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  1. Gregg Allman , RIP

    Nice band.......
  2. Dont know about you guys, but I am impressed. 42.5 inch vertical and 37 reps bench press. At 5:26 of this video, look at this kids athleticism. Cant say too many of us could ever do that... He is versatile, strong, seems to be a hands catcher and is apparently relentless. If he has any sort of talent or if he is a quick study, he could be a valuable guy to have around...
  3. Maybe we Should've Paid Up...

    Sorry for not being crystal clear. I and every self respecting Jet fan knows that it wasnt a Williams for Harrison swap. Its not an argument, just a point to be noted. Further, it is at least a consolation prize for Jet nation that Williams was even included on that list.
  4. Leonard Williams is a very good talent, but he is no Damon Harrison. Maybe we should have paid Snacks and not Wilkerson... https://twitter.com/PFF_NateJahnke
  5. I agree that this guy sounds intriguing...and more attractive than Godsey although much more less actual OC experience. http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_240d72ad-9420-573c-a57e-e8034b7d8307.html New Saints wide receivers coach John Morton ready to lead, mold wide receivers: 'I’ll do whatever it takes to get them ready to play' By Nick Underhill nunderhill@theadvocate.com JUL 26, 2015 - 9:56 AM John Morton isn’t worried about leadership. While the New Orleans Saints’ new wide receivers coach wasn’t with the program during last year’s 7-9 campaign, he didn’t understand where all the questions about a lack of leadership were coming from during minicamp. “People say you don’t have leaders on this team,” Morton said. “What’s the coach? I’m the leader. I’m there to help them and put them in the best position. I’ll do whatever it takes to get them ready to play.” Morton isn’t new to New Orleans. He was with the team in 2006 as an offensive assistant before taking off to coach at Southern California in 2007, first as a wide receivers coach and then as offensive coordinator, before hooking on with the San Francisco 49ers as a wide receivers coach in 2011. The Saints brought him back this offseason to coach the receivers. Perhaps more so than any other position, New Orleans will need Morton to bring his guiding hand and leadership to the meeting room. It could be argued Marques Colston is the only finished product at the receiver position. Everyone else is either still raw, developing, or new to the system. For this group to replace the production of the departed Kenny Stills and tight end Jimmy Graham, who often split out as a receiver, it will be up to players like Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Seantavius Jones and Nick Toon to take the next step in their developments. Morton will play a big role in making that happen. And while he says this is the youngest group of receivers he has ever worked with, he sees the inexperience as an advantage since he can mold the players how he wants them to be and doesn’t have to work to knock out bad habits. “I think it’s great. They’re a great bunch of guys,” Morton said. “They work their butts off every single day. That’s half the battle.” Morton said he learned how to coach working under Jon Gruden in Oakland, where he served in the personnel department, as an offensive assistant and then as the tight ends coach from 1997-2004. He also learned the West Coast offense during his time in Oakland. And what Gruden couldn’t teach him, Morton learned from working with players like Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Randy Moss and Anquan Bolden. He also worked with Norv Turner for one season and with Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego in 2005 and again in San Francisco. He also believes he has an advantage over some position coaches since he played the position he now teaches. Morton played in college at Western Michigan and then spent time with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He also had stints on the practice squads of the Raiders and Green Bay Packers. Through those experiences, Morton has developed a philosophy on how to teach players. “I was taught through some great coaches,” Morton said. “What I do is teach them the whole thing, not just one thing, so they understand the whole thing. “I’ve done that wherever I’ve been and the guys seem to pick up on that.” Morton is still opening to learning and picking up new things. At his other stops, he always used to tell players about how he worked with Colston during the 2006 season. Colston’s story is well known here, but Morton loved to share it with people outside of the borders. The Saints acquired him in the seventh round of the draft. And while it could be argued the rest of the league overlooked his talent, a lot of Colston’s success can be attributed to hard work on the field and in the classroom. “He was almost the last pick,” Morton said. “To do what he’s done since he’s been here — you can put it up there.” What he’s done is catch 666 passes for 9,239 yards with 68 touchdowns since entering the league. Since coming back, Morton has spent plenty of time talking to Colston, trying to figure out what he’s done and learned along the way. “He’s been consistent on a high level. It’s just been a privilege to be back with him,” Morton said. “I pick his mind. What has he learned? What have I learned?” What Morton has learned since taking off will play a big role in determining how this group turns out.
