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  1. ~ ~ 2) Teams are giving up on quarterbacks faster than they might’ve in the past. Put the Jets and Eagles in that category—and look to the money the position commands as a major factor. In Wentz’s case, his contract gave him the leverage to push his way out and forced the Eagles to assess him differently. In Darnold’s case, the looming $18.86 million option for 2022 forced a decision, at a time where the Jets could reset the clock on having a quarterback on a rookie contract, with the second pick. rest of above article : > https://www.si.com/nfl/2021/04/08/inside-story-of-why-jets-traded-darnold-new-qb-search
  2. Joe Douglas : Vision and plan of Robert Saleh’s staff makes my job easier The Jets made a big trade last week when they shipped quarterback Sam Darnold to Carolina and cleared the path to take a new quarterback with the second overall pick in this month’s draft. Once that quarterback — Zach Wilson is the expected choice — is in place, he’ll join head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur in a first season with the franchise. Darnold didn’t have that as he came in during Todd Bowles’ final season, transitioned to Adam Gase in 2019, and then saw Joe Douglas replace General Manager Mike Maccagnan a year after he was selected. Albert Breer of SI.com reports that Gase didn’t bend his offensive approach all that much to fit Darnold and that contributed to the former Jet’s rocky play the last two years. Douglas told Breer that he doesn’t have such a fear about the next quarterback because Saleh, LaFleur, and the rest of the staff have made it quite clear what they want in players. “Obviously, you’re excited about Robert,” Douglas said. “And then you’re excited about this great staff of hires and teachers he’s bringing in. . . . And then you get into these meetings, and there’s such a clear-cut plan. There’s such great teaching methods that they have in place. And just going through these conversations, it’s reinforced the excitement that you had when we made the hire. These are great guys, man. They have the vision and they have a plan and it makes your job easier from a personnel perspective when there is that clear vision in what they’re looking for — like, O.K., this is easy, we can find guys that are made of the right stuff. It’s been cool. It’s been really cool.” Quarterbacks have a way of making or breaking head coaches and General Managers. Douglas and Saleh will be defining bet for their Jets tenures in a little more than two weeks. > https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/04/12/joe-douglas-vision-and-plan-of-robert-salehs-staff-makes-my-job-easier/
  3. Zach Wilson History Lesson Dept. : Over the last quarter-century, the Jets have swung and missed on their share of quarterbacks. In fact, over that 25-year span, the Jets have had 12 different quarterbacks lead their team in pass attempts and starts for at least one season. In other words: The Jets have cycled through 12 different starting quarterbacks in 2.5 decades—some because of injury, some because the position is a revolving door. Barring an upset of large proportions, BYU’s Zach Wilson, the likely second pick in the April 29 draft, will be number 13.Year by year, here are the 12 different men who have led the Jets in passing for at least one of the last 25 seasons, along with the team’s record in the year or years they played. > https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/04/11/20-qb-decisions-nfl-draft-fmia-peter-king/
  4. saw this ~ ~ V —Jets vice chairman Christopher Johnson, following the drafting of Sam Darnold in 2018, per Steve Serby of the New York Post. Jets: 13-35 since that quote. NFL offensive ranking, by season, since that quote: 29, 32, 32. Darnold: now a Panther. > https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/04/11/20-qb-decisions-nfl-draft-fmia-peter-king/
  5. dear k clue, hi ! ,.. do u remember ?... The Idzik 12 Under former GM John Idzik, the Jets drafted 12 players in 2014. Only two are currently on NFL rosters : RD. PLAYER, POS. NFL GAMES 1 Calvin Pryor, S 38 2 Jace Amaro, TE 17 3 Dex McDougle, CB 31 4 Jalen Saunders, WR 15 4 Shaq Evans, WR 0 4 Dakota Dozier, OL 37 5 Jeremiah George, LB 37 6 Brandon Dixon, CB 19 6 Quincy Enunwa, WR 40 6 IK Enemkpali, LB 17 6 Tajh Boyd, QB 0 7 Trevor Reilly, LB 37 > https://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/79603/jets-still-haunted-by-2014-nfl-draft-failure-a-083-batting-average
