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  1. Glenn is flying solo tonight to talk a little bit about which prospects are worth keeping an eye on as the NFL Combine approaches as well as a quick look at our first NY Jets mock draft of the off-season. Click here to read the full story...
  2. It’s going to be an eventful off-season for Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets as they look at entering the NFL draft with 3 picks in the top 50 (6,37,49) while free agency with what should be close to $100 million in cap space. The team has already acknowledged the obvious in saying they expect to be active in free agency where positions such as QB, CB1, C and WR will almost certainly be addressed. With the team’s most critical needs and ample cap space, it would be foolish to do a mock draft without assuming some needs will be filled via free agency. So while we won’t try to predict which players will be signed in free agency, we’re going to assume CB1 or CB2, C, WR and QB will be addressed. In the event the QB position is addressed with Kirk Cousins, there will be no need for a QB in round 1. If it’s not Cousins, you may not be able to rule out a QB with their first round pick. With that in mind, we’ll offer a first round pick with Cousins signed, and one if he signs elsewhere. Moving right along…pre-combine Jets seven-round mock: Round 1 (6th overall) w/ Cousins signed EDGE Bradley Chubb, NC State: It’s entirely possible Chubb goes to the Colts with the third pick, but with the Jets having a QB locked up, somebody trades up ahead of the Broncos in to that spot to grab a signal caller. If the Colts stay put and take Chubb, the Jets should look to trade down or grab the best player on their board, likely Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson or Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. Round 1 (6th overall) w/o Cousins signed QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma: Tossing aside concerns about his height, the Jets grab college football’s most accurate QB who is one of the more polarizing players in this draft. Jeremy Bates becomes the most important person in the building at 1 Jets drive as he tries to help Mayfield make the transition from college to the NFL. Round 2 (37th overall) CB Donte Jackson, LSU: The Jets pair a free agent CB with one of the top corners in the draft in Jackson. Remember, this is a pre-combine prediction. A strong combine showing could have Jackson gone well before this pick when the time comes. Round 2 (49th overall) OT Brian O’ Neill, Pitt: Jets guard James Carpenter struggled mightily last season and is unlikely to play any better under Jeremy Bates who is expected to install a scheme that relies heavily on zone blocking, which is an admitted weak area for Carpenter. O’ Neill can spend a season or two at guard before kicking outside to left tackle when Kelvin Beachum is gone. If the Jets don’t grab a future left tackle early on, Brandon Parker could be a mid-round option. Round 3 (72nd overall) RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn: Currently projected to go anywhere from round 1 to round three, Johnson should be snapped up by Gang Green if he’s still on the board at this point. If he’s gone, this is a deep enough class that Mike Maccagnan can grab the best back on the board and come away with a good player. Round 4 (103rd overall) WR Marcel Ateman, Oklahoma State: With so much uncertainty surrounding Robby Anderson and Qunicy Enunwa, the Jets may want to grab a couple of receivers this off-season. Ateman is a big target at 6′ 4” who attacks the ball and could be an immediate asset in the red zone. Round 5 (148th overall) TE Ryan Izzo, FSU: It’s about time the Jets add a multi-dimensional tight end. Izzo isn’t a game-breaker on offense, but he’s a solid receiver with the tenacity and size to be a quality blocker. If Austin Seferian-Jenkins doesn’t return, tight end becomes that much more of a need. Round 6 (165th overall) CB Danny Johnson, Southern: Johnson has the ability to become a quality slot corner in the NFL. In his time at Southern, Johnson also returned kicks and punts, averaging 23.0 and 15.2 yards per return respectively. This could give the Jets a key special teams contributor from day one in the sixth round. Round 7 (209th overall) OL Cole Madison, Washington State: Madison has a high motor solid tools to be a quality zone blocker but will need to get stronger. To recap: 1) Edge Bradley Chubb 1a) Baker Mayfield 2) CB Donte Jackson 2) OT Brian O’ Neill 3) RB Kerryon Johnson 4) WR Marcell Ateman 5) TE Ryan Izzo 6) CB Danny Johnson 7) OL Cole Madison With the internet mock drafts piling up, now we sit and wait for risers and fallers based on combine results, media buzz and league smoke screens. Click here to read the full story...
