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  1. in the lead-up to the start of free agency on March 17 and the opening day of the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29, we'll be taking a position-by-position look at all 32 NFL teams with a focus on the starting spots that have question marks heading into next season.I’ll warn you before we begin — the current state of the New York Jets roster is ugly. Of the 23 projected starting spots in this piece (11 on offense and 12 on defense), just 10 are filled with players who are currently under contract.The good news is that New York is well-positioned to make some major additions to their team, with the third-most projected cap space in the NFL and six top-100 picks in this year’s draft. What they do with those resources will go a long way towards determining the team's course over the next several years. Projected cap space (Over the Cap): $68,725,814 (3rd in NFL) Picks in 2021 NFL Draft: 2, 23, 34, 66, 87, 98, 130, 138, 162, 215 Projected 2021 offense Position Player 2020 PFF grade rank 2021 cap hit QB ? – – RB ? – – WR Denzel Mims 67 / 127 $1.2 million WR Jamison Crowder 31 / 127 $11.4 million WR ? – – TE Chris Herndon 58 / 71 $2.4 million LT Mekhi Becton 18 / 38 $4.2 million LG ? – – C Connor McGovern 23 / 37 $9.3 million RG ? – – RT George Fant 29 / 38 $9.4 million Sam Darnold still has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but between Deshaun Watson trade rumors and the likelihood that the Jets select a quarterback at No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, Darnold seems unlikely to remain New York’s starting quarterback next season. Fourth-round running back La’Mical Perine sits atop the Jets' RB depth chart as things stand right now, but look for New York to add competition there this offseason. As far as receiving options go, Crowder is easily the most accomplished on the roster, but it remains to be seen if he will be in the starting lineup come September. His release would save the Jets over $10 million against the cap. One of New York's priorities this offseason will be adding weapons around him and Mims for whoever starts at quarterback next season. Becton’s job at left tackle is secure following a promising rookie season. And McGovern will be difficult to part with, given his contract. The rest of the starting spots on the line should at least have competition heading into next season, though. George Fant, Alex Lewis and Greg Van Roten could potentially be released for salary-cap purposes. As a whole, the Jets line underperformed in 2020, ranking 29th in PFF’s end-of-the-year offensive line rankings. Why must the Jets make securing a franchise quarterback a top priority this offseason? There was some talk heading into this offseason that the Jets could stay put at second overall and take a player like Penei Sewell, seeing what Sam Darnold had to offer with an improved supporting cast. It’s difficult to overstate how big of a mistake that would be for New York. It can be true that Darnold has had arguably the worst quarterback situation in the NFL since the Jets took him third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and that he has done very little in his first three years in the league to warrant the kind of confidence it would take to pass on a quarterback who would go first overall in most other drafts. That is the kind of talent that both Zach Wilson and Justin Fields have behind Trevor Lawrence in what is an ideal quarterback draft class to find yourself picking near the top. Darnold’s 63.1 PFF grade since 2018 ranks dead last among 32 qualifying quarterbacks. Even when isolating for clean-pocket dropbacks in an attempt to mitigate some of the poor pass protection he’s had, his 76.2 passing grade without pressure sits ahead of only Mitchell Trubisky among qualifiers. Could he develop into a quality starting quarterback in a better environment? Potentially. Is that chance worth passing up multiple high-level talents at the most important position in the game? That’s a tough sell. Is Jamison Crowder worth keeping around on his current contract? When I tell you that Crowder has been the only reliable presence at wide receiver for the Jets over the past two seasons, I mean it. His 137 receptions since 2019 are 85 more than the next highest mark at the position for New York. Robby Anderson comes in second with 52 despite not even playing for the team last season.Crowder has been a productive contributor from the slot on one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL, earning a PFF receiving grade of 78.0 over the last two years. It’s not as if the $10 million-plus that the Jets would free up with his release is much-needed money in a dire cap situation, either. New York does enter this offseason with plenty of needs to address, but they have nearly $70 million to work with already. It makes sense for the Jets to keep Crowder in place for whoever is playing quarterback next season. Do any of the 2020 free agent acquisitions along the offensive line take a step forward in their second season with the team? The Jets attacked the offensive line last season with the look of a team that understood that they needed to be better up front. The problem is that their approach was more quantity over quality. Now, they will enter the 2020 offseason in a similar