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  1. Actually, all evidence suggests that this year will be much "worse" than last year for the NFL (as opposed to the rest of us - that is unknown). You're correct about the need for the Jets to be paranoid about quarantine in the name of reducing the quantity and length of COVID suspensions. It is purely a need to protect the bottom line and the won-loss record. This is not politics. It's business and sport. While Americans who have been vaccinated will catch the illness far less often than the unvaccinated crowd, there are two additional factors. First, is the severity of the illness. A vaccinated person has a low statistical chance of getting a severe case of COVID. An unvaccinated person has the standard chances of getting a severe case. The inventors of the vaccines made clear they decrease your chances of getting COVID but they did not promise immunity. Instead, they said the vaccine will keep the virus from progressing to the point that it requires hospitalization and threatens your long, medium and short term health. This means that people are going to test positive, vaccinated or not. This is a competitive issue that will go on all season. Just as coaches work to prevent false starts and holding penalties because they are trying to win, preventing positive COVID tests allows you to keep you 1s on the field. When your 1s play their 2s, you win. The second factor at work here is the virus itself. All evidence suggests that the new variants of the disease are FAR more contagious than last year's COVID. Given the large numbers of unvaccinated Americans, the virus will spread far and wide this year. I expect lots of positive tests. Vaccinated deaths are very rare but have been reported. Unvaccinated deaths occur in large numbers every day. The team that most effectively enforces their COVID protocols will gain a competitive advantage on the playing field. An advantage that grows as the year progresses. Wilson should not have been at the BYU game imo. They sequester juries. Improvise, adapt, overcome.
  2. It is hard to challenge this statement. At least for this season until we see how the four young corners adjust to life as NFL players. Bless truly developed a professional attitude and a Brady-like fanaticism about caring for his body. It is a defining trait of a successful draftee. Some guys have a decent rookie campaign and never develop a professional outlook. I think we needed to see if the rookies could match him off the field before cutting ties entirely. I just think he is going to be around a long time. Not surprised he ended up on a roster instead of a practice squad. I am glad to see he has been added to a probable playoff team. He is Brooklyn born and went to school at New Jersey's Rutgers. I wish him well in Seattle.
  3. There is nothing wrong with lamenting that the Jets did or did not do something with our personnel. You asked the board - hey, what about this guy? So you got responses ranging from the snarky "this was already discussed" (and it will be discussed again!) to posts about his medicals and poor scheme fit. It's all good. It's cool to have a poster from Ecuador posting on the Jets. And you DID contribute. I did not know Trey Smith had emerged as a starter on the Chiefs. Nor did I know he had a "the whole league is going to pay" attitude going. Moreover, I did not know that he put Duvernay-Tardiff on the bench (he starts for us fellas = BANG). I suspect neither did the board. He was a highly touted prospect with can't miss traits before his brush with death. Here is his scouting report from Ourlads if you would like to read it. NOTE: I am not giving away the Ourlads product. They have posted this year's reviews on line. The site is worth a visit as they review the progress of the rookie class on a weekly basis during the season: 2021 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about TREY SMITH: Tennessee, 6054 331 5.11. Four-year starter, Jackson, TN. Two-time first-team All SEC honoree at left guard. Second-team All America in 2020. His career began with him seeing starts all over the line, every position other than center. He was on a trajectory of being one of the best guards in the country before being slightly derailed with blood clots in his lungs halfway through the 2018 season. After overcoming that, he was back on the field for the start of 2019 and didn’t miss another game. A