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  1. At the deadline for roster bonuses to be paid out, the Jets have declined safety Terrence Brooks’ 2019 option, which means he able to test the free agent waters. We've declined contract options on DT Mike Pennel and S Terrence Brooks. → https://t.co/PcPjoVCbuA — New York Jets (@nyjets) February 19, 2019 In two seasons with the Jets, Brooks played in 31 games and was a key contributor on special teams, so Brant Boyer will have his hands full looking for a replacement. This move will add $1.8 million dollars in cap space while only adding $300,000 of dead money, according to overthecap.com. Currently sitting at $97.1 million, the Jets may cut ties with more players, so expect them to be very active once the free agency period opens. The post Jets Decline Brooks Option appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  2. With a deadline looming to pick up a roster bonus on defensive lineman Mike Pennel, the Jets today declined the option, meaning Pennel will become a free agent. The Jets are not picking up the option for the final two years of DT Mike Pennel’s contract, per source. Today was the deadline to decide on an option bonus worth $1M, while Pennel is now headed to the open market as a free agent. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 19, 2019 Pennel has been a solid player for Gang Green over the past two seasons, but with the team expected to switch to a 4-3 base defense, there was little need for a nose tackle of Pennel’s stature. The move will save the Jets $1.6 million while also taking on $1.6 million in dead money according to overthecap.com. The post Jets Decline Option on Pennel appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  3. By: Dylan Tereman Just a few weeks away from the 2019 NFL Combine, the draft begins to come more into focus. Currently, the New York Jets are selecting 3rd overall. Many are expecting them to trade back and acquire more picks, while still remaining at the top end of the draft. For these prospect profiles, we will assume New York is staying at 3. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams is a name that has been mocked to them numerous times in the last few weeks. Williams, listed at 6’4” 295 lbs, was a force on the interior of the defensive line for the Crimson Tide. He displayed the ability to play against both the run and the pass, and looks to be an anchor for whichever team drafts him. Williams should hear his name called in the top five in a few months. Name: Quinnen Williams College: Alabama Position: DT 2018 Stats: 71 tackles (45 solo), 19.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 1 PD Strengths: His ability to use speed off the snap, then transfer his power into his legs and arms is what makes Williams so special. He has a dominant skill set, using his quick hands to swat away blockers. Coming from Alabama under head coach Nick Saban, Quinnen has excellent football IQ, allowing him to breakdown plays quickly. Weaknesses: While there are very few weaknesses in his game, Williams is sometimes susceptible to the double team, which he may see more of at the pro level. Occasionally, he will over pursue on plays, giving up big yardage, but experience will only make him more aware of those situations. Scheme Fit: Williams has displayed versatility across the defensive line, playing the 0-technique all the way to the 4i, which means he can excel in almost any scheme. Adding him to the interior line in New York that already has Leonard Williams, the Jets could field an impressive tandem. While it isn’t a flashy pick at 3rd overall, the Jets have many holes to fill and Quinnen Williams is a day 1 starter who will have an immediate impact no matter where he lands. The post JetNation Prospect Preview: Alabama Defensive Tackle Quinnen Williams appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  4. Happy 14th Birthday JetNation! When we launched our goal was to give a home for uncensored NY Jets talk. This was before Twitter and Facebook and it seems funny now because there are so many places for uncensored Jets talk today. Which is why we appreciate everyone sticking with us over the years and fueling our growth. Our forums are closing in on 4 million posts. Our podcast is about to receive download # 1 million. The blog and site overall continue to grow year after year. In December 2018 we set a record for posts in the forums. In January 2019 we received one million page views by the middle of the month. That was the fastest we reached one million page views in any month that we can remember. We will enjoy some birthday cake today but we know that none of it is possible without the passion of this amazing fan base. Thanks everyone! Happy birthday to us! Thanks to our fans, we’re getting better with age. Here’s to another great year (and hopefully for the Jets as well)! pic.twitter.com/ujWhS06UPe — JetNation.com (@JetNation) February 16, 2019 The post Happy 14th Birthday JetNation.com appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  5. When the NFL draft gets under way just a couple of months from now, the New York Jets are slotted to have the third overall pick with which to address one of their many needs. In a perfect world, the Jets top option should be to trade down while staying in the top 10 while adding picks.picks. Assuming they stay at three, we’ll start our prospect previews with Kentucky Linebacker Josh Allen, who could easily be the Jets pick at 3 if Bosa is off the board. Allen, a 6′ 5” 260 lb linebacker who has excelled in getting after the passer and blowing up running plays while opening some eyes in coverage against opposing tight ends figures to be a cornerstone on somebody’s defense for years to come. Name: Josh Allen College: Kentucky Position: DE/OLB 2018 Stats: 88 tackles (56 solo), 21.5 TFL, 17 sk, 4 PD, 5 FF Strengths: Allen shows an explosive first step along with good enough bend to get around the edge as proven by his eye-popping sack numbers. He has a high motor and will beat linemen to the outside and use relentless effort to chase down opposing QB’s. Uses his hands well at the point of attack and shows good use of leverage against o-linemen. