AFC Notes: Browns, Jets, Ravens

     

Browns

Browns WR Jarvis Landry was asked about the report that things haven’t gone smoothly with new OC Todd Monken, which has led to Freddie Kitchens being more involved in the team’s offense. 

“I have no idea about that,” Landry said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Freddie has done a great job of monitoring, stepping in when he needs to step in. Todd continues to teach us the way — every guy is different as far as learning so continues to try to teach us. We kinda go from there. It’s a new offense. There’s a lot to learn. There’s a lot of moving parts. It takes some time, not everything goes smoothly.

  • Regarding the report that some veteran players spoke to QB Baker Mayfield following his comments about Duke Johnson‘s trade request, Landry said it’s a “non-issue” for them: “I don’t think it will be difficult at all. I say to you that it’s a non-issue. It’s not one we’re feeling any particular way about. It’s blown up from you guys’ end more than it really is.” (Daryl Ruiter)

Jets

  • According to Manish Mehta, the Jets attempted to trade more than 30 spots to the top of the second round to select Washington CB Byron Murphy. However, the Cardinals used the No. 33 overall pick on Murphy.
  • Jets DC Gregg Williams said of DL Leonard Williams: “We’re really looking forward to cut him loose…. I can’t wait to get him in pads and get him ready to go.” (Manish Mehta)
  • Neil Stratton is hearing that the Eagles have played hardball with the Jets as new GM Joe Douglas works to fill out his front office.
  • Stratton adds that Bears executive Champ Kelly will be hired by the Jets and is expected to be the team’s assistant GM. 

Ravens

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith is entering the final year of his deal with Baltimore, but isn’t worried about his future. 

“That’s going to play itself out,” Smith said via Ryan Mink of the official team website. “The Ravens know I always want to be here, but whatever happens, happens. I know I can still play the game, so if I’m here, I’ll be obviously grateful. If not, I’ll continue my career somewhere else.”

There was some talk Smith could be a cap casualty this offseason with a $9.5 million base salary, but the Ravens elected to bring the veteran back. 

“The Ravens know how much I love them, and I know how much the Ravens love me, and I went through some stuff,” Smith said. “It could have easily gone both ways, so I’m excited and happy to still be here.”

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