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  1. From a fan perspective, one of the nice things about having your team hire a top executive from another club is that you can look at that team’s history in the draft during that person’s tenure, knowing that while they might not have made every pick, they certainly had heavy influence in the war room on draft day. In John Idzik and Mike Maccagnan, the Jets hired a number cruncher and a college scout respectively. Nobody outside of each team’s war room knows what Idzik or Maccagnan contributed when draft choices were made. In the case of Joe Douglas, the Jets got Philadelphia’s Vice President, who would have certainly had the ear or Eagles GM Howie Roseman whenever the Eagles were on the clock. With that in mind, and with each player having just about another full season under their belts, let’s take a look at how Philly’s picks from the Joe Douglas era have panned out ,starting with 2017 as they are just wrapping up their pivotal third pro season. The 2019 class on the other hand? We’ll list them last, but those results should be taken with a grain of salt as these rookies have yet to coplete an NFL season. 2017: Rd 1- DE Derek Barnett (14th overall) : A big defensive lineman out of Tennessee, Barnett has 64 tackles and 12 sacks through three pro seasons. He spent much of his first two seasons as a back-up/rotational player but has started 12 games this season, picking up 4.5 sacks with a chance to hit a new career high (currently 5) with 2 games remaining. Not the production you would hope for out of the 14th pick, but a player who is seeing increased playing time and production. Rd 2- CB Sidney Jones (43rd overall): Jones still hasn’t cracked the Eagles starting lineup and has started just 8 games in 3 seasons, picking up his first pro interception this year. Jones has seen some action in the slot but is primarily a boundary corner whose most extensive playing time came in 2018 when he was on the field for 321 snaps and earned an overall grade of 47.5 from pro football focus. RD 3- CB Rasul Douglas (99th overall): Douglas was a player whose name was floated several times this off season as a former Joe Douglas pick that he might pursue via trade. He was coming off of a solid 2018 and many expected Douglas to take the bull by the horns and try to steal a starting job in Philly. As it turns out, Douglas has played in 13 games this season but started just five. After picking off five passes through his first two seasons, Douglas is without one this year. Rd 4- WR Mack Hollins (118th overall): No longer a member of the Eagles, Hollins was waived earlier this season and latched on with the Miami Dolphins via waivers. In just under three full seasons in Philly, Hollins finished his Eagles career with 351 yards and a touchdown. Rd 4- RB Donnell Pumphrey (132nd overall): Pumphrey did not play an NFL snap after being drafted and is now a running back for the DC Defenders of the XFL. Rd 5- WR Shelton Gibson (166th overall): Gibson picked up 3 catches for 59 yards over two seasons with the Eagles before landing with the Cleveland Browns. Rd 5- LB Nathan Gerry (184th overall): Gerry was a college safety who has transitioned to linebacker with the Eagles where he has started nine games this season, picking up 2.5 sacks. In three years as a pro, Gerry has 81 tackles in 12 starts. Rd 6- DL Elijah Qualls (216th overall): Qualls did not register a statistic during his time with the Eagles and joins former teammate Donnell Pumphrey with the DC Defenders. 2018 Rd 2- TE Dallas Goedert (49th overall): Without a first round pick, the Eagles selected Goedert in the middle of round 2 to pair with Zach Ertz. Through two seasons, Goedert has appeared in 28 games (15 starts), racking up 730 yards and 8 touchdowns. While it comes out to just 26 yards per game, Goedert is a complimentary player to one of the top receiving tight ends in the NFL. Rd 4- CB Avonte Maddox (125th overall): A former Pittsburgh Panther, Maddox started 9 games as a rookie and 4 contests so far in 2019. He has two career interceptions and 10 passes defended to go along with his 68 tackles. Per pro football focus, Maddox earned overall grades of 57.6 and 54.6 thus far. Rd 4- DE/OLB Josh Sweat (130th overall): Sweat still hasn’t started an NFL game, but he has played on a rotational basis, picking up his first 3 sacks this season. Rd 6- OT Matt Pryor (206th overall): A college tackle, Pryor has been moved inside to guard by the Eagles where he has not yet started an NFL game. Rd 7- OT Jordan Mailata (233rd overall): Mailata has yet to appear in a pro game and has been placed on injured reserve in each of his first two seasons. 