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  1. No, just copied from an article.
  2. CB Morris Claiborne 2017 Salary: $5 million Besides dealing with the injury bug that has hampered him his whole career over the past couple of weeks, Claiborne has been the No. 1 corner that the Jets needed after last year’s disaster in the secondary. Maccagnan took a chance on bringing in the injury-riddled Claiborne and his gamble has paid dividends. While his injury history remains a cause for concern moving forward, Maccagnan should extend Claiborne as soon as possible in order to avoid a bidding war for his services in free agency. LB Demario Davis 2017 Salary: $2.2 million When the Jets re-acquired Demario Davis in a trade with the Cleveland Browns this summer, nobody could’ve expected the linebacker was going to be this good for the Jets in 2017. Davis is a changed man in his second stint with the Jets, leading the team with 82 tackles through 10 games while taking an increased leadership role, specifically taking second-year linebacker Darron Lee under his wing. Not only does his play warrant an extension, but Davis’ newfound leadership skills should make bringing him back for 2018 and beyond a priority for the front office. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins 2017 Salary: $1.3 million With the way that Seferian-Jenkins has played this season, bringing the tight end back into the Jets offense was the best decision Todd Bowles has made in his time with the Jets. The 25-year-old leads the Jets in receptions with 39 and provides McCown with a reliable red zone target when needed. Seferian-Jenkins has dealt with some well-publicized problems in the past, but he is young and has proven that he has not only cleaned up his act, but improved his game as well. The strides that he has made while in New York should be celebrated and Maccagnan should reward Seferian-Jenkins with a contract extension. K Chandler Catanzaro 2017 Salary: $900,000 Catanzaro has gone from an inaccurate, unreliable kicker with the Arizona Cardinals to a stud for the Jets in 2017, nailing 16 of 20 field goals so far this season. Like almost every other player on this list, Catanzaro is relatively young at 26 and deserves to be brought back for the 2018 season. DE Kony Ealy 2017 Salary: $886,707 Ealy came to New York later than anybody on this list but has made almost the same, if not more, of an impact in his time with the Jets. He has helped to improve the Jets pass rush and leads the league in passes batted down at the line of scrimmage by defensive linemen with nine. At 25 years old, Ealy could be an integral part of the Jets defense for years to come and Maccagnan should realize this and pounce on the opportunity to extend his contract.
  3. Cont. "I don't even remember being close to a quarterback in the first half of the season last year," Jenkins said. He spent time in Atlanta this offseason working with the pass rushing guru Chuck Smith, so even as he didn't have any sacks in the first eight games this season, he knew he was better. "Through all the stuff I did this offseason, I feel like I was more effective rushing the passer," he said. "There was still improvement this year in that aspect, compared to last year." Part of Jenkins' improvement also stemmed from Greene emphasizing to his players the importance of rushing more with power than finesse. The problem with finesse-oriented pass rushing moves, said Jenkins, is they often end with the pass rusher behind the quarterback, which can spring the quarterback for a scramble. Greene "doesn't want guys behind the quarterback," Jenkins said. Try a finesse rush move against most NFL offensive tackles, and the tackle will "run you by" with an extra shove to knock you past the quarterback, away from a clear rush lane. "It's not a high-percentage move that's going to reward sacks," Jenkins said. "It's a low-percentage move." Under Greene, the Jets' outside linebackers are using finesse pass rushing moves less often than they did last year. And it is paying off. Last year, we were behind the quarterback multiple times, and had a low number of sacks in the outside backer room," Jenkins said. The Jets fired outside linebackers coach Mark Collins and replaced him with Greene after last season, when their outside linebackers had just 5.5 sacks. The position group has already equaled that total this season. That is largely because Greene is "teaching us how to rush" and "teaching us what helped him be successful," said Jenkins. Between Greene showing his edge rushers video of himself -- and other legendary pass rushers like Lawrence Taylor and DeMarcus Ware -- Jenkins is becoming a pass rushing expert. In college at Georgia, he never was truly taught the art of pass rushing. "I was never really shown, or I never really learned how to pass rush, until K.G.," Jenkins said. "We had coaches [at Georgia] who would always tell you, but they didn't really get into a level where we understood, at least speaking for me. I never really had a pass rushing coach." Now that Jenkins has the knowledge, and finally a couple sacks to go with it, is he ready to take the next step as a pass rusher? He isn't ready to make any bold predictions. "That was only one game," he said of his two-sack showing against Buffalo. "I could go the rest of the season and not get another sack, not get another pressure. Or I could go the rest of the season and just keep getting one after another after another."
