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  1. The NFL released the schedules for the upcoming season and the Jets open up at home against a familiar AFC East opponent in the Buffalo Bills. The week two match up is an interesting one, the Jets are the home team on Monday night vs the Cleveland Browns. All eyes will be on the top few picks in the 2018 draft class as Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield go head to head. The Jets have an early bye this year (week 4). They also have two more prime time games scheduled as they play the New England Patriots at home on Monday night football in week 7. Later in the year the Jets play the Ravens on Thursday night football, that is week 15 on December 12th. At first glance the first half of the schedule appears tougher than the 2nd half. The Jets have a four game stretch early on that has them playing the Patriots twice. Let us know what you think about the schedule by commenting in our New York Jets forum. The post NY Jets Schedule Announced appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  2. Mike Maccagnan and the Jets will have some major decisions to make in the coming weeks and some of those decisions could come at cornerback and running back. Listen to our New York Jets podcast this week as we take a look at the draft and discuss some possible prospects could be available for the Jets at these positions. We would like to welcome our new co-host, Alex Varallo. He will join Glenn Naughton each week on JetNation Radio as they bring you the latest Jets news and rumors. This week they also look at a few hypothetical draft scenarios and discuss a trade rumor or two. This episode of JetNation Radio is sponsored by FanDuel Sportsbook – if you’re in New Jersey, you can get a $500 risk free bet when you sign up. This applies to all of their markets, whether you go for NBA, NHL, MLB or anything else! Check it out here. 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 Who Could be Joining Jamal in Secondary? JN Radio Draft preview; CB’s and RB’s appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  3. There have been a lot of rumors about the upcoming schedule release by the NFL. In past years Thursday seemed to be the day that the league released the schedule. This time it will be a Wednesday, as in tomorrow night. Here is the full announcement from the NFL. Get ready to circle some dates on your calendar. The NFL will announce the official 2019 schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET live on NFL Network, Good Morning Football announced Tuesday. The announcement of the 256-game slate, played over 17 weeks starting on Sept. 5, comes just over a week before the NFL Draft kicks off on April 25 in Nashville. The NFL previously announced the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears would kick off the 2019 season, with one of the NFL’s most storied rivalries commemorating the league’s 100th anniversary. The NFL revealed the preseason schedule last week. In addition to all games for all 32 teams being revealed and broken down on NFL Network, NFL.com will provide full, extensive coverage of the schedule release on Wednesday night. Grab some popcorn, dial into your TV, and log on to your phones tomorrow night. Stop by our forums to discuss the 2019 NFL schedule with other Jets fans. The post NFL Schedule to be Released Wednesday at 8pm ET appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  4. Welcome to part 7 and the final installment of the series about the faults with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler, with regards to how it limited the effectiveness of Adam Gase’s offense. We will discuss the issues with the offense itself in a later series, while also discussing the bright spots within the same offense. Please don’t take this article as an excuse for Adam Gase, since he’s far from perfect, but this is just about how his quarterbacks held him back. Final Thoughts on how the Quarterbacks in Miami let down Adam Gase: The system isn’t foolproof nor abundantly innovative, but it should have garnered better results than what the Dolphins stat lines show. There are too many instances where Tannehill or Osweiler just didn’t read the plays in time, and/or made terrible throws. I’m not absolving the system of any issues, because there are reasons for concern, but we’ll dive into that later in the off-season. Ryan Tannehill: You can clearly see why he’s relegated to backup duty in Tennessee now, because he can’t put the mental aspect of the game together in time. If you are going by physical ability, he has it in abundance to be an above average QB. However, his inability to process defenses as the play breaks down or make the correct pre-snap reads hamper the offense to a considerable length. He’s essentially Blake Bortles before Blake Bortles, because his physical gifts tend to give hope, but something is missing on game day. There were too many instances where you could see him hesitate to throw the ball on time, which caused him to get sacked or allow the defensive players to recover. The progression reads are terrible, although Dolphin fans won’t miss a beat with one read gunslinger Ryan Fitzpatrick coming to town. While not shown to a great length in the article, he also has some major problems with ball placement regarding receiver position. For example, if the cornerback has inside leverage on a go route, the ball must be placed towards the outside. However, Tannehill would throw passes where the receiver has to act as the defensive back to prevent interceptions. The other big issue with him would be the lack of pocket presence, although the offensive line was terrible. Brock Osweiler: He had a great game against the Bears, but the reality is that he’s a borderline player in the league. He is another player that showed delayed reactions, but with far worse throws to open receivers. It’s telling that the Jets didn’t bring him in as a backup option, rather opting for Trevor Siemian to serve as insurance for Sam Darnold. Siemian doesn’t have the physical tools of Osweiler or Tannehill but he’s much better at reading plays and anticipating windows, which help make up for rather average arm. This article is only dealing with how the system was let down, so I’ll go into specifics with a couple of receivers. Later in the off-season, I’ll go into details about some route concepts and play-calls that failed the Dolphins. Devante Parker: I was extremely high on the receiver in the draft, comparing him to someone like AJ Green as his ceiling, but he’s been an utter disappointment. Part of it is the QB group just not being able to get him the ball consistently, but a good chunk of the blame falls on the receiver. He seems to have major trouble cutting to his right, and slows down considerably out of his breaks. Kenny Stills: The No. 1 receiver by default last season is essentially a one trick pony with his deep route speed. He works great when he plays the slot and can keep the safeties honest, but he’s not refined enough to carry a receiving core. Danny Amendola: A quintessential slot receiver, but couldn’t take advantage because teams didn’t fear the other receivers. He needs consistent deep threats or running game to remove linebackers from the middle of the field, and the Dolphins had neither. Mike Gesicki: A tight end with immense potential coming out of the draft, but it just doesn’t show up on tape. He’s running terrible routes or flat out losing his balance coming out from the line of scrimmage. I just didn’t see the physical ability show up on tape at all. Overall, the offensive personnel with the Dolphins didn’t match, and it flows down from the QB. Ryan Tannehill wasn’t good enough to elevate the players around him, which is something Jets fans are familiar with in their QBs up until last season. The biggest problem was Parker just not living up to the hype, because they set the receivers up as if Parker would be the No. 1 option. With a mediocre QB, and the lack of weapons, there isn’t a system out there that would have allowed for this offense to thrive. The Jets are set up better than the Dolphins for the system for various reasons: Sam Darnold: I don’t want to elevate a good ending of the season from Darnold to mean he’s a top tier QB in the league now, but he’s shown skills that should translate to the system. He is much quicker at progression reads than either of Miami’s QBs last year, with enhanced ability to throw while on the run. It’ll be crucial for Darnold to lock down timing with his receivers in the off-season, and learn the progressions for the system. Robby Anderson: He is rightfully excited about the system, because they tend to push the ball down the field, especially on short yard situations. Anderson could thrive in such a system, especially if the offense is more spread out. Quincy Enunwa: He’s going to be a major X factor on offense because he offers a