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  1. -- Here they go again. For the second time in three years, the New York Jets will invest a high draft pick in a quarterback, a college wonder boy tasked with the enormous challenge of invigorating a star-crossed franchise. They botched it with Sam Darnold, whose shortcomings were exacerbated by organizational failure on multiple levels. Now it's fair to wonder : Will it be any different with BYU's Zach Wilson, the presumptive No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft? Let's put it this way: While it's hard to overlook the Jets' long history of ruining quarterbacks, the organization is in a better place than it was in 2018, when Darnold arrived with so much hype. By then, the coach-general manager tandem of Todd Bowles-Mike Maccagnan was coming off two straight losing seasons. The timelines weren't aligned; it was a rookie quarterback in a win-now situation -- a recipe for disaster. And it was. Bowles was fired after the 2018 season, followed by Maccagnan a few months later. Now, with coach Robert Saleh entering his first season, and with Joe Douglas entrenched as the general manager, the Jets have a stable environment for their new face of the franchise. Mike LaFleur, who will have the greatest impact on the quarterback's development, is unproven as a first-time offensive coordinator, but he's installing a tried-and-true system that suits Wilson's skill set.Continuity is a big part of the equation. You can't develop a young quarterback if he's stuck in the middle of a revolving door. He needs a chance to grow with a coach and a system. It's not a guarantee for success -- look at Mark Sanchez, whose career went sideways under the same regime -- but it's a good start. Now comes the area of concern. The new quarterback's supporting cast is pretty much the same one that finished dead last in total offense last season. Free-agent addition Corey Davis is a definite upgrade over Breshad Perriman at wide receiver, but the rest of the offensive personnel is frighteningly familiar to what the Jets had in 2020.Same five starters on the offensive line. No true No. 1 running back. Major questions at tight end. And, let's not forget, no veteran quarterbacks on the roster.It's unrealistic to believe Wilson will succeed with the roster as currently constructed. This is where Douglas has to do a better job than he did with Darnold. And he knows it.In the summer of 2019, Douglas, new on the job, promised Darnold's parents that he would give their son playmakers and protectors. That never materialized, as Douglas acknowledged the lapse midway through the 2020 season. Give him credit for admitting his mistakes; not many GMs would have done that. Presumably, he learned a hard lesson and will attack the new situation with a different plan. "We have to surround our next quarterback with as much talent as possible," Douglas said Tuesday. With 21 picks in the next two drafts, including 10 in the first three rounds, Douglas has the resources to build something sustainable around Wilson. He owns the second, 23rd, 34th, 66th and 86th choices in the draft, which begins April 29. He should come out of it with a playmaker and an offensive lineman (or two). There are some pressing defensive needs, so there has to be balance. pDouglas should be bold and use the Jets' 23rd pick, along with one of their 2022 second-round picks, to trade up for an elite-level player. If one of the high-end pass-catchers falls out of the top 10, either Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (not likely) or one of the top three wide receivers (perhaps Alabama's Jaylen Waddle), Douglas will have enough ammunition to jump up from No. 23 to draft him.He's sitting on a war chest of draft picks. Don't be like former GM John Idzik and just sit on them. Be aggressive and move around the board. Put Waddle with Davis, Denzel Mims and Jamison Crowder, and now you're talking about a potentially explosive receiving corps. "We do have a lot of assets," Douglas said, "but we have to make the most of the opportunities." Douglas also needs to import an experienced "bridge" quarterback to help guide Wilson through the inevitable growing pains, someone who can start the season, if necessary. It's a huge leap from BYU's cream-puff schedule to the weekly challenges of the NFL, and it would be a mistake to rush him into action. Where have you gone, Josh McCown?The Jets could sign a free agent (Alex Smith?), wait for a quarterback to get cut (Teddy Bridgewater?) or trade a late-round draft pick for a stop-gap option (Gardner Minshew II?). Right now, it's all about building a winning environment for Wilson, something they failed to do for Darnold. > https://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/86348/are-post-sam-darnold-jets-better-equipped-to-develop-next-qb-yes-and-no
