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  1. Since 2006, the NFL has concluded every Week One with a Monday night doubleheader. That tradition may come to an end in 2021. Peter King reports in this week’s Football Morning in America that the NFL plans to scrap the doubleheader and ESPN is likely to have one Monday night game in Week One this season.The plan is for ESPN to instead televise a Saturday doubleheader in Week 18, with the league likely to put two games with playoff implications into the Saturday slots, therefore giving two good games a nationally televised audience. The Monday night Week One doubleheader ratings were down last season, while a Saturday doubleheader featuring two games with playoff implications is sure to generate great ratings, so ESPN is surely happy with the arrangement.The new arrangement means Week One will have one game Thursday night, 13 games Sunday afternoon, one game Sunday night and one game Monday night, while Week 18 will have two games Saturday, 13 games Sunday afternoon and one game Sunday night. > https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/04/05/nfl-likely-to-eliminate-week-1-mnf-doubleheader/
  2. agreed !.. it's ALL about $
  3. ~ ~ Which edge rusher signing will turn out to be the best in two years ? ~ Clay: Carl Lawson, Jets. He may not be the best of the group, but he may be the biggest upgrade over what his new team had previously. It seems like we've been waiting for a decade for New York to add an impact edge rusher, and the Robert Saleh regime finally got the job done. Lawson -- whose 32 QB hurries trailed only T.J. Watt last season -- has a chance for a full-on breakout in 2021 and beyond. rest of above article : > https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31075166/nfl-free-agency-2021-winners-losers-best-worst-signings-value-deals-gut-reactions-more
  4. In 1993, and only in 1993, the NFL had two bye weeks. The one-year experiment stretched the regular season to 18 weeks. Now, with the addition of a 17th game, the season permanently becomes an 18-week proposition, minimum. It also feels like a matter of time before the NFL adds an 18th game. At that time, or possibly before then, the league could bring back a second bye week.The league has resisted returning to two byes because the networks didn’t like it. With every team getting two weeks off in an 18-week season, the week-in, week-out schedule became diluted.But the circumstances have changed, and they will change some more. For starters, the league has expanded from 28 teams to 32 since 1993, which provides two extra games per week. More importantly, as legalized gambling spreads and as advances in technology allow for robust in-game, per-play betting by projecting images in real time from stadiums to homes and sports bars, the league and the networks will prefer having fewer games played at once.That’s why it’s likely if not inevitable that the league eventually will expand broadcast windows, with four on Sundays (the London games could begin at 9:30 a.m. ET), two on Mondays, one on Tuesdays, one on Wednesdays, and one or two on Thursdays. (Friday and Saturday are off limits from Labor Day until mid-December, due to the broadcast antitrust exemption.) A second bye would help to further limit the cluster of 1:00 p.m. ET games that becomes a dizzying experience for those who’d like to focus on one game at a time. Those six, seven, eight, nine, or 10 games played at once also represent missed opportunities to maximize in-game betting on any one contest.Use of a second bye also would make it easier to justify a creative alignment of gaps between games, making it easier to fill in Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays without having players perform on insufficient rest. Regardless, more is coming. More than 17 games. More than 18 weeks. Eventually, 18 games. Eventually, two byes. (Eventually, more teams.) > https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/04/04/will-two-bye-weeks-return-for-nfl/
  5. NFL Draft Preview with Dane Brugler | Jets 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0 The Athletic's Dane Brugler and Team Reporter Ethan Greenberg Go Through a Complete Mock Draft for the Jets Leading Up to the 2021 NFL Draft. video.. > https://www.newyorkjets.com/video/nfl-draft-preview-with-dane-brugler-jets-7-round-mock-draft-1-0
