AFC East Notes: Bills, Pats, Brady, Jets, Fins

Bills rookie running back Jonathan Williams was arrested in Arkansas on Thursday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated, reported today. Williams, selected in the fifth round of the draft earlier this year, will almost certainly face a league-imposed suspension, which is not exactly the best way to begin one’s NFL career. It hasn’t been a banner offseason for Buffalo’s running back corps as a whole, as starter LeSean McCoy was involved in an altercation in February, while Karlos Williams showed up to camp overweight last month.

Here’s more out of the AFC East:

  • Although he likely wouldn’t say it publicly, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick might privately want Tom Brady to accept his four-game suspension and move on, opines Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. If Brady simply missed the first four games of the season, New England would have the entire summer to prepare the club for backup Jimmy Garoppolo to take over. But if Brady is granted a stay and is then re-suspended in the middle of the year, the Pats could be thrown into a frenzy as their quarterback sits on the bench for the next quarter-season. Nevertheless, Brady is expected to take his case to the Supreme Court.
  • General manager Mike Maccagnan and the Jets were “shocked” when defensive lineman Leonard Williams fell to them at the sixth overall selection in last year’s draft, and the former USC pass rusher has proven critical to the club’s future, as Brian Costello of the New York Post details. Not only did Williams post a solid rookie season in 2015, but he gives New York more leverage as they continue to negotiate with franchise player Muhammad Wilkerson. With Williams and Sheldon Richardson in tow, Gang Green can’t be backed into a corner by Wilkerson and his camp.
  • Given that he was chosen in the sixth round, wide receiver Jakeem Grant doesn’t have a Dolphins roster spot locked down, but his easiest path to making the final 53 is likely via special teams duty, as James Walker of writes. Grant returned four kickoffs for scores while at Texas Tech, and according to Walker, he’s the favorite to take over that role for Miami. He’ll need to carve out a space somewhere, because Grant is unlikely to earn playing time behind pass-catching options that include Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Leonte Carroo.
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