  6. Chiefs work out Rio Olympics track star Tre Houston - CBSSports.com http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/chiefs-work-out-rio-olympics-track-star-tre-houston/ The say speed kills, and the Kansas City Chiefs may be close to injecting a lot more of it. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs worked out Olympic track star Tre Houston, who represented Bermuda in the 200-meter dash in Rio. Houston was born in the United States, however has no prior football experience. He ran a personal-best 20.42 to qualify for the Olympics, becoming the first Bermudan to run in the event in over 20 years. He would finish sixth in his heat with a time of 20.85. The 26-year-old also runs in the 100-meters, however did not run the event at the Olympics. There, he has a personal best of 10.28 to go along with 6.79 in the 60-meter dash. Houston 10.28 100m, 20.42 200m, 6.79 60m. By comparison: Tyreek Hill: 10.19, 20.14, & 6.64 in those events. ....Chances are we this guy will never see the field, either for the Jets or Chiefs..........
  7. The fix is in...If everything else is rigged, how could you not expect that some football game wouldnt be? How much money rides on these games. Just sayin...
  8. Damien Woody Says It All

    As much as it pains me, I couldnt agree more. Considering that he: actually played for the Jets probably knows most of the team including the coaching staff and mgmt played on good and great teams, won 2 chips and is now actually a fan He probably does understand both sides of the Jets coin better than anyone else speaking out truthfully about this team. The players, the coaching staff and management keep giving us WTF, SMH moments and are not doing anything to correct this sinking ship. Something is very wrong in Florham Park.
  9. I'll go first...

    But unfortunately, we needed at least 23.
  10. LOL....unfortunately, only one of the JETS QBs is smart enough for that....
  11. This is an interesting read describing what it is like for a veteran QB in the pocket facing today's (like Todd Bowles' D) modern defenses. Geno and Petty may have all of the physical tools, but if they cant process their reads and react quickly and effective enough, they will never be franchise QBs in today's NFL. View from the pocket: How Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan solves today's NFL defenses http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/17343238/how-atlanta-falcons-qb-matt-ryan-solves-today-nfl-defenses David FlemingESPN Senior Writer Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's September 5 NFL Preview Issue. Subscribe today! A DRENCHED AND exhausted Matt Ryan walks off the Falcons' steamy practice field and drops into his seat in the shade with an exaggerated groan. As if practicing in the Georgia heat weren't hard enough, the nine-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowl passer also had to contend with his own offensive coordinator in coverage. Kyle Shanahan nearly broke the internet when he jumped in front of a Ryan pass floating toward the end zone -- the ensuing "interception" was a preseason gift for the ever-ready army of trolls. (Relax, everyone, the coach was actually teaching his rookie tight end about route depth.) Ryan laughed off the viral spiral. In 2015, even while struggling to grasp Shanahan's new scheme, he still ranked fifth in passing yards (4,591) and was the NFL's most accurate passer under pressure. Which is why we thought he'd be perfect to offer a tutorial on the current defensive evolution. THE MAG: Here's a number that jumps out: In 2012, there were seven QBs with an average release time under 2.5 seconds. 
