Sunday, July 9, 2017

Offseason Review - New York Jets - Day 7


Team: New York Jets

Division: AFC East

Record: 5-11 (2-4 Division) (4th in the AFCE)

 

2016 Stats

Category Offense (rank) Defense (Rank)
Total yards per game 329.3(26th) 342.4 (11th)
Passing yards per game 216.6 (27th) 243.6 (17th)
Rushing yards per game 112.6 (512h) 98.8 (11th)
Points per game 17.2 (30th) 25.6 (28th)
DVOA -21.6% (31st) -4.0% (21st)

 

This is usually the best time of year to be a Jets fan(before the disappointment sets in), but you’d have dive into a swimming pool of kool aid to get hyped up about next season. With the shit show that was put out last season (despite managing 5 wins) an exodus was really the right move instead of trying to throw patches over everything and only hurting the cap.

Management has already said that this is not going to be a playoff or bust year for Bowles so expectations are already not set high. If the team ends up with the #1 draft pick and there are players visibly quitting on the team again, there’s a decent chance he won’t be sticking around.

 


Coaching Changes

OC Chan Gailey (Retired), replaced by John Morton(Saints WR coach) Apparently Gailey had planned to retire before the 2016 season started, leaving the Jets once again looking for a new coach for the offense. Morton has a pretty great track record working with Payton and Brees and should be a good influence on the young group of receivers the Jets have. He also spent some time at USC under Pete Carroll and had a couple of stints working under Jim Harbaugh.

 

Kevin Greene(LB Coach) was probably the biggest positional coach hire and hopefully has a big impact on a struggling young group. It’s been a pretty weak area since closer to the end of the Rex Ryan era. Green Bay fans say this is a hire to be excited about and Bowles said He brings a "Hulk Hogan mentality to the defense."

 

The rest of the positional coach firings were nothing surprising with: Kevin Patullo (QB), Marcel Shipp (RB), Pepper Johnson (DL), Mark Collins (OLB), and Joe Danna (DB)

 


Free Agency

I’m just going to go through the big names for this section because I’m sure most people don’t care that we signed Chris Harper for $600k.

 

Player Lost Position New Team
Nick Mangold Center None
Darelle Revis CB None
Brandon Marshall WR Giants
Big Dick Decker WR Tita
Breno Giacomini OG Texans
Nick Folk Kicker Buccaneers
Fitztragic QB Buccaneers
Ryan Clady OT None
Calvin Pryor SS Browns
David Harris LB Patriots
Geno Smith QB Giants
Marcus Gilchrist FS None

 

The Jets had quite the exodus this offseason, but it was pretty necessary after the way the last season went. The toughest loss was Nick Mangold, but it was completely understandable given his age and injury issues. It was tough to see him get hurt the last couple of years and clearly had slowed down.

 

Losing Decker also really sucks but there are a lot of promising young guys in the group. He could have been a good mentor but he also has had some injury issues with us. The other big questionable move was releasing David Harris. There was some talk of a contract dispute but he’s still a huge upgrade of Demario Davis…A player cut by us then traded back to us by the Browns.

 

I still had hope that Calvin Pryor could develop into a monster, but he is a terrible liability in coverage and another Jet that never really lived up to his draft position.

 

The rest of the guys up there I think most fans didn’t lose much sleep over. Revis very clearly phoned it in early on the season, so good riddance. I was hesitant to listen to people about the locker room issues with Marshall when they said he’s fine when you’re winning, but that came out to be true as well. He also played relatively poorly after being so great in 2015 dropping passes all over the place

 

Key Players Signed Position Contract Former Team
Morris Claiborne CB 1 year, $5 million
Demario Davis ILB Traded for Calvin Pryor
Josh McCown QB 1 year, $6million
Kelvin Beachum OT 3 years, $24 million
Chandler Catanzaro Kicker 1 year, $900,000
Brian Winters , OG 4years $29 million
Ben Ijalana OT 2 years, $10.25 million
Wesley Johnson C 1 year, $2.75 million

 

Morris Claiborne was probably the most important FA signing the Jets made. He can absolutely take over the CB1 spot but his biggest knack is his health. If he does stay healthy, he can elevate the secondary to a great bounce back year with Adams. If he can’t, the CB depth is not looking too good.

