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2014 NFL Offseason: New York Jets


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2014 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
QB QB Jets No. 8, RB Chris Johnson, WR Eric Decker, WR/KR Jacoby Ford, OT Breno Giacomini, CB Dimitri Patterson.
Draft Picks:
S Calvin Pryor, TE Jace Amaro, CB Dexter McDougle, WR Jalen Saunders, WR Shaq Evans, G Dakota Dozier. Jets Rookie Forecast
Offseason Losses:
QB Mark Sanchez, WR Santonio Holmes, OT Austin Howard, G Vladimir Ducasse, CB Antonio Cromartie.

2014 New York Jets Offense:
The Jets have made some upgrades on offense in the public eye. Philadelphia's former starting quarterback, Chris Johnson and Eric Decker are all big names and will undoubtedly prompt the media to suggest that New York has a shot at the playoffs this year. In reality, however, two of these signings have actually made the team worse.

Philadelphia's former signal-caller will start at some point. The coaching staff is insisting that Geno Smith will get the nod, but they're protesting too much. Smith proved to be inconsistent and incompetent last year, so he won't last very long as the starter if he even gets the job. The other quarterback will step in, but not for very long. He's a turnover machine who gets injured too frequently. He also has a history of quitting on his teams (2005 Falcons, 2011-12 Eagles) when things aren't going well. That could be the case again this upcoming season, as the Jets will need a miracle to compete for the divisional crown.

As for Johnson, he's been one of the most overrated players in the NFL for quite some time now. He's a terribly inefficient runner who has lost most of his burst because of his career workload. Johnson is also coming off a torn meniscus and sat out OTAs as a consequence, so he'll be even worse than usual. He'll split work with Chris Ivory, who averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2013. However, neither Ivory nor Johnson plays well on third down, so Bilal Powell will have to be used then.

Meanwhile, the Decker signing won't ruin the team like the other two acquisitions, but it won't help the Jets at all. Decker has been an obvious byproduct of Peyton Manning; he managed just 50 receptions in two seasons without the future Hall of Famer. Previously known for his inconsistent hands, Decker will prove to be yet another receiver who takes the money and runs to an inferior franchise, failing to live up to expectations. Decker proved that he doesn't care about his football career whatsoever because he'll struggle mightily in New York.

The Jets will regret giving Decker $36.25 million over five years, though it's understandable why they did so; they have zero proven receiving talent outside of him. David Nelson is a poor No. 2. Jeremy Kerley is an average slot player. Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders are rookies, but inept general manager John Idzik reached for them. Jace Amaro, a second-round rookie, probably won't be productive in the near future because he reportedly "looked lost" at OTAs.

New York's offensive line will once again be the strength of the scoring attack. It's led by left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who has started all 16 games for eight consecutive seasons. However, Ferguson is coming off a down year. He'll turn 31 in December, but there's a chance he'll be able to rebound. He'll start across from the newly acquired Breno Giacomini, who had a solid 2013 campaign for the Seahawks. He won't be as good as the departed Austin Howard, but he's not much of a downgrade.

The one liability on the front is left guard Brian Winters, who surrendered a ridiculous 10 sacks in 2013. Fourth-round rookie Dakota Dozier has a legitimate chance to beat him out. Whoever wins the job will be joined by right guard Willie Colon and center Nick Mangold on the interior. There aren't any issues with Mangold, one of the top centers in the NFL, but Colon is a concern. He has endured four surgeries over the past four years, so his durability is questionable.





2014 New York Jets Defense:
Rex Ryan's elite defense was able to carry Mark Sanchez to the AFC Championship on a couple of occasions. Ryan, however, no longer possesses anything close to resembling an elite defense. In fact, outside of the line, the Jets' defense is one of the weaker units in the NFL.

The secondary is especially brutal. The Jets revealed that they agree with that mindset, given how frustrated and irate Ryan was when his team whiffed on all of the free agent cornerbacks. New York wanted Darrelle Revis, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antonio Cromartie, but Idzik failed to obtain all three. As a consequence, the Jets will have to start Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson at corner. Milliner was chosen No. 9 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, but struggled immensely last year. Patterson, meanwhile, is completely unreliable. He has played in only 15 games the past two seasons because of various injuries. Kyle Wilson will be an ineffective nickel, while third-rounder Dexter McDougle isn't expected to make much of a contribution this year because he was a major reach.

