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  1. How Do NFL Network Analysts Think the Jets, Joe Douglas Want to Build the Roster ? NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Steve Wyche and Judy Battista Talk About How the Jets Will Look to Build Their Roster During the Offseason video : > How Do NFL Network Analysts Think the Jets, Joe Douglas Want to Build the Roster? (newyorkjets.com)
  2. Final 2020 offensive line rankings Offensive linemen often don’t get the recognition they deserve because it’s a difficult position to evaluate — one without readily available statistics to pull up in seconds. That's why the PFF play-by-play grading gives us a unique perspective regarding offensive line play, as it separates the play of the offensive line from the play of the quarterback it is protecting or the runner it is blocking for. Using those grades as a guide, this is where each team’s offensive line stacked up during the 2020 regular season, with the important caveat that this list is meant to reflect how each group played this season rather than serve as a projection of future performance or talent. ~ ~ 29. NEW YORK JETS The Jets, like the Dolphins, threw a lot of resources at the offensive line this offseason. That included a first-round pick spent on Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton, who impressed in his rookie season. His 74.3 PFF grade ranked 19th out of 38 qualifying left tackles despite battling injuries, and he showcased that his rare blend of size and athleticism could cause serious problems for defenders. Overall, however, it was a disappointing season for the offensive line in New York. They allowed pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 28% of their dropbacks — the worst rate in the NFL. The line wasn’t creating many lanes in the run game, either. The Jets averaged just 1.1 yards per carry before contact per rushing attempt in 2020 (30th). Once again, they’ll have to look to add pieces to their offensive line this offseason. rest of above article : > https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-final-2020-offensive-line-rankings
  3. QB Index: Ranking the 59 starting quarterbacks of the 2020 NFL season We took the reins of the QB Index at midseason, as Chris Wesseling's second battle with cancer intensified. Last Friday, Chris passed away at the age of 46, crushing everyone here at NFL Media and the scores of people he touched during a life well lived.So here we are, trying to pick up the pieces and do what Wess would've wanted us to do: Passionately and playfully live in the moment ... even when the moment calls for ranking men who throw an oblong sphere for a living. For this season finale of the QB Index, NFL.com editors Ali Bhanpuri, Tom Blair, Gennaro Filice and Dan Parr created a composite ranking of all 59 quarterbacks who logged an official NFL start during the 2020 campaign. (And before you ask, no, the official record keepers did not credit anyone with a QB start in Denver's Week 12 loss, when the entire Broncos quarterback room landed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Kendall Hinton, you're mercifully off the hook.) These rankings were formulated with one simple question in mind : Who had the best 2020 season, playoffs included ? Past performances and future projections were NOT taken into account. Rather, this list is meant to reflect where each QB stood in the 2020 campaign alone. ~ ~ Rank 36 Sam Darnold New York Jets · Year 3 Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 35 | Blair: 36 | Filice: 36 | Parr: 36 2020 stats: 12 games | 59.6 pct | 2,208 pass yds | 6.1 ypa | 9 pass TD | 11 INT | 217 rush yds | 2 rush TD | 2 fumbles lost Parr: No QB with more than 110 pass attempts had a lower passer rating than Darnold (72.7). His flashes in leading the Jets to consecutive wins over playoff teams late in the season (Rams and Browns) could help inspire teams to make a trade offer for him, though. ~ ~ ~ Rank 46 Joe Flacco New York Jets · Year 13 Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 43 | Blair: 44 | Filice: 48 | Parr: 46 2020 stats: 5 games | 55.2 pct | 864 pass yds | 6.4 ypa | 6 pass TD | 3 INT | 22 rush yds | 0 rush TD | 0 fumbles lost Filice: Since guiding the Ravens to the franchise's second Super Bowl title in 2012, Flacco's gone 44-51 as a starter with a dull 82.5 passer rating. Not exactly elite. rest of above article : > https://www.nfl.com/news/qb-index-ranking-the-59-starting-quarterbacks-of-the-2020-nfl-season
  4. ..didn't someone around here PROMISE NOT to talk about gase anymore
  5. The NY Jets have an abundance of different routes they could take this offseason. With a boatload of cap space and more draft capital than pretty much every other team, they’ll certainly have their options open. That’s doubly true given the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position. Sam Darnold‘s disastrous 2020 season has led to a widespread belief that the Jets could opt to move on from the former USC star this offseason.And if that’s the case, there’s a very good chance they use their No. 2 overall pick to find his replacement.There’s also been speculation that the team could look to trade down from their first of two first-round selections and acquire additional draft capital. In that scenario, they would almost surely roll with Darnold for another year. Both options remain on the table, but a recent report seems to suggest the Jets are leaning in one direction. The NY Jets are more likely to stay put at No. 2 overall than trade down Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer wrote about the Jets’ offseason plans on Monday and he indicated that the Jets are “more likely than not” to stay put at No. 2 overall.He did insist that no decision has been made just yet and that teams will be calling the Jets not only about Darnold, but about the possibility of a trade up. Breer listed both the Jets and Miami Dolphins (third overall) as teams that could look to trade down.But he made sure to note that the Jets are more likely to hold on to their pick, as opposed to trade it. Breer is right in that he suggests up to four quarterbacks could be selected in the top-10 in a notably QB-rich draft class. Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance are all seen as near-universal top-10 prospects.Alabama’s Mac Jones isn’t too far behind either and could sneak into the top-20. All of that means that this is likely the most stacked quarterback class since 2018 — the year Darnold and four other quarterbacks were taken in the first round.That No. 2 overall pick holds a lot of value, and the Jets are well aware of that. It’s why they could use it to select Darnold’s replacement — provided they are as high on the quarterbacks as the rest of the league seems to be. Trading down remains an option, especially if the Jets do stick with Darnold. But at this very moment, it seems the Jets are leaning toward using that pick on a player.And while that could mean someone like Penei Sewell is on the table, it’s much more likely that means Darnold’s days in New York are numbered. > https://thejetpress.com/2021/02/15/ny-jets-likely-stay-put-overall/
  6. Writer Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated graded all of the NFL’s head-coaching hires and gave the Jets an "A" for landing Robert Saleh. "I've said this before, but I believe Saleh brings all the good energy of the Rex Ryan era without the side effects," Orr wrote. "Essentially, the green tea version of Ryan. That is the emotional component of it. Yes, Saleh had an excellent defensive roster and a complementary offense in San Francisco, but he also had to wrangle a defense of gigantic personalities. You don't simply get someone like Richard Sherman on board without having a strong, requisite knowledge of your scheme and where it's headed. His 'All Gas, No Brakes' slogan served as the motivational underpinning of the 49ers roster that made the Super Bowl. "The other slice of the A grade is the fact that he managed to peel Mike LaFleur away from [HC Kyle] Shanahan, who clung tightly to both of his top offensive assistants. Introducing that system to Sam Darnold is a massive part of this equation."Saleh, who became the Jets' 20thhead coach, led the 49ers' defense for the past four seasons. In the 2020 season, San Francisco had a top-10 unit in total yards (No. 5), rush yards (No. 7) and pass yards (No. 4) despite a number of injuries, such as those sustained by DE Nick Bosa and Sherman. Saleh was named Coordinator of the Year by The Sporting Newsfollowing the 2019 season when the 49ers represented the NFC in Super Bowl LIV. LaFleur spent the past three seasons as the 49ers' passing-game coordinator and has been with Shanahan since 2014, when LaFleur first entered the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Browns. San Francisco had 13 players with at least one touchdown reception in 2019, which tied an NFL record. In Atlanta in 2016, LaFleur worked with the wide receivers when Julio Jones finished second in the NFL with 1,409 receiving yards. LaFleur, 31, is the younger brother of Packers' HC Matt LaFeur and will implement the Shanahan system that uses a lot of pre-snap motion. Saleh said "nobody in the world knows it better than [LaFleur]" and the scheme has helped QBs such as Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Ryan, Ryan Tanehill, Aaron Rodgers and Jake Plummer put up career numbers. > https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/sports-illustrated-gives-jets-an-a-for-hiring-robert-saleh
  7. How Much Did Bless Austin Grow in Year 2 ? Jets Cornerback Talks About His Increased Role on the Jets Defense in 2020 with Team Reporter Olivia Landis video : > https://www.newyorkjets.com/video/how-much-did-bless-austin-grow-in-year-2
  8. Four More Who Played for 2020 Green & White Can Become Restricted FAs The Jets have 19 players who can become unrestricted free agents on March 17, 15 of whom started at least one game in 2020 and five of whom played in all 16 games — including two 16-game starters, S Marcus Maye and LB Neville Hewitt.Additionally, two other players, each of whom has played more than 10 NFL seasons, can become UFAs — RB Frank Gore, one of three players in league history to rush for at least 16,000 yards, and QB Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP for the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season who started four games in place of the injured Sam Darnold this past season.Four more Jets can become restricted free agents. Of the 23 potential UFAs and RFAs, the position that could be affected the most is linebacker, with contracts expiring for seven LBs, including five-year starter Jordan Jenkins and 2020 16-game participants Hewitt and Tarell Basham. The free agency signing period begins for the Jets and the NFL next month. Teams are allowed to negotiate with the agents of prospective UFAs during a two-day period beginning March 15 at noon ET and ending March 17 at 4 p.m.. In the two-day window, prospective unrestricted free agents can't visit teams or have direct contact with team employees, except those from their current clubs. A player's ability to re-sign with his current club isn't affected by the rule. The negotiating period does not apply to unsigned players receiving restricted free agent, franchise or transition tenders. Players who are potential free agents can become either unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents or exclusive-rights free agents.An unrestricted FA is any player with four or more accrued seasons and an expired contract. He is free to negotiate and sign with any teams.A restricted FA is any player with three accrued seasons and an expired contract. RFAs are free to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team can offer them