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  1. Players on the Roster Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles, Doug Middleton, Shamarko Thomas, Ronald Martin “Major” Losses Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor. Cutting Gilchrist made plenty of sense when considering the severity of his injury and the cap space the Jets saved so this isn’t really a major loss, but rather a smart loss. That being said, Gilchrist may not have been a great player, but he was good for a few interceptions each season and will be missed early on while the rookies are learning. Pryor is a bigger loss being that the Jets spent a 1st round selection on him just a few seasons ago. However, he vastly underperformed in a season where he was supposed to break out and a change of scenery was needed for him. These losses will be felt early, but shouldn’t really have any impact on the future of this team. Key Additions Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. The Jets spent their 1st AND 2nd round picks on safeties in the 2017 draft and they are both expected to be key contributors immediately. Both of these kids can tackle and cover and they seem to be interchangeable between free safety and strong safety. This combination should be the Jets strong suit for years to come! Player to Watch This one is easy. All eyes are going to be on the Jets 1st round selection, #33, Jamal Adams. This kid seems to have it all: ability to cover, ability to tackle, ability to knock people out, and the ability to lead a defense. Sure, there will be bumps in the road being that he is a rookie and a young team, but with his passion and work ethic he should blossom into a stud in no time. Having Adams in the secondary gives the Jets a budding superstar in the back layer of the defense with Leonard Williams up front and Darron Lee in the middle. These three will grow together and the future of the Jets defense looks bright! Conclusion The safety position is extremely inexperienced but may be the most exciting position on the team this year. Obviously, Adams and Maye are the two guys to watch, but Rontez Miles will make this team and continue to be a solid backup. The other safety spot will be between Middleton, Thomas, and Martin, all of which have potential to succeed in this league. All in all, there will be growing pains, but in a few years time the safety position will be one of the Jets best. Click here to read the full story...
  2. On this week’s episode of JetNation Radio, Joe and Glenn will be going over some of the rankings that they did on last week’s show. They will also talk about Kirk Cousins, Le’veon Bell and Quincy Enunwa. Some other things that will be discussed are the “risers and fallers” for this upcoming year and how the New York Jets position groups stack up against the rest of the NFL. Tune in every Tuesday night at 8! Call in at 646-716-4697 Follow us on Twitter: Joe- @joerb31, Glenn- @Acefan23 and Jesse- @Jesse_Knutsen Click here to read the full story...
  3. By Glenn Naughton New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa may have stopped short of saying the club was about to kick off a season that’s been set up to see the team win no more than a game or two, but he did acknowledge that those who feel that way are justified in doing so. Speaking with the New York Post, Enunwa, when asked about the tank talk said, “It’s hard to argue with that when everybody else sees all the stuff that’s going on.” The “stuff” Enunwa is referring to of course, is the purging of the Jets roster that has seen veteran stalwarts David Harris and Nick Mangold let go, along with the likes of Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis and Marcus Gilchrist. Looking forward to an expanded role in 2017, Quincy Enunwa has acknowledged the team’s lack of veteran talent. All of the cuts have left the Jets with few established leaders on offense or defense as the front office prepares to take an extended look at the team’s young players as they hope to set themselves up to draft of the future with what will likely be a top-three pick in the 2018 draft. Enunwa would go on to make the point that has seemed to escape some Jets fans who are under the impression that the term “tank” suggests that any lack of effort on the part of the players will be a part of that plan. Enunwa says that just isn’t so; “I don’t think any player is going to tank. Our jobs are on the line. Our families depend on us. We’re out there to work and get our paycheck and win games. People are always going to say that kind of stuff, but we’re just going to play.” It’s a valid point by Enunwa and one that fans should realize when they tune in on Sundays. This is something being done by a front office looking to free up significant cap room while putting themselves in position to draft a franchise quarterback just under a year from now. Click here to read the full story...
