AFC Notes: Browns, Jets, Patriots, Steelers


  • The Browns have downgraded the following players to out for Week 2: TE Seth DeValve (hamstring), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), and LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder/ankle).


  • Rich Cimini of ESPN believes the Jets made the right call not offering two first-round picks to the Raiders for DE Khalil Mack.
  • Cimini notes that the Jets have the financial flexibility to sign a “top-of-the-market” cornerback next offseason given QB Sam Darnold is playing under his rookie contract.
  • Cimini expects WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) to absorb some of Charone Peake and Andre Roberts‘ playing time when he returns from injury.


  • Jeff Howe reports that Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel (knee procedure) made a lot of progress this week and has at least given himself a chance to make his NFL debut on Sunday. Howe adds that nothing definitive yet, but the progress Michel has made has been encouraging.
  • Mike Reiss¬†mentions two potential reasons that the Patriots have not shown interest in free agent WR Dez Bryant¬†including the possibility that New England does not think he is a difference maker and they may not want the off-field attention he would bring to their team if they brought him in.


  • Steelers holdout¬†Le’Veon Bell did not report to the team on Saturday is now officially out for Week 2.
  • Bell has now lost $1.7 million in 2018 salary by missing the first two games of the regular season.

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