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Monday, May 14, 2018

Jets Bridgewater May Be One And Done!

Because of circumstances beyond his control, Jet quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may be a Jet for only one year. Jet fans may have felt unlucky when Vinny Testaverde ruptured his Achilles tendon and went down for the season or when Chad Pennington injured his shoulder multiple times. If you don’t know the whole Teddy Bridgewater saga, he is actually lucky to wear an NFL uniform today and has to count his blessings. In 2014 the Minnesota Vikings drafted him out of Louisville with the 32nd pick of the first round. In 3 years at Louisville he passed for 9,987 yards with 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He had a 3 year quarterback rating of 157. In his rookie season Bridgewater played in 13 games for the Minnesota Vikings, 12 as a starter (team was 6-6). He threw 14 TD passes, had 12 interceptions and had a QB rating of 85.2. In his second year (2015) the Vikings finished 11-5 as Bridgewater threw for 3,231 yards and was selected to the Pro Bowl. The Vikings lost a tough Wild Card playoff game to the Seahawks 10-9. This was suppose to be the beginning of the Teddy Bridgewater era for the Minnesota Vikings. In 2016 big things were expected from him. In the second preseason game he didn’t play because of a sore shoulder. In the third preseason game against San Diego, he looked sharp going 12-16 for 161 yards with a TD in two quarters. The Minnesota Vikings were as confident as ever gearing up for their September 11 opener at Tennessee. Then the fate of both Ted Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings changed. During a team practice on August 30, 2016, Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury to his left leg dislocating the knee as well as tearing his ACL. Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill, planted his foot and immediately went down. Trainers rushed to his side and began inflating an aircast, and the quarterback appeared to be holding his left leg. So devastated was the whole Viking organization, the team called off its last practice of the preseason after the injury. When Bridgewater gave his first interview after the horrific episode, he revealed the damage to his knee was so severe that at one point, he thought he might lose his leg.  
Bridgewater Said:

"Probably," Bridgewater said when asked if he was in danger of losing his leg. "I just know that I was in the back of the truck and [Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman] was back there with me and we had a conversation and I'm pretty sure that both of us were pretty nervous about that conversation." 

According to Bridgewater, if the Vikings trainers hadn't responded so swiftly to his injury, he probably would've lost the leg. The severity of the injury was confirmed by injury expert Will Carroll who also said there was a chance he could have lost his leg. If fans ever thought the training staff is not important and there is not pressure on them, look at how the quick thinking of Viking trainer Eric Sugarman possibly saved a person’s leg. Bridgewater missed the whole 2016 season only payed in one game in 2017 passing only two times one of which was intercepted. After the season Bridgewater became a free agent and the Vikings decided to move on. Some on the Viking staff didn’t think Bridgewater would be an effective quarterback ever again. In the middle of March the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent.  According to Spotrac, Bridgewater’s contract is for 1 year. The contract is for $6,000,000 including a $500,000 signing bonus, $1,000,000 guaranteed with incentives.

I may be wrong but I can’t see Teddy Bridgewater ever taking a snap in a regular season game for the New York Jets. Even in preseason, Sam Darnold has got to get more reps than any of the other quarterbacks. The talk of late is that the Jets may throw Darnold into the line of fire from day one. I’ve said it before, the Jets should not rush this. We have to see what the offensive line does on the field. I would still wait and the target date should be the 6th game of the season on Sunday October 14th against the Colts at Met Life. By that time we could see what we have on offense in addition to the line namely tight ends, wide receivers and how the play calling goes with Jeremy Bates. Also hopefully the Robby Anderson garbage would have been settled. The Teddy Bridgewater saga is sad and we can only hope for the best for him. If by some chance he plays and lights it up, well then this is a good problem to have. But realistically it looks like Teddy Bridgewater will probably be on the PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) list for at least part of the summer and if he makes the roster, will probably ride the bench for the season.

