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  1. That must have been just recent.
  2. Aren't they worth a look in a regular season game? Everyone seems unhappy with the RB and TE positions. Is it their blocking that sucks?
  3. The 8 best late-round steals in the 2020 NFL Draft, including picks by Cowboys and 49ers Vinnie Iyer 12 hrs ago Several of the best late-round steals this year were wide receivers representing arguably the deepest modern class ever for the position. Others teams got steals because of injury concerns that couldn't be alleviated before the draft. Which teams made out like bandits with players they had no business getting near at the end of their drafts? Here are eight picks that stood above the rest: The best late-round steals from the 2020 NFL Draft Cowboys: Tyler Biadasz, G/C, Wisconsin (fourth round, No 146 overall); DE Bradlee Anae, Utah (fifth round, No. 179 overall) The Cowboys sang "Catch a Falling Star" all throughout the draft, starting with Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in Round 1 and Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in Round 2. They got two players at positions of need who could have gone as early as mid-Round 2. Jerry Jones got Biadasz (6-4, 314 pounds) to continue the fine tradition of Badgers interior blockers that worked so well for him with now-retired center Travis Frederick. Some teams were scared by reports of past knee and hip injuries, which was a big mistake. Anae (6-3, 257 pounds) is a relentless pass-rusher but his limitations in technique and agility relegated to him to teams with 4-3 base defenses. That works out fine for the new hybrid defense of coordinator Mike Nolan; the team needed a complement to DeMarcus Lawrence to help replace Robert Quinn. Jets: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia (fifth round, No. 158 overall) Hall is on track to be fully healthy after season-ending left ankle surgery, but many teams didn't want to take the risk. The Jets were the beneficiaries and landed a 6-2, 202-pound prospect who is made to start on the NFL perimeter. He filled a pressing need for New York. Hall was slated for the first round before the injury. Buccaneers: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota (fifth round, no. 161 overall) The Buccaneers needed another big-bodied target to complement Mike Evans outside when Chris Godwin works the slot in 11 personnel. Johnson isn't the blazer free-agent departure Breshad Perriman was, but he's the type of perimeter receiver who has meshed well with Tom Brady. Johnson (6-1, 206 pounds) is physical and positions his body in ways to impose his will on the end of routes. He fights hard for the ball, giving him looks of a tough possession and red-zone target. Dolphins: Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State (fifth round, No. 164 overall) This pick shouldn't be lost in Miami's massive haul that included a ton of defensive help for Brian Flores. Weaver was highly productive in college (13.5 sacks last season) but some teams were concerned he did it against lesser competition and that his moves wouldn't reap the same rewards in the NFL. He is a high-energy pass rusher with untapped upside as he makes the jump. Browns: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan (sixth round, No. 187 overall) The Browns also needed a complementary outside receiver to Odell Beckham Jr. with Jarvis Landry being their main man in the slot. Like Johnson, too many worries about top-end speed probably caused him to slip. Peoples-Jones (6-2, 212 pounds) can be a big possession target with the potential to slide inside, which would allow the Browns to be more versatile with Landry's routes. Eagles: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn (sixth round, No. 210 overall) After trading Halapoulivaati Vaitai to the Lions, the Eagles took a couple of developmental tackles late behind Andre Dillard and Lane Johnson: Wanogho and his bookend at Auburn, Jack Driscoll. You can bet some teams were scared about Wanogho's raw skills, thinking he can't put it all together to be a polished NFL player. That's overlooking his ability to learn quickly, however. Wanogho needs to work hard on his technique and footwork to maximize his natural, fluid athleticism, but he's willing to put it in the time. 49ers: Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee (seventh round, No. 217 overall) The 49ers were excited to land big playmaker Brandon Aiyuk in the first round, but don't sleep on their final pick, yet another wideout unfairly knocked for not having top-end speed. Jennings (6-3, 215 pounds) won't be a game-breaker in the NFL, but he could make the team as reliable big inside target behind Deebo Samuel, Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne
  4. Jeudy's ability to cut on a dime is amazing and he does it constantly. My biggest fear is knee and ankle injuries with that running style, i..e Dalvin Cook.
  5. Why, when the D-line is batting down passes, there aren't any plays put in where Darnold rolls out? Doesn't Darnold throw well when moving? At least try it... Sorry if this was brought up already.
