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NFL Draft 2021: Here’s how Daniel Jeremiah says Jets’ Sam Darnold stacks up vs. Zach Wilson, Justin Fields as QB decision looms

Updated 6:45 AM; Today 6:45 AM 

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson could be drafted by the Jets. AP

 

By Darryl Slater | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Jets general manager Joe Douglas needs to figure out if BYU’s Zach Wilson — or maybe another quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft — is better than Sam Darnold.

It’s really that simple, though the decision is far from easy for Douglas.

Through three seasons, Darnold has mostly failed to impress. But the Jets haven’t exactly surrounded him with a stellar supporting cast or coaching staff.

Still, Douglas could pull the plug on the Darnold era this spring, by taking Wilson with the second overall draft pick. And with that in mind, here’s how NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah ranks Darnold (right now, not coming out of college) against this draft’s quarterbacks:

So from Jeremiah’s perspective, the 49ers — who traded up from No. 12 to No. 3 — would be better off taking North Dakota State’s Lance than Ohio State’s Fields.

Earlier in the pre-draft process, Fields was considered the best quarterback prospect not named Trevor Lawrence in this draft. But Wilson has since surpassed him. Which is why — as Douglas (so far) hasn’t traded out of No. 2 — many analysts think he’ll wind up with the Jets.

Jeremiah, at least, believes that would be an upgrade.

 

Look, it’s tough to compare a quarterback with zero NFL experience, like Wilson, to a quarterback who has an established — albeit rather rocky — body of work, like Darnold.

Concerns — lack of experience, level of competition faced — will continue to linger about Wilson, until he dispels them. And that’s why “Darnold or Wilson?” isn’t an easy choice for Douglas, whose tenure as Jets GM will largely be defined by this move.

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Joe Thuney and Corey Linsley is *not* a one or the other proposition for the Jets. If Thuney were to accept the Jets offer, they would still be interested in Linsley 👀 

Stage I [Jets fail to spend $200 million in the first six hours of free agency; JN blows out its collective diaper]: COMPLETE Stage II [Jets sign a bunch of second- and third-tier FAs; JN begins

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3 hours ago, joewilly12 said:

Titans sign former Jets safety/special teamer Matthias Farley

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March 31, 2021 8:30 am

The Jets lost a key special teams player and backup safety to the Titans on Tuesday.

Tennessee signed Matthias Farley to a one-year deal, per the team website, for an undisclosed amount of money. The veteran spent the last two years with the Jets, where he tallied 30 tackles and three defended passes in just 204 defensive snaps and two starts. Farley mostly played special teams for the Jets – he saw 218 snaps in 2019 before playing in 314 in 2020 – and led the team with eight special teams tackles last season.

Farley was one of Joe Douglas’ first waiver wire pickups as Jets general manager, but he became expendable after New York signed Justin Hardee this offseason.

Key special teams player? 

LOL. Ok.

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32 minutes ago, Beerfish said:

Seattle just gave tyler lockett 69 million.

Their all pro safety is waiting with bated breath.

Is it me, or is Jamal Adams' career even more entertaining now than when he was on the Jets? We could be looking at years of laughter from him.

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Colt McCoy is heading west to continue his NFL career.

ESPN reports the former New York Giants quarterback signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Arizona Cardinals, where he will back up Kyler Murray.

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Sam Darnold’s trade market grows colder as potential team denies interest

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March 31, 2021

Sam Darnold could very well see his time with the New York Jets come to an end this off-season. Several teams have been viewed as potential suitors for the 23-year old quarterback. However, it seems like the former USC Trojan’s trade market is getting dryer. The Denver Broncos, reportedly one of Darnold’s top potential suitors, are apparently not interested.

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Via Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com:

But you can cross off the Broncos … at least for now, according to the ABC affiliate in Denver, which reports GM George Paton “hasn’t been interest to this point. Not viewed as enough of upgrade to relinquish second-round pick. Things change. But that’s been case all offseason to my knowledge.”

The Broncos have been searching for their franchise quarterback ever since Peyton Manning retired six years ago. However, based on the inside information of ABC’s Troy Renck, it doesn’t seem like Denver isn’t sold enough with Sam Darnold, especially if it means parting ways with a valuable second round pick and sending it to the Jets.

Denver holds the no. 9 overall pick in the upcoming draft. With that, they probably won’t be able to nab one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s class. This is one of the reasons why the Broncos are seen as one of the potential landing spots for Darnold.

