AFC Notes: Jets, Patriots, Raiders

     

Jets

Connor Hughes of The Athletic takes a look at five players the Jets could consider trading if they struggle in 2020 including: 

  1. WR Breshad Perriman
  2. ILB Avery Williamson
  3. RB Le’Veon Bell
  4. DE Henry Anderson
  5. S Marcus Maye

Patriots

There’s still a lot of unknown with the Patriots’ addition of QB Cam Newton, namely the former MVP’s health. But Newton easily becomes the most established passer on New England’s roster and a potentially huge difference-maker. While Newton will still have to compete with QBs Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, Patriots S Devin McCourty is “happy not to play against” Newton in a game this year. 

“I think when you add a guy like Cam Newton, it makes our quarterback room even better. We’ve spoke about it before, the poise and the jump and leap you expect Stiddy to make,” McCourty said on his podcast via the Boston Herald. “It’ll be interesting just training camp, and competing . . . I would think adding him to our quarterback room with Hoyer. You have veterans in there. You have young guys in there. I think it’ll give us a really good chance to be good at that position. It’s always great to have a bunch of good players, and adding to that.”

Newton’s former head coach, Washington HC Ron Rivera, said from his perspective, it looks like Newton is well-positioned to answer questions about his health. And from what he knows coaching the quarterback since 2011, he wouldn’t count him out. 

“He’s headed in the right direction,” Rivera said on 670 The Score. “I mean, he’s probably about as healthy as it gets from what I’ve seen on video. I think he’s ready to bust out. I would never bet against the young man, that’s for sure.”

Raiders

Scott Bair of NBC Sports believes Raiders CB Trayvon Mullen is a “virtual lock” to be a starting outside corner next season, given that HC Jon Gruden praised him after the end of the 2019 season. 

“He is the brightest light of the whole thing for me,” said Gruden. “You know we traded [Gareon] Conley, which was hard to do early in the season. It kind of opened the door for Trayvon. …He’s a tough guy. He’s I think improved his level of play, his overall consistency. He’s got a huge upside and to get our second-rounder playing well is something I’m mostly very excited about.”

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