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Allen’s game that pops out in watching Kentucky games from last season is his ability to drop back in coverage. When he does, it’s not just window dressing. He shows the ability to stick with opposing tight ends, meaning if paired with a player such as Jamal Adams, Gregg Williams would have a great time disguising blitzes and coverages. Weaknesses: Allen doesn’t dominate up front against the run as much as you might like and will need to be coached up in that area as he looks to get stronger when holding his ground against NFL linemen. Even with his combination of explosion, speed and motor, he relies on pure ability to beat opposing linemen. Will have to add more variety to his arsenal in trying to get to opposing quarterbacks. Scheme fit: Allen’s versatility is what makes him a good choice for the Jets with the third pick. He can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up in Gregg Williams’ defense. For that reason, he should be the pick for the Jets if they aren’t able to trade down or add a player such as Demarcus Lawrence in free agency. The post JetNation Prospect Preview: Kentucky Linebacker Josh Allen appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  6. For those Jets fans who have only been around for a short time and think that because the Jets landed quarterback Sam Darnold, safety Jamal Adams, and to a degree, defensive lineman Leonard Williams in the top 10 of the draft over the past four seasons, here’s a quick reminder; picking early in the draft guarantees nothing. Yes, Darnold looks to be the team’s first franchise quarterback in almost fifty years, Adams just got his first All Pro and Pro Bowl nods and hopes are high that Williams can get back to looking like a future Pro Bowler himself as he was an alternate a couple of seasons ago before his production slipped in recent years. Even still, a look back a top 10 picks in Jets history is as quick reminder that even when you have a “Mangenius” making your picks, things can get ugly and go wrong in a hurry. Here’s a look at what Jets top 10 picks looked like over the past few decades before Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold came along. 2013- CB Dee Milliner (9th overall) Failed former GM John Idzik catches a lot of heat for this pick and in all honesty, at least some of it, is unjustified. Milliner had some bumps and bruises in college that required some minor surgeries, but nothing that was bad enough to keep him off the field. Milliner was always healthy on game day at Alabama and his film and production justified the draft slot. However, once in the NFL, Milliner just couldn’t stay on the field and was out of the NFL after just a few seasons, most of which was spent on the trainer’s table. 2009- QB Mark Sanchez (5th overall) Sanchez was carried to some memorable moments by the league’s top defense and running game, but he was a liability when he dropped back to pass. In four seasons as a Jet, Sanchez threw 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions while completing a paltry 55% of his passes. He was handed a second contract by then GM Mike Tannenbaum to smooth things over after flirting with free agent QB Peyton Manning. Since leaving New York, Sanchez has gone from back up, to third string to street free agent. 20008- DL/LB Vernon Gholston (6th overall) Taken in a spot where many claim all of the “can’t miss” players are taken, this pick goes down as the worst in team history in the eyes of many fans. Yes, you can say it was Johnny Lam Jones or Blair Thomas, but Gholston was the only player ever drafted by the team in the top 10 who never made a single play that he was brought in to make. Not a single sack. Not a single fumble recovery. Not a single forced fumble. Nothing. In Jones and Thomas, you could at least say they had a five or ten minute span that made you think they could play in the league. For Gholston? Nada. 2006- LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson (4th overall) Easily the best top 10 pick over the past 30 years for the Jets. Ferguson was a pro bowl player who never missed a single snap (game or practice) due to injury. The consummate professional, Ferguson will be in the ring of honor one day. If only all top 10 picks were this good. 2003- DL Dewayne Robertson (4th overall) Some put Robertson in Gholston territory since the team gave up assets to move up in the draft and grab him, but he played infinitely better than the Ghost. Years after being drafted with the fourth overall pick and being played out of position for much of his time under Eric Mangini, it was learned that Robertson had a degenerative hip condition. When did the team know about the bad hip? Prior to trading up to draft the 315 lb defensive lineman. And things didn’t work out? Gee, what a shocker. 