In addition, their incumbent quarterback Drew Lock, Denver’s 2nd round pick in 2019, likely won’t cut it if the Broncos want to return to glory. Perhaps Darnold, the 2018 no. 3 overall pick, could be a reclamation project for them should they take the chance on him.

As for the Jets, they likely won’t get their desired value in exchange for the player they once viewed as their quarterback of the future.

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Lone survivor of the Idzik 12 gets another contract

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April 1, 2021 8:20 am

The lone survivor from John Idzik’s 12-player 2014 draft class earned another contract on Tuesday.

According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, former Jets offensive lineman Dakota Dozier agreed to a one-year deal to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings. The contract is worth $1.075 million, according to Spotrac.

Dozier was drafted in the fourth round out of Furman by the Jets in 2014. He was with the Jets for five seasons and played in 38 games with seven starts. Dozier signed with the Vikings in 2019. There, Dozier reunited with former Jets offensive line coach Rick Dennison, who was hired to the same position with the Vikings.

After primarily serving as a backup in 2019, Dozier became a full-time starter at left guard in 2020. He started all 16 games for the Vikings.

Dozier is the only active player remaining from Idzik’s second and final draft class as Jets general manager. Idzik picked 12 players in 2014, including Quincy Enunwa, Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro and Dexter McDougle.

The 2021 season will be Dozier’s eighth in the NFL.

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I guess it makes sense to feature him until/if he’s gone, but kinda weird to have Sam, Marcus, Q and Becton as part of the newly redesigned website for ticket sales. Not that JD is telling the sales office anything.

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Caleb Farley at 23 would be a risky pick, the guy is having back surgery and those things tend to linger.  

Jaycee Horn may not be there at 23 but if he is we should take him:

"Junior cornerback Jaycee Horn posted some insane numbers while working out for NFL brass, recording a 40-yard dash time of 4.39, and posting a vertical jump of 41.5 inches. The showing has Horn as a legitimate contender to be the first defensive back off the board in next month’s draft."

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24 minutes ago, Latinlawyer said:

Caleb Farley at 23 would be a risky pick, the guy is having back surgery and those things tend to linger.  

Jaycee Horn may not be there at 23 but if he is we should take him:

"Junior cornerback Jaycee Horn posted some insane numbers while working out for NFL brass, recording a 40-yard dash time of 4.39, and posting a vertical jump of 41.5 inches. The showing has Horn as a legitimate contender to be the first defensive back off the board in next month’s draft."

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If Jaycee Horn is there I think the NY Jets select him. 

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1 hour ago, Latinlawyer said:

Caleb Farley at 23 would be a risky pick, the guy is having back surgery and those things tend to linger.  

Jaycee Horn may not be there at 23 but if he is we should take him:

"Junior cornerback Jaycee Horn posted some insane numbers while working out for NFL brass, recording a 40-yard dash time of 4.39, and posting a vertical jump of 41.5 inches. The showing has Horn as a legitimate contender to be the first defensive back off the board in next month’s draft."

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We need to draft as many surgery magnets as possible on the first round

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PFF Rank: 2

Don't believe everything you read or hear in the months leading up to the draft. The Jets haven't publicly shared their plans or confirmed any whispers about their quarterback situation. 

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Jets may draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick and keep Darnold on the roster. 

Yeah, right. 

Joe Douglas didn't draft Darnold, but he's had two years to evaluate him as the team's general manager. 

Since 2019, Darnold has thrown for 28 touchdowns and 24 interceptions while completing 60.9 percent of his passes. We should acknowledge his subpar supporting casts, but he's made questionable decisions in the pocket, which have led to a high turnover rate. Expect Gang Green to move forward with a prospect who has a higher ceiling. 

Zach Wilson's combination of accuracy and mobility allowed him to shoot up draft boards this past season. Not only did he complete 73.5 percent of his passes, but the BYU standout throws a pinpoint deep ball, logging a 72 percent accuracy rate on attempts 20-plus yards downfield in 2020, per Pro Football Focus

As the Jets build their roster, Wilson seems equipped to handle moving parts around him.

Unlike Darnold, Wilson isn't a turnover-prone quarterback. He's also poised under duress, going through this past season with zero turnover-worthy plays while under pressure, per PFF.