In 2015, there were almost triple that, 20. Is that what defenses have done, forced nearly everyone on offense to move faster? RYAN: Pressure schemes are much different than they were nine years ago, no question about it. That pressure forces offenses to route-adjust and throw quicker and get the ball out of the QB's hands. For me, pressure is when they overload one part of your protection. If you're in five-man protection and you've got three guys blocking one way and two guys sliding the other and they figure out how to bring three guys to that short side? To me, that's pressure. That's the biggest thing that's changed. Nine years ago, if you had five-man protection and they brought five people, there wasn't enough design on defense for them to still get you. Now defenses are dropping out tackles and ends, bringing certain linebackers on certain sides, all this extra design to make the numbers not right from a quarterback's perspective. What you end up with is perceived pressure, which is just as bad. That part has been increasingly difficult and probably leads to why so many guys are getting the ball out quicker. ESPN.com Illustration Part of that new "design" is specialty personnel packages on what seems like every down now. In the past, it was all about third downs. Second downs, you never had to worry. Now you do. One of the areas that's changed is second-and-7 or second-and-long, where you're in a passing situation. Now you see a lot of specialty packages come out. It's much more prevalent. Early on in my career, we didn't even used to break down second-and-long. That's how much things have changed. What does that look like from the pocket? It looks like nothing, and that's the challenge. It's now become about reading the defensive front, the way they're lining people up. But it doesn't look like it has any kind of structure to it. You've got five guys just walking around. That's one of the things you see more and more of: nobody with their hand in the dirt. So now you come to the line of scrimmage and on top of everything else you have 
to first identify who the bigs [defensive tackles] are, who the ends are and who the linebackers are. That's tough to do. ESPN.com Illustration The idea of a classic matchup between a team's best edge rusher and your giant left tackle seems so antiquated. Then you realize that it was, like, five years ago. That's so different now. Defenses have changed in how they move those guys around so much to try to find your weakest spot and put their best guy there to expose that. When I was getting into the league, you knew exactly where Julius Peppers was gonna line up. But now, with guys like J.J. Watt -- he could be lined up outside, he could be on the left side, he could be on the right side, it doesn't make a difference. He's an equal-opportunity pass rusher -- he goes after everybody from anywhere. ESPN.com Illustration Watt is also part of this new trend of hybrid defensive players. That's probably the biggest change: hybrid guys. Look at our rookies: De'Vondre Campbell [fourth-round pick from Minnesota]. You never used to see a linebacker like this, 6-4 and 232 and runs a 4.58. He flies. Back in the day, you'd never have a tight end on a linebacker in third-down situations. It was always a safety walking up. But now with a guy like Keanu Neal [6-0, 211-pound rookie safety, first-round pick from Florida], these guys are interchangeable. You slide him outside and then they've got you thinking, "OK, now we need to pass-protect for a linebacker." You're looking for the 'backer and then, instead, he covers the tight end and they bring a safety off the edge. They got me on that just the other day in practice. Has it gotten to the point where defenses force you to study and prepare and think so much that you end up with paralysis at 
the line of scrimmage? That's why it's so important now to throw everything out from the previous week. Delete everything from your memory and focus on just that next scheme -- that's the biggest thing now about being a quarterback. Every week it's different schemes, different pressures, different hybrids to worry about, so it's control-alt-delete and on to the next defense and then control-alt-delete and on to the next one, for the entire season. If you start seeing ghosts from past games or past schemes, you're just back there thinking too much, like, "Is this this defense or that defense? Am I checking this play off this key or that key?" That's not what you want to happen. Besides the mental pressure applied by the defense, there's pressure on fundamentals to be as efficient as possible, right? The big thing in throwing now, you have to be able to throw from any platform because the timing of when things are open is really short and there's so many variables that affect your footwork. Your feet could be facing right, but things change or break down and now I need to throw left. My hips are facing this way, but, same thing, uh-oh, now I need to throw the other way. Footwork, flexibility, changing arm angles, all those things are very important now because you never really know how a pocket is going to shake out. If you were teaching a young QB to face this next generation of defenses, where would you start? See spots. That's my thing now. The older I've gotten, the more that's become my thing. Don't worry so much about where defenders should be or where they're supposed to be or all those kinds of things. Just see spots. And design most of your pass plays to be spot-read instead of coverage-based. Instead of getting loaded down thinking, "In this coverage, I'm going here; in that coverage, I'm going there." With so many hybrid players, so many variations of schemes and so much pressure up front and all the things that defenses can do, the way to combat all that is to see spots. Aaron Rodgers told me the game moves so fast now, all you really can read are flashes of space and color. Is that what you mean? Windows, yes. You start with a general idea of the coverage, but what's more important now is if you've got a post route that's going [to the deep middle], I need to be seeing this spot of the field, with 
