Round two targets: Receivers galore

May 9th, 2014

The Jets hold the 17th pick in round two and they will certainly have an interesting assortment of players to choose from, including plenty of receivers and tight ends for you fans starving for offensive players.

Of course there will undoubtedly be a few really good defensive players available that could tempt the Jets, but it’s time for the Jets to shift their focus on getting Geno Smith some more weapons.

If the Jets were to go defense, (calm down, hear me out I’m just talking hypotheticals here) I would think it would come from this list of players, (OLBs) Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech), Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State) or Kyle Van Noy (BYU). One possible inside linebacker, Chris Borland from Wisconsin and to really stoke the ire of Jets fans, defensive ends Kony Ealy (Missouri), Scott Crichton (Oregon State) and Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame). Read the rest of this entry »

Jets select safety Calvin Pryor as top pick

May 8th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ – For most of the draft process everyone had the Jets drafting a wide receiver or tight end in the first round, but over the past couple of weeks that trend turned to cornerbacks.

After months of speculation the Jets finally made their selection and took a safety, Calvin Pryor, from Louisville.

The board seemed to be falling exactly the way the Jets were hoping and still the Jets surprised us by taking Pryor. Pryor is a great player and will be an outstanding in-the-box strong safety, but the fact that they passed on cornerback Darqueze Dennard, free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and to a lesser extent receiver Brandin Cooks is rather surprising.

When many thought the Jets would focus on offense in the first round, they again went defense by drafting Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.

Pryor is a devastating tackler that will blow up running backs, run through blockers and crush receivers that dare come across the middle. He was not asked to play much man-coverage as a free safety in college, as he played much more of a strong safety role, and he works best in tight spaces, but John Idzik and Rex Ryan both said they were impressed with his coverage ability multiple times.

Pryor earned a starting role in Louisville’s secondary with six games left in his freshman season and was an unquestioned starter at safety for the following two-and-a-half seasons before entering the draft after his junior season.

“We did a lot of homework on Calvin.” Idzik said, “He fits us, he fits our profile. He’s a physical presence on the field, has range, makes plays, creates turnovers and just plays like a Jet. So, we’re very happy to have Calvin on board.”

Before everyone starts guessing that this was a Ryan pick or an Idzik pick, Idzik said he went to watch Louisville play the University of Central Florida during last season and came back telling Ryan that he was going to fall in love with this kid.

“John had told me, during the year, ‘hey, I just saw a guy that you’re going to absolutely love.’” Ryan said, “The first series of the game he chased a guy down for a hit for a loss, then he gets the knockout hit and knocks a guy cold. Then he has the one-handed interception against Central Florida, all in one series. I was like, “I think that was a pretty good start.’

“But what I’m excited about is, John hits it on the head, this young man plays like a Jet. We pride ourselves on being a physical football team and he fits that profile. I mean this young man is an enforcer and I think that’s, you see some of those plays and hits and see how that can affect a game, just look at the Super Bowl and the play of (Kam) Chancellor back there and Earl Thomas. It’s how we want to play defense and I think this young man is going to step in and fit right in with the guys we already have.”

Pryor was considered more of strong safety, with some scouts questioning his range and coverage ability, but if the Jets had those concerns they didn’t show it and probably wouldn’t have drafted him at 18.

“As far as the coverage, and man stuff and all of that, I don’t think he played as much man, but this young man has plenty of cover skills.” Ryan said, “He’s got range, he’s got hands for the interceptions. So, he can play deep, he can play up. All those types of things, when we all looked at him and evaluated him we knew he had plenty of coverage skills.”

Idzik said it simply came down to taking the best player available, they made inquiries to trade up and listened to offers to trade down, but ultimately decided to jump on Pryor. But Idzik did admit this was one of those good cases of need marrying value.

“I guess you could say that.” Idzik said, “I think the overriding factor is he was the best player on our board.”

“Believe me there is a huge thing with his hitting ability.” Ryan said about what impressed him the most, “Big hits will win games and they’ll flip the momentum of a game faster than anything in my opinion.”

One concern with a hard-hitting safety like Pryor is that with the enforcement on “illegal hits” by defensive backs would a player like Pryor be susceptible to drawing a lot of flags? But the Jets insist that is not a worry of theirs.

“In viewing his tape, when he makes the impact hits they aren’t illegal hits.” Idzik said. “They’re just hard hits. So, we like having that style of play on our side.”

Pryor said he didn’t talk to anyone from the Jets during his pro day, but got a good feeling from the Jets when he visited them in Florham Park.

“I came in for a visit and I felt I fit that team very well and Coach Rex, a defensive-minded coach, he wanted me to go deep and slide back there and help improve their secondary. He felt like I was a great fit.”

Pryor said he feels like they ran a similar defense at Louisville as the Jets run and he will fit right in with this unit. He compared himself to Kam Chancellor and Dashon Goldson and looks forward to coming in, competing and helping make this defense better and he’s already on a mission to learn and absorb as much information as possible to become a better player.

“It’ll be great because Coach Ryan is going to be able to coach me up and teach me some things that I wasn’t able learn to in college.” Pryor said. “He’ll look for me to make an impact right away and he’s going to everything in his power to.”

With the 18th pick the Jets select…

May 8th, 2014

Assuming the Jets don’t trade up or trade down there are four players I think the Jets are targeting, hoping will fall to 18. Because I’m only guessing at what the Jets board will look like and how the board will fall I have a three-way tie for who I think the Jets covet the most if they stay at 18 and I have a fourth player who is just a notch below the top three, but expect the Jets would be plenty happen to draft.

