Steveg added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardNice analysis on Ivory's TD run..The play began with Geno Smith in the shotgun, and with Ivory as the lone setback. When the ball was snapped, Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson took a step back as he readied to block Khalil Mack, the outside linebacker the Raiders took fifth overall in this year's draft. But Mack made an inside move and had a chance to blow up the play in the backfield.
"It was weird because D’Brickashaw had a great game," Ryan said. "He was outstanding, but on [that] one he whiffed and the guy beat him inside."
Mack dived and tried to trip Ivory, but Ivory hurdled his arm.
And just as Ivory did this, the Jets' inside linemen—left guard Brian Winters, center Nick Mangold, right guard Willie Colon—all sealed off defenders with a push to the left, with Mangold clearing out inside linebacker Miles Burris.
"Chris kept hitting it in there," Ryan said, "and sure enough he hit it quick, so that [Mack] really was a non-factor on the play, where clearly with any hesitation whatsoever he would have blown the play up."
As he reached the line of scrimmage, Ivory took a quick step to his right to find a hole behind Colon. After getting past the line, safety Charles Woodson and linebacker Sio Moore were there to greet Ivory. But Jets right tackle Breno Giacomini got to Moore just before Moore and Woodson could get to Ivory.
Giacomini effectively took Moore and Woodson out of the play and created a pileup with Ivory right there. Just as this happened, safety Tyron Branch—who had blitzed and was now trailing the play—tried to tackle Ivory from behind as Ivory ran around the pileup. No chance.
In the top right corner of the above photo, you can also see wideout Jeremy Kerley throwing a block that helped keep Ivory free.
"We had some good blocks obviously by Mangold and Winters and Willie on that, and particularly the inside guys," Ryan said. "But we also had good blocks down the field. Great job by Jeremy Kerley sealing his guy off and then Chris really did the rest."
Ivory cut back to his left and had nothing in front of him. He looked back across his right shoulder and then he left shoulder as he crossed midfield. As Ivory got to about the 40-yard line, he raised his left index finger in the air to celebrate, but quickly put it back down. He later admitted he probably shouldn't have done that. There was still work to do.
Ivory kept churning, and soon enough, cornerback T.J. Carrie was able to catch him. Carrie finally got a hand on Ivory inside the10, but Ivory was still moving. Carrie dragged him down, but by then Ivory had reached the goal line. There were no flags.
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Steveg added a topic in NFL DraftI like Kiper's first 3 Jet Draft PicksFirst round (No. 18): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Second round (No. 49): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Third round (No. 80): Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
The addition of Eric Decker doesn't diminish the need for playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Rex Ryan could use a corner (or two), but I'm looking first for a play-right-away option at wide receiver. Cooks can be that guy. He's explosive as a route-runner, reliable as a hands-catcher and a dangerous playmaker with the ball in his hands. I'm going to double down in Round 2, with a pretty good value at tight end in Amaro. He's going to spend most of his time lined up in the slot, but he's an upside upgrade over Jeff Cumberland and gives them the opportunity to create some different looks. In Round 3 I grab Purifoy, who has the natural cover instincts of a player who should be taken far higher, but poor workouts have him available later.
Only 24 days till the draft begins.
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Steveg added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardUniform #s have been settled. We can rest easy...The first skirmish in the Green & White numbers wars is over as today we've learned that newly signed WR Eric Decker will wear uniform No. 87 and TE Jeff Cumberland will shift from 87 to 85.
Decker wore 87 his first four pro seasons with the Broncos. Cumberland has been a Jet those same four seasons but has bounced around the mid-80s, wearing 86 from 2010-12 and 87 last season.
"I reached out to Jeff and asked him how dedicated he was to the number," Decker said after he came aboard as an unrestricted free agent two weeks ago. "I guess we are going to kind of negotiate what we are going to do with the number. Obviously, he has been there for his four-year tenure. Otherwise I will have to find a new home, a new number."
Obviously the negotiations were concluded successfully.
The other major determination is what number QB Michael Vick will wear. Vick's been No. 7 all 13 of his pro seasons, but that of course is the digit that Geno Smith put on his back for his rookie season as the Jets signalcaller last year.
Vick in a conference call last week said the Battle for Seven was over before a shot was fired.
"Geno is going to wear No. 7. I'm changing my number," Vick said. To what? "It's undecided. Who knows? I'm going to come up with something in the next week."
No word yet and in fact we may not know for a while. What can Vick possibly come up with? Maybe he's conferring with Prince on a symbol rather than a digit. We'll keep you posted.
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Steveg added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardDoes ESPN know something about the Jets and DeSean Jackson the rest of us don't?
O_O RT @mikefarr44: why does DJax have the Jets logo behind him? is SportsCenter trying to tell me something?
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Steveg added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardNFL Draft Needs: JetsEvan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage.
No. 1 Team Need: Cornerback
The Jets whiffed on Vontae Davis, Darrelle Revis, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency, leaving 2013 first-round disappointment Dee Milliner and underwhelming slot corner Kyle Wilson as Rex Ryan's projected starters. That won't work for a defense that emphasizes press-man coverage on the perimeter. As this year's wide receiver class is brimming with talent and depth, GM John Idzik may have to seriously consider using his first-round pick at corner for the second straight year.
