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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Green Rewind Draft 1.0

Breaking news: 

WR Breshad Perriman signing with Jets for 1 year, up to $8M.

Trivia Time!
In the history of the NY Jets and before that the Titans, how many different training facilities have they had?  Try and name half of them. Answer at the end of this issue.

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The NFL Draft
The stock market and NFL draft have some common elements. You can do as much research as you can 24/7 and you can still miss. We like to think that players rated with a first or second round grade are can't miss and as we Jet fans know this is not necessarily true. You can sometimes do better in the late rounds (TB12, 6th round) and with un-drafted free agents (Robby Anderson) than in the early rounds. General Managers earn their keep discovering later round picks that become gems. The Jets have had awful drafts the last few years and not only does this set a franchise back but it does little to attract free agents so you end up overpaying and it becomes a vicious cycle. Look at the Jets 2014 draft:

RD. PLAYER,          POS.    
1 Calvin Pryor,         S        
2 Jace Amaro,         TE        
3 Dex McDougle,    CB
4 Jalen Saunders,   WR
4 Shaq Evans,         WR          
4 Dakota Dozier,      OL
5 Jeremiah George, LB
6 Brandon Dixon,     CB
6 Quincy Enunwa,   WR
6 IK Enemkpali,        LB
6 Tajh Boyd,             QB          
7 Trevor Reilly,         LB

If you told me that some foreign power was trying to sabotage the New York Jets 2014 draft that year, I'd believe it. How did GM John Idzik ever draft so bad? They had 12 picks and this was 6 years ago which is far from an eternity and only one player, Quincy Enunwa is still active. This was a total disaster and getting rid of Idzik was as good as getting a 10 year starter in the 7th round. This draft set the Jets back years. Moving ahead 3 years to 2017 and it was Mike Macaggnan's turn:

RD.      Player,            POS.
1       Jamal Adams,       S
2       Marcus Maye,       S
3       ArDarius Stewart, WR
4       Chad Hansen,      WR
5       Jordan Leggat,     TE
5       Dylan Donahue,   DL
6       Elijah McGuire,    RB
6       Jeremy Clark,      CB
6       Derrick Jones,     CB

Except for the 1st and 2nd round, this draft was a complete bust. Nothing really worked with the other players. Elijah McGuire has some good games but never got better. ArDarius Stewart was  awful as was most of the other players. Looking at both these drafts the Jets had 12 and 9 picks and they still only come up with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Really incredible!

At the other end of the spectrum let's look at the 2017 draft of the New Orleans Saints which many consider one of the most successful drafts in this decade. By circumstances the Saints had multiple first and third round picks but only one pick after the third round. It was an amazingly successful draft. This is how you build a foundation.

          2017 New Orleans Saints
RD.     Player                          Pos.  
1      Marshon Lattimore         DB     
1      Ryan Ramcyk                  T       
2      Marcus Williams              S       
3      Alvin Kamara                  RB       
3      Alex Anzalone,                LB      
3      Trey Hendrickson            DE      
6      Al-Quadin Muhammad    DE      

My Own Draft Philosophy
Because the NFL draft is such a crap shoot, that unless I need a franchise quarterback or there is a sure blue chip right in front of me, I like to trade down to accumulate multiple picks and spread the risk. With that said it is still a skill to pick players and scouting departments have to focus on how the players actually play on the field and have to ignore any lobbying from college coaches, agents and owners. I wrote about this before but I love the philosophy Bill Parcells had when picking players. And keep in mind the Tuna was not the best draft picker when he first began to do it. Parcells would say that when he is evaluating talent he likes to dig deep into game films when the player's team is getting blown out and see if the player's motor is still going 100% in the fourth quarter. He would even search out high school games film to look at the same thing.  Draft prospects can run the best 40 yard dash, score high on the Wonderlic Test (an NFL IQ Test) or have an incredible standing high jump but the bottom line is how they perform on the field. For every Vernon Gholston, Dee Milliner or Quinton Coples that looks the part and is a bust there are some Brad Smiths and Leon Washingtons (both 4th round picks) that can be had if the team does their homework. I run youth baseball coaches clinics around the country and I always tell coaches "don't overcoach and underteach your players." With regards to the draft I would say something similar, “don't over evaluate and just watch the player play.” 