  4. By Glenn Naughton Maybe it’s unfair to refer to the Jets upcoming 2017 season as “tanking” in an effort to secure the top pick, or as close as possible to it, in next year’s draft. Perhaps, justifiably or not, the team believes Christian Hackenberg can be the long-term answer at quarterback. Todd Bowles has led the Jets to a 15-17 record in 2 seasons. No matter the plan or expectations s at 1 Jets Drive in Florham Park, you couldn’t blame the average Jets fan for looking at the team’s roster, with all of the negative press surrounding the team, and asking, “how did they get here”. Well, let’s take a look and see how things have transpired from the day Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles took over for the failed John Idzik and former head coach Rex Ryan. Dec 29th, 2014- Woody Johnson does away with the duo of Ryan and Idzik following a four-year long playoff drought for Ryan, and one of the worst drafts in team history from Idzik. In two seasons, Idzik would draft 19 players. Just two seasons later, 14 are already gone, with many out of the league. Only Quincy Enunwa, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Winters, Dakota Dozier and Dexter McDougle remain…for now. (We took a look at just how bad Idzik was earlier this offseason right here). January 13th/14th 2015- Johnson replaces the Ryan/Idzik tandem with Bowles and Maccagnan respectively. Bowles is later named the league’s top coordinator for the 2014 season, while Maccagnan brings years of experience in personnel. January 19th, 2015- Bowels hires Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator. Gailey is the ideal choice, having gotten the most out of every young quarterback he’s ever worked with. It makes sense to expect the hire to give Geno Smith, then the team’s starting quarterback, his best chance to succeed. March 6th- The Jets send a 5th round draft choice to the Chicago Bears in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Marshall and a 7th round choice. Smith is now expected have Marshall and Eric Decker as his top two targets. With a stellar pair of receivers, Maccagnan is clearly building around Smith to determine if Idzik got it right or not when he drafted him to be the team’s quarterback of the future. March 10th- Wide receiver Percy Harvin is let go by the team. One of John Idzik’s solutions to the Jets offensive woes, Harvin struggles to stay healhty and isn’t seen as being worth the hefty price tag. March 11th- Maccagnan sends a late-round conditional draft pick to the Houston Texans for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick’s knowledge of Gailey’s offense and experience offers the Jets stability at the postion should Smith fail to show improvement over his previous two seasons when he was voted the NFL’s worst starting quarterback. March 2015- With a cornerback depth chart that consisted of Kyle Wilson, Marcus Williams, Darrin Walls, Philip Adams and the oft inured Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle, Maccagnan gets to work re-building the secondary. He inks cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. Team owner Woody Johnson is hit with tampering charges for comments he made in regards to the team’s interest in Revis before the start of free agency. That development leads many to believe the mega-contract given to Revis was ordered by the owner. Maccagnan also adds guard James Carpetner, a former first round pick who struggled at offensive tackle with the Seattle Seahawks. Darrelle Revis’ return to New York looked like a good move early on, but it wound up being a flop. April 30th- Despite a plethora of talent along the defensive line, Maccagnan grabs Leonard Williams as the team’s first round draft choice, a decision that surprised many at the time, but has proven to be the right move as Williams is an ascending elite talent. April 31st/May 1st- After the Williams pick, Maccagnan chooses Ohio State WR Devin Smith, OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, OL Jarvis Harrison, QB Bryce Petty and defensive lineman Deon Simon. Smith is likely done as a pro due to injuries and Harrison is long gone. Beyond that, Mauldin and Simon have shown the potential to be anything from solid back up to starter material and Petty flashed briefly in spots last year, but is likely some time away (if ever) from looking like an NFL starter. Devin Smith’s NFL career may very well be over before it ever really got started. May 8th- Jets sign undrafted free agent linebacker Julian Howsare who is converted to fullback. Howsare spends the season on the practice squad before making the team and 2016 before being cut. He has since been re-signed to audition again at fullback. August 11th 2015- Geno Smith suffers a broken jaw as the result of being punched in the face by teammake IK Enemkpali over what was said to be failure to re-pay a $600 debt. Fitzpatrick, who spent much of the offseason program rehabbing a broken leg, gets the starting job before taking a single pre-season snap. One report surfaced claiming Maccagnan contacted the Washington Redskins in an effort to acquire quarterback Kirk