boat except for the solace that comes with Mekhi Becton looking a lot like a franchise left tackle. Left guard Alex Lewis recorded a pass-blocking grade of 55.6 before his season came to an end following Week 11. Pat Elflein fared even worse in the following weeks, recording a 33.9 pass-blocking grade across six starts at left guard.Similarly, Connor McGovern’s respectable PFF grade rank was driven largely by his run blocking. His 42.7 pass-blocking grade on the season was one of the worst marks at the center position, but he did come on as the season progressed. Greg Van Roten led the interior offensive linemen with a 71.5 pass-blocking grade at right guard. Lastly, George Fant required some projection heading into the 2020 season as a starting tackle after playing more snaps as a sixth offensive lineman in the 2018 and 2019 seasons than he did at tackle. He ended the year with a PFF grade of 60.7 at right tackle, ranking 29th out of 38 qualifiers at the position. His release could free up over $7 million this offseason. The tricky thing for New York is that it’s hard to see things getting a whole lot better for guys like McGovern, Van Roten and Fant. All appear to be what they are at this point — players capable of starting but not options you’re particularly excited about. Outside of Becton, the Jets should be looking to upgrade all four positions along the offensive line in the coming years. POTENTIAL TARGETS AT OPEN SPOTS Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields The Jets need to have their eyes set on one of these three guys. Watson obviously comes with the highest floor-ceiling combination as a top-three asset in the entire league given his play to start his career and his age, but he will also cost draft picks in a trade, is already making an elite quarterback salary and would have to agree to a trade to New York. If they don’t get Watson, the draft decision for the Jets will come down to Wilson vs. Fields. PFF gives Wilson the slight edge as second on our big board with Fields at third overall, but both guys have franchise-changing ability. Wilson is coming off an elite 95.4 PFF grade in 2020 and produced some special plays outside the pocket this past year for BYU. Meanwhile, Fields is arguably the most accurate quarterback in the draft class and gives you some more flexibility to use him in the designed run game. It will come down to preference for the Jets. Either selection would be a win. Running back: Travis Etienne, Jerick McKinnon With Mike LaFleur coming in as the offensive coordinator, you can expect the Jets to work plenty of outside zone into their offense. Teams like the San Francisco 49ers have prioritized speed at the running back position in similar offenses, hunting big plays in the run game on the edge. It makes sense that the Jets would do the same.There is no better back in this draft class in that mold than Etienne. He broke 217 tackles as a runner across the last four seasons — averaging over 4.5 yards after contact per rushing attempt — and he has rare burst and big-play ability at the position. While Najee Harris looks like he’ll be the first running back off the board come April, Etienne is the top back on PFF’s Big Board. McKinnon would come with less investment than Etienne, but he could still provide the Jets some juice in a rotational role. McKinnon has already made it very clear that he won’t be returning to San Francisco next season. He earned grades of 74.0 or higher as both a runner and receiver in limited action with the 49ers in 2020 after missing both the 2018 and 2019 seasons with injury. Wide receiver: Corey Davis, Rondale Moore The Jets need a legitimate No. 1 receiver, and those guys are potentially out there this offseason between Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay. The Jets' only problem is that all three could end up getting extended or hit with the franchise tag. Davis — PFF’s 25th-ranked free agent — seems more likely to be available. The former fifth-overall pick finally started to looklike the player that the Tennessee Titans envisioned when they selected him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. His 85.3 PFF grade ranked 10th among all wide receivers in 2020, and he stood out as a legitimate big-play threat on Tennessee’s offense. His 15.1 yards per reception last season were a career high. Moore is a different kind of receiver for New York to target. So much of his production at Purdue was manufactured because the offense simply wanted to get the ball into his hands. He’s electric in the open field with the football, undersized but not weak or easily brought to the ground by any means. He broke 37 tackles in his freshman year alone. That kind of elite player in space is a mold that the 49ers have continuously targeted, and you could see the Jets look to follow suit. Interior offensive line: Joe Thuney, Kendrick Green Thuney is one of two “big prize” free agents for every team seeking help at guard. The Jets should be very familiar with his work following five years in the AFC East to open his career. Thuney would immediately tighten up any pass-protection issues at the right guard spot. He has earned PFF pass-blocking grades of 70.0 or higher in each of his first five NFL seasons.Green is a later draft target that makes a lot of sense if the Jets do transition to an outside-zone heavy