1997- LB James Farrior (8th overall) Farrior would go on to have a nice career for himself, but as a Jet, he was another bust and wasted pick. He never got a second contract from the Jets and had just one good season with Gang Green, his final year in 2001. Drafted and played out of position during his time in New York, Farrior topped 75 tackles just once and never had more than 2 sacks as a Jet. 1996- WR Keyshawn Johnson (1st overall) You could make a case for Johnson being a hit or a miss with the first overall pick in 1996 out of USC. Yes, Johnson was a talented and productive receiver for the Jets. However, he made just as much news off the field for the Jets as he did on the field, and because of outlandish contract demands, never saw a second deal with Gang Green. If you owned a team and your GM said they were going to use the top overall pick on a guy you’d have to trade in a few seasons, would you sign up for that? Probably not. 1995- TE Kyle Brady (9th overall) Brady would go on to have a long and somewhat productive career with some other teams, but as a Jet, he was essentially a blocking tight end who would put up a couple hundred yards a season. The type of production you should be able to get from a street free agent. We can second-guess any pick that didn’t work out, but in this case, every Jets fan in Radio City Music Hall was chanting “we want Sapp”, as in Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, whom the Jets passed on in favor of the blocking tight end. That’s rough. 1993- LB Marvin Jones (4th overall) The man they called “Shade Tree” was plagued by injuries early on in his career but turned out to be an excellent middle linebacker for many years. Jones was a very good player on some really bad teams for a long time, but one of the best Jets top 10 picks. 1990- RB Blair Thomas (2nd overall) Thomas will forever have a spot on the mount Rushmore of Jets draft busts. The second overall pick out of Penn State was best remembered for a game-killing fumble on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. He would play justfour seasons with the Jets, scoring five touchdowns and being relegated to back up duty over his final two seasons. 1988- OL Dave Cadigan (8th overall) Cadigan saw a second contract with the Jets but was gone after seven seasons with only four of those seven coming as a starter. He would start 16 games just once and was out of the league after just a single season with the Bengals. So as we approach the NFL draft with the Jets owning the third overall pick, remember that not only do top ten picks not always show the production or potential of a Jamal Adams or a Sam Darnold, but many times they fail to perform at the level of Leonard Williams, who himself could go down as another bust if he fails to flourish under Gregg Williams. The post Reminder to Jets Fans: Top 10 Picks Rarely Kind to Gang Green appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  7. This week, Glenn Naughton continues to break down the top projected free agents on the market and who the Jets should have some interest in. We’ll also talk about the possibility of adding Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell as well as the future of Isaiah Crowell. Be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play: NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play NY Jets Podcast Page The post Free Agency Preview Part 2; Possible Targets – NY Jets Podcast appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  8. By Dylan Tereman Heading into the 2019 campaign, the New York Jets under new head coach Adam Gase will have plenty of holes to fill. In order to stand up to the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, the first order of business is to address the free agent market. Here, we will discuss some of Gang Green’s top needs and which names to watch this coming March. The Jets have been in desperate need of a pass rush for much of the last decade. While there is plenty of talent at the position with expiring contracts, most of them are expected to be resigned by their current clubs. Demarcus Lawrence is the biggest name of the bunch, set to cash in with a huge contract in March. If Dallas decides not to use their franchise tag on the 27-year-old, the Jets should do whatever it takes to sign him. Last season, Lawrence has 10.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. He has 34 career sacks, an immediate upgrade for Gregg Williams’ defense. Another name of note is Dante Fowler Jr. of the Los Angeles Rams. Fowler will only be 25 when the 2019 season kicks off, but he has already made a name for himself in the league. Traded by Jacksonville midway through last season for a 3rd and 5th round pick, Fowler flourished in Wade Phillips’ system with the Rams, tallying 4 sacks along with 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. His best play of the season was a pressure on Drew Brees in overtime during the NFC Championship Game, which resulted in an errant pass that was intercepted by teammate John Johnson III. Anthony Barr is an interesting prospect for the Jets, as the 4-time Pro Bowler is set to become an unrestricted free agent. After being utilized improperly by Mike Zimmer in Minnesota, a new team may be just what Barr needs. Depending on the attention he receives, New York may be able to sign him to a bargain contract. The Interior offensive line