rare combination of speed and ability to block. Jamison Crowder: I believe he’s going to be the biggest beneficiary in the receiving core, because these deep routes tend to leave shorter routes in the intermediate areas open. Someone like Crowder can thrive in an offense that pushes the safeties back, and gives one on one match ups. Chris Herndon: He’s the one receiver I’m worried about with this transition, because the Dolphins didn’t incorporate their young tight end into the offense much last year. Part of the problem stemmed from Mike Gesicki running terrible routes or looking off-balanced, but Herndon’s involvement in the offense would be interesting. Le’Veon Bell: He’s probably the biggest threat in this offense because Gase loves RB wheel routes or screen passes to keep the defense honest. Draft: I could see the Jets looking for a bigger red zone threat wide receiver in the draft, to help solidify the offense. Far too many times, they had to scheme open guys in the red zone last year, so I could see Gase wanting to have a red zone specialist to dictate coverage. Thanks for reading all the parts of this series, and I hope you come back to see all the other wonderful content we put out on a consistent basis. The post Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back (Final- Part 7) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  5. With the NFL draft just around the corner as it’s set to kick off on Thursday, April 25th in Tennessee, the Jets continue to host prospects and JetNation.com will continue to preview prospects that could be targeted by Gang Green once Mike Maccagnan and company are on the clock. In this article, we’ll preview Mississippi tight end Dawson Knox. As we’d mentioned in our Jace Sternberger preview, the Jets don’t have a dire need at tight end due to the presence of Chris Herndon. However, anyone who would object to adding another big, reliable target in the middle of the field for Sam Darnold might be out of their mind. Name: Dawson Knox School: Mississippi Ht/Wt: 6′ 4” 254 Arms: 33.5 Hands: 9 3/4” Combine/Pro Day: 40 Bench Vert Broad 3-cone 20 yd shuttle 4.51* 16 34.5 10′ 2” * 7.12 4.27 *Pro Day Strengths: Can stretch the field vertically with 4.51 speed and excellent hands. In watching Knox in action, you’ll find a player who can expose linebackers and safeties running up the seam, but who can also catch the ball underneath and hold on despite taking some big shots. Impressive 18.9 YPC in 2018 highlights what he can do down the field. Mississippi TE Dawson Knox shows the ability to hold on to the ball despite contact arriving almost instantaneously on several plays we saw. Here's one against Mississippi State on a short gain over the middle. pic.twitter.com/2KNhZbumqJ — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) April 14, 2019 There are those who feel Knox will be gone by the time the Jets have a shot to grab him, but if he’s there for the taking, the Jets would have to consider it. Mississippi TE Dawson Knox visited the Jets recently. Shows excellent concentration on bobbled pass and fights like hell for extra yards. Underrated prospect. pic.twitter.com/Zi9BDN13U6 — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) April 14, 2019 Weaknesses: Struggles when asked to block in open space as an H-Back or motion tight end, often ending up off target and off balance. Production wasn’t very impressive at Mississippi lots of big time targets in place and only so many plays to go around. Long speed is better than short game with little explosiveness. College Stats: YR G Rec Yds Avg TD 2018 9 15 284 18.9 0 2017 8 24 321 13.4 0 2016 1 0 0 0 0 Current Projections: NFL.com: 128th overall Bleacher Report (Matt Miller): 64th overall USA Today DraftWire: 62nd overall The post JetNation Prospect Preview: Mississippi TE Dawson Knox appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  6. Welcome to part 6 of the series about the faults with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler, with regards to how it limited the effectiveness of Adam Gase’s offense. We will discuss the issues with the offense itself in a later series, while also discussing the bright spots within the same offense. Please don’t take this article as an excuse for Adam Gase, since he’s far from perfect, but this is just about how his quarterbacks held him back. Please check back with us for the rest of this series. Another great example of bad QB play, albeit I don’t love this play call because there are two late developing routes down the field that are fairly close to each other. However, Tannehill has an easy pass to Parker on the play, while he’s crossing the middle, where there is a chance for yards after the catch. Notice how Tannehill doesn’t pull the trigger until the safety has closed the gap considerably. If this throw isn’t batted down, the safety has a shot at jumping the route and intercepting this pass. Once again, this is bad timing on the progression reads, because Tannehill is locked into late breaking routes, instead of scanning the routes that break first, and then moving on. The timing is built into the play call so Tannehill can look at Parker on the play, decide if he wants to take the chance for yards after the catch as an option to get the first down, or move onto the reads down the field. Instead, Tannehill sits on the late breaking routes, which are not open, and miss an opportunity to make the easy pass to Parker when he was open. How does this impact the Jets? You can clearly see why Tannehill wasn’t a fit in the system, and why Gase wanted other QBs. I like Tannehill as an athlete, and on pure skills, he’s one of the better QBs in the game. However, the mental aspect of the game is completely lost on him (except when playing against Todd Bowles) and it holds back the whole offense. I’m surprised this throw wasn’t a pick six because Stephon Gilmore absolutely jumps the route. When I first watched this play, I didn’t really blame Tannehill as much because he’s about to get sacked so he just threw up a prayer to a one on one match up. However, if you dive in a bit deeper, you will see the issue with the progressions on a pre-snap read. The Patriots here are sending everyone after the QB, in a cover 0 look, which means every receiver has a one on one match up. However, on a full blown blitz situation, Tannehill’s first (and only read) is Parker. Essentially, he needs Parker to win the match up, because it’s a throw to Parker, throw the ball away, or get sacked situation. Why isn’t Tannehill reading the other side of the field, when he sees a full blitz. There is a built in hot route, intermediate route, and the exact same comeback route that Parker is running on the other side. You can also notice that Gilmore is playing much closer to Parker than the defender at the bottom of the screen, so the chances of a comeback route working increases with the larger gap. The call on this play could very well be Parker first, but Tannehill has to make the adjustment based on the defense. How does this impact the Jets? This is one of the biggest areas to watch with the development of a young QB. You saw this blow up with Goff in the Super Bowl, where the Patriots essentially masked their defense until the headsets were turned off, and broke into a different shell to confuse the QB. A good young QB has to read at the line of scrimmage, and make adjustments or at the very least change route priorities. In this case, the QB needs to change the read priority from the left side to the right side because it’s a full blown blitz, so there won’t be any time to read Parker and then switch to the other side. *Trigger Warning: Sack by Anthony Barr* This play isn’t really that bad on part of the QB, but I thought it was a good microcosm of the problems facing Gase in that offense. One, the timing is off with the play action to begin with, because the running back is going out to block, while Tannehill makes a fake hand off to thin air. Second, Barr is rushing from the outside, and being blocked by the running back. The running back does the right thing to re-route him behind Tannehill, at which point the QB has to step up and to his left. Momentum will carry Barr past Tannehill, and the running back can slow down and still be a physical barrier between the rusher and QB. It’s especially vital in this case, because both of the routes break to the left side of Tannehill, so it makes more sense for him to slide closer to the passing lane. Instead, Tannehill hesitates with the move, which now causes the running back to be hesitant as well, at which point Barr cuts in and sacks the QB. I’m not saying that if Tannehill steps to his left, this would be a completed pass or any sort of successful play. It’s the play recognition, or the lack thereof, that I’m highlighting because Tannehill doesn’t seem to have pocket awareness at times. One other aspect, I hate this route concept because this