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  1. Worthless to bring up PFF stats with Brown last year: - First of all Wilson missed a ton of games and was replaced by Smith (that will affect sack numbers) - Second, did SEA run the same blocking scheme that we do. How did that affect his sack numbers
  2. Hopefully he has way more in the tank than Ryan Kalil
  3. Saleh is mouthing the PC line that permeates the culture. Never say anything that may bring you "social media heat". There are no Rex Ryan's in sports who will shoot from the hip and boast about his team, get used to it
  4. Be prepared for "fake" injuries and the opportunity to stash players on the IR for the year. Douglas isn't going to allow the depth he's developed to be picked up by other teams for nothing
  5. TB takes a big hit before they put on pads: Ian Rapoport@RapSheet 1h #Bucs C Pro Bowl C Ryan Jensen, who was carted off during practice, is feared to have suffered a serious knee injury, per me and @MikeGarafolo. Tom Brady’s enforcer is still working through the tests and the hope is to know definitively in the next few days.
  6. Passive aggressive much??? Obviously ARZ didn't want to give Murray this type of contract. So they "air his dirty laundry" in public with the study clause and also give themselves a way out of the deal. So now when he struggles the fans/media will jump on the "he's not studying enough" narrative. As thin skinned as Murray is this season could be a disaster if he doesn't elevate his game to the value of the contract
  7. This!!! McCarthy is a total placeholder
  8. Win games, screw the "outfits"
  9. I expect at minimum wildcard contention in December. Everything revolves around Wilson making good decisions because he has no excuses: - Potential Top 10 OLine - At least three deep at every skill position - An OC who showed creativity as his experience increased And on defense the DLine has multiple pass rushers and the secondary has potential shutdown playmakers. Fans need to stop "punting" years away and finally have expectations to win
  10. Berrios stats this year are going to shock people, the chemistry he has with Wilson on and off the field are going to translate to catches. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up with 65-70
  11. https://nypost.com/2022/06/22/jaylon-ferguson-ravens-linebacker-dead-at-26/
  12. The biggest things from that breakdown is the dumbness of JAX playing Walker at LB and Stingley not being healthy after sitting out all year. Walker was a DE in college who had minimal production, scouts were projecting him in the pros based on his traits/athletic ability. Now you force him to change positions??? HOU wanted a CB and chose Stingley who hasn't excelled in 2 years and who didn't play last year. Makes sense
  13. My prediction is before the end of September Hill will have one of the following "blow ups" with Tua: - He'll say something in the media - He'll have a verbal altercation on the sideline - He'll throw his helmet - Or after running a deep route he'll throw up his hands in disgust
  14. Hill is a dynamic WR and one of the top playmakers in the game. But this nonsense he's putting out since moving to MIA is ridiculous. When exactly was he not used properly in KC?: https://www.espn.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/3116406/tyreek-hill https://www.nfl.com/news/wr-tyreek-hill-on-kansas-city-exit-the-only-thing-i-care-about-is-respect-within The talk in the two and a half months since the Kansas City Chiefs shipped Tyreek Hill's talents to South Beach has revolved around Hill's fit in the Miami Dolphins offense and Kansas City's approach to replacing the game-breaking wide receiver. On the debut episode of his It Needed To Be Said podcast, Hill was happy to circle back and discuss what led to the dissolution of his relationship with the Chiefs in the first place. "If teams are gonna give us favorable one-on-one matches against their best corner, I don't see why teams don't utilize their best receiver," Hill said, per Pro Football Talk. "And that's where probably like me and the Chiefs fell apart right there. When I'm like, 'Yo, I don't mean to talk or be a diva in some situation, but can I see the pill some time, please? Just give me the ball, please.' " Hill's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who appeared on the podcast, reiterated the feeling that Hill's talents were occasionally wasted by the Chiefs in 2021. "There was a lot of times during the year that we felt that Tyreek was underutilized and wasn't fully appreciated, and that [the Chiefs] really weren't taking full advantage of all of