seasoned veteran with over 40 career starts. An oversized guard who will occasionally struggle with lateral movement and adjustment speed, but his size and intelligence can somewhat make up for it. Best suited for a gap-power scheme that will allow him to come off the ball downhill and get movement with his powerful hands, heavy frame, and long arms. He is a safe bet to be a starter in the league. Almost always the biggest guy in the room. Has the frame that simply checks all the boxes. Tall and wide with great length and hand size. Looks like a grizzly bear when he comes off the ball as a run blocker. Will overwhelm and swallow up defenders. Can win the battle even if he lacks the ideal positioning. A hard blocker to simply get around because of his radius and upper body strength. Versatility is a plus, having played all over the line. Brings the mentality that can elevate the outlook of a group up front. Keeps the arms long and feet active post-contact. Plays a smart game and comes across mature and mentally developed. Understands angles and spacing both as a pass blocker and when approaching the second level. Doesn’t always show natural knee bend. Ankles get stiff and it will translate to poor positioning. Will get top heavy and lunge with his upper body. Doesn’t consistently react to late, subtle lateral movement. Third/fourth round. (A-33 3/4, H-10, BP-32, 10-1.75). Who among us will be the first to admit that they were chanting at the radio in unison with the crowd at MSG? I will. My brother and I were pleading with that electric chunk of plastic and metal to please deliver us. Alas. But I was already a Jet fan. When we took Brady, I thought of Ron Farout and threw my drink out the window. Salute. Yep. You cannot stand in front of him. His game reminds me of Andreas Peat - the big guard for New Orleans. Drafted in the first to play tackle, he lacked the feet and moved inside. You cannot stand in front of Peat, he just engulfs you. They said the same thing about Smith. "Looks like a grizzly bear when he comes off the ball as a run blocker." On the merits, in recent drafts this is undoubtedly true. But the way I grade Jet general managers, it is not a blunder at all. I want my GM to rank them honestly and fairly. Then I want him to pick them in order to the maximum extent possible allowing for fair trades as necessary to move around and to establish relationships with other GMs. I do not want a risky ballsy GM. The Chiefs took the risk and traded up to get a polarizing prospect who scouting report warned needed to sit for a season. The Jets took the "once in a generation" Safety. Ourlads loved Jamal and said he would affect NFL running attacks from day one and they were right. Was it the right decision? Uh, no. Mahomes is a star QB. But when a GM takes a risk and overdrafts a player based on ardent belief, that player had better work out. Like you, we have seen that movie before. A dark cloud still appears when I think of losing out on Sapp to draft ole alligator arms. Me too. The worst part is that unlike the Sapp debacle - there were character concerns about Sapp - there was nothing to justify the Jets taking Thomas. Cortez Kennedy was the real DROB - not the ersatz thing we drafted. Even double teamed, Kennedy was in the backfield on the one count. One of the most disruptive interior lineman I have ever seen.
  4. Ourlads loved Trey Smith and gave him a 3d round grade. Said ourlads: "he is a safe bet to be a starter in the league". He also has played four positions besides center and - at 6' 5" with 33 3/4 arms and 10 hands - is not too small for tackle. but they liked him at guard too much to recommend a move. He fell due to the blood clots in the lungs back in 2018 - not small potatoes fellas, you can die of that. Otherwise he was a well known "planet theory" guy who was destined for the NFL back in high school. There really are only so many of these guys. The reason I did not recommend him in my draft evaluations is the warning in the draft guide that he is a fit for a man blocking gap scheme and not a zone blocking scheme. It looks like he has a chance to be this year's Michael Onwenu who also lasted until the 6th round. Listed as a guard by Ourlads and given a 3d round grade, he started all 16 games for Voldermort at RT last season. Edit: If I read this correctly, Trey Smith is putting Duvernay-Tardiff and Kyle Long on the bench. Hey @Ecuadorian Jet, I want him too!
