Jets Draft Aftermath
Andy Dalton just signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Dalton is from Texas and went to TCU so it is a good move for him for a year. The Cowboys insist the signing has nothing to do with the Dak Prescott negotiations. We’ll see! The Jets are still in the market for a seasoned veteran to back-up Sam Darnold. Right now on the depth chart the Jets list David Fales, James Morgan and Mike White behind Sam. Nothing that is going to make defensive coordinators tremble if Sam goes down. Make no mistake I know it has only been two years but Sam Darnold has missed 3 games in each of his first two years in the NFL so signing a veteran is important. We cannot go through another game or even a quarter with a Luke Falk type situation. Right now the following quarterbacks are available and all have had starting experience:
Joe Flacco, 35
Cam Newton, 30
Mike Glennon, 30
Matt Moore, 36
Blake Bortles, 28
Cody Kessler, 27
Brandon Allen, 27
Trevor Siemian, 28
Geno Smith, 29
I don’t think Trevor Siemian or Geno Smith will be on the Jets roster and I can’t envision Joe Flacco or Cam Newton wearing the green and white. I would look for a player such as Matt Moore. Cody Kessler or even Mike Glennon to get interest from the Jets. Don’t under estimate the importance of the back-up. Earl Morrall came off the bench to lead two teams to the Super Bowl. Un-drafted free agent Kurt Warner got his chance when Trent Green went down with a devastating knee injury in preseason. Even when Drew Bledsoe was backing up Tom Brady, he came in when Brady went out in the 2002 AFC Championship game that the Patriots won 24-17. And in the Jets Super Bowl win over the Colts, back-up Babe Parilli came in for Joe Namath for a few plays after Namath went out after banging up his hand. No doubt the back-up QB is important and to me this and an edge pass rusher are the biggest holes on the Jets roster right now.
In or Out
Here are some of the Jets now on the roster that may or may not be on the roster when the season begins. I am playing GM and giving you my feelings on each player.
The player we all love when he plays but those days were long long ago. The Jets cannot let him go while he is rehabbing an injury. Unless the Jets see something I don’t. He is out.
Picked off the Texans practice squad Smith had 17 receptions for 225 yards last year. He is suppose to be a burner but he is the slowest speedster I have ever seen. Even with the Jets weak receiver stable, he is out.
Braxton Berrios, WR
The guy we plucked from BB when he tried to sneak him past the waiver wire. I have always liked his hands on punts and he has showed some giddy up as a receiver. He is in.
Jonotthan Harrison, C
Can’t figure out why this overachiever is not thought of as high as I think of him. He is durable at center and can play guard. He did a much better job when he came in for Ryan Kalil last year. He is in.
Henry Anderson, DL
I thought he might have been out but even though he disappeared the last 8 games last year, if Quinnen Williams improves, Anderson will be the biggest benefactor. In 2018 Anderson was double teamed over 60% of the time he played. He is in.
Avery Williamson, LB
Even Adam Gase admits he was wrong to leave Williamson on the field when he got hurt in the pre-season. A great locker room presence who played great the short time he was on the field, his contract will determine his future not how healthy he is. He is out.
Trenton Cannon, RB
I’m done trying to find sleepers in small schools. Cannon has shown me nothing and like Vyncint Smith, he is one of the slowest speedsters I have ever seen. He is out.
Brian Winters, G
A combination of injuries and his contract will be the determining factor. He is scheduled to make 7.5 million this year but he probably will not start. This amount is too much for a back-up. I’m going out on a limb saying he will renegotiate and will sign for 3-4 million to be a back-up as he helps the Jets OL transition this year. A good deal for both the Jets and this 29 year old veteran. He is in.
Nate Hairston, DB
He came to the Jets on a conditional trade. As it turns out the conditions weren’t met. Jets assistant GM Rex “Hogan’s Heros” Hogan spent a couple of years with the Colts and likes to pick up DBs from them (see Quincy Wilson this year). Jets might have hit on Bless Austin last year and they have high hopes for 5th round pick Bryce Hall this year. Hairston showed some ability but it is a numbers game. He is out.
Frankie Luvu, LB
One of my favorites early in the 2018 season. He had zero improvement last year and the injury bug hit him. In a numbers game, I like Tarell Basham and even Harvey Langi better than Frankie. He is out.
What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
In a game last November, Louisville mammoth left tackle Mekhi Becton exploded out of his stance and staggered the man in front of him with a hand punch to his chest. One would have sufficed, but Becton stayed after him and delivered another blow. By now, the Syracuse defensive end — Kingsley Jonathan — was going backward as if on roller skates. Becton finished him with one last shove at the sideline (a possible late hit), launching him into the Louisville bench area — and out of the screen shot. The one-man demolition, which occurred on a running play in Louisville’s 56-34 victory, covered more than 15 yards, from first contact to last jolt.
