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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Idzik shows Chris Johnson his poker face

April 16th, 2014

Free agent running back Chris Johnson spent all day at the Jets practice facilities yesterday, yet he left without a deal. Johnson has been in the New York area since last week causing the entire world to speculate that he would eventually sign with the Jets, but even though the visit was said to have gone well and been productive Johnson left Florham Park without signing a contract.

So what’s the hold up? Money of course.

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Jets sign cornerback Dimitri Patterson

April 2nd, 2014

After agreeing to terms with wide receiver/return man Jacoby Ford yesterday the Jets also announced the signing of former Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson to a one-year $3 million deal. The 30-year-old cornerback entered the league in 2005 with the Redskins before bouncing around to Minnesota, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Cleveland before stint in Miami.

Patterson is the very definition of a journeyman, but over the past few years has become an effective corner when he stays healthy. Staying healthy has been a problem as he has only played in six games last year due to a groin injury he suffered in training camp that continued to nag him all season long, but when he’s healthy he can play the press-corner role on the outside or line up in the slot. In the six games Patterson played last year he had four interceptions (more than any Jet corners last year), he’s got coverage skills and play-making ability he just needs to find a way to stay healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Calvin Pace Explained by Bart Scott

March 19th, 2014

While John Idzik continues to get criticized for “missing” on free agent targets that he didn’t actually miss on as much as he wasn’t willing to be the highest bidder on, many of Idzik’s smart aquistions continue to fly under the radar. Locking up for Folk was smart, but it’s a kicker so it’s hard to get too excited about, letting Austin Howard go to replace him with Breno Giacomini for less money was another smart move, but the move that seems to be getting overlooked the most was the re-signing of Calvin Pace for two-years and $5 million.

Pace’s true value and impact on this Jets defense has been overlooked and misunderstood his entire time here, this is not an uncommon thing amongst linebackers as you’re soon to read, when Pace signed a six-year $42 million contract with the Jets in 2008 misguided fans expected double-digit sacks from him every year. Fans wanted tangible numbers they could point to in the stat sheet to gauge his impact, problem is football doesn’t work like that. Stats are almost meaningless by themselves, there’s too many varibles that no one outside the team can account for and the way defenses are structured tend to help some guys pad their stats while other guys do the dirty work and free up their stat compiling teammates. Read the rest of this entry »

Willie Colon Returns to Jets on One-Year Deal

March 19th, 2014

The Jets officially announced the return of guard Willie Colon, aka the bully from the Bronx, who agreed to a one-year deal that will pay him $2 million.

Colon is still recovering from a torn biceps injury he suffered at the end of the season last year and while he’s not the same player he was years ago, talent-wise, he brings an aggressive mentality and certain nastiness that was missing on the Jets line before he joined the team.

The Jets had talent on the offensive-line, but they were missing that mean streak that Colon brings. Colon’s attitude and brawler’s mentality brings up the energy level of his teammates and wears on and frustrates opponents. The Jets added another nasty brawler with the signing of right tackle Breno Giacomini and assuming Colon can return healthy he and Giacomini will form a devastatingly powerful right side of the line. Read the rest of this entry »

Grading the Decker and Giacomini Signings

March 14th, 2014

John Idzik has been relatively quite so far this free agency, but he has managed bring in two new impact players, receiver Eric Decker and right tackle Breno Giacomini, as well as extending some of his own players such as Nick Folk, Leger Douzable and Jeff Cumberland. It’s still way too early in the process to grade Idzik’s performance in this year’s free agency as a whole, but it’s not too early to grade the signings he actually made. Obvious these grades are subjective as of now and are subject to change based on the play of the signees, but who has the patience required for that?

For most of the positions (cornerback, safety, guard and tight end specifically) Idzik has earned nothing more than an incomplete, fortunately their first game isn’t until September and there’s still another two rounds of cuts to be made by teams and of course the draft in which Idzik can use to finalize a good grade. For now we have two signings to look at and, for the sanity of Jets fans everywhere, hopefully there will be more soon, but let’s stick with what we do have and that’s Decker and Giacomini. Read the rest of this entry »