Cousins in the wake of the Smith saga, but the uncertain future of Robert Griffin III leads the Redskins do rebuff Maccagnan’s offer. The purging of the roster, addition of talent through trades and the draft were in an effort to get a look at Geno Smith to determine once and for all if he was a franchise quarterback. Had Smith bombed, the Jets would have likely torn it all down and started from scratch. As we all know, the opposite occurred as Fitzpatrick, to the surprise of many onlookers, had a career year. He would throw a franchise record 31 touchdowns en route to a 10-6 record, a mark that earned Maccagnan executive of the year honors. Then, in a surprise move, Todd Bowles named Fitzpatrick his starting quarterback before he had the chance to enter free agency despite Smith still being on the roster. With the Maccagnan/Bowles era set to enter year two, the focus became contending versus re-building, essentially delaying the inevitable. Feb 22nd- In a highly anticipated move, the Jets part ways with Cromartie, who was signed to a deal with no guaranteed money beyond year one of his deal. March 9th- Completely invisible in Chan Gailey’s offense, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and tight end Jeff Cumberland are both cut loose. March 10th- With running back Chris Ivory gone via free agency, Maccagnan signs veteran running back Matt Forte along with Khiry Robinson, formerly of the New Orleans Saints. March 10th- The Jets reportedly make a last-ditch effort to re-sign defensive lineman Damon Harrison by increasing their offer, but they’re outbid by the co-tenant Giants. March 21st- Maccagnan signs defensive lineman Steve McClendon who is viewed by some as a replacement for Damon Harrison. McClendon clears that up by saying he signed with the understanding that he will not be a true nose tackle, but used in a variety of roles in Bowles’ defense. April 10th- Following the sudden retirement of left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and only Ben Ijalana to turn to, the Jets send a 5th round draft choice to the Denver Broncos for LT Ryan Clady. April 28th- Looking to get faster up front, the Jets select Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee in the first round of the 2016 draft. April 29th/30th- Maccagnan follows up the Lee pick by taking Penn State Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins, NC State cornerback Juston Burris, South Carolina offensive tackle Brandon Shell, Sam Houston punter Lac Edwards and Clemson wide receiver Charone Peake. Jets beat writers Rich Cimini (ESPN) and Brian Costello (NY Post) have both predicted second-year receiver Charone Peake will be the Jets no. 3 receiver in 2017. May 5th- The Jets add undrafted free agents; WR Robby Anderson, FS Doug Middleton, WR Jalin Marshall and defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas. July 15th- The Jets re-sign defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year deal that pays him close to $16 million per season. July 27th- On the eve of training camp, the Maccagnan gets Bowles’ preferred starter in Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s a one year deal worth $12 million that’s spread over two seasons. September 3rd- Former first and second round draft choices, Dee Milliner and Jace Amaro are among the team’s announced cuts. September 4th- Cornerback Darryl Roberts is claimed off waivers. September 11th- The Jets open the season with a 23-22 loss at home to the Cincinnati Bengals and the game is a sign of things to come. Todd Bowles’ secondary falls apart and allows multiple long drives to the Bengals whose top receiver, AJ Green, lights up Revis and the rest of the secondary for 180 yards on 12 catches. Nick Folk misses an extra point, Brandon Marshall drops a critical pass in the fourth quarter and Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a game-ending interception. Brandon Marshall was one of many players whose performance dropped off dramatically in 2016. A torched secondary, dropped passes and interceptions become a theme for what would be a disastrous 5-11 campaign. There was no capitalizing on a strong 2015. No catching of lighting in any bottles. Maccagnan, Bowles, the Jets and their fans all knew that it was time to start the re-build that should have started one year earlier. A rebuild that was delayed by a locker room knockout, and a standout performance by Fitzpatrick. That brings us to the current off-season, one that is about to come to a close, and where it leaves the Jets roster today. Some of the biggest names (and salaries) have been purged in an effort to start a full-on rebuild. One of many cap casualties this offseason, Eric Decker is no longer in Green and White. Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Marcus Gilchrist, Calvin Pryor, Nick Folk, Breno Giacomini…all gone. The moves have the Jets sitting on $24 million in cap room as of today, and a projected surplus of up to $80 million next off-season. To fill some of the voids on a short-term basis, Maccagnan has imported veteran quarterback Josh McCown to take on the role of veteran starter/mentor. Kelvin Beachum, a highly regarded free agent just two seasons ago will likely be protecting the quarterback’s blind side after one down season in Jacksonville. Maccagnan used the NFL draft to help shore up the team’s secondary. Jets fans, after hearing at length how Todd Bowles’ defense relies heavily on interchangeable safeties, will ideally have just that in 2017. When LSU safety Jamal Adams fell to the Jets with the sixth overall pick, Maccagnan tabbed him with the team’s first pick, then doubled down in round two by taking another safety in Marcus Maye. He would follow that up by drafting several pass catchers for whoever will be under center in the coming years for the Jets, grabbing Alabama wide receiver Ardarius Stewart, Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen, Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett and a pass catching running back in Elijah McGuire out of Louisiana-Lafayette. The remainder of the Jets draft choices this season were all on defense. West Georgia DE/OLB Dylan Donahue and cornerbacks Jeremy Clark (Michigan) and Derrick Jones (Ole Miss). Now, with training camp just a couple of weeks away, Maccagnan’s first draft class prepares to enter their critical third season, and it’s year one of a delayed tear-down and re-build. There are only three players on the roster who are at least 30 years of age in McCown (37), Forte (31), McClendon (31) and long snapper Tanner Purdum (30). Projecting at least 12 of Maccagnan’s 22 draft picks along with a few undrafted free agents to start or see a sizeable chunk of playing time isn’t at all unrealistic. It’s also a number that would likely be higher if not for the off-field issues encountered by Mauldin and Jalin Marshall this off-season. So for those of you asking how or why Maccagnan should be given a chance to right the Jets ship after what is perceived as little improvement over two seasons, remember that year one’s evaluation was out the window on August 11th of that year, and an attempt to progress after a 10-win season fell on its face when it seemed the entire roster got slow, tired and lazy in a hurry. Gone are the aging, unhappy, ineffective veterans, and a youth movement is under way. A youth movement that in just one draft, with the selections of Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin and Deon Simon, has already out-performed almost all 19 of the players drafted by the buffoon who sat in Maccagnan’s chair before him, and a year two draft class that could quite easily produce five starters this season. Should Maccagnan’s three draft classes manage to live up to their full potential this season, expect Woody…err..Chris Johnson, to allow Maccagnan’s timeline to grow by at least one more year. 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  5. By Robert Watson This is the time of year where there is absolutely no football, so why not start getting excited about some of the top draft-eligible prospects the Jets may or may not have interest in come next draft. We will start with the mecca of college football conferences, the SEC. Arden Key – EDGE – LSU Key could be the dominant edge rusher the Jets have been missing ever since John Abraham’s departure after the 2005 season. Key is 6’6″, 238 lbs and an absolute athletic freak, however, he does come with some injury concerns. According to Dan Parr of NFL.com, Key may not be ready for the start of camp as he is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. On the bright side, Key managed to break the LSU single-season sack record in 2016 by recording 11 sacks. He also added 12.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 3 pass deflections. Those are some staggering numbers to put up in just 11 games and against SEC opponents. A true pass-rusher is one piece the Jets have been missing for what seems like forever and Key could be the solution. Barring any further health issues or a significant drop-off in play, expect Key to at least be a top 15 pick come next April. Derrius Guice – RB – LSU The second LSU player to appear on this list is running back Derrius Guice. Guice has been overshadowed by the great Leonard Fournette the last two seasons, but still managed to rack up ridiculous numbers in the 2016 season. He ran the ball 183 times for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns! That’s an average of 7.6 yards per rush! Even though Fournette was banged up for a large part of last season, he still played 7 games and Guice was still able to put up these numbers. The Jets don’t necessarily need a running back with Forte and Powell on board, but if a game changer like Guice falls to them in the right spot, he could be the difference maker this team needs on offense. Expect Guice to be in the running for the Heisman trophy all season and make a push for 2,000 yards rushing. If the trend of running backs in the first round continue, Guice will likely be selected pretty high. Minkah Fitzpatrick – CB/S – Alabama Sep 10, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports The first Bama player on this list is the talented defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Alabama