  3. The New York Jets have exercised the options on a pair of key defensive players for the 2018 season. Underrated defensive lineman Steve McLendon and outside linebacker/special teams ace Josh Martin both had their options picked up by Gang Green. We mentioned just a few days ago that both moves would make sense, but McLendon’s return was a no brainer as one of the better defensive players on the roster even if his work goes unnoticed. Martin started a career-high 9 games, registering 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Meanwhile, McLendon posted a career-high of his own with 46 tackles as a versatile member of the Jets D-line. Click here to read the full story...
  4. As Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets enter the second season of a tear-down and re-build, there will be plenty of big decisions to be made by his personnel and coaching staffs. One key decision was made by Todd Bowles when he promoted quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to the offensive coordinator position following the firing of John Morton. With Bates on board to run the offense, one has to wonder if his hiring could play a part in triggering the potential release of offensive lineman James Carpenter. We mentioned the possibility of Carpenter’s possible release last month right here, but bringing Bates on board could make it that much more likely. After two stellar seasons in New York, Carpenter entered the 2017 season widely regarded as the team’s best free agent acquisition by Mike Maccagnan, quickly earning a reputation as a mauler in the trenches who was going to suit up and perform at a high level on a weekly basis. In Chan Gailey’s offense, Carpenter played at a Pro-Bowl level for two seasons. However, a shift in philosophy this season saw him take a step backward, looking more like the player the Seattle Seahawks gave up on after a failed stint under Pete Carroll. Not that you’d need to rely on a PFF grade to know Carpenter struggled, but the site ranked 77th among graded guards with a 41.1. That tells you that his struggles weren’t an illusion. They were very real. Upon arriving in New York, Carpenter openly acknowledged that what he was being asked to do for Gailey was a better fit for the type of player he is. In an interview with Rich Cimini of ESPN, Carpenter was quoted as saying, “This offense is like a dream to me — man and power blocking,” said Carpenter, who played in a zone-blocking scheme in Seattle. “It’s a dream come true for me. That’s the type of lineman I am.” “Man and power blocking” would be another way of saying the exact opposite of what the Jets are likely to run under Bates who cut his teeth working under Mike Shannahan, whose zone blocking scheme led the Broncos to build a reputation as an offense that could produce 1,000 yard rushers no matter who was in the backfield. If Bates is in fact going to rely heavily on a zone scheme, it means Carpenter will be asked once again to play in an offense that doesn’t suit his strengths, at a cost of $6.8 million to the Jets, whereas moving on from the Alabama product could free up $4.7 million. Is that money the Jets could use to pursue a replacement who is better suited for their scheme? Carpenter is a high character player that any team would love to have in their locker room, and the Jets can clearly afford to keep around with their current cap situation. But is it worth it if it means trying to put a square peg in a round hole? We’ll find out in the coming weeks and months if the Jets will look to move on from Carpenter, or write off 2017 as an aberration and go to war with him again in 2018. Click here to read the full story...
  5. The Jets have the 6th pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Depending on what happens in free agency (Kirk Cousins anyone), the Jets could be thinking QB in round one. The draft is in Dallas this year and here is the information for anyone who is thinking of attending in person. FREE TICKET LOTTERY LAUNCHED FOR 2018 NFL DRAFT IN DALLAS More Fans Than Ever Can Watch Event In-Person Largest Free Football Festival in League History The free ticket lottery for the 2018 NFL Draft, taking place in Dallas from April 26 to April 28, opens today. This year will mark the first time that the event is hosted at an NFL stadium, creating opportunities to accommodate the most fans in history. By visiting NFL.com/FanMobilePass, fans can register for an opportunity to win free tickets for themselves and a guest to access seating inside of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, to watch the event live. The 2018 NFL Draft site will also encompass the outdoor plazas, creating a larger than life atmosphere. This includes the free NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, which will take over the area directly outside the stadium. It will be the largest free festival ever created by the League, spanning the size of 26 football fields and featuring immersive experiences, virtual reality, player appearances, and more. Fan Mobile Pass also provides fans attending the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero with the chance to receive standby theater tickets – as seats become available – by checking-in on Thursday for Round 1, Friday for Rounds 2-3, and Saturday for Rounds 4-7. The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest sporting events of the year. A record-breaking 250,000 fans attended the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, along with more than 1,800 accredited media who covered it. In total, the event generated more than $94 million in economic impact for the city, surpassing initial projections and supporting an estimated 30,000 local jobs. Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft – which was broadcast live on ESPN and NFL Network – was the most-watched cable program of the week and the most-watched sports event of the week on both broadcast and cable networks. During its three days, Draft programming claimed five out of the top 10 spots among sports events, including the #1 spot. Important Dates for Fans: February 20: Fans may now register for Fan Mobile Pass at NFL.com/FanMobilePass. By registering, fans will have access to NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, as well as the chance to win a free ticket for themselves and a guest to access seating inside the NFL Draft Theater. March 14: Until Wednesday, March 14 at 11:59 PM ET, fans may register for Fan Mobile Pass to be eligible for free seated tickets inside the NFL Draft Theater. After March 14, registration remains open for NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, also giving fans a chance to win standby theater tickets. Late March: Fans randomly selected for seated tickets will receive an e-mail notifying them of the date (one of three days) and instructions for confirming attendance. April 26 to April 28: The NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero opens for fans of all ages and teams. Through Fan Mobile Pass, fans attending this free football festival will have the chance to receive stand-by tickets for seats inside the NFL Draft Theater. Click here to read the full story...
