AFC Notes: Broncos, Maclin, Jets

The Broncos need stability up front to establish a physical running game and they should find that in the upcoming draft, Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post writes. The inability to find adequate replacements midstream last year undermined the Broncos, leaving them lacking an identity in the playoffs. It sounds like Denver is well aware of that and they likely see several lineman that could fit. “There are a lot of good tackles in this draft,” said Broncos GM John Elway. “I think that is one area where the draft does have some depth, especially at the top.” More from the AFC..

  • New receiver Jeremy Maclin is working to develop chemistry with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star writes. For his part, Smith is unsure of how long that will take, but he feels that Maclin’s previous experience in Andy Reid’s offense will help matters. “I think some things click for some guys faster than others, it just depends,” Smith said. “I think there will be a little more of smoother transition — he’s been in the system, he’s learned his terminology. None of this is brand new for either of us.”
  • Todd BowlesJets defense needs pass rusher, Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday writes. Like his predecessor Rex Ryan, Bowles favors an aggressive scheme in the front seven and a heavy dose of blitzing. USC’s Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler Jr. of Florida are expected to be gone by No. 6, but there are plenty of other quality options within range, including Missouri’s Shane Ray.
  • If the Jets can’t get Fowler, they may pass on an outside linebacker in the first round, Rich Cimini of writes. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jets wait until the second round to address the need and if they want to go for an inside linebacker, Mississippi State’s Benardrick McKinney could be a candidate there.
  • Quarterbacks Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson, and Sean Mannion could all make some sense for the Jets in the upcoming draft, Bob Glauber of Newsday writes.
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