Green Tidbits
…..Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team. Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment. "It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said, via Connor Hughes of The Athletic. "All of sudden it just snapped on me in pregame warm-ups." Long added "I feel better now than I did last year.”…..From Sam Darnold:“I embrace [the challenge of winning a Super Bowl], but I understand every single day that it’s a process,” Darnold said. “You have to come in here and earn respect. I’m not going to come in here and demand it. I know that I’m a quarterback and that I have to be a leader on the field and off it, as well. Just understanding that and going about my everyday life as I normally would.”….From the NFL Spin zone: Versatility is a very important word in sports, especially football. When a team has players who can do many things, it presents quite a few matchup problems. Heading into training camp, the New York Jets have four players who are versatile enough to play in multiple spots on offense. Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jermaine Kearse are all valuable in one regard. They are all capable of playing the slot. The other versatile player is undrafted free agent Dimitri Flowers from Oklahoma who can line up at multiple positions on offense…..Former Giant QB Phil Simms wants the Jets to start Sam Darnold from day one, "They put all their money in Sam Darnold," he said. "I don't want to hear, 'Oh we don't want to hurt his confidence if he fails early.' Well if he fails early and hurts his confidence and can't overcome it, then he wasn't the guy.”…..BetDSI SportsBook projects that Darnold will throw for fewer yards and touchdowns in his rookie season than Mayfield, Rosen and Allen. The oddsmaker also believes that Darnold will be the last of the four to make his first NFL start.

More from BetDSI SportsBook-Fun stuff
2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds (Bovada.LV)
Saquon Barkley: 3/2
Baker Mayfield: 11/4
Josh Allen: 8/1
Josh Rosen: 10/1
Sam Darnold: 12/1
Rashaad Penny: 14/1
Derrius Guice: 18/1
Lamar Jackson: 20/1
Ronald Jones: 30/1
Sony Michel: 30/1
DJ Moore: 33/1
Calvin Ridley: 40/1

Rookie QB regular-season starts Over/Under (Bovada.LV)
Josh Allen: 10.5
Baker Mayfield: 9.5
Josh Rosen: 8.5
Sam Darnold: 5.5
Lamar Jackson: 0.5

Around The NFL
…..At the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie mini camp for the second day in a row, the third round rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph stole headlines. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, after several Day 1 fumbles under center, Rudolph let it rip and had a series of several completions in the team portion of practice…..At the Carolina Panthers rookie mini camp 1st round wide receiver DJ Moore was as advertised. His routes were crisp, he didn’t drop balls, and he made at least one really good catch under tough conditions…..At the NY Giants rookie mini camp Saquon Barkley was among the first guys out to the practice field, sprinting across the distance to the far end of the facility’s practice grounds. After practice, he made sure he was the last one to leave the field by hanging round after the team had been dismissed to catch passes from a teammate before heading inside….. In Denver, after bypassing a quarterback in a draft that was deep on passing prospects, general manager John Elway declared that Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly would duke it out for the No. 2 job. That served as a vote of confidence in Lynch, his 2016 first-round pick who hasn't been able to win the starting job, and a golden opportunity for Kelly, "Mr. Irrelevant" in 2017 as the last player picked in the draft…..At the Arizona Cardinals mini camp, numerous mistakes were made, including by Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in the draft. He missed some throws, especially early in the two-hour practice, but improved as the practice progressed. Near the end, he completed a pass of 65 yards or so to receiver Christian Kirk, the second-round pick and Rosen’s friend since the two met as high school stars on the football camp circuit….  

What the Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini,ESPN
 This will be remembered 20 years from now as "the moment the Jets shifted into a new year, that they became a great team," Jet owner Chris Johnsons said. OT Kelvin Beachum offered the perspective of a grizzled veteran who wants to see the kid perform before 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 said. "And he hasn't been hit in the mouth by an NFL defensive lineman. So when that time comes, we'll see."