  6. The deadline for the New York Jets to exercise a $500,000 option on offensive lineman Ben Ijalana has passed and it appears the team has declined that option according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. Ijalana was inked to a two-year deal last off-season as insurance based on his experience at left and right tackle, but wasn’t used to fill in as a starter at any point during the season after starting 11 contests in 2016. As Costello mentions, the move saves the Jets $4.6 million in cap space. Click here to read the full story...
  7. One week from today, NFL prospects will gather at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where the Jets and every other pro team will have their top decision makers on hand to evaluate the 2018 NFL draft participants in attendance. Armed with three picks in the top 50 (6, 37, 49) and seven picks overall, the Jets figure to be busy when the draft finally arrives. One player who will likely be watched closely by Gang Green is left tackle Brandon Parker. A small school player out of North Carolina A&T, Parker is an intriguing prospect who could see his stock rise with a strong showing at the combine. Parker has prototypical attributes with surprising agility for a 6′ 7” 303 lb man. That, plus his 85 1/4″ wing span make him an ideal fit at left tackle. With Kelvin Beachum holding down the fort for the Jets over the next season or two at left tackle, Parker could be the ideal developmental player to bring in and work with at 1 Jets Drive. JetNation.com recently had the chance to interview Parker regarding his experience at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and what teams have asked of him up to this point and some of his collegiate accomplishments. JetNation: Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to talk with us for a bit Brandon, much appreciated. Brandon Parker: Yes sir, no problem. JN: Some publications have you slated as a late-round pick with the chance to move up in the draft if you impress evaluators during the Senior Bowl and combine. How do you think you helped yourself during your week in Mobile? BP: Things went well for me. I spoke to some scouts and coaches who told me the saw what they wanted to see and that I competed at a high level and looked like I belong which was my main mission in going to Mobile. JN: With the Senior Bowl experience behind you and the combine upcoming, what’s your plan between now and the draft to help yourself out that much more? BP: My mind-set is to do a lot of combine-type stuff. I have to get my shuttle time down and work on getting my bench press reps up to be able to do the things they’re looking for. GN: It seems no two sources have the same info on your height and weight, so what were your official numbers when you checked in at the Senior Bowl. BP: They got me at 6′ 7” 303. GN: It seems you have a lot of the measureables that teams look for in a left tackle which could mean you’re more likely to stick there versus some guys who may have played left tackle in college but get asked to move inside or to right tackle because of poor agility or short wing span. Has there been any talk of having you play anywhere other than left tackle from the teams you’ve spoken with? BP: It’s been different from team to team. It’s mostly been talk about me playing on the left side but a few teams have asked if I’d be comfortable playing on the right side. JN: The most impressive note I’ve seen on you in terms of on-field performance is that you didn’t allow a single sack during your time in college. Is that accurate? BP: It’s not completely accurate. I didn’t allow any sacks this year, but before that it was about one sack a year on average. I don’t know where that came from or who started it because it was just the one year that I didn’t allow one. JN: One final question, Brandon. Moving forward, what do you think is the one area where you need to show the most improvement? BP: I think they know I’m pretty strong but one thing is that teams want me to show that I can use my length because I was blessed with long arms and show that I can keep defenders off of me in that region. There are plenty of reasons why Parker would be a fit for the Jets both on and off the field. Kelvin Beachum isn’t a long-term answer at left tackle and they need a young player to groom behind him. Parker was regarded as the 12th best player in Mobile by NFLdraftscout.com and pegged by Dane Brugler as a small-school player to watch. From a character standpoint, Parker has no red flags and comes across as a very mature young man. This also makes Parker making the type of player the Jets are trying to make a part of their organziation as they look to continue building a young nucleus of strong players on the field and in the locker room. Once again, a big thanks to Brandon for taking the time to allow us to get to know him better as the draft approaches. Click here to read the full story...