Green Rewind's Mock Draft 1.0
This mock draft is a straight no trade first round. It was done right before Robby Anderson signed with Carolina and Breshad Perriman signing with Jets. Our next draft will reflect these moves. Below I have put in the Jets picks for the rest of their rounds. No doubt on or before draft day there will be movement by teams trading up or down. I'd look for the following teams to trade either up or down in this year's draft.

Possible Teams Trading Up 
Miami, LA Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars,Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots,
Green Bay Packers

Possible Teams Trading Down
New York Jets, New York Giants, Detroit Lions,Carolina Panthers,Arizona Cardinals,

1. Cincinati Bengals, Joe Burrow, QB, LSU, Don't believe anyone who says they are trading out. Best QB in draft for QB needy team

2. Washington Redskins, Chase Young, DE/OLB, Ohio State, As dominant as he was, his play slipped the last 3 games. Giants GM Gettleman loves him. Trade?

3. Detroit Lions, Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama, Could trade out of spot but I believe Matt Patricia likes Matt Stafford as much as Bruce Arians liked Jameis Winston.

4. NY Giants, Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa, Gettleman gets another hog molly to help protect very talented Daniel Jones unless he moves up for Chase Young. 

5. Miami Dolphins, Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon, Lions ruined Dolphins Tua plan but Fish don't flinch and chose Herbert.

6. LA Chargers,Jordan Love QB, Utah State, Really wanted Herbert but TB12 really ruined their plans so Chargers take supposed Mahomes clone.

7. Carolina Panthers,Isaiah Simmons LB, Clemson, NYC born coach Matt Rhule is conflicted between OL and defense. He takes Simmons knowing championships are built on "D."

8. Arizona Cardinals,Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville, The second of the four blue chip tackles goes off the board as Kliff Kingsbury solidifies protection for Kyler Murray.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars,Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama, The dominos continue to fall as Bronx born Doug Marone drafts an offensive lineman like he'll be around after this year.

10.Cleveland Browns,Andrew Thomas OL,Georgia. Considered a top 5 pick in January, Brownies continue to upgrade in the trenches after signing T Jack Conklin in free agency.

11.NY Jets,Jeff Okudah CB, Ohio State, GM Joe Douglas was salivating on Thomas. Missing by one pick Okudah is the best 1st runner up on the board and 1st shut down corner since Revis.

12.Las Vegas Raiders, Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama, Jon Gruden wanted WR CD Lamb but GM Mike Mayock 4 hour filibuster convinces Gruden Jeudy is the more polished with the same upside as Lamb.

13.San Francisco 49ers (from IND).Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina, Kinlaw is the best pass-rushing defensive lineman in this draft class and 49ers need a replacement for DeForest Buckner.

14.Tamps Bay Buccaneers,Josh Jones, OL, Houston, A reach at 14 after Bucs tried to trade down with no takers. Bucs OL ranked 7th last yr in pass protection but commitment to TB12 adds quality.

15.Denver Broncos, Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn, John Elway can't understand why Brown is available after Broncos had him ranked in the top 10.

16.Atlanta Falcons,K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU, With a defensive efficiency ranking of 24th in the league and living with the blown Super Bowl, Dan Quinn is intent on building defense.

17.Dallas Cowboys,Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU, Boys' missed  Chaisson by one pick but they need help in the secondary.

18.Miami Dolphins(from Steelers),CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma, Fish brain trust cannot believe Lamb was available. Herbert will have a target to hit for a long time.

19.Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears),A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa, Ranking 32nd in Defensive efficiency, Epenesa is the best player on the Raiders board.