is pretty much a one man route. The underneath route with Amendola is really the only possible option, because the route up top is running straight into the safety. It also highlights the talent issue with the offense, because they just can’t win one on one matchups often against talented defenses. How does this impact the Jets? The first one is Bell, because he’s a very good pass blocker, so Darnold will have to know how Bell would block and work with him in tandem to evade pass rushers coming from the outside. The second is working on timing with Bell as well, because a play action to thin air doesn’t work on anyone, as the defenders can see the angles on the filed of play. The third, and quite possibly the most crucial aspect is the ability of receivers to win one on one matchups. Can Anderson, Enunwa, Crowder, Herndon consistently win one on one matchups? The Jets lack a true No. 1 WR that can win those matchups, and it might impact their draft strategy. This goes for a 2 yard loss, but once again this is about bad progression reads, combined with bad mechanics. If you look at the end zone angle, you can clearly see that Tannehill is only looking at the middle linebacker before decides to throw this pass to Ballage. The issue is that he doesn’t see the slot cornerback in this scenario because he’s not making a good read. His first read should the slot cornerback or linebacker because they are horizontally in position to stop this screen pass to the running back. The read should have been to see the cornerback follow the slot receiver up the field, and then make a decision if you want to take the screen pass or the pass down the field. Tannehill gives away the plan before the slot cornerback has to turn his hips, and you can see the cornerback abandon his responsibility to the receiver. The early look to the running back allows the defense to get a head start on the play, and the slot cornerback blows it up. The play is designed so it’s a one on one match up between the middle linebacker and running back in the flats. The cornerback is not supposed to be part of the play until further down the field, but the lack of patience in reading the routes blows it up. To top it off, this jump pass is completely unnecessary in a situation where he has a clear passing lane and clean pocket. How does this impact the Jets? Darnold is good at making reads, but the timing of those reads matter because every system is built around timing. There have been recent interviews where Gase has been antsy to work with Darnold, and the main issue is getting the timing of the offense down. The play calls for the most part is just verbiage, because there are a finite number of routes and route combinations. The issue is knowing the timing of those routes because Robby Anderson will go from Point A to B faster than Chris Herndon. A possible touchdown is missed because of timing, as the tight end drops the ball after being hit. The play call is fairly simple, there is a running back in the flats with a two tiered slant route going right to left, with an underneath tight end route. The whole idea of this pass is that it goes right down the middle of the hashes, but Tannehill waits until the players cross to throw the pass. This should have been thrown to the tight end or the slot receiver earlier, but he hesitates. I don’t love the route combination here, but it leads to two wide open receivers, but Tannehill doesn’t pick right. If the tight end is the option, you throw the pass before they cross because he’s running the shallower route, therefore the receiver isn’t going to try and catch the ball away from the tight end. Once they cross, the receiver should be the target because he has a second receiver running behind him blocking direct path by the defender. Instead, Tannehill chooses the tight end option, after they cross each other, which leads the tight end towards a defender. He probably should have held onto the ball, but this is a play that worked beautifully, only to have been ruined by hesitation. How does this impact the Jets? Decisiveness is key in any system but you can clearly see how Gase’s system isn’t fully displayed because he has a QB that just can’t process things quickly. If Darnold can process plays quicker, then it should be much more productive than any of the seasons from Tannehill. An easy touchdown throw, that ends up being an incomplete pass because once again Tannehill hesitates at a moment he needs to throw the football. Notice that Amendola is wide open the moment he makes his cut to the outside, and that’s when Tannehill should make the throw. However, he hangs on for extra time, and the throws it low for an incomplete pass anyway. The timing difference isn’t major, but this is what most scouts are talking about when guys throw with anticipation. If you throw with anticipation, you are ready to throw the moment Amendola makes the break to the outside. If you need to see him open first, and then make the throw, you wait. A lot of spread college systems allow you to wait until a player is open before you have to decide, which is where the concerns about transitioning to a more anticipatory system come about. How does this impact the Jets? I feel like I’m beating a dead horse here, because for some odd reason I had an idea to write “How does this impact the Jets” after every clip a few hours ago. Once again, this impacts Darnold the most, and how he can get the timing of the system down. They didn’t score a touchdown on this drive by the way. The lack of pocket awareness from Tannehill is infuriating to watch at times because he makes situations harder for himself. On this play, all he really has to do is step up in the pocket and make a pass with firm footing. The moment he takes two steps up in the pocket, he has a crossing route that is open, a go route to his right that is wide open, or a post route to his left that is becoming open. If he makes any of these reads while having his feet planted, he could make an excellent throw. However. Tannehill keeps running as the gap between him and the defenders close in, only to make an errant throw while being completely off-balance. I’m not saying this is the perfect play call, but this once again points to Tannehill having a tendency to make off-balance throws, that usually don’t end well. How does this impact the Jets? I keep thinking back to the touchdown against the Bills to Robby Anderson with Darnold running around. He was being chased by defenders around the field, but he kept his eyes down the field and it paid off. In this case, I think Tannehill locked onto one receiver and waited until the last moment to make a terrible throw. First of all, this is a great interception from the Bills linebacker, as he plucks this pass out of the air with one hand. However, this is a horrible display by Tannehill on QB competency. The first issue here is timing as usual, because you can clearly see Tannehill lock onto his receiver early. He starts his backpedal by looking to the left side, but comes off the read early. He flips to the other side before the slot receiver to his left makes the cut, and the middle linebacker notices this. The linebacker doesn’t follow the receiver to the outside, but the route concept is supposed to hold that linebacker to that side of the field for an extra second. Second, notice the timing of the cut for the eventual intended receiver, as he gets off the line slowly. The whole intention is to undercut the right slot receiver, but also set up timing where Tannehill could look to the left side, and then turn to the right side as this receiver hits his stride. Instead, Tannehill locks in early, at which point the cornerback and middle linebacker realize the target and all but lock him down. Third, this throw is just way off, even though it’s not evident from this angle. This would have been an incomplete pass if the entire defense had just sat down at the snap. Furthermore, there is a deep post route and wheel route with one on one matchups opening up with a clean pocket, but Tannehill is locked in on this receiver from the start. How does this impact the Jets? On the outset, this looks like a clear failed play from Adam Gase, because the intended receiver is well covered, and there aren’t wide open guys running down the field. However, Tannehill causes this interception with a terrible throw, horrible progression timing, and locking in on a receiver too early. Thanks for reading Part 6 of our Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back series. Please check back for the conclusion and final part soon. The post Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back (Part 6) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  7. Welcome to part 5 of the series about the faults with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler, with regards to how it limited the effectiveness of Adam Gase’s offense. We will discuss