There's nothing wrong with either opinion, but hearing both viewpoints triggered a question: Could the Jets be headed for a quarterback controversy?
That's a loaded question, to be sure, but it can't be overlooked. Incumbent Josh McCown, widely respected in the locker room, will be replaced at some point. It's inevitable. How that switch is handled -- the timing, the circumstances, etc. -- will be critical. The Jets have two things working in their favor: McCown is the ultimate team guy and won't make a stink. Coach Todd Bowles doesn't have a quick hook. If anything, his hook is too slow. Remember, he was prepared to go the distance last season with McCown over his young quarterbacks even though the team was hopelessly out of playoff contention. He turned to Bryce Petty only after McCown's season-ending hand injury.This is a different deal because Darnold, drafted third overall, must play -- and will play. The best-case scenario is for Darnold to show everyone -- even the McCown supporters -- he's the best quarterback on the team. That would make for a seamless transition. Otherwise, it could get a bit bumpy, especially if Teddy Bridgewater (can't forget about him) makes a run for the job……When Darnold is deemed ready by coach Todd Bowles, he will be the starting quarterback. It really doesn't matter how Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater perform in the preseason. They're the supporting actors in this new production; Darnold is the star of the show, and it makes no sense to hold him back if he can function in the position. Based on recent NFL history, I'd say there's a 65 percent chance he will start 

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets will have a new director of college scouting for the second straight year. Matt Bazirgan, who took over as Jets director of college scouting a year ago, is leaving to become the director of player personnel for the Texans. Bazirgan replaced Rex Hogan, who left for the Colts last year. According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, the Jets are hiring former Texans director of college scouting Jon Carr to replace Bazirgan. Carr had replaced Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan with the Texans as their director of college scouting and the two previously worked together in Houston.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
The Jets quietly pulled off a trade on the final day of the draft that might prove to be a downright steal. Sam Darnold's arrival rightfully grabbed the headlines, but Mike Maccagnan made another low-risk, high-reward deal to address one of his biggest remaining needs. Six weeks after the Jets made a blockbuster trade with the Colts to position themselves to land a potential franchise quarterback, the teams made another swap on Day 3 of the draft that barely registered a blip on the trade-o-meter.But it might turn into gold for Gang Green. Maccagnan gave up a seventh-round pick (No. 235) for defensive end Henry Anderson, prompting most of the us to shrug our shoulders and move on. Upon closer inspection, this was such a smart trade for the Jets.There's minimal downside. If Anderson, who will be asked to help replace Muhammad Wilkerson, flops, so what? The Jets wasted a seventh-round pick? Believe me, Maccagnan will soldier on.
The upside is significant. Anderson, who will turn 27 this summer, likely will be better than anyone the Jets would have taken at the 235th overall pick. He could immediately help a defensive line that lacks difference makers other than Leonard Williams. With no viable pressure from the outside linebackers, Todd Bowles will need Anderson and third-round pick Nathan Shepherd to generate consistent heat on the quarterback. The Jets basically got nothing out of Wilkerson last season. The good news: Anderson, a former third-round pick from Stanford, has shown promise in 29 career games (19 starts) in his first three seasons. The bad news: He's missed 19 games due to injury, including a laryngeal fracture that shelved him for the final seven last season.
New Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus' change from a 3-4 to 4-3 scheme paved the way for the deal. Anderson, who played in a 3-4 defense in college and his first three seasons in Indy, lost 15-20 pounds from his 300-pound frame this offseason to better fit a 4-3 scheme. He'll evidently need to hit the buffet line now to gain it back.
                              


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Jets Weakness May Be It’s Strength!