has been a defensive back factory the past few seasons, with Landon Collins and HaHa Clinton-Dix just to name a few. Fitzpatrick could be the next stud to come out of Tuscaloosa. He is 6’1″, 203 lbs and a versatile playmaker. The issue with him is finding his true position in the NFL, but will likely be a ball-hawking free safety at the next level. The last DB the Jets took from Alabama was a complete bust in Dee Milliner, but that is largely due to his injury concerns. Fitzpatrick has missed time due to injury, but nothing that holds any serious risk. The Jets did just draft two safeties high in this past draft, so if they were to look at Fitzpatrick it would almost certainly be as a cornerback. If he comes out this year, look for him to be a first round pick barring any setbacks. In reality, the chances of the Jets taking another DB in round 1 are slim in the 2018 draft, but you never know! Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama The wide receiver position for the Jets has been very tough to figure out now that Marshall and Decker are gone. Enunwa was a beast last season, but now he is going to be a #1 and that may not work as well for him. Only time will tell. Either way, the Jets should look long and hard at Calvin Ridley out of Alabama. Ridley recorded 72 catches for 769 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2016 and that was with a freshman QB, Jalen Hurts, throwing him the ball. Both Hurts and Ridley should continue to improve and mesh together and I expect Ridley’s numbers to skyrocket this season to well over 1,000 yards. Ridley is 6’1″, 188 lbs and would immediately be the Jets #1 WR unless Enunwa completely explodes this season, which may very well happen. The Jets haven’t gone offense in the first round in years and should probably figure out their QB situation before making luxury picks like Ridley, but if he is there he would be hard to pass up. The tape on him shows great body control, elusiveness and the ability to find the ball in the air, even on bad throws. He should compete with Courtland Sutton of SMU for the #1 WR prospect for the 2018 draft. Martez Ivey – OT/OG – Florida Ivey is likely the top offensive line prospect from the SEC for the 2018 draft and for good reason. A former five-star recruit was named to the All-SEC second team last season as a sophomore and should continue to improve as he matures. He played the last two seasons at OG, but will be moving to LT this season where he should be able to flourish. Don’t expect to see Florida QBs get hit from the blind-side much this season. The Jets signed Kelvin Beachum to be their starting LT, but that should not prevent them from looking at other options. If Ivey comes out, which he may not because this looks to be a loaded OT class, he would likely be a late 1st to 2nd round pick. Remember, the Jets have holes everywhere and a guy like Ivey could fill a huge one by becoming a bookend on the offensive line. Frank Ragnow – C – Arkansas Oct 8, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban offers his condolences to Arkansas Razorbacks center Frank Ragnow (72) for the loss Ragnow’s father after the game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama defeated Arkansas 49-30. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports Ragnow is the best center in the SEC and quite possibly all of college football. Ragnow is 6’5″, 319 lbs and has started 26 straight games for the Razorbacks. He should easily be one of the favorites to win the Rimington Trophy in 2017. The Jets are going with Wesley Johnson at center after cutting Nick Mangold. Johnson was not bad in limited time, but there is certainly room for improvement. Regardless if Johnson improves or not, if a guy like Ragnow is there for the Jets in the 3rd round they should scoop him up and never look back. He could anchor the offensive line for the next years and we likely wouldn’t have to spend a high pick on him. Christian Kirk – WR/KR/PR This guy is as exciting as they come. He recorded 83 catches for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns as a wide receiver, but also added three punt return touchdowns last season (and two punt return TDs in 2015). According to Brian Perroni of cbssports.com, Kirk is expected to be a pre-season all-american and is expected to light up the combine with his speed. The Jets haven’t had a player of Kirk’s ability in recent memory and he seems like a better version of Tyreek Hill. Two things the Jets have sorely lacked in recent seasons is speed and return ability and Kirk could solve both of those problems, while giving us a possible #1 WR as well. Kirk should be a first round pick, but guys like this tend to be boom or bust and there’s a chance he may fall a bit. Still, I would be thrilled to see a dynamic play maker like Kirk in green and white. Honorable Mentions Nick Chubb – RB – Georgia Kamryn Pettway – RB – Auburn Donte Jackson – CB – LSU Da’Ron Payne – NT – Alabama Bo Scarbrough – RB – Alabama Antonio Callaway – WR – Florida Will Clapp – OL – LSU Austin Allen – QB – Arkansas Click here to read the full story...