The safety position isn't much better. Calvin Pryor was obtained with the 18th-overall selection in May, but as the Jets learned with Milliner, rookie defensive backs don't always pan out right away (if at all). Pryor will start next to either Antonio Allen or Dawan Landry, both of whom disappointed in 2013.

The linebacking corps is a mess as well. Quinton Coples, one of the edge rushers, was supposed to take a big step in his second NFL campaign, but he got off to a sluggish start. He finished the year well, but the criticism with Coples has always been his lethargy. It's unlikely that the Jets will get him to play hard for 16 games. They'll need him to because they don't have any other competent pass-rushers on the exterior. Calvin Pace registered 10 sacks in 2013, but most of that was a product of the defensive line. He'll turn 34 in October, so he probably won't be as productive this upcoming season.

Inside linebackers David Harris and Demario Davis will also need to perform on a higher level. Both were inept in coverage this past season. Harris has completely fallen off after a promising start to his career, while Davis has proven to be a bust as a 2012 third-rounder. The Jets spent a fifth-round selection on Iowa State's Jeremiah George, but it's difficult to see him contributing on defense as a rookie.

As mentioned, New York has a terrific defensive line. In fact, it's arguably the best three-man front in the NFL. Excluding J.J. Watt and perhaps Calais Campbell, there may not be a better five-technique in the NFL than Muhammad Wilkerson, who tallied 10.5 sacks in 2013. He and Sheldon Richardson, the No. 13 overall choice in the 2013 NFL Draft, form a fantastic tandem. Richardson was a dominant run-stuffer as a rookie. He wasn't as good of a pass-rusher, but he should be able to develop those skills as he matures. Meanwhile, nose tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison was an even greater run-stuffing force on the interior.





2014 New York Jets Schedule and Intangibles:
Nick Folk had struggled for years - he failed to hit 80 percent of his attempts in 2010-2012 - but the Jets stuck with him, and it paid off. Folk went 33-of-36 this past season, including 3-of-3 from 50-plus.

Ryan Quigley was one of the league's worst punters in 2013, ranking 23rd in net average and barely getting any attempts inside the 20.

There weren't any touchdowns scored for or against the Jets on special teams, but they were badly outgained on punt returns.

The Jets' season could be over quickly. Following an easy game against the Raiders, they have to deal with the Packers, Bears, Lions, Chargers (road), Broncos and Patriots in consecutive weeks.



2014 New York Jets Rookies:
Go here for the Jets Rookie Forecast, a page with predictions like which rookie will bust and which rookie will become a solid starter.



2014 New York Jets Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):
Quarterbacks
Offensive Line
Secondary
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams
Receivers
Linebackers
Coaching


2014 New York Jets Analysis: The Jets have one of the least-talented rosters in the NFL. They were able to finish 8-8 last season because they had young, enthusiastic players whom Rex Ryan was able to coach up. That's not the case this season, as John Idzik added some overpriced and/or lethargic pieces to the roster who will fail to live up to expectations. Combine this with a lack of depth and a tough schedule in the first half of the season, and it's very likely that the Jets will quit in the second half of 2014, much like the Texans did last year. On the bright side, there's a good chance New York will able to obtain Marcus Mariota, as seen here in the 2015 NFL Mock Draft.

Projection: 2-14 (4th in AFC East)


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NFL Draft Team Grade: C- Grade

Goals Entering the 2014 NFL Draft: The Jets have the least-talented roster in the NFL. Excluding the defensive and offensive lines, every group on their roster is sub par at best. This is why I have them picking No. 1 in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft. New York will have to enjoy a masterful draft in order to avoid owning the NFL's worst record in 2014. Unfortunately, it simply has too many holes to fill, so taking the best player available each time is probably the way to go.

2014 NFL Draft Accomplishments: It's safe to say that the Jets did not take the best player on the board each time. The only occasion in which that may have been the case was in the second round when they snagged Jace Amaro. The Texas Tech tight end was in first-round consideration at one point, and he'll give the starting quarterback a potent intermediate weapon. The first-round choice, Calvin Pryor, could have been picked a bit later, but he fits Rex Ryan's defensive scheme very well.

