AFC East Rumors: Bills, Jets, Patriots


  • Todd McShay has been told that the Bills want to focus on the defensive line at No. 9 overall and has heard Ed Oliver and Christian Wilkins as the two names most connected with Buffalo. 
  • According to ESPN’s Jordan Schultz, the Bills are not one of the teams interested in trading for Seahawks DE Frank Clark.


  • Someone he trusts has told Peter King that the Jets “don’t love” Kentucky OLB Josh Allen.
  • While the Jets may be looking for a trade back from No. 3 overall, King doesn’t see there be a ransom awaiting them. 
  • Todd McShay says there’s “growing “[Ed] Oliver-to-New York [Jets]” buzz going around. 
  • Although, McShay adds that Quinnen Williams is still apparently ahead on the team’s big board.
  • According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan “really likes” Houston DT Ed Oliver, who could be a candidate for the Jets’ No. 3 overall pick.
  • The Jets are also still reportedly considering trading back, though most around the league don’t think they would pass on Alabama DT Quinnen Williams if he’s available. (Connor Hughes)


  • The Athletic’s Jeff Howe expects the Patriots to target the best offensive tackle, tight end or defensive lineman with their first-round pick at No. 32 overall. 
  • Some candidates Howe mentions include Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence, Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons, Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr., TCU DE L.J. Collier, Georgia DE D’Andre Walker or Ole Miss OT Greg Little
  • Howe says the Patriots’ willingness to let Trent Brown leave in free agency suggests they’re trusting last year’s first-round pick, Isaiah Wynn, to slide to right tackle. 
  • Howe lists several defensive end options for the Patriots in the second round, including Michigan’s Chase Winovich, Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson, Florida’s Jachai Polite, Iowa’s Anthony Nelson or Boston College’s Zach Allen
  • Howe writes the Patriots could consider Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger, San Diego State’s Kahale Warring, Ole Miss’ Dawson Knox, Stanford’s Kaden Smith or San Jose State’s Josh Oliver to fill their need at tight end.
  • If the Patriots want insurance for Wynn at tackle, Washington’s Kaleb McGary or Alabama State’s Tytus Howard could be options. 
  • Howe says the Patriots could try to trade picks this year for picks in 2020 to try and build ammunition to move up for a quarterback. 
  • Howe believes the Patriots should still take a quarterback this year to try and develop like Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo or try and swing a deal for Cardinals QB Josh Rosen.
  • Though wide receiver is arguably the Patriots’ biggest need, Howe doesn’t think they’ll use their first-round pick, instead focusing on the position in the second through fourth rounds. 
  • Jason La Canfora wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots drafted Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson on Friday.

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