rushing attack. As the PFF Draft Guide points out, Green earned a 92.3 run-blocking grade on outside-zone runs with the speed to get out of his stance and into space. He played both left guard and center for Illinois in 2020. Projected 2021 Defense Position Player 2020 PFF grade rank 2021 cap hit EDGE ? – – DI Quinnen Williams 12 / 126 $9.0 million DI Folorunso Fatukasi 14 / 126 $2.2 million EDGE ? – – LB C.J. Mosley N/A $7.5 million LB Blake Cashman N/A $0.9 million LB ? – – CB Bryce Hall 67 / 121 $0.9 million CB ? – – CB ? – – S ? – – S ? – – A changing defensive scheme under new head coach Robert Saleh and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, several key free agents and plenty of cap space to improve the defense this offseason makes next year’s starting group difficult to project right now. Marcus Maye was arguably the team’s best defensive player in 2020, and there is no reason to expect that he won’t be back with the team on a new contract in 2021. Ashtyn Davis is the favorite to fill the other vacant safety spot, but the Jets could also look to bring in a more natural box safety to fill that role. At cornerback, I penciled in Hall for a starting job after several solid performances late in his 2020 rookie season. Still, the cornerback position may be the biggest area of need on this defense. Brian Poole is a candidate to be re-signed to man the slot following strong PFF coverage grades of 80.0 and 79.5 in that role the past two seasons.The defensive line is relatively set on the interior, especially with 2019 first-round pick Williams making a big sophomore leap last season. Fatukasi, John Franklin-Myers and Henry Anderson give them multiple quality options to turn to inside. Edge stands out as the big area of need, with 2020 starters Tarell Basham and Jordan Jenkins becoming free agents. New York should look to improve those two spots this offseason. Lastly, the Jets will be hoping that C.J. Mosley starts to pay off the contract they signed him to before the 2019 season. He opted out of the 2020 season after playing just 114 defensive snaps in 2019 before going down with a groin injury. Cashman is most likely to see snaps behind Mosley as things stand. How does the Jets defense change schematically under the new coaching staff? The Jets are expected to switch from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 base defense given Saleh’s teams in the past. The distinction between the two isn’t as important as it once was given how infrequently teams run base defense in today’s NFL, but it should still be noted with New York needing to make decisions on what kind of edge rushers they will be looking to add to the team this offseason. In terms of coverage, Saleh comes from the Seattle “Cover 3” coaching tree, but his defense has evolved in recent years as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Per PFF’s coverage charting, the 49ers actually ran more quarters coverage than any team in the NFL this past season while still running Cover 3 at a top-10 rate. That’s a big departure from the defenses that New York ran under Gregg Williams over the last two years. Since 2019, New York ranks 28th in quarters usage and 31st in Cover 3 usage, ahead of only the Las Vegas Raiders. They ran more Cover 2 than any defense in the NFL over that span while San Francisco ranked last. Stylistically, it will be a big shift for the Jets. How much does C.J. Mosley’s expected return move the needle defensively for the Jets in 2021? It should to a certain degree. The Jets may have overpaid for Mosley in the 2019 offseason, but there is a reason that he garnered the kind of contract he did. The former first-rounder out of Alabama has a history of strong play against the run, is a sure tackler and was developing into a solid enough coverage defender with PFF coverage grades of 72.2, 78.6 and 64.1 in his final three seasons in Baltimore. He should step in and immediately be the Jets' best option at the position, even if they opt to bring back 2020 starter Neville Hewitt in free agency. Mosley’s return isn’t going to cover up the holes at the edge defender and cornerback positions for New York, though. This is still a defense that needs an injection of talent at key positions this offseason. How well do Marcus Maye and Ashtyn Davis fit next to each other as the Jets’ starting safety duo? I recently broke down the ideal landing spots for several notable free agent safeties, and as I discuss more in-depth there, Maye is someone that the Jets should prioritize bringing back. Davis is the guy expected to start next to Maye at safety for New York next season, but the fit isn’t all that seamless. Davis’ ideal role is as a deep safety where he can showcase his athleticism and range while minimizing some of the issues that pop up when he has to come down into the box. The problem is that Maye has graded over 20 points better throughout his career in free safety alignments than anywhere else on the field. The Jets could still use a more traditional box safety starting next to Maye while rotating Davis in situations where it makes more sense. POTENTIAL TARGETS AT OPEN SPOTS Edge defender: Jayson Oweh, Carl Lawson Oweh may not have recorded any sacks for Penn State in 2020, but it marked his second straight year with a PFF pass-rushing grade above 80.0. He was also dramatically improved