one of various qualifying offers, or tenders, that come with the Right of First Refusal and/or draft pick compensation.An exclusive-rights FA is any player with fewer than three accrued seasons and an expired contract. If his original team offers him a one-year contract and the league minimum (based on his credited seasons), the player can't negotiate with other teams.An accrued season constitutes six or more regular-season games on a club's active/inactive, reserve/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists. These are the Jets who can become unrestricted free agents next month (games played/started/did not play/inactive in parentheses after name) : G Josh Andrews (15/4/0/0) LB Tarell Basham (16/9/0/00 TE Daniel Brown (16/1/0/0) DL Trevon Coley (0/0/0/2) G Pat Elflein (6/6/0/0) S Matthias Farley (16/2/0/0) QB Joe Flacco (5/4/8/3) RB Frank Gore (15/14/0/0) LB Bryce Hager (10/2/0/0) LB Neville Hewitt (16/16/0/0) S Bennett Jackson (4/0/0/0) LB Jordan Jenkins (12/12/0/1) CB Arthur Maulet (11/5/0/0) S Marcus Maye (16/16/0/0) S Brandon McDougald (7/7/0/0) LB Patrick Onwuasor (1/0/0/0) WR Breshad Perriman (12/12/0/4) CB Brian Poole (8/6/0/0) TE Ross Travis (1/0/0/6) These Jets can become restricted free agents : RB Josh Adams (8/0/0/0) LB Harvey Langi (14/6/0/0) LB Frankie Luvu (13/3/0/0) WR Vyncint Smith (7/0/0/4) And one player can become an exclusive-rights free agent : WR Jeff Smith (11/5/1/0) > https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/19-jets-can-become-unrestricted-free-agents-on-march-17
  9. -- There were times last season when it looked like wide receiver Jamison Crowder was the only good thing about the New York Jets' offense. He scored a team-high six touchdowns, twice as many as the next player, and he capped his year by throwing a touchdown in a Week 16 win against the Cleveland Browns.Now there's speculation he could be a salary-cap casualty. Yeah, it's a cold business. Crowder is vulnerable because his cap charge is a team-high $11.4 million, including a non-guaranteed $10 million in base salary -- a high number for a slot receiver. Because it's the final year of his contract, he's considered an "easy" cut because his entire base would come off the books. Which raises the question : Does a team with plenty of cap room (a projected $68 million, per Over The Cap) jettison its most productive offensive skill player just because his cap charge is over market?In a vacuum, the answer is a no-brainer -- keep him -- but you don't build a winning roster by operating that way. Jets general manager Joe Douglas plays hardball when it comes to maintaining a value system, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he looks to re-invest that $10 million.Douglas could try to upgrade at slot receiver with JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers) or Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in 2021 NFL free agency; that would cost serious money. He also could opt for a cheaper option, Kendrick Bourne (San Francisco 49ers), who spent the past four years in the system the Jets are planning to install. There's also the possibility of re-negotiating Crowder's contract. Crowder, who turns 28 on June 17, ranked seventh in receptions (91) and eighth in yards (1,094) on plays from the slot position over the past two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That's pretty good production for a player who missed four games in 2020 because of soft-tissue injuries and dealt with inconsistency at the quarterback position. Former Jets coach Adam Gase remarked on numerous occasions Crowder was their best player on offense.All told, Crowder finished with 59 catches for 699 yards -- both team highs in 2020, but pedestrian numbers when viewed through a wider lens. In a bottom-line sense, Crowder's numbers aren't commensurate with his pay. He has the third-highest cap charge among receivers who played at least 50% of their downs from the slot over the past two years, behind the Cleveland Browns' Jarvis Landry ($14.8 million) and the Seattle Seahawks' Tyler Lockett ($13.4 million). Full disclosure: Landry's time in the slot was 49.5%, per ESPN Stats & Info.The downside to cutting Crowder is it would leave the Jets with no proven players at receiver, just promising, second-year player Denzel Mims, backup slot receiver Braxton Berrios and a bunch of question marks. Berrios had a sneaky efficient season, catching 37 passes despite playing 290 snaps -- a better ratio than Crowder (59 catches in 590 snaps). Crowder would provide personnel continuity through the transition to an offense under coach Robert Saleh, but that probably won't weigh heavily in the decision. This is a new coaching staff with a new offensive system -- a total re-boot -- and it will look to bring in its own players. And you can bet there will be a significant acquisition at wide receiver, whether it's through free agency or the draft.Another factor to consider is the role of the slot receiver in coordinator Mike LaFleur's offense. For insight, let's look at San Francisco, where he spent the past four years working under coach Kyle Shanahan. From 2017 to 2020, the 49ers' wide receivers caught 258 passes out of the slot (29th), according to ESPN Stats & Info. The ranking is a bit skewed because the Niners got a lot of slot production from star tight end George Kittle. It's also worth noting slot receiver Emmanuel Sanders was a key piece during San Francisco's Super Bowl run in 2019. Good coaches find ways to use good players, and Crowder is a good player. Now they have to decide if he's good enough to pay $10 million. > https://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/85882/jets-10-million-decision-is-jamison-crowder-a-keeper-in-new-offense
  10. ..it's gone in a second " my current FUTURE X-boyfriend " scoops it right up & deposits ALL of it on his plate
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