AFC Notes: Jets, Darnold, Rosen, Fuller, Broncos TE’s, Williams

While the game probably will not effect the College Football Playoff, USC vs. UCLA will certainly have a ton of NFL Draft implications. Both starting quarterbacks, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, are considered two of the best QB draft prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft, and will try to outshine each other during Saturday’s contest. The hyped matchup will be attended by 20 teams in some form, including the QB needy Jets, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Jets were most recently connected to Wyoming signal caller Josh Allen, although Allen’s draft status has taken a big hit because of some early season struggles vs. top level collegiate defenses. New York’s season has gone a bit better than many expected, but they still have a long-term need at the QB position with Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty not looking like the long-term answer. The Jets, along with many other scouting departments will definitely get a good comparison of two of the top signal callers in all of college football in Los Angeles this weekend.

  • The Texans have faced a number of injuries to key players including J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and most recently quarterback Deshaun Watson. Now another playmaker who missed time early in the season will be forced to the sidelines again. Big play receiver Will Fuller will miss Sunday’s game with a rib injury, according Houston’s official injury report released on Friday afternoon. This leaves the team without another weapon for now starter Tom Savage and puts added pressure on DeAndre Hopkins to make contested plays due to increased attention from the defensive backs. Fuller missed the Texans first three games with a broken collarbone, but has since caught an impressive seven touchdowns in the past six games. Bruce Ellington is the next man up on the depth chart to try and replace Fuller’s downfield threat ability.
  • The Broncos have just one tight end on the roster entering the weekend for this Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Both A.J. Derby and Jeff Heuerman have been ruled out, which leaves Virgil Green as the lone name left on the depth chart, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com. Derby is recovering from a shoulder injury that he suffered this past Sunday night and Heuerman is dealing with a knee injury. It should be noted that no Broncos tight end has been a huge factor in the team’s offense, with Denver mostly relying on the receiving combo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to move the football through the air. Klis does note that the team is expected to call up practice squad tight end Austin Traylor to take snaps as the team’s number two, adding that interestingly an unknown offensive lineman could work as the Broncos number three option if need be.
  • In order for the Browns to activate wide receiver Corey Coleman, they opted to waive fellow wideout Kasen Williams. The team has learned that Williams has passed through waivers and is free to sign with any practice squad he chooses, tweets Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. The 25 year-old receiver first latched on with the Seattle back in 2015, but appeared in seven games with Cleveland so far this season.
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6 comments on “AFC Notes: Jets, Darnold, Rosen, Fuller, Broncos TE’s, Williams

  1. bigkingk

    Wow. I did not expect Williams to clear. Hope we can keep him on the practice squad

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  2. LA Sam

    Rosen throws real pretty ball, tight, right on the money, that accuracy reminds me of Rodgers, gotta put some weight on that body, think Darnold peaked already, last yr, watched a lil bit of that kid from Wyoming….THAT is a project, wouldn’t touch em, undrafted FA as camp arm….maybe.

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    • planetsabc

      now I wanna know what you think of mayfield and Jackson

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  3. STL-NYC

    LA Sam you r the worst. I don’t think there is a Qb in this class that transcends the game. Darnold has best chance to be elite. Has a lower floor than some. Rosen will flop. No way he has the it factor. not a chance he is in same group as Brady Brees Rodgers one day . Or even young guns wentz, Cam, Russell, Stafford. Allen should have left last year. Team sucks this year. Could start but at best Kirk. Baker and Lamar r classic college players. Draw fans and r gamers. Can only be so good

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    • WalkersDayOff

      You are the worst if you really are going to compare college kids to Brady Rodgers and Brees. Or even Cam and Stafford

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  4. afsooner02

    Hard to believe in a SC QB when the last 16 of them have flamed out. Palmer was about the only one that could play in the league. Every year after him….bust after bust after bust. Including mr butt fumble.

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