  4. FLORHAM PARK -- During spring practices, the Jets' new outside linebackers coach, Kevin Greene, dug into the archives for video from his Hall of Fame playing days. He wanted to set the foundation for his teaching points, so he showed his players some of his 160 career sacks. The gist of Greene's message, as outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins recalled to NJ Advance Media: "I'm just showing you guys what worked for me. You can choose to do it, or you can try and do your own thing. But percentages show that this is what worked." Jenkins eagerly soaked up Greene's advice, and it now seems to be paying off. Jenkins had two sacks in Thursday's win over the Bills -- his first two sacks this year, after he had just 2.5 as a rookie last year. Jenkins was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts, which also included a forced fumble (on a sack) and two quarterback hits. While Jenkins didn't need to watch video of Greene to know what a superb pass rusher he was, "it definitely helps," said Jenkins, who is in awe of Greene's accomplishments. "You don't have the thought in your mind like, 'Oh, this guy doesn't know what he's talking about. He's never played the position. He doesn't know,'" Jenkins said. "He's showing us that he did know. He was a Grade A badass when he played, talked trash, got physical. We've watched K.G. destroy some pretty good tackles." So under Greene, has Jenkins turned a corner as a pass rusher, after working on that skill set so diligently in the offseason? Sort of, though the numbers show he still has room to grow. Last season, in 14 games played, Jenkins had 20 quarterback pressures (three sacks, one hit, 16 hurries) in 151 pass rush snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He generated a pressure every 7.6 pass rush snaps. This season, in nine games, Jenkins has 14 pressures (two sacks, five hits, seven hurries) in 147 pass rush snaps. He is generating a pressure every 10.5 pass rush snaps. So while he is pass rushing more often, his pressure rate isn't quite as high, at least based on PFF's data. By Jenkins' estimation, he should have four sacks right now. Tyrod Taylor escaped his grasp in Week 1. And Jay Cutler eluded him in Week 3. Jenkins was due for a big game, he believes. "After you go through a couple of those, you start to get like, 'Man, come on. Somebody is out to get me,'" Jenkins said. "You see other guys getting shoe-string sacks or leg-swipe sacks. When is the first one going to come?" As he sought his first sack of 2017, Jenkins took solace in his quarterback pressures being up from the first half of last season, albeit with more pass rush chances, based on PFF's data.
  5. Ealy should bat down at least 4 balls in this game!
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be shut down for "at least" the next two weeks according to Jenna Laine of ESPN. An MRI reportedly revealed "more damage" but nothing structural. The timing is certainly right with the Bucs going nowhere this season and Winston being unable to finish two of the last four games. Winston also seemed in need of a mental and emotional reset after Sunday's blowout loss at New Orleans. These will be the first regular season games missed by the former No.1-overall pick in his three-year NFL career. Hopefully, the Bucs have learned from the cautionary tale of the Colts and Andrew Luck about what NOT to do with an injured franchise quarterback. Veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the Bucs in Week 10 in what could be an entertaining and fantasy-worthy game against his former team the New York Jets.
  7. Eric Tomlinson’s role keeps getting bigger and bigger. The Jets tight end set a season-high in offensive snaps Thursday night against the Bills and was on the field for 45 plays. That was good enough for 67 percent of New York’s offensive plays, marking the second time in three games he has been on the field for more than 60 percent of the snaps. Tomlinson’s impact will rarely be clear from just reading the box score. He only hauled in one catch for six yards against Buffalo. No. 83 has six catches for 111 yards and a touchdown this season. That last time he had more than one grab in a game was Week 1 when he hauled in two passes. While Tomlinson may not inspire as a target, he’s done a terrific job creating opportunities for others on offense. Thursday, he showed his versatility by lining up in the backfield as a fullback instead of at his traditional tight end spot. Film from the game shows Tomlinson laying integral blocks from the fullback position on Bilal Powell’s 51-yard run and the following play, 10-yard rush for a score from Matt Forte. Tomlinson’s versatility and skill as a blocker have made it hard for Todd Bowles to keep him on the sideline. While Austin Seferian-Jenkins gets all the attention as New York’s top receiving tight end, it’s his backup doing all the nitty-gritty work. Look for Tomlinson to continue playing more as his role on offense continues to expand.
  8. Game Observations (BUF)

    Real happy the Jets didn't hang on to Vlad Ducasse.