2019: Rd 1- OT Andre Dillard (22nd overall): Dillard has started four games with the Eagles while picking up a few snaps here and there in jumbo packages. In his four starts, the big offensive tackle has allowed 3 sacks and 13 quarterback pressures according to pro football focus, although two of those games did see him earn respectable overall grades in the low 70’s. Rd 2- RB Miles Sanders (53rd overall): Perhaps the best value pick the Eagles had during Douglas’ tenure, Sanders has picked up 948 yards from scrimmage (565 rushing, 383 receiving) and 3 touchdowns. Rd 2- WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (57th overall): One of the most producitve red zone threats in college football, Arcega-Whiteside has had a hard time getting on the field for the Eagles as a rookie despite a depleted receiving corps. Having played 20 or more snaps just five times this year, Arcega-Whiteside has produced only 8 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. Rd 4- DE Shareef Miller (138th overall): A rookie out of Penn State, Miller has played only two snaps this season, both of which were on special teams. Rd 5- QB Clayton Throson (167th overall): Throson was released by the Eagles as a rookie and is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys. So that’s a wrap on Joe Douglas’ s time with the Eagles as the team’s vice president and while the results may not be what he ha hoped for up to this point, Jets fans will still be expecting a new approach and far better results than they’ve gotten from each of the last two men to sit in Douglas’ chair. The post As Former top Exec in Philly, How are Joe Douglas Drafts With Eagles Looking Today? appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  2. If you’re looking for the usual “the sky is falling”, “fire everybody” hot takes after a Jet loss you’re looking in the wrong place. The Baltimore Ravens are the superior team and on their way to being the #1 seed in the AFC. The Jets are not that. To me yesterday’s game was an opportunity to see if progress had been made since their last nationally televised game (New England) which was a disaster. The final score (42-21) won’t show it but the Jets “punched above their weight” for 40 minutes before their roster issues (talent level), injuries and mistakes doomed them: Special Teams – For the first time since Mike Westhoff was in his prime the return game was fantastic. Ty Montgomery (4 ret / 23 yd avg) and Vyncint Smith (3 ret / 28 yd avg) gouged BAL on every KO return. And Braxton Berrios (3 ret / 16 yd avg) was excellent on punts as he didn’t pull a “Jeremy Kerley” and made the first tackler miss repeatedly. – Great job by Tarell Basham on the punt block that led to a scoop & score by BJ Bello. – Hopefully Sam Ficken enjoyed his time as “hero” after the Miami Dolphins game because he was back to being inconsistent. Granted his miss on the 49 yarder was tipped but he missed another XP, which can’t happen. Defense – No love for the defense today. Baltimore gouged them on their first three drives of the game for 21 points. Give them credit for stabilizing and stopping BAL on three drives that stretched from the end of the first half to the 3rd quarter which kept the game close. Offense – This game turned from the 9:40 mark in the second quarter until the 5:20 mark in the third quarter. The score was 21-7 for that entire period but the offense had too many missed opportunities: * A turnover on downs in the red zone, to me Peters held Robby Anderson but they didn’t call it. * On the final drive of the half Jeff Smith beat the CB on a wheel route but slowed down as Sam Darnold rolled out, causing the throw to be 1-2 yards too long for a TD. * On the same drive Darnold then throws an INT which takes points off the board. * Finally, Darnold fumbles in the pocket setting BAL up to score again putting the game out of reach 28-7. – Excellent job by the OLine as they held up against BAL blitzes and were able to open holes in the run game. Nice wrinkle by Adam Gase to go with a “jumbo OLine” as he deployed Connor McDermott as an extra TE/OT. It helped in keeping Darnold clean but it did take one eligible receiver out of the play. – A solid effort by LeVeon Bell (21 car / 87 yds) as the rushing offense was able to chew up clock and keep BAL defense honest. – Good games by the WR’s as they went up against a strong BAL secondary: * Jamison Crowder: 6 rec / 90 yds / 2 TD * Robby Anderson: 4 rec / 66 yds * Vyncint Smith: 3 rec / 40 yds. His size, speed, balance and run after catch is growing on me. – Sam Darnold’s two turnovers cost the team 10-14 points. His INT took at least a FG off the board and his fumble set BAL up for a TD. Was the INT