his ability and talent," Rosenhaus said. "But Tyreek is a trooper. He never made a peep about it. He was extremely professional." There's certainly no shortage of No. 1 wide receivers throughout NFL history who have perceived themselves as target-starved, but does Hill's claim have merit? Hill had five games with five or fewer targets in 2021, compared with only one such game in 2020. However, he had 10 games with double-digit targets (three more than in 2020), surpassed 100 receptions for the first time in his career and recorded a career-high 159 targets (24 more than in 2020). In fact, he finished the 2021 campaign with the seventh-most targets in the NFL. Although Hill had more offensive opportunities last year than ever before, those looks were much different than in previous seasons. Having earned the nickname "Cheetah," Hill has long been the league's foremost threat at blowing the top off an opposing defense. But last year, he recorded his shortest average route depth (12.6 yards) since 2017 and had his lowest air yards per target (10.4) since his rookie season, according to Next Gen Stats. His yards per reception dropped to 11.2 -- more than four yards off his average between 2017-2020. The diminished big-play capacity was a byproduct of defenses catering to the Chiefs' deep-passing offense by playing two-high safeties and forcing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to operate underneath. In the short term, the approach gave the Chiefs fits. Given the club's offseason moves, the long-term effect may have been a reprioritization of its offensive attack, which left Kansas City unwilling to meet Hill's contract wishes. "I tried my best," Hill said. "I talked to the big man, (head coach) Andy Reid. I talked to the quarterback. I'm like, 'Look, can we make something happen? Can we make something happen? Can the guaranteed money make sense to me? Can it make sense to my family, please?' " In the end, the money made the most sense elsewhere. The Chiefs traded Hill for five draft picks and opted to bolster their WR corps with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Hill received a four-year extension from Miami worth $120 million with $72.2 million guaranteed and what he perceives as a greater degree of respect. "I don't care about notoriety, though," Hill said. "I don't care about none of that. The only thing I care about is respect within the building. Notoriety outside the building, I don't care about none of that, man. Because none of that ain't gonna win us games on Sunday. … This is what I want inside the building. I want the head coach to know that on Sundays, that defenses fear Tyreek Hill. That's what I want the head coach to know. And the head coach do know that, though. He know that without the Cheetah on the field, he know that, 'Hey, Pat you're gonna have a long day today.'" Both sides have expressed early optimism in charting new territory absent the other for the first time in seven years. Only time will tell whose grass springs up greener.
  15. What Hill said illustrates how little anyone should put into June OTA reports. Because the only thing Tua has over Mahomes is a longer last name, that's it. There's NOTHING Tua can do on a football field better than Mahomes, Hill should be ashamed of himself for even uttering those words
  16. His athletic profile is excellent, it would be huge if the lights come on and stay on
  17. If the NFL had any guts they would split any suspension Watson gets over two years to spank both the player and team. So if they're thinking about a full season suspension they should do 8 games in 2022 and 9 games in 2023
  18. Morgan Moses 2.0, no downside. With Douglas sniffing around Alexander, Ogunjobi and now Reiff he's showing he finally wants to win
  19. When I'm innocent I always look to give up 2+ million dollars to make people go away: https://nypost.com/2022/06/02/deshaun-watson-offered-100000-to-22-women-suing-him/
  20. In my opinion this thread is an indication that Jet fans have very little to complain about as we run up to camp. Because if Saleh/Ulbrich can keep all the DLinemen in the 35 rep range that means we have enough "quality" depth that the Dline performance isn't suffering. Another example of fans looking for complaints would be: - The team is 3-4 deep at every offensive skill position (WR, TE, RB) and the OLine projects to be a top 10 unit. So dig up the Becton is fat, lazy and doesn't care about the team narrative The biggest concern about the team at this point is Wilson. Is he ready to take the next step and be the QB "point guard" who can feed all the weapons he has at his disposal?
