AFC Notes: Bridgewater, Pats, Dareus

Teddy Bridgewater has looked very good in OTAs, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, and if his strong performance continues, the Jets could be faced with a difficult decision. They could trade Bridgewater — which was the plan when they signed him — or they could name him their starting QB for at least the beginning of 2018 while they continue to groom Sam Darnold. Starting Bridgewater would likely mean keeping three quarterbacks on the roster, as the nearly 39-year-old Josh McCown doesn’t really have any trade value. But head coach Todd Bowles, who is coaching for his job this year, will want to start the best quarterback he has, and he is a big believer in Bridgewater.

Let’s take a look at a few more rumors and notes from the AFC:

  • Cimini also details Christian Hackenberg‘s last few months with the Jets before he was shipped to the Raiders. We already knew that Bowles was not aware Hackenberg changed his throwing motion until after the fact, but Hackenberg first approached Jets QB coach Jeremy Bates about making the change, and Bates was skeptical. That caused some friction between the two men, and it forced Hackneberg to go outside the organization to seek help with his mechanics.
  • Ben Volin of the Boston Globe points out how Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady continue to (needlessly) fan the flames of controversy that owner Robert Kraft keeps trying to extinguish, and that the apparent tension between Belichick and Brady may be one of the reasons why Brady has not attended spring practices. However, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com says Brady’s absence has not created as big of a leadership void as one might expect, as younger players are taking a more active role in that regard and veteran players like Julian Edelman and Dont’a Hightower are back after their 2017 season was marred by injury.
  • The Broncos released C.J. Anderson last month, leaving Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson as the top candidates to become the team’s next No. 1 RB. However, Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post says Royce Freeman, whom the team selected in the third round of last month’s draft, has the durability and history of production to suggest he can be an every-down back at the next level, and he will get a chance to make a major impact right away. His heavy collegiate workload could have contributed to his falling to the third round.
  • Marcell Dareus more than wore out his welcome in Buffalo, leading the Bills to ship him to the Jaguars before last year’s trade deadline. Dareus, though, found new life in Jacksonville, and per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk (citing Mike Kaye of First Coast News), Dareus continues to be a good soldier for the Jags. Head coach Doug Marrone said, “I’m very happy with the way he’s worked, the way he has come into camp. I think those are things he has done a much better job of than what maybe he had done in the past. I can appreciate that and see that in him.” That is not an insignificant statement, as Dareus’ effort in Buffalo seemed to evaporate after he signed his big-money extension, so perhaps he has matured and will continue to be a solid contributor to Jacksonville’s talented defensive front. Marrone, of course, was also Dareus’ coach in Buffalo during Dareus’ best two seasons to date (2013-14), so he has a pretty good reference point.
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6 comments on “AFC Notes: Bridgewater, Pats, Dareus

  1. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    “They could trade Bridgewater — which was the plan when they signed him.”

    That was the Jets plan all along!? Why would Bridgewater sign with the Jets if he wasn’t going to stay the year with the Jets?

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    • Begamin

      I always thought the plan was to get Bridgewater just in case they cant get the QB they want or if the QB they got isnt ready yet. Maybe trading him was plan B if they got the QB they wanted and the QB they got is ready.
      It almost leads you to wonder what to do if Bridgewater plays better than any Jets QB before him. Should you keep him then?

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      • bradthebluefish
        bradthebluefish

        Thanks man. That makes sense.

        And I’m curious too. It’ll have to be up to the GM to move him because it seems like Todd Bowles will play indeed him over the rest.

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        • Begamin

          Yeah no problem:)

          Maybe theyll move him at the deadline if he shows to be really good. But it would be a real Jets moment if they trading Bridgewater to let Darnold play and it all goes horribly wrong, so theres that to be scared about.

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    • mrpadre19

      Why does anyone sign with any team?
      $$$$$$
      If he’s traded he still gets paid.
      Which is why he signed.

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  2. gold

    the answer to your question is, yes my friend!!!! let’s see what he brings to the table and if he is the best quarterback, play him! i hope the jets don’t continue to make, the same dumb ass mistakes!!!

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