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  1. 4 minutes ago, FidelioJet said:

    I had Mono when I was 20...

    Didn't get out of bed for 6 weeks, lost about 30 pounds and missed a semester of college.

    It sucks!

     

     

    Agree! I had when i was 16.....the worse 5-6 weeks of my life.  Never felt so drained or tired before.  I was forced to sit out my entire football season because of it too.

    Every mono case is different ....some people get it a lot worse than others.  If he is a more severe case, I wouldnt be surprised if we didn't get him back until around week 6 or 7......He may feel better in a month but I believe the spleen stays enlarged for a bit longer.  The doctors probably wont want to risk a ruptured spleen from him being hit.

    Tough break for the kid.

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  2. Leon Washington.  Not sure if he was underrated during his time by Jets fans, but definitely a player that gets lost in the mix of ex-Jets though.  That dude was fun to watch when he had the ball.  One of the most explosive players I have ever seen wearing a Jets uniform......So unfortunate he had that gruesome injury 

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  3. Philadelphia Eagles could lose Joe Douglas to the New York Jets

    Another year calls for another potential loss within the Philadelphia Eagles staff. This time, it’s somebody in the front office, though.

    When a team has a solid staff all across the board, there is always a price to pay. It’s hard to keep a band together in the NFL – especially if the so-called band is pretty successful. Teams that are trying to build a winning program always have to look towards established ones to try and poach some of their employees. And the Philadelphia Eagles found out about that last year.

    Before the 2017 Super Bowl run, the Eagles weren’t all that worried about losing coaches and other staff members at a high rate during the offseason. After all, a 7-9 start to the Doug Pederson era didn’t seem all that promising. However, that changed quickly after the Eagles ended up winning the Super Bowl in 2017. Then, the Birds lost some notable employees such as Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

    Another guy who had eyes on him as well was Howie Roseman’s right-hand man, Joe Douglas. As Douglas served as a sidekick to Howie over the last couple of years, teams have kept a close look at the Eagles’ offseason moves. Over the previous two offseasons, including this year’s, Howie, Douglas, and company have been recognized as winners of the offseason. It’s an encouraging feat as the national media continuously praises them for it. But now it may come with the price of losing one of their key guys for the entire offseason process.

    Joe to the Jets?

    Recently, the New York Jets cleared out their General Manager’s office and relieved Mike Maccagnan of his duties. Despite going through the Free Agency and Draft process with Maccagnan still in the front office, the Jets figured that it is better late than never getting rid of him. Now, they are shifting their focus towards hiring one candidate – it just so happens to be Eagles’ Vice President of Player Personnel, Joe Douglas.

    The deal isn’t done yet, but according to the New York Post, we’re basically just waiting on an announcement at this point. Apparently, there are rumors that Douglas is already reaching out to his ‘people’ to begin forming a staff around him in the Jets front office.

    However, this is all just rumors at this point. Seeing as though Douglas had some substantial interest in his services after the Super Bowl year, it is quite shocking it took this long for a team to actually start making some moves to take him from Philly’s front office. It will be a notable loss for the Eagles this year if it does happen, but this is nothing that Philly isn’t used to at this point.

    https://insidetheiggles.com/2019/05/16/philadelphia-eagles-lose-joe-douglas-new-york-jets/

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  4. New York Jets depth chart: Detailing and ranking specific roles still needed

    By
     Robby Sabo

    The New York Jets 53-man depth chart is still in need of specific positions. It’s critical to break it down in a way that fits each required role.

    Four tight ends are four tight ends. Right?

    Wrong.

    The No. 1 tight end is the man, the starter who can act as a vertical threat while also serving as an offensive line extension. The backup is most likely the next best receiving guy of the group. At least one of the four must bring a maniacal blocking attribute to the table—especially for an Adam Gase team that doesn’t carry a fullback.

    The intricacies of the 53-man NFL depth chart travel far beyond standard positions. Tight ends are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Concerning the New York Jets, this depth chart specificity holds true.

