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  1. On this episode of our NY Jets Podcast, JetNation Radio, Dylan Tereman and Alex Varallo review the position battles for the starting 22 spots. Many positions are up for grabs. The Jets coaching staff stresses a deep rotation along the defensive line. Which player will be TE1? Can Bryce Hall hold his starting job? Will Jeff Smith put pressure on Denzel Mims for a roster spot? Special thanks go out to our long time sponsor, MILE Social a NJ Digital Marketing Agency. They help us with our online presence and social media. Our NY Jets Podcast can now be found on Spotify and Amazon Music. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play. Here is some more information on how you can find us online. NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play JetNation Radio on Amazon Music NY Jets Podcast Page NY Jets Podcast on YouTube The post NY Jets Roster Battles appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  2. Yesterday, the NY Jets announced that they have signed Michael Clemons. He was selected in the fourth round (No. 117 overall) after notching 7 sacks, in 10 games during the Aggies’ 2021 season. In his A&M career, he played in 39 games (25 starts) and had 12.5 sacks. Here is Rich Cimini with a contract update and a note on the remaining unsigned players. RB Breece Hall and OT Max Mitchell are draft picks that remain unsigned. https://t.co/fxBktf68mc — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 23, 2022 Here is the official release from the team on Clemons. Texas A&M defensive lineman Micheal Clemons, the Jets’ seventh and final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, has signed a rookie contract with the Green & White. Clemons (6-5, 263) was selected in the fourth round (No. 117 overall) after notching 7 sacks, 11 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 2 pass defenses in 10 games (9 starts) during the Aggies’ 2021 season. In his A&M career, he played in 39 games (25 starts) and totaled 93 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 21 TFLs, 1 FF and 2 PDs. “I feel like he’s one of the nastier players in the entire draft,” general manager Joe Douglas said. “His physicality, the edge that he plays with, the toughness that he brings, we don’t think you can have enough of that on this team.” Clemons, 24, was the second edge rusher the Jets added in this year’s draft. Douglas engineered a trade to move back into the first round and then select Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson II with the No. 26 pick. The two rookies join a position group that has been strengthened with the signing in free agency of Jacob Martin and Solomon Thomas, and the impending return of Carl Lawson, a signing in free agency in 2021 who sustained an Achilles tendon injury in the preseason that forced him to sit out all 17 games. The team also re-signed DT Nathan Shepherd to a one-year deal. “I’m really excited to get up there and extremely grateful to the organization,” Clemons said after receiving news he had been selected by the Green & White. “I did an interview with the Jets just so they could get to know me as a person. We talked football and I knew they had some interest, but I didn’t know whether or not they had this much interest.” Add Clemons to the list of players the Jets had the opportunity to meet and greet up close during January’s Senior Bowl, when the coaching staff oversaw the National team, but also interacted with most of the players who participated in the week of practice leading up to the game. “We feel the talent level is obviously high,” Douglas told SNY. “What he brings from a length, toughness and speed off the edge, certainly you can say he’s a first, second-day talent level. You get to a certain point in the draft where risk is mitigated. Felt good about that and where we added him.” The post Micheal Clemons Signs appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  3. DJ Bien-Aime is our special guest this week on our NY Jets Podcast, JetNation Radio. Listen in as our hosts, Alex Varallo and Dylan Tereman bring you the latest Jets news after mini camp. Training camp is just over a month away, the NY Jets Roster has undergone an overhaul. We will find out soon enough what this 2022 team is all about. Listen in and here the latest. Special thanks go out to our long time sponsor, MILE Social a NJ Digital Marketing Agency. They help us with our online presence and social media. Our NY Jets Podcast can now be found on Spotify and Amazon Music. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play. Here is some more information on how you can find us online. NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play JetNation Radio on Amazon Music NY Jets Podcast Page NY Jets Podcast on YouTube The post DJ Bien-Aime Joins JetNation Radio appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
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  6. Having used the NFL draft to grab a couple of pass rushers in Jermaine Johnson and Michael Clemons, the Jets hope that the pair can combine with a healthy Carl Lawson to complete a formidable trio. But forgotten in the mix it seems, would be third-year edge rusher Bryce Huff. A talented player who is also a bit of an enigma. If you’ve followed the Jets closely over the past couple of years, you’re aware of some of the hype surrounding Huff. An undrafted free agent out of Memphis, there were those who touted his addition as a potential steal. A “draftable player” with positive traits who slipped through the cracks. After picking up just two sacks as a rookie, there was still a fair bit of excitement surrounding Huff. The box scores may not have shown it, but on film you could see him beating opposing offensive linemen with more consistency than you may have expected. Even still, the sacks weren’t coming. Good stuff from Bryce Huff (47) here. Giving up 50 lbs to DJ Humphries and drives him in to the backfield, helping force Kyler Murray to bail on the play. Showing he's more than just a speed guy off the edge. pic.twitter.com/HSBKp9c4YU — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) October 13, 2020 It was more of the same for Huff in year two. Plenty of wins on film that didn’t always translate to sacks. In total, Huff has registered only 4 sacks in two seasons after appearing in 23 games (7 starts). But even still, the immense potential keeps showing up. For the second year there were multiple outlets praising Huff’s win rate as a pass rusher. One #Jets player doing exceptionally well in ESPN's pass-rush win rate metric (ranking among all edge rushers): Bryce Huff — 9th/64 … 26% win rate JFM — 45th/64 … 10% Lawson — 58th/64 … 5.6% — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 14, 2021 As pointed out by Rich Cimini in the tweet above, Huff was winning his pass rush reps at a far more impressive rate than the more highly regarded John Franklin-Myers and the aforementioned Lawson. At one point, Huff was winning 26% of his reps. A very impressive number. One could argue that win rates in recent years for the Jets against the pass yielded so few results because opposing quarterbacks were too often able to find an open receiver under pressure. What else would you expect against what has been such a porous defense? Or perhaps it was that much more of an adjustment for a kid coming out of a small program. Huff has been able to do some good things without truly putting it all together and breaking out. The