The Jets' downfall began at No. 80 when they chose seventh-round prospect Dexter McDougle. They could have obtained him much later. The same could be said for Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, Jeremiah George and other selections. In fact, the Jets did not obtain appropriate value with any of the receivers they took, meaning their quarterbacks won't have any reliable wideouts to throw to besides Eric Decker.

It doesn't appear as though the Jets understand the value aspect of the draft. They see players they like, and they take them, completely ignoring the fact that they can obtain better prospects at earlier picks all while still securing the players they covet much later.

NFL Draft Individual Grades:

18. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: B Grade
This is a solid pick for the Jets. I'm not sure if many expected this, given the need for receivers and corners, but I had Calvin Pryor to New York in my mock because he was such a perfect fit for Rex Ryan's defense. Jet fans will love Pryor's hard hitting, and I'm sure they'll be relieved that the huge need at safety has been filled. The Jets won't be signing Ed Reed during the middle of this upcoming season, that's for sure.

49. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: A Grade
This is a great pick. It just makes so much sense. Jace Amaro could have gone much earlier than this, so he obviously fits the range. He also fills a huge need because the Jets didn't have anything at tight end. Geno Smith needs a safety valve to help him develop, and Amaro should be a great weapon for him.

80. Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland: D Grade
I thought something Mel Kiper said was very telling: "Great job by Rex Ryan finding a player no one else liked." If no one else liked Dexter McDougle, why pick him so early? I actually had the Jets picking McDougle in my mock draft - at Pick No. 233! New York could have chosen the Maryland product much later and found another, better player here.

104. Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma: C Grade
The Jets needed a receiver very badly, so this pick makes at least some sense. The thing is that there were better receivers available. Jalen Saunders was viewed as a Round 5-6 prospect, so New York is reaching once again.

115. Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA: C- Grade
Oh, Jets... Another receiver reach. Shaq Evans was a consensus Round 6-7 prospect, so it's becoming clear that New York's front office doesn't understand how value works in the draft. The team has done nothing to make me change my mind about having them draft first next year (see my 2015 NFL Mock Draft here).

137. Dakota Dozier, G, Furman: B Grade
It's nice to see the Jets not reaching for a change. Dakota Dozier was projected as a fourth-round prospect, and he happens to fill a need with guard being so thin. I haven't said this much about New York's selections, but this is a solid move.

154. Jeremiah George, ILB, Iowa State: D Grade
Remember when I said that the Jets don't understand how value works in the NFL Draft? This is yet another example. Jeremiah George was not a draftable prospect, and there were so many better inside linebackers available like Shayne Skov and Yawin Smallwood. Inside linebacker was a need, but this is a mega reach.

195. Brandon Dixon, CB, NW Missouri State: C+ Grade
The Jets can't reach very much in the middle of the sixth round. I had Brandon Dixon as a Round 7-UDFA player, so this spot is fine. Another cornerback makes sense though.

209. Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska: C Grade
Another reciever reach? Why not? On the bright side, this doesn't matter as much because we're at the end of the sixth round. It's just a shame that the Jets haven't really improved their receiving corps.

210. IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisana Tech: B Grade
It's a bit surprising that the Jets hadn't drafted an edge rusher yet. The position should have been addressed earlier. Ik Enemkpali fits the range at the bottom of the sixth round, so it's nice to see New York not reach.

213. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson: A Grade
Remember when Tajh Boyd was viewed as a potential first-round prospect? Good times. I love this pick. Boyd's stock dropped over the past year, but he should still have been chosen in Rounds 3-4. The Jets are desperate for a franchise quarterback, so perhaps Boyd can develop into one. He might be better than Geno Smith right now.

233. Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah: A+ Grade
The Jets have made some hideous reaches in this draft. This pick is the complete opposite. I have no idea how Trevor Reilly lasted this late, but he's one of the top players available. He could eventually start for the Jets at outside linebacker.





