AFC Notes: Bills, Chiefs, Smith, Manziel

New Browns wide receiver Miles Austin knows that the team is going to miss Josh Gordon this season, but he refuses to dwell on it, writes Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal.

“Obviously, he’s a tremendous receiver,” Austin said of the 6’3″, 225-pound Gordon. “The first time I saw him, the first time I actually brushed up against to him, I was like ‘Man, this guy is huge.’ At the end of the day, the NFL is a league where, regardless of what happens with any situation or position, if someone goes down, someone has to fill in. And if it’s not one person, it’s collectively as a group you have to pick up the slack.”

Let’s round up a few other AFC notes…

  • A knowledgeable source tells Tim Graham of the Buffalo News (on Twitter) that a sale of the Bills in time for approval at the October owners meeting remains highly ambitious, but still possible. Earlier today we learned that the Bills have selected financial firm Morgan Stanley and legal firm Proskauer Rose to head up the sale process.
  • Chiefs GM John Dorsey told SiriusXM that he’s optimistic the team will be able to re-sign quarterback Alex Smith, tweets Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. Earlier this month Albert Breer of NFL Network reported that talks between Smith and KC were not moving quickly.
  • Dorsey went on to call first-round pick Dee Ford the second-best pass rusher in the draft, though he declined to say whether he had Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack rated at No. 1, Marvez tweets.
  • Browns general manager Ray Farmer didn’t hesitate Wednesday when asked which quarterback is better right now (Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel), writes Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. “Brian Hoyer. Probably (by) a substantial margin,” Farmer told 92.3 The Fan’s Bull Fox. “He’s a guy that’s been in the league, that knows the defenses, that reads it quicker, that understands (the pro game). (It’s like) he’s got an advanced calculus degree and Johnny’s good at math but I don’t know if he’s in the advanced calculus stages yet.
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