in practice consistently. Every day needs to be your best. Every rep needs to be 100 percent, I don’t care what you’re doing.”

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