Season Summary:
Most pegged the Jets as one of the worst teams in the NFL entering the 2013 season, so in a sense, an 8-8 finish can be considered somewhat of a success. On the other hand, they were 5-4 at one point, but fell apart because Geno Smith went into a tailspin. This offseason has to be all about providing weapons for Smith or whomever New York opts to start at quarterback in 2014.




Offseason Moves:
  • Jets sign RB Chris Johnson
  • Jets re-sign DE/OLB Garrett McIntyre
  • Jets sign CB Dimitri Patterson
  • Jets sign WR/KR Jacoby Ford
  • Eagles sign QB Mark Sanchez
  • Vikings sign G Vladimir Ducasse
  • Jets sign QB QBDK
  • Jets cut QB Mark Sanchez
  • Cardinals sign CB Antonio Cromartie
  • Jets re-sign G Willie Colon
  • Jets re-sign DE/OLB Calvin Pace
  • Jets sign WR Eric Decker
  • Jets sign OT Breno Giacomini
  • Raiders sign OT Austin Howard
  • Jets cut WR Santonio Holmes
  • Jets tender ILB Nick Bellore
  • Jets cut CB Antonio Cromartie
  • Jets re-sign TE Jeff Cumberland
  • Jets re-sign CB Darrin Walls
  • Jets re-sign CB Ellis Lankster
  • Jets franchise K Nick Folk
  • Jets re-sign DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham




    Team Needs:
    1. Two Wide Receivers: Santonio Holmes is unreliable, while Stephen Hill has been a total bust. Two brand new receivers are needed. One of New York's first two draft picks figures to be used on a wideout. Signed Eric Decker

    2. Safety: Ed Reed was signed as a desperation move during the 2013 season, but that didn't work out. The Jets need to upgrade the anemic Antonio Allen.

    3. Two Guards: New York fans will be hoping that Brian Winters won't be coming because he was totally inept this past season at left guard. The other guard, Willie Colon, happens to be a free agent. Re-signed Willie Colon

    4. Tight End: Kellen Winslow played better than expected last year, but he wasn't a quality replacement for Dustin Keller. The Jets may pick a stud tight end with the No. 18 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Re-signed Jeff Cumberland

    5. Inside Linebacker: Demario Davis was a huge liability in coverage, while even David Harris looked slow at times. New York must properly replace Bart Scott.

    6. Outside Linebacker: The Jets put great pressure on opposing quarterbacks with their interior rush. They need an upgrade at the outside linebacker position, however. Re-signed Calvin Pace

    7. Cornerback: Antonio Cromartie will be a cap casualty this offseason, so the Jets will somehow have to find a new cornerback, all while hoping Dee Milliner improves his play. Signed Dimitri Patterson

    8. Right Tackle: Austin Howard is another offensive line free agent who will need to be retained. Signed Breno Giacomini

    9. Quarterback: Geno Smith can look very good sometimes, but he's played more ineptly than the likes of Brodie Croyle and Jeff Tuel in other games. Smith's supporting cast has been awful, so he deserves another chance with better weapons. Still, the Jets should think about bringing in another quarterback. Signed QBDK

    10. Kicker: Nick Folk's contract has expired. Franchised by Jets

    11. Running Back: Chris Ivory is just a mediocre talent. The Jets could use a better running back, but they have many more pressing needs. Signed Chris Johnson


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    2014 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos. Age: 27.
      Signed with Jets

      For those who say Eric Decker is just a product of Peyton Manning, Decker can just point to the eight touchdowns he caught with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. Decker does have an issue with drops sometimes, however.

    2. Breno Giacomini, OT, Seahawks. Age: 28.
      Signed with Jets

      Breno Giacomini was missed when he was out for half the year with a knee injury, but only because his backup was so much worse. He's not a bad starter, but the Seahawks could stand to upgrade him.

    3. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans. Age: 28.
      Signed with Jets (2 years)

      One of the most overrated players in the NFL, Chris Johnson hasn't been good for years. He's a poor runner because he's way too indecisive, resulting in lots of negative runs. This was acceptable when he used to break 50-yard runs quite frequently, but those days - along with his elite speed - are long gone. Johnson turns 29 in September, so he's going to just get it worse, and to top it off, he stinks in pass protection, so he can't really be used on third downs. He would probably be an overrated commodity if the demand for running backs wasn't so low.

