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With the start of NFL free agency only a few days away and just under $100 million to spend, Jets fans are expecting a bevy of moves to improve the protection around quarterback Sam Darnold while adding some quality targets for him to throw to.

However, it’s on the defensive side of the ball where one name has emerged that may not be a “flashy” addition, but could give defensive coordinator Gregg Williams one of the more versatile defensive fronts in the NFL in Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.

A former first-round pick, Barr has been used in a variety of roles with the Vikings where he has been asked to play both inside and outside linebacker, while spending a good deal of time in coverage, but still flashing skills from time to time that would make him an impact edge defender if used in that role.

Jets are rumored to have heavy interest in FA LB Anthony Barr who shows good quickness/anticipation as he shoots through the B-Gap and makes short work of Ballage to get to Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. pic.twitter.com/wBMgGZzlMc

— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) March 10, 2019

Last season, Barr logged 374 plays in pass coverage, 333 snaps as a run defender and had 103 pass rush attempts that resulted in 23 pressures according to pro football focus and found himself playing in his fourth career pro bowl.  Should the Jets add Barr as Connor Hughes of the Atlantic suggests they want to do, they could use him and Jamal Adams to keep offences on their toes.

Adams is the ultimate Swiss army knife on defense for the Jets, spending significant time at both safety spots, slot corner, linebacker and a bit of boundary corner as well.  In each of those roles, Adams played well enough to land his first of what should be many Pro Bowl nods this season, to go along with being named second-team All Pro.

As creative as Williams tries to get by employing multiple defensive fronts, Adams and Barr could be two players who make the defense go.  Now, whether or not the Jets land Barr remains to be seen, but the impact he could have under Williams makes any interest from the Jets easy to understand.

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13 minutes ago, Miss Lonelyhearts said:

Chess piece definitely goes on the derp trope list. Especially like when Greg Cosell says ‘movable’ chess piece. As opposed to what, the stationary kind?

Sometimes you lose a piece before you have a chance to move it. True with woman as well. 

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6 hours ago, Miss Lonelyhearts said:

Chess piece definitely goes on the derp trope list. Especially like when Greg Cosell says ‘movable’ chess piece. As opposed to what, the stationary kind?

Fools-Mate

white only moves 2 pawns!  

The other 6 pawns,2 rooks,2 Knights, 2 bishops, queen, & king all stationary

 

maybe that is what Cosell was thinking?

 

 

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I would like to say that if the Jets are going to burn cash this offseason, burning it to put together a LB corps of Barr, Mosley, Williamson and Jordan Jenkins (or Josh Allen) would be fun to watch, and would be the most physical LB group in the league.

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6 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

I would like to say that if the Jets are going to burn cash this offseason, burning it to put together a LB corps of Barr, Mosley, Williamson and Jordan Jenkins (or Josh Allen) would be fun to watch, and would be the most physical LB group in the league.

Coupled with an All Pro Safety already in fold,  it would be fun.

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18 hours ago, ScarletKnight89 said:

He's a quality player but this team is in desperate need of a pass rush. I'd have no problem bringing him in but he's another guy known primarily as a run stuffer. I really want to see Macc go out and spend some significant money on guys that have a track record of getting to the QB. 

I can't speak to the 'laziness'. Honestly, I don't know where that came from or who said it and I don't know if it is true. The few games I've seen him play in I never saw him take plays off.

He was an elite pass rusher in UCLA where he played in a 3-4. The Vikings used him in a 4-3 and he was still productive but not in the same way. 

He is extremely talented and versatile. I think going after him is a no-brainer. Now that LG has been addressed, he is one of my top 3 FA targets- Barr, Bell, Paradis. If the Jets can get those 3 guys, the rest will pretty much fall into place via lower level FAs and the draft.  

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14 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

I would like to say that if the Jets are going to burn cash this offseason, burning it to put together a LB corps of Barr, Mosley, Williamson and Jordan Jenkins (or Josh Allen) would be fun to watch, and would be the most physical LB group in the league.

I would rather hold on to Lee and bring back H.Anderson. Let G.Williams deploy hybrid 3-4/4-3 fronts with Barr, Williamson, Lee, Jenkins at LB and Anderson, Leo, QW (3rd overall pick) and Shepherd on the line. 

I don't know how you run against either of those fronts. I don't know how you block the interior of that line, while keeping Barr and Jenkins from getting to your QB off the edge. 

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35 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

I would like to say that if the Jets are going to burn cash this offseason, burning it to put together a LB corps of Barr, Mosley, Williamson and Jordan Jenkins (or Josh Allen) would be fun to watch, and would be the most physical LB group in the league.

Would love Mosley and Barr to be Paired with Williamson... That would be the best LB core since Jones, Cox and Lewis.

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28 minutes ago, PepPep said:

I can't speak to the 'laziness'. Honestly, I don't know where that came from or who said it and I don't know if it is true. The few games I've seen him play in I never saw him take plays off.

He was an elite pass rusher in UCLA where he played in a 3-4. The Vikings used him in a 4-3 and he was still productive but not in the same way. 

He is extremely talented and versatile. I think going after him is a no-brainer. Now that LG has been addressed, he is one of my top 3 FA targets- Barr, Bell, Paradis. If the Jets can get those 3 guys, the rest will pretty much fall into place via lower level FAs and the draft.  

I agree he was used very differently in Minnesota. Out of 810 snaps last year, he was only asked to rush the passer 103 times. He was effective in those snaps, but like you said, he was used differently.

I don't have a problem with the Jets bringing in him. He's a good player. I just want this team to finally address the long overdo critical need on this team. A legit edge rusher. I don't care if we address it via FA or the draft. I just want it addressed. 

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15 hours ago, cant wait said:

adding barr and drafting josh allen would completely transform the defense. the LB unit has been a problem for ages

Not to get into a whole thing here but as much as I love Allen, if the Jets signed Barr I would go in a different direction in the draft. I actually really like Jenkins. I know he is far from elite but he is solid and is coming off a good year. He's a player on the rise for the Jets. Lee is coming off an improved season as well. I think the LB corps (with the addition of Barr) would be in good shape and going after Allen with a guy like QW still on the board would be a mistake. 

So if we signed Barr I would take QW 3rd overall. Or, of course, if someone offers you a HAUL (multiple first round picks), you trade down. 

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31 minutes ago, Kleckineau said:

Who knows if he would even want to come join the big top but I dont think Barr would be lazy with Williams coaching him.

I've never read anything, except on this board, that Barr was lazy.

IMO Barr will be very intrigued in playing in a 3-4 D (if that's what the Jets are going to play) under Williams.

Think Barr had 24 sacks at UCLA playing off the edge.  He's played the 4-3 OLB position so far in his pro career.  I'm thinking he's a 10-12 sack guy in an aggressive 3-4

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