  6. The Jets dominated the headlines in the opening days of free agency by signing running back Le'Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley. As a result, some of New York's other free agent acquisitions flew under the radar. Throughout free agency, the Jets added several players who are primed to serve as key contributors in 2019. They might not be the biggest names, but New York did well to make some shrewd moves while other teams engaged in bidding wars for the biggest names on the market. Here's a look at four of Gang Green's most overlooked offseason additions. Trevor Siemian New York's quarterback situation revolves around Sam Darnold, but it doesn't hurt to have a veteran signal caller serving as his backup. Siemian isn't as experienced as previous backup Josh McCown, but he has proven he can get the job done throughout his career with the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings. In the event of an injury to Darnold, the Jets would be in good hands under center. Not only is Siemian a reliable plug-and-play option at quarterback, but he is also someone who has been around the block enough to serve as Darnold's mentor in 2019. Darnold still has plenty to learn and with Siemian in the mix, things will be a lot easier for him in that regard. Jamison Crowder Jamison Crowder is far from an unknown commodity. During his tenure with the Washington Redskins, Crowder established himself as one of the most reliable slot receivers in football. However, with much of the focus surrounding the Le'Veon Bell signing, Crowder's name often falls by the wayside when discussing the weapons New York has on offense. Crowder isn't a true No. 1 wideout, but he is a target Sam Darnold can rely on. When all else fails, Crowder has a knack for finding a soft spot in the defense thanks to his top-notch underneath route running skills. He might not be a star, but Crowder is exactly what the Jets have been missing in the slot. Tom Compton © File Photo File photo Since being taken by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft, Tom Compton has been nothing but solid on the offensive line. Compton comes to New York with positional versatility, which makes him even more valuable to the Jets. The South Dakota product has started at tackle and guard before, so he will be able to fill in at almost any position on the line if need be. New York has lacked solid offensive line depth in recent years. In Compton, the Jets get a former starter who has a track record of consistent production. It doesn't get much better than that when it comes to signing backup offensive linemen. Brian Poole © File Photo File photo Poole is often forgotten simply because he joined New York well before free agency started. Once the regular season kicks off, Jets fans will be reminded of how good Poole is in the slot. The 26-year-old is a hard-hitting nickel corner who is solid in both run support and pass coverage. Poole is also playing the best football of his career right now, as he set career highs in sacks and interceptions a year ago. Poole is a playmaker who has the ability to help solidify the Jets secondary this upcoming season. If he can replicate what he did with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018, Poole is in for a big first season with Gang Green. Tyler Calvaruso
  7. More on Dortch: Jets wide-open return game creates path for UDFA Greg Dortch by Tyler Calvaruso Most undrafted free agents are nothing more than acquisitions to give a team enough bodies to survive offseason workouts. In some cases, though, undrafted free agents have a legitimate chance to not only make the team out of training camp, but an impact in the regular season as well. For the Jets, that player is wide receiver and return specialist Greg Dortch. In two seasons at Wake Forest, Dortch established himself as one of the most electric players in the ACC. As a redshirt freshman, the 5-foot-7 slot receiver made an instant impact with 53 receptions for 722 yards and nine touchdowns. He also averaged 22.1 yards per kick return and earned Freshman All-American honors. In 2018, Dortch took his game to the next level, catching 89 passes 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and averaged 20.9 yards per kick return. For his efforts, Dortch was named first-team all-conference selection. Dortch's decision to declare after his redshirt sophomore season was somewhat of a head-scratcher. Had he stayed at Wake Forest for an additional year or two, odds are he would've been a Day 2 or 3 pick in either the 2020 or 2021 NFL draft. Despite going undrafted, Dortch now finds himself in a position that could be viewed as a blessing in disguise for a player with his skill set. After letting All-Pro return man Andre Roberts walk this offseason, the Jets need a new kick and punt returner. Running back Trenton Cannon has the inside track at winning the job, but struggled in that role throughout training camp and the preseason last year. If those issues arise again, Dortch will be in a position to steal the job. Even if Dortch cannot overtake Cannon in the return game, he has what it takes to make an impact in New York's passing attack. Jamison Crowder is entrenched as Gang Green's starting slot receiver and backup Deontay Burnett already has a strong rapport with Sam Darnold. That leaves Dortch somewhat buried on the depth chart. However, if Dortch flashes any of the ability he had at Wake Forest during offseason workouts, it's going to be hard to keep him out of contention for a roster spot. Dortch has a slight frame, but is as tough as they come running routes over the middle and absorbing subsequent contact. Don't be surprised if Dortch is a name thrown around throughout the summer as a player who is making waves in Jets camp. There's no doubt he has the playmaking ability to succeed at the next level. Now, it's all about putting it together and showing out for the team that granted him his shot at the NFL.
  8. I wonder how much input Darnold has in evaluating the O-line. Perhaps Harrison is finally getting it and Darnold is comfortable with him. I was surprised seeing Ray Lucas praise him as much as he did.