as a run defender this past year. It wouldn’t be a bad bet on the part of the Jets to take a chance on his elite physical tools translating with one of their early picks.Lawson isn’t going to provide much in the run game, but he can be one of the NFL’s elite pass-rushers off the edge. Lawson has proven that he can deliver in that role already with his performance for much of his career in Cincinnati. No edge defender graded higher on “true pass rushes” than Lawson did in 2020. He could end up being a steal at something like the four-year, $55 million deal that PFF projects him for right now. Linebacker: K.J. Wright, Justin Hilliard With Mosley set to take over as the Mike linebacker, the Jets could be looking for an upgrade at Will, given the options currently on the roster. Wright has been playing at a high level in that role in Seattle for a long time, and the drafting of Jordyn Brooks last season may signal his time there is done. Coming off a strong season where he ranked sixth among all linebackers in PFF WAR, Wright would give the Jets solid all-around play at what should be a reasonable price point. Hilliard is one of the best athletes at linebacker in this draft class, but an injury history and corresponding lack of playing time at Ohio State will likely push him down draft boards. The former five-star recruit played a career-high 231 snaps in 2020 and earned grades north of 80.0 as both a run and coverage defender. Cornerback: Richard Sherman, Brian Poole, Greg Newsome It’s not a stretch to see why the Jets would have interest in either of these two free agent options. Poole has played very well these past two years in the slot for New York — a starting role for any defense in the modern NFL. Meanwhile, Sherman has ties to Saleh from his time in San Francisco and is likely to be on the move given the cap concerns for the 49ers. He dealt with some injuries in 2020 but is only one year removed from a 90.5 coverage grade.Newsome is a name to watch for in the draft. He allowed a 31.7 passer rating on 34 passes into his coverage this past season at Northwestern and has multiple years of experience in a zone-heavy scheme. Safety: Marcus Maye, Keanu Neal Maye’s play in 2020 as one of the leaders of the defense following the trade of Jamal Adams would make it a surprise if he doesn’t return to New York. The interesting name here is Neal, who has experience with new defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich from his time in Atlanta and was teammates with Maye at Florida. Neal earned an 81.8 PFF grade when lined up in box or slot alignments for the Falcons in 2020, his first full season following several major injuries. That’s the kind of player this defense could use, and given the connections Neal has, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Jets had interest. > https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-new-york-jets-free-agency-and-nfl-draft-preview
  2. Before Joe Douglas can focus on who he plans on targeting in free agency come March, he’ll have a handful of in-house decisions to make.The Jets have 25 players set to hit the open market this offseason. Some don’t figure to factor into New York’s plans for 2021, while others it’s safe to assume the Jets would like to keep around for a while. Either way, Douglas has a lot of work to do to put together a competitive roster for Robert Saleh. Joe Flacco was brought to New York last offseason to mentor Sam Darnold and wound up starting his fair share of games with Darnold on the shelf at different times throughout the year. Flacco played relatively well in relief of Darnold, but that does not necessarily guarantee his return next season.Should the Jets bring Flacco back in 2021? Let’s evaluate the situation in Jets Wire’s latest free agent profile. Pros of bringing him back Flacco did what the Jets asked of him when they signed him in May, working closely to aid Darnold in year three of his development and providing New York with a quality backup to turn to in the event of an injury.Darnold didn’t exactly take flight under Flacco’s watch, but the 36-year-old proved useful last season, throwing for 864 yards and six touchdowns to just three interceptions in five games — four of which he started with Darnold injured.Flacco could take on a similar role in 2021 regardless of who the starter is. Quality veteran backup quarterbacks are hard to come by and the Jets still need someone who can put his ego aside and work with a young quarterback if need be. Flacco checks both of those boxes. Cons of bringing him back Flacco’s career is winding down and it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank. He looked good in spurts for the Jets in 2020, but concern over his surgically-repaired neck is likely lurking in the back of New York’s mind given his age and could impact his future with the team.There is also the presence of James Morgan, who Douglas drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft with an eye on him taking over as the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback sooner rather than later. Keeping Flacco around relegates Morgan to an essentially meaningless role for a second consecutive year, which wouldn’t do much to help his growth. The Verdict Flacco didn’t lead the Jets to any wins when he was under center last season, but he performed admirably and even better than Darnold at times. However, with a new coaching staff in place and New York entering the next phase of its rebuild, there might not be a place for Flacco on the roster next season.Matt LaFleur can turn to Morgan as his No. 2 quarterback in 2021 if he feels he is comfortable with Gang Green’s new offense and ready to take on the responsibility. Even if he isn’t, LaFleur could opt to either bring in a veteran or a quarterback who knows the ins and outs of the west coast offense to take on the job. Both of those options leave Flacco on the outside looking in and likely seeking a new team to play for next season. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/lists/new-york-jets-2021-nfl-free-agency-joe-flacco/
