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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Marty Schupak talks about some questions Jets fans may get answered

As the Jets OTA's start today, Marty Schupak goes back to the airways in a 3-minute podcast to talk about some of the questions that Jets fans may get partial answers to.

Just click on the link and listen:

Jets OTA's

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jets OTA Workouts Begin This Week

OTA WORKOUTS: May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8 

Jets Mini Camp June 13-15

  The Jets OTA (Organized Team Activities) workouts begin Tuesday May 23. There are still a number of questions that really need to be addressed before they start training camp in July. The glaring need for the tight end position is stunning. They did draft Jordan Leggett from Clemson who everyone seems to think is a steal but the scouts say his blocking is very suspect. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is suspended for two games at the beginning of the season. Besides Legget and Seferian-Jenkins, the tight ends on the roster are:
Braedon Bowman, Anthony Firkser, Brian Parker, Eric Tomlinson, Jason Vander Laan.
Not household names but with new offensive coordinator John Morton coming in, the tight end situation is becoming a yearly issue and almost as bad as the quarterback position. I am convinced the Jets did a good job in the draft but I was hoping in this tight end rich year they would have picked up a tight end in the second or third round. We’ll see what happens. An interesting name I like who was signed out of college as an undrafted free agent last year is Jason Vander Laan. He was a quarterback in college (Ferris State) and set the NCAA all-divisions record for career rushing yards by a quarterback, 5,953. He also set the NCAA Division II record for rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback (1,607 in 2013). He was let go by the Jets last August but resigned again in January. This guy has talent and we’ll know pretty quick if he can make the adjustment to tight end. Sadly he may be the best quarterback on the Jets roster.

The Quarterback Carousel Continues
  We have been told by Todd Bowles that the quarterback position will be open competition this summer between Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Let’s see if he is a man of his word. One indicator is if all three quarterbacks get reps with the first unit then it is open for the taking. If he keeps one QB with the first unit then this whole thing is already pre-determined.
  All the off-season news about Christian Hackenberg has been positive which is what you’d expect. It has been reported that he spent the off-season in California with Jordan Palmer who is his personal quarterback coach. Palmer, a former journeyman QB himself not far removed as a player, is the younger brother of Carson Palmer and has a good reputation as a trainer. Boy I’d love to be able to read his mind or hear the conversations he has had on the phone with the Jets.
  Bryce Petty says he is 100% ready to go after surgery repaired his non-throwing arm. I’d love Petty to get the job. He has the right mental make-up but I just don’t think he is starter material based on the small sample size we saw. I hope I’m wrong.
  Josh McCown comes across like a real gentleman. He has said all the right things since signing with the Jets. He has the reputation of being a real good locker room teammate around the league. Here are his stats:

In 2013 with the Bears, McCown only played in 8 games, starting only 5 but had 13 TD passes and only one INT. His QB rating was 109

More draft stuff:
Jamal Adams LSU 1st Round:
Adams attended Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. During his final two years, he had 138 tackles and seven interceptions on defense and 20 touchdowns on offense. In his senior year, Hebron finished 8–4 on the season, advancing to the UIL 5A Division II Area final at AT&T Stadium, where they lost 42–21 to Cedar Hill. Adams was rated by as a five star recruit and was ranked among the top ten overall recruits in his class.
Adams played in all 13 games with two starts as a true freshman at LSU in 2014 and had 66 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore, he was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a safety by the Associated Press  and SEC coaches In three years with the Tigers, Adams helped continue LSU's legacy of "DBU," standing out immediately and developing into arguably the most well-rounded defensive back in the country. Adams earned first team All-America honors as well as first team All-Southeastern Conference recognition in 2016, recording a career-high 76 tackles, including 7.5 for loss. With Adams leading the charge, LSU allowed just 16 touchdowns over the 2016 season (12 games), lowest in the FBS. This included a 29-9 victory over Louisville and Lamar Jackson in the Citrus Bowl in which the Heisman Trophy winner was kept out of the end zone for the first time all season.

Jamal Adams YouTube Highlights

Marcus Maye Florida 2nd Round:
Ready-made safety frame with muscular build and long arms. Really instinctive with above-average field vision and feel for the game. Eyes dart back and forth from quarterback to receiver. Correlates quarterback's eyes and actions to a corresponding route and gets the early jump. Plays with good pattern recognition from both man and zone. Credited with a pass breakup or interception on more than 21 percent of his targets as a starter. Has speed to burst from sideline to sideline. Rangy tackler with in-play endurance for extended chases across field. Welcomes physical aspects of position. Sheds blockers quickly. Showed improved patience and diligence as tackler. Trustworthy as last line of defense.

