April 24th, 2013
Should the Jets go offense or defense in round one?
Before the Revis trade this was a simpler question, they only had one pick therefore they could only go with offense or defense, but now they have two of the first 13 picks and could focus on one side or the other or take one of both.
To me the answer to this question is simple, offense, defense, it doesn’t matter just take the best player available and if John Idzik follows that strategy, as he said he would, that should mean the Jets will take two offensive players in the first round (unless they trade down, which they’re reportedly considering but would be impossible for us to predict with who and for what at this point).
Through this entire draft process I’ve had many debates with people who say the Jets have to draft a pass rusher, the biggest flaw in most of my opponent’s arguments was they were arguing just for the idea of a pass rusher and didn’t have any one player in-particular they wanted, as long as he was a pass rusher. I’d argue they should focus on one of the guards (Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper) and the rebuttal would be “you can’t take a guard over a pass rusher,” to which I’d say, “you can when you don’t love any of the available pass rushers.”
I wouldn’t draft Warmack or Cooper over JJ Watt or Aldon Smith, but this group of pass rushers are not near that level while many scouts have Warmack and Cooper as their highest graded guards ever (scouts seem to be split on who they like they best, it’s all about personal preference as Warmack is more raw power and Cooper faster and more athletic). I don’t buy into the idea of a guard not being worth such a high pick, especially not in this year’s draft which lacks elite quarterbacks, offensive play-makers and defensive difference makers. Read the rest of this entry »
April 22nd, 2013
Yes Darrelle Revis has been traded to Tampa Bay, but let’s be honest we all knew this was coming and there will be plenty of time to examine the negatives and positives of this trade (like after the draft, after the season, after next year’s draft pick and after his career). With this year’s draft just around the corner, Thursday night, we, like the Jets must move our focus back to the draft.
The trade gives the Jets Tampa’s 13th overall pick to go with their ninth overall pick and still leaves them with a pick in the other six rounds which gives them all sorts of flexibility to address multiple needs. One of those needs is at running back, I ranked my top backs here and here, but if the Saints are willing to part with Chris Ivory for a fifth they could focus on other positions of need with their first five picks and if they hit (big if, but play along) on all five and add Ivory they could have added six potential starters to this team. The strength of this draft class is with the o-line early, but there’s quality depth at many positions of need for the Jets and one of those is tight end. With Jeff Cumberland and Hayden Smith as the two tight ends on the roster it’s rather safe to assume the Jets will look to draft a tight end and if you need to draft a tight end this is a great year to do so.
1) Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) – As deep as this class of tight ends is, Eifert stands out above the rest as the clear-cut number one tight end (and the only tight end with a first round grade). Eifert has great size (6′5″ 1/2, 250 lbs) and above average tight end speed (4.68 40, fourth fastest in this year’s class). He can line up anywhere on the field, on the line, slot or on the outside and can run any route in the playbook. Has a great release off the line, good use of hands to beat pressing defenders and has developed into a clean, sharp route runner. Will find the soft spots in zones and does a good job of making himself available to help his quarterback after a play has broken down or his route had been completed. Wins jump balls consistently (second highest vertical jump at the combine for tight ends 35.5), does an excellent job of using his big frame to box out defenders and locate the ball in the air, make proper adjustments if needed, and fight for and win the ball. Will make the tough catches in the air and in traffic, was extremely productive despite having multiple erratic (to be nice) quarterbacks. Read the rest of this entry »
April 19th, 2013
Timeout. Stop whatever you're doing, the NFL regular season has been released. Start marking wins and losses now because who wants to wait until teams field their 53-man rosters? (Jetsinsider.com photo)
Last night the NFL released the regular season schedule for all 32 teams and millions of fans scurried to their computers to dissect every game and start marking games in the win and loss columns. It’s an exercise in futility as the makeup of teams can still shift drastically before the start of the season (draft, trades, injuries, etc.), but it’s a fun exercise just the same.
We won’t starting counting wins and losses when going over the schedule, but we’ll lay it out and see what immediately jumps out.
Week one – @ Detroit, Friday August 8, 7:30 p.m.
Week two – *Jacksonville, Saturday August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Week three – @ New York Giants, Saturday August 24, 7:00 p.m.
Week four – *Philadelphia, Thursday August 29, 7:00 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2013
New GM John Idzik, senior personnel executive Terry Bradway and director of college scouting Jeff Bauer held a pre-draft presser to talk draft and of course Darrelle Revis and Tim Tebow. (JetsInsider.com photo)
Florham Park, NJ- For most fans the NFL draft process consists of watching the draft, booing your teams’ picks and obsessively reading all the premature post-draft grades. But for GMs, scouts and player personnel it’s a much longer and more complex process.
New GM John Idzik, senior personnel executive Terry Bradway and director of college scouting Jeff Bauer joined a group of reporters to talk about that process and to field and subsenquently sidestep questions pertaining to the draft, Darrelle Revis and Tim Tebow.
