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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

1st Jets Draft Preview With Ourlads!

Ok Jet fan it’s trivia time. Name the quarterback who is still in the NFL and in his college career threw for 11,662 yards, 98 TDs, 21 INTs and had a QB rating of 153.5? The answer is at the end of this issue. 

Jets Fans Wear It On Their Cars!

I’ve seen the above two license plates in the past two months in the New York area. I’ve heard from a lot of Jets fans that have had it and if they get off to a bad start, 1-1 or 0-2, they are done. Other Jet fans have already thrown in the towel. One fan wrote me:

“Marty, I’m done! I bought a lawn mower and told my landscaper I’m doing it all myself. No more of my life based on those 
phonies (Jets). I look forward to sleeping well on Sunday nights.“

Another fan writes:

“We hear the same crap every 3 or 4 years. No more! I just took my 3rd golf lesson. My new hobby. As frustrating as golf is, it can never match following the Jets. Just remember Marty when Sam Darnold throws his next interception, I’ll be teeing up and smiling.”

I can’t blame anyone for bailing on the Jets. The only thing I’ll say is that history has a way of balancing itself out. I’m a huge Yankee fan and my oldest son Jeff is even a bigger Red Sox fan. Growing up he was as frustrated as any Red Sox fan could be. I told him the same thing and he didn’t believe me but look at those Red Sox bums now. Things balance out but we want to see it in our lifetime. I’ll be 66 this year and no one wants the Jets to turn it around more than me. It will happen. It is just a matter of when. Hang in Jet fans. By the way I stopped both of the above cars with those license plates and both remain devoted Jet fans!

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Jets Say So Long!
Spencer Long has signed a three-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. Both Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott made it clear at the close of the 2018 season that they were going to seek to make improvements on Buffalo’s offensive line. For the second straight offseason the Bills got an early start in free agency signing a veteran player who was released by another NFL club. Last offseason, Buffalo also made a notable free agent signing of a veteran player, who was released by Jacksonville prior to free agency in RB Chris Ivory. Sportrac is listing Long's deal unofficially as three years $13 million. The Jets have got to be as aggressive. If they wanted to let Long go than that’s fine! But the Jets have got to make a concerted effort for offensive lineman in free agency for players such as: Matt Paradis (c), Ja’Wuan James (RT), Daryl Williams (RT), Trent Brown (LT), Chance Warmack (G). There is cap money available. Forget Le’Veon Bell. Put the money where it matters most.
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Jets Draft Preview
Our first participant in this year’s draft preview is Greg DePalma of I have been following Ourlads for years and used to look forward to their mailings before the Internet boom. To this day the Ourlads draft guide has been one of the best references for anyone who loves following the draft. Teams as well as agents and fans all flock to this guide and if you are interested, go to Greg has been following the Jets for years and he shares his detailed knowledge as host of the Jets FM Podcast at the Ourlads' Football Radio Network. Here are the questions Green Rewind asked Greg and his answers. Keep in mind this is before the combine.

1. Knowing the Jets have $99+ million in cap space and their weaknesses, where and on who would you spend the money on?
...Center Matt Paradis should be the top target for the offensive line, which is the clear top priority this off-season. RT Darryl Williams is another target, but only if Brandon Shell is no longer considered a long-term answer. On the defensive line, DT Grady Jarett and DE Trey Flowers would be great additions, but would also come with heavy price tags. Baltimore's Michael Pierce would be a solid and even cheaper option over Jarrett while Frank Clark, Dee Ford & Ziggy Ansah are also in the running as edge rushers with Ansah coming cheaper based on age and an injury history. OLB KJ Wright would be a good veteran pick-up if new DC Gregg Williams believes Darron Lee is better off somewhere else, preferably in Tampa. And finally, look for nickel-back Bryce Callahan from Chicago to be another target if Williams is not sold on last year's rookie, Parry Nickerson. 

2. The talk here is NY is that the Jets may pursue Le'Veon Bell in free agency. Is this a good move?
...I can go either way on this one. I do believe the Jets will make a 'splash' move in free agency or with a trade and Bell could be the player they target. But as always there are some quality rushers in this year's draft and I think a Powell (re-sign), McGuire, Cannon + draft pick can work out well with an improved line and an emerging Sam Darnold. The idea would be to give McGuire, Cannon and a rookie at least one season to determine if they're the right fit for the future. Keep in mind, I don't believe the Jets should bring Isaiah Crowell back. The Jets can save a few million in the process while letting McGuire and Cannon get more reps. 

