AFC Links: Ayers, Bengals, Jets, Revis

Expectations were relatively high for Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers entering the season, but the former second-rounder has been a healthy scratch in three of the first four games. Instead of causing a disruption, the 25-year-old is quietly trying to reassert himself into the team’s defensive rotation. However, that doesn’t mean the entire situation is sitting well with him (via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean)…

“Just because I am not walking around here ticked off and tearing everything up doesn’t mean I am comfortable with my situation,” Ayers said. “I am not comfortable with not playing. I want to play. I am a competitor, and I want to compete. So just because I am not carrying myself a certain way doesn’t mean I don’t care.

“But there is a way to handle everything, and I’m trying to handle things the right way.”

“Me being around here being a bad teammate and cursing coaches out, that is not going to help anybody and it is definitely not going to help me,” Ayers said. “I am always going to work on myself, whether they play me this year or not. I want to play football again. So I am going to help my teammates … and work on myself. Of course there is frustration there, but there is a certain way to handle situations.”

Let’s check out some more notes from the AFC…

  • Four former “Ben-Gals” cheerleaders are joining their peers’ lawsuit against the Bengals, claiming a “violation of federal wage laws,” writes Mark Gokavi of the Dayton Daily News.
  • Jets general manager John Idzik is hoping to become “the next” Ted Thompson (Packers general manager), writes’s Rich Cimini. This means building through the draft, investing in his own guys and occasionally signing outside free agents.
  • According to the NFLPA (via Twitter of’s Albert Breer), Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis has been named an alternate player representative.
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