  3. Javelin Guidry signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Utah this past May and finished his rookie season leading the team with four forced fumbles. "Confidence in myself," he said of his rookie season. "Coming into work every day, keeping my head down and going to work. Just trusting what the coaches told me and make the most of my opportunities really. Just being around the guys, we had great times on and off the field, socially distant of course. It was a great time, a great year."Guidry started two games in the 2020 season (Week 14 at Seattle and Week 15 at the Rams) but emerged as a contributor on defense starting in Week 12 when the Jets hosted the Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. After not registering a solo tackle from Week 4's game against the Broncos -- when he was signed from the practice squad to the active roster -- to Week 11 against the Chargers, Guidry had at least 1 tackle in each game he played through the end of the season. He had a career-high 6 solo tackles against the Rams in the Jets' first win of the season and finished with 21 total tackles (15 solo), 1 QB hit and 4 FF. "I'll give a lot of props to [S Marcus] Maye," Guidry said. "He definitely helped me a lot with my progression being a professional and making plays on the field as well. He makes sure everyone is lined up and he leads us out there each and every day of the week. He's a great leader."He added: "It's just a family atmosphere that we had in the room, but when it's time to work, we always locked in. We definitely learned a lot off of each other, the experience on the field, being able to not make the same mistakes, that's the main thing. It's a great group. I love my guys and we have fun out there." Guidry's scouting report is centered on speed. He ran the second fastest 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine, 4.29 seconds. He was a 100-meter high-school champion in both Texas and California, including the fastest all-conditions time (10.13) in California history, in 2017. Football, however, is in his DNA. His father, Javelin, and uncle, Paul, both went to UCLA. His younger brother, Elisha, just completed his junior season for the Bruins. Instead of following in his family's lineage, Guidry went to Utah where he played three seasons before declaring for the NFL. Now, he's preparing for his second season with the Green & White."[I stayed] focused on what I had to do, stayed in my playbook and really just worked," he said. "Whenever my opportunity came, I made sure I was ready to go and I believe I did that. It felt good to be out there." Guidry added: "Everyone is going to go off to their own places and relax for a little bit, but then get right back to work for next year." > https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/jets-javelin-guidry-gained-confidence-in-rookie-season
  4. There were 22 quarterbacks drafted in the first round between the 2009 and 2016 seasons and all of them came with hopes that they’d lead their teams for years to come.Some of those players had extended runs with their original teams, but, as Field Yates of ESPN notes, none of them are expected to be with the team that drafted them when the 2021 season gets underway. Carson Wentz was the last of the 22 set to be with the same team, but Thursday’s word that the Colts and Eagles have agreed on a trade means it will be a clean sweep as long as that trade and the Matthew Stafford–Jared Goff swap go through as planned. Stafford was the first overall pick in 2009 and had the longest run with his original team. The full list of the quarterbacks is below : 2009: Stafford, Lions; Mark Sanchez, Jets; Josh Freeman, Buccaneers. 2010: Sam Bradford, Rams; Tim Tebow, Broncos. 2011: Cam Newton, Panthers; Jake Locker, Titans; Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars; Christian Ponder, Vikings. 2012: Andrew Luck, Colts; Robert Griffin III, Washington; Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins; Brandon Weeden, Browns. 2013: EJ Manuel, Bills. 2014: Blake Bortles, Jaguars; Johnny Manziel, Browns; Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings. 2015: Jameis Winston, Buccaneers; Marcus Mariota, Titans. 2016: Goff, Rams; Wentz, Eagles; Paxton Lynch, Broncos. There were 3 quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2017 draft. Two of them — Mitch Trubisky and Deshaun Watson — may be with different teams next year, but it seems unlikely that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will be splitting up in the near future. > https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/02/18/no-qbs-drafted-from-2009-16-are-set-to-be-with-team-that-drafted-them/