  6. The focus in the lead-up to the NFL draft for the Jets has naturally centered around what they will do with the No. 2-overall pick. Now that it has become clear, in the wake of the Sam Darnold trade, that they will be taking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with their first pick, it is time to look closer at the Jets’ next two picks in the draft, which begins on April 29.Those two picks come at a fascinating point in the draft and will give general manager Joe Douglas multiple options. The Jets hold the No 23-overall pick, their second first-rounder, which they received from Seattle in the Jamal Adams trade. They have another pick 11 slots later at No. 34, the second pick in the second round.As critical as Wilson’s development will be for the Jets’ future, how these two picks turn out will be nearly as important. The Jets will expect to draft two immediate and longtime starters. Douglas has done a great job of acquiring draft picks. Now, he has to hit on them. “We do have a lot of assets as we sit here now, but we have to make the most of this opportunity,” Douglas said this week. The Jets’ roster is one of the worst in the NFL, and that was on display in their 2-14 record in 2020. The silver lining for Douglas of having such a bad team is that the GM has many options with these picks.These are what I think the Jets’ biggest needs beyond quarterback will be entering this draft, listed in order: cornerback, guard, linebacker, running back, edge rusher, tight end and wide receiver. With a list that long, there are plenty of different directions in which Douglas can go. Cornerback is at the top of the list because their starters at the moment are Bless Austin, Bryce Hall and Javelin Guidry at the slot position. The Jets need to infuse that position with more talent. The top corners will likely be off the board by 23. But with all of the quarterbacks and skill players projected to go early, players such as Jaycee Horn of South Carolina and Greg Newsome from Northwestern might be there. Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley has health concerns that could push him down, and Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr. could be there in the second round. The Jets also need to improve the interior of their offensive line, and USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker is the top-ranked guard in the draft. The Jets could hope he falls to 23 or use some of that draft capital (21 picks in the next two years) to move up a few spots if they truly like him. Two players from Alabama moving to guard — Landon Dickerson and Alex Leatherwood — are candidates at No. 34. Other players to watch at these spots are: edge rushers Azeez Ojulari (Georgia), Kwity Paye (Michigan) and Jaelan Phillips (Miami); running backs Najee Harris (Alabama), Travis Etienne (Clemson) and Javonte Williams (North Carolina); linebackers Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame), Zaven Collins (Tulsa) and Jamin Davis (Kentucky); and wide receivers Kadarius Toney (Florida), Rashod Bateman (Minnesota) and Elijah Moore (Mississippi). Douglas also has flexibility at both of these spots to trade back. Last year, there were three trades between picks 23-26 on draft night. The Patriots actually dealt pick 23 last year to the Chargers for a second-rounder and a third-rounder. Douglas could acquire more picks, and with as many needs as the Jets have, he could still feel good about filling a hole lower in the draft.The top of the second round is also an area that usually features some movement. Teams spend all day Friday thinking about what players slipped out of the first round, and a team might be motivated to move up. The Jets could be in position to again acquire more picks. While this draft will ultimately be remembered by Jets fans for how Wilson turns out, Douglas could move his team forward if he can maximize picks No. 23 and 34 into starting players either by drafting them there or using those picks to load up on even more draft capital. > https://nypost.com/2021/04/10/jets-have-multiple-options-with-draft-picks-after-zach-wilson/
  7. agreed ! ..in 2012 we selected stephen hill in the 2nd round... seattle picked russell wilson in the 3rd round
  8. ..if i may say/imho,.. good ! ... i'd rather NOT have him on OUR roster. i think/hope there's gonna be some better options
  9. The Jets answered some questions about their plans at quarterback with the Sam Darnold trade. It is clear that BYU’s Zach Wilson will be the pick at No. 2 in the draft on April 29. Even with that seemingly decided, though, there is a glaring hole in the Jets’ quarterback room. Who will be Wilson’s backup? At the moment, the only quarterbacks under contract with the Jets are James Morgan and Mike White. Neither has ever taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game. Morgan has not even played in a preseason game.The Jets clearly can’t go into the 2021 season with three quarterbacks who have no real NFL experience. So, that leaves them sifting through the veteran QB market, which is never robust. It is filled with players whose glory days are either long behind them or never materialized.General manager Joe Douglas