20.Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams),Kenneth Murray,LB,Oklahoma, After going offense with their 1st pick, Jags take Murray who is considered a great leader and one to change the culture.

21.Philadelphia Eagles,Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama, GM Howie Roseman likes taller wide receivers but the 5'11" Ruggs is too good to pass up at 21.

22.Minnesota (from Bills) CJ Henderson, CB, Florida, Vikings secondary is depleted and Henderson is the perfect fit.

23.NE Patriots,Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin, A reach for BB but Baun is perfect for his defense and he has got to replace the 3 linebackers that just left.

24.NO Saints,Jacob Eason, QB, Washington, A 2nd round grade but Sean Peyton in quarantine had time to review his film, overlooks his rawness and falls in love with his throws in tight windows.

25.Minn. Vikings,Justin Jefferson,WR, LSU, Jefferson comes from a great bloodline. His numbers last year at LSU were staggering, 111 receptions and 18 TDs.

26.Miami Dolphins,(from Texans)-Neville Gallimore,DL,Oklahoma, Coach Flores finally gets to pick defense. Gallimore has a motor that never stops whether up or down by 40.

27.Seattle Seahawks,Trevon Diggs CB,Alabama, A converted WR who is something of a project but his athleticism and small sample size as CB is too tempting to pass up for Pete Carroll.

28.Balt. Ravens,D'Andre Swift,RB, Georgia, Maybe the most talented back in college. In 3 years at Georgia he averaged over 6 yards/rush and 9 yards/rec. A perfect weapon for Lamar Jackson.

29.Tenn. Titans,Jeff Gladney,CB,TCU, Secondary is an issue that needs improvement with players leaving. Gladney is one of the best cover men in college no one knows about.

30.GB Packers,Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson, One of the many blue chip receivers who should start. Another weapon for the Cheeseheads whose 19.8 yards per reception has Aaron Rodgers salivating.

31.SF 49ers,A.J. Terrell, Clemson, DB, A  player who has gotten better every year at Clemson. His pick six off Tua Tagovailoa is tattooed in DC Robert Saleh head.

32. KC Chiefs, Austin Jackson,OL, USC, Wanted Josh Jones but Jackson fits the bill. This Phoenix native measures 6'6', 310 lbs. His grandfather Melvin Jackson played OL for USC and GB Packers. 

New York Jets
1. Jeff Okudah CB, Ohio State, Okudah is a top 5 talent. If teams get QB draft day crazy and the 4 tackles go early, this could happen and Jet fans should rejoice.

2. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor, Mims is a long-striding outside target with excellent height, weight and speed and an insane catch-radius. He's a touchdown threat anytime he's near the red zone.

3. Ezra Cleveland, OL, Boise St. Athletic left tackle able to make all outside zone blocks in the run game. He must increase his strength.

3. Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame, Four year player who was banged up in 2019. Still had 15 1/2 career sacks and 24 tackles for a loss. Getting better every year and has great upside.

4. Darryl Williams, OL, Mississippi State, Williams is a developmental prospect who will need coaching before seeing the field. This could be a hit or miss. A chance pick for depth.

5. Darrell Mooney, WR, Tulane, An undersized speedster (40 Time: 4.38.), his gateway to the 53 man NFL roster is special teams. His slight frame will be a negative but you can't teach speed.

6. Javaris Davis, CB, Auburn, Another undersize blazer(40 Time: 4.39) who has a long shot to make the team. Again special teams will win him an NFL spot.

6. La'Darius Hamilton, Edge, North Texas, A sleeper pick who after undistinguished freshman and sophomore years, had 7 1/2 sacks as a Jr. and 8 1/2 sacks as a Sr.