  8. It’s an age-old debate among football fans and armchair GM’s that’s unlikely to resolve itself any time soon. When draft day comes and your team is on the clock, is it best to take the best overall player on your board, or do you take the best player who fills a need? In three seasons in the Jets GM chair for Mike Maccagnan, he has clearly favored the former versus the latter, especially in his first and third drafts when he chose defensive lineman Leonard Williams and safety Jamal Adams, a pair of defenders who look to be cornerstones for years to come. Darron Lee was the middle pick between Williams and Adams with questions about how much of an impact he can have continuing to linger. Former first round pick Darron Lee flashed at times in 2017, but lacked consistency. Will free agency and Maccagnan’s philosophy of “best player available” lead the Jets away from taking a player at a premier spot (QB, CB, LT, pass rusher) yet again? It’s entirely possible. Of course the most important question is, how will the Jets go about adding a quarterback? The draft is a possibility, but with what will likely be close to $100 million in salary cap space, the Jets will look to sign a veteran quarterback before the draft arrives. Assuming things play out that way, how do the Jets proceed; best player or biggest need? If the Jets don’t trade down to add more picks, they’ll likely be looking at players such as Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson or Alabama part-time cornerback/part-time safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Adding Barkley to an offense with a veteran quarterback such as Kirk Cousins or Tyrod Taylor would make the Jets an infinitely better unit overnight. However, in a class that’s so deep at running back, would Barkely in round 1 be that much better than Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb or Kerryon Johnson outside of the first round? That’s the question the Jets would have to answer if it would mean passing on a top cornerback, offensive tackle or pass rusher. As a football fan, it’s all but impossible to watch Nelson and not want him on your roster. He’s a mauling specimen who is viewed by many as a top five talent, but one that will likely fall in the draft with three to four quarterbacks expected to go in the top five. Fitzpatrick is another potential top-five player, but can the Jets afford to go defense in the first round for the ninth consecutive season and the eleventh time in twelve years (Mark Sanchez, 2009)? Even after using their first and second round picks on a pair of defensive backs last season? The only way the Jets don’t get killed by their fan base for going defense is if a player such as Bradley Chubb falls to sixth after a quarterback has been added. History tells us Mike Maccagnan will take Barkley, Nelson or Fitzpatrick, but if he decides to make the most critical positions on the roster a top priority, Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward or Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams could be the name we hear called in round one. Best player or biggest need, just hope it’s not a Calvin Pryor or Vernon Gholston type of bust. Click here to read the full story...
  9. Dates to Remember

    Here are some important dates to remember leading up to the NFL draft. 2/20/2018 First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. 2/27/2018 TO 3/5/2018 Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. 3/6/2018 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. 3/12/2018 TO 3/14/2018 During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unres 3/14/2018 The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted 3/14/2018 Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts. 3/25/2018 TO 3/28/2018 Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida. 4/2/2018 Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs. 4/16/2018 Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs. 4/20/2018 Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets. 4/25/2018 Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents. 4/26/2018 TO 4/28/2018 NFL Draft (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX). Click here to read the full story...