    As currently constructed—a backward outside-in build (rather than from the trenches out)—certain Jets positions are locked up solid. Quarterback is obviously good to go. A more talented backup could still remain on the wish list, but Trevor Siemian is now in the house. (Besides, if Sam Darnold goes down, forget about it.) Running back is also steady as is the linebacker role along the second level (thanks to a couple of brand-name signings in Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley).

    An example of a specific lower-level role filled is at the third safety. Jamal Adams plays so much near the line, on the edge, and in the box that in certain sub-packages, a talented deep-half safety to play alongside Marcus Maye is a must. This suits Doug Middleton perfectly.

    We’ll stop there for now prior to digging in further. The following is what’s still needed.

    11. No. 2 Playmaking X-Factor Weapon

    1. Jamison Crowder
    2. N/A
    3. Trenton Cannon

    This is Jamison Crowder‘s territory. Standing at 5-foot-9 and clocking in at 177 pounds, the Jets new slot man is now the offense’s most explosive X-factor.

    Every prominent offense needs an X-factor type who can do everything. A year ago, Trenton Cannon attempted to fill the role while running jet sweeps (once Jeremy Bates caught up with the rest of the league in December), but just isn’t quite ready for primetime.

    Cannon will serve as the No. 2 X-factor behind Crowder this season (barring an outstanding draftee), but a second guy needs to remain on the wish list.

    Robby Anderson is not this prototype. Though as fast as anybody once he gets moving, his hips and elusiveness don’t fit the X-factor weapon role.

    Out of the slot, running jet sweep concepts or even taking a hand-off at times—another body who can handle these areas is necessary.

    10. Blocking Tight End

    1. Eric Tomlinson
    2. N/A

    Eric Tomlinson is the de facto blocking tight end (fullback when needed) as currently constructed. There’s nothing wrong with Tomlinson as a blocker yet there’s also nothing wrong with finding a more suitable man for the role.

    Gase doesn’t carry a fullback. Finding that blocking tight end (even if it’s a complementary player to Tomlinson) is still a requirement.

    9. Short-Yardage Running Back

    1. Le’Veon Bell
    2. N/A

    Le’Veon Bell is the New York Jets short-yardage back. There’s no question about it. He’s the workhorse signed who’ll play as much as humanly possible.

    Elijah McGuire will fill the third-down back role with his plus shiftiness, vision and receiving skills. The previously mentioned Cannon is the third back on the chart.

    A bigger, powerful back to complete the foursome who can help out with the short-yardage dirtiness remains a need.

    8. No. 2 Vertical-Threat Tight End

    1. Chris Herndon
    2. N/A
    3. Jordan Leggett
    4. Neal Sterling

    Jordan Leggett and Neal Sterling may just represent Chris Herndon‘s backups once the 2018 season commences. That impending probable reality doesn’t mean the No. 2 vertical threat tight end role is set.

    Leggett hasn’t shown much since his fifth-round tabbing in 2017 and Sterling, while he turned a few heads last year, is still a true wild card.

    If Herndon goes down, New York’s tight end spot looks brutal on paper.

    7. No. 1 Possession-Type Wide Receiver

    1. N/A
    2. Quincy Enunwa
    3. Charone Peake

    Why no Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Deontay Burnett? Anderson is a straight-line burner. His route-running is spotty which leads to average results underneath. Crowder, as previously discussed, is the slot X-factor.

    Standing at 6-foot-2, Quincy Enunwa is Darnold’s only legitimate possession receiving threat.

    In the perfect scenario, the Jets will employ a legitimate No. 1, bigger possession receiver with Anderson, Enunwa and Crowder as complements. It’s not a killer as of now; this current group is definitely good enough to get an offense by. Eventually, it needs to be solved.

    6. Run-Stuffing 1-Technique (NT)

    1. N/A
    2. Nathan Shepherd
    3. Steve McLendon

    Quinnen Williams is not the answer here, folks. The Alabama stud fits the 3-technique prototype, the exact position both Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson man down.