the issues with the offense itself in a later series, while also discussing the bright spots within the same offense. Please don’t take this article as an excuse for Adam Gase, since he’s far from perfect, but this is just about how his quarterbacks held him back. Please check back with us for the rest of this series. Progression reads, progression reads. This is a good example of what I was talking about earlier and how Osweiler doesn’t read his progressions correctly. His first receiver is Devante Parker on the slant route, which is a fine option because he has a one on one match. However, notice the first read on this play is actually the middle linebacker. If the linebacker bites on the play action, then Parker will be open for the pass. The problem is that the linebacker doesn’t bite for the play action, as he drifts back slightly, which puts him directly in the passing lane. The moment the linebacker stayed back, Osweiler’s first read is over. Notice the timing of the play, because right after the play action, Osweiler turns around to look at the linebacker. A millisecond after that, both Parker to the bottom of the screen, and Amendola to the top of the screen make their breaks. This tells you the timing is based on the linebacker read. If the linebacker pulls up, then Parker is the first read across the middle. If the linebacker stays back, then Amendola is the read to the outside. The problem occurs when Osweiler sees the linebacker, but still looks towards Parker while taking his hop, which throws off the timing for a throw to Amendola. The second aspect, Amendola is so wide open that Osweiler has a clear throwing lane even when he’s late with the read. However, Osweiler doesn’t step up in the pocket, rather runs sideways into a pass rusher and throws a terrible pass while being hit. This is once again, going back to the difference of philosophies in the pocket. He’s showing off the reset and react idea of first avoiding the immediate danger of pass rushers and then looking down the field. If he steps up in the pocket, this is an easy completion. To recap, he made the wrong read, delayed his second read, didn’t step up in the pocket, ran into trouble, and made a terrible off-balance throw. How does this impact the Jets? Miami was ranked 27th in passing offense by Football Outsiders, right ahead of the Jets at 28th. I’ve seen similar stats brought up about how the numbers don’t say Adam Gase’s offense is special at all, but those numbers are skewed by terrible QB play throughout the season. I don’t understand this decision making from Osweiler at all, because he gets the exact defense this play is intended to beat on 3rd and short. The first read is to the right side of the formation, where they have two players running tiered out routes. Essentially, the idea is to get the cornerback to commit to one receiver, and pick the other one. In this case, the cornerback freezes in the middle, which makes both of them options. The safety is too far back, so a deeper pass towards the sidelines would fit in between either defenders. Since the cornerback hesitates, the short throw is fine as well with ample space to get the first down. Osweiler stares down these two options, and decides to move on, when he gets a defense that would give up relatively easy passes to both of his options. To make matters worse, he has Parker open in the middle for an easy pass as well, but he waits too long to release the ball. If he releases this ball one step earlier, it’s a perfect pass to Parker, but he decided to make one more hop, and it falls incomplete. How does this impact the Jets? You can see why the Texans spent a 2nd round pick to get rid of Osweiler. Osweiler looks like a rookie QB adjusting from a spread offense at times with his lack of discipline. I don’t think there are many situations where any offense would succeed with players that can’t handle easy reads. Remember this concept from earlier? Remember how the read were the linebackers? In this case, the linebackers follow the out-route, yet Osweiler makes a Ryan Fitzpatrick like first read and throw pass. If he read the linebackers, he would have seen that the second slot receiver would be open because two defenders vacated the area, while the QB had a clean pocket. Osweiler threw to the one guy that is well covered on the play. How does this impact the Jets? This concept comes up time and time again, so expect a high amount of these types of passes near the red zone. Ryan Tannehill returns to show off some faults, and here is one where he misses an easy throw. This is a fairly easy pass, but Tannehill just overthrows this pass. How does this impact the Jets? Forget watching the QB on the play, I actually like the hip manipulation for the wide receiver routes. Towards the top of the screen, the defender is taking outside leverage, with his hips turned towards the line of scrimmage. Ideally, they want to feed the receivers towards the middle, since the linebackers are dropping back into coverage. Notice how the receiver attacks the hips of the defender to turn him the other way, before cutting to the inside. Now the cut isn’t great because for some reason Devante Parker has issues with cutting to the right side. However, I love how the receivers are attempting to counter the hips of the defenders. Towards the bottom of the screen, you have Kenny Stills doing hip manipulation as well. In this case, the defender is in perfect position to guard against this exact route. He has his hips turned to the inside to jump on any inside routes. Notice how Stills runs towards the inside to gain inside leverage, but then turns up-field and changes the hip rotation for the cornerback. Once the hips turn up-field, this is an easy cut for Stills and he’s wide open. This doesn’t happen on every play, but it’s still encouraging to see from the receivers, because there is some semblance of coaching. Personally, I felt the Jets were one of the worst teams in the league at teaching fundamentals of route running, which made their routes predictable. At least there is some hope the Dolphins practiced it better with examples like this. Although I have to admit, Jermaine Kearse was very good at routes the first year he was here, but tailed off last year. This isn’t a QB play, but I just wanted to highlight a big issue with the offensive line. For some reason, they just did not know how to deal with spin moves. The guard on this play, assumes he has help from the center, and completely abandons his defender, who has a free shot at Tannehill. There isn’t even an attempt at recovery. This isn’t a disastrous throw that missed wide open receivers, or one that blatantly ignored wide open options. I picked this play to showcase the lack of progressions. The first read on this play should be the wheel route to the running back from the backfield. Notice the outside receiver essentially setting a pick play for the wheel route, and especially take note of the intended receiver on the other side of the field at that moment. The receiver at the bottom of the screen hasn’t even set up his double move yet, whereas the running back wheel route is at the decision point. Tannehill should be looking at the running back first, who is briefly open for this pass, and then move on to the other read because the intended receiver still hasn’t made his final move. Instead, Tannehill stares down the receiver from the start. The intended receiver doesn’t become open, nor does the running back run free into the end zone. However, I wanted to point out how a QB like Tannehill didn’t take advantage of the timing reads within the play. How does this impact the Jets? You can see why they wanted Leveon Bell, because Gase loves to run the wheel route from the backfield. This is a 3rd and 6 play, and it doesn’t count because there are offsetting penalties on the play. There is a wide open running back as Tannehill rolls out to his right for the easy first down conversion. Instead, the QB throws slightly against his body and the ball sails right to the safety, who barely misses an interception. I don’t understand the logic here when he has a perfectly good window to throw this pass, but instead waits until the last second to get hit and throw across his body. How does this impact the Jets? You should probably draft Bell in your PPR fantasy leagues. Thanks for reading Part 5 of our Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back series. Please check back with us soon for Part 6, The post Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back (Part 5) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  8. As the NFL draft draws closer, JetNation.com will continue to preview draft prospects who could potentially fill one of the many needs the Jets have on their roster. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at a player who isn’t getting nearly enough attention in the pre-draft process in Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd who visited Gang Green earlier this week. Baylor WR Jalen Hurd visited the Jets today, per source. Interesting 6-5, 228-pound prospect who spent his first three seasons as a running back at Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/02iSE0iEsu — Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 9, 2019 Hurd was originally running back at the University of Tennessee where he ran for 1,285 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2015 before eventually transferring to Baylor following the 2016 season. At Baylor, Hurd was converted to wide receiver for his final collegiate season and impressed, pulling down 69 passes 946 yards and four touchdowns. Here are all of Jalen Hurd's receiving touchdowns in 2018. Underrated prospect. pic.twitter.com/bDqbX0JR2m — Ryan McCrystal (@Ryan_McCrystal) April 2, 2019 Name: Jalen Hurd School: Baylor Height/Weight: 6′ 5” 226 Combine: Bench: 23 reps 2018 Stats: Rushing: Rec: Att 48 Rec 69 Yds 209 Yds 946 Avg 4.4 Avg 13.7 TD 3 TD 4 Strengths: Unlike many past players with positional versatility, Hurd is more than just a gimmick as he put up impressive numbers at two major programs at both running back and wide receiver. He didn’t run at the combine in Indy but he has been rumored to run in the 4.4’s. As a powerful player who can line up in a variety of spots, he would make an ideal mid-round selection. Weaknesses: As one might expect for a player as raw at the position as Herd, his route running leaves a bit to be desired, but this is something that he may be able to improve over time. Effort as a blocker lacks consistency. Scheme fit: There’s not a coach in the NFL who shouldn’t be able to find a role for Hurd in their offense and Adam Gase is no exception. A coach who is expected to do a far better job of putting offensive players in position to succeed, Gase could utilize Hurd as a red zone target early on while letting him pick up some short yardage carries out of the backfield. Current projections: CBS Sports: 5th round (165 overall) USA Today: 4th round (128 overall) Bleacher Report (Matt Miller) Undrafted Free Agent The post JetNation Prospect Preview: Baylor WR Jalen Hurd appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  9. JetNation

    Ty Montgomery to Jets

    The Jets are reportedly set to add an experienced back-up for Le’Veon Bell by adding running back Ty Montgomery, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. Jets are signing former Packers’ RB Ty Montgomery to a one-year deal, per source. Montgomery expected to be the back to Le’Veon Bell. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2019 Montgomery is a dual threat player who has racked up 932 yards on the ground and 892 yards through the air over four pro seasons with the Packers and Bears. The post Schefter: Jets to Sign RB Ty Montgomery appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  10. Welcome to part 4 of the series about the faults with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler, with regards to how it limited the effectiveness of Adam Gase’s offense. We will discuss the issues with the offense itself in a later series, while also discussing the bright spots within the same offense. Please don’t take this article as an excuse for Adam Gase, since he’s far from perfect, but this is just about how his quarterbacks held him back. Please check back with us for the rest of this series. No, that’s not vintage footage of Bryce Petty throwing to Robby Anderson. Easy touchdown off the board because Osweiler overthrew Devante Parker by 5 yards. Although, this route by Parker bothers me because it shows a lack of set up. Notice how Parker cuts to the inside of the defender with his inside foot, which robs him of momentum. In this case, it doesn’t matter because the defender was fooled anyway, so Parker was able to still run by him. However, Parker needs to set up his cuts better so he can explode through them, instead of having to decelerate because he’s no longer balanced. I’ve wondered for a long time why Parker hasn’t developed because he was one of my favorite receivers in the draft, but he seems to lack fundamentals on certain aspects of the game. How does this impact the Jets? Robby Anderson will love Adam Gase, because he loves taking deep shots down the field. Obviously, Darnold would have to make a better throw but Anderson is much more adept at setting up his routes than Parker, so a similar situation would have Anderson with greater separation down the field. Have you seen this concept before? It’s 3rd and short, and Gase goes with a trusted play, only to have Osweiler and the offensive line ruin his plans. At this point, I’m starting to doubt if the offensive line has practiced against the spin move. The play is there to be had, with the crossing route or one of the in routes, but Osweiler gets flushed out of the pocket. If he kept his eyes down the field, he would have had a throwing lane to two receivers, but his first priority was to escape the pocket. This is a major issue with scouting for the draft, because QBs tend to react to pressure differently. There are guys like Darnold/Mayfield/Watson that will keep their eyes down the field while escaping the pocket. This allows them to move around, but still keep the timing of the plays alive. Then there are guys like Allen/Jackson who are more of an escape and reset passers, with the first priority being to avoid the sack. In college, this works much better (especially in spread offenses) because the defense isn’t as disciplined, leaving passing lanes open. However, in the NFL, it’s much harder because plays are based much more on timing. For example, on this play, the timing of the crossing route means that there is a short window for an easy pass. However, if the timing is off, then the receiver is running right into another defender. This isn’t to say backyard football doesn’t exist, because someone like Aaron Rodgers can direct receivers while on the run, but that’s extremely special. How does this impact the Jets? Practice timing. One thing I hated about Todd Bowles coaching style (aside from any form of ingenuity) was his lack of QB preparation. He first started with splitting reps for Fitzpatrick/Geno Smith, then Josh McCown/Petty/Hackenberg leading to a lack of practice with the first team. Competition mantra works when it’s one on one situations, so you know if a receiver can beat a defender or if a linebacker can blitz the A gap. QB is heavily dependent on timing, and Bowles made sure to spread around the limited reps so all the QBs were at a disadvantage. Now, with Darnold as the QB, he should get all the first team reps, so they can work on timing. The second match up against the Jets for the season, and Osweiler misses a wide open Amendola down the field. There isn’t much to dissect here, Amendola just runs right by the defender. Who is the defender? If you guessed Buster Skrine, then you’d be wrong. It’s Daryl Roberts. How it impacts the Jets? They probably should try to draft or sign CB depth. Devante Parker shows up once again, with this dropped pass. The Dolphins have two receivers open for this pass, with Parker (covered by Jamal Adams) and another one to the top of the screen (covered by Buster Skrine) and Osweiler makes the correct decision to go with the wide open crossing route. The throw is a bit behind the receiver, and Parker lets it go right through his hands. However, I find something else more fascinating. Notice Avery Williamson on this play because he’s vacating the middle of the field, and therefore allowing a clear passing lane. Gase (as well as a few others) are running late blocking routes for tight ends. I noticed it much more frequently writing about the Titans last year, and I’ve seen a fair share while breaking down the Dolphins film. Chip block routes are very common where the runner chips a pass rusher near the line of scrimmage as they release down the field. However, now more tight ends seem to stay longer on blocks, and then releasing after the timing for the first read expires. Therefore, they are providing an extra option to QB if the reads down the field are covered as a dump off option. If the defense lends a linebacker to stay with the tight end, then the tight end helped to block a pass rusher and keep a linebacker occupied. If a linebacker sees the tight end in as the blocker and abandons assignment, then the tight end becomes a yards after the catch option for an easy pass. On this play, notice how the tight end is in to block the pass rusher, but also occupies Williamson, which is part of the reason why Parker is wide open down the field. How does this impact the Jets? I think the Jets are going to value the tight end position very highly going forward in this offense, which would explain why they are signing a few of them, especially blocking tight ends. For plays like this, they don’t need explosive