Last Thursday we all struggled through watching the final
pre-season game. Watching Jets quarterback John Wolford and the Eagles Christian Hackenberg was an effort. The team is now Sam Darnold’s team with Teddy Bridgewater ending up on New Orleans. I’d have preferred to wait two weeks before trading Teddy rolling the QB injury dice but there is no guarantee the same trade would have been there. Moving forward my feeling about the 2018 season and Sam Darnold is a positive. I’m looking for a season with the Jets to go anywhere from 7-9 to 9-7. Darnold has shown an ability to grasp and process the nuances of the quarterback position. There will be growing pains adjusting to first team defenses but if the Jets come away with an 8-8 record and Darnold has a line something like: 22 TDs 15 INTs and 3,000+ yards, the Jets will be on their way. In Peyton Manning’s rookie year his team went 3-13 and Manning went 26 TDs, 28 INTs and 3,739 yards. His Colts went from 3-13 to 13-3 the next year. In John Elway’s rookie year he started 10 games posting a 4-6 record while passing for 7 TDs and 14 INTs and 1,663 yards. His second year the Broncos went 12-2 in the 14 games he started. The point is there is a learning curve and with most franchise quarterbacks and you see immediate improvement by the team and by the player in the second year. Jet fans who may be almost at the end of their “be patient” rope should tough it out this year. I expect improvement from the Jets with their Cap money available. I’m not sure the Jets have the right coach or GM but right now Jet fans have no choice.
Some Surprise And Not Surprise Cuts
Some of the cuts the Jets made were not surprising while others were. Keep in mind some of the cuts will end up on the Practice Squad. We have a partial Practice Squad list below.
Chad Hansen-Liked him last year. Didn’t get many targets. Did well in spring mini camps. Zero in pre-season. Pats picked him up.
Clive Walford-For once the tight end position had a logjam. Jets tried to trade this free agent signing. No takers. He’ll be on a team soon.
Deon Simon-Nose Tackle who I really liked. Did not show the upside we thought was there.
Dylan Donahue-This linebacker from division 2 was a wasted pick. His off the field issues was the nail in the coffin.
Frankie Luvu-Linebacker who was actually working with the first team for a while. Added to practice squad. He’ll be back up on 53 man roster.
Lorenzo Mauldin-Linebacker, edge pass rusher and former 3rd round pick who showed promise but injuries did him in. A story we wanted a happy ending to after he grew up in 10 different foster homes.
Thomas Rawls-Running back who burst on the scene his rookie year in Seattle. He has been going down the NFL food chain rapidly.
Travis Swanson-Free agent signing from Detroit. Never showed anything on a team hungry for offensive lineman.
Tre McBride-This could be a mistake. All he did was practice and play well.
Antonio Garcia-Former third round tackle who was also cut by Pats. I don’t think Jets have ever had a quality player BB has cut.
Charles Johnson-WR should have made roster. Had good pre-season especially the first two games.
Dimitri Flowers-His chances disappeared when Jets held on to 4 tight ends. NFL Fullbacks are fading away. I want this Oklahoma Sooner on the practice squad.
John Wolford-This "one week" QB is awful. Got to be a better third stringer out there.