because of a miscommunication with Daniel Brown (instead of Ryan Griffin)? And I was surprised by his fumble, he’s really cleaned that up since his USC days. Now that we’ve dealt with his mistakes let’s give him credit for his improvement since the NE “ghost” game. Darnold (18/32, 218 yds, 2 TD) was much more “settled” in the pocket as BAL brought pressure. For the most part he was able to progress through his receivers, step into his throws and be fairly accurate. The Jets are now 4-2 in the second half of the season with PIT and BUF remaining. Neither team is as good as BAL, let’s get some injured players back, continue to improve and finish the season strong. The post Jets Fall To Ravens; KRL Game Notes appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  3. Although the Jets have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, they still have 3 games to prove they have a foundation to build on in the 2020 season. Their first test is against the best offense they have faced this year in the Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Jackson is on an MVP level tear of the NFL, knocking off the Patriots and 49ers in recent weeks. When inside the opponent’s 30 yard line, Jackson has 24 total TDs and 0 INTs. Will the Jets 2nd ranked run defense be able to stop the bleeding? Here are the seven inactive players for tonight’s game. SS Jamal Adams DT Quinnen Williams OL Chuma Edoga RB Bilal Powell CB Brian Poole WR Demaryius Thomas CB Arthur Maulet The post Jets Defense Playing Hurt on TNF @ Ravens appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  4. This week Greenbean is at home and he is talking about how Sam Darnold is viewed by Jets fans. Jets fans are always vocal and there is never a shortage of opinions. How is he progressing in year two? Greenbean breaks it all down and also takes a quick look at Bowling gate with Le’Veon Bell. The post How Jets Fans View Sam Darnold appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  5. The Jets have won 4 out of the last 5 games. This week the Jets play the Ravens on Thursday night football. After beating the Dolphins in a thrilling 22-21 contest, the Jets have managed to steal some headlines in ways that only the Jets can. Running back Le’Veon Bell went bowling while his team prepared to take on the Dolphins and Adam Gase wasn’t thrilled about it. We’ll also look at more trade rumors and the Jets current salary cap situation heading in to the offseason. A big thank you to the official sponsor of JetNation Radio, MILE Social. If you’re a business owner, MILE Social will help your business by managing your web site and all of your social media platforms. Check them out today at milesocial.com. Our Podcast can now be found on Spotify. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play. Here is some more information on how you can find us online. NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play NY Jets Podcast Page The post Bowling Gate is a Non-Story; NY Jets Podcast appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  6. While the New York Jets are in need of several upgrades on offense (and a couple spots on defense), there’s a rumor making the rounds that say the team could look to move arguably their top player on each side of the ball in running back Le’Veon Bell and safety/edge rusher Jamal Adams this off season. It’s a topic we’ve discussed regularly on JetNation Radio ever since the NFL trade deadline saw both Adams and Bell come up in trade talks, but now it’s coming from a person that SNY refers to as an insider in Ralph Vacchiano. Whether or not Vacciano is plugged in or is just taking a guess is neither here nor there, because dealing either one or both players makes sense for a few reasons. In the case of Bell, the Jets are hamstrung with a head coach who can’t figure out a way to get him involved in the offense. Adam Gase didn’t want Bell to begin with and he showed the world this weekend that he has no issues running the football as long as Bell isn’t suited up. Bell might be one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean Adam Gase has to give him the football if his game plan doesn’t call for it. Given the fact that he had last season off and has only carried the ball on a part-time basis this year, you have to believe Bell has a few good seasons left in him. The Jets could move on from him and find a runner that Gase can use while adding a third round pick in exchange for Bell while likely picking up a chunk of his salary. Meanwhile, Adams did plenty of damage to his own reputation as a leader in the locker room when he publicly bashed his GM for picking up the phone when the Dallas Cowboys made a trade offer at the