was one of the biggest issues for New York last year. From rotating starters to poorly snapped footballs, Gang Green trotted out a forgettable group week after week. Spencer Long was already let go while center Jonotthan Harrison will become a free agent. Brian Winters is their best interior lineman on the roster, so change will be coming up front. Matt Paradis from Denver would be an instant upgrade at the center position. Paradis, who was placed on injured reserve halfway through the 2018 season with a fractured fibula, has started 57 games in his career. Jets coach Adam Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver when the Broncos drafted Paradis in the 6th round. He was a member of the Super Bowl 50 team. Last season Denver placed a 2nd round tender on Paradis. Mitch Morse from Kansas City would provide great protection for Sam Darnold in New York, as the Chiefs were ranked 5th in pass protection last year according to Football Outsiders. Rams left guard Rodger Saffold would be an encouraging signing if he were to slip away from Los Angeles without a contract. He will be a high-priced commodity, possibly becoming the highest paid guard in history. Another possible need on the offensive side of the ball could be at left tackle. Currently, the Jets have veteran Kelvin Beachum in that slot, but he could potentially be cut, saving $8.5 million in cap space. While the market for tackles isn’t very deep, Trent Brown of the Patriots could be an option should hit the free agent market. Coming off a Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the massive Brown had a breakout year in the NFL. Standing 6’7”, Brown uses his size and strength to outleverage his opponents on a weekly basis. The wide receiver position for the Jets has been underwhelming as of late. The Jets will have ample money to go out and acquire some additional talent, and Adam Humphries of the Buccaneers could fit the bill. The 26-year-old had 76 receptions for 816 yards and 5 scores in 2018. Mainly lining up in the slot. Humphries is a great YAC receiver, with more than half of his yards (423) coming after the catch. He could play a similar role to Julian Edelman or Cole Beasley for the Jets. Meanwhile, Devin Funchess of the Carolina Panthers may be one of the most overlooked free agents of this year. Struggling to adjust to Norv Turner’s offense, he had 44 catches for 549 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, the year before, with a healthier Cam Newton, Funchess had 63 receptions for 840 yards and 8 scores. Funchess possesses all the traits to become a true number one receiver, as he plays physically with a great instinct to go up and high point a pass. At 6’4”, he and Robby Anderson could make for a sneaky duo on the outside. Golden Tate of the Philadelphia Eagles is another possible option as a pass catcher. He was traded mid-season from Detroit to Philadelphia for a third round pick. Although he will be 31 when the season begins, Tate still has plenty of tread left on the tires. He had 74 receptions for 795 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, and helped the Eagles to the playoffs. Finally, a look at the cornerback position. Under Todd Bowles, the Jets were not afraid to roster many defensive backs, so it will be interesting to see the defensive roster construction under Gase and Williams. The Jets have Trumaine Johnson under contract for 2019, but both Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne will be free agents. If the Jets decide to cut ties with Claiborne, Rashaan Melvin is a good fit to replace him. At 29 years old, Melvin has been around the league, having his best success early on with Indianapolis. Last season, Melvin only had one interception, but he added nine passes defended as well. If the Jets decide to retain Claiborne, slot corner would be a position of need if the Jets aren’t comfortable with just Parry Nickerson on the roster. Ultimately, the Jets need to be active in free agency next month, and they have plenty of cap space to change the look and dynamic of this roster. Fans may be calling for Mike Maccagnan’s head before the season starts if he fails to produce an impressive free agent crop. Last year was underwhelming for the amount of money he had, so having a second chance, this time with their expected franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, is something the team cannot afford to botch. The post Where Will Jets be Spending When Free Agency Starts? appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  9. JetNation.com is the largest independent NY Jets site and even after 10 years we are still expanding. In December 2018 we set a record for post counts in our forums, in January 2019 we surpassed one million page views at the half way point in the month. We will soon hit 4 million posts in our forums and our member list \ social media follow continues to grow. We are a volunteer site that is run by die-hard Jets fans. As we continue to expand we are looking for more help. Currently we are looking for: A blogger to post breaking news and other Jets updates Video help (recap videos, YouTube selfie videos and pump up videos — these can all be done by different people) Graphic Help: Jets Edits \ Social Media Basically if you are passionate about the Jets you should reach out and we would love to hear how you think you can help. Thank you for your time and consideration. Email us at help @ JetNation.com to apply. The post JetNation Is