AFC Notes: Jets, Patriots, Texans



  • Brian Costello of the New York Post points out that July 28’s start of training camp is the next “key date” to watch regarding Jets S Jamal Adams‘ trade request. 
  • Adams would be fined $40,000 per day for missing time after the first five days of training camp and can be at risk of missing an accrued season should he fail to report. 
  • As for Adams possibly landing a new deal with the Jets, Costello writes that the safety has “no leverage” given that he is under contract for two more seasons and the current uncertainty for the league’s 2021 salary cap situation.
  • Regarding the possibility of the Jets trading Adams, Costello says New York has “no intention” of dealing him and it seems “unlikely” that Adams would sit out 2020 since it would prevent him from gaining an accrued season toward free agency. 
  • Costello believes a sufficient trade package for Adams would be a first-round pick and a starting-caliber receiver or edge rusher. 
  • Costello could also see a package of “premium” draft picks within the first three rounds being enough to land Adams.


  • Albert Breer of expects Jarrett Stidham to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback for the entire 2020 season.
  • Breer believes it’s more likely New England will ride out whatever bumps lay ahead with Stidham, given that this is somewhat of a roster reset for the team.


New Texans WR Randall Cobb has had the good fortune of working with some of the best starting quarterbacks in the NFL during his career. After spending eight years with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Cobb worked with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott last year. His new passer, Texans QB Deshaun Watson, belongs in the same conversation with those guys, but he has been soaking up what he can from Cobb’s experience. 

“He’s hungry for knowledge, he’s hungry for information and I’m trying to give him all the knowledge I can from the experience that I have with Aaron and with Dak and the things that worked well for us over the course of my career,” Cobb said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

  • According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Watson is looking for a three-year extension from the end of his rookie deal following the 2021 season. 
  • Former NFL GM and analyst for the Athletic Michael Lombardi writes the most obvious question for the Texans in 2020 is how they will replace WR DeAndre Hopkins.
  • Lombardi adds Houston also faces major questions on defense, which is already an area they had struggles with in 2019, finishing last in red zone defense and third-down defense.  
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