All during last season I was a big critic of the Jets offensive line. Going into free agency and the draft I fantasized the Jets would get Kirk Cousins, they would sign guard Andrew Norwell and draft guard Quentin Nelson. With these three and filling in the pieces, the Jets offense would be set for a few years. It didn’t work out that way. I was blown away that the Jets did not address the offensive line in the draft. Is the offensive line as bad as we all thought? Or does the coaching staff know something we don’t know? When you look a little closer at the offensive line situation, it may not appear as bleak as we all thought. In fact the Jets offensive line may turn out to surpass everyone’s expectations in 2018. They picked up a couple of free agents in centers Spencer Long and Travis Swanson. Both had injury issues but the Jets expect Long to be ready to go. If he is healthy, this is a definite upgrade from last year. Swanson may take longer as he is battling concussion issues. At left tackle Kelvin Beachum and right tackle Brandon Shell are the starters. At guards the Jets have James Carpenter on the left side and Brian Winters on the right. Tackle Ben Ijalana, guards Brent Qvale, Dakota Dozier and center Jonotthan Harrison make up the depth as the back-ups. Last year the offensive line looked weak as can be to Jet fans. Many thought center Wesley Johnson was the weak link. According to Pro Football Focus,  Johnson earned the lowest overall grade in 2017 among 35 qualified centers. This is not good. In fact I was all over James Carpenter the left guard last year because of his play but looking at the films closely, a lot had to do with Johnson’s man collapsing the line penetrating every which way. This is not to blame everything on Wesley Johnson and let Carpenter off the hook but the center position should be improved this year. James Carpenter must have a better season himself and hopefully he comes into camp in shape. He seemed overweight and slow last year. The good news is he is 29 years old. Kevin Beachum  was ranked 37th out of at least 64 tackles by Pro Football Focus with a grade of 71.6 out of 100 which is not awful. I expect him to improve because he is another year removed from knee surgery. Right tackle Brandon Shell in the third year of his rookie contract, ranked the 44th best tackle in the league. Shell has improved every year and the Jets may have found a good one there. He does have a lot of trouble with athletic, quick edge pass rushers and has not shown me he can handle them one on one. To me the big question mark is Brian Winters who went down last year with a horrific injury tearing his abdomen and abductor muscles in week two against the Raiders. Winters tried playing through the pain and wound up playing 13 games before landing on the injured reserve list in December. If we get the Brian Winters from two years ago, when he was above average and pretty solid, it would be great! He is still only 26 years old. Last year his play was not good because of the injury and he had too many penalties. The Jets have brought in a number of un-drafted free agent offensive lineman. Among them Austin Golson from Auburn has the best chance to stick because of his versatility playing all the positions on the offensive line. The bottom line is the coaching must feel they are in good shape with the offensive line. The way they play in the 
pre-season may determine the plan for Sam Darnold. It would be stupid to play Darnold if there is no improvement in the OL. Let’s hope the coaches know best!

Below is a stat sheet that combines sacks plus quarterback hits. Even though the Jets total of 144 ranked 9th from the bottom, they were not as bad as Jet fans may have thought. 



Team               Sacks   +    QB Hits        Total
1.Oakland           24             51                75
2.New Orleans    20             58                78
3.Baltimore         27             59                86
4.Pittsburgh        24             65                 89
5.LA Chargers    18             76                 94
6.Jacksonville     24             78                 102
6.LA Rams         28             74                 102
7.Giants              34             70                 104
7.Cincinnati        40             64                 104
8.Carolina           35             70                 105
9.Tennessee        35             71                 106
10.Atlanta           24             87                 111
11.Miami            33             79                 112
12.Dallas            32             81                 113
13.Minnesota      27             87                114
14.New England 35             84                119
15.KC                 37             83                120
16.Chicago         39             84                 123
17.Buffalo          47             90                 137
18.Washington   41             98                 139
19.Tampa Bay    40            100                140
19.Detroit           47             93                 140
20.Philadelphia  36            107                 143
21.Jets                47             97                 144
22.Green Bay     51            104                155
23.Denver          52            104                 156
24.49ers             43            116                 159
25.Seattle           43            121                 164
26.Indianapolis  56            113                  169
27.Houston        54            117                  171
28.Arizona         52            123                  175
29.Cleveland      50            130                 180



Jets Last Eight Years
   
          Sacks   +    QB Hits    Total     Team Record       Starting Quarterbacks

2017       47            97           144           5-11         Josh McCown (13) / Bryce Petty (3)
2016       35            95           130           5-11        Ryan Fitzpatrick (11) Geno Smith (1) Bryce Petty (4)
2015       22            71            93           10-6         Ryan Fitzpatrick (16)
2014       47            96           143           4-12        Geno Smith (13) / Michael Vick (3)
2013       47            98           145           8-8          Geno Smith (16)
2012       47            76           123           6-10        Mark Sanchez (15) / Greg McElroy (1)
2011       40            70           110           8-8          Mark Sanchez (16)
2010       28            52            80           11-5         Mark Sanchez (16)



Around the AFC East
Buffalo Bills
…..Bills three day rookie mini-camp opened today…..The Bills signed four draft picks and twelve un-drafted free agents…..GM Brandon Beane said he had extensive talks with Browns GM John Dorsey about moving up for the 4th pick of the draft. Just didn’t work out…..