  6. The NFL’s offseason workout schedule is beginning to take shape a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced teams to conduct everything virtually.Clubs can start Phase 1 of their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on April 19, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. That phase involves meetings between players and coaches. There are still a lot of details to be worked out between now and then, but it gives teams a framework to build on as they head into the 2021 season.Typically, a team like the Jets, who just hired a new head coach, would have been able to begin this part of the offseason this week. But given the state of the pandemic and the uncertainty of the rest of the offseason schedule, it appears as though the NFL is leveling the playing field for all teams.Pelissero went on to explain “there’s hope for practices this spring, even if meetings remain virtual indefinitely.” This is a stark difference from last year when all team facilities were closed until May 19 – well into the offseason and after the draft. It’s unclear if the preseason will happen, either, after the NFL canceled it last year, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did say he expects stadiums to open at full capacity for the 2021 season. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2021/03/31/when-can-the-jets-begin-otas-2021/
  7. The Jets have made plenty of important decisions so far this offseason. None of those decisions are as important as figuring out who will be under center next season, though.New York has a bevy of options to address the quarterback position. It could roll the dice with Sam Darnold for another season or draft a signal-caller with the second pick in the upcoming draft — likely BYU’s Zach Wilson. Managing a quarterback conundrum goes far beyond the name at the top of the depth chart, though. Regardless of who gets the nod as the Jets’ starting quarterback in 2021, Joe Douglas and company need to make sure a solid insurance policy is in place if an injury arises or poor performance necessitates a change.New York has learned the hard way that not having a quality backup quarterback can severely hinder its ability to compete. Who could Douglas peg to fill the role next season? Here are four quarterbacks that can be Gang Green’s No. 2 signal-caller in 2021. james morgan - Last season was essentially a redshirt year for Morgan, as he sat and learned behind Darnold and Joe Flacco (who we will get to in just a moment). The Florida International product will have to learn his second offense in as many years with a new regime in place at One Jets Drive, but there is reason to believe he has an inside track at landing the backup gig.Douglas didn’t take a risk and draft Morgan in the fourth round of last year’s draft to have him penciled in as a healthy scratch in every game for a second straight season. He’ll have as good a chance as anyone to win the job in training camp. A.J. McCarron - McCarron appeared in just two games with the Texans last season and has made only four starts in his seven-year NFL career. He remains a viable backup quarterback option for the Jets, though, as his experience could prove invaluable at One Jets Drive.Whether it’s Darnold, Wilson or another rookie under center for New York in 2021, the Jets need a backup quarterback who can serve as a mentor. McCarron is at the point in his career where he can take on that role. He also carries a winning pedigree from his days at Alabama, which could entice Robert Saleh given his desire to build Gang Green’s culture back up to one where success is expected. Matt Barkley - Barkley was one billed as a first-round draft pick and a sure-fire star. He hasn’t quite lived up to those expectations, but the USC product has strung together a lengthy career as a backup quarterback that doesn’t figure to end anytime soon.If anything, Barkley’s familiarity with the AFC East should give the Jets reason to pick up the phone. It doesn’t hurt to have a quarterback in the building who knows the division’s defenses like the back of his hand at this point in his career. It also doesn’t hurt to have a signal-caller who has witnessed what it takes to win in the AFC East to mentor New York’s young quarterback room. Nate Sudfeld - Most football fans know Sudfeld as the quarterback who questionably replaced Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 2020 finale on Sunday Night Football.Joe Douglas knows him in a bit different light — one that could land him with the Jets.Sudfeld and Douglas crossed paths in Philadelphia and even won a Super Bowl together. The Indiana product never saw much playing time during Douglas’ tenure with the Eagles, but the familiarity between them could potentially generate some mutual interest as the offseason progresses. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/lists/2021-nfl-free-agency-new-york-jets-backup-quarterback-options-james-morgan/