    Honestly, we don’t yet know if Nathan Shepherd can even hold down a 1-technique on a consistent basis. Steve McLendon is 33 years old.

    The position differs a bit depending on the base. Within a 4-3, Leo/Henry play the same position, the 3-technique (over the guard’s outside shoulder). The 1-technique looks to stuff himself on the opposite-side A-gap. In the 3-4, both Leo and Henry are the 3-4 defensive ends (still interior players) while the nose tackle battles the center head-on (in the true 3-4 Okie).

    Nobody on the roster other than McLendon can handle that 3-4 nose tackle spot.

    5. Pass-Rushing Edge 2

    1. N/A
    2. Jordan Jenkins
    3. Tarell Basham

    Jordan Jenkins is not a pass-rushing wizard. His strengths come against the run and he’s by far a better 3-4 outside backer than he is a 4-3 defensive end.

    This one’s pretty self-explanatory; whether Gregg Williams runs the 3-4 or 4-3 (and yes, he will run both in 2019), two pass-rushing edges are necessary. Moreover, Williams will run the 4-2-5 or 2-4-5 (four-man line) nickel that features two prominent pass rushers. (Some will cite the 3-3-5 but even in that case, the four-man front in sub packages rule the NFL roost.)

    Don’t get hung up on the 3-4 outside linebacker-4-3 defensive end difference. A pass rusher is a pass rusher.

    4. Cover Cornerback 1

    1. N/A
    2. Trumaine Johnson
    3. Darryl Roberts
    4. Brian Poole (Slot)

    Oh, Trumaine Johnson, how will you bounce back?

    In the event of a Johnson Pro Bowl season, a No. 1 corner is still required for the future.

    3. Pass-Protecting Left Tackle

    1. N/A
    2. Kelvin Beachum
    3. Brandon Shell (RT)

    Perhaps the most overlooked spot on on the depth chart this offseason is left tackle. Kelvin Beachum will be 30 years old by the time camp opens and quite honestly, he’s a below average NFL left tackle.

    A tackle duo of Beachum and Brandon Shell will never get it done within the structure of a dominant offensive. It’s really that simple.

    Simpler is the fact this Jets offensive line will never turn real until talent is drafted in the premium slots of the NFL draft. Patchwork methods such as Kelechi Osemele only garner success when the young nucleus is initially present.

    2. Pass-Rushing Edge 1

    1. N/A
    2. Brandon Copeland
    3. Frankie Luvu

    Yup, here we go again; this one needs no explanation. (See No. 5: Pass-Rushing Edge 2.) Jordan Jenkins serves as an excellent third edge who excels within the base and in big-time rushing situations, but two true pass-rushing edges still appear on the New York Jets milk carton.

    1. Mauling Center
    While edge and left tackle are far more pressing needs over the course of a several-year span (pertaining especially to Sam Darnold), center is the big-boy of the moment based on the depth chart’s current construction.

    Matt Paradis was passed on. Jonotthan Harrison has been re-signed. The New York Jets greatest bet is to trade down, collect assets and start drafting offensive linemen and pass-rushing edges until it’s fixed.

    Nothing works the way it’s planned until the trenches are officially ready to roll.

    https://elitesportsny.com/2019/03/30/new-york-jets-depth-chart-detailing-and-ranking-specific-roles-still-needed/

  5. Hopeful for this Burnett kid to have a good season.   

    Davis Webb, Deontay Burnett, Jeremy Clark sign exclusive rights tenders

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    The Jets have signed their exclusive rights tenders.

    The team announced Thursday that quarterback Davis Webb, wide receiver Deontay Burnett and defensive back Jeremy Clark all signed their exclusive rights tenders.

    Webb originally signed with the Jets’ practice squad right before the 2018 season after being waived by the Giants. He stayed on the practice squad until November when he was promoted to the active roster. Webb served as Josh McCown’s backup when Sam Darnold was hurt.