What the Jet scribes are saying….
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Thin at cornerback after releasing their 2019 starters, the New York Jets agreed to terms Sunday with former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir, a source confirmed. Desir, 29, released Saturday by the Colts, will sign a one-year contract, another source said. The Jets were in the market for a cornerback after parting ways with Darryl Roberts and Trumaine Johnson in recent days. They re-signed nickelback Brian Poole but still needed help on the outside. They turned to Desir after he was unexpectedly released. A year ago, he signed a three-year, $22.9 million extension with the Colts, but his play slipped last season despite a career-high three interceptions. The Jets have been active in the second wave of free agency. On Saturday, they finalized deals with three players, bringing their total to six outside free agents. Only two have come on defense, Desir and former Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian.

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets still have plenty of roster holes to fill as the second week of free agency gets under way. General manager Joe Douglas has shown he is a bargain shopper and there should be bargains to be had now that the first wave of free agency is over. There will be players who expected big paydays ready to settle for short-term deals for less money. With that in mind, here are five players still on the market who could make sense for the Jets:

Breshad Perriman, WR
Douglas was with the Ravens when they drafted Perriman in the first round in 2015, so there is some familiarity there. Perriman did not develop in Baltimore the way the Ravens had hoped, but he had a decent 2019 season for the Buccaneers. The 26-year-old had 36 catches for 645 yards and six touchdowns. He had three 100-yard receiving performances in Tampa Bay’s final three games.

Logan Ryan, CB
The Jets were never getting into the big-money cornerback market, so they watched Byron Jones go to the Dolphins and James Bradberry join the Giants. The position remains a huge need for them. Gregg Williams found a way to scheme around their deficiencies last year. The Jets should give him some better players this year. Ryan is the best cornerback left on the market. An NFL Network report said he was willing to play on a one-year deal, but is seeking $10 million. I’m not sure if Douglas will go that high, but the price could come down soon as the days drag on.

Jimmy Smith, CB
The longtime Raven remains on the market and his price tag could be low. The 31-year-old could provide a veteran presence for the Jets, something they need in the secondary. Smith has had off-field issues in Baltimore, but Douglas and his right-hand man, Chad Alexander, a longtime Ravens scout, both know Smith well. The Jets debated drafting Smith in 2011, but went with Muhammad Wilkerson instead. Maybe now he will become a Jet.

Joe Flacco, QB
You may be sensing a theme with former Ravens. Douglas was the scout who pushed for Baltimore to draft Flacco in 2008. The Jets need a veteran backup for Sam Darnold, and Flacco makes a lot of sense. One thing that has to be cleared up before Flacco goes anywhere is his health. The 35-year-old suffered a neck injury last year and was released with a failed physical designation by the Broncos last week. If Flacco is healthy, he might be the perfect backup for Darnold, who has missed six games in his first two years.

Cameron Wake, OLB
We have gone with a lot of players with connections to Douglas, but here is one with a connection to coach Adam Gase. Wake played three seasons for Gase with the Dolphins. The 38-year-old only played nine games with the Titans last year as he battled injuries. He had 2.5 sacks. He had 10.5 sacks in 2017, which is not that long ago, and he could provide leadership in the locker room.

The New York Titans And New York Jets have had 7 different training locations.
Training Camp Locations 

From To Location                                                 City      State
2015 2019 Atlantic Health Training Center Florham Park New Jersey
2012 2014 SUNY Cortland                        Cortland           New York
2011 2011 Jets' Training Facility                Florham Park New Jersey
2009 2010 SUNY Cortland                         Cortland           New York
1968 2008 Hofstra University                     Hempstead New York
1963 1967 Peekskill Military Academy           Peekskill New York
1962 1962 East Stroudsburg State       East Stroudsburg  Pennsylvania
1961 1961 Bear Mountain Inn                     Bear Mountain New York
1960 1960 University of New Hampshire    Durham          New Hampshire

Sunday, March 22, 2020

In Joe We Trust

With most Americans quarantining themselves during this horrific Coronavirus, NFL free agency and preparation for next month's draft are the only sports that fans can follow and get excited about. The good news for New York Jet fans is that there is a new sheriff in town namely General Manager Joe Douglas. According to Pro Football Focus in 2019 the Jets offensive line ranked 28th out of the 32 NFL teams. And according to their stats:

 "The Jets averaged just 0.7 rushing yards before contact per attempt, the lowest mark of any team in the NFL. Add in that they allowed pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 27.5% of their dropbacks (second-highest mark in the NFL), and it’s not hard to see why they find themselves at 28th on this list."