  5. Jets general manager Joe Douglas is going to have enough cap space this offseason to do pretty much whatever he wants in free agency. Well, free agents will have to want to sign with the Jets, but money will not be an issue, no matter what the NFL’s 2021 salary cap figure comes in at. The Jets are in great shape financially, mostly because they’ve off-loaded most of their bad contracts and have a quarterback (Sam Darnold) still on his rookie contract.The NFL announced a salary cap floor of $180 million on Thursday, up from the original $175 million figure. The actual cap could come in even higher. No matter what it lands at, the Jets will be fine.At the $180 million figure, Over the Cap has the Jets with $67.9 million in cap space for 2021. They’ll likely cut defensive lineman Henry Anderson, too, which will clear an additional $8 million in cap room. Guard Alex Lewis, who fell out of favor by the end of the 2020 season, could be cut for more than $5 million in additional savings.New head coach Robert Saleh should be salivating at all the possibilities.The Jets have needs all across the roster, especially on the offensive line, at wide receiver and in the secondary. The significant cap space could allow them to both re-sign safety Marcus Maye while still pursuing other potential secondary upgrades like cornerback Richard Sherman. This is considered a historically deep free agency class at wide receiver, and the Jets could be in the running for players like Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller, Corey Davis, Juju Smith-Schuster, Curtis Samuel, Nelson Agholor, T.Y. Hilton and whoever else actually hits the open market. It should be an interesting offseason in Florham Park. > https://www.nj.com/jets/2021/02/jets-will-be-flush-with-cap-space-now-that-nfls-salary-cap-will-be-higher-than-expected.html @AdamSchefter NFL informed teams today the salary cap this season will be a minimum of $180 million.
  6. -- Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson looked up at the heavens as he smiled and called it "divine intervention." A North Dakota blizzard in March 2016 prevented 14 NFL teams from attending quarterback Carson Wentz's pro day. The fewer eyes on their guy, the better, Pederson thought, and just another sign the stars were aligning to get Wentz to Philadelphia.The Eagles' personnel believed with every fiber of their beings that they snagged themselves an elite franchise quarterback when they traded up twice to select Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in 2016. Wentz quickly validated those instincts by following up a promising rookie season with a hard charge toward league MVP in 2017.Wentz hit some major career bumps, starting with a torn ACL/LCL in December 2017. He suffered a stress fracture in his back the following season and came under fire at the end of the year when a report surfaced portraying him as a selfish teammate.But through the adversity, the Eagles organization maintained faith in him. Even after drafting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round last April, the belief was Wentz would deliver the next Super Bowl to Philadelphia, and that someday, God willing, they would all be in attendance as Wentz gave his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech. That seems like a dream world now, as the soured relationship between Wentz and the Eagles ended Thursday when Philadelphia sent Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that can turn into a first, according to ESPN NFL analysts Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.Peculiar circumstance, questionable management and dangerous decision-making collided in 2020, resulting in dysfunction, bruised egos and, ultimately, the dissolution of a union between quarterback and franchise that started with so much promise but flamed out dramatically. Where it went wrong The drafting of Hurts will go down in history as the beginning of the end for Wentz in Philly.That certainly wasn't the Eagles' intent. The front office didn't think a rookie -- even a dynamic one such as Hurts -- would affect the standing of a Pro Bowl player in Wentz. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman thought they were making a wise investment at the most important position in football.But the communication with Wentz about the decision wasn't up to snuff, some believe, and a bumpy 2020 season intensified the friction. The coronavirus-shortened offseason meant Wentz, 28, had little time to jell with his new, young wide receivers. Injuries to the Eagles' playmakers followed, and the offense never got in sync. Wentz was a primary contributor to that. He was totally out of whack for many weeks, from his mechanics on down. Through his struggles, there was a sense Wentz wasn't held accountable to the same level of his teammates -- a sentiment that wasn't exclusive to the 2020 season, as evidenced by the recent statement by former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who said the organization did not do Wentz "any favors by trying to protect his ego or trying to really protect him as a player as opposed to -- just like every other player -- keeping it performance-based and really being real about what he needed to improve on."When Wentz did receive pushback from Pederson, it was