AFC East Notes: Jets, Darnold, Teddy, Pats

Brian Costello of the New York Post tweets that Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold once again took the majority of snaps in the team’s practice today, and he says it “feels inevitable” that the No. 3 overall selection will be the Week 1 starter. Which means, of course, that Gang Green could look to move Teddy Bridgewater, whose name we have heard in trade rumors almost as soon as the Jets acquired him this offseason. Ralph Vacchiano of, though, believes Bridgewater will remain with the Jets throughout the season, unless another club’s starter gets hurt. If New York does deal Bridgewater, though, Vacchiano offers a list of teams who could be interested, including the Broncos, Jaguars, and Saints.

Now let’s check out some rumors from other east division clubs:

  • Ben Volin of the Boston Globe wonders if Tom Brady‘s reworked deal with the Patriots was actually done with TE Rob Gronkowski in mind. After all, Brady’s deal only added $5MM in incentives and did not come with a big signing bonus or any additional years, so perhaps New England wanted to be able to tell Gronk — who wants a pay raise in the form of guaranteed money, not incentives — “we didn’t give Brady any extra guaranteed money, and we’re not going to do it for you, either.”
  • In the same piece, Volin says he would not be surprised if the Patriots pursue Bridgewater next offseason (when he will be a free agent), or if they look to bring back Jacoby Brissett via trade in 2019 (assuming Andrew Luck proves he can stay healthy in 2018, which would make the Colts more inclined to deal Brissett). New England doesn’t have a young quarterback on its roster aside from seventh-round rookie Danny Etling, who is viewed as a practice-squad player at best.
  • The Patriots haven’t used undrafted rookie punter Corey Bojorquez during their first two preseason games, and that could be because New England hopes to eventually sneak him through waivers and onto its practice squad, as Mike Reiss of writes. Veteran Ryan Allen is the Patriots’ likely punter in 2018, but he ranked just 18th in net punting average a season ago. By keeping Bojorquez off game tape, New England isn’t allowing rival clubs to get a look at a potentially talented played.
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    • natsfan3437

      I think Cincinnati Miami or Denver would be better, bridgewater for Bernard and a pick (4th or 5th), to Denver for Shane ray or Shaquille Barrett and a pick (5th or 6th) or to Miami and it would be bridgewater for Kenny stills or Davonte Parker and a pick (5th or 6th)

      • crosseyedlemon

        If the Jets feel that Teddy can’t contribute anything then the smart play would be to deal him to a division rival and as you pointed out, the Dolphins are in the market for help.

      • afsooner02

        Denver badly needs a qb now we know lynch is a bust and keenum is reverting back to his suckage. Kelly is an unknown…could be decent. Teddy would instantly be the best QB there.

        • crosseyedlemon

          As a Bears fan I’m not very sympathetic to the Bronco’s QB troubles. Elway could always add Jay Cutler to the roster.

          • afsooner02

            Did you seriously type that with a straight face? Cutler is one of the worst QBs is recent memory and how many years did the bears keep giving him the starting gig?

  1. crosseyedlemon

    The Patriots have to be the Patriots but maybe they are taking their sneaky strategies a bit too far. How often do punters get a game ball from a coach for winning the game?

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