Douglas, a former offensive lineman at the University of Richmond learned the importance of having a quality offensive line. He cut his teeth in the NFL front office under the tutorship of NFL legend Ozzie Newsome with the Baltimore Ravens. Newsome also knew the importance of winning in the trenches. Jonathan Ogden, Marshal Yanda, Edwin Mulitalo and Ben Grubbs are only a few of the brilliant offensive line draft picks by Newsome. Douglas also learned from Newsome that patience is a virtue in free agency and sometimes it is better not to make an initial big splash but to wait for second tier players, then to pounce on them. The biggest thing Joe Douglas learned was that teams are still built mainly through the draft and free agency should be used to plug holes on the roster. Mike Maccagnan did some good things but he did not know how to build a foundation. His move to trade up for Sam Darnold was excellent but for every good move there were two bad moves like drafting Christian Hackenberg and Jachai Polite. Jet fans should feel good that Joe Douglas is making the personnel decisions now and there will not be anymore signings like Trumaine Johnson. The Jets are finally on the right track. Let's see if Adam Gase can be the coach he thinks he is. I'm not convinced about Gase but things are looking up.

Joe Douglas Free Agent Moves
To date here are the signings Joe Douglas made in free agency:

Alex Lewis, guard. The Jets reached an agreement with left guard Alex Lewis on a three-year, $18.6 million deal that includes $6 million guaranteed. Lewis was picked up by Douglas last year from the Ravens for a late round draft pick. He allowed 2 sacks and had 6 penalties. Lewis's biggest issue is staying healthy. His body seems to break down as the season moves on. With that being said I'm a believer that if you are a lineman and are surrounded by good players, your play improves. As someone who focuses on line play I wanted Lewis back and we should see improvement from him this year.

Brian Poole, cornerback. The Jets re-signed the veteran cornerback to a one-year deal worth $5 million guaranteed. Poole was number one on my list of Jet free agents they needed to re-sign. When he was signed last year from the Falcons, I thought the Jets were getting Buster Skrine 2.0. Boy was I wrong. Not only did Poole exceed my expectations, he was probably the Jets best cover man in 2019. My only regret is that it is a one-year contract.

Neville Hewitt, linebacker. This is another one-year deal. This former college safety played for Adam Gase in Miami and converted to linebacker. This is an excellent depth move especially with the injuries to C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson. Hewitt played more defensive snaps (718) than any linebacker on the team last season. Hewitt had 2 interceptions and 3 sacks. There were a couple of games where it seemed he was all over the field in on almost every tackle "a la" David Harris.

Arthur Maulet, cornerback. Still another one-year contract. He started 6 games last year but he is more of a sub who is a very good special teams player: He scored his first career touchdown on a blocked punt. Pro Football focus ranks Maulet's play last year at 65.2 which is above average.

Josh Andrews, center. The Jets agreed to a one-year deal with the former Colts lineman. Notice a pattern here with the one-year deals. Andrews is 28-years old and will be a back-up. The Jets lost two back-ups in free agency (tackle Brent Qvale and guard Tom Compton) so this is a depth move. For the record I thought it was a big mistake letting Compton go. He played some good football last year. Nevertheless the knock on Andrews is his lack of experience. He was un-drafted. One good thing is that he has played 98 offensive snaps in his career and has no penalties.

Marqui Christian, safety. The Jets agreed to a one-year deal worth close to $2 million with the former Rams safety. Christian is a big-time special teamer. In fact, he played 355 snaps last season, the second-highest total on the Rams. Another depth move. By the way if you can, check out Christian's hair in his college picture. Very impressive!