  10. Happy 13th Year Anniversary JN

    JetNation.com turns 13 years old today. We want to thank everyone who visits the site, talks Jets football in our forums and interacts with us on social media. When we started our goal was to provide an uncensored home for NY Jets talk. Things have changed so much over the years, there is no shortage of places to talk about the Jets today. So we appreciate, now more than ever, the loyalty of Jets fans that make JetNation great. On a regular basis we receive emails or social media comments from fans that think we are the NY Jets. Reading the curse words is always amusing, but the end result is the same. We always respond letting them know that we are a fan-site and we also wish we had control over the draft day process. We thank them for the message and it is a huge compliment that people think we are the official site of the NY Jets. The day we launched the site it was impossible to anticipate reaching the levels that we are at now. Over 3.5 million posts in our NY Jets forums 20,000 JetNation members 40,000 + social media followers This year we expect to surpass 800,000 downloads of our NY Jets podcast, JetNation Radio. That number is staggering and we owe the success to all the dedicated Jets fans that have been so loyal to the site. Win or lose Jets fans are there and there is never a shortage of opinions. Your loyalty continues to inspire us and we admire your passion. The biggest shout out of all has to go out to everyone who has volunteered their time to make the site what it is today. The writers, the moderators, forum administrators have all spent their own time, and in many cases money, to help build the site. A big thank you to that group especially Glenn Naughton, Joe Blewett and Courtney Aurillo. They spend countless hours creating content for the site and we would be lost without them. So go out and get yourself a little green cake and celebrate with us today. Happy Birthday JetNation. Free agency is almost here. The draft is right around the corner. The Jets have a ton of cap room and brighter days are ahead. Click here to read the full story...
  11. With Feb 20th just a few days away, the Jets have a pair of player with roster bonuses due to trigger that would likely mean they’ll be around for the 2018 season in defensive lineman Steve McClendon and outside linebacker Josh Martin. McClendon should be a lock to stick with Gang Green at his 2018 salary of $4.25 million as the former Pittsburgh Steeler has been one of the few bright spots for the Jets since his arrival, and easily the most underrated and underappreciated player on the 53-man roster. Steve McClendon’s performance on and off the field make him a valuable asset moving forward. Often mischaracterized as a nose tackle, McClendon is asked to play in a variety of spots along Todd Bowles’ defensive line and he’s one of the few players who consistently wins his battles on a weekly basis, often dominating opposing offensive linemen. Because his role doesn’t see him generate many sacks, the casual fan may not see just how much of an impact McClendon has on a weekly basis, but he often stands out on the All-22, still getting little recognition for doing a lot of the dirty work inside. McClendon ranked 29th overall out of 122 graded interior defensive lineman according to pro football focus with a grade of 83.3 and his off-field demeanor and experience make him a perfect player for a team whose culture is in the midst of a re-build. While not as much of a force on defense, seeing Martin hang around would also make sense given his special teams production, solid play on defense and high character. At Martin’s modest $2.1 million price tag, the Jets could do a lot worse. Click here to read the full story...
  12. As the NFL draft draws nearer, the continuous flow of mock drafts and prospect analysis is only likely to intensify as fans and experts alike, line up to have their opinions heard. At this point in time, it seems no single player has a wider ranging set of opinions than Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Tossed aside by countless fans due to his paltry 56% completion percentage during his time in Wyoming, professional (and some of the most respected) analysts continue to speak of Allen as one of the top prospects in this class based on a skill set that few NFL quarterbacks can rival. You can now add NFL network’s Mike Mayock to the list of those who see huge upside in taking a 6′ 4” quarterback with excellent mobility and arm strength that would rival any current NFL quarterback. It’s that skill set that landed Allen in the number two spot among QB’s behind USC’s Sam Darnold in Mayock’s eyes. Despite the naysayers, here’s where some other prominent draftniks have Allen going in their mock drafts. Mel Kiper, ESPN- #1 overall pick to Cleveland Todd McShay, ESPN- #6 overall to the Jets Matt Miller, Bleacher Report- #5 overall to Denver Pete Prisco, CBS Sports- #1 overall pick to Cleveland Charlie Campbell, Walter Football- #6 overall to the Jets One interesting note on the Allen forecasts is that several observers putting together their own mock drafts at NFL.com have him going well after sixth overall. Do they have some inside info that the “outsiders” don’t? In fact, outside of Lance Zierlien and Chad Reuter, who both have Allen going to the Jets at six, no other mock has him going before the 11th pick (Daniel Jeremiah) with Charlie Casserly tabbing him as late as fifteenth to the Arizona Cardinals. In looking at a total of ten mock drafts, no team is projected to take Allen more frequently than the Jets, who show up four times as the big QB’s destination. Hmmm… Click here to read the full story...
