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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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