A have a look at what’s occurring across the New York Jets:
1. He stated, he stated: Speak about contrasting takes.
On the identical day CEO Christopher Johnson stated the drafting of Sam Darnold might be remembered 20 years from now as “the moment the Jets shifted into a new year, that they became a great team,” OT Kelvin Beachum provided the angle of a grizzled veteran who desires to see the child carry out earlier than he canonizes him.
“Man, you know, I’m one of those guys, until you get hit in the mouth, I don’t know what you got yet,” Beachum stated. “And he hasn’t been hit in the mouth by an NFL defensive lineman. So when that time comes, we’ll see.”
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There’s nothing unsuitable with both opinion, however listening to each viewpoints triggered a query: May the Jets be headed for a quarterback controversy?
That is a loaded query, to make certain, however it will probably’t be missed. Incumbent Josh McCown, extensively revered within the locker room, might be changed in some unspecified time in the future. It is inevitable. How that swap is dealt with — the timing, the circumstances, and many others. — might be essential.
The Jets have two issues working of their favor: McCown is the final word staff man and will not make a stink. Coach Todd Bowles does not have a fast hook. If something, his hook is simply too gradual. Bear in mind, he was ready to go the gap final season with McCown over his younger quarterbacks although the staff was hopelessly out of playoff competition. He turned to Bryce Petty solely after McCown’s season-ending hand harm.
This can be a totally different deal as a result of Darnold, drafted third total, should play — and can play. The most effective-case situation is for Darnold to indicate everybody — even the McCown supporters — he is the most effective quarterback on the staff. That may make for a seamless transition. In any other case, it might get a bit bumpy, particularly if Teddy Bridgewater (cannot overlook about him) makes a run for the job.
2. 4! At this level, it will be an upset if the Jets do not deliver 4 quarterbacks to coaching camp. Meaning one other Summer season of Hack. Talking of Christian Hackenberg, his revamped throwing movement incorporates a shorter, extra compact supply than earlier than, I am informed. He determined to rebuild his movement with the assistance of a private QB coach.
Three. Checking in with D Lee: In a radio interview with ESPN 98.7, Darron Lee referred to himself because the “Mike” linebacker. Is the previous first-round choose being groomed to switch Demario Davis on the all-important center linebacker place? Uh, not precisely.
I can say with nice certainty that free-agent addition Avery Williamson is slated to be within the center, with Lee staying on the weak inside spot. Chances are high, Lee is getting some casual reps within the center. In spite of everything, ’tis the season for experimenting.
Lee made a few different fascinating feedback:
“I’ve lost 22 games in my career and I’ve had enough.”
“For me, scoring on defense is going to be crucial for us this year. I think if we score on defense, we’re going to win more than eight games. I know that for a fact.”
Extremely, the Jets have not scored on protection since Oct. 20, 2013, when Antonio Allen returned an interception for a landing in opposition to Tom Brady. Since then, they’ve gone a league-high 73 video games with no defensive landing.
Four. No comps for you: The window for compensatory free brokers closed this week, which means the compensatory picks for the 2019 draft will be projected with a excessive diploma of accuracy. The Jets aren’t as a consequence of obtain any comp picks, in line with overthecap.com.
On the flip facet, they helped different groups accumulate picks. The Los Angeles Rams will get a third-rounder for Trumaine Johnson, the Washington Redskins a fifth-rounder for Spencer Lengthy and a sixth-rounder for Terrelle Pryor, and the Minnesota Vikings a sixth-rounder for Bridgewater.
5. Floor and pound: Beachum stated the offensive line’s purpose is to be a top-10 speeding staff. Is that possible? Certain, nevertheless it’ll take some work. The Jets completed 19th final season, however apparently there might be a higher emphasis on the operating sport. They’ve a brand new line coach, Rick Dennison, who additionally has the title of run sport coordinator. The scheme will function outdoors zone runs — aka stretch performs.
6. Neglect the weight-reduction plan: Defensive finish Henry Anderson dropped 15 to 20 kilos this offseason as a result of he thought he’d be taking part in within the Indianapolis Colts‘ new Four-Three scheme, which requires extra quickness than a Three-Four entrance. Anderson, often 300 kilos, was so critical about it that he employed a nutritionist.
Now he must go within the different path. He was traded to the Jets in the course of the draft, which implies it is again to a Three-Four. Bowles likes his linemen within the 300-to-310-pound vary, so Anderson must develop a critical case of the munchies.
7. What move rush? The Jets misplaced 44.5 profession sacks after they despatched Muhammad Wilkerson packing, leaving solely 30.5 sacks among the many present defensive linemen. The state of affairs is worse at outdoors linebacker, the place they do not have a participant with greater than 9 profession sacks (David Bass). The possibilities of discovering a good pass-rusher at this late stage are distant, so sure, this might be a recurring problem all through the season.
Bowles stated there’s “good competition” among the many pass-rushers, including, “But, obviously, we need better production from everybody up front from a sack standpoint. But it’s not about sacks — it’s about disrupting the quarterback, and we’ve got good competition there. We have guys we think are capable.”
Possibly basic supervisor Mike Maccagnan, who did a terrific job of placing the staff in place to draft Darnold, can pull off an end-of-summer commerce, the way in which he did final yr for broad receiver Jermaine Kearse.
eight. The final phrase: “I’m hoping he’s that franchise quarterback the Jets have been looking for. It’s hard to go too far in the NFL without that franchise-like quarterback, and I’m hoping Sam Darnold is that for the Jets.” — Curtis Martin, Corridor of Fame operating again