had one such player in for a visit this week. Veteran Brian Hoyer, who is 35 years old, came in on Thursday. The Jets did not sign him, but he is the only known option they have explored right now.Joe Flacco was the backup last year to Darnold. He went 0-4 in his starts last season, but played much better in his third and fourth starts than the first two. The Jets had some interest in bringing him back, but Flacco signed with the Eagles. Douglas was asked about adding a veteran quarterback on Tuesday. He threw some praise at Morgan and White, but it sounded like GM-speak. “When it comes to the quarterback room, I’d tell you that we’re really excited about James Morgan and Mike White,” Douglas said. “And I know you guys didn’t get a chance to really see them. Obviously, they didn’t get an opportunity with no preseason games this year, but really excited about those two guys. “And I would just say, as in any room on our team, if there is an opportunity to add to it, make it a little bit better, we’re going to pursue that opportunity. So, there’s constant discussion in our pro scouting department with our coaching staff on not just the quarterback room possibly adding to it but every other position as well.” The options available on the market right now are not exactly inspiring. Alex Smith is the best of the bunch, but he has major health questions after the gruesome leg injury he suffered in Washington in 2018. He returned to play last year, but questions remain about his long-term durability. He would fit the mentor role for Wilson, having done it in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick and Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes.After Smith, there is a group of career backups like Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Blaine Gabbert, A.J. McCarron and Blake Bortles. None of them are going to get anyone excited, but all are experienced NFL quarterbacks who could teach Wilson about being a professional. Douglas also might be looking for a quarterback to shake free from another team via trade or being cut. The Panthers are shopping Teddy Bridgewater after acquiring Darnold. It seems unlikely the Jets would trade for Bridgewater, but they could pounce if he gets cut. Bridgewater may be looking for a team on which he can start and not just be a mentor or keep the seat warm for Wilson, though. Other players to watch are the Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew, Washington’s Kyle Allen and the Broncos’ Jeff Driskel as those teams figure out their quarterback rooms. The Jets have lost their past 15 games with a backup quarterback starting, dating to 2016, when Bryce Petty won a game over the 49ers. Douglas has his plan at starting quarterback. Now, he needs to get the backup straight. > https://nypost.com/2021/04/10/jets-search-for-zach-wilsons-backup-quarterback-is-pivotal/
  10. One big reason why the Jets haven’t reached the playoffs since 2010 is that they’ve mostly drafted poorly. It’s really that simple.So where do they rank among the NFL’s worst-drafting teams from 2010-20? Pro Football Focus attempted to answer that question, while focusing only on first-round picks.The top-ranked teams at making first-round picks over that stretch — Texans, Panthers, Bills, Ravens, and Colts. The bottom five — Bears, Jaguars, Seahawks, Lions, and Raiders (last). So the Jets aren’t in the bottom five. They’re close, though. One spot outside the bottom five, in fact, at No. 27. PFF has the 49ers, Dolphins, Cardinals, Washington, and Jets as the “top-ranked” teams in its bottom 10.The Jets made some really bad first-round picks from 2010-20: Kyle Wilson, Quinton Coples, Dee Milliner, Calvin Pryor, and Darron Lee. What about the others ? Well, it’s a mixed bag. Muhammad Wilkerson had a couple good years, and then flamed out after the Jets gave him a lucrative contract.Sheldon Richardson remains a fairly productive starter, with the Browns, but has made just one Pro Bowl — and the Jets traded him away after four seasons.Leonard Williams finally turned into a dominant pass rusher — last year with the Giants, after the Jets traded him away. The Jets’ 2017 first-round pick, Jamal Adams, was traded to Seattle last year, despite being a promising talent.In 2018, of course, the Jets drafted Sam Darnold, who was just traded to Carolina, after three unproductive seasons. The trade-up move to get Darnold proved to be a failure.So far, the past two first-round picks — Quinnen Williams and Mekhi Becton — appear to have bright futures.Bottom line: It’s been a fairly lean stretch of first-rounders for the Jets, but maybe things are finally starting to turn around with Quinnen Williams and Becton. > https://www.nj.com/jets/2021/04/where-do-jets-rank-among-nfls-worst-drafting-teams-of-past-decade.html
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