3. Is this year a strong draft?
...It is for the defensive line and they'll be good depth at the offensive skill positions as well, but overall it looks like a weaker draft than usual, especially with no blue-chip QBs. 

4. The Jets have tons of holes to fill especially at: offensive line, edge pass rusher, wide receiver and cornerback. How do these positions rank as far as strength in this year’s draft?
...There are no Quenton Nelson's in this year's draft and I seriously doubt any lineman get taken in the top-5. Once you get past the top-3 (Little, Taylor & Williams), they'll be a big drop; This is the best edge-rusher class in years with as many as a dozen top-tier prospects including Nick Bosa, who is the best overall player in the draft. Jets fans have waited for a long time to get one of their own. This has to be the year; Even though there's no clear elite receiver in this class, this is a very deep group that has everything you want from the position. I'd be surprised if any are taken in the top-10, but the domino's will fall fast after the first one is off the board; the corner class is decent and maybe even strong starting with Greedy Williams from LSU who is a lock top-5 pick and a potential top-3. Williams has the size/playmaking skills that are rare for the position. He's a definite possibility for the Green & White. 

5. Things may change but right now, give Jets fans 3 players in each round that the Jets should consider knowing where they pick?
...Way too early to answer this. Need to wait for the combine. 

6. Everyone is looking for the next Brady situation getting a steal in the late rounds. What players are teams overlooking who are slated as late round picks or un-drafted free agents?
...Again, a bit too early in case players rise or drop big after combine, but here are some possibilities...RBs Nick Brosette, Jalin Moore, Rodney Anderson (only because he's coming off a serious injury and might drop) and Wes Hills; WRs Jalen Hurd, KeeSean Johnson, Felton Davis III, Stanley Morgan Jr., Greg Dortch, Scotty Miller and Penny Hart; CB Blessuan Austin, DE Joe Gaziano, DT Khalen Saunders; OTs Oli Udoh & Tytus Howard; OLB Terrill Hanks. 

7. I am hoping that the Jets trade back with one of the teams looking for a quarterback. What do you see the chances of that happening and how do you rate this year’s QB class?
...Unless the Jets get lucky with Nick Bosa dropping or they fall in love with a player like Greedy Williams or Josh Allen, I can't imagine they won't trade down or at least do everything possible to. This is the weakest QB class in several years. None of these QBs are first round talents, but Haskins and Murray will still be taken high. 

8. Are there any division 2 or 3 players the Jets should look at?
...RB Wes Hills, Slippery Rock

9. Do you see any players especially QBs that might have a chance at another position in the NFL?
...Not at this time. 

10. When do you think Kyler Murray will be picked?
...First round. 

Any closing thoughts on the Jets and free agency?
...Don't get hung up on mock drafts or even rankings this early for the draft. Need to wait for all-star games to be reviewed and then the combine. Expect the Jets to make at least 1 or possibly 2 big headline moves this off-season. 1 in free agency and 1 in the draft. And don't forget those new uniforms!

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Jet Free Agent Prospect Receiver Adam Humphries
Right out of the Patriot slot receiver mold of Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, I could almost vomit seeing Adam Humphries wearing the uniform of the “dark side.” Who is Adam Humphries? He played 4 years as a wide receiver at Clemson. He is listed at 5’11” 195 lbs. but may be even smaller. He was ranked the 144th best wide receiver out of the 351 available by He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but was able to show his abilities in front of scouts and representatives from all 32 NFL teams at Clemson's annual Pro Day. After going un-drafted, he signed with Tamps Bay. His numbers have increased yearly catching balls from James Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Here are his numbers for the past 4 years.

      G   Rec.  Yds   TD
2015  13   27   260    1
2016  15   55   622    2
2017  16   61   631    1
2018  16   76   816    5

Another interesting tidbit is that Jarvis Landry played mostly in the slot in Adam Gase’s first two years in Miami. In Landry’s first year with Gase he had 94 receptions for 1,136 yards and 4 TDs. In his second and last with Gase, Landry led the league with 112 receptions for 987 yards and 9 TDs. I’m not suggesting that Humphries is as talented as Landry. But looking at Adam Humphries improvement and lining him up with Sam Darnold at quarterback, I would think the Jets should pursue him. With Humphries in the slot it opens it up a lot for Jets Herndon, Anderson and Enunwa. Of course the key is the offensive line which must be improved.