unheralded defender has a quick first step, some impressive bend and surprising strength. With the addition of Johnson and Clemons to go along with Lawson’s return, it’s time for him to not only win his matchups, but turn in some game changing plays. The post Forgotten man on Defense, Jets Hope Brcye Huff Starts Turning Wins in to Sacks appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  7. Full disclosure…there’s a good chance I’m a bigger Jeff Smith fan than most. In three years with the Jets, the undrafted receiver has managed to produce just 26 receptions for 292 yards without a touchdown. In year’s past, Smith’s path to the 53-man roster didn’t present as many obstacles as the 2022 version, which means Smith has to step up his game. After drafting Garrett Wilson in the first round of the NFL draft after a season in which Elijah Moore cemented his spot at the top end of the depth chart, wide receiver spots on the roster are dwindling. Gone are the days of competing with Jaleel Scott and Josh Malone with Jamison Crowder and Braxton Berrios leading the way. There are now at least four wide receivers locked in to make the roster in Wilson, Moore, Berrios and Corey Davis. This leaves just a couple of spots for Smith to fight for. And if the early results in mini camp are any indication, he’s fighting pretty hard. Better day for Zach Wilson. Completed 7 of 8 in 11 on 11, hitting Jeff Smith three times. Lots of quick game, ball out quickly. Leaping catch by Corey Davis on deep sideline. #Jets — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 14, 2022 Zach Wilson’s play of the offseason — a (roughly) 50-yard TD to Jeff Smith in 7 on 7. It was a dime. Wilson dropped it in the bucket beautifully. Several teammates celebrated. Major-league throw. #Jets — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 15, 2022 The converted college QB at Boston College, Smith has blazing speed that he hasn’t been able to take full advantage of due largely to his inexperience and what has been mostly putrid quarterback play since becoming a Jet. Jets had some opportunities to hit on some big plays with Jeff Smith last year but QB's were just off the mark. pic.twitter.com/8C79sjJ8kc — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) June 13, 2021 Working is Smith advantage? He has a year in the system so he should have a good grasp of the offense. Having been a quarterback at BC, he offers the possibility of being a gadget player which is probably something Mike LaFleur is a proponent of. Smith’s physical profile is also a good fit for what the Jets do on offense as a player who is quick in and out of his breaks and could be a threat after the catch if quarterbacks can finally get him the ball. Perhaps most impressive about Smith thus far is his overall journey. Despite not getting on the field as a rookie, he still managed to stick. That’s not something you see every day. And having now been with the team for as long as he has, he has managed to impress multiple GM’s and head coaches who all saw the value in retaining Smith. Now it’s about Smith continuing to fight his way onto a roster that suddenly has infinitely more talent than when he first arrived. The post Pathway to 53-man Roster is Bigger Uphill Battle Than Year’s Past for Jets WR Jeff Smith appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  8. Jets fans finally got an update on the team’s expectations in regards to the return of Mekhi Becton but didn’t get to find out where the lineman is in terms of his weight. So to summarize on Mekhi Becton: His knee is structurally sound, per Saleh. He will be ready for training camp. Saleh won't reveal weight, says Becton still working w/ performance staff. No decision on LT-RT situation. #Jets — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 15, 2022 With his knee reportedly in good shape, head coach Robert Saleh said Becton will return when training camp kicks off in late July. Becton has of course been the center of attention in recent weeks as works to come back from injury. The tackle dislocated is knee cap in the team’s opener last season and despite the team suggesting his return would be weeks away, missed the whole season. Becton has been working out in Texas with his trainer and a nutritional team in an effort to shed some pounds after reportedly tipping the scales at over 400 lbs by the end of last season. With Becton on the shelf, tackle George Fant turned in a career year, meaning Becton will have to win his old job back at left tackle. The post Becton’s Knee “Structurally Sound”; Team Remains mum on Tackle’s Weight appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  9. NFL Fans can be a finicky bunch. Add a proven veteran who fills a need in free agency and the masses rejoice. Watch that same player have a rough start and those same fans will demand he be released. That’s how things played out for Jets center Connor McGovern, but the Jets rejected the calls for his ouster and held tight. The Missouri product had entered the league in 2017 as a guard for the Denver Broncos. After moving to center in his third year, he hit free agency and signed with the Jets to fill what had been a black hole since the departure of future Ring-of-Honor member Nick Mangold. #Jets thinking: They like Connor McGovern & believe he will excel in the Kyle Shanahan/Mike LaFleur offense. Moving him to guard wasn’t ever something they considered. https://t.co/uO5XgXMJye — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 15, 2021 Things didn’t go well for McGovern in his first season with the Jets, but that could have been said about pretty much anyone on the 53-man roster under the since fired and still unemployed Adam Gase. With Gase engineering what was the NFL’s worst offense, McGovern had his share of struggles and many worried that he would join a long list of poor signings for Gang Green. Fast forward the 2021 off-season and the Jets didn’t pursue any replacements in free agency and reportedly liked McGovern’s fit in the team’s new offense. As it turned out, the Jets were right. McGovern’s play from year one to year two with the Jets was night and day. This meant McGovern would stays while being flanked by Laken Tomlinson at left guard with Alijah Vera-Tucker moving from left to right. Connor McGovern: Career best 78.9 run blocking grade last season. 9th highest among all Centers pic.twitter.com/tFvS8k2Rjn — PFF NY Jets (@PFF_Jets) June 12, 2022 What this means for the Jets offense is that their young quarterback has continuity at a vital spot. Meanwhile, Vera-Tucker will have an experienced center to lean on as a mentor. Replacing McGovern may have been what some wanted, but sticking with the veteran was the right call all along. The post McGovern Still Standing as Jets Man in the Middle appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  10. On this episode of our NY Jets Podcast, JetNation Radio, Dylan Tereman and Alex Varallo are joined by legendary Special teams coach, Mike Westhoff. He gives his thoughts on the current roster and some of his past memories as the special teams coach of the NY Jets. Tune in to hear Coach Westhoff and be sure to check out his new book: Figure It Out: My Thirty-Two-Year Journey While Revolutionizing Pro Football’s Special Teams (Hardcover) Simply put, Mike Westhoff is the greatest special teams coach in National Football League history. Sharp-witted, creative, and intensely focused, Westhoff spent thirty-two years working alongside and learning from some of the