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Monday, September 4, 2017

The Dust Has Settled

  The dust has settled and the Jets roster is set. There were few surprises in what looks to be one of the most interesting and depressing seasons for Jet fans. The challenge for Todd Bowles is to keep the Jets as competitive as possible. If Bowles does keep things competitive what usually happens is most games will have a close first half. As the games go into the second half, talent will prevail and some games (hopefully for Jet fans not all) will be blowouts.
  The team looks to be Josh McCown's team for at least the first 4 or 5 games. After that then look for Christian "3 and out" Hackenberg or Bryce Petty to take over. No doubt, barring injury the next QB up will do so at a home game just so the Johnson Conglomerate can keep Jet fans coming to Met Life Stadium. It is important to them that the stadium looks full and the concession stands have lines to help to pay for all those free agents the Jets will land in 2018.
  A couple of small surprises on the final roster. Lawrence Thomas the DL who I really liked last year before he was injured was released. He did not look like the same player and it could be his injury was not 100% healed. The other surprise was that Ross " I’m not Artemis Gordon" Martin lost the kicking competition to Chandler Catanzaro who really showed nothing this summer. Not sure how or why this happened. On results, Martin looked better but the coaching staff found reasons to go with Cannizzaro. Could be part of the "Suck For Sam" (Sam Darnold) conspiracy theory.
  Sheldon Richardson is gone but won't be forgotten. This had to happen. The Jets hierarchy did not like the baggage Richardson brought. Todd Bowles hit the roof when he kept his Cold War going in the media with former teammate Brandon Marshall. Getting WR Jermaine Kearse and Seattle's 2nd round pick doesn't seem like a lot but the Jets were against the wall and could have lost Richardson for nothing next year. If Bowles and Maccagnan are back next year let's see what this draft choice will turn into. So besides rooting against your own team, the Jets, fans should root hard against the Seattle Seahawks so their second pick is early. The teams also traded 7th round picks. 
  The NFL has got to cut down the pre-season games. What I would do is have two pre-season games and one controlled scrimmage. The controlled scrimmage would be against the closest team on the map that is not on a team’s schedule for the regular season. So if the Jets don’t play the Baltimore Ravens, they would meet and scrimmage with fans in attendance, referees etc. The quarterbacks can wear their red jersey’s so they couldn’t be tackled and the scrimmage would include individual drills as well as team drills. Might even turn out to be more popular than the painful games fans had to endure in the pre-season.
  I’m always looking for that sleeper player that was a low draft pick or an un-drafted free agent who might turn into the next Curt Warner or Duane “Snacks” Harrison. Elijah McGuire (#35), the Jets 6th round pick from Louisiana-Lafayette looks like a player that will stick. He had some nice runs in the pre-season and was able to turn a few small gains into bigger ones. Chad Hansen (#6) the wide receiver from California looked good. He made some nice catches in one exhibition game. The player that really stood out to me was defensive back Derrick Jones (#31) from Mississippi. He is an un-drafted converted wide receiver who showed some excellent awareness on the field when he was in the game. Hopefully the Jets won’t bury him on special teams just because he is a rookie.


Green Tidbits:
McCown record as a starter from 2014-16 is 2-20.....Good to see NT Deon Simon back signed on to practice squad......Didn't understand Dexter McDougle trade to Eagles....if Jets mail it in early. The Oct 29 game vs the Falcons might be tipping point for under 30,000 actual attendance at Met Life.....Hope I'm wrong but Lorenzo Mauldin taking up roster spot is a waste. Same can be said for Hackenberg. I'm beginning to sour on Maccagnan.....Jets post game show on channel 60 will be "must see" TV this year....Kony Ealy might be this year's Aaron Maybin.....

                                                 
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