this spacing, and if that window's not open within this certain timing, then you move on to that next spot and then to the next spot. You've got to feel it now more than ever. Do these snapshots open and close like a camera lens? And can you prolong them? Yes, so the key becomes doing things like having your head facing this way to fool the defense, but actually I'm looking at this lens over here, watching out of the corner of my eye to see if it opens, without showing the defense that's what I'm doing. Being able to move somebody to create that little bit of extra space needed to fit 
the ball in there, that's what's important for quarterbacks now. It's about kinesthetic awareness. Spatial awareness. The game moves so fast now, understanding space by reading body language is probably the most important thing. We're into neurology and subconscious processing. I mean, when QBs get together, do you guys lament the good old simple days, like five years ago? We are under constant barrage in the pocket now. Facing it requires a certain feel, a sixth sense. Because the minute you're looking at the edge rush and not downfield, you're toast. That's what separates quarterbacks now, the ability to process all that information in a millisecond, make a good decision based off that snapshot and then to physically be able to get the ball to where you want it to go. I just realized we haven't even gotten to all the physical challenges of playing QB yet. Exactly.
  12. Considering that Amaro changed the way he catches balls after a tip from Marshall and practiced catching some 10000-15000 balls in the off-season, we may finally have a tight end. If this is true, then the basketball lineup of Marshall, Decker, Amaro and Enunwa will give the opposition nightmares. Also the two tight end sets of Amaro and Enunwa will create real matchup problems for most teams, given how athletic both of those guys are.
  13. PUSHING THE POCKET - DON'T FORGET ABOUT JACE AMARO Fahey looks at the skill set of Jace Amaro, the New York Jets' returning tight end. y Cian Fahey, August 5Photo: Robert Deutsch, US Presswire PUSHING THE POCKET - DON'T FORGET ABOUT JACE AMARO Fahey looks at the skill set of Jace Amaro, the New York Jets' returning tight end. by Cian Fahey, August 5 FootballGuys.comPhoto: Robert Deutsch, US Presswire 10 players caught more passes for the New York Jets than Jeff Cumberland did last season. Cumberland finished the year with five receptions for 77 yards in 15 games and six starts, leading all Jets tight ends in receptions. Cumberland now plays for the San Diego Chargers. The Jets didn't draft a tight end or sign one of significance. Based on those facts alone, you'd be forgiven for thinking that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey wasn't a tight end enthusiast. That would be a mistake though. One of the 10 players to catch more passes than Cumberland was Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa caught 22 passes for 315 yards in 12 games last year. Modest numbers that made him a fringe option for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Enunwa's work was still significant because he is a converted tight end playing receiver in Gailey's system. While Gailey doesn't rely on traditional tight ends all that much, he does make use of tight ends with receiver skill sets who can move around the field. Enunwa, a former sixth-round pick who spent most of the previous season on the practice squad and was suspended to start the 2015 season, became that guy because of Jace Amaro's absence. Had Amaro been available, you could be certain that seven wide receivers and three running backs wouldn't have outproduced the team's leading tight end. Amaro was the 49th pick in the 2014 draft. He caught 38 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns during his rookie season on a bad offense while dealing with health issues over the second half of the year. Transitioning to the NFL as a receiving tight end can be tough. Amaro's rookie year provided enough reasons to be optimistic about his potential moving forward even if it wasn't a spectacular season. More importantly, Amaro has a skill set that should appeal to Gailey. When Gailey was a coach in Buffalo, one of his primary weapons was Scott Chandler. Gailey was the Bills head coach from 2010 to 2012. After making his NFL debut in 2007, Chandler broke out in Gailey's offense during the 2011 season. He caught 38 passes in 14 games for 389 yards and six touchdowns. His role continued to grow into the following season when he established himself as the Bills' starting tight end. Chandler was officially listed as a tight end but he was essentially asked to be an over-sized receiver. That is how Amaro's skill set should be used in the NFL. The first thing that must be acknowledged with Amaro is that he had a significant number of really ugly plays during his rookie year. He repeatedly droppped the ball when he was wide open downfield. It appears to be completely a focus issue because his technique is good and he doesn't struggle to make adjustments against tight coverage. Since his competition for snaps behind Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall is limited, those negative plays shouldn't be a concern. What stands out most about Amaro is his sheer