Miami Dolphins
…..According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted to trade back a few picks and save money in the first round. He was talked out of it as the Dolphins picked the player they wanted Minkah Fitzpatrick…..Dolphins third-year coach Adam Gase said Thursday he’s happy with the roster it’s taken him two-plus years to construct. “It feels right for us right now,” Gase said. “I feel like we’re in a good place. It feels like we’ve got the type of people all working in the same direction and working toward... 

New England Patriots
…..According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, left guard Joe Thuney is preparing for upcoming foot surgery that "isn't considered anything that should threaten his availability for the 2018 season," but will keep him off the field during passing camp practices…..From USA Today:The offensive line remains a concern, especially if Isaiah Wynn doesn’t make an impact as a rookie…..Belichick got a prototypical Patriot slot receiver in the seventh round in 5-9 Braxton Berrios of Miami. Belichick himself scouted the Hurricanes' pro day. He returns punts, too, cut from the Wes Welker mold. 


                                     


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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Jets Should Play Sam In ’18 Or Not


With Sam Darold and the Jets going through rookie mini-camp the question of whether Sam Darnold should or should not play this year has already come up. Let’s look at the Pro and Cons.

Sam Darnold Should Not Play In 2018
  Quarterbacks that are rushed into play with young teams rarely make it happen. Let’s look at a couple. David Carr was drafted by the Houston Texans (the new franchise’s first pick ever at the time) with the first overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. In his first year Carr established a record he still holds, being sacked 76 times in one season. In fact David Carr led the NFL being sacked three times in his first four seasons. The sacks got so bad for Carr that he developed “happy feet” on a lot of pass plays. Many NFL experts felt Carr had all the talent but by the end of his tenure with Houston (5 years) he was toast and was never able to live up to his potential. If he had sat a year and the Texans did more to establish their offensive line which was weak, plus surround him with quality weapons, he would have had more success in his NFL career. Being the first ever draft pick ever for the Houston Texan’s franchise added pressure. This combined with the weak offensive line was a formula for disaster from day one.
  Going way back Archie Manning was the second pick of the draft for the New Orleans Saints in 1971. He played 10 years with them getting sacked 337 times in 129 games started. In his first year he played in 12 games and was sacked a league leading 40 times for 332 yards which is truly incredible. Archie led the league being sacked 3 times in his first 5 years. It got so bad that some defensive players would take it easy on Manning just grabbing him and holding him until he went down on his own or the whistle blew. Out of ten seasons Archie played with the Saints they never had a winning season. Archie Manning was talented and even made the Pro-Bowl twice but like David Carr, with the Saints offensive line situation (and not the best receivers), he was destined never to win in New Orleans. 
  In addition to the two examples mentioned look at benefits of sitting and how it affected Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Garoppolo? Rodgers is a Hall of Fame QB and even with the small sample size, Garoppolo looks like the real deal. 
  These are concrete examples showing why Sam Darold should sit for at least a year before throwing him into starting role. He is still only twenty and even though Jet fans have been waiting for a player like Sam Darnold, it would be in the best interest of the franchise for the long term to let him sit and use all that cap money the Jets have (top in the NFL as of this writing) in 2019 and surround him with offensive lineman and weapons that will put him a position to succeed. There is a chance that he will be a bust if he is rushed in as a starter. The Jets should play it conservatively and not force feed him with this Jet offense.