During his collegiate career, Wilson underwent shoulder and handsurgeries. Barring serious injury at the pro level, he could become a special player.

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For New Jets TE Tyler Kroft, It's a Family Affair

An Immediate Connection With HC Robert Saleh for a New Face in TEs Room

Apr 01, 2021 at 08:00 AM

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Tyler Kroft and Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh hit it off talking about football -- of course -- but also comparing notes about their families.

Kroft, 28, is the first TE GM Joe Douglas signed this offseason and the third skill player -- after WRs Corey Davis and Keelan Cole. Saleh's wife Sanaa is due to soon give birth to the couple's seventh child; Kroft and his wife Lexi have a five-month-old daughter.

Asked about his early interaction with his new coach, Kroft said: "It was great, we talked about family and how that's a foundation and cornerstone for both of us. We welcomed our first daughter and she's about to be five months, so we talked about everything from family to football and just life in general. You can see that he's happy and appreciative to be in the position he's in and he's eager to work, which is always an exciting position to be around."

Kroft (6-6, 252) joined the Jets on a one-year deal after two seasons with the Buffalo Bills. In 2019, after four seasons in Cincinnati with the Bengals (he was drafted out of Rutgers in the third round, 85th overall, in 2015) Kroft signed a three-year deal with the Bills. After 21 games in Buffalo, Kroft moved on in free agency to another club inside the AFC East.

"I love what the energy has been around the building," Kroft said about his visit to the Jets Atlantic Training Center in Florham Park, NJ. "Everything I've been told has been shown. I love the scheme that they have going here and I think I would be a great fit in that scheme. As I talk to the guys, former players and everyone that's involved, it seems like it would be a great fit.

"Football is a grind and it's a tough game to play, so when you have great energy around the building and different players you can build off of, personally I believe that's what breeds success. You have to go day-in and day-out and come ready to compete and have that itch to get better. So, having that high energy — and after meeting with Coach Saleh who has energy for days — that personally was a good fit for me. Scheme-wise, I know what they're kind of what they're interested in running after seeing the 49ers. Offensively tight ends are pretty involved, so that's important to me."

With the Bills last season, Kroft made 12 catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs in 10 games (4 starts). He was twice (once in November, again in January) placed on the team's Reserve/Covid-19 list. During his time with the Bengals, he made 67 catches, for 661 yards and 8 TDs in 51 games (35 starts). Overall he has 85 career receptions, for 851 yards and 12 TDs in 72 games (42 starts).

Though Kroft wasn't a main focus of the Bills' offense (he was targeted only 30 times in his two seasons), he was productive when he had the chance -- scoring TDs on 4 of his 18 catches over his two seasons there. All four of the TE passes came inside the red zone, and three came from the 4-yard line or closer.

"I would say that I'm a three-down tight end," he said. "I know I want to improve in all areas of the game because it's important to get better, but I think of myself as that three-down tight end and someone who can really ball in the pass game. I can handle myself in the run game as well."

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19 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:
 

PFF Rank: 2

Don't believe everything you read or hear in the months leading up to the draft. The Jets haven't publicly shared their plans or confirmed any whispers about their quarterback situation. 

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Jets may draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick and keep Darnold on the roster. 

Yeah, right. 

Joe Douglas didn't draft Darnold, but he's had two years to evaluate him as the team's general manager. 

Since 2019, Darnold has thrown for 28 touchdowns and 24 interceptions while completing 60.9 percent of his passes. We should acknowledge his subpar supporting casts, but he's made questionable decisions in the pocket, which have led to a high turnover rate. Expect Gang Green to move forward with a prospect who has a higher ceiling. 

Zach Wilson's combination of accuracy and mobility allowed him to shoot up draft boards this past season. Not only did he complete 73.5 percent of his passes, but the BYU standout throws a pinpoint deep ball, logging a 72 percent accuracy rate on attempts 20-plus yards downfield in 2020, per Pro Football Focus

As the Jets build their roster, Wilson seems equipped to handle moving parts around him.

Unlike Darnold, Wilson isn't a turnover-prone quarterback. He's also poised under duress, going through this past season with zero turnover-worthy plays while under pressure, per PFF.

During his collegiate career, Wilson underwent shoulder and handsurgeries. Barring serious injury at the pro level, he could become a special player.

'Don;t believe anything you hear about the jets.'

Proceeds to toss out an opinion on the jets we should beleive.