athletes, but guys that can block effectively, while being able to catch some passes and rumble down the field. Jordan Jenkins got this sack, even though he’s double teamed, which should explain the quality of the Dolphins’ offensive line. The play call has the tight end going for a deep corner route, with a deep seam route and comeback route being open. If this is a clean pocket, there is a good chance for a touchdown because there are at least three good options down the field. If that wasn’t enough, there is a running back coming out of the backfield for an easy catch and run as well. Instead, Osweiler runs himself right into a sack. How does this impact the Jets? Why does Todd Bowles have a defensive coordinator job? If it wasn’t for a great effort from Jenkins, this is just an easy conversion at three different levels of the field in three different directions. This is a 3rd and 1 play that failed, but Gase’s offense tends to throw more than you are accustomed to on 3rd and short. This is Jordan Jenkins again with the sack, but the QB has an easy conversion to the right side of the formation. It’s essentially a pitch and catch, but Osweiler is looking off the safety as if he wants to throw the pass deep. These are the type of plays that infuriate fans because the you ignore the check down options, to get greedy. How does this impact the Jets? For one, I can pretty much guarantee you that Gase is the most aggressive play caller the Jets have had in my memory. While I was following the Jets since the late 90s as a kid, I wasn’t deep diving into offensive philosophies until Rex Ryan came along, so my experience is limited in this regard. Sam Darnold has to know his progressions on the play, instead of being lost out there at times like Osweiler. For example, this is a low to high read, where Osweiler has to make the quick read first, and then progress down the field. Instead, Osweiler sees single high safety and bypasses his initial read completely, and gets sacked. Thanks for reading part 4 of the Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back series. Please check back with us soon for Part 5. The post Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back (Part 4) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  11. The NFL Foundation announced the Legends Impact Grant, which recognizes the outstanding and ongoing philanthropic efforts of NFL Legends. Bruce Harper was named as one of the winners for his work with the Heroes & Cool Kids organization. A new component to the NFL Foundation’s Player Foundation Grant initiative, the Award supports NFL Legends’ commitment to making their communities healthy, happy, and safe through their non-profit foundations. “Philanthropy plays such a large role in NFL players’ lives,” said NFL Executive Director of the NFL Foundation and Senior Director of Philanthropy ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “We are proud to support these incredible NFL Legends who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.” NFL Legends ALAN PAGE, BRUCE HARPER and STEVE YOUNG were selected as the inaugural winners, and were awarded $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000, respectively for their foundations. In 2018, the NFL Foundation awarded $830,000 in Player Foundation Grants to support 68 non-profit foundations led by current players and NFL Legends. HEROES & COOL KIDS – HISTORY In 1998 Heroes & Cool Kids started in just three school districts – Glen Rock, Perth Amboy and Monmouth New Jersey. To date, twenty eight hundred high school “heroes” are reaching over 22,000 elementary school youngsters. At least 10 new schools will join us in the fall. Former professional athletes and potential teen leaders attend conferences at Bergen Community College and/or Vonage on how to become mentors in their schools. The teens then, throughout the school year, November to May, mentor middle school students on important life skills. These skills include sportsmanship, conflict resolution and positive lifestyle choices highlighting drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention. Please join us in congratulating Bruce Harper on winning this grant. You can read more about Heroes & Cool Kids on their website. The post Bruce Harper Wins Legends Impact Grant appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  12. The offseason workout program is underway, there are signs of life in Florham Park. April will be a busy month with plenty of Jets news. The schedule should be released next week and the NFL draft is now just a couple of weeks away. We’re going to preview wide receivers and defensive linemen tonight while covering a few draft rumors floating around the internet. We’ll also discuss the Jets addition of another quarterback with a note or two on linebacker Darron Lee. This episode of JetNation Radio is sponsored by FanDuel Sportsbook – if you’re in New Jersey, you can get a $500 risk free bet when you sign up. This applies to all of their markets, whether you go for NBA, NHL, MLB or anything else! Check it out here. 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 Draft Rumors & OTA Update; NY Jets Podcast appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  13. Welcome to part 3 of the series about the faults with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler, with regards to how it limited the effectiveness of Adam Gase’s offense. We will discuss the issues with the offense itself in a later series, while also discussing the bright spots within the same offense. Please don’t take this article as an excuse for Adam Gase, since he’s far from perfect, but this is just about how his quarterbacks held him back. Please check back with us for the rest of this series. If you want insight into how bad the offensive line was for the Dolphins last year, here is a decent example. The Dolphins are in max protect against a single high safety, as they are just running two possible receivers. The whole idea of max protect is to buy time for the receivers to get open down the field, as you can see these slow developing routes. However, the right tackle whiffs on the play, which forces Osweiler out of the pocket towards a linebacker. Ideally, the running back stays to protect against this linebacker, but he’s too busy chasing down the defender that just beat the right tackle. Once the tackle whiffs, this play is all but over because the linebacker has a clear path towards the QB. The play is developing too far down the field, and Osweiler doesn’t have the space to step up and throw this pass. How does this impact the Jets? Darnold is a better passer on the run but this is still a problem with the Jets offensive line woes. The main issue here is how the play calling had the right idea, but the line tanks it. I’m not sure what Osweiler is reading on this play, because they have trips left with the perfect play to convert this 3rd and 4th play in the red zone. They have two in breaking routes, with a slot receiver cutting outside. All the QB here has to do is read the linebacker on the play. If the linebacker stays home (as was the case here), then hit the outside breaking slot receiver for an easy conversion. If the linebacker follows the slot receiver, then the first in breaking receiver has inside leverage in the end zone and the QB has a clear path. Instead, Osweiler completely ignores that side, rather looking towards the other side at the crucial moment a decision had to be made. I don’t understand the progression of this read, because his first read needs to be slot receiver. Notice the timing of the routes, because the slot receiver breaks first. At the same time, the tight end towards the bottom of the screen is just setting up the fade route towards the back of the end zone. The whole play is schemed to be read from slot receiver out break, second receiver with the inside route, and then a possible fade to the other side. Instead, the QB looks around aimlessly, and throws away the pass. How does this impact the Jets? This is once again, an example of how they dialed up an easy play for the QB, but the QB just reading it completely wrong and leaving points on the field. I’m not sure this would have been a touchdown, but it most certainly would have been first and goal. It’s vital that Darnold gets acclimated to the playbook, because these are the easy reads that were missing last year in the red zone. On this play, the Dolphins have a shot at a long touchdown, but Osweiler abandons the pocket and rushes out, instead of just stepping up and allowing the routes to develop. He has two options down the field, with the middle receiver all but assured to have inside leverage on this route. Part of the blame has to be on the offensive line, but this is a play call that was set to succeed, but the QB didn’t keep his eyes down the field. The problem isn’t stepping up on this play, but his decision to run towards the left