Expanding; Can You Help? appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  10. The NY Jets officially announced their coaching staff the other day. We had previously posted about the coordinators but the position coaches are now known. Adam Gase has a personality that caused some friction in Miami. He seems to be assembling a staff that is boom or bust. The full list of coaches appears in the graphics below. Gase says he wants intense practices that should feel like game day. He definitely is bringing in assistants that believe in the same. The NY Post called this staff a volcano that is waiting to blow. The hiring of Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator looks like a good one because Williams is a proven strong defensive mind and he fits what Gase, whose expertise is offense, said he wanted on the other side of the ball, which is a “head coach of the defense.’’ It also helps that Williams has been an NFL head coach before. There are, however, two rubs involving Williams — who comes with a reputation of volatility — and this staff Gase has assembled that are cause for at least a little bit of concern about potential combustibility. One of them has to do with one of Gase’s hires announced Friday — Joe Vitt. Vitt, who happens to be Gase’s father-in-law, coached with Williams in New Orleans and, along with Williams, was a central figure in the 2012 Bountygate scandal. More specifically, Vitt testified against Williams during the NFL investigation hearings conducted by former league commissioner Paul Tagliabue, calling Williams out as a liar. Vitt, too, claimed that Saints players didn’t take Williams seriously because of his “schtick’’ as a tough guy and “false bravado,’’ according to reports. Williams, conversely, reportedly testified in an appeal that it was Vitt who called for the bounty program to continue after Williams called for a halt to it. Williams was suspended by the NFL for a year and Vitt got six games, some believing his cooperation with the league testifying against Williams softened his sentence. This coaching staff might be like a volcano, it might erupt. That is a chance we are definitely willing to take. The Jets are bringing in more talented coaches and that is very different from the approach we saw the last several years under Todd Bowles. Gase has several coaches on his staff that could be head coaches themselves. When the Jets knew they needed to fire Bowles last season, they weren’t comfortable with promoting any of the assistants. That is a far bigger danger, Gase seems confident and is willing to surround himself with strong personalities, which is something Bowles never did. Here is a thread from our forums that has more information about the NY Jets coaching staff. The post Coaching Staff Round Up appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  11. By Dylan Tereman The upcoming months are a crucial point in the offseason, as the new league year starts on March 13th. Any player that the New York Jets decide not to retain will become a free agent, able to sign with any of team. Currently, Gang Green has the fewest players under contract on its roster, with 24 set to become unrestricted free agents. One name on the list is starting cornerback Morris Claiborne. A former 6th overall pick in the 2012 Draft, Claiborne will turn 29 before the start of the 2019 season. Starting alongside Trumaine Johnson, Claiborne started 15 games in Green and White. Unfortunately, he was unable to play in the season finale against New England due to nagging shoulder and ankle injuries. Though he has never started a full 16 game season, he was able to play in 30 out of a possible 32 games while in New York over the past 2 seasons. During his time in Dallas, Claiborne only played 15 games once, back in his rookie season. 2018 was a solid year for Claiborne, who finished with a career high in tackles (57), interceptions (2) and passes defended (14). He also had a defensive touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6, securing a pass that was tipped by teammate Jamal Adams. According to Pro Football Focus, Claiborne finished with a season grade of 62.7, ranking him 42nd amongst cornerbacks with at least 600 snaps. While the stats may not jump off the page, Claiborne has been a solid contributor to the Jets defense, and with the free agent market expected to be very scarce, Claiborne will garner attention from other clubs. Last year, Claiborne signed a 1 year, $7 million deal to stay in New York. Most teams re-sign their players before they hit free agency, whether it’s with a long-term contract or the franchise tag. In 2019, the estimated price for a tagged cornerback is $14.5 million, per overthecap.com. The odds of Claiborne receiving the franchise tag are slim to none, so Gang Green will either need to offer him a new contract, or replace him with a new face. Among the list of cornerbacks set to be free agents are Texans Kareem Jackson, Raiders corner Rashaan Melvin, and E.J. Gaines of the Cleveland Browns. It has yet to be determined if these players will indeed hit the market, so New York may need to look to replace him with a young prospect in April. This year is considered to be a defensive draft class, with many defensive backs having Day 1 talent. Among some notable names are LSU’s Greedy Williams, Deandre Baker of Georgia, and Rock Ya-Sin from Temple. Retaining players in the National Football League is a key part of maintaining continuity throughout the