  21. What is up with this guy and these stupid terms?
  22. I've always respected SEA fanbase, this "article" damages that thought. It's sad that this guy had to delude himself into believing the Adams trade was good. He's probably dealing with PTSD from the team dealing away Wilson and knowing they'll be going nowhere for the next 3-5 years
  23. After sitting all last year NO still doesn't know when he can get on the field: https://www.nfl.com/news/dennis-allen-michael-thomas-ankle-not-ready-yet-expects-saints-wr-ready-camp The New Orleans Saints are welcoming new faces like Chris Olave and Tyrann Mathieu and healthy veterans like Jameis Winston back to the field this week for organized team activities. But one vital player is still missing. Star receiver Michael Thomas, who sat out the entirety of the 2021 season with ankle injuries, is still unable to participate in practice. "I think he's doing well in his rehab. He's not ready yet," Saints head coach Dennis Allen told reporters Thursday. "But he's here, he's rehabbing, he's getting himself better and we're certainly anxious to get him out there." Asked if Thomas would be ready for training camp in July, Allen said it was "certainly our plan," but he didn't commit to Thomas' availability this summer. "If I had a crystal ball and could tell you all these things, I'd probably be making a lot more money and doing something different," the first-year Saints head coach joked. "But yeah, our hope is that he's gonna be ready to for training camp. So that's what we're pushing for." Thomas' absence has held back the Saints offense for the last year-plus. The All-Pro receiver and former AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year missed nine games in the 2020 season and all 17 contests in 2021 with myriad ankle ailments. Thomas delayed getting ankle surgery until July 2021, started the season on the PUP list and never made it back to the field. As a result, running back Alvin Kamara and receiver Marquez Callaway led New Orleans with 47 and 46 receptions, respectively. Just two years prior, Thomas had set an NFL record with 149 catches. To protect against having such little star power at receiver again, New Orleans drafted Olave with the No. 12 overall pick last month, re-signed Tre'Quan Smith and signed veteran pass catcher Jarvis Landry to a one-year deal this spring. Allen and company have expected Thomas to return to the team and to form this season; the team restructured his contract, and general manager Mickey Loomis has pointed out the receiver's motivation to return. But so far, the wideout remains on the shelf. Allen said earlier this month that Olave's selection and Thomas' return was akin to getting "two first-round draft choices at wide receiver" in the offseason. The Saints are hoping the veteran "first-round draft choice" doesn't take yet another redshirt year.
  24. Good to see Wilson's mindset is where it should be: Connor Hughes@Connor_J_Hughes 12m Zach Wilson says the #Jets management have done a great job surrounding him with talent. “Now I have to do my job.”
  25. https://www.si.com/nfl/2022/05/23/robert-saleh-jets-optimistic-bills-community-mmqb There’s been plenty for coaches to watch the last few weeks, as NFL offseason programs have started to ramp up with the summer approaching. Robert Saleh has actually taken more from listening. “We have so many new faces, both offensively and defensively,” the Jets coach told me from his house Sunday morning. “And what’s been encouraging through Phase II was to hear it. I always listen to volume, a player’s voice and volume on whether or not he’s understanding. The more he understands, the louder his voice will get. It’s confidence in communication. And so offensively, defensively, as Phase II went, as we went to the last week of Phase II, you could hear the volume of practice increasing in terms of communication. “It’s players speaking to one another, having alerts, being aware of things. So from that regard, it’s good. And you anticipate when it gets faster this week, it’ll have to rebuild again, trying to get comfortable doing it while competing against their teammates.” Organized team activities begin, in earnest, Monday morning across the NFL. In layman’s terms, it really means, finally, football practice can begin. The way the league’s offseason sets up, Phase I of the offseason program is for classroom work, lifting and running; and Phase II is for the beginning of on-field instruction. Phase III, which contains each team’s allotted OTAs and mandatory minicamp, allows for nonpadded, noncontact competitive action out on the field for the first time. So no, this isn’t what you’ll witness in training camp. And yes, everyone still has a long way to go. But for a team like Saleh’s Jets, this is the first chance to see all the new pieces assembled for the first time. Laken Tomlinson lining up opposite Alijah Vera-Tucker. Garrett Wilson catching the ball from Zach Wilson. Sauce Gardner and Jermaine Johnson II lining up on the edges of the secondary and front seven. “The athletes, we’re excited about for sure,” Saleh continued. “Obviously, we believe they fit our system, and fit what we’re trying to get accomplished. Our front seven, it is long and athletic, we’ve got a bunch of three-techniques and a bunch of rush ends—throw four guys on the field and let’s go play. And we got C.J. [Mosley] and Quincy [Williams], and