First day option: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State - Rex likes to use press. Dennard wins in press. It really is a great match. No corner is as physical with receivers within five yards or downfield as Dennard. There were questions about his play speed, which still might be valid after running a low 4.50 forty, but Dennard forces receivers to play at his pace. He does tend to hand fight beyond five yards since there was no illegal contact at the college level. I would much rather have a corner that is too physical rather than one that prefers to keep their distance.
Second day possibility: Phillip Gaines, Rice - I stay away from these buzz words, but Gaines truly is a “riser” after missing the school’s largest game of the season against Texas A&M. I liked what I saw out of Gaines in press situations when preparing for the East-West Shrine, and he only continued his positive climb with a stellar workout. Gaines does get tangled up in his own footwork, but Rex could really work with his foundation.
Third day flier: Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida - Another defensive back that is more athlete than corner, despite his poor measurements at the Combine. Purifoy generated lots of buzz prior to the season, but he really is not worthy of more than a fifth-round pick at this point. He does have press experience, however, he does not defend the deeper portions of the field well.
No. 2 Team Need: Wide Receiver
The Jets landed a high-end No. 2 receiver in Eric Decker during free agency, and now need a young prospect capable of developing into a No. 1. Holdover Jeremy Kerley is a solid slot guy, but David Nelson is best suited to a fourth wideout role and 2012 second-round pick Stephen Hill looks like a bust. It's possible the Jets could give Hill one more shot at a prominent role, and use a high pick on a tight end. Either way, Michael Vick and Geno Smith need another pass catcher.
First day option: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU - There is no doubt in my mind that Beckham Jr. is the third ranked receiver in this class, but it would not shock me if he ultimately ended up the best of the group. He was used as a deep threat at LSU, making his home 9+ yards downfield. Beckham Jr. has the skills to win in this area since he combines speed with explosive movements and strong hands to fight for passes at the catch point. His game can expand in an offense at the NFL level.
Second day possibility: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt - Don’t assume this is a second-round pick, either, as Matthews might be available in the third-round. That is not really a disservice to the Commodore, instead it is difficult to project when the run on receivers will take place. Matthews is quite good at maximizing operable space against off coverage and exhibited strong hands in specific situations. He flashed YAC ability as well, but many long gains were the product of excellent screen blocks. Matthews wastes very little movement and time, however.
Third day flier: Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina - Many FCS products are seen as athletic upside picks. That is not really the case with Hazel, as he already displays a very technically sound game. He consistently hand catches everything in his vicinity and creates separation with animated movements.
No. 3 Team Need: Guard
C Nick Mangold and LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson are the Jets' only truly bankable O-Line assets. New RT Breno Giacomini is arguably a downgrade from outgoing Austin Howard, while both guard jobs are up for grabs after 2013 third-round pick Brian Winters got pushed around as a rookie. Experiencing an underwhelming free agent market, RG Willie Colon settled for a one-year, $2 million deal to return. Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg runs a power-blocking scheme to complement his West Coast passing attack. He needs more push in the trenches.
First day option: Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA - The odds on favorite to be the first pure guard off the board, Su’a-Filo has a nasty mentality on the field, going out of his way to find players wearing a different jersey and engage with them. He was forced to play a lot of tackle during his time at UCLA, but Su’a-Filo looked most natural in tight quarters on the inside. This might be a bit early, but we witnessed an early run on guards last year.
Second day possibility: Gabe Jackson, Miss State - Jackson is a massive 6’3/333 pounds, but I would stop before calling him a power drive blocker. Instead, Jackson tends to use his huge frame to sustain and box out blockers. Good aiming points and strong hands allow him to keep a grip and control the defensive lineman.
Third day flier: Blake Treadwell, Michigan State - Treadwell was not invited to the Combine, which is a shame since I prefer him over some OL who attended. He obviously is not overly powerful or athletic, but Treadwell finds contact through his hands and delivers a jolt to gain a positional advantage. Those active hands allow him to mirror pass rushers as well.
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Steveg added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardVlad a VikingThe Minnesota Vikings have signed offensive lineman Vlad Ducasse to a one-year contract according to Adam Caplan ofESPN.
Ducasse was a second-round draft pick by the New York Jets and can play both guard and center. Unfortunately, his career never flourished in New York. He made only five starts at left guard for the team in 2013 and was benched in favor of Brian Waters after Week 4. The Vikings have to hope that a change of scenery and position coaches will improve Ducasse's performance but he is no lock to make the the final 53-man roster in 2014.
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Steveg added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardDR Cromartie to Visit Jets tonightFree agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is flying to New York to meet with the New York Jets Friday evening according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
This is the first known scheduled visit for Rodgers-Cromartie, who is by far the best cover corner left on the free agent market. Pro Football Focus ranked Rodgers-Cromartie the fifth-best corner in the NFL in 2013 and he plays the kind of press coverage favored by Jets head coach Rex Ryan. It seems like DRC has been in the league forever but he is still only 27 years old.
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