locker room and organization, and the Jets have enough money to keep players like Morris Claiborne on the roster for 2019. With Gang Green having many holes to fill on both offense and defense, general manager Mike Maccagnan said they will be aggressive this March in free agency. Morris Claiborne is one to watch as March 13th approaches. The post Is Claiborne A Keeper for Jets Secondary in 2019 appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  12. The Jets have announced the signing of former Chicago Bears guard Jordan Morgan who was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft by a Bears team whose coaching staff liked what they saw from Morgan when they had him at the Senior Bowl prior to the draft. Pick 147: The Bears draft Jordan Morgan, G from Kutztown. #NFLDraft Allowed two QB pressures on 22 pass blocking snaps at the Senior Bowl. — Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 29, 2017 Morgan, who played left tackled during his time with Division II Kutztown, projected as a guard in the NFL but didn’t see the field during the regular season before being let go by the Bears in September. He would then catch on with the Titans practice squad for a short time. With very little depth along the offensive line, Morgan lands in a spot where he should see a real chance to stick as a reserve lineman. The post Jets add Jordan Morgan, Former Bears Fifth Round Guard appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  13. The NY Jets have announced that they have released C\G Spencer Long. He was due a 3 million dollar roster bonus if he remained on the roster, that is why the move was done at this time. Long struggled at center this past season, a hand injury impacted his ability to snap. He was moved to guard and played better there. Adam Gase and company must not have been impressed so they are moving in another direction. We have released OL Spencer Long. https://t.co/y42ggSYXEb pic.twitter.com/eVTegnjbeA — New York Jets (@nyjets) February 5, 2019 After signing with the Green & White last March, Long appeared in and started 13 games while playing both center and left guard. The 28-year-old Long, who spent his first four pro seasons with the Washington Redskins, opened the season at center before battling finger and leg injuries. After James Carpenter went to injured reserve, Long shifted to left guard and veteran Jonotthan Harrison moved to center. A third-round pick of Washington in the 2014 draft, the 6’5”, 318-pound Long has appeared in 53 NFL contests and started 44. Here is a thread in our forums about Spencer Long. The post Jets Release Spencer Long appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  14. As Jets General Manger Mike Maccagnan prepares for another off-season, his spotty draft record is well documented as he’s had his share of hits (Sam Darnold, Jamal Adams, Chris Herndon, Brandon Shell, Jordan Jenkins) but far too many misses (Christian Hackenberg, Lorenzo Mauldin, Chad Hansen, Ardiarius Stewart, Bryce Petty). Throw in second rounder Devin Smith whose career was cut short and the misses look that much worse. However, with plenty of players having already been let go or written off, there’s a decent sized group of players who have still yet to get a real opportunity to show whether they can play in the NFL or not. Some drafted and some of the undrafted variety, but either way, some good young players who shouldn’t have the fact that they played for Todd Bowles held against them. Who still has a shot to contribute? TE Jordan Leggett: Chosen in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Leggett was an excellent receiving tight end at Clemson who was inactive for much of his rookie year due to injuries. His targets were rare in 2018 but he did show solid hands and better than expected blocking ability. CB Derrick Jones: Jones was a known developmental prospect out of Mississippi who played both wide receiver and cornerback in college. He had a stellar training camp this season but was promptly nailed to the bench by Todd Bowles and Kacy Rodgers in 2018. He did manage to get on the field in week 17 and earned one of the best coverage grades in the NFL from PFF. Jones’ combination of size and speed is elite (6′ 2”, 4.48), so they should look to develop him and see what he can do. RB Eli McGuire: McGuire has shown that he can make some plays on the ground if his offensive line gives him anything to work with, but his problem as a pro has been that it’s a rare occurrence through his first two seasons. McGuire has shown he can make plays as a receiver as well. If the Jets upgrade the O-line this season, they’ll find out what McGuire is made of. S Marcus Maye: Whether or not Maye can play is not in question, but his ability to stay healthy is. If Maye can stay on the field and continue to play at the level he has as a pro thus far, he should team with Jamal Adams to become one of the elite safety tandems in the NFL. Naturally you can include the entire 2018 class as the jury still being out, but after what we saw in college, in training camp and during the season, we’re comfortable saying Sam Darnold and Chris Herndon will be hits. To what degree remains to be seen, but there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be somewhere between very good and/or great players for years to come. DL Nathan Shepherd: Shepherd was the closest thing you could classify as a bust from last year’s class but it’s still too early for that. A learning curve was