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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jets QB May Have No One To Throw To

  With all the talk about the Jets trying to secure their franchise quarterback, it looks like it might be slim pickings as to who to target when throwing the football. The Jets best offensive threat, troubled Robby Anderson is sure to miss part if not at least half of the 2018 regular season games. His two incidents with the law
in Florida are sure to keep him on the bench and out of uniform for a yet to be determined number. Besides threatening the police officer’s wife and being arrested twice within a year, Anderson has been charged with traffic-related violations on 10 different occasions since 2014, including five speeding tickets (two in a 15-day period) last spring. Court records show Anderson has been charged with various infractions in Broward and Orange counties. So the Jets cannot count on Anderson to be on the field anytime soon.
  Quincy Enunwa is coming off a serious neck injury. He should be ready to go but no one knows for sure. I have not heard anything definitive that he will be ready. And when dealing with the neck, no one can be sure how effective Enunwa will be his first year back. Jermaine Kearse had a good year (65 rec. 810 yds. 5TDs) but he is a second receiver at best. And before the latest Robby Anderson incident, there was even talk of cutting Kearse. That will not happen now. Third round draft pick ArDarius Stewart was a disappointment catching only 6 passes. Fourth round draft pick Chad Hansen caught only 9 passes. I happen to think Hansen has potential if he is given the opportunity. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a free agent and if he leaves it creates a huge problem. As we see, the Jets receiving corps is very thin. With the Jets cap money, they should pick up at least one wide receiver. Here is a list of some of the top un-restricted free agents and their age:

Jarvis Landry, Miami 25
Josh Gordon, Cleveland 27
Allen Robinson, Jaguars 25
Sammy Watkins, Rams 25
Terrelle Pryor, Redskins 29
Marqise Lee, Jaguars 26
Donte Moncrief, Colts 25
Mike Wallace, Ravens 31
Paul Richardson, Seahawks 26
Eric Decker, Titans 31
Bruce Ellington, Texans 27
John Brown, Cardinals 28
Jordan Matthews, Bills 26
Danny Amendola, Patriots 32
Taylor Gabriel, Falcons 27

  Jarvis Landry jumps off the page with 400 pass receptions in his first four years playing. He said he wants to remain in Miami but he’ll go where the money is. I would stay away from him if I were the Jets. There is just too much baggage with him. He was an embarrassment on the field for Miami the last game of the season against the Bills getting tossed out. Josh Gordon is another incredibly talented player but he also has a multi page resume of trouble. I liked Terrell Pryor when he was with Cleveland but he dropped too many passes in Washington. The Jets should focus on receivers like Allen Robinson. He is coming off major ACL surgery but he would fit into Jeremy Bates offense and he would be playing for a big contract. The Jets should try and sign him to a one year incentive based contract. There is a chance the Jags franchise him. John Brown of the Cardinals would be interesting but he will probably retire after a bunch of injuries. Sammy Watkins is intriguing but he has only payed one full season (his rookie year) in four years as a pro. I loved Watkins coming out of college but the durability issue is huge. There is always a chance that the Rams franchise him also. I actually think the Jets would have a shot to bring back Eric Decker on the cheap. He is 31 years old and loves New York. He would be a good third receiver on a one year deal. He is a good locker room guy. Paul Richardson of the Seahawks is an interesting player. He is only 26 and started 13 games in 2017. He had 44 receptions for 703 yards and 6 TDs. But the stat with him that I really like is the 16 yard average per reception. He would be a good replacement for Robby Anderson. Mike Wallace is 31 years old and has a lot of tread on his tires. But he is only one season removed from a 1,000+ yards receiving season for the Ravens in 2016. He may be a stop gap player who will give some production. With free agents, even if a player is not franchised there is more of a chance today, then say ten years ago he resigns with the same club because the cap figure increases every year. 
  As far as the draft route for receivers, below are some of the receivers I like coming out of college. I’ll explore this in detail as we get closer to the draft. 

Courtland Sutton, SMU
DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
James Washington, Oklahoma State
Michael Gallup,Colorado State

Green Tidbits
......Jets should look into Bills free agent LB Preston Brown. He is getting better year in and year out and is a free agent and is young…..Jets may have to overspend and tag tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He just turned down a two year 8 million dollar contract…..Finally the announcement of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is official. Great move!…..As much as I love RB Sony Michel from Georgia, the Jets need a thumper who can move the pile. Fullback Dimitri Flowers of Oklahoma may be the guy. All 6’1” 253 pounds of him. And he is a good pass receiver….. Reviewing the past Super Bowl, Pats offensive tackle Nate Solder (a free agent) may have been the best player on the field…..For Jet fans who are in love with AJ McCarran, please see quarterbacks Clint Longley, Scott Mitchell, Matt Flynn and Elvis Grbac…..With all due respect to’s Bucky Brooks, not to mention Marcus Maye as one of the best rookies in the AFC East and gush about Jamaal Adams is insulting. Adams is by far the better athlete with more upside but Maye was the more consistent player in 2017…..I'll say it again that Brown’s QB DeShone Kizer may become a player. Jets should make a move for him if Browns draft a QB at #1 or #4…. When redefining what a catch is for 2018 how about taking the college rule with a reception being good with one foot in bounds? This would help with at least half of the calls…..Circle March 14. The league year begins. Kirk Cousins may be a Jet by March 15……Shhhh, I’m liking QB Kyle Lauletta of Richmond more and more. Keep it under your hat…..Speaking of offensive coordinator/qb coach Jeremy Bates, he has got to be involved in the drafting of one or two QBs…..We lost a big fan! Super Jet fan Gina Montalto, 14 years old passed away this past Wednesday in that horrific Florida shooting. Condolences from Green Rewind....

