AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

When Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds was drafted, he was still 19 years old, making him the second-youngest player in NFL history when he entered the league. After just turning 22, Edmunds is younger than some of the rookies Buffalo drafted this April. But as he enters his third season, he’ll be called on to step into more of a leadership role for the Bills as the heart of their defense despite his youth. 

“When you look at the fact that he’s just going to his third season and just turning 22, so young, so much promise ahead of him, and he’s achieved so much already,” Bills DC Leslie Frazier said via NFL Media’s Grant Gordon. “I mean, to already be recognized as one of our leaders on our team and on our defense. We’re very, very fortunate to have him. He’s the epitome of what you would want one of your star players to be, one of your leaders to be. A guy you don’t have to worry about late at night. You know he’s going to be where he’s supposed to be, you know he’s going to do what he’s supposed to do when it comes to football. We’re just very, very fortunate to have him as a star player for the Buffalo Bills for sure.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer notes Bills HC Sean Mcdermott, OC Brian Daboll and Frazier will return to the team facility at some point this week. 
  • Breer mentioned former Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, who just accepted a job as a pro scout with Carolina, also easily could have had a job with the Bills’ front office due to his connections there. 

Jets

  • With Jets’ veteran QB Joe Flacco (neck) confirming he won’t be ready for Week 1, Manish Mehta of the New York Daly News believes it’s important for New York to sign a capable backup to Sam Darnold given David Fales is currently their No. 2. 
  • Mehta has a hard time envisioning Jets owner Woody Johnson keeping HC Adam Gase past next season if they are unable to reach the playoffs, which would mark a 10th consecutive year. 
  • As for Jets players who are most likely to get traded in 2020, Mehta names RB Le’Veon Bell and S Marcus Maye if New York proves they are not AFC East contenders. 
  • Although Mehta doesn’t think the Jets would push to trade Bell or Maye if they are playing well, he could see Maye getting dealt if third-round S Ashtyn Davis makes a “smooth transition” to the NFL. 
  • In the end, Mehta expects the Jets to finish with a 7-9 record with their “daunting schedule” for 2020. 

Patriots

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer notes the Patriots have allowed coaches to return to the team facility on a voluntary basis. 
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