    Burnett was also a practice squad addition in September, but was he released a few weeks later. However, the Jets brought him back after just four days. He made his first appearance on the active roster in late October and made his NFL debut against the Vikings. Burnett finished his rookie campaign with 10 catches for 143 yards.

    As for Clark, the Jets drafted him in the sixth round in 2017, but he was placed on the non-football injury list right away due to an ACL injury that he suffered in college. The Jets cut him before the start of last season before adding him to their practice squad. Clark made the active roster in December but never stepped foot on the field in the regular season.

    https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/03/29/jets-sign-exclusive-rights-tenders-davis-webb-deontay-burnett-jeremy-clark/

  6. Cool, I guess.

    How Peyton Manning Swayed Trevor Siemian to Sign with Jets

    Ethan Greenberg

    TEAM REPORTER

    Trevor Siemian

    Trevor Siemian
    Before the Jets hired Adam Gase to be their next head coach, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning gave his endorsement of his former offensive coordinator. Two months later, Manning’s played a role in quarterback Trevor Siemian’s decision to sign with the Green & White.

    “I texted Peyton and just went back and forth with him, but he obviously thinks a lot of Coach Gase,” said Siemian, who was deciding to sign with either the Jets or the Vikings. “Being with some of the guys that were there in Denver when Coach Gase was there, before I had gotten there, they spoke really highly of him. That and a bunch of other reasons are why I’m here and I’m super excited.”

    The fifth-year veteran was the Broncos’ 2015 seventh-round pick, the draft that followed Gase’s departure for Chicago. Now united in New York, Siemian is “beyond thrilled” to be with the Jets and Gase. 

    “The pieces are here, no doubt,” he said. “But I think if you talk to a lot of teams in the spring, they’re pretty excited and rightfully so. The pieces are here. I think the exciting part as a player is you get to build it from the ground up and we got the right guys here. It’s just a matter of building it and we’ll see where we go.”

    The 6’3”, 227-pounder feels he has developed a unique outlook on the game from his three seasons with the Broncos (2015-17), two of which included being around Manning, and one with Kirk Cousins and the Vikings (2018). Siemian has started 24 games in his career and thrown for 5,686 yards, 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions while completing 59.3% of his passes.

    “It was a great experience,” Siemian said of last season with Minnesota. “It was a really good room I got a chance to be a part of there. This will be my fifth year coming up, so it feels like each year I’m adding more things to my game and new perspective. Hopefully I can bring some of that here and help Sam (Darnold) and these guys win in any way I can.”

    Serving as Darnold’s backup, Siemian believes the 22-year-old is going to be “just fine.” 

    “I’ve played a little bit,” he said. “I know he played with Josh (McCown) last year and that helped him a whole lot, but I’ve played a little bit and I have a little perspective. I’ve been in a few places, so I'm just hoping to chip in any way I can.”

     

    https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/how-peyton-manning-swayed-trevor-siemian-to-sign-with-jets

     

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  7. Oh yeaaah!!

    Kentucky's Josh Allen to visit Jets next week

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    By: Sam Neumann | 8 hours ago

    Josh Allen will visit the Jets next week, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

    Allen, who will likely be a top three pick in next month’s draft, stuck with his combine testing results and just weighed/measured in on Friday at his pro day. Notably not in attendance was Mike Maccagnan, but that was probably because Allen is sticking with his combine results and meeting with the Jets in Florham Park next week.


    With the Jets in desperate need of a pass-rusher, Allen presents himself as one of the best available options in Gregg Williams’ defense. New York is sticking to a 3-4 scheme for now and Allen is capable of putting his hand in the dirt or bull-rushing off the edge.

    Allen fills a hole on the Jets roster that has not been correctly addressed for over 10 years now. From Eric Mangini to Adam Gase, the position has been a persistent issue. Taking Allen can change that.