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4 hours ago, joewilly12 said:

#23 Jaycee Horn or Caleb Farley 

Would be nice. Not sure if either will be there at 23. Even still, having a slot and outside corner signed now for depth would be reassuring.

It’s razor thin in the secondary. 

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Bleacher Report 

Every NFL Team's Worst Free-Agent Signing of the 2021 Offseason

ALEX KAYAPRIL 1, 2021

 

New York Jets: WR Corey Davis

Like the Patriots, the New York Jets may have jumped the gun on the receiver market and allocated a bit too much money to a player who has not exactly lived up to lofty expectations.

Gang Green seems to have dished out a little too much cash for Corey Davis. The former Tennessee Titan inked a three-year, $37.5 million contract early in the new league year, becoming one of the first wideouts to find a new home.

At first, it seemed that the Jets, who were flush with cap space, may have been setting up to sign another player at the position. But now that the dust has settled, it is readily apparent that Davis will be their No. 1 option for the 2021 season.

It's a risky move, especially since Davis projects to be a solid No. 2 at best after four seasons in the NFL. Once considered among the most exciting young prospects in the league—hype that helped him become the first wide receiver off the board in the 2017 draft—he settled into a respectable role as the second option in Tennessee's offense.

Davis is coming off his best year yet, amassing 65 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns, but he has much to prove if he is going to be worth the investment. Given the club's uncertainty under center, there is a good chance this ends up being an overpay.

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4 best landing spots for WR Kadarius Toney in the 2021 NFL Draft

Kadarius Toney, NFL Draft NFL Analysis Network
 

The NFL offseason is starting to shift it’s focus from the free agency frenzy to the 2021 NFL Draft and there’s sure to be some phenomenal talent being selected in the draft this year. One of the promising players who will be sporting an NFL uniform next season is University of Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney.

 

 

Toney, who stands at six feet tall and weighs 193 pounds, is as versatile of an athlete as they come and he could be one of the biggest sleepers selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Toney has the incredible ability to make every catch and his catch radius is as good as it gets. 

Toney has done a little bit of everything for the Florida Gators throughout his college career and he hopes to bring that same versatility to the NFL level. In his college career, Toney hauled in 120 receptions for 1,590 yards and scored 12 receiving touchdowns. He also ran the ball 66 times for 580 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and scored twice more on the ground.

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He also excelled in kick and punt returns as well, which could make him even more versatile to an NFL team. Just to make matters even better, Toney also went 3-for-6 passing in his career for 82 yards as well.

 

 

Kadarius Toney can help an NFL team in a multitude of different ways and that’s what makes him so valuable. Let’s take a look at four teams who could pursue the services of Toney in the 2021 NFL Draft.

New Orleans Saints

When you think of gadget players, you probably think of the Saints first. The Saints always have a knack for landing gadget guys and turning them into the next superstars of the NFL and they could look to do the same with Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney. 

 
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Toney can play anywhere on the field, we’ve seen that all throughout his college career, but the best team for him to potentially play for could be the Saints. The Saints have a dire need for some wide receiver talent and the addition of Toney could be a great fit. He is an under the radar guy because a lot of scouts are concerned with how his play style will translate to the NFL, but I highly doubt Sean Payton is worried about that.

Payton loves to bring in versatile playmakers and they could land one in Toney. Don’t be shocked if the Saints make a splash on draft night and wind up with an intriguing receiver in Toney.

New York Jets

The New York Jets have two picks in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and they could look to add some receiving talent with their number 23 overall selection in the first round. All signs are pointing towards the likely addition of Zach Wilson as the team’s next signal caller, but they could look to team him up with a versatile receiver in Florida’s Toney.

Making an investment in a quarterback with the number two overall pick is one the Jets should try not to mess up this time around, and adding some good receiving talent in Toney could help Wilson ease into that transition. The Jets have to do a better job of adding some talent to the squad and they could get a multi-purpose athlete in Kadarius Toney.

The Jets are under a new coaching staff now and they may not make the same mistakes of the past. Don’t be shocked if the Jets wind up in the mix to land Toney during the NFL Draft.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs could be a dark horse team to wind up with Toney, and they could snag an elite talent with the 31st overall pick. Kadarius Toney has received a lot of comparisons to current Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs could look to pair them up in Arrowhead Stadium.