  13. Heading in to this off-season, the New York Jets have no shortage of needs on both sides of the ball with free agency and the draft approaching. While some holes will undoubtedly be filled by the former, the latter could (and should) be used to upgrade the running back position. Matt Forte is unlikely to return next season and Bilal Powell getting a bit long in the tooth, the Jets have to look at options to add to their backfield moving forward outside of rookie running back Elijah McGuire. Luckily for Gang Green, this is a deep class that could offer a suitable option outside of round one. Sony Michel, Georgia: It’s not secret that Saquon Barkley is the top runner in the 2018 draft and is likely off the board within the top 10 picks. Michel is the next best option on the board and while he could also go in round one, it’s not all that unrealistic to expect him to fall to the first few picks of round 2. The 5′ 11” 215 lb Michel can run with speed and power which enabled him to average a gaudy 6.1 yards per carry in his time at Georgia. Derrius Guice, LSU: Despite splitting carries with Leonard Fournette two seasons ago, Guice piled up over 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns over the past two campaigns. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn: A powerful downhill runner with very good agility, Johnson gave his draft stock a boost late in the season when he had 62 carries for 271 yards and a touchdown to go along with 87 yards and a score on five receptions against the closest thing he would see to an NFL defense in Alabama and Georgia. Nick Chubb, Georgia: Ahead of Michel on the depth chart during his time at Georgia, the 5′ 10” 220 lb Chubb is a powerful back who averaged 6.3 YPC over fours seasons. There are some questions about Chubb’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, but his production in a tough conference could see him come off the board on day two. Ronald Jones II, USC: Watching Jones for USC this season made you think he could be one of the most explosive offensive players in this class. Jones had a five game stretch late in the season that saw him run for 814 yards and 10 touchdowns. He may need to put on some weight if he hopes to be a featured back, but the playmaking ability is clearly there. Kalen Ballage, ASU: Ballage is a load at 6′ 2” 230 and earned plenty of praise during senior bowl week when he clocked in as the second-fastest back in mobile at 19.42 MPH according to the Senior Bowl’s official page. At one point last season, Ballage was reportedly clocked at 22 MPH at the school’s state of the art facility, just .05 MPH slower than last year’s fastest NFL back in Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette. A back with that size/speed combo could continue climbing draft boards with a strong combine performance. Jaylen Samuels, NC State: A multi-dimensional back who has lined up at H-back and tight end, Samuels rushed for 1,100 yards at NC State but was an even bigger weapon in the passing game where he hauled in 202 passes for 1,855 yards. Most pundits appear to be projecting him as a running back come draft day, but his versatility will make him very attractive for GM’s around the league. Akrum Wadley, Iowa: Not a power runner at 5′ 9” 188, Wadley has a chance to make an impact in a west coast offense as his excellent hands and elusiveness would give him a chance to make big plays on short routes. During his time at Iowa, Wadley averaged just over 10 yards per reception on 64 catches over his final two seasons. Wadley won’t be a feature back, but a complimentary player in the mold of Bilal Powell if he can add some bulk. Lavon Coleman, Washington: Here’s a dark horse candidate worth keeping an eye on. Coleman split carries with Myles Gaskin during his time at Washington and impressed when his number was called. In limited action, the 5′ 11” 235 lb Coleman averaged 5.3 yards per carry and has the frame to take a beating in the NFL. Don’t be surprised if the Washington product lands with Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. Even with 10 backs highlighted, there are still some other runners with pro potential such as San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, Nyheim Hines, a quick/speedy back out of NC State who can return punts and Alabama’s Bo Scarborough just to name a few more. With such a deep running back class and as many as six quarterbacks projected to go in the first two rounds of the draft, some talented runners will be pushed down and there for the taking in the middle to late rounds where the Jets (and others) will be able to steal a featured back for a relatively low-cost. Who’s on the Jets radar? Only time will tell. Click here to read the full story...
  14. On this week’s episode of JetNation Radio Joe is back after a one week hiatus. The guys again talk about Kirk Cousins as Joe shares his thoughts on why the New York Jets would be dumb to not try to sign him. They also go over some of the other free agent QB options such as Tyrod Taylor, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford. Then they discuss the Jets other two biggest needs heading into Free Agency and how they might address it. You can listen to the show below or you can also watch it –> New York Jets talk on YouTube. Click here to read the full story...
  15. It looks like the Jets are keeping it in the family as the offseason gets ready to kick off as they’ve signed the son of defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, Kacy Rodgers II according to DEC management. Previously a member of the saskatchewan roughriders of the CFL, Rodgers played his college football at the University of Miami. Click here to read the full story...