  5. As I have written earlier in this thread, Bless was frequently misused during his first two seasons. Playing one on one in man-to-man off coverage is just not his forte. He is a press corner who gains his critical advantage by jamming the receiver at the line with his superior strength and length. We gambled like crazy with all sorts of blitzes and left corners on islands. When you do that, you do not get up on the line and press the receiver. It is like declawing a cat. This scheme's whole purpose is to prevent one on one coverage and to provide help so defenders can keep their back to the end zone and their eyes on the QB. It is why the scheme generates interceptions. I really thought Bless would be ideal for it. That this was his moment. Instead, the coach decided he would rather train four rookies. While I have to trust in the new coach, what bothers me about this development are twin realities. Bless got the snaps in BOTH practice and preseason as the STARTER. Nobody else was given that burden. Whoever we throw out there will be starting for the first time. No preseason and only a limited number of first team reps which had to be shared between Guidry and the four rookies. One of those guys is the starter fellas. Second, Bless really did take that next step in his sophomore year. He came to camp a genuine professional who had hardened his body and it showed up on the field. We couldn't work with that? But now that is the past. On the plus side then we have found four rookie corners worth training. Two of whom have size in Pinnock and Dunn. The other two have enough versatility that they can play safety or nickel. Both Echols and MC2 are solid tacklers.
  6. And Luke Falk was good compared to David Fales. Which he did.
  7. Right now I see the Jets in "sort the trash mode" as we decide whether to pick players up on waivers while we have #2 priority. Once that priority evaporates after week three, we will begin to sort the cut pile. We will start to do so with enthusiasm if our chosen three fail to get the job done. I think we probably can find better guys. During the season we will bring in loads of guys from the cut pile and see if they are better trainees than Yeboah. In college, Zack was addicted to his tight ends as a safety valve. Yes, his tape shows that his focus is downfield. I am not ripping Zack. He is a downfield thrower. But his dumpoffs went to the tight end more often than not. Our tight ends are going to be thrown the ball from the inline position all season. They need to hold their own blocking and catch the darts when Zack throws them. Or the Jets will find somebody who will. Then there is the other problem. Our starter - Tyler Kroft - is frequently injured. He has missed 25 of his last 48 games. He managed only seven games last season. He has not been healthy since 2017. It may not be realistic to expect a full season out of him. What am I saying? Our backups are going to play. Yeboah is almost guaranteed to get snaps later this season especially if the Jets like his development. We are clearly in search and find mode. The Jets are being cautious. They made one big decision at tight end. They will see how things go before they make another big decision. One last point. Many Jet fans - not just you @vic - think very little of Daniel Brown. He is seen as completely disposable by many Jet fans. But he really is a rugged special teamer and every team needs them. I will also point out that last season, we ended up playing him a LOT in the regular offense. Especially when it became clear the NFL no longer respected the Jet offensive line and were playing eight and nine man fronts. Gase countered with two tight ends and one of them was Brown. He is a competent run blocker and - at times - distinguished himself. Is that enough? No. It's not. The trick is to find young college guys who can develop the blocking strength, weight and skill. If they can catch the ball, then that is great. But if they cannot block, they had better have speed to split the seam or they are a cut. Guys who can split the seam and weigh 260+ are 1st round picks. It is hard to judge college tight ends in the draft. They lack the strength to block inline and must develop without losing elusiveness. It is why so many starters are late round picks. It is also why draft picks - even high ones - get beaten out for spots by unheralded players who developed. The Patriots burned two third round picks on banjo blocking tight ends last season. Neither had much chance of being the answer so Voldermort signed the top two FAs on the market. Both got hurt too. Heh. Tight ends can be really frustrating. We Jet fans have been wandering in the tight end wilderness since Jerome Barkum and Mickey Shuler. We're due.
  8. Many of us want the Jets to pick up Ben Mason because we wanted the Jets to draft him. When the Ravens took him - like many on this board - I said that is great. I will claim either Ben Mason or the veteran Patrick Ricard on final cuts. IMO - next to the 49er FB (J#@$*^&), Ricard is the best in the game.. Mason got beat out by the 2d best in the game and he was the consensus top FB in the draft. I would bring him in for a look see. But there is no rush. He is a fullback and they are always available. It is my hope that the coaches think they can work with Wesco. and that he has a real future All I can say is what an indictment of the previous coaching staff that would be. As for Hollister, he evidently choose to join a better team. Since the only worse team is the Jags, we had a lot of competition. I would have brought him in for a look too. I will be bringing lots of guys in for looks. Lets keep churning. Teams will keeping making roster moves for the next three weeks. We have #2 priority. Let's go nuts and try everybody we can.