Sam Darnold Should Play In 2018
  The NFL is different today than it was years ago when teams had five year plans and the quarterback in waiting would hold a clipboard for a season or more. Sam Darnold should start in 2018 and there should not even be a question about it. Sam will be twenty-one when the season starts. Maybe he should not start the first game but he should be the starter by the sixth game. In fact the Jets sixth game of the season is a home game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 14th. This would be the perfect scenario for the Sam Darnold era to begin. Some may argue that if the Jets by some miracle are 4-1 with either Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, keep Darnold on the bench. This would be the worst thing to do for the franchise long term. Remember when Curt Warner was on the NY Giants. They were 5-4 with Warner the starter but the Giants made the decision to go with Eli Manning. This moved changed the Giants franchise as they won two Super Bowls with Manning. 
  Let’s look at the 2016 Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff their number one draft pick stayed on the bench for the first nine games of the season. The Rams were 4-5. Goff Started the tenth game of the season and went on to play in the last seven games with the Rams going 0-7. Say what you want about Jeff Fischer (I never liked him) he did the best thing for the Rams franchise playing Goff those last seven games getting his feet wet. Fischer wasn’t there this past year to experience the fruits of his move as the Rams went 11-5 making the playoffs with Goff making the Pro-Bowl.
  The NFL is set up now in such as way that with the limitation of pre-season practices, there are less repetitions available for every player. Sam Darnold has got to get the lions share of pre-season snaps and the Jets coaching staff should then devise a plan and date when Sam Darnold will start for the Jets. The Aaron Rodgers-Jimmy Garappolo examples do not hold water. I would be very happy to let Darnold sit for a year if either Tom Brady or Brett Favre was playing ahead of him. And this is no knock on Josh McCown. In fact I’ll use Jimmy Garappolo for a case to play Darnold. When Jimmy Garappolo was traded to the 49ers and played, he made everyone on the team a better player. The team responded in a positive way. Though Sam Darnold doesn’t have a magic wand to make the Jets better, he is the type of player that can lift the whole team. 
   The choice is simple. Unless the coaching staff comes to the conclusion with the Jets offensive line and receivers that it would be quarterback suicide to play him, Sam Darnold must be the starting quarterback at some point during the 2018 season. October 14th against the Colts should be date.

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By Ralph Sharaga

A few words about two of the Jets picks. 

Sam Darnold
Of the big four QBs, I probably did the least amount of research on Sam Darnold - simply because I didn’t think he was in play for the Jets. Since drafting him, I have now watched ¾ of his games along with video breakdowns and analysis of every interception he threw last year. So, I’ve seen the best and the worst of Sam Darnold and let me state upfront that I underrated this player.
I thought his arm strength was good. It’s excellent. His throwing motion is a bit quirky, but it works. I thought he was a good athlete for a QB. He’s a superior athlete. I thought his escapability (if that’s a  word) and resourcefulness were good. They are exceptional. He’s fearless throwing into small windows, sometimes to a fault. His footwork needs polishing and I still think he leaves the pocket too quickly at times. I’m not sure this is instinctive, or has been learned since playing behind the pitifully porous USC off. line. His on-field demeanor is low key - very Montana-like. He exudes a quiet confidence.  After throwing the game tying TD pass against Penn St in the Rose Bowl with time running out, he trotted off the field like it was a practice session. Not rattled by turnovers or pressure situations.  Had plenty of close games in his two seasons and almost always stepped up his game at the crucial moments. Basically, the guy saved the jobs of the USC coaching staff. (Good luck next season Clay Helton.)
Pre- draft I had him ranked 3rd behind Rosen and Allen. I now put him side by side with Rosen (albeit totally different styles). And I’d give Darnold the tiebreaker based on personality. While I enjoy Rosen’s personality, he is liable to rub some football people the wrong way. Darnold is 100% diplomat. 
As a long suffering Jet fan, consider me psyched.
PS: Thank You John Dorsey.

Parry Nickerson
In a cornerback starved league, how does a CB who runs a 4.32  40, (that is functional football speed, I might add) with good ball skills and is a fiery competitor fall to the sixth round? Size? He’s 5:10 but so are the three corners picked in the first round. Tulane is not a football factory but they are a D1 school. There was a run on CB’s in the first 4 rounds, (15 in all) yet somehow he flew under the radar - which is the Jets good fortune. Some people see him as a slot corner (good bye, Buster) but I think he’ll eventually play on the outside.