deadline. In the days that followed, multiple reports claimed that the Jets made no calls to shop Adams, but the safety continued to tell the media that the team was actively shopping him. After a few acrimonious days, Adams met with team officials and has played nice ever since. It wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility that the Jets learned of Adams’ desire to play for the Dallas Cowboys and suggested he play at a level that would entice Dallas (or some other club) to give up what the Jets would consider fair value. Ever since Adams met with Jets brass he’s been lighting up the stat sheet and praising his head coach and GM for whom he had previously voiced a lack of trust. Adams is a rare player who has the ability to get to the quarterback, stuff the run and cover out of the slot and on the boundary from time to time. He might be the only player in the NFL who can do all of those things at the level he does them. That being said, if the Jets aren’t looking to pay Adams somewhere in the $15 million per year range, that could be an additional driving force in considering a deal. Should Joe Douglas find a taker for Adams and Bell, he would likely be heading in to draft day with at least one first round pick and a pair of third rounders, giving him the opportunity to re-build his offensive line while trying to find an edge rusher and cornerback. Should be an interesting off-season, Jets fans. The post Report: Jets Could Look to Deal Bell and Adams This Off Season appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  7. Having all the speed in the world doesn’t always translate to success in the NFL (see Stephen Hill) but Joe Douglas has put together a young receiving corps that gives Sam Darnold four targets who can run with, or past, just about any defender in the NFL. The addition of undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Smith gives Gang Green four wide receivers whose slowest 40 time is the 4.44 Braxton Berrios ran at his pro day, and as we saw on his 69-yard catch just a few weeks ago, Berrios looks to play faster than his 40 time would suggest. Smith, a collegiate quarterback turned receiver at Boston College opened plenty of eyes at his pro day as well when he ran a 4.34 in front of onlookers. That ties Robby Anderson for the fastest 40 among the team’s receivers. It won't mean a great deal if they can't get open, but the Jets now have a track team at wide receiver based on pro day and combine 40 times. Robby Anderson: 4.34 Vyncint Smith: 4.36 Braxton Berrios: 4.44 Jeff Smith: 4.34 — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) December 10, 2019 Then of course there’s Vyncint Smith who showed off his speed on a 37 yard catch and run that helped set up the Jets game winning field goal this past Sunday against Miami. The “slower” Smith reportedly ran a 4.36 in the lead up to the draft just a couple of years ago. Not much experience outside of Anderson, but if Adam Gase can find a way to scheme one or two of them open a time or two, Darnold has a chance to deliver some big plays on offense. The post Addition of Rookie Receiver Gives Jets Four Speedy Targets…now They Just Have to get Open appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  8. Details have been scant up to this point but it appears Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was part of a school lock down yesterday when a shooting erupted in Jersey City leaving six dead. Jersey City shooting: Jets’ Quincy Enunwa locked down while visiting area school https://t.co/gD1ou4jtx7 pic.twitter.com/uJDP2jKv3E — NJ.com Sports (@NJ_Sports) December 10, 2019 From NBCNewYork.com: Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School – PS 17 on Tuesday to talk with students when the shooting broke out around 12:30 p.m., his spokesman said. The school is located just over a mile away from where gunfire erupted at a store. Enunwa has missed the entire 2019 season due to injury but is still apparently remaining active in the community. The post Jets’ Enunwa Reportely Locked Down in School During Jersey City Shooting appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  9. The Jets improved to 5 and 8 with their win over the Dolphins but the injury list remains long and they have a short week. They travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens on Thursday night and here is where things stand injury wise. Monday injury update from Adam Gase Injury update: Kyron Brown went to IR, Jeff Smith has been moved to the active roster. If we were practicing today, Ryan Griffin, with an ankle, he’d be out. Demaryius Thomas, with a hamstring/knee, would be out. Bilal Powell, ankle/illness, would be out today. Chuma (Edoga), with the knee, Quinnen Williams, with the burner, Jamal (Adams), with the ankle, Brian Poole in the concussion protocol and (Arthur) Maulet, with the calf, those guys would be out. If we were practicing today limited would be (Kelvin) Beachum, Ty Montgomery, (Matthias) Farley, Nate Shepherd, (Steve) McLendon and Henry Anderson. That’s kind of where we’re out with the injuries right now. On what the chances are of Adams playing on Thursday… I’m not going to count him out. I know how he feels about the whole situation, but I think we just have to look at it with the trainers, doctor’s perspective, Joe’s (Douglas) thoughts, kind of all of us getting together. I know where Jamal stands on it, it’s just we just got to make sure to do the right thing by him. On if they’ll only be doing walk-throughs this week and if Le’Veon Bell has fully recovered from his illness… I think (Bell) is pretty close to 100 percent, with his illness. He’s not contagious anymore so that’s a positive. I think he’s going to be in tonight for their lift. We’ll be doing walk-throughs. We’re just trying to maximize the time, we’re trying to put our guys in a position to get used to the later night start and we’re going to see how that goes for us. On if Bell is expected to play Thursday and what his opinion was on Lamar Jackson when he was coming out of college and if Jackson has surprised him with his ability as a passer… Le’Veon had the flu so that’s why he was out of the building and wasn’t at the game and all that stuff. The doctor said he’s feeling better than what he was and he’s closer to being a 100 percent than what he was three days ago. So, the fact that they’re letting him back in the building is a positive. So hopefully everything should be lined up to where he can play on Thursday. I didn’t evaluate Lamar coming out, we had him at our Miami day when I was down there, and he just worked out for us and we just weren’t sure really where he was going anyways. He was down there for the Miami date, our guys evaluated him, but I never watched him. The post Short Week Injury Updates; Adams, Bell appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  10. The NY Jets have announced that they have signed WR Jeff Smith to the active roster and placed CB Kyron Brown on IR. They also signed OL Brad Lundblade to the practice squad. The Jets have signed WR Jeff Smith to the active roster and placed CB Kyron Brown on injured reserve. The Jets have also signed OL Brad Lundblade to the practice squad. Smith signed with the Jets practice squad Sept. 1. He spent the summer with the team after he signed as an undrafted free agent in May. A former quarterback, the 6’1”, 195-pounder transitioned to wideout at Boston College after his freshman year and recorded 72 catches for 1,078 yards and 9 touchdowns over the next three seasons. He also had 902 rushing yards and 9 ground scores for the Golden Eagles. Brown also signed with the Jets practice squad Sept. 1. He was activated Nov. 13 and played in three games for the Green & White. The Akron product, who joined the Jets in May as an undrafted free agent, started against the Dolphins Sunday and recorded five tackles. Lundblade, 23, spent time this season on the Panthers practice squad. He first went undrafted in 2018 and signed with the Seahawks. The Oklahoma State product was waived and signed with the Bengals. The post Jeff Smith Promoted to the Active Roster; Brown to IR appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  11. Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets – Pool Report with Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron (On the play with 0:47 remaining in the fourth quarter where, after replay review, defensive pass interference was added to the play): Question: I believe it was you who made the ultimate call. Is that correct? Riveron: “That is correct. By rule, we make the ultimate call here in New York.” Question: OK, can you take me through the process from the time when the play occurred until we got the eventual call? Can you take me through how that went and what the ultimate ruling was? Riveron: “Sure. So, by rule, under two minutes all reviews are done in the booth and/or here in New York. We see in the line feed (the initial view of the play) some contact. We look at it. It rises to the level – in the line feed – where we have to stop the game and look at it. After we look at it, we get a couple of replays which show us that it’s clear and obvious that the defender grabs the receiver by his shoulder, turns him prior to the ball getting there, and significantly hinders him before the ball arrives. Therefore, by rule, that’s defensive pass interference. We bring the