    4. Dimitri Patterson, CB, Dolphins. Age: 31.
      Signed with Jets (1 year, $3 million)

      Dimitri Patterson has missed 17 games in the past two seasons. He's effective when on the field, but that has been rare.

    5. QB Eagles No. 7, QB, Eagles. Age: 34.
      Signed with Jets (1 year, $5 million)

      QBDK is a turnover machine incapable of reading defenses or recognizing blitzes. He still has some athletic ability, but that's diminishing every single season.

    6. Jacoby Ford, WR/KR, Raiders. Age: 27. -- Signed with Jets



    New York Jets Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: TBA.
    1. Antonio Cromartie, CB, Jets. Age: 30.
      Signed with Cardinals (1 year)

      Antonio Cromartie might be ranked higher than where most would project him, given that he's coming off a horrific 2013 campaign. However, Cromartie's struggles could be blamed on a nagging hip injury as well as a knee problem he sustained in October. Cromartie, who doesn't need surgery for his hip, figures to be much better in 2014, provided he can stay healthy.

    2. Austin Howard, OT, Jets. Age: 27.
      Signed with Raiders

      The once-beleaguered Austin Howard has improved every single season and is now viewed as a solid right tackle. He did a great job of improving his pass-protection skills this past year.

    3. Nick Folk, K, Jets. Age: 29.
      Franchised by Jets

      Nick Folk was perfect on field goals this past season until a fierce wind blew an attempt wide of the uprights in Week 11.

    4. Willie Colon, G, Jets. Age: 31.
      Re-signed with Jets (1 year, $2 million)

      Willie Colon did a good job as the Jets' starting right guard this season, outside of his penalties. He pass protected very well. Unfortunately, he tore his biceps in the season finale.

    5. Calvin Pace, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 33.
      Re-signed with Jets (2 years, $5 million)

      Calvin Pace registered 10 sacks this season, but that number is inflated because the opposition focused so much on the interior rushers. Pace is not playing as well as he used to because of his age.

    6. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets. Age: 30.
      Remember when Santonio Holmes tallied 1,248 yards back in 2009? Well, he hasn't eclipsed 746 yards in any season since. Part of that is poor quarterback play, but Holmes is now both injury-prone and lethargic. There's still time for him to turn things around, but his career is probably wrapping up.

    7. Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, Jets. Age: 31.
      Kellen Winslow played much better than expected this season - despite missing a handful of games - but he's still a shell of his former self.

    8. Ed Reed, S, Jets. Age: 35.
      Ed Reed should be a 1.5-star player, but I'm giving him two starts so I can post a write-up for him. Reed is done. He can't cover anymore. He should retire.

    9. Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets. Age: 27.
      Signed with Eagles

      Mark Sanchez is a 1.5-star player, but I'm giving him a write-up because he's a big name. Sanchez, of course, is a former top-five pick in the NFL Draft, but he's not a starting-caliber quarterback; nor is he a capable backup. Sanchez, who happens to be coming off shoulder surgery, is a turnover machine. He's also never maintained a completion percentage higher than 56.7 or a YPA greater than 6.7. Some will incorrectly praise him for leading the Jets to a pair of AFC Championships in his first two seasons, but it was his defense that carried him there. Sanchez has since lost his confidence and endured a shoulder injury, so he's not even the mediocre quarterback that we saw back in 2009 and 2010.

    10. Jeff Cumberland, TE, Jets. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Jets (3 years)
    11. Vladimir Ducasse, G, Jets. Age: 26. -- Signed with Vikings (1 year)
    12. Darrin Walls, CB, Jets. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Jets
    13. Lex Hilliard, FB, Jets. Age: 30.
    14. Garrett McIntyre, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Jets
    15. Nick Bellore, ILB, Jets. Age: 25. -- Tendered by Jets
    16. Jermaine Cunningham, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Jets (1 year, $730,000)
    17. Ellis Lankster, CB, Jets. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Jets
    18. Aaron Berry, CB, Jets. Age: 26.
    19. Josh Mauga, ILB, Jets. Age: 27.