Football Trivia question: What do the colleges in list A have in common with each other? And what do the colleges in list B have in common with each other? Answers below

                         List A
Grambling                        Louisiana Tech
Miami of Ohio                  Morehead St.
Univ. of Delaware             Fresno St
Naval Academy                  Northern Iowa
Southern Mississippi
                                   
                          List B
Georgia                        Nebraska
LSU                             Clemson
Oklahoma                    Texas A and M
Texas                            Ohio St
Florida                          Penn St.
U of Miami                  Washington
Michigan St                  Oregon
USC



Answers; All colleges in list A have produced a Super bowl winning QB.
None of the colleges in list B have produced a Super Bowl winning QB.

Final thought:  If Robby Anderson catches half as many passes as he does breaks he’ll be an all-pro.

Green Tidbits
…..45 players are attending the Jets rookie mini camp…..The Miami Dolphins reportedly claimed quarterback Bryce Petty off waivers from the Jets…..Matt Miller of Bleacher Report writing that he only confirmed two teams — the Browns and Patriots — rated Baker Mayfield as the top quarterback in this draft…..It was confirmed from Giants GM Dave Gettleman that one team made a strong offer for the No. 2 pick that he turned down. Thanks Dave…..While the Cardinals wound up with Josh Rosen,  Matt Miller reports that Josh Allen was their top rated QB…..The Jets signed sixth-round running back Trenton Cannon on their first day of rookie minicamp. Cannon played at Division II Virginia State…..I got a dollar bet that un-drafted free agent offensive lineman Austin Golson and fullback Dimitri Flowers both make the 53 man roster….It was reported that Christian Hackenberg tweaked his throwing motion with QB guru Jeff Christensen…..Jets should set up a 100 yard dash race on their first open practice. Jet rookies Trenton Cannon vs Parry Nickerson…..I’m not sure what this means but Ed O’Donnell, the attorney for Jets WR Robby Anderson, tells Mike Garafolo that the warrant issued for his client has been lifted. O’Donnell said this was a clerical error by the court and Anderson wasn’t notified of the court date. His next court date is July 19…..The Jets claimed cornerback C.J. Goodwin off waivers from the Cardinals, Field Yates of ESPN reports…..From ESPN’s Rich Cimini: A few takeaways on Sam Darnold's first practice with the Jets: Three botched snaps. He threw well on the run, which should fit nicely into the Jets' offensive scheme. His ball placement on short passes was a bit off. He showed good arm strength on deep outs. A few balls over the middle sailed on him. It's hard to evaluate a quarterback in a rookie camp, so take it with a grain of salt….. 
                                                
NFL Important Dates
May
May 4-7 Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 8 Deadline for prior club to send “May 8 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents.
May 14 Rookie Football Development Programs begin.
May 21-23 Spring League Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.

JUNE
June 1 Deadline for prior club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s “June 15 Tender” provision.
June 2 For any player removed from the club’s roster or whose contract is assigned via waivers or trade on or after June 2, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in team salary at the start of the 2019 League Year.
June 15 Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).
Late June Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs. Attendance is mandatory for all rookies.

JULY
July 16 At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one- year contract with his prior club for the 2018 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.
Mid-July Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for Veteran players.
Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or “injured players” (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later. Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club’s preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all rookies and first-year players.
A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club’s roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who rejoin the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.
July 23 Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 8 Tender” was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights. * or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.
July 23 Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive negotiating rights.

AUGUST
August 2 Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
August 2-5 Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.
August 7 Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
August 7 If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2018, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2019 League Year.

SEPTEMBER
September 1 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
September 1 Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.
September 2 Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12 noon, New York time.
September 2 Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players. No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL player contract has  been terminated via the waiver system.
September 6 At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

Thurs. September 06, First NFL Game Falcons at Eagles 8:20 PM NBC
Sunday September 09, First regular Sunday for NFL games
Monday September 10  Jets at Lions, Monday Night ESPN




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