expected for the small school product and the best thing you could say about him as a rookie is that he was able to hold his ground, but that’s not enough for a third round pick. He has to go from a guy who took up space to a guy who makes some plays. CB Parry Nickerson: Nickerson had himself a decent training camp and saw some reps early on in the season. There were some rookie mistakes, but he also made what was arguably the Jets’ best play of the year on what was an incredible leaping interception against the Lions. Sadly, the refs blew the close call and no interception was awarded. Nickerson should be given a legitimate shot to take over in the slot in 2019. Parry Nickerson! Pick or Incomplete??? pic.twitter.com/RTKh2A1wpK — WeAreDBnation (@WeAreDBNation1) September 11, 2018 RB Trenton Cannon: Cannon is still a raw running back, but he flashed electric speed and great improvement as a gunner on special teams. He may not be ready to be a regular contributor as quickly as some would like, but his skills make him worth keeping around as a developmental player. DL Folorunso Fatukasi: Projected as an NFL nose tackle, Fatukasi may have a hard time hanging around in Gregg Willliams’ defense which favors four man fronts after spending his rookie season watching Steve McLendon and Mike Pennel. WR Deontay Burnett: Okay, he’s not a Jets draft pick, but he warrants mentioning among this group for this topic. Burnett had a stellar preseason with the Tennessee Titans before Mike Maccagnan snagged him as a free agent when he was let go. Burnett impressed as a receiver last season but rarely saw the field in Jeremy Bates’ offense. Like Derrick Jones on the other side of the ball, Burnett looked impressive when he was finally given a shot in week seventeen and could be a quality slot receiver. Plenty of players to show what they can do, and now hopefully a coaching staff that will give them the opportunity to do it. If they pan out, it’s a win for the Jets. If not, cut bait and hold Maccagnan’s feet to the fire when the 2019 season closes out. The post Jury is Still out on these Jets Draft Picks appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  15. The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019 has been announced and long time NY Jets center Kevin Mawae is in. This was year three of eligibility for Mawae who joins the man that he blocked for, Curtis Martin, in the hall. The press release from the NFL appears below. During his years in New York, @KevinMawae helped pave the way for seven of Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin’s ten 1,000-yards seasons. pic.twitter.com/Tfj4TOofLs — Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) February 1, 2019 Kevin Mawae: "There’s no secret that with eight years in New York I’m a New York Jet. I bleed green and white." — Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) February 3, 2019 CANTON, OHIO – “Selection Saturday” resulted in eight “Heroes of the Game” earning election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall’s 48-person selection committee held its annual meeting today in Atlanta to elect the Class of 2019. The new class of Enshrinees was just announced on stage at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally tonight at 9 p.m. (ET and PT) on CBS. The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame include cornerback CHAMP BAILEY, contributor PAT BOWLEN, contributor GIL BRANDT, tight end TONY GONZALEZ, cornerback TY LAW, center KEVIN MAWAE, safety ED REED, and safety JOHNNY ROBINSON. Today’s annual selection meeting capped a year-round selection process. The newly elected Hall of Famers were chosen from a list o​f 18 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee. Representatives of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche tabulated all votes during Saturday’s meeting. The Class of 2019 will be officially enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The Enshrinement Ceremony is the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. KEVIN MAWAE Center … 6-4, 289 … Louisiana State … 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans 16 seasons, 241 games … Selected by Seahawks in 2nd round (36th player overall) in 1994 NFL Draft … Spent majority of college career as tackle before moving to center during senior year … Played in 14 games, and started 11 games during rookie season with Seahawks … Named to NFL’s All-Rookie Team … Played at right guard first two pro seasons, moved permanently to center, 1996 … Noted for leadership and steady play … Helped Jets to division title and championship game appearance in first season in New York, 1998 … Anchored steady Jets offensive line that led way for 44 100-yard games and seven 1,000-yard seasons by Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin … Blocked for 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of his 16 seasons and five different running backs (Chris Warren, 2; Martin, 7; Travis Henry, 1; LenDale White, 1; and Chris Johnson, 2) … Capped career with Pro Bowl season by paving way for 2,000-yard performance by Johnson … Named All-Pro six times (1999-2002, 2004, and 2008) … Voted to eight Pro Bowls including his final two seasons … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born Jan. 23, 1971 in Savannah, Georgia. The post Former Jets Center Kevin Mawae Elected to Hall of Fame appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...

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