Complete Cut List
RB Thomas Rawls, RB Charcandrick West, C Travis Swanson, WR Chad Hansen, WR Tre McBride, WR ArDarius Stewart, DL Deon Simon, LB Dylan Donahue, LB Frankie Luvu, LB Lorenzo Mauldin, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Antony Wint, S Brandon Bryant, CB Jeremy Clark, S Rontez Miles, CB Rashard Robinson, K Taylor Bertolet, RB George Atkinson, G Alex Balducci, LB David Bass, CB Xavier Coleman, DL Xavier Cooper, FB Dimitri Flowers, T Antonio Garcia, G Gino Gradkowski, LB Obum Gwacham, T Darius James, WR Charles Johnson, LB Kevin Minter, DL Kendall Reyes, S Kacy Rodgers II, G Dakoda Shepley, CB Terrell Sinkfield, DL Mych Thomas, TE Clive Walford, QB John Wolford, WR Jonah Trinnaman
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The First 53-man roster
QUARTERBACK (2): Sam Darnold, Josh McCown
RUNNING BACK (4): Bilal Powell, Isaiah Crowell, Trenton Cannon, Elijah McGuire
FULLBACK (1): Lawrence Thomas
TIGHT END (4): Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett, Chris Herndon, Neal Sterling
WIDE RECEIVER (6): Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Terrelle Pryor, Andre Roberts, Charone Peake
OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Kelvin Beachum, James Carpenter, Spencer Long, Brian Winters, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Dakota Dozier, Jonotthan Harrison, Ben Braden
DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Leonard Williams, Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, Mike Pennel, Henry Anderson, Folorunso Fatukasi
INSIDE LINEBACKER (3): Avery Williamson, Darron Lee, Neville Hewitt
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER (3): Jordan Jenkins, Josh Martin, Brandon Copeland
SAFETY (5): Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Doug Middleton, Terrence Brooks, J.J. Wilcox
CORNERBACK (7): Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine, Darryl Roberts, Parry Nickerson, Juston Burris, Derrick Jones
SPECIALISTS (3): K Jason Myers, P Lachlan Edwards, LS Thomas Hennessy
Practice Squad So Far
DATE PLAYER POS TRANSACTION
Sep 2, 2018 Anthony Wint LB pract. squad add
Sep 2, 2018 Brandon Bryant DB pract. squad add
Sep 2, 2018 Frankie Luvu LB pract. squad add
Sep 2, 2018 Jeremy Clark CB pract. squad add
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Jets Made Offer For Khalil Mack
The Jets did in fact make an offer for Khalil Mack. The Chicago Bears came in with a better offer of two first round picks.
Give Mike Maccagnan credit. The Jets are missing an edge pass rusher and Mack is as good as there is in the NFL. But without a second round pick in 2019, it would have been too much future capital to give up for this game changer. The Bears went on to give Mack a six-year extension worth $141 million. The cap money the Jets have would have taken a hit. I am not the biggest Mike Maccagnan fan (see how many of his draft picks were cut) but he is getting better on the job. His trade to move up in the draft was brilliant though at the time he was criticized for giving up too much. His job is definitely on the line so give him kudos for not mortgaging the future for Khalil Mack to save his job.
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…..Don’t be shocked if we see three safeties starting with Jamal Adams rushing the QB more often than not….Great move putting OL Ben Braden on 53-man roster rather than practice squad. This un-drafted free agent looks like he may be something…..We need a 3rd string QB. Can’t delay this. If Sam goes down, we have a 39-year old journeyman who gets injured a lot….. Ohio State’s Nick Bosa (yes, it’s his brother) Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat are three edge pass rushers that will be high draft picks in 2019…..
What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
On a day in which they failed to land star pass-rusher Khalil Mack, the Jets cut two former draft picks who play Mack's position -- outside linebackers Lorenzo Mauldin (third round, 2015) and Dylan Donahue (fifth, 2017). This confirms what we've known all along: They have a serious talent deficiency on the edge. The Jets made a "strong" offer for Mack, one league source told ESPN, but they wisely didn't want to mortgage their future. When he was hired in 2015, general manager Mike Maccagnan said he wanted to create a "pipeline" for 3-4 OLBs, but that hasn't materialized. Their roster includes only three, none of whom is considered a dynamic edge rusher -- Jordan Jenkins, Josh Martin and Brandon Copeland. We already know the No. 1 need in next year's draft…..Mac the knife: Tough day for Maccagnan, who cut five picks from his 2015 and '17 drafts. In addition to Mauldin and Donahue, he released wide receiver Chad Hansen (fourth round, 2017), cornerback Jeremy Clark (sixth, 2017) and nose tackle Deon Simon (seventh, 2015). Hansen impressed in the spring, but his lack of separation ability was glaring once the pads came on. Donahue almost got cut in March after his second DUI arrest, which almost certainly will result in a league suspension. He's not good enough for a team to tolerate his off-the-field issues. These cuts shine a light on Maccagnan's spotty drafting record.