Greg Van Roten, guard. Van Roten, 30, signed a three-year contract with the Jets. Van Roten is from Rockville Center, Long Island and went to Chaminade High School. Van Roten, played on four NFL teams and one CFL team, started 27 games for the Panthers -- all at left guard. He missed the final five games last year due to a dislocated toe. In the past two seasons, he was charged with only three accepted penalties (2 in 2019), and only allowed 1 sack last year. He graduated the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at the Wharton School of Business and received his Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Concentration in Marketing. 

Connor McGovern, center. McGovern, was a fifth-round pick by the Broncos in the 2016 draft and has started games at both guard and center. In 2019 McGovern was moved to center full time. He started all 16 games last season and finished as one of just three players in the league who were not flagged with a penalty.This seems to be a pre-requisite from Joe Douglas not wanting offensive linemen with a penchant for penalties. He only allowed one sack and had a very good rating from Pro Football Focus. One wonders why Broncos OL coach Mike Munchak in his first year in Denver would let him go.

George Fant, tackle. Fant signed a three-year, $30 million deal that includes $13.7 million guaranteed. Fant is being given the responsibility of protecting Sam Darnold's blind side without starting a full season. He played basketball in college and is definitely an athlete with an upside. But to be honest this is a bit of a head scratcher and it may have been just as good to keep  Kelvin Beachum for another year but he is most likely gone. 

Pierre Desir, DB
Just signed. Cut by the Colts.  A year ago, he signed a three-year, $22.9 million extension with the Colts, but his play slipped last season despite a career-high three interceptions. At first it sounds like he is just a body but he seems to have talent if playing in the right scheme. He had an off year in 2019. Said one NFL scout: 

"Good player, down last year. Mindset seemed to change a bit." 

Also a questionable scheme fit, as the Colts played the highest-percentage of Cover-2 in the league, per ESPN. This is another Good signing.

Gone But Not Forgotten (For Some)
Trumaine Johnson, CB -Don't let the door hit you on the way out. A bum from the day they signed him. Thanks for nothing Mike!

Darryl Roberts, CB -This was more of a cap move with the Jets saving $6 million dollars. He was better in 2018 and played some very good safety at the end of that year.

Blake Countess, S-Just a body the Jets signed in October. He was active for 6 games but did nothing. No loss here.

Brandon Shell, T-Signed a 2 year contract with Seattle for $11 million dollars. I had high hopes for him but he never really improved from his rookie season. He looked silly a lot when edge rushes would waltz around him and I'd be yelling at my TV screen: "Move your feet."

Brent Qvale, T-Signed with the Texans. Anyone who plays on my team for 5 years and I still can't pronounce his name, get rid of him. A bench player who did not distinguish himself, he will not be missed.

Maurice Canady, CB-Signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Canady was picked up by the Jets off waivers from the Ravens. He started 3 games and I thought he played well. Remember the Jets secondary plays virtually without a pass rush. Canady was better covering in the slot than on the outside but with the Jets thin in the secondary should have tried harder to keep him.

Tom Compton, G-He signed with the 49ers. I really wanted him back. He played well for the horrid OL the Jets put on the field. If it came down to Compton or Lewis, Douglas made the right choice with Compton being on the wrong side of 30. Still he could have added some nice depth. 

Are the Jets better off today than when free agency started? The answer is a unanimous yes. The Jets have solidified their offensive line but still have a lot of work to do. With the 5 free agent offensive line signings this takes a lot of pressure off of Joe Douglas heading into the draft next month. There are 4 blue chip offensive tackles in this year's draft. If one is not available at the 11th pick, it is not as bad now with all the talent that they signed. They can pick up a tackle in the second or third round. The importance of re-signing Brian Poole cannot be over emphasized and now if they can draft a good corner, the secondary is pretty well set. Last year Bless Austin was a nice surprise and should do better this year. 

