AFC Notes: Browns, Patriots, Titans

     

Browns

Browns GM John Dorsey denied a report that he said to stay away from UCLA QB Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It’s fake news because first off I’ve never talked to the kid,” Dorsey said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’ve never talked to anybody about the kid. If you remember right, I was unemployed a couple of weeks ago. I’m finally back in this thing. That’s fake news to me.”

Dorsey added that he’ll get an opportunity to speak to Rosen as the Combine draws closer.

“As the combine moves along and we get closer to this process, I’ll get a chance to talk with him,” Dorsey said. “And he’ll be able to get a chance to talk with us. At the end of the day, is he a good player? Yeah. Those things don’t bother me. They usually take care of themselves. You know what? Let’s talk like grown men and see what happens.”

Patriots

  • According to Ian Rapoport, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is said to be in good spirits following the concussion he sustained during the team’s win over the Jaguars.
  • Rapoport says that those involved in the matter are “optimistic” that Gronkowski will be able to suit up for the Super Bowl.

Titans

  • Josh Weinfuss reports that James Bettcher chose the Giants Tuesday after also getting an offer to be the Titans’ defensive coordinator.
  • Paul Kuharsky reports that Sylvester Croom (RBs), Brandon Blaney (defensive assistant), and Steve Jackson (assistant DBs) are “definitely gone” and won’t be a part of new HC Mike Vrabel‘s staff.
  • According to KuharskyDeshea Townsend (DBs), Arthur Smith (TEs), Craig Aukerman (assistant special teams) and Luke Steckel (assistant WRs) are interviewing for spots on Vrabel’s staff.
  • Kuharsky says that it’s his understanding that OL coach Russ Grimm will retire.