not well-received. Pederson stripped Wentz of much of his control over the offense as injuries and losses piled up, according to a source, leading to Wentz's loss of faith in the coach and his system. Some of Wentz's skepticism about the scheme was justified. The offense sorely missed identity and creativity. But his lack of buy-in affected the bottom line, which did not sit well with everyone in the Eagles' locker room, a source said. Meanwhile, Hurts was playing increasingly well on the scout team and connecting with his teammates organically -- something Wentz at times struggled to do since coming to the pros. The team brass assured Wentz he had nothing to worry about when Hurts was drafted, but a quarterback controversy broke out, largely because of Wentz's poor play. Wentz was eventually benched during the Eagles' Week 13 loss at Green Bay, and his trust in the Eagles and Pederson was damaged beyond repair. The firing of Pederson and hiring of Nick Sirianni last month did not convince the fifth-year quarterback that staying in Philadelphia was his best path forward. Where the Eagles go from here There were mixed opinions inside the building on Hurts, 22, coming out of Oklahoma, but he did have strong advocates, including the most important of all in Lurie, sources said.Hurts provided a spark to the Eagles' offense when he took over as the starter for the final quarter of the season. He cooled some down the stretch and finished with a 52% completion rate and six touchdowns to four interceptions while rushing for 354 yards and three scores. Sirianni said he is "really excited to work with" Hurts. "We studied him last year, he had a great college tape. He played meaningful snaps this year that he played well in," Sirianni said.Hurts did enough as a rookie to garner serious consideration for the starting job. The question is whether the Eagles will bring in a veteran backup to support and provide insurance for Hurts, or add real competition.Philadelphia holds the No. 6 pick in April's NFL draft, and will have to decide whether taking a shot on a top prospect such as Zach Wilson (BYU), Trey Lance (North Dakota State) or Justin Fields (Ohio State) is the smart play, or if that will invite another sticky quarterback controversy to Philly. The Eagles made mistakes in their handling of the Wentz situation, and their long-term plan at QB is now up in smoke.They have to take a hard look at themselves to avoid ending up in this place again. > https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30840831/carson-wentz-no-longer-philadelphia-eagles-went-wrong-next
  7. Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer The Carson Wentz trade doesn't bode well for the Sam Darnold market (if the Jets are interested in trading him). Wentz went to the Colts for a third-round pick in 2021 and a conditional second rounder in 2022 (can go up to a first rounder based on P/T). The Colts are taking on a big contract, which may have factored into the compensation. Still, it would be a surprise if the Jets get more than that for Darnold. Maybe they could get a 2 this year and a 3 in ‘22. Maybe. > https://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets
  8. If there's one word that summarizes the Jets' 2021 offseason it is flexibility Flexibility, with an estimate of close to $70 million in salary cap space.Flexibility, in dealing with the team's own 19 unrestricted free agents.Flexibility, but also a challenge, in evaluating college players in the absence of the NFL Combine, which has been downsized.And finally, of course, the flexibility and promise from owning six (two first round and two third round) of the first 98 selections in the NFL Draft in late April.The first step for General Manager Joe Douglas, Head Coach Robert Saleh, the new coaching staff and the team's personnel experts was to assess the roster. "I think the next step for us is going to be to get together with him [Saleh] and his staff and then our entire personnel staff, and to just go through every single position, step by step, player by player," Douglas said in January. "So, we're excited to get together as a group and evaluate our entire team." The Jets' list of potential free agents includes 19 players who can become unrestricted free agents, 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. The free-agent signing period is scheduled to begin on March 17.And while Douglas, Saleh and their staffs will evaluate myriad scenarios and all the players (not only the potential free agents), the general manager has only spoken publicly about his desire to re-sign one player (so far) -- safety Marcus Maye. "Our next step in the process is to get together as a staff, go over all the guys that are on our team, really get their perspective from watching the tape and include the perspective of the people that have been here the last few years," Douglas said. "And it's going to be a really great meeting that really sets the foundation for our offseason."For his part, Saleh, upon his introduction as the Jets' 20th head coach, acknowledged that "the process" had only just begun. "There's a lot of different moving parts between now and then [the start of free agency] and there's going to be many conversations with Joe and his staff," Saleh said. "How things work, what we like for our scheme and how they evaluate talent and so there's