Best of the rest free agents available
According to CBS sports these are the best of the free agents left. Some may have signed already. Nevertheless, a few might help the Jets.

1. Jadeveon Clowney, Edge 
Rumors swirled at the beginning of free agency with him and the Jets. If it was a one-year "show me"deal at $12 million with incentives up to $18 million, I'd take a shot. Clowney is a generational talent who can't stay on the field. Have the incentives based on the percentage of defensive snaps. A long shot. I think he ends up in Seattle or with the Giants.

2. Jameis Winston,QB

3. Robby Anderson, WR
Robby has got to realize there are 25 wide receivers in the college draft that may go in the first three rounds and Mel Kiper says all 25 can start. Why would they pay Anderson a huge long term multiple year deal when you can get a rookie WR locked into a rookie contract? It is "no ones" fault his free agency hit at the wrong time. Robby should resign with the Jets for a one year deal at $10 million.

4. Breshad Perriman, WR

5. Logan Ryan, DB

6. Jason Peters, T

7. Shelby Harris, DL

8. Damarious Randall, S

9. Ndamukong Suh, DL

10. Jimmy Smith, DB
A former first round pick of the Ravens who Joe Douglas is very familiar with. He only started 27 games in the last four years. Jets may want to take a flyer on this 31 year old DB who was suspended for PEDs last year but needs to squeeze out as much as possible before retirement. Let's draft a DB in the first three rounds and sign Smith to a one year contract.

11. Markus Golden, OLB
I can't figure this one out. Every time I watched the Giants play, Golden was the best player on their defense and it wasn't even close. He had 10 sacks ( 27 QB hits and 13 tackles for a loss) and was so close on a ton of other plays to getting more. Giants should sign him but if they don't Douglas should try and get this 29 year old second round pick of the Cardinals out of the University of Missouri.
                         For those of you stuck in your home!


Coming later this week: Green Rewind's First Mock Draft

Friday, November 29, 2019

Jets Game Plan Versus Bengals

Green Rewind's Ray Clifford, a native of Ohio has contributed to this issue!

On paper this game should be a Jets slam dunk. The Jets have won three straight games, scoring 34 points in all three. The Bengals are the worst team in the NFL at 0 -11 so end of story right? But these are the Jets and they never seem to handle success well. The second people start jumping on the Jets bandwagon is usually a good time to pump the brakes. When they beat the Cowboys in Sam's return, the analysts fell in love and started predicting big things.  One week later Bill B. and the Pats laid a massive beatdown on them and made Sam see ghosts, the start of a 3 game skid. The point to all of this?  The third loss was to a winless Dolphins team donned "the worst team in the NFL".  Sound familiar?

The Bengals are ranked 30th and 29th respectively in passing and rushing defense. They are allowing 166.4 yards per game and have given up 200 yards rushing 4 times this year. Still with those weak stats they have some good individual talent. Linebacker Nick Vigil leads the team in tackles with 88 but it is defensive tackle Geno Atkins that is a concern. He leads the Bengals with 4.5 sacks. This two time All-Pro has 75.5 lifetime sacks. Geno Atkins may be the best defensive tackle no one knows about. At 31 years old he is not close to slowing down having had 10 sacks last year. In addition to Atkins, defensive end Sam Hubbard has been improving every game since coming into the league. This second year Ohio Sate product already has 4 sacks and had 10 in his rookie year. 