  9. This is spot on about the offensive line. Joe D is doing his best. Yes, if AVT or GVR goes down in comes Feeney. Based on what we have seen, this is a problem. But as a poster pointed out - I forgot which one - the current dependence on Feeney is the end result of an unlikely series of events. It was the backup plan, to the backup plan, to the backup plan. It was not until the Clark injury, the Lewis retirement and the McDermott injury that we found ourselves getting ready to implement plan D (that would be the Feeney plan). I give Joe D props for trying. It was not a bad plan. I too had hopes for Clark and I do like McDermott. As for Lewis, he did play well last season when he was available.
  10. Alka, I love ya. I do. We agree more often than not. But your take on Bless is off the mark. Bless got cut for one of two reasons. Either there is something that we do not yet know about - could be fellas - or Bless's unrealistic sweeping pronouncements of superiority made him difficult to coach. Saleh is going to get fired or extended based on the performance of the team. He is putting in his defense. He is going to TRAIN these young corners in what he BELIEVES to be the TOP TREND in the NFL. You see, Saleh thinks he is somebody very special. I do too. The pass defense he is implementing is the future of the NFL. The rules favor the pass. Defenses have to create a pass defense and the matchup zone is intended to prevent one-on-one coverage. Saleh is not going to waste his time on somebody with a bad attitude. I also know what it is like to train people. It is hard to train somebody who has a bad attitude about the work or an unrealistic view of their role on the team. Bless and his pronouncements of grandeur sounded a lot like some of the young people I have trained. The ones who listen perform better even when they have less talent. Perspiration beats inspiration and not just in professional sports. Creativity and superior talent only come to the fore when the work ethic and positive attitude are already present. Yes, Blless has had poor performance relative to his peers. Not surprising to me. Nothing in his scouting report suggested he would be successful playing off coverage in a man to man scheme. The guy is a press corner. Exactly what Saleh intends to utilize. It looked to me to be a perfect marriage. That Bless and Lamar Jackson were asked to play off coverage was downright odd. Especially for Jackson who knew the coach was nuts. Lamar is a press corner and that is about it. Something went badly wrong. Either the other shoe will soon drop - something we do not know - or it will drip out from Bless. Unless he has learned to keep his mouth shut. Which I doubt. Nobody here is a bigger fan of his play than I am. To me a key moment for a draftee is the second year. Did you come to camp as a professional? Or did you puke during the conditioning run? The transformation his Bless rookie year to his second was obvious. He made the jump. He is possessed about his physical conditioning. There is so much potential. But I also saw the bad attitude and I have trained people. There was a roomful of trainees. We knew there would be cuts. It is also possible that you are correct about his tackling. I freely admit that - to our new coach - every defensive back is a linebacker on running plays and every linebacker is a defensive back on passing plays. The back seven is in tight communication to cover the entire back end. If one guy is out of alignment or is confused, these things can be blown out by average players. To quote Voldermort "I will not put you out there until you demonstrate that you consistently know what you are doing." I think Saleh lacked that confidence. His scheme is complex and mistakes are magnified.
  11. I am well aware that the Jets say all is well. I too hope for the best. But it is all talk until AVT actually takes the field. It really is. I have seen this movie before. Most recently with Osemele. The Jets told us nice things about that too and it was pure wishful thinking. I fully expect AVT and Moore to be ready to go for game one. But it really is game one for both of them. The lack of depth on the interior offensive line really is a big deal.
  12. Until AVT takes the field Feeney IS the starter. He has been the starter in preseason and AVT has a PEC injury. While the Jets say he is fine, the fact is that PECs end seasons. They say it is just a strain. Hopefully all is well, but AVT has to take the field or in comes Feeney. That AVT and Moore missed the entire preseason is a setback. I sure hope AVT is the cats's pajamas.
