AFC Notes: Frank Gore, Browns, Colts, Jets

     

Frank Gore

Veteran RB Frank Gore made it clear that he doesn’t want his NFL career to end after a disappointing season with the Colts this year.

Gore explained that he’ll be looking for a team with a good quarterback in place that plays a physical style of football.

“Quarterback, O-line, have to be my type of style of team,” Gore said, via Mike Wells of ESPN. “Nasty, physical, punch you in the mouth. I don’t want to finish like this. I know I can still play. I want to help a team.”

Gore added that he expects QB Andrew Luck to be fine moving forward and for GM Chris Ballard to get things turned around in Indianapolis.

“(Luck’s) going to be fine,” Gore said. “Me being around Ballard and little pieces he’s put in since I’ve been here are way better than from when I first got here. I can tell his mindset just talking to him. It’ll be a different Colts team whenever our quarterback comes back, and Jacoby (Brissett) playing this year helps.

Browns

Browns HC Hue Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that he fully expects owner Jimmy Haslam to stand by his statement that Jackson will return as head coach in 2018.

I unequivocally believe that what Jimmy Haslam said is going to happen,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Jimmy has never wavered. He’s always been supportive of me, him and Dee Haslam.”

“I couldn’t sit up here if I didn’t have that support. It’s what keeps me going.

Jackson added that the time he’s spent talking to new GM John Dorsey has been “outstanding.”

I spend a lot of time talking to John (Dorsey) and with John,” Jackson said, per Cabot. “Thus far, it’s been outstanding.”

Colts

On Wednesday, the Colts officially signed QB Brad Kaaya off of the Lions’ practice squad (NFLTR).

Kaaya told reporters that it really came down to the Colts offering him a better opportunity moving forward than the Lions.

From what my agent told me from [his conversations] with [G.M.] Chris Ballard and [V.P. of player personnel] Rex [Hogan], they were saying some pretty good things and it was an opportunity for me to continue my development and, if I hold up my end of the bargain, do my best to make the team,” Kaaya said Wednesday, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.

Jets

  • Jets HC Todd Bowles announced that Bryce Petty will start for them in their season finale against the Patriots. (Connor Hughes)
  • As for the possibility that they could play Christian Hackenberg at some point, Bowles said: “We’ll see.”
  • According to Bowles, DL Muhammad Wilkerson will travel with the team to New England, but he didn’t say if Wilkerson will play or not. (Connor Hughes)
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