  6. On this episode of JetNation Radio Joe and Glenn will be joined by good friend Kyle Smith from AFC EAST BROS. On this episode they discuss some minor roster moves, but the meat of the show is dedicated to listing the top 25 current New York Jet players. Will any guys be ranked lower than you think? Or maybe one of the guys thinks much more highly of a player then you do? Give the show a listen and tell us what you think @JetNationRadio. Click here to read the full story...
  7. By Glenn Naughton The Jets have reportedly elevated highly respected personnel man Brian Heimerdinger to the position of Vice President of Player Personnel. Heimerdinger joined the organization in January of 2015 when he left the Rams to join Mike Maccagnan’s personnel staff. Click here to read the full story...
  8. By Glenn Naughton A few notes, thoughts and links to previous articles on Gang Green to pass along: Quincy Enunwa is the closest thing the Jets have to an established wide receiver, so there was a lively discussion in our forums about whether or not the team should kick the tires on recently released Dorial Green-Beckham. In favor of it or not, the fact that not a single team has reportedly had the third-year receiver in for a visit is quite telling. PFF released their list of “secret superstars” for every NFL team, naming guard James Carpenter as the Jets’ underappreciated high performers. Carpenter’s addition two years ago doesn’t get enough credit from fans, but that’s what happens when the team looks as bad as the Jets did last season. NFL news in July is sparse, which is why some outlets will report “news” that’s anything but. A recent “report” claiming that USC QB Sam Darnold may not enter the 2018 NFL draft is silly for two reasons. First off, that’s the case with any NFL prospect in college. If they have eligibility remaining, there’s always a chance they could go back to school. Second, everyone tying the Jets to Darnold is incredibly premature. Nobody knows how the Jets view any of the quarterbacks in this class today, or where they’ll rack and stack them on draft day. The Jets are hoping from big things out of Deon Simon in 2017. With Leonard Williams being Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson playing for a pay-day and Mo Wilkerson looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2016, big things could be in store up front for the Jets. JetNation’s Robert Watson takes a look at the Jets D-line here, with emphasis on Richardson and Deon Simon. Given the number of veterans who were let go this offseason, it’s fair to assume running back Matt Forte is only on the roster because it would be cost prohibitive to cut him. It’s going to be interesting to see how John Morton uses the veteran back while having ample opportunity to allow a younger back, likely Elijah McGuire, to gain some game experience. Buster Skrine’s name comes up quite among Jets fans and is often accused of committing pass interference penalties on a regular basis. In reality, Skrine has been flagged for pass interference three times in each of the past two seasons, or six in 30 games. Hang in there Jets fans. Only a few weeks until training camp opens up. Click here to read the full story...
  9. This is the second part of a multi-part breakdown of each positional unit. Here, we are going to breakdown the Jets defensive line, which is certainly their strongest unit. Defensive Lineman on the Roster Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McClendon, Deon Simon, Lawrence Thomas, Mike Pennel, Anthony Johnson, Claude Pelon, Brandin Bryant, Patrick Gamble Major Losses Fortunately for the Jets, they didn’t really lose anybody who made a significant impact on the defensive line. The only real loss they had was Jarvis Jenkins, who played in 9 games for gang green and recorded 7 tackles and 0 sacks. Key Additions Again, nothing really changed with the defensive line unit, but one big addition could be a healthy Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson was one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL in 2015 before breaking his leg in week 17. He recorded 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and batted down 7 passes that season. In 2016, he just wasn’t the same player, which could certainly be a result of recovering from the broken leg. He did manage to play in 15 games, but only recorded 4.