  9. Yup. Take the 25 free yards and be done with it! The risk is not worth the reward.
  10. I mean really....how often do they get past the 25 yard line? Hardly ever - especially the Jets..
  11. Sam Monson | 1 year ago (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Why PFF doesn’t have a draftable grade on Christian Hackenberg Sam Monson 1 year ago Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is one of the most polarizing prospects in the 2016 NFL draft. There are evaluators who have stated that they believe Hackenberg should go in the second round of the draft. Still others have said that his performance on tape is worrying enough that he should drop further than the second tier of passers, but the tools are still clearly there for him to potentially be an NFL-caliber quarterback. I hold a different opinion: I don’t believe Christian Hackenberg should even be drafted. That seems like hyperbole, and it is not intended to come across as a slam against a player who is working hard for his shot to play in the NFL. But the truth is that instead of hyperbole it is actually an honest assessment backed up by three years of play-by-play grading, tape study and data. Here is why my analysis and that of the PFF team has led me to believe that Hackenberg is not a draftable prospect in this class: Inaccuracy There isn’t a more inaccurate quarterback prospect in this draft with a reasonable chance at being drafted. Hackenberg is inaccurate at every level of the field, on all throws and against all coverages. This season his completion percentage when adjusted for drops, spikes, etc. was 64.0 percent, which was 120th in the nation. In 2014, he was 105th. Every accuracy number you look at sees Hackenberg struggle, and the tape shows the same thing. Even when under no pressure at all this past season, he completed just 61.9 percent of his passes. That’s the same completion percentage Cardale Jones managed on all plays, not just pressure plays, and Jones is a player whose accuracy is seen as a negative. Hackenberg’s completion percentage under no pressure at all of 61.9 percent would only have ranked 44th in the nation, if it was his real completion percentage. Completion percentage can be affected by many things, but if you dive a little deeper and look specifically at his ball placement, things get even worse. Hackenberg completed 192 passes this past season, but when we charted ball location for quarterbacks in this draft class, 55 of those catches were badly located passes. He was only accurate on 48.1 percent of attempts when throwing to open receivers. By comparison, Cody Kessler was accurate on 73.2 percent of his attempts to open receivers, Carson Wentz was at 61.2 percent. Even Cardale Jones, our inaccuracy comp in this exercise, was 5 percent better when throwing to open guys. I have never seen a quarterback consistently miss as many wide receiver screens as Hackenberg. Receiver screens are supposed to be high-percentage plays. In college, the average receiver screen pass is only off-target on 4.75 percent of attempts. In the NFL that figure becomes 3.45 percent, and the worst mark any QB has posted over the past three seasons is Chad Henne, at 8.47 percent. Last season, Hackenberg was off-target on 15.8 percent of his receiver screen passes — around five times more inaccurate than the average NFL QB. The story only gets worse on passes 11 to 20 yards down the field. He is accurate in ball-location terms on just 27.5 percent of them (the best QBs in this class are up around 50 percent). From 21 to 30, yards he is down at 12.0 percent (with the best marks around 40 percent). Hackenberg is capable of occasionally brilliant passes, and every now and then, exceptional accuracy. But when looking at his entire body of work, our assessment is that he is far too inaccurate to play in the NFL. Decision-making All quarterbacks can be caught out, or baited, or somehow convinced to attempt a pass they shouldn’t, but at least an evaluator can usually work out where the play broke down and what tempted him into taking the shot. Hackenberg regularly has plays where the pass has little to no chance of succeeding, but he puts the ball in the air anyway. That is a fatal flaw for an NFL quarterback, as QBs need to be able to read what happens before and after the snap to put the ball in the right place. Sometimes Hackenberg can do exactly that, but far too often he appears to simply decide not to, and those plays lead to simple turnovers. PFF’s play-by-play grading scale works from minus-2 to plus-2 in 0.5 increments. Minus-1.5 and minus-2 throws are catastrophic plays that usually result in a turnover. Hackenberg has 37 of them over his college career, equivalent to a catastrophically bad pass on 3.1 percent of his attempts. Jared Goff, by contrast, threw one on 1.1 percent in 2015. Even Michigan State QB Connor Cook, whom we have noted throughout his draft evaluation for his bad habit of reckless throws, threw one on 1.5 percent — or less than half the rate of Hackenberg. Hackenberg regularly does not see defenders breaking on the ball or cutting underneath his intended receiver. Against Temple in the first game of this season, he missed a defensive end dropping straight under a quick slant and almost tossed him a pick-six. Last year against Indiana he tossed the ball straight to a defender who was cutting in front of his bubble screen and did throw a pick-six: Turning the ball over at the NFL level is the cardinal sin of quarterback play. Most top passers now have historically low interception and turnover rates. Hackenberg puts the ball in that kind of danger far too often, at a far lower level of competition. Controlling pressure Quarterbacks play a role in the rate at which they face pressure — it isn’t simply a function of the offensive line. This is important to