    Allen is being talked up as the second-best edge rusher in this class. He had 17 sacks and five forced fumbles for Kentucky this past season and totaled 31.5 for his career with the Wildcats. Unless Nick Bosa slips past San Francisco at No. 2, Allen presents himself as the Jets’ best chance at addressing their pass-rushing issue.

    Allen’s motor and explosiveness are off the charts; his numbers at Kentucky speak for themselves after facing NFL caliber tackles in the SEC.

    Next week’s visit may be a trial run for the real thing. If Allen hits it off with the Jets’ contingency, there is a very real possibility that they take him at No. 3 instead of trading back.

    https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/03/23/kentucky-josh-allen-visit-jets-2019-nfl-draft/

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  8. These options mostly suck.  The only one I like is Greedy but would prefer one of the top WR instead at that point in the draft.

    4 players Jets could take in NFL Draft if they trade down

    Mike Maccagnan could still get elite defensive help further down

    By Scott Thompson | Mar 21 | 2:53PM
    Mike Maccagnan Mike Maccagnan

    As expected, the Jets have been extremely busy in free agency as the lead into the NFL Draft. And when late April comes around, New York has great position at No. 3 to add another immediate impact player for next season. 

    But with that high draft pick and the Jets already settled in the quarterback department, GM Mike Maccagnan will certainly be listening to phone calls to potentially make a trade to move down. 

    The Jets will likely be looking for a defensive playmaker with that third overall selection, and though players like DE Josh Allen and DE Nick Bosa are in the conversation in the Top 3, there are still plenty more elite prospects to choose from. But, if all signs point to the Cardinals selecting QB Kyler Murray first overall, the Jets would likely keep that No. 3 pick to get either Allen or Bosa.

    So, with that in mind, here are a few quarterback-needy teams the Jets could trade with, and who they could take with their pick... 

    Giants (No. 6 overall): DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

    It's hard to see DT Quinnen Williams dropping this far, especially passed the Raiders or Bucs who both need help up front. Ferrell, though, is an edge rusher that has also seen much success in the SEC during his career at Clemson. 

    Over the past two seasons, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound Ferrell has totaled 21 sacks and 38 tackles for loss on his way to a National Championship in 2018 as well. Ferrell has the size, speed, and most importantly, pass-rushing technique with strong hands to get into the backfield. 

    Broncos (No. 10 overall): LB Devin White, LSU

    Yes, John Elway traded for veteran QB Joe Flacco, but he is on the last leg of his career and solidifying a quarterback for the future is once again on his agenda in Denver. Trading up with the Jets would make sense if he falls in love with Haskins, and wants to beat the Giants to him. 

    Here the Dick Butkus Award-winning White finds his way to Gang Green, and he can be plugged either inside or outside for the Jets. White dazzled at the combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash, 22 bench press reps, and a 39.5 vertical. He has totaled 133 and 123 tackles in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and has 7.5 sacks over those two seasons. 

    White has everything the Jets want in a linebacker, and combining him with Avery Williamson and C.J. Mosley would be a fun group to watch.


     

    cut.jpg Sep 15, 2018; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back JaTarvious Whitlow (28) is tackled by LSU linebacker Devin White (40) during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. LSU beat Auburn 22-21. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports (John Reed)

    Dolphins - No. 13 overall: DE Rashan Gary

    The Dolphins have Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter at the moment, and that may not fly unless Miami is going full tank mode. So giving the Jets a nice package could be their move to land a quarterback to compete with Fitz in training camp. 

    Here, the Jets get Gary, who some believe to be a Top-10 pick. Gary was highly touted coming out of Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey, and though he didn't get the numbers he may have hoped for at Michigan, his ceiling is still said to be high. Gary totaled 3.5 sacks in nine games last season after posting 5.5 in 2017. 

    At 6-foot-4, 277 pounds, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could use him as a defensive lineman, making him a tough matchup with his speed and strength.

    Redskins - No. 15 overall: CB Greedy Williams, LSU

    If the Jets are trading down this far, they are surely getting a haul from Washington that would add to their six picks in this year's draft. But, instead of going for a new member on their front-seven, they shore up a hole at the cornerback position in Williams. 