referee over. We look at it. We confer. We all agree. Therefore, we changed the ruling on the field and we put a flag down for defensive pass interference.” Question: So, as you said – clear and obvious – this was not a difficult call in your view, it sounds like? Riveron: “It was clear and obvious that the receiver did get significantly hindered prior to the ball getting there.” Question: It appears we’re seeing more defensive pass interference calls overturned than earlier in the year. Is that correct, do you think? Riveron: “Well, I don’t look at it by numbers and we don’t look at it by numbers here. We treat each one individually. That’s how we officiate the play on the field or review the play, for lack of a better term. If the numbers show one thing, we really don’t concern ourselves where we are that week, that month or that game. Again, we basically look at each ruling, at each call, at each play on an individual basis and then we apply the rule.” Question: So, you don’t feel that it’s being applied either in a stricter fashion or anything like that since the beginning of the year. Is that correct? Riveron: “It is not being applied any differently than it was at the beginning of the year.” The post Clarifying the Late Pass Interfence Call appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  12. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t anything to brag about but the Jets won for the fourth time in five games as they squeezed by the Miami Dolphins 22-21. I had multiple questions about this team coming into the game: – What would the defense look like without Jamal Adams? – Would the offensive line and receivers bounce back from a hideous game against the Bengals? – What would the run game look like without Le’Veon Bell? Shockingly all the questions were answered positively, let’s take a look: Special Teams – There were only four punts in the entire game. So Braxton Berrios (1 ret / 12 yd avg) and Lachlan Edwards (3 punts / 42 yd avg) had no impact. Surprisingly Edwards dropped the snap on an XP which caused a Sam Ficken miss. – Ty Montgomery was solid in his 4 returns with a 22 yard avg. – Sam Ficken had his best game as he generated 10 points (3 FG, XP) and won it at the buzzer from 44 yards. Defense – Their performance was a textbook example of “bend don’t break”, as they allowed seven FG’s but got tough when it counted. A secondary that was ravaged by injuries played a ton of zone and didn’t get beat over the top. Let’s get to the Jamal Adams “factor”, yes he was missed but that’s because this team hasn’t been constructed properly. Adams blitz pressure was missing but if the roster had 1-2 pass rushers in the front seven things would’ve been different. So the debate of whether to keep Adams or look to trade him for picks can continue for another week. – The rush defense gave up more yards than usual as Fitzpatrick scrambled multiple times when he had nowhere to go with the ball. – Quinnen Williams showed up today but it was definitely a mixed bag. He had a huge tackle for a loss on a 3rd down to get MIA off the field but he grabbed the face mask for a penalty. He had a QB hit on Fitzpatrick to cause a rushed incompletion. And he whiffed on a sack in the red zone before he left with a neck injury according to Adam Gase. Nice to finally see multiple “splash” plays now let’s clean up the mistakes. – James Burgess was everywhere as he had 13 tackles, a TFL and a PD. – Jordan Jenkins stuffed the stat sheet as he had 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TF and 3 QB hits. – Credit to Steve McLendon, Nathan Shepherd and Foley Fatukasi as they compressed the pocket consistently. – The last time we saw Nate Hairston he was getting benched against NYG. As he returned to the field he was better as he had 2 PD and a QB hit on a blitz. He also had an impressive INT of Fitzpatrick as he undercut the route and pulled the ball away from the WR. But he has work to do on his tackling as he whiffed a couple of times allowing YAC. – Besides an awkward pass interference penalty Bless Austin continues to impress. Solid in his zone responsibilities and when he was in man he stayed step for step with the WR. Offense – Was Adam Gase trying to make a point today? For the first time all year he committed to the run and rushed the ball 32 times for 112 yards. But why did it happen in the game that LeVeon Bell didn’t play in? Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery definitely hit the holes quicker than Bell. Was Gase sending a message to Bell about that or to Joe Douglas about not needing a high priced RB? – Offense “blacked out” in the second half for too long of a period (from one minute left in the 3rd quarter until seven minutes left in the game). I won’t complain about going for it on 4th down and bypassing the FG. – Big bounce back from the OLine as they opened holes in the run game and kept Sam Darnold clean. Shockingly they didn’t commit a penalty which has got to be a first. – Huge game for Robby Anderson on the offensive (7 recs / 116 yards / 1 TD) and defensive side of the ball. Yes, defense because on the drive where they went ahead 19-18 he prevented an INT. Sam Darnold under threw Anderson in the end zone and he knocked the ball away from a DB stopping the turnover. – Vyncint Smith had two HUGE plays that basically won the game. On the first play of the final drive he caught a screen and created 35+ yards of YAC. Then with the game looking like it was slipping away he drew a pass interference penalty which the booth properly reviewed. And Flores needed to stop all the yelling because it was obvious. – Sam Darnold was solid (20/36, 270 yards, 2 TD, INT) as he led a game winning drive. And he was particularly sharp commanding the offense in the first half as he made multiple pre-snap adjustments to beat the defense. But there’s still things to work on: * Has to be more aware to use his legs. On the drive where they got stopped on 4th down he had an easy opportunity to scramble and get the first down on 3rd down and didn’t. * Can’t take a sack on the final drive of the game. The Smith pass interference call bailed him out. * He wasn’t his accurate self today missing on throws that he makes in his sleep. In my opinion Gase needs to add a “grey hair” offensive coach to his staff who can shake him out of the play calling funks he gets in. Someone like Mike Martz (who he worked for in the past) who can hold him accountable. Right now I don’t think there’s anyone on the offensive side of the ball that can do that. The post Gase Needs an Assistant with Gray Hair; KRL Game Notes appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  13. It looked like the Jets were on the brink of blowing a big lead to the lowly Miami Dolphins and if not for a costly penalty that put the Jets in field goal range, Adam Gase and company may have done just that. In the end, a Sam Ficken field goal as time expired lifted the Jets to a 22-21 victory. How’d they grade out? Quarterback: C- Not a great day for Sam Darnold who was playing well early on but was victimized by some big drops, but then saw a drop-off in the second half as he missed one open receiver after another. Darnold also had a bone headed interception with at least one more pick that was dropped by the Dolphins defense. Not his best showing, but as a 22-year-old playing in just his 23rd NFL game, fans hitting the panic button should probably relax. Running Backs: C+ The Jets running game came to life with Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery in the backfield. Powell rushed for 74-yards, a new season high for Gang Green. Ty Montgomery also chipped in 31 yards on 9 carries. Wide Receivers: B+ Robby Anderson made himself some money today. The pending free agent had a big day that would have been much bigger if not for several Darnold misfires. In the end, Anderson finished with 7 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. Vyncint Smith also showed some impressive catch-and-run ability on a quick pass that he turned in to a 37-yard gain on the game’s final drive. Robby Anderson over his past three games…18 receptions for 303 yards and 2 TD's. If Darnold is on target today, those numbers are much higher. — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) December 8, 2019 Tighe Ends: D Ryan Griffin left the game with an injury early in the first quarter and did not return. Daniel Brown was open deep down the sideline at one point on a play that had a chance to be a long touchdown pass but Darnold misfired along the right sideline. In the end, tight ends had just 2 receptions for 15 yards. Offensive line: C Sam Darnold had decent protection for much of the day but there were some breakdowns that forced the QB to improvise and make plays under duress. As far as the run blocking goes, Adam Gase finally took advantage of an opponent’s weakness and let him blockers eat up some yards on the ground. Defensive Line: C+ Quinnen Williams was off to the best start of his young career as he blew up several plays early one before leaving with an injury. Steve McLendon had a pair of tackles for loss and Nathan Shepherd was also around the ball quite a bit. Ryan Fitzpatrick picked up 65 yards on the ground as he did a good job adjusting when the Jets D-line collapsed the pocket. Linebackers: B The Jets gave up over 360 yards but the linebackers were a big reason why the