Toney would be able to come onto the Chiefs and play in the slot role and get some reps all over the field, which would obviously be a major advantage for the team. The Chiefs missed out on bringing back wide receiver Sammy Watkins this offseason, so adding a more promising prospect to take his place could be in the works for the franchise.

He has incredible speed and agility and could be the starting return specialist for the Chiefs right out of the gate. The Chiefs have struggled in the return department at times, but the addition of Toney would give them a high impact player to add to their impressive team.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already begun to put in some major work this offseason and they could continue to do so in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jaguars are one of a few teams who have two first-round picks this year and they could use their second of the two picks to select Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney.

It’s been obvious for months that the Jaguars are going to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with their number one overall pick in the NFL Draft, but they’ll need to add some weapons to protect their investment in him. Toney is a guy who could very well be on the Jacksonville radar, especially considering he’s already a Florida boy.

Urban Meyer, the Jaguars’ new head coach, is creating a new culture in Jacksonville and Toney could be a part of that new culture. Don’t be shocked if Meyer goes out on a limb to select a former Gator in Toney in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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2 hours ago, K_O_Brien said:

Jets are on the road to Atlanta next season. 

Wonder if woody will be allowed back in England.

Seems silly to me, pandemic now going into the 4th lockdown in Europe, that they’re planning international games.

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2021 NFL draft: Jets really can’t go wrong with Zach Wilson or Justin Fields

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April 2, 2021 7:44 am

Zach Wilson or Justin Fields? 

That’s the question the Jets will need to answer before handing in their draft card for the No. 2 overall pick on April 29 – if they’re indeed set on picking a quarterback.

It’s a tough decision for the Jets to make. Whichever quarterback they chose will be handed the keys to the franchise and expected to propel the Jets into the future. The wrong choice could set the Jets back, much like what has already happened with Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and, potentially, Sam Darnold.

Fortunately, Wilson and Fields look like fantastic options. They both come with individual pros and cons, but the overall resume is promising for both players. The Jets sent high-level executives and coaches to both of their pro days, so the team brass saw what Wilson and Fields can do live. It all depends on how Joe Douglas, Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur feel about the fit for each prospect. 

Both are 6-foot-3 gunslingers with incredible arms. Wilson tossed a beautiful pass during his pro day over the weekend, while Fields matched it with a similarly impressive throw at his pro day on Wednesday. Wilson’s 6.8 air yards per passing attempt ranked second in college football last year, according to Jets X-Factor’s Michael Nania, while Fields’ 6.5 air yards per attempt ranked fifth. 

Wilson has the ability to improvise and is a great schematic fit in LaFleur’s offense. But Field’s athleticism looks off the charts. His unofficial 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash is the second-fastest by a quarterback since Robert Griffin III ran a 4.41, per ESPN Stats and Information. Fields is also a tad bigger at 228 pounds, compared to Wilson’s 210-pound frame.

Fields played much better competition and had a sustained level of excellence during his collegiate career. He faced SEC opponents in limited exposure as a freshman at Georgia in 2018 and then battled Big Ten competition over the past two seasons where he threw for 63 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Fields also averaged 2,850.5 yards over the past two years and completed 68 percent of his passes in his college career. Let’s not forget his six-touchdown game while battling a rib injury in a huge win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff this past season. 

Wilson, meanwhile, only broke out in 2020 after underperforming in 2019 while he battled a shoulder injury from the offseason and a hand injury during the season. He also didn’t play against a Power-5 school last year when he decimated the competition. The hardest teams he faced this past season were Boise State, Coastal Carolina and Central Florida, where he went 2-1 with seven touchdowns, one interception and averaged 343 yards in those contests. 

Fields struggled against good competition this past season – namely, a 144-yard, zero-touchdown performance against Northwestern – and some scouts contend he has trouble progressing past his first read. There is also a worry that Fields takes too long to get rid of the ball and relies on his legs to get out of tricky situations. He averaged 3.11 seconds to throw, which ranked fourth in the country, and scrambled on 11.7 percent of his dropbacks, per Nania. Lots of that has to do with Ohio State’s offensive line and style of play, but it’s still something the Jets will need to consider when evaluating both quarterbacks.

The beauty of it all is the Jets have control over who they take second overall. Trevor Lawrence will likely be the first pick, so the Jets will have another month to make a decision before choosing Wilson or Fields. No prospect is perfect, and both Wilson and Fields look like potential stars in the making. It will all come down to the Jets’ comfortability with either player.

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