  13. Me too. But as one of the fellas pointed out, Feeney was the backup plan's backup plan's backup plan. Only after the Clark injury, the Lewis retirement and the McDermott injury did we finally turn to Feeney. At least we did not turn to Levin. Small comfort I know. I really do have to give Joe D props for trying.
  14. I thought recall IR was six weeks minimum. No?
  15. I am afraid it is bad. We just moved him to Recall IR. So at least six weeks.
  16. I had not see that posted. So, we did cut Zuniga in the end. So Zuniga, Morgan and Austin are gone. The McDermott injury is a real kick in the nuts. Now if we need a Guard, it is Feeney coming in for AVT or GVR. The rest I expected. Brown returns. The guy is a barnacle. Good special teams guy, lets it all hang out. I thought cutting Neasman looked weird since he had gotten all the snaps during preseason. Almost never came off the field. You have to have at least one reserve. Bingo.
  17. Thanks. I had not seen Grant Hermanns added. Let's face facts. Fant will leave next year - we will not pay him some $10 million, since there will be no salary cap issues he will be released absent some sudden reversal in his fortunes. Moses is on a one-year prove it deal and can simply leave. Word is the Jets tried to sign to a multi-year deal and he declined. We may have to replace BOTH of them. Grant Hermanns sure looked the part of a starting RT during the preseason. They are frequently last round picks and he had an excellent camp and preseason games. Good teams get free stuff. Now he gets a year in the program. I also love to see Hamilcar Rashid, Kenny Yeboah, Josh Adams and Lamar Jackson sticking with the green. Adams is good insurance. Given all the time he has spent in camp with the Jets and on the practice squad, he must be closing in on his NFL pension. So good for him. Rashid and Yeboah both needed a year in the program and now both will get that chance. Their time is next season fellas. I am glad to see Lamar Jackson cleared waivers. Since we cut Bless Austin, his veteran leadership and stability will be needed if the kindergarten kids have a food fight in the cafeteria. Yes, I realize he is like 23. But still. He has more starting experience than most of the secondary. Nearly as much as Hall. I confess to being surprised we kept Williams and Murrey over David Moore. Perhaps there is still "Moore" to come.
  18. I know perfectly well why Feeney is on the roster. I have seen Levin play. That is why Feeney is on the roster.
  19. LOL. Remember that? What a colossal screwup that turned out to be. I literally laughed during the last few games on that crap. Towards the end it looked like the surface of the moon. Ball carriers tried to avoid certain trays like the plague. They high-stepped like they were running tires. Lumpy and uneven, it was even worse than the fuzzy cement in the old Astrodome. I remembered watching it and thinking that football would be interesting if they had to play on changing surfaces. Big rocks, then ice, then swinging vines etc. If that sounds odd, then you missed the last few games on the trays. They did used to have the goalpost on the goal line. Some interesting play calls ended forever when it was moved behind the endzone. I remembered thinking it was so promising too. I mean, what could go wrong?
  20. Heh. Joe must go. You really labeled him fella.
  21. Did you really review the CBA? It 439 pages. https://nflpaweb.blob.core.windows.net/media/Default/NFLPA/CBA2020/NFL-NFLPA_CBA_March_5_2020.pdf And there are strict rules regarding waiving injured players in that CBA. I am not going to review it and get to the bottom of things. But the COVID liability issues have not been sorted out. Do not get me wrong. I agree with the policy, I just think Meyer needs to understand he is not in college anymore. The for-profit world is very different from the college dictatorship he is used to commanding.
  22. It would explain keeping seven WRs would it not? A very interesting observation.
  23. And we have four linebackers. One of whom has never finished a season. Heck, Cashman has never begun a season. AVT and Moore missed the entire preseason. If AVT cannot go, Feeney and GVR are the starting Guards. I am sorry, but EGAD!
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