revamped the entire back end … Saleh went on for a while on the roster before stopping and pivoting. “But if you’re really going to comment on something, Albert, it’s gotta be the character,” Saleh said. “And the shift to guys who love this game and love working, love their teammates, love hanging out and want nothing more than to win.” Today’s a new day for everyone in the NFL, as on-field work ramps up. All have big plans. With that established, Saleh isn’t making any proclamations about where all this will lead the roster he and GM Joe Douglas have revamped over the last 17 months. But this much is for sure—he likes who he’s going to work with. There are lots of pro football stories out there worth your attention, even though it’s May. And to me, somehow, even being in New York, the Jets are one that’s overlooked. They’ve got a quarterback going into his second year with an exciting playing style but not a ton from his rookie year to go off of. They’ve brought in five first-round picks over the last two springs, thanks to the Jamal Adams trade. They were major players in free agency in each of the last two offseasons. The time to turn the corner, it would seem, is now, with Douglas heading into his third full year at the helm, and the honeymoons for Saleh and Wilson soon to expire. “I think no matter what type of roster you think you have, and this is where I get cliché on you, I apologize—but it’s the urgency at which you approach every day,” Saleh said, when I asked if urgency to win is ramped up now. “We have this ‘all gas, no brake’ mantra here; what does it mean? It means you go to bed better than when you woke up. Which means you wake up every morning and put your best foot forward and you do everything you can to be your personal best—not the best, but your personal best. “And you’re trying to PR every single day. And you hope, if we do that as a collective group, we’ll love our results. Obviously, the main goal is to win. Obviously, we’re trying to win Super Bowls, all that stuff. But none of that happens unless you really understand the process and how to get there.” Which, then, comes back to that detail of what he’s heard out on the field through the first two phases of this spring’s offseason program—to him, the tone, inflection and force in the players’ voices show they’re starting to get it, which is one of a few reasons why, even if he won’t say it explicitly, the volume in his own voice paints a picture of optimism. And yes, to be clear, Saleh is excited for Phase III. “I think anytime we can get on the grass—I’ll speak for any coach in football—we love being on the grass with our guys,” he said. “The film room is great, the weight room is great, all that stuff is great. But there’s nothing better than being on the grass with the guys. So for that, I’m always excited, when we get those opportunities.” But there are also some specifics that he and I covered, as to just why this team at least has the look of one that could make a significant jump in a division with perhaps the NFL’s best team (the Bills), its preeminent power of the last 20 years (the Patriots) and another up-and-comer that’s been pretty aggressive itself the last couple of months (the Dolphins). That, of course, will have to start with the quarterback. It’s no secret that the Jets have a lot riding on the 22-year-old who went No. 2 in the draft 13 months ago, after a rough rookie year that included three wins, nine touchdown passes, 11 picks and a month missed. The good news is that the lessons of 2021, as the coaches see it, have sunk in for Wilson. In particular, Saleh cited the time he missed, and in particular a game he was out for—the Jets’ 34–31 upset of the eventual conference champion Bengals, in which journeyman backup Mike White threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns—as valuable in showing Wilson where he needed to grow. “Where I think he’s really, really focused is on the more important parts of the game, rather than what he perceived the game to be a year ago,” Saleh said. “A year ago, it felt like he was trying to find ways to make every play, rather than just taking what the defense gives you—and the defense is always giving you something. It’s just a matter of taking it. He’s really learning about space, and he’s able to say, Well, shoot, there’s space. Let me get the ball to my athletes, and my athletes will go make plays. “And I think the starting point for that trigger was the Mike White game against the Bengals. … Mike just played quarterback. He executed the offense and did an unbelievable job doing it. I think from that point on, [Wilson] has really changed, at least in those meeting rooms. That part has been fun to watch.” The idea, Saleh continued, is to feast on layups, and be judicious shooting three-pointers (so to speak). “Every once in a while, you’re going to have to do something special,” Saleh said. “But Tom Brady is Tom Brady because he wasn’t afraid to take layups. And he’s done it, for it seems like 100 years now. But there are other quarterbacks; they all do it. Like [Patrick] Mahomes is the coolest example for me, because everyone goes crazy for his splash plays, but he will play small ball all day with you if you let him. “And I think once Zach realizes that the small-ball element is what creates the explosive plays, and gives you the opportunity to create explosive plays, that’s where I think you’ll see