“We have a monster,” Louisville offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford told his wife on the field after the game. Now the 6-foot-7, 364-pound player is a green giant, drafted No. 11 overall by the New York Jets — a big man with a larger-than-life reputation…..He weighed 364 at the scouting combine, where his drug test was flagged. That prompted a “deep dive” into his background, Douglas said. His vetting of Becton included a 45-minute conversation with Johnson, who vouched for his former player’s character. For historical perspective, the heaviest player in Jets history is believed to be defensive tackle Chester McGlockton, the former Oakland Raiders star who finished his career with a listed weight of 371 pounds in 2003. Publicly, the Jets haven’t assigned a position to Becton, but the expectation is he will start at left tackle, charged with protecting quarterback Sam Darnold’s blind side. The Jets believe he will make an immediate impact as a run-blocker because he’s nimble enough to excel on outside-zone plays and strong enough to win on gap (man-blocking) runs. They love the way he finishes, the way he tries to punish opponents.
Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets exited the 2019 NFL Draft with just their own seven picks. Over the course of a year, the Jets, led by general manager Joe Douglas, would turn those seven picks, plus a 2021 pick, into 13 players through seven trades. Douglas (with an assist from head coach Adam Gase) managed to acquire more picks and address multiple needs for a roster with more questions than answers. The Jets traded two former first-round picks, acquired one pick that they then traded twice and even managed to get back a 2021 pick that was part of an earlier trade with their longtime rival.
“When we look at these draft picks as a whole, we hope this can be a draft that can springboard us,” Douglas said on “The Michael Kay Show.”
…..There is pressure on Darnold to make a big leap in Year 3 and pressure on Gase to bring that out of him. Darnold threw for 3,024 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year. He missed three games with mono. The Jets need the yards and touchdowns to make a jump and the number of bad decisions to fall. Gase expects improvement from Darnold now that he is entering the second season in the same offensive system.
“I know that he kind of watches last year’s stuff and it gets him fired up because he knows, ‘I can do this better. I know how this is supposed to look,’ ” Gase said. “His brain is working so much faster when you go into Year 2 with these things. You know all the little, tiny details of what the offense is about. Now, it’s about playing faster, adjusting to things that maybe we didn’t talk about, adjusting to things you’ve never seen before and being able to do those little, tiny detailed things so much quicker just because of experience and studying the film and learning from your mistakes.”
Sam Darnold and Adam Gase’s time for excuses is over. Gase said Darnold needs to “grab ahold of this offense,” something the coach feels Darnold can do despite possibly not being on the field together until August or later.
NFL News And Rumors
….. The Chicago Bears have declined the fifth-year option on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the 2021 season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday. ….. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is in the final year of his current contract, and it might be his last season with the team. Ed Bouchette of The Athletic said the Steelers are “not likely” to re-sign Smith-Schuster….It sounds like Jarrad Davis will be hitting free agency sooner than expected. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that the Lions won’t be picking up the linebacker’s fifth-year option. Davis will now become an unrestricted free agent….The Green Bay Packers surprisingly took Jordan Love with the No. 26 in the 2020 NFL Draft, causing many to scratch their heads on the decision. After some time has passed, an NFL executive claims that Green Bay believes Love is the next Patrick Mahomes…..Asante Samuel says playing for Bill Belichick and the Patriots was NOT fun … and he tells TMZ Sports he believes the reason Tom Brady bolted was ’cause he just couldn’t take it anymore. “He probably just got fed up with it at the end of the day,” the former New England cornerback says. Samuel played with Brady and Belichick from 2003 to 2007 … and he had a TON of success — but he tells us he had ZERO fun along the way…..Ron Jaworski is going to bat for his Eagles … telling TMZ Sports Philly did NOT screw up the Jalen Hurts pick — saying the QB could be used like Lamar Jackson!…..Not everyone is a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys’ new signing of quarterback Andy Dalton. Dez Bryant, the team’s former star wide receiver, thinks the move is “out of line.” Bryant doesn’t like the optics of the team adding a big-name quarterback, without Dak getting his long-awaited extension. He thinks it signals that the team believes that it can plug in another quarterback, and isn’t actually committed to him as the franchise guy…..Bengals decline to pick up WR John Ross’ 5th-year option………According to the Associated Press on Friday, the Green Bay Packers signed defensive tackle Treyvon Hester of from the Washington Redskins to a contract. The length of the contract and the financial terms have not yet been disclosed, but the signing was confirmed on the Green Bay Packers Twitter account.