  8. The lone survivor from John Idzik’s 12-player 2014 draft class earned another contract on Tuesday. According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, former Jets offensive lineman Dakota Dozier agreed to a one-year deal to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings. The contract is worth $1.075 million, according to Spotrac.Dozier was drafted in the fourth round out of Furman by the Jets in 2014. He was with the Jets for five seasons and played in 38 games with seven starts. Dozier signed with the Vikings in 2019. There, Dozier reunited with former Jets offensive line coach Rick Dennison, who was hired to the same position with the Vikings. After primarily serving as a backup in 2019, Dozier became a full-time starter at left guard in 2020. He started all 16 games for the Vikings.Dozier is the only active player remaining from Idzik’s second and final draft class as Jets general manager. Idzik picked 12 players in 2014, including Quincy Enunwa, Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro and Dexter McDougle.The 2021 season will be Dozier’s eighth in the NFL. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2021/04/01/new-york-jets-john-idzik-12-dakota-dozier-vikings/
  9. After heading into the 2021 free agency period as one of the most cash-rich teams in the NFL, the Jets made more ripples than splashes, adding the likes of Carl Lawson, Corey Davis and Sheldon Rankins.The Jets entered the free agency period with more than $67 million in cap space. As they now head into April, the Jets are currently have about $21.7 million in cap space, according to a recent update from the NFLPA. @RVacchianoSNY Salary cap space update from the @NFLPA, which as far as I can tell includes all the free-agent activity so far: Giants: $4,546,073 remaining Jets: $21,658,482 remaining. Including their three biggest signings, the Jets have now added 12 total free agents. Justin Hardee, Keelan Cole, Jarrad Davis, Dan Feeney, Lamarcus Joyner, Tyler Kroft, Vinny Curry, Tevin Coleman, Del’Shawn Phillips round out the remainder of New York’s free agent signings. The Jets also re-upped Vyncint Smith and Josh Adams. The free agency market has hit a bit of a wall after an initial first wave of signings. While on the surface the Jets appear to be limited from a salary cap standpoint, New York can still make plenty of savvy moves to free up more cap space to make a run at players like Richard Sherman, Trai Turner and Steven Nelson. The Jets still have logical cap casualty candidates in Alex Lewis, Greg Van Roten, Ryan Griffin and Josh Doctson.Joe Douglas would like to build his team through the draft and needs about $15 million for New York’s picks. That said, the Jets should still have plenty of financial flexibility to make moves throughout the rest of the offseason. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2021/04/02/jets-salary-cap-update-2021-nfl-free-agency/
  10. The first wave of 2021 NFL free agency is starting to slow down, and just a few of the top free-agent options remain on the market. Some teams — such as the Cleveland Browns and Washington Football team — got a lot better, while other teams will now head into the 2021 NFL Draft with more needs than they had before free agency began. PFF’s Ben Linsey recently listed one positive takeaway for all 32 NFL teams after the big first week of NFL free agency. Today, I’m going to do the opposite and list our least favorite move made by each franchise. ~ ~ NEW YORK JETS: THEY WERE ONE OF THE BIG WINNERS IN FA, BUT THE JARRAD DAVIS SIGNING WAS QUESTIONABLE New York came into free agency with more cash than most of the NFL, and they put that to use by dishing out several major deals. Most weren’t bad, overvalued deals like we saw with New England. They managed to secure wide receiver Corey Davis, who was one of the 10 highest-graded players at the position in 2020, for just $13 million per year over the next three seasons. The Jets also bolstered their lackluster production on the edge by signing Carl Lawson, who was the highest-graded free agent pass-rusher available at the position. Retaining safety Marcus Maye via the franchise tag and signing Lamarcus Joyner for a cheap one-year deal with the intention of moving him back to safety were also great moves by New York. The one questionable decision was signing off-ball linebacker Jarrad Davis. The one-year deal is not a long-term commitment, but paying over $5 million for 2021 to likely start isn’t a great idea. In his four-year NFL career, the former first-round pick ranks dead last in PFF grade at the position with a 45.8 mark. > https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-least-favorite-32-nfl-teams-in-free-agency-2021#NYJ
  11. Former LB Paul Posluszny: Robert Saleh Is Made for An Opportunity Like This with the Jets NFL Standout Talks About New Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh with Team Reporter Eric Allen video : > https://www.newyorkjets.com/video/former-lb-paul-posluszny-robert-saleh-is-made-for-an-opportunity-like-this-with-
  12. agreed ! .. which is why, imho,..he will be our starting qb this season ( unless Lawrence is still on the board when it's our turn to pick. oh, Lawrence will be gone by the time it's our turn to pick ).
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