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NFL Rumors: Patriots work out former Washington State running back James Williams

NFL Rumors: Patriots work out former Washington State running back James Williams

The Patriots brought in former Washington State running back James Williams for a workout Sunday, according to Doug Kyed.

Williams, a 5'9, 197-pound back who excelled in both the run and passing attack at Washington State, went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. In three years with the Cougars, Williams racked up nearly 3,000 scrimmage yards and 27 touchdowns. 

In 2018, he ran for 560 yards (4.6 YPC) for 12 touchdowns and caught 83 passes for 613 yards and four scores. The Patriots met with Williams during the draft process as well. 

The Patriots' backfield is pretty crowded at the moment with at least three players who should factor heavily into the team's offensive scheme. With Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden on the roster, bringing Williams on would likely result in one of their releases. 

Michel, White and Harris are basically locks to make the team, while Bolden will likely make the final 53 because of his contributions on special teams. Perhaps Burkhead, who's struggled with injuries during his Patriots tenure and only logged seven snaps in New England's third preseason game against Carolina, could be at risk of getting cut. 

The Patriots could also reserve a spot on their practice squad for Williams to let him develop, but that's still a lot of running backs to carry.

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NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, ending any chance the Patriots had to secure their division rival's young star. 

The Steelers will send their 2020 first round pick to the Dolphins for Fitzpatrick, giving Miami three first round picks and six total selections in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft.

Fitzpatrick, a versatile safety with experience playing both safety spots along with slot and outside corner, will help a Steelers secondary that was completely obliterated by the Patriots in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger is out for the rest of the season, so it will be up to Mason Rudolph to lead the Steeler offense after their defense gets a major upgrade. 

This also takes a potential trade off the table for the Patriots. Our own Phil Perry outlined why it would have made a ton of sense for the Patriots to try and pry Fitzpatrick away from Miami, but it appears the Dolphins will deal their first round selection from 2018 to one of New England's rivals. 

Jalen Ramsey requested a trade from the Jaguars on Monday, so if the Patriots are willing to give up a first round pick for some help in the secondary, there's still an elite option out there. However, New England's corner group has been exceptional during the first two weeks of 2019. 

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New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

The New York Jets are playing the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. And ahead of that game, it looks like they could be down their top two quarterbacks.

The Jets were already without their starting quarterback Sam Darnold as the second-year passer battles mono. But against the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, they may have lost their backup quarterback too.

In the second quarter of the game, Trevor Siemian was hurt after taking a hit from Myles Garrett. On the play, Siemian bent over backward awkwardly and appeared to injure his ankle in the process. While he was able to hobble off the field, he went to the locker room almost immediately. He was a woeful 3 of 6 for just 3 passing yards while being sacked twice before the injury knocked him out. 

If Siemian can't play in Week 3 against the Patriots, they will be still be licking their chops as they look at the resume of his backup. Siemian was replaced by third-string quarterback Luke Falk who has been on three different teams (Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Jets) since being a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He hadn't played an NFL snap before entering Monday night's game.

While the Patriots were likely looking forward to facing Siemian, they'll hardly complain if given a chance to face Falk in what could be his first NFL start. Their defense has been stellar to start the season, so they shouldn't have much of a problem containing a Falk-led Jets attack.

Perhaps they'll be able to build on their historic start to the season as they look to start the season 3-0 with two divisional victories.

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