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying

Rich Cimini, ESPN
At the start of free agency last year, the Jets received a call from the Bengals, who offered McCarron in a trade. The Jets gave it some thought but nixed the proposal because they were focused on free agents and didn't want to surrender compensation in a trade. As everybody knows, they wound up signing Josh McCown -- a terrific free-agent move. New year, same outcome? This time, the circumstances are different because McCarron is a free man, no strings attached. Based on what we know from last year, I have to think he'd be a fallback option if the Jets fail to sign Kirk Cousins. I don't know where McCarron falls in the pecking order of Plan B candidates, but I can tell you one thing: Personally, I'd take McCown over McCarron. You know what you're getting with McCown; McCarron is a mystery man. McCarron showed promise in three 2015 starts (a 2-1 record, with four touchdown passes and no interceptions), but I think it's a stretch to say he's the next Jimmy Garoppolo. Heck, I'm not even sure Garoppolo deserves to be put on that kind of pedestal. After all, he has had only seven starts, the past five of which were meaningless games. At least McCarron has started a playoff game. Should've won it, too, except a couple of his numbskull teammates let him down. I talked to a scout who believes McCarron's ceiling is that of a solid game manager. (He has topped the 200-yard mark only once.) Is that worth a three-year, $45 million contract, including $18.5 million guaranteed? That's what Mike Glennon got last year as a free agent, and you can bet someone will pay McCarron at least that much. As for the Jets, it makes more financial sense to re-up with McCown, who probably will command less than $12 million on a one-year deal. Neither McCown nor McCarron is a surefire answer to the long-term quarterback problem. Obviously, McCarron has more growth potential because he'll be only 28, but his arrival wouldn't preclude the Jets from taking a quarterback with the sixth pick. Remember, the Chicago Bears drafted Mitchell Trubisky after paying Glennon. If you're going to go that route, you might as well stick with the grizzled vet. My hunch is the Jets feel that way, too.

Brian Costello, NY Post
Signing quarterback Kirk Cousins might not be as easy as expected for the Jets, or any other team. ESPN reported Sunday the Redskins are considering placing the franchise tag on Cousins, which would enable them to trade him and get something in return rather than letting him walk for nothing in free agency. It seems like an unlikely move, as it would be risky for Washington, but the ESPN report cited sources saying the Redskins are at least talking about it. Washington sent a third-round pick to the Chiefs as part of the trade for quarterback Alex Smith, so that is probably the starting point of what they would be looking for in a Cousins deal. The Jets or another team interested in acquiring Cousins would have to reach a contract agreement with him and then also be willing to give up the draft picks that the Redskins would want for Cousins. That could scare teams off, or teams could call the Redskins’ bluff, believing they would release him in the end and make him a free agent. If Cousins reaches free agency on March 14, as expected, the Jets are expected to be one of his top suitors. He is expected to get a contract that averages north of $27 million per year and possibly as high as $30 million per year.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
What better way for (Malcolm) Butler to exact revenge for his inexplicable Super Bowl benching than by sticking it to Bill Belichick twice a year as a member of the team that the Hoodie despises? It would be perfect.Oh, and it just so happens that Gang Green is looking to add two starting cornerbacks this offseason. The Jets would love to sign Mo Claiborne and add another piece in the secondary (via free agency or draft). Truth be told, the master plan would be to add a true No. 1 cornerback alongside Claiborne. Finances aside, Buster Skrine would be the ideal slot corner for them. Does Butler fit that No. 1 corner description? Well, he's only one of three players at his position with at least 10 pass breakups and two interceptions in each of the past three seasons, according to Pro Football Focus. Butler has 44 passes defensed and eight interceptions in his three seasons as a full-time starter. He's proven to be much more than a Super Bowl fluke. The 2015 Pro Bowler and 2016 second-team All-Pro had some lulls in his play this season, but there's a belief that he wasn't thrilled about not getting a long-term deal last offseason.The 5-11 Butler is not the longest corner out there, but he can play.Tom Brady gave Butler a matter-of-fact endorsement on social media after Belichick put the cornerback on ice in the biggest game of the season: "Love you Malcolm! You are and incredible teammate and player and friend. Always!"There are a few quality free-agent corners on the market. Will the Jets have interest in Butler? Come on. We all know the answer to that.

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