The Jets aren’t likely to have their choice between the top three players, in fact there’s a good chance all three of them are gone by 18, but I have to think they are hoping for one of them to fall. I just have no idea how they would rank those three. Read the rest of this entry »

Will the Jets trade up?

May 8th, 2014

Finally draft day is here, just under eight more hours of speculation and smokescreens left. Speaking of speculation and smokescreens, according to multiple reports the Jets are considering trading up in the first round with the assumption being the target is LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

I know many of you are screaming ’smokescreen’ and thinking if the Jets actually wanted to do this then we wouldn’t be hearing about it considering the way John Idzik keeps everything so close to the vest, but the thing is there’s no way to keep this quiet. If a team starts making calls about trading up the teams they call will start talking to everyone else trying to drive up the price tag. Of course just because the Jets have made inquiring phone calls doesn’t mean they are determined to trade up, they could very well just be trying to get a feel for the cost of moving up certain spots just incase a scenario presents itself where trading up some makes sense. It’s called due diligence, doesn’t mean it will happen but it could. Read the rest of this entry »

Round one DB options

May 7th, 2014

This article got delayed for a few reasons, but only one reason as it relates to this article. Throughout the college season I had Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller as my number one and two ranked corners and I gave Dennard the edge simply because of how physical he is. Fuller is a physical corner as well, but not quite as physical as Dennard and for that reason alone I gave Dennard the edge and I only watched a handful of cut-ups on them early in the draft-process as I didn’t feel the need to study them as much as the other corners because I knew what I was getting with those two. Then over the past week I decided to focus on all of Dennard and Fuller’s games I had access to, to see how close the battle for first and second was and it was much closer than I expected.

To be honest I still can’t really tell which one I’d prefer, I think you can’t lose with either one, but we’ll get into the reasons why I can’t seem to make up my mind on those two along with other defensive back options with the 18th pick. Read the rest of this entry »

Round one tight end options

May 1st, 2014

For part two of this draft series we’ll focus on possible tight end options for the Jets in the first round. You can find part one of the series, on receivers, here.

Originally I planned to group the tight ends and receivers together, but the receiver class is too deep to not have it’s own article for each round. The tight end position certainly won’t cause the same problems for me as it’s simply not a deep class.

There’s a fairly strong, at least potential-wise, top five with this year’s tight end group, but after that there’s a fairly big drop off. Of the top five tight ends only one of them is guaranteed to go in the first round. I think overall at least two will probably be drafted in the first, but I’m not sure who will be the second as teams are likely to be split in their rankings of not only the second and third tight end but the fourth and fifth as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Round one wide receiver options

April 30th, 2014

We’re just eight days away from the NFL draft, which means we are well into what is commonly called silly season.

Silly season is when the draft conversation transitions from simple speculation based on actual player evaluations into a whole lot of nonsense and misinformation. It’s when you start seeing people say Tom Savage should/could get drafted before Teddy Bridgewater. It means, since it’s Wednesday, Jadeveon Clowney will be an outright bust but, tomorrow he’ll be talked about as the next Lawrence Taylor and the obvious first overall pick.

Of course that Clowney narrative has been going on since he was seen gasping for air during his first game of the season last year, but the point remains when you see talk of A.J. McCarron saying he believes he could get drafted as high as number 16. (By the Cowboys who have numerous holes and are paying Tony Romo crazy money. I’m not doubting Jerry Jones would make a bold move at 16, maybe he would take a quarterback, but certainly not McCarron.) Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Schedule Released

April 23rd, 2014

After teasing us for weeks, toying with our emotions and feeding off of our desire to obsess over anything new in the world of football the NFL has finally released the full schedule for the 2014 regular season. Read the rest of this entry »

Training camp officially back in Cortland

April 23rd, 2014

After some posturing and questions about the Jets exploring other options for training camp the team officially announced they will be going back to Cortland this summer.

The Jets have held their training camp at the SUNY Cortland college campus for the past six years, with the one exception of the lockout year when they had to have camp in Florham Park due to the late date the league reopened for business.

Rex Ryan has always liked the idea of getting away for a few weeks to limit distractions and focus on football. Cortland offers no big city distractions and the players are away from their friends and family leaving them to concentrate on football and hoping bonds form amongst teammates from the summer camp vibe. Read the rest of this entry »

Chris Johnson signs two-year deal with Jets

April 16th, 2014

Chris Ivory will have some company in the backfield this year as he will be sharing the running back duties with his new teammate Chris Johnson. ( Photo)

After weeks of speculation Chris Johnson is officially a New York Jet.

The Jets and Johnson agreed to a two-year deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the details of the contract are not known yet. (UPDATE: per the deal is for two-years and $8 million base salary with an extra million dollars of potential incentive bonus money. Some perspective, Maurice Jones-Drew just got $3.5 million per year and last year the Titans gave Shonn Greene $10 million for three-years, or just over $3 million per year.)

Running back was way down the list of the Jets needs, but Johnson adds a new dimension to this offense. A dimension that consists of receiving ability out of the backfield and a whole lot of speed. Johnson isn’t the player he once was, when he rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season, but he immediately brings a play-making ability that defenses have to respect which will open up space in the passing game.

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