legends of the sport—including Don Shula, Dan Marino, Bear Bryant, and Woody Hayes—while revolutionizing the most misunderstood phase of the game. Over the course of 657 games, primarily with the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, Westhoff was a relentless innovator—constantly figuring out new ways to help the individual skills of hundreds of players surface and develop. Interviews with dozens of his contemporaries and former players such as Sean Payton, Taysom Hill, and Zach Thomas provide a rare glimpse of NFL life beyond the field—inside the offices, meeting rooms, and locker rooms with one of the game’s most unforgettable personalities. But his story isn’t just about football. Westhoff also shares intimate details of his multiple battles with cancer and the life lessons learned through the fights. In Figure It Out, Westhoff presents his one-of-a-kind experiences and unfiltered views in his trademark style—a refreshing blend of honest (sometimes brutally so), funny, and poignant. His deep insights into the workings of special teams—illustrated by 27 detailed original diagrams—and timely commentary on the current state of pro football reveal a critical side of the sport that very few truly understand. The post Mike Westhoff on JetNation Radio appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  11. NY Jets mini camp is here and defensive coordinator spoke to the media on Tuesday. He was asked about several players and gave these updates: Quinnen Williams I got very high expectations. He’s a guy that last year at this time, as we all know, he was injured. He broke his foot and he delt with that for quite a bit. And, although he didn’t say anything to anyone, like if you were to ask him man to man. There’s something to be said about a guy that misses camp, misses the offseason. Not only was the scheme new and all that was new, but you’re still getting your feet underneath you, your legs underneath you. I feel like last year he was in a little bit of catch-up mode the entire season. So, for this year to have a full offseason of absolutely rolling I think he’s finding new levels of strain. I think he’s going places that he hasn’t gone to in the past, regarding the way he works on a daily basis. The sky is the absolute limit for this man. I can’t wait to see what he can do on Sundays. Jermaine Johnson I’m just getting to know him now as a person. You see a big, long athlete that can move – he’s got explosion, he’s got speed, he’s got bend – all the stuff that rushers need to have from a physical standpoint. Now it’s just learning his game. Learning the intricacies of the position, learning how to strain on a daily basis. Learning the grit that’s necessary to be successful on the line. Sauce Gardner He doesn’t repeat errors. He’s a guy that is so hungry to learn. If he gets beat, most of the time he just figure it out on his own because he has such a good football brain, and a thirst for the game and a thirst to get better and learn and grow. But if he doesn’t figure it out, he’ll go immediately to TO (Tony Oden), to Marquand (Manuel), myself, whoever and figure it out. And it doesn’t show up again. He’s going to have his lumps and his rookie moments which they all do, but at the same time there’s not going be a lot of them. Probably less than most. Jason Pinnock From a physical standpoint there’s really nothing different. I mean here’s this long, big, physical safety that’s just got range. He checks off all the physical boxes. Now for him, it’s about learning the position, he’s a long-time corner. Corners aren’t typically the greatest communicators. They haven’t had to learn the whole game, they’ve learned their side of the field, they’ve learned their techniques. So, a lot of the time when you get him back there it’s not only the technique, it’s the vision, it’s the communication. He’s a guy that’s getting better, and he’s getting more comfortable with the position. Still got a ways to go though. (follow up) When you guys drafted him did you have a thought in your head that he might be able to be a safety one day or was it the injuries last year and things that happened, and his skill set. What made you make the conversion to Safety? I think, going back to Coach Saleh’s time with San Francisco when they had Jimmy Ward, and in this defense, especially when you get into certain formations, we have safeties that have to cover in a man-to-man against a wide receiver. Jimmy Ward was that guy in San Francisco, a converted corner that went to safety and was able to assume that role at a high level. We are searching for that same guy. That’s why Lamarcus has so much value to us. Here’s a guy that’s played nickel, he’s played corner in some capacity, so he knows how to play man. We feel comfortable and he feels comfortable covering wide receivers in a man capacity. Now we’re trying to find another guy that can assume that same role. Pinnock is getting better. We are very excited about what he will be, but he’s still a young player and has a long way to go. Jordan Whitehead We are so fortunate to have gotten him. He is an amazing human being. Every day he does something that just lights me up again. Like damn, he can do that, he can do that, he can do that. I don’t know what his role was in Tampa regarding was he a leader or not, but he has absolutely assumed that role here with the fellas. They absolutely gravitate towards him, and they follow his lead and he does a great job of that. It’s just rare that you get a guy in free agency like that because typically when you check all the boxes physically, you check all the boxes from a character standpoint, teams don’t let you go. The fact that we were able to get him is huge. The linebacker group; C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams. What about the rest of the room? Jamien Sherwood is obviously a guy who couldn’t participate because of the Achilles, still coming back. Just knowing him, he is an absolute tireless worker, he is going to be ready when it’s time to go. Excited about him. Him and Hamsah (Nasirildeen) both, they’re converted safeties, so last year was trial by fire. It’s like new position, NFL, speed change, everything, new playbook. So, it was a lot thrown at those guys. So, for them to do as well as they did, it’s still a surprise. The fact that now they have, like I always believe your rookie season you’re drowning. Someone is just pushing their hand on your head, and you’re just trying to breathe and stay afloat and then you have those offseason where things start to slow down, that’s where the information starts to absorb. I think both of those guys are in that place now and they’re starting to get the position, so I’m excited about both of them taking a huge jump. I think Marcell (Harris), he brings an edge, a toughness, he’s got some, I can’t say the word I want to say. He’s got some of that, this is my job, but every once and awhile when I know, I go and I shoot my gun. It’s hard for some guys because guys are so conscientious to do right all the time. He is, too, not to say that he isn’t, but he also has that X-Factor that all playmakers have where he just shoots his gun sometimes. I think he shows the other guys there’s a place for that. Not all the time, but there is a place for that. So, he brings that, which I absolutely appreciate. It’s a really good group. Del’Shawn (Phillips) is a guy that you love because he can absolutely do right. If you put him out there, he will get every single human being on the