The Bengals offense hasn't been much better but there are a couple things to keep an eye on.  Joe Mixon has been running better of late.  So the Jets league leading rushing defense will again be tested.  Mixon is 6'1" 200 with speed.  He isn't a pile mover but he will run through arm tackles or make you miss. But the biggest key to the game will be at QB where Andy Dalton (9 TDs, 8 INTs, 79.2 RTG)) has been reinstalled as the starter.  It is hard to gauge the impact this will have.  Dalton is inconsistent and streaky, so which one shows up on Sunday could make this game very interesting.  When he's on, he can make all the throws and looks every bit the part of a top NFL QB.  His whole career has been in the NFL North, facing the likes of the Steelers and Ravens defense twice a year for the last 9 years.  He isn't rattled by a blitzing defense. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd is the most dangerous weapon the Bengals have unless (listed as doubtful) AJ Green plays. Boyd had 101 yards receiving last week but more important when he and Andy Dalton are on the field together he is even more dangerous. Earlier this year he had 10 receptions for 122 yards against the 49ers and three weeks later he almost repeated exactly the same stats with 10 receptions for 123 yards against the Cardinals. The often injured tight end Tyler Eifert is also a threat. This Notre Dame product has 23 lifetime TDs highlighted in 2012 with 13 of them. The injuries have taken their toll on Eifert but he is still dangerous.

The Jets offensive success should continue.  The offensive line has been protecting Sam better over the three wins and if that trend continues look for the offense to keep playing well.  Wouldn't be a surprise if Le'Veon Bell finally has his breakout game but this game will likely hinge on the play of Dalton.

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Game Plan
Put Bless Austin on Tyler Boyd.  Jamal Adams should continue to roam the line of scrimmage giving Dalton another thing to think about. And when their is a 3rd and 8+ yards, blitz like crazy!
Last week the Jets contained rookie sensation Maxx Crosby who had 1 sack and they must do the same to stop Atkins & Hubbard. The Jets have got to continue with the short passes mixed in with some misdirection plays. The moving pocket is working and Adam Gase should continue this. Sam Darnold has got to get rid of the ball quickly with both Bell and Powell helping the Jets offensive line with pass protection. If AJ Green somehow plays, the Jets could be in trouble. Hopefully Sam’s night on the town after last Sunday’s win has no lasting affects. Le'Veon Bell has his first breakout game as a Jet they win this game to continue the season turn around. 
Jets 24 Bengals 17

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Rising Up
Robby Anderson: Maybe Robby reads this and saw his name on the “Free Fallin” list. Had a very good Raiders game but has got to keep his helmet on. Still not sure if he is on the team next year.
Braxton Berrios: Our speedy Patriot type player is coming on. He is fast and sure handed on punt returns and catching passes. Get him more reps.
Sam Darnold: I don’t know what the ceiling is for Sam, but surround him with more talent and keep him upright and the Jets future is positive.
Ryan Griffin: I’ll put this newly resigned player on this list every week if he continues his stellar play. He had another TD reception but it was his block on Sam’s TD run that stood out.
Brian Poole: When this ex-Falcon was signed, I had heard that he was Buster Skrine 2.0. Nothing to that. Surround this athlete with competent DB’s and he does an excellent job covering the slot.
Alex (not Jones) Lewis: This guard was a great pick up by Joe Douglas. Despite at least one penalty a game, he is tough, plays hard and opens holes.
Frank Pollack: I raved about the Jets new offensive line coach then did a “Mea Culpa.” Truth is the band aid OL is doing better now than when the season started. Frank is doing a great job.
Adam Gase: He has showed me something the last 3 (especially the last 2) weeks. But the image of him giving up and moping on the sidelines still resonates in my mind.

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Free Fallin
Henry Anderson: I know the Jets defensive line is great against the run, but where is the pass rushing Henry we saw last year? 
Oh Henry!
Quinnen Williams: When are we going to see something? I almost threw up my Thanksgiving dinner watching the Bill’s Ed Oliver (who I wanted) have 4 tackles and 2 sacks against the Cowboys. 
Kyle Phillips: Great story with this un-drafted free agent. Truth is since the Jaguars game he is disappearing. Hopefully he is not hurt. We need to see more production from this Tennessee product.
Jet Fans Who Sold Raider Tickets: Full disclosure: I almost gave up on the season also but the people who prematurely sold their Raider tickets after the Dolphin game were classless.


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