AFC Notes: Broncos, Jets, Texans, Titans

     

Broncos

Regarding Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Broncos executive VP John Elway said he was impressed by the prospect during the Senior Bowl practices.

He’s a guy that competes. He comes out here and throws the ball very well. He’s got a strong arm. He throws with good anticipation. He’s had a good couple of days,” Elway said. “We wanted to have an opportunity to get to meet him. Obviously we’ve seen what everyone else has, the type of player that he is. To be able to be around him and get to know him a little bit was important.”

Jets

  • The New York Jets announced that they’ve fired offensive line coach Steve Marshall.
  • According to Ian Rapoport, the Jets have interest in Rick Dennison for their OL coach position.
  • Cameron Wolfe reports that former Titans assistant DBs coach Steve Jackson is joining the Jets in the same position.

Titans

  • Tom Pelissero reports the Titans interviewed former Raiders WR coach Rob Moore for the same position, while the team also interviewed Rams special teams assistant Tyrone McKenzie for a spot on their defensive staff.

Texans

Texans HC Bill O’Brien said that QB Deshaun Watson is “ahead of schedule” with his recovery from a torn ACL and is hopeful he will be able to participate in 7-on-7 drills in OTAs

“He’s working hard to get back and I know he’s ahead of schedule,” O’Brien said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “I’m hoping … that he can at least maybe participate in 7-on-7 [drills]. Maybe not team drills, but [maybe] he can do 7-on-7s or one-on-ones and things like that. But we’ll see.”

O’Brien added that Watson having gone through a prior knee injury like this to his other knee has helped him handle things better this time around.

“He’s been through it before with the other knee, so I think he has an idea of the rehab process,” O’Brien said. “I think that’s big. When you’ve already gone through it once, whereas if it’s the first time, everything’s a little bit new. Now he just knows. He knows his own body and so he’s working hard to get back.”

In the event Watson isn’t able to return for OTAs, O’Brien believes just having him around will be an asset to the team.

Deshaun [is] rehabbing, but he’s still able to watch tape, he’s still able to watch all of his plays, watch other teams in the division, watch other teams around the NFL [and] other quarterbacks,” O’Brien said. “He’s able to be in the meetings in OTAs. Even if he can’t be on the field, he’ll be in all the meetings, he’ll be out on the field watch and things like that if he can’t participate.

“That’s why guys take big jumps, I think, in their second year, because they’re able to have a lot more time to study.