same page. So, he brings a lot of value in that way. We get quality reps whenever he’s running it because you just know that he’s going to run it and he’s going to do right. So, it’s a young group, it’s an inexperienced group, but it’s a group we’re excited about. If C.J. is out again, who is your MIKE linebacker? I don’t know that yet, honestly. I don’t know that. I don’t know if that’s a combination of moving Quincy around, I don’t know if that’s Jamien, Hamsah, Del’Shawn, I think it’s way too early to tell. If I were to speculate, you’d think maybe Jamien just from the standpoint of he’s such a high-level communicator. We’re far from that, I think. The post Ulbrich on Quinnen Williams: “The Sky is the Absolute Limit” appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  12. On this episode of JetNation RadioAM, we talk about the botched prognosis of Mekhi Becton, the improved supporting cast around Zach Wilson and some of our stories from JetNaton.com front page. Are fans justified in getting mad at Mekhi Becton after the team told fans he would miss less than two months? Now that it looks like Becton will miss almost a full calendar year, who is at fault? The post JN Radio: Don’t get mad at Mekhi, Jets Dropped the Ball With Becton appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  13. The Jets did an awful lot to upgrade the talent on their roster as they transitioned from 2021 to 2022. Whether it was through the draft or free agency, Joe Douglas has attacked a myriad of positions. It was necessary for Douglas to show he means business and that’s just what he did. But which group did he improve the most? There are a few positions you could list to answer that question. Adding Jermaine Johnson, Michael Clemons and Jacob Martin to a defensive front that will have Carl Lawson returning is intriguing. Signing DJ Reed to play cornerback before drafting Sauce Gardner with their first pick is another contender. However, we’re going to make the case for the tight end position being the team’s most improved group overall. Why? Because in looking at the defensive line and cornerback position, the Jets needed upgrades, but there was already some talent in place. Quinnen Williams and John Franklin-Myers are very good players who had some very impressive moments in 2021. Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols aren’t going to make anyone forget Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, but they’re solid players who will be a round for a while. But at tight end? There was about as close to nothing as you get in the NFL. Since 2015, Jets tight ends have averaged just 40 catches per year with 2015 and 2016 yielding a total of just 26 receptions. Yes, you read that correctly. All tight ends on the Jets roster over a two-year period caught 26 passes. Should see 3 different TE's top that in 2023. — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) June 13, 2022 Tyler Kroft might be solid second tight end for somebody, but that wasn’t the case last season in Mike LeFleur’s offense. And Ryan Griffin? He had himself a nice stretch with the Jets a couple seasons ago but was never the same player after suffering a knee injury late in the 2021 season. Undrafted free agent Kenny Yeboah could be an asset moving forward, but the undrafted free agent was too wet behind the ears to be counted on last season. Meanwhile, Treveon Wesco has been used exclusively as a blocker while a smattering of other tight ends saw some action on special teams. Since 2015, Jets tight ends have averaged just 40 catches per year with 2015 and 2016 yielding a total of just 26 receptions. Yes, you read that correctly. All tight ends on the Jets roster over a two-year period caught 26 passes. Should see 3 different TE's top that in 2023. — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) June 13, 2022 Now, as the 2022 season approaches, the overhauled tight end room boasts considerably more talent. First and foremost, the Jets added a pair of free agents in CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin from the Bengals and Titans respectively. Uzomah may have signed first, but Conklin is the better all-around player from what we’ve seen on film. Once they were done adding tight ends via free agency, the team drafted immediate fan-favorite Jeremy Ruckert out of Ohio State. A player who should be better as a pro than he was in college, Ruckert is a 3-down tight end who is a very good blocker with fantastic hands. And don’t overlook converted wide receiver Lawrence Cager. One thing that pops up consistently with Lawrence Cager is concentration on some of these catches. DB's draped all over him, pulling on one arm while he makes the catch with the other. Impressive stuff from the UDFA. pic.twitter.com/R63l2O1GC7 — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) May 1, 2020 Originally signed by the Jets out of Georgia after transferring from Miami, the 6′ 5” Cager was let go and spent some time with the Browns before coming back this offseason. The former receiver gave fans an update via twitter to let them know he’d beefed up from 220 lbs to 241 at just 8% body fat. 241 8% body fat — Lawrence Cager (@lawrencecager3) May 17, 2022 As a former receiver with excellent height and strong hands, giving Cager a look at tight end made a lot of sense. It’s a no-risk, high-reward move by the Jets who may find a diamond in the rough to add to what is now a very respectable group of pass catchers. The post Jets Tight End Depth Chart Among Most Improved Groups on Roster appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  14. In a small tidbit from Rich Cimini of ESPN.com that should go over like a lead balloon with Jets fans, it appears the team does not expect offensive tackle Mekhi Becton to practice during the team’s upcoming mini camp. Check the excerpt below. 3. Here comes Mekhi: Minicamp runs Tuesday and Wednesday. Unlike OTA practices, minicamp is mandatory. Saleh expects every player to attend, including tackle Mekhi Becton, who didn’t participate in the nine weeks of voluntary work. The Monday pre-camp physical will be the organization’s first in-person look at him since the end of the season. He’s not expected to practice. So if Cimini is right, this would mean Becton will have missed nine months of action after he was reportedly going to miss 4-5 weeks. This would also mean that the medical staff was off by no fewer than 30 weeks in their prognosis. Fans can be up in arms all they like in regards to their franchise left tackle’s injury potentially dragging on for close to a year, but is the team’s error Becton’s fault? Becton wasn’t the one who told fans he’d miss just over a month. That was the team. In fact, Becton sounded hopeful late in the season that he’d see the field before the season ended. Is it possible the team was just wrong about his prognosis every step of the way? Was Becton being given the same information that the fans were? That playing in 2021 was a possibility? If so, somebody dropped the ball. It’s no secret that teams aren’t always 100% forthcoming in regards to injuries, but rarely will you see them project a 4-5 week return when a player may miss up to a year. Every time the team address the Becton situation it reminds Jets fans just how poorly their projection was and the hysteria over the missed time starts all over again. But in all reality, if the Jets recognized the fact that they handled it poorly out of the gate and now want to take a cautious approach, it’s probably the best thing for all parties. The post Cimini: Jets Don’t Expect Becton to Practice During Mandatory Mini Camp appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  15. While Jets fans are fired up for the start of the 2022 NFL season which is now less than 100 days away, there are three Jets veterans who may already be looking ahead to 2023. Not because of any expectations on the field, but because of what’s at stake if they don’t perform this year. Linebacker CJ Mosley, edge rusher Carl Lawson and wide receiver Corey Davis have some hefty cap hits on the horizon. Should they fail to meet expectations, they could be on the way out. Mosley is likely under the most scrutiny as he carries the team’s biggest cap hit at $18.5 million. That’s an awful lot of money for an aging inside linebacker whose release would save the team a whopping $15.5 million. 