AFC Rumors: Williams, Chiefs, OBJ, Patriots

Adam Gase insisted the Jets were not trading Quinnen Williams, but that did not stop teams from reaching out about a potential trade. The Jets received inquiries from multiple teams on their standout defensive tackle before last week’s trade deadline, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Although GM Joe Douglas was not with the team when the Jets selected Williams — during a draft in which Gase was not exactly in lock-step with previous GM Mike Maccagnan — the team views the ex-Alabama prospect’s talent and positional value to be too great to trade. After a less impactful rookie year, Williams has broken through as an NFL sophomore. He has three sacks and seven tackles for loss — already bettering his 2019 numbers.

Here is the latest from the AFC:

  • The ChiefsAndy Reid-era front office has undergone changes, thanks to the executive talent the organization has amassed. Ryan Poles may well be poised to follow Chris Ballard and Brett Veach to a GM job, with Field Yates of ESPN.com noting (via Twitter) the current Chiefs exec is firmly on the GM radar. The Chiefs have twice promoted Poles over the past three years, moving him to college scouting director in 2017 and to assistant player personnel director a year later. Should Poles land a GM job, the Chiefs would be entitled to third-round draft compensation.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. underwent successful ACL surgery Tuesday, the Browns announced. The team expects OBJ to be ready for the 2021 season. It is not certain if the 28-year-old wideout will, in fact, be with the Browns for the ’21 campaign. His through-2023 contract contains no guaranteed money, and his star has certainly fallen since being dealt from New York to Cleveland. Beckham landed in trade rumors last year and this offseason, and rumblings have resurfaced about the Browns dealing the John Dorsey-era acquisition in 2021.
  • When Sony Michel returns from IR, it is unlikely the third-year Patriots back will recapture his previous role. Damien Harris stood out in training camp and has played well since debuting. The 2019 third-round pick should not be expected to lose his lead role in New England’s backfield, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com writes. Harris did suffer a chest injury Monday, but it remains to be seen if the former Alabama back will miss any time. Harris is averaging 5.6 yards per carry this season. While Michel is at 6.7, that is on just 26 totes. The former first-round pick’s career YPC average sits at 4.2.
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  1. Simmons>Russ

    How good would OBJ to the Chargers be.

    OBJ in LA, that city would suit his personality perfectly and he would be able to hang with all the other sports star and celebs.

    On the field, him and Justin Herbert could develop a solid connection and be a success long term. In the meantime he could strike up a friendship with fellow WR, Kennan Allen and together those two would be tough. Allen with those routes and OBJ with that speed and hands.

    • Flyby

      substitute LA with Cleveland … Herbert with Mayfield …. Allen with Landry and i believe this was said a couple of years ago about OBJ

  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    Michel looking like a (not) bust, per sé. He’d be a good weapon in a meat and potatoes offense, line him up in an I-formation and charge ahead- but RBs have to be glorified pass catchers today. Especially in complicated offenses like NWE’s.

    Bill Belichick often gets a pass from the media. They say, “The player didn’t fit the system.” not “Belichick made a mistake.” But here, I think Sony not fitting the system is accurate.

    Oh, well…

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