Marcus Maye YouTube Highlights

Green Tidbits: …..Jordan Jenkins, the Jets outside linebacker has been working hard in the off-season on his pass rushing. Hopefully he is not another Demario Davis…. I still have high hopes for defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas. Un-drafted out of Mich. St. he lit it up in pre-season and was playing well in 1st game until an injury shelved him for the season….Jets think they might got a good one last year in offensive tackle Brandon Shell……My friends in Dallas tell me if CB Morris Claiborne can stay on the field, he’ll be the Jets best player in the secondary….I like it that the Jets kept David Harris….I’m not sure if new OC John Morton should insist on the West Coast offense….Robby Anderson is very lucky I’m not his father….

What the Jet scribes are saying:
Rich Cimini, ESPN
“This is Hackenberg's fourth system in five years, dating to his freshman year, so it would be understandable if his head is spinning. He studied West Coast concepts in the offseason under his personal coach, the California-based Jordan Palmer, which should help. But now he has to perform in the crucible of competition. The Jets aren't expecting miracles; they just hope he shows improvement.”

Brian Costello, NY Post
“Jordan Jenkins showed promise in his rookie season after the Jets took him out of the University of Georgia. A calf injury sidelined him early in the season, but Jenkins showed strides as the year went on. Jenkins did a good job setting the edge and made a few big plays. He missed one huge play against the Dolphins last year, when he nearly intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass with an open field in front of him.”

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News

“Strip away the coach-speak and here's what's left: Bowles was fuming over the play of his safeties last season. And why not? They flat-out stunk. Calvin Pryor was lost in coverage. The coaches, frankly, were perturbed at Pryor’s consistent inability to retain teaching points. In other words, he made the same mistakes over and over. Marcus Gilchrist’s late-season patellar tendon injury sealed his fate, leaving the Jets with a clear mission to upgrade at safety.”


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jets Draft Grades

Trivia Time Jet Fans:
The Jets first pick Jamal Adams is from LSU. Name the last Jet from LSU who made the Pro Bowl? The answer will be later on in the article and stay off Google for the answer. I’m watching you!

We are posting opinions of the Jets draft from different media outlets. We have been huge followers of Walter Football over the years. They have a very good track record rating players. The good news is they think the Jets did a great job in the draft. The bad news is many other media outlets did not agree. Like all the other teams in the league, we will not know initially until about mid-season in the short term. In the long term it takes three years to determine if a team had a successful draft. Here we go……

The Jets' 2017 draft: 
1. Jamal Adams, S, LSU 
2. Marcus Maye, S, Florida 
3. ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama 
4. Chad Hansen, WR, Cal 
5. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson 
5a. Dylan Donahue, OLB, West Georgia 
6. Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette 
6a. Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan 
6b. Derrick Jones, CB, Ole Miss

Undrafted Free Agents Signed To Date (there should be more to come)
Austin Calitro, ILB, Villanova
Xavier Coleman, CB, Portland State
Jareid Combs, DE, North Texas
Brisly Estime, WR, Syracuse
Anthony Firkser, FB, Harvard
Patrick Gamble, DT, Georgia Tech
Connor Harris, ILB, OLB, Lindenwood
Rickey Jefferson, S, LSU
Javarius Leamon, OT, South Carolina State
Gabe Marks, WR, Washington State

Walter Football

 New York Jets: A Grade 
Goals Entering the 2017 NFL Draft: The Jets happen to be in the worst shape of any team in the NFL. Like the 49ers and Browns, they are devoid of talent almost everywhere. However, they lack the cap space to do anything about it outside of the draft. With so many holes on the roster, the Jets need to trade down early and often to acquire as many rosterable players as possible. 

2017 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The Jets had to move down early and often, as suggested, and that's exactly what they managed to do. General manager Mike Maccagnan did a masterful job of wheeling and dealing throughout the weekend, acquiring resources on numerous occasions. This was absolutely imperative, as Daniel Jeremiah echoed what I wrote in the goal mock prior to the draft: The Jets, at least prior to the draft, had the worst roster in the NFL. 