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    Adam Zielonka (Anonymous Poster)
    8 month(s) 25 day(s) ago - hide
    Internet comments are not nearly enough sometimes, so I wrote an entire article devoted to how wrong Walter is about the Jets, particularly his 2-14 projection.

    http://isportsweb.com/2014/09/03/correcting-walter-jets-season-preview/
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    Walter 1230 Posts (1254 )
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    Can I write an article about why your article was wrong about my article being wrong? Mind blown!
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    PhunkFenomenon 13 Posts (20 )
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    @Adam Zielonka 

         So.... where is the follow-up article on why you were so wrong Mr. 9-7? That has to burn. :)

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    Hmmm? (Anonymous Poster)
    3 month(s) 10 day(s) ago - hide

    CJ actually did better than any other free agent RB last year.

    Also please no Hundley! I would avoid drafting a QB all together than wasting a 2nd rounder on Hundley. Give me Grayson if anything, not Hundley.

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    Pats suck (Anonymous Poster)
    10 month(s) 9 day(s) ago - hide
    Whoever wrote this article is clearly a Pats or Fins fan. This article is just spewing of extremely biased hate. The fact that the so called writer won't even say Vicks name says it all. And I'm sure they think Hernandez deserves a fair shot and a paycheck. Also has the Pats with 13 wins.Wow . Well I'll never look to Walterfootball for anything ever again
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    Walter 1230 Posts (1254 )
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    No biased hate here! It's all unbiased hate! And sure, I'd give Aaron Hernandez another shot. (Get it? Shot?)
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    WaltSucks (Anonymous Poster)
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    Walter,

    You are a joke.

    That is all.

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    Walter 1230 Posts (1254 )
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    I don't get it. Walter... Wal... ter... Walter... I don't understand the punch line! I don't get the joke!
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    zazzyjets 20 Posts (129 )
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    "Johnson is also coming off a torn meniscus and sat out OTAs as a consequence, so he'll be even worse than usual."

    You do know that he tore that in week 3, last year, right? Even with that injury, he still amassed 1077 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs, 342 receiving yards and 4 receiving TDs. Yes, now that he has had surgery, and is healing, he will be worse. I guess having your own site gives you the right to not have any clue what you are talking about.

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    Walter 1230 Posts (1254 )
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    It absolutely does. I can write about anything I please with zero clues.
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    roundeight (Anonymous Poster)
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    Is this some kind of joke site?
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    Walter 1230 Posts (1254 )
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    No. That would be nyjets.com.
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    Matt (Anonymous Poster)
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    Wide receivers 1 star? Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley are both good starters. David Nelson is a good back up as well. Wide receivers should be 3 stars. Also Dee Milliner was great in the last four games of the year and shows lots of promise. Patterson will be solid, and Wislon is just eh. Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry are serviceable, and Calvin Pryor is just a rookie. I give the secondary 3 stars. Also running backs are 2 stars, Ivory is descent. 
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    Walter 1230 Posts (1254 )
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    Jeremy Kerley is a good starter? That's like saying Rosie O'Donnell is an attractive woman.
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    zazzyjets 20 Posts (129 )
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    You do realize that those same young, enthusiastic players are still on the team, and they added some more young enthusiastic players to join them. I can't wait for you to be wrong once again this year. I will make sure you hear it every week.
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    Walter 1230 Posts (1254 )
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    I haven't been hearing it every week though. Can I please start hearing it every week!?
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    Seriously?? (Anonymous Poster)
    10 month(s) 7 day(s) ago - hide

    I really don't understand how you can come to most of these conclusions. I can refute these claims for the next 1500 words, but I'll just hone in on one in particular. You say that the Jets secondary was "especially brutal" last year. Well, that's completely true. Congrats on getting one thing right. However, that's the exact thing they set out to improve.

    Milliner definitely struggled early in the season, probably because he missed most of the offseason recovering from injury, which you fail to mention. But he came on strong in the last month en route to winning Defensive Player of the Month. With a full offseason (seriously, why do you not consider how a young team can progress with a full offseason? You fail to mention this impact in almost all your claims), Milliner should definitely feel more confident and should be a reliable starter.

    Sure, across from him Patterson is an injury risk and a slightly inexperienced starter on the outside, but should be a huge improvement over Antonio Cromartie's corpse playing out there last year, who they did not want to re-sign by the way. Could they have gone out and signed a bigger name? Sure, but they still improved on the outside.