  3. just an fyi.. Jets QBs: A Decade of Doldrums Jets quarterbacks have combined for the fewest touchdown passes and passing yards in the NFL over the last decade. NFL RANK -- ESPN Stats & Information > https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31199202/new-york-jets-trade-qb-sam-darnold-carolina-panthers-3-draft-picks Pass TD 190 Last Pass YPG 199 Last Total QBR 42 31st
  4. The Jets will pull off a lowly NFL first at the end of the month, assuming they draft a quarterback. According to ESPN’s Evan Kaplan, New York will become the first team in the Common Draft Era, since 1967, to draft two quarterbacks with top-three picks in a four-year span. The Jets used the third overall pick on Sam Darnold in 2018, but he was traded to the Panthers Monday after three disapointing seasons in New York. With Darnold gone, it’s all but guaranteed the Jets will use the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft on a quarterback. BYU gunslinger Zach Wilson seems like a lock for the slot, but there are other options at the position, including Ohio State’s Justin Fields. As long as the pick is a quarterback, though, the Jets won’t just have a new face of the franchise. They’ll also have a spot in the record books. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2021/04/06/jets-2021-nfl-draft-history-sam-darnold-trade/
  5. The Jets weren’t looking to trade Sam Darnold to offload his contract, but they did save some money in the process.Darnold was due to count $9.8 million against New York’s cap. Instead, the Jets will get $4.8 million in salary relief while also eating $5 million in dead cap, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. The Panthers will be on the hook for $4.6 million in 2021, but since Carolina will pick up Darnold’s fifth-year option, he’ll be fully guaranteed around $18.8 million in 2022. The Panthers are essentially making a two-year, $23 million commitment to Darnold.The Jets now have around $24.8 million in cap space to operate with, per Over The Cap. Darnold’s dead cap number has raised New York’s dead money to around $21.2 million. The Jets will likely use some of the salary recouped from the Darnold trade to target a backup quarterback. The only quarterbacks that the Jets have on their roster before April’s draft are James Morgan and Mike White. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2021/04/06/sam-darnold-trade-cap-relief-jets-panthers/
  6. ..but,... i Luv to fight with u guys
  7. ..any of u guys goin' to the game in Charlotte, NC this season ? p.s. any of u guys remember.. ...Vinny Testaverde ?
  8. probably .. sam will have christian mccaffrey & robby anderson ...panthers by 10
  9. ..i think we're gonna trade down & take Patrick Surtain II
  10. joe Douglas has been hard at work patching up a Jets roster littered with holes on both sides of the ball, spending a combined $89.6 million in an effort to give Robert Saleh a competitive roster in 2021 and beyond.New York has signed 11 free agents to date — six on defense, five on offense. Douglas has spent more on upgrading Gang Green’s defense than he has the offense, shelling out $44.6 million in guaranteed money to add upgrades at all three levels, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. Meanwhile, $36.9 million has been dedicated to giving Mike LaFleur’s offense an influx of talent. Carl Lawson’s contract accounts for the bulk of Douglas’ spending on the Jets’ defense, as it took a three-year deal worth $45 million and $30 million in guaranteed money to lure him from Cincinnati to the Big Apple. Jarrad Davis received the second most guaranteed money ($5.5 million), while Sheldon Rankins was given $4.5 million in guaranteed money.New York’s other defensive free agent signings have been more on the cheap end. LaMarcus Joyner received just $2.5 million in guaranteed money, while defensive line depth piece Vinny Curry received $1.1 million in guaranteed money. Cornerback/special teams ace Justin Hardee was given $1 million. Like Lawson’s contract, Corey Davis’ three-year, $37.5 million deal with $27 million guaranteed is responsible for the majority of Douglas’ free agency spending on offense. Keelan Cole received $5 million in guaranteed money, while $3 million is included in Dan Feeney’s contract. Tyler Kroft was given $1.5 million. Tevin Coleman received the lowest guaranteed total of any Jets free agent signing so far this offseason at $400,000.Defense wins championships, and Douglas has made a concerted effort to give Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich a unit vastly better than the one the Jets featured last season. New York still has plenty of cash to spend this offseason, making it entirely possible Douglas dips deeper into his wallet. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2021/04/04/new-york-jets-2021-nfl-free-agency-spending-offense-defense/
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