2022 season is huge for futures of CJ Mosley, Carl Lawson and Corey Davis. 2023 cap hit vs cap savings: Mosley: $18.5 hit – $15.5 savings Lawson: $15.3 hit – $15 mil savings Davis: $11.1 hit – $10.5 mil savings Jets will look to make room with just $12 mil in 2023 cap space. — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) June 11, 2022 The fact Mosley doesn’t play a premium position doesn’t help his cause all that much either. If Mosley doesn’t re-structure his deal at some point, it’s difficult to see him returning. That is unless of course he has an all-pro type of season. Lawson being an edge rusher and Davis potentially being an asset for Zach Wilson may give them a better chance to stick. However, with just $12 million in cap space, who knows what they’ll have to do to see those pay days. Lawson is set to make $15.3 million with Davis close behind at $11.1 million. If the Jets were to cut ties, the cap savings would be $15 million and $10.5 million respectively. In a perfect world, GM Joe Douglas will agonize over how to pay a roster full of guys who have monster seasons. In reality, somebody is going to have to take a pay cut or get moved along. In fact, while Mosley, Lawson and Davis are the top 3, they aren’t alone. Entering just the second year of his new contract, John Franklin-Myers is set to make just over $12 million with a cap savings of $11.2 million if cut. The 2022 season might be just around the corner, but it’s 2023 that some guys will be playing for. The post Three Jets Vets who Will be Playing for 2023 Roster Spot This Season appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  16. Please pardon New York Jets fans if they’re a bit excited when it comes to the team’s 2022 draft class which has just one season under its belt. But in all honesty, who can blame them? The team is well overdue for a “home run” class. It’s been a (very, very) long time since the Jets produced a draft class that came close to resembling what this group has in the early going. Should Zach Wilson continue to trend in the right direction, it would mean Joe Douglas nabbed up to five starting caliber players in one fell swoop. Wilson, OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, WR Elijah Moore, RB Michael Carter and DB Michael Carter II. There’s also sixth-round cornerback Brandin Echols who looked like a potential depth piece/spot starter as a rookie. But is there another possible starter emerging? Late last season we saw rookie cornerback Jason Pinnock get a look at safety as the year came to a close and the former Pittsburgh Panther impressed. So much in fact that come draft time, the Jets took a pass on a position that many perceived as one of their top needs. A win for Pinnock. Over the final three weeks of the 2021 season, Jason Pinnock was PFF’s 4th highest graded Safety (80.7) pic.twitter.com/rYKkoiUVQG — PFF NY Jets (@PFF_Jets) January 18, 2022 Now as the team mixes it up in minicamp, we’re hearing Pinnock’s name again from those in attendance. Last week it was being reported that Pinnock was spending a significant chunk of time with the starters. Today it was an interception in 7-on-7’s. There’s still a long way to go before the season kicks off, but in connecting the dots regarding Pinnock, he certainly looks to be giving himself a great chance to win a starting job. Dubbed by NFL.com as a player who did some of his best work in college while his eyes were facing forward, perhaps a switch from cornerback to safety will allow him to capitalize on that strength as he gets an extended look at opposing offenses as a play unfolds. Jets GM’s have largely been an inept group for far too long, rarely finding more than a player or two worth keeping around beyond their rookie deals. However, should Pinnock blossom in to a starter, there’s a good chance Joe Douglas will have put together the Jets best class in decades. And this, with still plenty of time to evaluate the likes of Jamien Sherwood, Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jonathan Marshall. The post Pinnock’s Potential Adds Intrigue to Jets 2021 Draft Class appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  17. There may be some things lacking in Jets linebacker Quincy Williams’ game, but confidence isn’t one of them. Meeting with Jets reporters yesterday during mini-camp, Williams said that he was going to “speak it in to existence” and predicted “I will be a pro bowl player this year”. It’s a bold prediction, but who can blame Williams for feeling good about his game? "I will be a Pro Bowler this year" – Quincy Williams pic.twitter.com/egPlvtWjJ6 — Jets Videos (@snyjets) June 9, 2022 After joining the Jets just before the 2021 season kicked off, Williams established career-highs across the board. His 13 starts, 110 tackles (73 solo), 9 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 2 sacks were all personal bests. Hoping to get out of the shadow of his older brother, Jets DT Quinnen Williams, Quincy is carving his own path. There were those who expected the Jets to add a linebacker via the draft, but team appears happy to run things back with Williams at linebacker. Playing for a coach with the intensity of Robert Saleh, it’s easy to understand why. In addition to putting up all of the aforementioned numbers, Williams made some bone crushing hits that fired up teammates and fans alike. Quincy Williams is going to hurt somebody at some point. Hit's like a freight train. Second forced fumble of the day here. pic.twitter.com/9GIgbaTtUf — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) October 11, 2021 With a year under his belt in what was a new system last season, Williams should be that much more comfortable and ready to step back in to his starting role. The pro bowl may be a long shot, but we wouldn’t rule it out completely. The post Jets LB Quincy Williams Predicts Pro-Bowl Season appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  18. Well aware of the Jets questions at offensive tackle with George Fant and Mekhi Becton atop his depth chart, Jets GM Joe Douglas is still poking around in free agency to possibly add a veteran tackle. Former Detroit Lion and Cincinnati Bengals lineman Reily Reiff visited with the Jets today. Free-agent OT Riley Reiff, the former Lions’ 2013 first-round pick who spent last season with the Bengals, is visiting today with the New York Jets, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 9, 2022 Reiff, a former first-round pick with the Lions, has started 139 games since entering the league in 2012 and could be this year’s version of Morgan Moses. An experienced tackle who could be asked to step in and