Jets kept the Dolphins out of the end zone. Jordan Jenkins picked up a pair of sacks that were due solely to his relentless motor on plays that saw Fitzpatrick hold on to the ball forever and James Burgess led the team in tackles with 13. Secondary: B The secondary was beat for 265 yards passing but they held up in the red zone, refusing to give up a touchdown all day. Nate Hairston had his first interception as a Jet Gregg Williams’ decimated secondary did the best they could with what they had. Special Teams: B Sam Ficken hit the first game winning kick of his career in what he said was the biggest kick he’s ever made so that earns immediate high marks. Braxton Berrios had one punt return for 12 yards and the Dolphins had just 7 yards on their lone punt return attempt. Coaching: B The offense wasn’t slowed by Gase’s play calling but by Darnold’s inaccuracy. Gregg Williams did a fantastic job with a defense that is missing many of its top players. Next up, Thursday night football to take on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The post Big day From Robby Anderson Helps Lift Jets Over Phins; Week 14 Report Card appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  14. The 4-8 New York Jets take on the 3-9 Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium today. Le’Veon Bell has already been ruled out, so Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery will get the bulk of the carries. Sam Darnold is 0-3 in his career against the Dolphins, with 7 total interceptions in those games. If the Jets lose this week, they will not only be eliminated from playoff contention, but will also be in last place in the AFC East. Adam Gase needs to prove he can win games in December, even if they are meaningless ones against a “tanking” team. Here are today’s seven inactive players for the Jets. RB Le’Veon Bell OL Chuma Edoga LB Paul Worrilow CB Brian Poole CB Arthur Maulet SS Matthias Fairley SS Jamal Adams The post Jets Without Bell, Adams vs Dolphins appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  15. The ailing New York Jets prepare to take on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolpins after Gang Green was stomped by the winless Bengals in week 13. The Jets are a MASH unit at the moment with Jamal Adams and Le’Veon Bell being added to the ever growing list of starters who will be sidelined. What should Jets fans be watching for? RB Bilal Powell: Powell will step in for the injured Bell whose patient running style hasn’t yielded a whole lot in 2019. It wouldn’t be out of the question for Powell to turn in the team’s best rushing performance of the season as his straight ahead running style is better suited for the Jets offensive line. The Dolphins are currently 31st in the NFL against the run, but as we saw last week against the Bengals, this many not be of any interest to Adam Gase. WR Robby Anderson: Anderson is set to become a free agent after the season and could be facing his future team today. The speedy Anderson is a Miami kid who will be looking to rake in around $10 million per season when he hits free agency. He could make a lasting impression on the Dolphins today as they’re a team that can easily afford to meet Anderson’s asking price. QB Sam Darnold: If Powell does a solid job on the ground today it could make life a bit easier for Darnold. The primary issue to keep an eye on will be how well Darnold protects the football. After throwing nine interceptions through his first five games this season, Darnold has thrown just one over the past four contests. Continuing to show progress in protecting the ball is huge. CB Nate Hairston: Slot cornerback Brian Poole will miss this one with a concussion so Hairston will probably get the nod at slot corner where he does have some experience. Hairston showed promise on the boundary earlier this season but has struggled since while also battling injuries. DL Quinnen Williams: Williams hasn’t shown up on the stat sheet with splash plays as much as the fans would like, but the Jets will need somebody to get some push up the middle today. Former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gets the ball out in a hurry, and if Williams or one of his fellow linemen can’t move him off his spot, it’s going to make life that much harder on the Jets decimated secondary, Our final score prediction for this one? We’ll take the Jets at home because when two horrendous teams collide, we’ll take the team that didn’t have to travel. Jets win this one 24-20. The post Jets Look to get Back on Track Versus Dolpins; Players to Watch in Week 14 appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...

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