side. The moment he’s stepping up in the pocket, he has a receiver running right down the middle with an expected cut to the inside. The direct defender on him has his hips turned to the wrong side as well, so the QB just needs to step up and throw this pass. Instead, Osweiler escapes the pocket first, before reassessing his options, but by then the defense has recovered. How does this impact the Jets? Sam Darnold has an innate ability to keep his eyes down the field while moving in the pocket, a trait he displayed numerous times last year. Gase does have a tendency to call plays that develop further down the field at times, but it only works if the QB can stay calm and avoid sacks, and throw with anticipation. *Trigger Warning* This play is titled the Hackenberg throw. First of all, this is pretty much a mirror play from the missed touchdown two plays ago, with the TE running a slant route instead of a fade. The play is there on 3rd and 5, but Osweiler just flat out misses the throw. Notice his lead foot and how it’s pointed towards the sidelines. This was Hackenberg’s main issue coming out of college, where he would throw against his body, and the ball would be inaccurate. Osweiler actually has two options on this play, with the first one being the missed throw. The second built in option is that TE crossing route, since they even set up a pick play to help free the receiver. The tight end runs open as well, but Osweiler doesn’t see him at all. I know it’s beaten to death at this point, but these are situations in the red zones where drives were killed, when the play call had easy reads to help the QB. How does this impact the Jets? Christian Hackenberg is no longer on the Jets, so he can’t hurt you anymore. Brock Osweiler threw it to quite possibly the one guy that is extremely well covered on this play. The other guys aren’t quite as open as it may seem, but I wanted to use this to highlight bad reads. The Texans are in zone cover 2, except the linebacker is matched up one on one with the tight end. Everyone else is in zone cover, which is what Osweiler reads. His first read is towards the bottom of the screen, which is where he reads zone. However, when he moves on from the first read, he should see the linebacker turned around and running step for step with his tight end, therefore indicating the defender isn’t in zone coverage. However, Osweiler throws this pass anyway with a linebacker running step for step and a safety over the top. He has two receivers beating the initial zone, which were better choices. They weren’t as open as the end result because he has to make that throw over the initial zone, but before the safeties come into play. If the zones are too far back, they have an easy dump off pass to the running back available, guaranteed to gain yards on first down. Instead, this is almost picked off by the safety because Osweiler threw this ball assuming he had zone cover on his tight end. How does this impact the Jets? Sam Darnold is good at reading defenses, but these are concepts that he will have to learn with experience. He has to realize that schemes aren’t rigid in calls, where it’s zone or man all the way across (as much as Todd Bowles would disagree), so he will have to adjust based on what he sees down the field. On this play, the linebacker with his back turned running down the field indicates man cover for just the tight end, and he should have moved onto his other reads. I love the set up of this 3rd and 10 play to beat zone coverage, which also shows an adjustment on the same drive as our previous play. Similar to the last play, the middle linebacker stays in man coverage (this time with the slot receiver) and the outside receiver cuts into the vacated spot. If you compare this play to the last one, you can clearly see the adjustment to the defense and how it created a wide open passing lane. On the last play, the outside receivers ran go routes, where this is a deep in route assuming the linebacker will stay in man coverage. Unfortunately, the offensive line is horrible for the Dolphins, and Osweiler isn’t great at throwing on the run. He makes the correct read here, but the throw is off-line because he has a defender in his face. How does this impact the Jets? Gase had trouble with late developing plays in Miami, because the offensive line just wasn’t good. This is a play that should have been an easy conversion because the defense is only rushing four, and it’s the perfect route combination against this particular defense. The plan falls apart because the guard falls prey to a spin move and leads the defender right to the QB. I expect the Jets to go heavy on the offensive line in the draft (possibly by trading down) because shoddy line play caused massive headaches for Gase in Miami. Thanks for reading part 3 of our Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back series. Please check back with us soon for Part 4. The post Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back (Part 3) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  14. Courtesy NFL Media 2019 NFL DRAFT TO KICK OFF IN PRIMETIME AT 8:00 PM ET ON THURSDAY NIGHT, APRIL 25 23 PROSPECTS TO ATTEND NFL DRAFT Twenty-three prospects are confirmed to attend the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, the NFL announced today. Two colleges – Alabama and Oklahoma – will each have three players in attendance while two schools – Iowa and Louisiana State – will have two players in attendance. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 11 prospects confirmed to attend the event. The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 25 and continues Friday, April 26 with Rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 27 with Rounds 4-7. The NFL Draft, which was held in Dallas last year, will be hosted in the state of Tennessee for the first time in league history. The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft: 1) Josh Allen LB Kentucky 13) Drew Lock QB Missouri 2) DeAndre Baker DB Georgia 14) D.K. Metcalf WR Mississippi 3) Nick Bosa DE Ohio State 15) Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma 4) Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma 16) Ed Oliver DT Houston 5) Brian Burns DE Florida State 17) Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State 6) Devin Bush LB Michigan 18) Jawaan Taylor T Florida 7) Andre Dillard T Washington State 19) Devin White LB Louisiana State 8) Noah Fant TE Iowa 20) Christian Wilkins DT Clemson 9) Cody Ford T Oklahoma 21) Greedy Williams CB Louisiana State 10) T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa 22) Jonah Williams T Alabama 11) Josh Jacobs RB Alabama 23) Quinnen Williams DT Alabama 12) Daniel Jones QB Duke 2019 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES​ WHAT: 84th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting. WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee. WHEN: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 25 (Round 1). 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3). Noon ET, Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7). The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET. In 2018, the first round consumed three hours and 25 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 10:30 PM ET. The second and third rounds took a combined three hours and 44 minutes in 2018. The draft will conclude by approximately 6:30 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 39 minutes in 2018. DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts. ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 25; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 26; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 27. There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 15 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year. The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds – Round 3: Washington, 33; New England, 34; Los Angeles Rams, 35; Los Angeles Rams, 36; Carolina, 37; New England, 38; Baltimore 39. Round 4: Indianapolis, 33; Dallas, 34; Atlanta, 35; Philadelphia, 36. Round 5: New York Giants, 33; Atlanta, 34; Washington, 35. Round 6: New England, 33; Washington, 34; Arizona, 35; Philadelphia, 36; Minnesota, 37; Cincinnati, 38; Cincinnati, 39; San Francisco, 40; Cincinnati, 41; Kansas City, 42. Round 7: Minnesota, 33; Arizona, 34; Arizona, 35; Minnesota, 36; Los Angeles Rams, 37; New England, 38; Washington, 39; Arizona, 40. TIME LIMITS: Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks: Five minutes per selection. Rounds 7, including compensatory picks: Four minutes per selection. TELEVISION & RADIO: The 2019 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio and ESPN Radio. INTERNET: On Thursday, April 25, Draft Tonight on NFL.com streams immediately following the conclusion of NFL Network’s coverage of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Host of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Kay