Pre-draft pressers are known for their vauge nature as teams don’t want to tip their hand in even the slightest of ways, something these three made sure to remind reporters as they evaded answering questions. But to get an idea of how much work has been put into studying the draft these past few months Bradway said, “1,426 players we’ve evaluated, we visited 271 schools, we wrote over 5,000 reports (and) conducted over 300 interviews.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 16th, 2013
With all the talk about how Rex Ryan is reportedly “smitten,” with DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, John Idzik quietly came to an agreement with a different outside linebacker. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Calvin Pace has signed a one-year deal to stay with the team.
This move will by no means stop the Jets from drafting Mingo, if Ryan really is as smitten as they say, or any other DE/OLB with their first pick. They could still go offensive line with their first pick and address the pass rush in the second (or with a potential pick from the Bucs in a Revis trade), either way Ryan will make sure he finds someone he believes can be turned into a pass rushing machine at some point in this draft. Read the rest of this entry »
April 12th, 2013
Yesterday I posted my personal ranking’s of my top five running backs in this year’s draft and now I’ll round out the top 10 and list some other names to consider in the later rounds. (In case you missed it or don’t feel like clicking the link to see yesterday’s top five here they are; 1) Eddie Lacy, 2) Johnathan Franklin, 3) Giovani Bernard, 4) Le’Veon Bell, 5) Andre Ellington.
6) Mike Gillislee (Florida) – Has all the tools to be a complete back in the NFL. Runs hard and fast, is a tough, physical downhill runner who can plant his foot and explode in and out of his cuts, quick feet and acceleration, and likes to hit the defense with combos of two or three moves in a row. Has good vision inside where he can find a tiny crease and burst through it and has great downfield vision after weaving his way through defenders (very good at making tacklers miss while running inside) and into the second level. Good speed (4.55 40) and can beat the defense around edge on tosses and sweeps or by bouncing an inside run outside.
Shifty and elusive, will squeak out extra yards by always fighting/leaning/diving forward or slipping through arm tackles. Doesn’t shy away from contact, will use his shoulder pads to his advantage, pinball like can bounce and spin off multiple defenders and shoot upfield. Will break tackles and gain extra yards on effort alone. However he doesn’t have the power to bowl over defenders or really move a pile, but he can he slip and squirm his way free to get a few extra yards every now and then. Has excellent balance to stay on his feet or sidestep down the sideline, very good awareness as a runner and receiver. Read the rest of this entry »
April 11th, 2013
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing my own rankings of draft eligible players at their positions, today we’ll start with the running backs.
Shonn Greene is gone (pause for your mini re-celebration) and the Jets signed career backup Mike Goodson to join Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight in the backfield. I called Goodson a career backup because technically speaking that’s exactly what he is, realistically he was buried on depth charts behind some really good running backs (DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in Carolina and when they both were still really good and Darren McFadden in Oakland) and if he can stay healthy he could prove to be more than just a serviceable back if given the opportunity. With so many question marks in the already thin backfield I expect the Jets to target a running back in rounds two or three, round four at the latest. Read the rest of this entry »
April 9th, 2013
Last year safety LaRon Landry decided to sign a one-year deal with the Jets so he could prove his worth on the open market this offseason. At the time LaRon told reporters that his big brother Dawan was a big reason why he decided to sign with the Jets. LaRon’s brother Dawan Landry had played for Rex Ryan in Baltimore and he told his younger brother that he would be a perfect fit in Ryan’s defense.
A year later LaRon cashed in on his one-year showcase audition, signing a four-year $24 million deal with the Colts, and his brother Dawan found himself unemployed after being released from the Jaguars, which brought it all back full circle for the elder sibling as he has now officially reunited with his first NFL coach. Read the rest of this entry »
March 18th, 2013
Jet fans have been pleading with their favorite team to add a true pass rusher to the roster for years, now they finally got one in Antwan Barnes. After signing Antonio Garay and Willie Colon over the weekend, new GM John Idzik once again went bargain shopping with the addition of the veteran outside linebacker.
Earlier today Barnes tweeted, “Green and white it is… just want to thank coach rex coach DT and mr idzik for the opportunity.. and to the fans I won’t let you down #jets.” It seems Barnes was a bit too excited and jumped the gun as an hour later he tweeted, “Wait a minute… not official yet… in talks now… #letsgetadealdone.” But now Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News is reporting the deal is in fact done. Read the rest of this entry »
March 14th, 2013
As we enter the third day of free agency the Jets have released Sione Po’uha, lost Yeremiah Bell (Cardinals), LaRon Landry (Colts), Mike DeVito (Chiefs), Shonn Greene (Titans) and could be on the verge of losing Dustin Keller to the Dolphins. Meanwhile the only additions to the roster are David Garrard and bringing back FB Lex Hilliard, so what gives? What’s the plan here? Are they going to sign anybody? What’s going on with Revis?
The answer to all of these questions is patience.
While the Jets have lost a handful of impact players, lost isn’t really the right word since they never made much of an effort to keep any of those players. The Jets would have loved to keep DeVito and Landry, but they knew they couldn’t win a bidding war for their services so the Jets have been prepared to move on. They would like to keep Keller at a reasonable price, but they’re also inclined to let him go if the Dolphins or anyone else is willing to pony up a nice chunk of change for the consistently inconsistent tight end. Greene was never coming back, but still he found a home with the Titans who paid him $3 million a year. Read the rest of this entry »