keep in mind when evaluating Hackenberg. Many have cited Penn State’s poor pass protection as a reason for Hackenberg’s struggles, and to be clear, it’s not as though I thought he had the benefit of a great offensive line. But let’s look at the 2015 season opener against Temple as an example of how Hackenberg deserved some blame for the amount of pressure he was under. Hackenberg was under pressure on 17 of his 36 dropbacks in that game, but only seven of those pressures were charged to the offensive line. That means nearly 60 percent of the pressure he was under in that game was not surrendered by his O-line, and much of it was clear from before the snap. Temple regularly showed six rushers before the snap, came with all of them, and Hackenberg was surprised by the free rusher despite only having five men in the protection. Some might want to cut him a break for the free rusher the offense couldn’t pick up, but it’s his job to understand that it is coming from the pre-snap read and be prepared to get rid of the ball quickly. Don’t get me wrong: Hackenberg’s line was not good at Penn State, but it wasn’t the prohibitive collection of uniformed turnstyles that they’ve been made out to be, either. As a unit they surrendered 135 total pressures in 2015, which is bad, but 15 other teams managed worse, including Goff’s California Bears (154). 45 other offensive lines surrendered pressure at a greater rate than Hackenberg’s line last season. And in 2014, we charged Hackenberg with eight of the sacks he took, which is five more than any single lineman gave up. In fact, since he has been the quarterback, Hackenberg has been directly to blame for more sacks than any single lineman blocking for him, and that doesn’t even touch the ones he was indirectly at fault for by being unable to effectively diagnose the pressure looks he was presented with. Lack of upside Much of the positive buzz around Hackenberg as a prospect has to do with the fact that he looks the part of an NFL QB. But while Hackenberg can make every throw you can think of, and does have some beautiful passes in his tape, the frequency with which he is able to produce them is concerning. In 2015, Hackenberg produced a pass graded at plus-1 or higher (a stat we have taken to calling “Big-Time Throws,” much to my distress) on 2.68 percent of his attempts. 151 QBs were better than that, and only nine were worse. But what about 2013? One of the narratives around Hackenberg is that his play dropped off after an impressive true freshman campaign in 2013 — when Bill O’Brien was his head coach, prior to taking over the Houston Texans’ job, and his top target was Allen Robinson, now one of the league’s best young wide receivers for the Jaguars — due to a subpar supporting cast and poor fit with new Penn State head coach James Franklin. It’s certainly true that his raw numbers were more encouraging that season. Unfortunately for Hackenberg, when we went back and graded his 2013 campaign, the results were not good. His 2013 season grade was a minus-24.7, which would have ranked third from the bottom in this draft class for the 2015 season. Take a look at this table with a group of this year’s quarterbacks and their grades from the 2015 season. I have included each year of Hackenberg at the bottom. Goff leads the way in grading terms by some distance. Carson Wentz graded well, especially considering the time he missed through injury, but the bigger point is that nowhere on this list is there a prospect other than Hackenberg who graded negatively overall. Lest you think I’m just cherry-picking prospects to ensure that result, the only quarterback prospect in this draft class (other than Hackenberg) with any kind of pro prospects whatsoever to have a negative overall grade is Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, and he at least has the asterisk of only attempting 270 passes in his entire college career. When you factor in that Hackenberg was only a true freshman, then it probably is fair to say that the 2013 season was his best — but he still earned a lower grade in that season than any QB in this current draft class, and was greatly affected by the benefit of Robinson’s ability to either take routine catches to the house or go up and haul in questionable passes that were thrown as much to the defensive back as they were him. This pass is a good example, as it was thrown straight to a corner who had position over the top and leverage on the receiver, but simply misplayed the ball in the air. Robinson, on the other hand, went up and high-pointed the ball, bringing it in for a big gain. This was a pass that ended up looking very nice based on the result, but probably shouldn’t have been thrown in the first place — even to a receiver as talented as Robinson. Conclusion One of the few things left supporting Hackenberg’s draft stock is that he looks like an NFL quarterback. His arm is pretty good, and he ticks most of the measurable boxes, but that’s like a newly created Madden player before you have assigned all the performance attributes like accuracy and decision-making. At that point all you have is a player shell. While there is good to his game in small flashes, you have to overlook so much bad to see it that it simply isn’t enough. Tim Tebow made some nice throws, too, but it didn’t make him a starting NFL quarterback. Even the best of Hackenberg is an average, inaccurate passer with a few worrying qualities. In my opinion, his NFL ceiling is as a backup a team hopes it never has to play. There was a time when Hackenberg was largely seen as a first-round talent, and it’s taken three seasons of poor play for him to be moved down most draft boards to the Day 2 or Day 3 range. But after evaluating him on tape to go along with three seasons of play-by-play data, I can’t see the case for drafting him at all.