start should the Jets be without the services of Becton or Fant during the 2023 season. After suffering a week 14 ankle injury that ended his 2022 season prematurely, Reiff hit free agency and is still looking for a club. Reiff’s addition would be a welcome one for Jets fans. With Joe Douglas having re-built the O-line over the past two seasons, nobody wants the Jets to start 2023 without a viable backup. In Reiff, the Jets would have just that with a player who has played both left and right tackle in his time as a pro. The post Douglas Continues to Comb Free Agency as Jets Host Tackle Reily Reiff appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  19. On this episode of our NY Jets Podcast, JetNation Radio, our very own Greenbean joins Dylan and Alex for a special episode on the strengths and weaknesses of the NY Jets roster. Greenbean shares his thoughts on the recent additions to the Jets Ring of Honor as well as his overall perspective on the offseason acquisitions. Special thanks go out to our long time sponsor, MILE Social a NJ digital marketing agency. They help us with our online presence and social media. Our NY Jets Podcast can now be found on Spotify and Amazon Music. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play. Here is some more information on how you can find us online NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play JetNation Radio on Amazon Music NY Jets Podcast Page NY Jets Podcast on YouTube The post NY Jets Roster Breakdown appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  20. The Jets schedule (regular season) has been out for some time. This week the NFL has officially announced the remainder of the preseason schedule for the upcoming NFL season. Here are the national games: NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE (All times Eastern) DATE GAME NETWORK (TIME) Thursday, August 4 NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Las Vegas Raiders NBC (8:00 PM) Preseason Week 2 Thursday, August 18 Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks ESPN (8:00 PM) Sunday, August 21 Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals FOX (8:00 PM) Monday, August 22 Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets ESPN (8:00 PM) Preseason Week 3 Thursday, August 25 San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans Prime Video (8:15 PM) Sunday, August 28 Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers CBS (4:30 PM) For the Jets they have two home preseason games and one on the road. Here are the dates and times: N.Y. Jets 8/12 at Philadelphia, 7:30 8/22 Atlanta, 8:00 8/28 N.Y. Giants, 1:00 Here is the full New York Jets Schedule. The post 2022 NFL Preseason Dates and Times Announced appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  21. After the offensive roller coaster that was the 2021 season, Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur looks to build off the highs and learn from the lows of last season. As LaFleur begins his second year as play caller for the Jets, he has to introduce several new faces to the system. In total, Gang Green added five new skill players via free agency or the draft; RB Breece Hall, WR Garrett Wilson and TEs C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Conklin and Jeremy Ruckert. Ultimately, it is LaFleur’s job to put them in the best possible position to succeed. Given the fact that three of the new additions are tight ends, it appears as if LaFleur and the Jets offense could be gearing up to have a refined philosophical approach. Garrett Wilson is a New York Jet! Go read up on my WR1, and clearly he was for them too. So excited for this pick. Sauce and Wilson is a great haul in Round 1. #TakeFlight JetNation 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State https://t.co/JeyntIy5Ka — Dylan Tereman (@DTereman) April 29, 2022 Despite having a below average group of tight ends in 2021 that featured Tyler Kroft, Ryan Griffin and Trevon Wesco, LaFleur used multiple tight end personnel groupings on nearly 22% of the Jets total offensive plays. Now, with a revamped unit, this number could (and should) realistically rise. Looking at the Jets’ top-4 personnel groupings based on usage in 2021, here’s how the offense could shake out in 2022. All personnel grouping information courtesy of sharpfootballstats.com. 11 Personnel RB Michael Carter TE C.J. Uzomah WR Corey Davis WR Elijah Moore WR Garrett Wilson 2021 Snap Percentage: 61.26% (631 out of 1,030 plays) Projected 2022 Snap Percentage: 53.00% The “default” personnel grouping for most teams is 11 Personnel, which simply means 1 RB and 1 TE, meaning you have 3 WRs to round out your five skill players. The Jets were exactly league average (61%) with their usage of “11”, and while this number is likely to come down, it will still remain the primary grouping for LaFleur. The NFL is a pass-heavy league, and typically that means more receivers on the field. 12 Personnel RB Breece Hall TE C.J. Uzomah TE Tyler Conklin WR Elijah Moore WR Garrett Wilson 2021 Snap Percentage: 19.61% (202 plays) Projected 2022 Snap Percentage: 27.00% The Jets invested heavily in the tight end position, so it would be wise to utilize them, and 12 Personnel is the most ideal way to do it. This would allow both Uzomah and Conklin to be on the field together, providing instant relief for Wilson over the middle. While this number may seem high, LaFleur’s older brother Matt, the head coach in Green Bay, used 12 Personnel groupings on 29% of the Packers plays in 2021. Will he be following older brother’s blueprint? 21 Personnel RB Breece Hall FB Nick Bawden TE C.J. Uzomah WR Corey Davis WR Garrett Wilson 2021 Snap Percentage: 5.33% (55 plays) Projected 2022 Snap Percentage: ~7.50% Believe it or not, in this era of football, the Jets actually want to utilize a fullback. In the 8 games he appeared in in 2021, Nick Bawden averaged 12.25% of the team’s offensive snaps. Moving forward, this should continue to be the case if they want to be a true “run to set up the pass” offense. New York may also run a “pseudo-21” with Trevon Wesco or rookie Jeremy Ruckert playing fullback, or H-back, instead of Bawden. 13 Personnel RB Breece Hall TE C.J. Uzomah TE Tyler Conklin TE Jeremy Ruckert WR Corey Davis 2021 Snap Percentage: 0.67% (7 plays) Projected 2022 Snap Percentage: 2.50% Don’t expect the Jets to use a ton of 13 Personnel, but it’s important to stress that they are now capable of running this more frequently due to the marked improvement at the tight end position. After running the ball on a lean 37% of total plays in 2021, utilizing the new additions at tight end, as well as rookie running back Breece Hall, should boost New York’s rushing attack that had a league-low 380 attempts last season. Go read up on all the @seniorbowl offensive players for the Jets team! I think fans will fall in love with players from each category. I particularly like TE Jeremy Ruckert and RB Jerome Ford. Let me hear your thoughts! #JetsDraftStartsInMobilehttps://t.co/kcGwT4ejc8 — Dylan Tereman (@DTereman) January 22, 2022 10 Personnel RB Michael Carter WR Corey Davis WR Elijah Moore WR Garrett Wilson WR Braxton Berrios 2021 Snap Percentage: 7.96% (82 plays) Projected 2022 Snap Percentage: 5.00% Due to the lack of production from the tight ends in 2021, New York was forced to use wide receiver-heavy sets far too often. The usage of 10 should take a reasonable dip this season due to the depth added at both tight end and running back. Going from a league-worst unit to a reasonably impressive tight end group (on paper) should have a tremendous effect on Zach Wilson and the offense. While it may not be the “sexiest” approach to offensive football, it should not be overlooked just how important the tight ends are to LaFleur’s scheme. Look for Uzomah, Conklin, and even Ruckert, to establish their presence quickly in 2021. 