Not only did the Jets move down many times, but they also picked up some talented players in the process. They began the weekend by selecting two talented safeties, and yes, they needed two. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye will automatically improve one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Meanwhle, three offensive weapons were added in ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen and Jordan Leggett. They were quality selections, especially Leggett, who was a steal in the fifth round. 

I'm sure some will consider this a failure of a draft for the Jets because they didn't acquire a quarterback. However, that was never the plan. Charlie Campbell reported back in January that quarterback was not in play for the Jets because they liked how Christian Hackenberg was progressing behind the scenes. And even if Hackenberg sucks, the 2018 NFL Draft is loaded with better quarterbacks- so the Jets can just wait to acquire Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen or Josh Allen. 

The Jets had a terrific draft overall, as Maccagnan did what he could to upgrade the talent on the roster as many ways as possible. There's still a long way to go, but this was a nice start. 

Jets Draft 2017

1. Jamal Adams, S, LSU
A Grade (Walter Football)
The Jets have done a great job in the draft for the most part lately because of their stance of selecting the best player available. That's exactly what they're doing here rather than reaching for need.

2. Marcus Maye, S, Florida 
A- Grade  (Walter Football)
Back-to-back safeties!? It makes sense, as the Jets had multiple needs at the position. The Jets just broke a lot of hearts, as many teams were hoping he'd fall to them in the second round. I guess it wasn't very realistic because there was some speculation Maye could go late first. He'll pair well with Jamal Adams to bolster New York's atrocious secondary. 

3. ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
B Grade (Walter Football)
Most teams we spoke to had ArDarius Stewart in the third-round range, so I'm definitely not surprised to see him taken in this area. He also fills a need for the Jets, who had to replace Brandon Marshall. This is a solid pick for the Jets. At the very least, they'll get great special-teams play out of Stewart. 

4. Chad Hansen, WR, Cal
A- Grade (Walter Football)
I thought Chad Hansen could potentially be chosen in the third round, so I like this value, and Hansen obviously fills a need. Hansen was a productive receiver at California who made acrobatic catches, but his speed is a major question mark. 

5. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
A Grade (Walter Football) 
And yet another great tight end value pick in the fifth round. This tight end class is tremendous, and I'm surprised that some of these players didn't go earlier. The Jets won't complain, as they might be able to finally fill their massive need at the position. Leggett is a poor blocker, but figures to be a productive pass-catcher. 

5a. Dylan Donahue, OLB, West Georgia 
C+ Grade (Walter Football)
Dylan Donahue nearly made my mock draft, but he didn't make the cut. He could have though, as he was very productive in college, albeit at a small school. Donahue is 25, so that's a negative, but he could end up being a rotational pass-rusher for the Jets. 

6. Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette 
A- Grade (Walter Football)
The Jets are quietly having a stellar draft, as they've traded down a bunch to pick up lots of resources, which they desperately needed. Elijah McGuire is a value selection, as I had him going off the board 50 selections earlier than this. McGuire tested poorly during the pre-draft process, but he's an effective pass-catching weapon coming out of the backfield

6a. Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan 
B+ Grade (Walter Football)
Jeremy Clark may have snuck into the second day of the draft had he not sustained a torn ACL in September. Clark dropped all the way to Round 6, but the Jets are getting decent value with him. He has the potential to emerge as a starter in 2018, but the durability concerns are real. 

6b. Derrick Jones, CB, Ole Miss,
B Grade (Walter Football)
The Jets are swinging for the fences here, which is fine. Derrick Jones has elite athleticism, but not very much production. He has starter potential, but could also fail to make the roster. 


New York Jets: C-

This was as confusing a draft class as any team put together this year, even more so because it started off so dang well with S Jamal Adams at No. 6—he can be a focal point of the Jets’ defense for years to come. Second-round safety Marcus Maye (No. 39) is a talented guy himself, and incumbent Marcus Gilchrist is coming off a knee injury. O.K., fine, two safeties. Time to hit the other needs, right? Well, yes, except the Jets didn’t really do so. They spent their next three picks on a pair of WRs (ArDarius Stewart at 79, Chad Hansen at 141) and a TE (Jordan Leggett, 150). They did not hit cornerback until picks 197 and 204 (Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones, respectively); their only linebacker pick was Dylan Donahue (No. 181), a pass rusher transitioning from his role as a college DE. Oh, and no quarterback.