Adams and Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl offensive tackle Taylor Lewan interview top draftees in Nashville once they’re selected. Draft Tonight on NFL.com continues Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 each day following NFL Network’s live draft coverage. Host Matt “Money” Smith anchors the coverage each day from Los Angeles, joined by analysts Bucky Brooks, Maurice Jones-Drew and Lance Zierlein providing analysis and reaction to Rounds 2-7, as well as overall draft winners and grades for the 2019 selections. Additionally, NFL.com’s Draft Tracker has live coverage of every selection in the draft, including video and analysis of the picks as they happen. MOBILE: Live NFL Network coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork. The post 23 Prospects To Attend NFL Draft appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  15. Welcome to part 2 of the series about the faults with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler, with regards to how it limited the effectiveness of Adam Gase’s offense. We will discuss the issues with the offense itself in a later series, while also discussing the bright spots within the same offense. Please don’t take this article as an excuse for Adam Gase, since he’s far from perfect, but this is just about how his quarterbacks held him back. Please check back with us for the rest of this series. This is a play from the Bengals game for Tannehill, in which he has two wide open options and it ends up being an incomplete pass. The blame partially goes on the QB, but the guard gave up pressure to Geno Atkins, who got a clean shot at Ryan Tannehill. I want you to notice the importance of the late movement against this coverage. The slot receiver goes in motion, which brings the slot cornerback towards the formation, at which point he switches assignments with the safety on the other side of the field. The cornerback is now protecting against the run, while the safety is in pass coverage. Therefore, the late movement now has switched strengths to weaknesses in coverage. You would normally assume a cornerback isn’t as good at tackling as a safety, and the safety isn’t as good at coverage like a cornerback. It doesn’t factor in for this play, but I found it interesting as to how a late motion changed the coverage on the play. The left guard does a terrible job at stopping Atkins, which blows up the play. However, we’re really just looking at the concepts here since I doubt many of you care to see Ryan Tannehill succeed. The play call has two receivers wide open on the play. The initial move of the slot cornerback gives a one on one match up to Kenny Stills, which he wins. The movement across now holds the safety towards the line of scrimmage because his assignment has changed, thus freeing up the second receiver for an in route. If we assume assignments switched, notice how the initial slot corner drifts back into the middle as soon as he sees that as a passing play. If the safety had done the same, the second route towards the bottom of the screen would not be open, or at least as open. The whole point is moot because the guard is overwhelmed, and Tannehill gets hit as he’s throwing. This goes from a great play design to failure with one extra step from the QB. Tannehill hesitates to throw the ball and holds on for an extra second, which leads to him getting hit. How does this bode well for the Jets? Darnold has “magical sloppiness” according to Dan Orlovsky, which help him make accurate throws without setting his feet properly. Therefore, he’s better prepared for a situation such as this play because he would be more accurate without setting his feet. I’m not saying Gase is going to dial up plays to get his franchise QB obliterated, but he’s more suited to make good throws out of bad protection. This is a 3rd down and short play, and it’s a much-maligned screen pass. However, notice how it was set up perfectly to succeed, but the right tackle blows his assignment and torpedoes up the play. The late movement once again is clearing one side of the field, while changing assignments. How does the movement make an impact on assignments? Notice the cornerback on top as the runner goes in motion. He moves to the slot receiver, while they are in man coverage, therefore his assignment is to follow Danny Amendola on his route. This is a 3rd and short play, so he needs to be aggressive on the slant route from the slot position. Amendola on the other hand, has a chip block assignment for this play towards the linebacker. Ideally, Amendola chip blocks the linebacker to slow him down, leading him towards the right tackle. Unfortunately, the right tackle runs too wide, and gives the linebacker a direct path towards the passing lane. It’s hard to tell if the pass is tipped, but in either case, Drake drops the ball. How does this bode well for the Jets? Instead of Amendola in the slot, the Jets can put Quincy Enunwa in that spot, who is a much better blocker. On the outset, this seems like a failed screen pass in a critical situation. However, before you take out the Brian Schottenheimer voodoo doll of offensive coordinator malpractice, know that it was a great call. If the right tackle could stay in his lane, this would be an easy conversion. If you want to know why Ryan Tannehill never improved much as a QB, here is Exhibit 18. He never takes his eye of the intended receiver, even though he’s covered extremely well on this play. Could you call a penalty for pass interference? Yes, in New England and if Tom Brady is throwing it, but it’s very close to the 5 yard contact area. There is an easy crossing route open, but Tannehill never sees it come open because he’s busy staring into the eyes of the first read here. How does this impact the Jets? Don’t look at anyone else but the running back. Notice how open the wheel route becomes on this play. This is why Adam Gase is excited about the Bell signing, because this is a match-up nightmare for linebackers. Bell is one of the best pass catching running backs in the league, and this is a situation tailor made for a wheel route. Brock Osweiler in to start now for the Dolphins. The next game is against the Bears, where he went 28/44 with 3 TDs and a 94 passer rating. Remember those stats as you read further. This is a 3rd and 6 play, and Albert Wilson drops a pass down the middle, which would have gone for good yards. Players drop passes, that is normal on any team, so I’m more interested in the route combination here. Notice that Wilson has slight inside leverage on the cornerback (Kyle Fuller) so the inside breaking route should be open down the field. The deterrent to that option is the linebacker in the middle. If the linebacker follows the slot receiver up the field, then this pass is not going to be open. The linebacker stays home in the middle, at which point the Wilson’s route is bound to have inside release. The receiver is wide open here because the defenders ran into each other, but regardless this is a route that should be open down the field. If the linebacker did follow up the field, then there is an easy outlet pass to the running back which should get the first down with the middle of the field abandoned. How does this impact the Jets? Chicago is a tough defense, as the Jets found out themselves. However, easy reads such as these go a long way in helping a QB sustain drives because it puts them in position to succeed with one or two reads. On this play, the QB has to read the linebacker and then make a fairly safe throw since his receiver should have inside leverage. This is an easy conversion, all Osweiler has to do is read the defender on tight end Mike Gesicki for the pass. Notice the timing on this play, as the read goes inside out. The first read is Gesicki, and then the outside routes break a millisecond later as the secondary reads. The QB gets exactly what he wants in the defender releasing the TE to the inside, yet Osweiler holds onto the ball until the safety gets all the way down into the play. This was a common theme with Osweiler at times in the game, where he seemed to hold onto the ball longer. However, since he’s a replacement for Tannehill and thrust into a game against one of the best defenses in the league, it’s understandable to be apprehensive. I’m just highlighting this play to show how the play call wasn’t the issue, nor was it complicated. It’s a simple read that was botched, and therefore ended up as incomplete. How does this impact the Jets? Sam Darnold is quicker at decision making than Tannehill or Osweiler, with better reads. Thanks for reading Part 2 of Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back. Please check back with us for Part 3 soon. The post Gase’s Offense: Tannehill/Osweiler Held Him Back (Part 2) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...

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