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  22. David Carr was on the Rich Eisen show and said the Jets are talented. A roster filled with young guys that don’t know they are supposed to be bad. So he feels they will go out and win. Even more interesting D.J. Reed was asked during OTAs if the Jets could make it to the Super Bowl. The Jets are 125 to 1 to even make it there. Wait a minute, D.J. Reed said it isn’t that far-fetched. The 49ers went from 4 and 12 to the Super Bowl, so he knows it can be done. GreenBean breaks it all down, check out this video and let us know what you think in our NY Jets Forum. Go Jets! The post Jets to the Super Bowl? DJ Reed’s Thoughts… appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  23. The NY Jets announced this week that Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson will all be inducted into the Jets Ring of Honor this season. Three great Jets, and after the past few seasons, they are missed. Here is more information from the team about when each player will have their ceremony. The Jets will expand their Ring of Honor by three in 2022, with the additions of former teammates Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Darrelle Revis. The induction ceremonies will take place at halftime at three separate games at MetLife Stadium, as Mangold will be honored on Sept. 25 vs. the Bengals, Ferguson on Oct. 30 vs. the Patriots and Revis on Nov. 27 vs. the Bears. “This is a shock,” Mangold said when informed of the inductions by Jets Chairman Woody Johnson. “Thank you so much. This is awesome and amazing since it’s with two of my guys. Revis, it was outstanding just being on the team with you, your presence was amazing. To share this honor with you is awesome. Brick, we started this together back in Mobile, Alabama (at the Senior Bowl) and now we close it up together. That’s very special to me and something that is an awesome thing. Congratulations you two. I feel like I’m the third wheel here, so I appreciate you guys letting me in. But it’s definitely an honor and I can’t wait to start the celebrations.” While Ferguson and Mangold, affectionately referred to as “Nick and Brick” by teammates and fans alike, in 2006 became the first pair of offensive linemen taken in Round 1 by the team same team since 1975, Revis was selected in the first round a year later. Ferguson, a tackle out of Virginia taken with the fourth pick, was a three-time Pro Bowler (2009-11) and Mangold, an Ohio State product selected 25 picks after Ferguson, was a two-time All-Pro with the Jets (2009-10) and seven-time Pro Bowler. Revis, whom the Jets traded up to get with the 14th selection, was a three time first-team All Pro corner with the Jets (2000-11) and five-time Pro Bowler with the Green & White (2008-11, 2015). Ferguson, one of four Jets offensive tackles to be named an NFL or AFL all-star, never missed a game or start from 2006-2015, appearing in 160 regular season contests plus seven playoff games. Upon Ferguson’s retirement, Ambassador Johnson said: “There are a few things you hope for when you select a player fourth overall in the NFL draft. First, you want him to be a responsible citizen and role model. Second, you want him to be a leader in the locker room. Third, you want him to be reliable while performing at a high level for a number of seasons. “D’Brickashaw has exceeded each of these expectations during his career and will be remembered as one of the finest players in Jets history.” With Ferguson at LT, Mangold started the first 89 games of his Jets career at C, including playoffs, before missing two games with an ankle injury in ’11. Mangold returned to the lineup after a brief absence and went on a 59-game starting roll. He started all 171 games he played and helped the Jets finish top 10 in rushing six times, including Nos. 1 and 4 in 2009 and 2010. Mangold’s seven Pro Bowls in an eight-year span were the second-most all-star honors in franchise history behind only tackle Winston Hill’s eight AFL/NFL nods. Revis played eight seasons with the Green & White, collecting 25 interceptions and 112 pass defenses. Targeting Revis in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Jets moved up 10 spots in a swap with the Carolina Panthers and made him the first cornerback chosen. The Pittsburgh product had three interceptions and 17 PDS his rookie year before a 5 INT, 16 PD campaign as a pro sophomore. A dominant defender in 2009, Revis recorded a career-high six interceptions in addition to a league-high 31 passes defended. Matched up with the opposition’s top receiver every week, Revis shadowed his assignment as soon as they left the huddle. In arguably one of the greatest defensive seasons in history, Revis held Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Steve Smith and Roddy White all to under 40 yards receiving. He helped the Jets lead the NFL in pass defense and had a pair of postseason interceptions as the team made a run to the AFC Championship Game. Teams had little appetite to throw Revis’ way in 2010 as he managed 10 PDs with the Jets finishing third in pass defense and advancing to the conference championship game a second consecutive year. After a four-interception campaign in 2011, Revis’ 2012 season ended abruptly when he tore his Achilles in Miami in Week 3. Traded to Tampa the following offseason, Revis played 16 games for the Bucs before signing with the Patriots as a free agent, helping the Pats Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Revis retuned to the Jets in 2015, amassing a career-high nine takeaways, leading the NFL with four fumble recoveries and adding five interceptions, as the Jets improved their win total by six games. “Every day, my purpose was not just to be the best at my position, but be the best player on the field, and that was my motivation,” Revis said. 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  24. When Jets coaches met with the media at 1 Jets Drive yesterday, one quote from defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich stood out. When asked by Rich Cimini of ESPN about rotating defensive linemen, Ulbrich said the team will stick with a plan that will ideally limit Jets linemen to roughly 35 snaps per game. Willingly taking your best players off the field for extended periods of time is something any opponent would beg for and it seems the Jets are willing to oblige. Attn @nyjets fans: # of gms in which a player played 70% or more of snaps in 2021: Jeffery Simmons: 16 Cam Heyward: 16 Aaron Donald: 15 Deforest Buckner: 15 Fletcher Cox: 11 Jonathan Allen:9 Jonathan Hargrave:8 Larry Ogunjobi:7 Quinnen Williams: 0 2019-2021: Q. Williams: 4 — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) June 2, 2022 Entering the final year of his rookie contract, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams will likely be impacted most. While most teams max out reps for their top players, Williams will continue watching a lot of football from the sidelines as he has through his first three pro seasons. On this episode of JetNation Radio we cover the situation with Williams, the good news about Zach Wilson and some of the bizarre takes on Gang Green from a slew of “writers” from various outlets. Each take worse than the last and definitely some opinions that rival those of the most dedicated flat-earther. The post Saleh/Ulbrich Approach Will Hinder Quinnen Williams and why Fans Should Ignore Jets Flat-Earther Football Takes appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