  9. Bart Scott is praising this guy - Winovich
  10. That game was unwatchable. 2nd and 10 and Bowles doesn't take a 10 yard penalty to push them back?
  11. I know it's a moot point, but this was the case for hanging on to him and possibly getting a 2nd rounder.
  12. I wonder if Lawrence Thomas will stick around? If you think about it, a big fullback is needed for short yardage situations..
  13. Even worse was keeping Joe Mcknight and letting Danny Woodhead go....
  14. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com stated that he was informed Darnold was the "biggest talk at (the) Combine" among executives at the 2017 event. That's when you know you are dealing with someone special. While Darnold may not have the elite arm strength of Josh Allen or the effortless motion of Josh Rosen, he is, in my humble opinion, the front-runner to be the first quarterback drafted in 2018. Having said that, it will be interesting to see how he handles entering his Junior year as the unquestioned starter, as opposed to being the replacement on a struggling team a month into the season like he was as a Sophomore. All eyes will be on him, and that offense lost a ton of pieces, especially up front. It will be up to him to not only shoulder more responsibility but also do it with lofty expectations already being associated with his NFL-future. The mental side of the game is what sets Darnold apart from the field. He plays with an awareness and understanding of the game that is rare for a college quarterback. While a player like Josh Allen struggles to keep his eyes down the field when he is rushed, Darnold excels at it. He maneuvers with ease in the pocket while staying in his progressions. He has a surprising amount of athleticism for a player his size that makes him outstanding at extending the play. He also attacks the middle of the field like few do in the collegiate game. The perimeter offers much more space for quarterbacks to make throws but Darnold is comfortable throwing between the hashes. He routinely throws into windows, and he shows an advanced ability at manipulating both his receivers and the defense. When throwing into a window between defenders, it important to understand that the second your eyes hit the window, it will start to close. He looks defenders off well to create windows, and more importantly, he understands when to protect his receivers. I have seen him put touch on passes directly to slow his receiver down and keep him from running full speed into a defensive back. He also shows good anticipation on his throws, often releasing the ball before the receiver has gotten his head around or come open. His ball-placement tends to help protect his receivers, as well as give them the best opportunity to make the play. As I mentioned, his arm strength is not elite like Allen's but it is more than capable of making any throw necessary. He has a bit of a wind up that elongates his motion, but it isn't a necessity for him. Most players have a wind up so they can put a little extra zip on their pass. Darnold has the requisite arm-strength. He just needs to clean up his technique in this case. He has great size for the position, and more importantly a sturdy build. He also has experience under center and is asked to read the full field more often than most quarterbacks at that level. He has a bit of a gun-slinger mentality, but he tends to make much better decisions than Allen or Rosen do in those spots. Now the speed of NFL defenses is much greater so some of the throws could be poor decisions at the professional level. He, like the others I mentioned, will need to understand when taking a sack or throwing the ball away is the appropriate decision. He also only has 10 starts under his belt, and those came with a veteran group of offensive linemen and pass-catchers. Many of those guys have moved on to the NFL. I am not so much worried about him taking on a leadership role as much as I am him doing so with less talent around him. With the added responsibility, it will be easy for him to think that more struggles mean his arm needs to take on that responsibility. It's hard to understand that the decision-making process remains the same. It is a myth that a five-yard throw is wrong on third and 10. Everyone thinks that the throw has to be made at or past the sticks, but that disregards the work everyone else puts in during practice. Sometimes, a receivers feet have to make the play, and it is solely the quarterback's responsibility to get him the ball and trust that he can make one man miss. That doesn't change just because the receiver you are throwing to now is less-capable of making that man miss. What I am saying is, I don't want to see him turn into more of a gun-slinger, simply because his team needs a playmaker. He is best when he plays with a cerebral approach. At the end of the day, Darnold already looks like a professional quarterback when he plays. The throws he makes, the maturity he plays with, and even the system he plays in put him ahead of most of his peers. He seems to have not only the ability to command a huddle but also the temperament to lead in the hard spots. He doesn't get rattled, and when he makes a play, he looks like he has made it 10 times before. When I first started scouting him, I didn't want to give in to those who had compared him to Andrew Luck, but that association is fairly accurate. The one thing that still gives me pause is the 10 starts. If this is the player we continue to see over the 2017 season, along with a few improvements, we are talking about a guy that is both the favorite to be taken first overall, and unlike recent quarterbacks, also the best prospect in the draft. Compares to (Current NFL Player): Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts) Strengths - Great arm strength - Prototypical size and build for a quarterback - Impressive athlete for his size - Cerebral player - Calm and poise - Displays NFL quarterback traits (Anticipation, Ball-Placement, Reads full field, Maneuvers in pocket without dropping his eyes) Weaknesses - Limited experience - A bit of a wind up in his motion - Occasionally becomes a gun-slinger
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