all the special traits he possesses.” One thing that should help is having a growing line (how left tackle Mekhi Becton plays is a big swing factor there), and young weapons like Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson to throw to, with veterans like Corey Davis and C.J. Uzomah complementing them. And for his part, Wilson has come back thicker and stronger and, per Saleh, “He’s got a mullet going …” Which might be the one thing from Wilson this spring the coach hasn’t really approved of. “I’m bald; I don’t like hair,” he said, laughing. “But he’s in a really good place, I’m just excited to get him to the competitive part. I’m really excited for training camp to be honest with you, because Phase III isn’t going to be overly hard. You get to training camp, and the competitive juices are flying again; that’s gonna be exciting.” Also exciting: how the new pieces on defense are fitting together. This, really, is where Saleh and I went initially, when he was taking me through how he can hear the difference this year in the on-field communication versus where it was at this point in 2021. “Defense is where most of the communicating happens,” he said. “The offense lines up, they do their thing; the only one really doing the talking is the quarterback, making his checks and all that stuff, and maybe the center making some Mike points. Defensively, you’ve got to make all the adjustments, and there was a lot of communication happening. “Lamarcus Joyner missed all of last year, and we added Jordan Whitehead, getting D.J. Reed in there, there’s new faces on that back end. Those three guys in particular, understanding the nuances of our scheme and what we’re being asked to do. The entire safety group, for the most part, is relatively new. … And you can tell they were getting comfortable as Phase II came to a close. Now it’s just, can you take it to Phase III, and let’s roll into training camp.” It’s good news, too, because so much of Saleh’s defense is predicated on playing fast. That the communication is working well this early on the back end, with mainstays like Mosley handling it on the front end, should have everyone in a good spot going into summer. The makeup of the team is getting to where Saleh wants it. And this is probably where there’s some risk of sounding a little cliché again. But the truth is that the general vibe of the team is one thing you actually can read a little into this early in the season, and seeing scenes like Wilson leading teammates into Madison Square Garden for Rangers playoff games does have more than a little meaning for the coach—and maybe as much as what they’re doing inside the team’s walls at this time of year. “The attendance we got was phenomenal, which I’m sure it’s phenomenal for everyone in Phase I and II, even with it being voluntary,” he said. “But I look at it in the way they hang out with one another. You go to the cafeteria; everybody’s hanging out with one another. You go to the weight room, and they’re laughing. On the practice field, they’re talking in stretch lines. There’s just an energy to them. “You’re seeing them at baseball games together, they’re golfing together; it’s not come to work and leave and everyone goes their separate ways. Guys are hanging out when they leave here. These guys actually like one another, and like being around one another; and I think that’s cool.” These things, of course, still have to stand the tests of time, injuries and the inevitable losing streak. But Saleh and Douglas have been pretty intentional on the types of guys they’re bringing in—and that part of the equation does seem to be adding up now. O.K., so now the truth about why no one’s really talking up the Jets right now: The track record is not good. Since making the AFC title game after the 2010 season, New York has gone 8–8, 6–10, 8–8, 4–12, 10–6, 5–11, 5–11, 4–12, 7–9, 2–14 and 4–13, and made the playoffs precisely zero times. That’s 11 years of futility. The challenge of breaking the mentality that surrounds a drought like that, a mentality that the other shoe is always about to drop, remains there. “And that’s the hard part,” Saleh said. “But you go back to the question you asked, about what stood out. You have to understand process. Football is not easy, and so the process of football, and the process of getting to game day is hard. It’s not for everyone. The weight room, the rehab, the hitting, the grind on your body, it is brutal. And so if you do not love this game, you will not enjoy the process. “If you do not enjoy the process, you’re not gonna put everything you can into the process, which means you’re not going to be your best on Sunday. So that goes back to the whole thing we’ve been trying to accomplish here, in bringing in guys who love everything about ball. Because at the end of the day they’re gonna maximize who they are. And you trust that if they maximize who they are, it’s gonna be good enough.” It’s hard to say, in May, whether it will be. But even if Saleh wasn’t making any grandiose predictions that a breakthrough was coming, it really wasn’t hard to sniff out how he feels. “We’re gonna keep that focus,” he continued. “Now, we’re a super young team and we’re going to try to grow up as fast as we can. But I love the direction we’re going.” And Monday morning should be another step in figuring out how soon they get there.
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