size. He is officially listed at 6'5" and 265 lbs. Amaro carries very little negative weight, boasting a lean athletic frame that allows him to move fluidly with balance. For his size, Amaro also possesses an impressive burst of acceleration and the quickness to run good routes. In the above play against the Miami Dolphins, Amaro releases into the defensive back after directing the stem of his route towards the defender's inside shoulder. From here he can use his size and strength to bump the defender while he turns infield to create separation infield. Amaro has easily beaten the coverage because he understood how to use his size advantage. He doesn't make a defender miss or show off a great burst of acceleration, but he is comfortable turning upfield to extend the margin gained. From the same game, Amaro got an opportunity to show off his YAC ability. The above gif shows how he comfortably catches the pass from Geno Smith in the flat before running right through Reshad Jones. Jones is one of the better safeties in the NFL but few defensive backs (if any) will be able to go high on Amaro and expect to take him to the ground. He shows off violence at the end of his runs to maximize the momentum built by his bulk and acceleration. The above play should be typical of the type of play that Gailey will ask Amaro to make. Gailey's offense requires taking shots downfield, but it primarily focuses on allowing the quarterback to get rid of the ball quickly. To do that, you need receivers who can create YAC in space, showing off athleticism and comfort with the ball in their hands. Many of these throws will go to Matt Forte and Bilal Powell on screens or designed throws that are designed for the running back regardless of what the defense does. Amaro should get the majority of the other targets that don't go to Marshall or Decker. He should even pull targets away from the team's top two receivers to balance the passing game a bit more. The previous coaching staff tried to use Amaro on screen plays but he was more effective running routes underneath so he was already in space when he got the ball. In both of the above gifs Amaro shows off the fluidity and acceleration of a wide receiver to easily gain a pair of first downs. If it weren't for his obvious size, you wouldn't think that he was a tight end by the way he moves. This athleticism makes him a scheme-breaking matchup problem for defenses also. The Jets have Marshall, and Decker to a lesser extent, to rely on when they look to throw fade routes at the goal line. Amaro offers them another option against teams who have more talented cornerbacks than safeties or linebackers. In the above play, he goes up against T.J. Ward of the Denver Broncos. Ward is one of the most physical strong safeties in the NFL, someone who shouldn't be so easily bullied off his spot the way Amaro does on this play. Likely because he was a rookie and because of the overall structure of their offense, the previous coaching staff didn't use Amaro in these situations. His only other touchdown reception that season came when he ran down the seam from a bunch against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Being a goal-line threat is obviously very valuable for the purposes of fantasy football but you need to show consistency out the field and have a well-rounded skill set to provide real value when in a fringe role on your team's offense. Ward couldn't stay tight to his body in his own endzone where the space is naturally tightened, so it was no surprise that linebackers, safeties and slot cornerbacks regularly struggled to stick with Amaro further afield also. One of the benefits of playing with Brandon Marshall is that he will draw coverage. Nobody wants to leave Marshall in a one-on-one situation if they can avoid it so even though double teams are rare, safeties will cheat to his side of the field. That should leave players such as Amaro and Devin Smith, if he's healthy, alone on the backside of plays in space with only one defender to beat. The play highlighted in the above gif is a promising one in the context of what Amaro's role projects to be. Amaro is the boundary receiver lining up against one of the New England Patriots' lesser cornerbacks. He overwhelms the defensive back with his sheer size to release into his route before shielding the accurate pass from Geno Smith for the reception. On this play, the Broncos ask their linebacker and the Jets wide receiver's namesake Brandon Marshall to cover Amaro one-on-one. Marshall is a good coverage linebacker. He's smart and shifts his weight naturally to track tight ends through breaks. Amaro runs a good stem again here before timing his plant foot perfectly to set Marshall up and escape past his inside shoulder. Marshall was recovering from the moment that Amaro planted his foot. There are real reasons to be concerned about Amaro. His hands simply have to improve if he's going to sustain long-term success and the short-term situation is problematic because the quality and quantity of his targets will be low. Yet, the young tight end is an appealing player to target late in drafts. He won't cost you anything more than a 19th or 20th-round pick in an MFL league and is likely an after-thought for most fantasy owners. The tight end position is lacking in high upside options late in the draft. You're primary options are rookies, Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper come to mind. They will be slightly more expensive than Amaro and come with just as many question marks. At 24 years old Amaro has the physical talent and the time to develop into one of the better tight ends in the NFL. His torn labrum shouldn't have lingering effects on his ability either.