    Williams is arguably the best corner in the draft, possessing the physical stature and smarts needed to be shutdown in the NFL. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Williams ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine and that just verified his ability to stick with some of the fastest receivers in the game. He has also hauled in eight interceptions -- six in 2017 and two last season -- over his LSU career. 

     

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  9. 43 minutes ago, FidelioJet said:

    This is a HUGE off-season, certainly the most important in recent history.  Considering the importance of Darnold's development - maybe ever.

    With this type of cap space, #3 overall and having a legitimate franchise QB , with little talent surrounding him.  This can be a monumental turn around.

    I agree, having Mac leading this is VERY disturbing - Like you, I get nauseous just thinking about it.

    With that said, Mac has a chance to redeem himself.  

    Land a couple of legitimate offensive weapons and an edge in FA (they're out there) trade down and grab a bunch of OL in the early rounds...Not terribly complicated.

    This team is immediately a playoff contender.  I have little faith he can pull this off though.

    IF Mac does pull off the above and we make playoffs next season, all but a few guys on this board will be on the Mac wagon.  

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  10. Who would of thought Manning had Chris Johnson on speed dial

    Peyton Manning pushed Adam Gase to Jets finish line
    https://nypost.com/2019/01/10/peyton-manning-wanted-jets-to-hire-adam-gase/

    It helps to have references when applying for a job. Adam Gase had an influential one.

    Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning called Jets CEO Christopher Johnson on Tuesday night to recommend Gase for the team’s head-coaching opening. A day later, the Jets hired him.

    Manning spent three seasons with Gase from 2012 to 2014 with the Broncos. Gase was the quarterbacks coach in the first season and the offensive coordinator in the final two years.

    The two were part of a record-setting offense in 2013 that got all the way to the Super Bowl before a loss to the Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

    Manning and the Jets have a complicated history. He chose to stay in college at Tennessee in 1997 rather than enter the NFL draft when the Jets had the No. 1 overall pick. He also rebuffed advances from the Jets in 2012 when he became a free agent, ultimately landing with the Broncos.

    Manning handed the Jets a painful loss in the AFC title game after the 2009 season, but the Jets beat his Colts a year later in the playoffs.

  11. 49 minutes ago, stugotz81 said:

    Mooch knows!

    Steve Mariucci: Jets QB Sam Darnold Is Going to Be 'Dynamite'

    Quarterback Sam Darnold was a different player after returning from the right foot sprain he suffered in Week 9 against the Dolphins. He exhibited the ability to make plays in and out of the pocket and used quick decision-making to get the ball to receivers in small windows. He helped the offense better convert on third downs and increased the red zone success. But while Darnold has been unquestionably good, NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci thinks he will only get better with time.

    “The sky is the limit for the kid, he’s going to have a bright future,” Mariucci said on a recent visit to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “It’s not easy to start Day 1 as an NFL quarterback rookie. But boy, he’s got it. And as they grow the supporting cast around here, I think he’s going to be a dynamite quarterback.”


    Darnold posted three of his best performances in Weeks 14-16, completing 66% of his passes with six touchdowns and just one interception against the Bills, the Texans and the Packers. Mariucci believes missing more than a month of game action was a blessing in disguise for the rookie signal caller.

    “It was unfortunate that he got hurt and missed some games, but you know what, in talking to him that was beneficial in many ways,” said Mariucci of Darnold’s absence from the lineup. “For him to sit back, watch the old vet do his thing and prepare, I think it helped Sam kind of just be more patient with his version of the West Coast offense.”


    Mariucci, who spent a considerable amount of time in his career coaching and mentoring young quarterbacks in the NFL, had Darnold rated his top quarterback coming out of the 2018 Draft.