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and only batted down 1 pass. Clearly, there is a significant decrease in production, but chalking that up to injury seems fair. This upcoming season, Wilkerson should be able to bounce back to his normal self and become one of the most dominant players in the NFL again, especially with Leonard Williams starting to draw double teams as he improves. All in all, things should start to be easier for Mo as he has another year of recovery under his belt and an improving cast around him. Look for Wilkerson to bounce back and record 10+ sacks this season! Players to Watch When I wrote the cornerback outlook I only wrote about one player to watch (Juston Burris), but for the defensive line I believe it is worth two players: Sheldon Richardson and Deon Simon. People may ask, why not Leonard Williams? Well, we know what the Jets have in Williams: an ascending player on the verge of super-stardom. Williams, barring any unforeseen regression, will continue to dominate games and improve his statistics. Here, I want to discuss players who could improve and make a significant impact for this team. First, Sheldon Richardson, who was one of the Jets best players just a couple of seasons ago, saw some serious regression last year. For a man of his talents to only have 1.5 sacks last year is absurd, but that could be because the Jets failed to find a spot to play him and he was kind of all over the place. They need to let him put his hand in the dirt and get after the QB. With Williams and Wilkerson on board and healthy, Richardson shouldn’t see many double teams and should be able to put up big numbers. There is also the issue of him being a locker room problem, but that was likely due to his feud with Brandon Marshall, who is now a member of the Giants. Richardson has been the topic of trade talk for months now, but I believe if he bounces back he could be a big part of this defense going forward. As for Deon Simon, who is still relatively unknown throughout the rest of the league, I believe he can be our next version of Damon Harrison. Similar to Snacks, Simon came from a small school (Northwestern State) and has looked good in limited action. The Jets should give him the starting job over McClendon at NT if they are truly going full youth movement and see what they really have in this kid. He is already 27 years old, but if he can really start to see significant playing time, the Jets may have found another diamond in the rough. Conclusion On paper, this is one of the best defensive line units in the entire NFL, but names on paper don’t win games. The Jets need the big three of Wilkerson, Williams, and Richardson to stay focused and healthy and I believe they will finally be used properly and find ways to dominate games. Throw in an ascending Deon Simon in the mix at NT and this truly could be one of the best units in the NFL. Another guy to look out for is Lawrence Thomas who was beginning to develop nicely before going to the IR last season. On a young, rebuilding team, this defensive line unit should be the leading force and easily be the best unit we have. Expect big things from these guys! Click here to read the full story...
  10. MMQB has an update on Christian Hackenberg. Whether Christian Hackenberg is ready to start in Week 1 is an open question. But the Jets like what he’s done in overhauling his footwork with QB coach Jeremy Bates. He’s not consistent enough yet, but there’s been progress. Reports of “progress” are certainly just a baby step. But after not seeing the field in his first year and anonymous quotes knocking his accuracy at the end of the season, baby steps are encouraging. Be sure to check out the Christian Hackenberg foot mechanics article by Alvin. After some positive Hackenberg news during training camp Alvin had these thoughts: Hackenberg’s progress is basically the story of the off-season for the Jets (be it positive or negative) so it will be interesting to see if the mechanical changes are permanent, or just the result of a short sample size. We ask anyone covering the team with access to the practices to please cover the mechanical improvement (or stagnation) from Hackenberg and the accuracy of his passes. Click here to read the full story...
  11. The New York Jets are holding a movie night. Presented by Modell’s you can go see the Lego Batman movie for FREE on Thursday July 20th. See the flyer below for additional details. Click here for tickets. Click here to read the full story...
  12. On this week’s episode of JetNation Radio, Joe and Glenn are going to be going over a few different topics. They will be wrapping up their Mini Camp coverage, then looking at the totality of the positions drafted and will rank the players on the New York Jets that need to step for the Jets to have a successful season! Listen every Tuesday night at 8 pm! Call us live during the show at (646) 716-4697. Follow us on Twitter: Joe- @joerb31, Glenn- @Acefan23 and Jesse- @Jesse_Knutsen Click here to read the full story...
  13. On this week’s episode of JetNation Radio, Joe and Glenn will be covering a variety of topics. They will be reviewing OTA’s and Minicamp, looking at some of the minor roster moves the Jets made and talk about the story lines of the past few weeks. They will also be covering the totality of the positions drafted and even look at what young players need to step up for the New York Jets. Call in every Tuesday night at 8pm (646) 716-4697. Follow us on Twitter: Joe- @joerb31, Glenn- @Acefan23 and Jesse- @Jesse_Knutsen Click here to read the full story...