SB Nation

New York Jets C+

The Jets fixed their safety unit in this draft by picking Jamal Adams in the first round and Marcus Maye in the second round. That could spell the end for Calvin Pryor and Marcus Gilchrist in New York. Along with free agent Morris Claiborne, the Jets have put resources into the secondary. The Adams pick was great. I viewed him as a top-three player in the daft. For me, No. 39 was a little early for Maye.

After them, the Jets doubled up on wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. Stewart is a really good athlete and Hansen has reliable hands. Fifth-round tight end Jordan Leggett might get more targets than the both of them. He fits perfectly with new offensive coordinator John Morton, who likes to flex tight ends out to create mismatches.

Washington Post

New York Jets B

Analysis: The Jets certainly liked their safeties and wide receivers in this draft, taking two of each in their first four selections. Should they have addressed the QB position? Perhaps. But Mitchell Trubisky was gone by the time they picked at No. 6 and it could be argued that neither Deshaun Watson nor Patrick Mahomes was worthy of that selection. Safety Jamal Adams certainly was worthy of it, and he should be a difference-maker in the Jets’ secondary. Third-round WR ArDarius Stewart should be an asset to the offense. 

Fox Sports

New York Jets B-

Two safeties, two wide receivers in the first four picks — I wonder where the Jets thought they needed to upgrade. Big fan of the Ardarius Stewart and Jordan Leggett picks. Waiting until round six to pick cornerbacks might prove regrettable.

What the Jet scribes are saying:

Rich Cimini, ESPN
Taking the glass-half-full view, the Jets turned a weakness into a potential strength. The safety position has grown in importance in the NFL, and we've seen in recent years how a dominant safety tandem can galvanize a defense. The Seattle Seahawks, with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, come to mind. You need good safeties to handle the New England Patriots and their band of tight ends, led by Rob Gronkowski. On Friday, Adams said one of the first thoughts that came to his mind after getting drafted was that he'd have to face Gronk.

Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
Help me. I’m confused. I don’t understand the logic behind the decision to draft two safeties in the first two rounds when your team is riddled with holes. Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles are no dummies, but it’s a curious way to construct a roster given all the other deficiencies that could have been addressed seven picks into the second round of the NFL Draft Friday night…………

There’s a school of thought that safeties aren’t worthy of high first-round picks. History provides ample evidence of players plucked out of later rounds that flourish in the league. When Adams became just the ninth safety to be selected in the Top 6 since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, conventional wisdom suggested that the Jets wouldn’t double down at that position.
There’s little denying that Bowles needed a massive upgrade on the back end. Adams and Maye’s arrivals doesn’t bode well for former first-rounder Calvin Pryor and injured veteran Marcus Gilchrist. (The Jets shopped Pryor without any luck).

Brain Costello, New York Post
There is a new “Trader Mike” with the Jets.
General manager Mike Maccagnan made three trades on Day 3 of the NFL draft, bringing his total to five in this draft, a franchise record. Maccagnan kept trading back to accumulate more picks to help his talent-starved roster. He also acquired a pick in next year’s draft.
“We were very busy today,” Maccagnan said.
In terms of player acquisition, the Jets added six players Saturday to bring their total to nine in the draft. They entered the draft with seven picks, a number Maccagnan was open about hoping to increase. He was able to do that with a number of deals. Former general manager Mike Tannenbaum had the nickname “Trader Mike,” but he loved trading up for players, not back.
We will know in time whether this was a strong plan or a flimsy one. It will depend on how many players develop out of their mid- and late-round picks and if any of the players they passed up on develop into stars.

Jet Tidbits: 
Devin Smith seems to have the Jet second round draft pick jinx. Reminds me of the college basketball player Greg Oden who seemed to get injured every first day back from rehab……Leave it to the NFL to drag out the draft for 3 days claiming they want more people to experience the draft live. But the advertising dollars didn’t hurt……Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL network was not shy claiming the Jets have the worst roster in the NFL. Not sure I agree with him. Maybe the worst coaching….. Picking up undrafted free agent WR Gabe Marks from Washington State may have been the Jets best move….I want Sheldon Richardson to stay a Jet and play every down with his hand in the dirt and no more drop into coverage nonsense….Former Jet Kevin Mawae went to college at LSU and made the Pro Bowl 6 times