  12. Jets offensive lineman James Carpenter is building Pro Bowl season From a distance, you half-expected the man to be an angry, surly S.O.B. who grunted his way through conversations. After all, you’d never actually heard him speak in the nine months since his arrival. James Carpenter has spent this season working in the shadows for one of the league’s most formidable offensive lines. Anonymity is a part of life in the NFL trenches, but the Jets’ left guard deserves Pro Bowl consideration. It turns out that he actually does speak, even if it’s not his preferred mode of communication. “I don’t talk that much,” Carpenter said with a laugh. He plays a position without concrete statistics, which makes it difficult for a fantasy-football crazed fan base to appreciate his standout play this season. Interior linemen are overlooked by the FanDuel and DraftKings crowd. For all the praise heaped on rookie general manager Mike Maccagnan for his free-agent spending spree, getting Carpenter after a couple of pricier options went elsewhere turned out to be a brilliant move. The Jets have already had solid returns on their four-year, $19.1 million investment. “I’m very fired up to have Carp here,” offensive line coach Steve Marshall said. “The way he’s played, he’s certainly a Pro Bowl-type guard. He quietly goes about his business. He’s a guy that deserves Pro Bowl recognition. I hope that comes.” Take the time to study the trenches and you’ll see what others around the league have noticed through three quarters of this season: Carpenter has been dominating opponents. The fifth-year lineman has allowed only five quarterback hits and went the first 11 games without allowing a sack (he gave up his first against the Giants last week), according to Pro Football Focus. “He’s been crushing people,” said right tackle Breno Giacomini, who played three seasons with Carpenter in Seattle. Carpenter, playing between pillars D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold, has helped keep quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick upright for much of the season. The Jets have allowed the second fewest sacks (17) in the league. Carpenter has also been instrumental opening holes for Chris Ivory, the second-leading rusher in the AFC. Rex Ryan made it clear that he believed that Carpenter was “playing at a Pro Bowl level” before the Bills came to MetLife Stadium last month. Carpenter, who joined a line with four returning starters, has infused the right attitude. He might be a man of few words, but his winning pedigree has not been lost on his new teammates. He won a national championship at Alabama before hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with the Seahawks. His message to teammates every day is clear: Let’s just be great. He has a champion’s work ethic and mindset. “He understands what it takes to win and the preparation you have to have to be successful in this league,” said Marshall, who coached Packers Pro Bowl left guard Josh Sitton last season. “You never take anything for granted. He has prepared like that every week… He’s kind of set the tempo in that regard for a lot of our younger guys and even some of the older guys. He doesn’t back off an inch.” Carpenter has learned plenty from Mangold and Ferguson to improve his game. Giacomini has seen clear evidence of growth from the last time they played together during the Seahawks’ Super Bowl season in 2013. “If everybody does their job, good things will happen,” Carpenter said. “So, I just try to lead that way: Do my job the best I can.” At 6-5, 321 pounds, he often gets recognized on the street as a football player, but strangers aren’t quite sure whom he plays for. It’s likely that Jets fans wouldn’t even know what he looks like. Such is life as an NFL guard. “He’s a Wookiee,” Mangold said. “He’s quiet, he’s powerful, he’s loyal as all get-out… and he’s got a lot of hair.” Carpenter’s sheer size prompted his high school basketball coach to believe he’d have a bruising menace in the paint. “That’s what I was supposed to do,” Carpenter said of being a banger. “But I was terrible.” His mean streak has always been reserved for a football field. He plays the way linemen are supposed to play. He plays angry even if he’s rarely angry at any other time during the day. He’s a simple man, who spends his free time with his fiancée. Sometimes he goes into the city to have a good meal. Sometimes he just sits on his couch. “I watch some weird TV shows,” he said. “I like to watch ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ It used to be my favorite.” Carpenter doesn’t particularly enjoy talking about himself, which is understandable given the position he plays. He doesn’t have to this season. His performances on Sundays have said plenty.
  13. Francessa today

    I have a feeling that one of Francesa's kids is a Jets fan, so it's probably hard for him to diss them too much.
  14. ..Vlad Ducasse is starting for the Vikings this week.
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