AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Ravens

     

Dolphins

Dolphins HC Brian Flores mentioned that the eight AAF players they signed will have an “opportunity” to make the team, which includes OLB Tyrone Holmes, OLB Jayrone Elliott, DT Joey Mbu, WR Reece Horn, G Michael Dunn, OT Jaryd Jones-Smith, CB Jamar Summers, and RB Kenneth Farrow.

The guys we brought in, they had some success in the AAF,” said Flores, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “They’re good players. They’re good people. They’ll come in and have an opportunity to show what they can do, and if they can help this team win games, then they’ll be out there, that’s for sure.”

Regarding Elliott, Dolphins’ executive Anthony Hunt said the linebacker can do multiple things they liked. 

He can rush the passer, drop into coverage and set the edge as a run defender,” Hunt said. “His skill set we really liked watching him in the AAF this year.

Hunt called Horn one of the “best route runners” coming out of the AAF and is experiencing his first time on an NFL roster at 26-years old. 

Reece, we thought, was one of the best route runners in the AAF,” Hunt said. “Exceptional hands. A little older [26]. This will be his first time with an NFL team. Stood out in that league with very good hands, run after catch [ability].”

Jets

After struggling with lower body injuries the past two years in Oakland, G Kelechi Osemele took steps this offseason to ensure that didn’t happen with his new team, the Jets. 

“I did the ketogenic diet,” Osemele said via the NY Daily News’ Manish Mehta. “I also did some intermittent fasting just to lean out and give myself the best possible chance to be in great shape and prevent injuries and stuff like that. Obviously, that’s an anti-inflammatory diet in general, so that’s what I did.”

The Jets picked up Osemele by swapping a fifth-round pick for a sixth-round pick with the Raiders. A former Pro-Bowler, Osemele’s looking to regain that form and prove Oakland made a mistake. 

“I’m a chip on the shoulder-type of guy, so obviously that’s motivation,” Osemele said. “I’m a professional and I’ve been in this business for a while, so I understand it from that point. But I like to take things like that and use it as motivation because it’s fuel. Why wouldn’t you? Obviously, I’m motivated by that.”

Ravens

  • The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec writes the Ravens would like to extend LB Matt Judon before he becomes a free agent following the 2019 season, however, they might not be willing to meet Judon’s asking price. 
  • Judon currently has half a sack more than former teammate Za’Darius Smith did when he left in free agency and signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Packers. 
  • Judon will likely ask for at least that, which could price out the Ravens, as they’ve shown they’re willing to stick to evaluations of players. Zrebiec says their offer to LB C.J. Mosley was $14 million per season, while the Jets ultimately signed Mosley for $17 million a year. 

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