  14. A little analysis from FootballGuys regarding the efficiency of top WRs and scoring touchdowns. The original article is all about Dez Bryant, but as I looked at the numbers, the JETS top two stood out, front and center. Of the top 30 wide receivers in the last six years Decker and Marshall are ranked 2nd and 7th at cashing in more of their red zone targets for touchdowns (minimum 40 targets). We do truly have a special tandem of WRs and need to maximize their talents in 2016, whilst they are still in their prime. Having Forte and Powell will only make them more dangerous, as they will have more space within which to operate. I am really looking forward to this year. Hopefully lots of teams will sleep on the JETS...and that will be a big mistake. Rank Player Years TARG REC RECYD RECTD TD % 1 Dez Bryant 2010--2015 86 49 363 35 40.7 2 Eric Decker 2010--2015 105 58 458 38 36.2 3 Doug Baldwin 2011--2015 47 28 257 16 34 4 Calvin Johnson 2010--2015 116 56 513 39 33.6 5 Jeremy Maclin 2010--2015 72 46 352 24 33.3 6 Greg Jennings 2010--2015 73 47 362 24 32.9 7 Brandon Marshall 2010--2015 123 59 480 40 32.5 8 Torrey Smith 2011--2015 60 27 288 19 31.7 9 James Jones 2010--2015 86 51 357 27 31.4 10 Odell Beckham Jr 2014--2015 45 30 235 14 31.1 11 Randall Cobb 2011--2015 69 41 253 21 30.4 12 Steve Johnson 2010--2015 81 39 348 24 29.6 13 Marques Colston 2010--2015 95 60 544 28 29.5 14 Riley Cooper 2010--2015 41 19 153 12 29.3 15 Emmanuel Sanders 2010--2015 62 41 251 18 29 16 Wes Welker 2010--2015 98 75 553 28 28.6 17 Jerricho Cotchery 2010--2015 56 31 265 16 28.6 18 Malcom Floyd 2010--2015 50 22 188 14 28 19 Lance Moore 2010--2015 72 45 348 20 27.8 20 A.J. Green 2011--2015 95 44 373 26 27.4 21 Jordy Nelson 2010--2014 87 48 345 23 26.4 22 Eddie Royal 2010--2015 57 33 185 15 26.3 23 Mike Williams 2010--2014 69 28 232 18 26.1 24 Santana Moss 2010--2014 47 23 159 12 25.5 25 Mike Wallace 2010--2015 79 39 309 20 25.3 26 Vincent Jackson 2010--2015 80 34 293 20 25 27 Golden Tate 2010--2015 72 46 285 18 25 28 Nate Burleson 2010--2013 41 28 195 10 24.4 29 Keenan Allen 2013--2015 41 20 175 10 24.4 30 Julio Jones 2011--2015 72 40 325 17 23.6
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