 

The Jets re-signed three of the presumed starters for the o-line in Winters (RG), Ijalana (RT), and Johnson (C) all who of got some extended playing time last year. They then finished off the unit with former Jaguar and Steeler Beachum (LT) who has also had injury issues, but has the ability to play at a high level.

 


2017 Draft

This is probably the first Jets draft in a while where I have seen fans happy with most of the picks. McCagnan did a good job of trying to hit a variety of needs while still leaning towards BPA. The Jets are already going to be starting their first 2 picks from the get go so if any more can develop out of it, I'd say it was successful.

 

1st Round (No. 6): Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Once again, the Jets go defense in the first round. Thankfully, Jamal Adams looks to be an instant contributor on the defense. Early hype already shows him as a leader in the locker room, calling out offensive plays, and making big splashes all over the field.

 

2nd Round (No. 39): Marcus Maye, S, Florida

This is a pick that caught most people off guard (although the Jets making questionable early draft picks is really nothing new). Trading away Pryor made it clear where Maye’s place on the team was going to be and he should be an excellent replacement.

 

3rd Round (No. 79) [Trade with Vikings]: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama

Stewart brings physical play at the receiver position and combines it with good route running. He’s also a good blocker from what I read. The only issue is he had surgery on his thumb and his groin, but should be set to go by training camp.

 

4th Round (No. 141) [Trade with Rams]: Chad Hansen, WR, Cal

Another young receiver to add to the crew, Chad Handsome will immediately improve the good looks of the WR corps. He's strong, has good hands, and is a solid run blocker as well. The NFL Draft profile compares him to Allen Hurns and looks to be a solid pick.

 

5th Round (No. 150): Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

A position of need for years now, Jordan Leggett has pretty good potential, but he’s definitely not a day 1 starter. He’s hailed as a good blocker and a good pass catcher as well.

 

5th Round (No. 181) [Trade with Browns]: Dylan Donahue, OLB, West Georgia

New coach Kevin Greene apparently already says he likes Donahue. It’s still a definite position of need for the Jets but he’s got a ways to go before he will be ready. He also claims it his dream to sack Tom Brady, so I'm cool with that.

 

6th Round (No. 188) [Trade with Browns]: Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

A good pass catcher and has good burst. Not a very elusive or a very physical runner though. He could be decent return man until he develops more.

 

6th Round (No. 197) [Trade with Rams]: Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan

Big, physical press corner but coming off an ACL tear and shoulder surgery earlier in his career. Has a good ceiling if he can recover.

 

6th Round (No. 204) [Trade with Bucs]: Derrick Jones, CB, Ole Miss

Last pick, might as well make it another secondary player. He apparently is a converted WR and is really just a shot in the dark.

 


Camp Battles

 

QB

Not too much to really say about this one. The coaches have said that it’s going to be an open competition going into camp. We all know how bad McCown is and Bryce Petty showed very little of promise in his limited time last season, but then again, so did almost the whole team at that point. Hackenberg is pretty polarizing for a guy who was never intended to see the field last year so I’m not going to write him off just yet and I’m also not going to call him a complete bust either. Reports were pretty limited coming from OTAs too, but the point remains that if neither of the two younger guys is able to beat out McCown for the starting job then it looks pretty bleak for their future in the NFL.

 

CB

This is one of those position groups that can really only get better than what we saw on the field last year. Morris Claiborne has the CB1 spot pretty much locked down already, he just needs to stay healthy. There’s been a lot of early hype surrounding Juston Burris, a 4th round pick last year who only got a limited playing time last year. It was pretty clear after 2016 that Buster Skrine is far superior in the slot than outside and Marcus Williams hasn’t really developed into a full time starter yet.

 

WR

The Jets have a plethora of young guys at the WR position with pretty much only the WR1 position locked up. Behind him there are the two rookie receivers drafted and 2nd year players Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, and Jalin Marshall. Anderson is pretty much the only one to really get any playing time of the group but he needs to bulk up a little bit and work on his drops. This should be a good group to watch in camp.

 

KR/PR

With Jalin Marshall suspended for the first



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