  14. By Glenn Naughton In another case of “what could have been” for the New York Jets in their never-ending search for a franchise quarterback, the recent mega-contract handed to Derek Carr by the Oakland Raiders, a deal said to be worth up to $125 million over five years, is another punch in the gut for Jets fans who have endured decades of inept play at the position. Now those same fans will sit and watch how things transpire with Christian Hackenberg, hoping current GM Mike Maccagnan didn’t make a blunder similar to that of former GM John Idzik. In the 2014 NFL draft, the Jets were on the clock with the 18th overall pick. Carr, a highly touted quarterback who was viewed by some as a first round talent, was staring Idzik in the face. Idzik had a chance to reverse the fortunes of a tortured franchise and steal Carr in the middle of the first round, but instead opted to stick with his hand-picked savior in Geno Smith, allowing him to go with defense (yet again) at 18. John Idzik had enough faith in Geno Smith to pass on Derek Carr. Earlier that season, Idzik had attended a game at the University of Louisville and was smitten by Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor. A defender with a reputation for making highlight reel hits, but who was limited in coverage. Faced with the choice of Carr or Pryor, Idzik went with Pryor. Carr would slide to the Raiders at the top of round two, who may now have the game’s best young quarterback, wile Pryor’s failed tenure with the Jets ended a few weeks ago when he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. When the Jets open training camp in just over a month, all eyes are expected to be on second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg as he tries to win the starting job in a competition between against Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. Not exactly a murderer’s row of quarterbacks. GM Mike Maccagnan passed on Paxton Lynch and took Darron Lee two drafts ago. Should Hackenberg fail to get the starting nod, some of those same eyes will be shifting to take a peek out west to see how things are unfolding with the Denver Broncos and Paxton Lynch, the quarterback many fans were clamoring for when the Jets chose Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee in last year’s draft. With only Geno Smith and Bryce Petty on his roster, current GM Mike Maccagnan passed on Lynch in favor of Lee. Maccagnan isn’t thought to be on the hot seat in the eyes of owner Woody Johnson, nor should he be, but if Hackenberg is a bust, and Lynch lights it up, that could change in a hurry. Click here to read the full story...
  15. The New York Jets have announced what has been discussed for quite some time. Donald Trump intends to nominate Woody Johnson to be the US Ambassador to the UK. Let’s cut right to the chase here and explain why this is a good thing. Woody has owned the team since 2000 and the results have left a lot to be desired. The team announced that if Woody Johnson is officially nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Christopher Johnson, will become Chairman and CEO. That means that Christopher, Woody’s brother, will be in charge of day-to-day team operations. We would love to see a football mind in charge of day-to-day operations. Apparently that isn’t going to be an option as long as Woody owns the team. So, in this case, we will sign up for addition by subtraction. Hopefully Christopher Johnson stays out of the way and lets the football minds in the building make actual football decisions. We don’t know Christopher Johnson at all, but we do know Woody Johnson. Which is why we welcome this change with open arms and we wish Woody luck in his new role. “The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody. His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his,” said Christopher Johnson. “Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve.” PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP INTENDS TO NOMINATE WOODY JOHNSON, NEW YORK JETS CHAIRMAN AND CEO, TO SERVE AS AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND Christopher Johnson to take over as New York Jets Chairman and CEO subject to Woody Johnson’s nomination and Senate Confirmation Florham Park, NJ, June 22, 2017 – The New York Jets confirmed today that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Woody Johnson, team owner, Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets to serve as Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If Woody Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Christopher Johnson, his brother and an owner will become Chairman and CEO. In that role, Christopher will directly oversee all day-to-day team operations. “The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody. His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his,” said Christopher Johnson. “Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve.” “On behalf of the entire organization, we would be extremely proud to see Woody nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador. We could not be more excited for him and his family,” said New York Jets President Neil Glat. Woody Johnson and his family purchased the NFL’s New York Jets on January 18, 2000. Woody, a fourth-generation member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, has built upon his family’s proud legacy of achievement as a successful businessman, civic leader and compassionate philanthropist. Click here to read the full story...