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It’s looking like the Jets will be without one of their most reliable offensive pieces when the regular season kicks off. The Jets fear that wide receiver Jermaine Kearse will miss Week 1 against the Lions after he underwent a medical procedure for his abdominal injury, according to sources. Although Todd Bowles recently said that Kearse is “getting better every day,” he offered no specific timetable for a return. “Day-to-day, week-to-week,” Bowles said. If he isn’t ready for the Sept. 10 Monday night opener in Detroit, the Jets’ top receiver options will be Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor. Kearse had career highs in receptions (65), yards (810), targets (102) and touchdowns (5) in his first season with the Jets. He doubled his career averages in those categories after five seasons in Seattle. Kearse also played the most snaps of any Jets receiver (84.9 percent) in 2017. Only Anderson had more yards, touchdowns and targets last season.
“He's been a breath of fresh air,” Bowles said recently. “He does all the little things. He does all the things right and he's a gamer. He shows up on Sunday — every Sunday — and I think he's been a good guy for the young guys, young receivers to follow after from a work ethic standpoint.”
Some folks on One Jets Drive are holding out hope that the strong-willed Kearse will heal in time for the opener.
Brian Costello, NY Post
Kirk Cousins rebuffed the Jets six months ago, choosing instead to sign with the Vikings. At the time, it looked like a loss. A few months later, it looks like a win for the Jets, who then drafted Sam Darnold, their quarterback of the future.
Similarly, Jets fans woke up Saturday morning to the news that Khalil Mack, the pass rusher of their dreams, was heading to the Bears, not their Jets. The move brought the expected Twitter outrage and frustration from those fans. But the Jets might be better off with the Raiders sending Mack to Chicago instead of New York. There is no denying what a talent Mack is. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year strikes fear in opposing teams. He has 40.5 sacks in his four-year career and is just 27 years old. The Jets’ biggest roster hole is at pass rusher. That is why the Jets did make an aggressive offer for Mack, according to sources. They have not had a true outside pass rusher since John Abraham left more than a decade ago. This summer, the Jets rolled through player after player at the position, hoping someone would stick. But it remains one of the biggest questions on this team. Asked after the preseason finale on Thursday if the Jets had an answer at pass rusher on the roster, coach Todd Bowles delayed his answer.
“I can tell you at the end of the season,” Bowles said.
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Around The AFC East
…..Running back Mike Gillislee didn't have to wait long to find a new team after the New England Patriots released him Saturday. After a Sunday morning visit with the New Orleans Saints, the Saints are set to sign Gillislee to a one-year deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed…..Dan Bailey's illustrious career with the Dallas Cowboys is over, but that doesn't mean his NFL days are finished. The New York Jets are working out Bailey, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation…..Bill Belichick's club claimed former Jets wideout Chad Hansen and former Seahawks wideout Amara Darboh. The Patriots had 52 roster spots headed into the day, but rookie Ryan Izzo is headed to injured reserve opening up a second free roster spot…..Washington State QB cut by the Titans Luke Falk was claimed on waivers by the Miami Dolphins…..The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed eight players to the practice squad: OL Cole Croston, QB Danny Etling, OL James Ferentz, DL Trent Harris, WR Riley McCarron, DT Vincent Valentine, RB Ralph Webb and CB Jomal Wiltz. All of those players were with the team for training camp…..Christian Hackenberg’s NFL-sponsored tour around the country continues. From New York with the Jets until May 22 to Oakland to Philadelphia to Cincinnati. NFL Network reported Sunday the Bengals would add the former second-round quarterback to their practice squad…..The Buffalo Bills added eight players to their practice squad:OT Gerhard de Beer, RB Keith Ford, DE Mike Love, S Dean Marlowe, WR Cam Phillips, LB Corey Thompson, CB Levi Wallace, OT De’Ondre Wesley…..This year, the Bills find themselves in a somewhat unique position. According to the Buffalo News, the Bills have $53.9 million in cap space devoted to players no longer on the team. That translates to 30.4 percent of the $177.2 million available per team.