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Matt Stypulkoski | NJ Advance Media for
The Jets have already begun making their offseason decisions, cutting Spencer Long and reportedly dismissing the notion of trading Leonard Williams. Now it's time for general manager Mike Maccagnan to start crafting his game plan for free agency. But before setting his sights on Le'Veon Bell, a prized edge rusher or crucial offensive lineman, he needs to figure out which players from the 2018 roster are worth re-signing and which ones should be allowed to leave…..

Rich Cimini, ESPN
We're still two months from the draft, but you can start to see how things will play out for the Jets, who own the third pick. In my opinion, it'll come down to an inside vs. outside debate. Let me explain. Defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams are the consensus top players in the draft. The Jets should pounce on Bosa if he falls to 3, but that seems unlikely unless the Arizona Cardinals (No. 1) and/or San Francisco 49ers (No. 2) trade out. If the 49ers take edge rusher Josh Allen, who would fill a huge need for the Jets, Maccagnan has a choice: best player available (Williams) or an edge player, such as Rashan Gary. Williams is a 295-pound monster who would be the ideal 3-technique in the Jets' new 4-3 front, but do they really need another big body? They need a sleek defensive end who can scare the daylights out of quarterbacks. Plus, they already have Leonard Williams, who can play the 3-technique. Mark my words, this will be one of the narratives as the draft draws closer. It's also one of the reasons they shouldn't close the door on trading Leonard Williams…..One underrated aspect of the Gregg Williams hire is the impact he will have on quarterback Sam Darnold. Williams runs a high-energy, attacking defense that will blitz from the moment it steps out of the locker room (maybe before). Darnold will benefit because he will be exposed on the practice field to various looks he's never seen before. Practices won't be easy, and that will make him better in games. "He fricking tore me up," Darnold told Sports Illustrated during Super Bowl week, referring to last season's loss to Williams and the Cleveland Browns. Yeah, that was a rough game for Darnold, who completed only 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards and two interceptions. Interestingly, Williams didn't blitz that much in that Week 3 contest; he confused Darnold with his pass coverages.

Around The NFL
…..Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, projected to be a first-round pick, sustained a torn ACL during training for the upcoming NFL Draft, NFL Network confirmed from an initial report by about the knee injury……The Buffalo Bills announced that they have re-signed defensive back Lafayette Pitts to a one-year deal. Pitts was set for restricted free agency after playing in all 16 games last season……Kyler Murray choses football over baseball. According to Jeff Passan of, Murray will repay $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he previously received in the form of a signing bonus from the A’s. Murray forfeits the remaining $3.16 million, and the A’s will continue to hold his rights.…..Running back Kareem Hunt signed a one-year deal with the Browns on Monday to open a path back to the field after being released by the Chiefs last year……The Bengals are hiring Jemal Singleton as their running backs coach, Jeremy Rauch of Cincinnati’s FOX 19 reports. Singleton is leaving the Raiders after one season. He follows Brian Callahan, who served as the Raiders’ quarterbacks coach last season but recently left to become the Bengals’ offensive coordinator…..The Falcons announced Monday that they have signed linebacker Bruce Carter to a one-year extension……Linebacker Ben Jacobs was set to become a free agent in March, but he won’t have to wait that long.Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Panthers released Jacobs on Monday. That leaves him free to sign with another team ahead of the start of the new league year…..The Bengals are busy adding coaches, and they just gave them another quarterback to work with. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Bengals claimed quarterback Brad Kaaya off waivers from the Colts…..

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Trivia Answer: Geno Smith is the quarterback to put up those numbers at West Virginia from 2009-2012. In addition to those passing numbers, this former Jets second round draft pick rushed for 342 yards and scored 4 TDs in his 4 years. In his last game the Mountaineers lost to Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl 38-14.
Geno was 19-28, 201 yds. 2 TDs, 0 INTS, with a QB rating of 151.7. 

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NFL Calendar:
Feb. 26-March 4 -- NFL combine, Indianapolis.
March 13 -- League year and free agency begin.
March 24-27 -- Annual owners meeting, Phoenix.
April 25-27 -- NFL draft, Nashville, Tenn.

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