    “When the season is over, these young quarterbacks will just chill for a minute, and just say ‘Hey, I can reflect on what I did and freshen up mentally, freshen up physically, and then get back to work when it’s time with minicamps, OTAs and that sort of thing,” said Mariucci, who served as Green Bay’s quarterback coach and aided a young Brett Favre’s development from 1992-95. “And they typically will take a huge jump and Sam will do that. But it’s a good start, so many positives that he has right now.”

    In Week 16 against the Packers, Darnold threw for three touchdowns for a second time, connected on 69% of his attempts and totaled a career-high 341 yards through the air. He has experienced plenty of lows and highs as rookie, but Mariucci thinks the best is yet to come.

    ”You know what, every time you do something you learn from it. And this is all going to pay dividends for the future and he’s just in the right lane right now,” said Mariucci. “I just think this fan base ought to be excited about this kid.”

    Forgot to post link for those who may care:

    https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/steve-mariucci-jets-qb-sam-darnold-is-going-to-be-dynamite

  12. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Star safety Jamal Adams blamed the New York Jets' 4-12 season on a lack of talent, not coaching, essentially challenging general manager Mike Maccagnan to upgrade the roster in the offseason.

    "We need more players and we need more dogs, simple as that," Adams said after Sunday's 38-3 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

    ADVERTISEMENT

    Adams, who has become the team's vocal leader, defended coach Todd Bowles, who finished his fourth season with a 24-40 career mark and likely will be fired by Monday, per sources. Maccagnan, who was hired with Bowles in 2015, appears safe, sources said. The second-year safety came close to criticizing Maccagnan, the architect of the team.

    Asked if Bowles is being made the scapegoat for a talent-poor roster, Adams said, "Hey, man, I always support my coach. ... I've always said what I've said, and it's not his fault, if that answers your question."

    The Jets went 10-6 in 2015, but they won only 14 games over the past three seasons as they tried to rebuild the roster with young players. Adams was their only Pro Bowl player on offense or defense, and rookie Sam Darnold showed promise as a quarterback. Beyond them, the Jets lack any true stars.

    "You have to go get players, man," Adams said. "You have to get big-time players. It's simple. You look at the Saints. You look at the Rams. You look at the Chicago Bears. You look at all those teams. You have to go get players.

    "We have talent. We're just not all the way there," he continued. "You can't beat around the bush. That's why we've been losing. We've been beating around the bush. You can't beat around the bush. You have to get real with yourself."

    Adams correctly noted the Jets will have about $100 million in salary-cap space. He lobbied the front office to sign big-name free agents, even mentioning running back Le'Veon Bell by name. The Jets are expected to pursue the Steelers star, who sat out the season in a contract dispute.

    "It's something we hope Mr. Maccagnan can get done and just give us some help," said Adams, adding that he will be heavily involved in recruiting free agents.

    Free agency isn't always the answer, as the Jets learned with cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who signed a five-year, $72.5 million contract last offseason. His disappointing season ended on a bitter note, as he was made a healthy scratch for a disciplinary issue.

    A source told ESPN that Johnson was late for meetings and missed practice last Wednesday. Johnson admitted he overslept and showed up late. He told reporters Thursday that he still expected to play in the finale, but he was informed by Bowles at the stadium that he'd be inactive.

    "I was upset, but I couldn't do nothing about it," said Johnson, who apologized to teammates for his transgression.


    Bowles refused to give any specifics, calling it a coaches' decision and saying he wanted to give the younger players a chance to play. Bowles rarely benches players and has been criticized for being too soft.

    Bowles has been on the hot seat for several weeks. As he left the stadium on Sunday night, Bowles was hanging in limbo, awaiting his fate. He's expected to meet Monday morning with CEO Christopher Johnson, but his ouster could happen before then, sources said.

    "I don't talk about my job," Bowles said, commenting on whether he expects to be fired.

    An emotional Adams sounded resigned to a coaching change. His eyes welled up when Bowles' status was mentioned by a reporter.

    "Todd is my favorite coach since I've played this game," he said. "I hate to see him go down like that, which is probably happening."

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