a lot of different conversations that will take place between now and then." The Salary Cap Navigating the fluid financial shoals of the NFL salary cap is enough to give any mathematician a migraine. And this go-round in particular because of the pandemic and the uncertainty about what the landscape will look like for the 2021 season.The league and the players union are still negotiating over the final cap figure, which was $198.5 million per team in 2020.According to OverTheCap.com, the Jets are expected to have the third-most cap space (after Jacksonville and Indianapolis) of nearly $69 million, working on the assumption of a cap of about $180 million per team. Nothing is definite, and nothing is final.According to Clark Hunt, the CEO of the Chiefs, the final cap number might not be unveiled until "hours before the start of the league year," which is on March 17. He added that teams might not find out the cap number until a few days before March 15, which is the start of the free-agent negotiating period. No NFL Combine The annual NFL Combine has joined the league's changed landscape wrought by the pandemic. Instead of congregating in Indianapolis (the site since 1987) for days of interviews, measurements, medicals and observations, this year there will be no in-person workouts. In their place, representatives from each of the 32 teams will be allowed to attend and observe pro days on various college campuses, most of them to be held in March. Keep in mind that attendance will be subject to local virus regulations.Medical information, which under normal circumstances would be collected at the Combine, will now be collected at facilities near the pro-day sites under the direction of team doctors and trainers. "The next step will be our virtual meetings that we'll hold in February," said Rex Hogan, the Jets' assistant general manager. "We'll have about a week or seven or eight days to go through our fall reports, all-star game wrap ups. It usually serves as a ramp up to the Combine, but without the Combine this year, we pushed the meetings back a week to give guys a little more time to review some more fall tape, the all-star games, get some more character information leading up to it. The next step for us is going to be pro days. We're trying to get that coordinated in terms of logistics and I'm sure there will be some challenges with schools having pro days on the same day. We could be pretty spread thin moving throughout the country here throughout March." It is all a work in progress. > Notebook | For the Jets, This Offseason Will Be Marked by Flexibility (newyorkjets.com)
  9. agreed ! .. he'll most probably be our starting qb this season
  10. ..just a question please, any of you guys hear about any players getting " tagged " ( 2/23: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players)
  11. Happy Birthday & Very Best Wishes !.. kelly ~ ~
  12. The NFL never sleeps, and neither do we here at PFF. The first important date of the 2021 offseason is already right around the corner, as February 23 marks the opening for when teams can place the franchise or transition tenders on their respective free agents. That tag window runs through March 9. Teams may use only one tender per offseason, so the decision has ripple effects across the roster. Following Adam Schefter’s report that the salary cap is expected to be between $180 million and $181 million, we split the difference with a $180.5 million 2021 salary cap projection. Using that figure, franchise tag projections tentatively come out to : Position Designation 2021 Projection ($180.5M Cap) Cornerback $14.894M Defensive end $15.893M Defensive tackle $13.736M Linebacker $14.630M Offensive line $13.602M Punter or kicker $4.433M Quarterback $24.829M Running back $8.561M Safety $10.496M Tight end $9.495M Wide receiver $15.808M With these numbers in mind, we took a look across the NFL to discuss the most likely franchise tag candidates for all 32 teams (if there is one). ~ ~ NEW YORK JETS : S MARCUS MAYE 2020 overall grade : 82.8 Projected franchise tag number : $10.496M Maye has done his best to ease Jets fans’ pain after Jamal Adams was shipped off to the Seattle Seahawks. Drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to be Adams’ running mate for years to come, Maye has developed into a really good player in his own right. He may not get you 9.5 sacks, but he’s a strong coverage player who can also come down in the box and do some damage of his own.The Jets obviously don’t have a ton of talent to speak of, so retaining a player of Maye’s caliber should be a priority. If an extension cannot be reached, a franchise tag would make a lot of sense here. The Jets are one of the few teams that have ample cap space in 2021, so a large one-year salary for Maye doesn’t hurt them like it would many other clubs. rest of above article : > https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-franchise-tag-candidates-all-32-nfl-teams#NYJ
  13. ..ugghhh,.. we selected kyle wilson with the 29th pick.. the pats selected rob gronkowski with the 42nd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft cheers ~ ~
  14. oh,.. if you can't get the one you're Looking for.. if i may, here's the one you might wanna get... cheers ~ ~
  15. ..ugghhh,.. some people Like being on the bottom
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