  25. Mike LaFleur also spoke to the media on Wednesday during OTAs at Florham Park. Here is what LaFleur and head coach Robert Saleh had to say about Zach Wilson and the plans for the offense this season. Robert Saleh What were the traits that you really identified that made him the guy? And, how have those traits progressed over the year that you’ve had him here? Zach, his arm talent, his off-schedule platform throws that he’s well known for, his pure arm talent, everyone recognizes that. He’s a great young man, he’s very smart. We’re seeing it all, it’s just a matter of the game slowing down for him. When you get to this level, the amount of information that gets thrown at these quarterbacks is quite significant. He’s grinding through it, he’s doing a really nice job. He looks a lot better, the timing has been better and it’s just a matter of continuing to stack up great days and when we get into competition in training camp with other teams it will elevate a little bit more and then the regular season happens and it will be a whole new speed. One of the outside criticisms last year was the number of people that were in that quarterback room. That’s obviously been significantly downsized this year where it’s just Rob Calabrese and Mike LaFleur. How beneficial will that be for Zach now to just kind of have a traditional room where it’s the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach? It’s always good. I feel like we did a really nice job in terms of what the roles were for everybody in terms of the amount of communication that was made to the quarterback, especially in the second half of the year when Zach came back from injury it was always Calabrese, he was the lead voice. Obviously, we had John (Beck) in the building who did a fantastic job eliminating noise for Zach from an external standpoint and (Matt) Cavanaugh who did a wonderful job, was really there to assist with Mike as a first-time coordinator. He did awesome. As the room sits now, it’s less congested, it’s probably a lot less hot with all the body heat. (joking) I really like the way the communication has been because it’s been more direct. Where I think it is helpful is outside the quarterback room where the ideas that are being shoved into a meeting are not necessarily minimized but they’re more direct, more refined, more concrete so when we do get in the quarterback room, there’s a lot more conviction in what’s being coached. Mike LaFleur added: It’s been good just to have just the two voices. In terms of what we feel that quarterback room needs now, last year was well documented that we went in with a plan and the plan changed. Out of everyone’s circumstance and it sucked. We brought in Matt Cavanaugh, and he helped me in ways, and Zach, and the quarterback room, just having that experience playing in the league and coaching in the league. And then (John) Beck just being a familiar voice for him, but we got to all step back in January to think about what’s going to be best for (Wilson), for Mike White, and obviously for Joe (Flacco). Its been really good. I have so much confidence in Rob Calabrese. We’ll see what the results bring, but he is a really great football coach, communicator, and person. He’s been phenomenal, he sees things really well. What do you see in Calabrese and what do you think his potential is? He’s definitely got coordinator potential. Keyword in your question was “yet.” I don’t want to put his business on blast, but he was courted this offseason in terms of job opportunities and coordinator opportunities and he elected to stay. Very talented young man, very knowledgeable, played the position. He’s young, he’s a sponge and he’s getting better every single day as a football coach. Mike LaFleur Robert Saleh, he described your quarterback as “beefy” when he came back. What physical changes did you notice when he came back? He looks like one year older of a man. Just being all the focus since January on his diet and his body to just put himself in the best situation from an athletic standpoint. He really bought into it. Everything he does, he is so fully invested into it, and you can see that it meant something to him. So, he hired the right people that they felt was going to put him in the bets situation to be that athlete that he wants to be from a physical standpoint. He looks good, you can see it in the lower half, especially in his legs, I don’t want to use the word “beefy,” but they are bigger and stronger. It’s a cool transformation and I know he’s happy where he’s at physically. Aside from him looking like a bigger guy, have you noticed some changes in his performance and his play that you’d hoped to see at this point? Yeah particularly the processing. We had a laundry list after the season because you’re emotional after 17 games, training camp, and OTAs, so you have a laundry list for every player. You take a few weeks after the season, you sit back and go through the process of evaluating the scheme and the players, you really start to pinpoint the two or three things that you want to focus on. It was good to be able to say, ‘Hey, you know what, that was as big of a problem, lets focus on these two or three things.’ And you’re seeing that from a physical standpoint. From a mental standpoint and obviously all of these guys going into year two, whether it be the rookies or even a guy like Corey Davis when you’re in an offense for the second year, you don’t have to learn what words mean anymore. Now you just have to learn how can I be the most detailed with it and play the fastest I can to perform on Sunday’s. That’s been two really cool things. And last, just in the huddle. He’s so comfortable before I give him a play, he’s dapping up everybody else and talking to them as I’m saying the play. That tells you right there he kind of knows what’s being said and can relay it to the guys. It’s been pretty cool from all those angles. Zach’s completion percentage was like 55 last year? Give or take a point. How can you make him a more accurate passer? Or how can he make himself more accurate? I think I did say this in December too, a lot of his issues were maybe trying to see too much as opposed to this offense has turned into pure progressions, so you really don’t even need to know what eight or nine guys on defense are doing. We kind of laugh at that now in the quarterback room, it really doesn’t matter what they’re doing over there, you just go through your progressions, read with your feet, and you get the ball out. So, if you’re looking in the right spots, even last year when he was looking in the right spots, his body followed. He’s an accurate quarterback and he has been his whole career. One of the biggest focuses was the eyes, getting your eyes in the right spot at the right time. That is a focus that we are going to continue through these last OTAs obviously and then throughout training camp to make sure that we are ready to roll in September. The post Zach Wilson OTA Update appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Jetnationcom?d=qj6IDK7rITs Click here to read the full story...
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