    Antonio Allen was a success story at safety last season and should fill in as a starter (or at least rotating with Landry) this season. He was especially effective covering the big TE's, which so many teams rely on now in the passing game.

    Now to the rookies. The Jets knew the secondary struggled last year, so they used their first pick on an absolute stud at Safety in Calvin Pryor. He has a very good chance at going back-to-back with Richardson as DRotY. Everyone saw the impact Kam Chancellor had in the Super Bowl. Pryor comes with that same hard-hitting, play-making mentality. He'll be a starter from Day 1.

    Finally, Dexter McDougle. First off, your statement about him does not make any sense. He's not expected to contribute because he was a reach?? What?? If anything, they wanted that type of player and got their man and expect him to contribute mightily this year. Just because it was a reach doesn't mean he can't contribute. Additionally, have you literally never seen any tape on this kid?? He's the exact type of man-cover corner that Ryan covets. I would not be surprised at all if he is the Day 1 nickel guy over Kyle Wilson (who does suck, you're right there) and could potentially overtake Patterson outside. Dude works his ass off, and the only reason he was a "reach" was because most people slid him down their draft boards because he missed most of the season with an injury. He's fully healthy now and could quickly develop into a leader on that defense sooner rather than later.

    One bonus note: Geno Smith is the Day 1 starter and won't lose the job all season. His arm is already at a pro-level. He needs to develop a better mental side to the pro game and increase his confidence in the offensive system. Guess what?? That's exactly what the offseason is for! He'll take command of that offense this season and won't let go.

    2-14??? Please.....

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    Jets0124 (Anonymous Poster)
    10 month(s) 11 day(s) ago - hide

    2-14?

    You're really gonna stick with that?

    Listen I know the NFL is unpredictable. No one would've thought the Texans would be 2-14 last season. But generally 2-14 doesnt happen because a team just isnt talented. Chances are you need to suffer an injury to a star QB. If Brady went down the Pats might be 2-14. If Manning went down the Broncos might be 2-14. If Rodgers or Brees went down 2-14 could happen there. 

    Jets had a very bad roster last season and STILL won 8 games. Bad teams like Oakland and Jacksonville even won 4 each. Is this Jets team worse than those teams were last season?

    2-14 just doesnt happen to teams like the Jets because their D alone can will them to atleast 4-5 wins. You say how bad their secondary is going to be this season but fail to say how bad it was last season. Milliner and Cromartie were terrible. Yet the Jets still won. How's that possible? Its possible in the same way they were able to win games when their pass rush wasnt great. Because they had Revis and a healthy Cromartie then. You say their offense wont be improved. So Decker and Chris Johnson arent improvements over a real locker room cancer in Holmes and guys like Clyde Gates and Greg Salas? REALLY? Amaro wont help more than Kellen Winslow and Zac Sudfeld did last season? Geno wont be better with their targets around him when he looked pretty good when the team was healthy last season?

    Walt maybe you just want a reaction by writing this article but you should really apply to ESPN. Your type of "journalism" would fit right in over there. You sure this article wasnt ghost written by Rich Cimini?

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    @FFPessimist 8 Posts (9 )
    10 month(s) 14 day(s) ago - hide

    Have to agree with a lot of the posts here...

    The Jets always have a top defense and Rex Ryan is a great coach, foot fetish aside. Calvin Pryor is a stud, Dee Milliner can only get better and Geno Smith will be better with another year under his belt. This team is head and shoulders better than the Dolphins who are staring at a top 5 pick next season.

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    FoRM 1 Posts (4 )
    10 month(s) 14 day(s) ago - hide
    The Jets beat writer said Amaro "looked lost at times," not that he looked lost in general. Amaro will have a great season and will be a fantastic safety blanket for whichever quarterback starts. 
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    Penn State John (Anonymous Poster)
    10 month(s) 14 day(s) ago - hide

    I disagree with a lot of this. I trust that the franchise is in much better shape than you suggest. I do not believe you are right, and I feel like you have developed some odd disdain for the Jets' franchise. Which is fine. Personal feelings are perfectly fine. I just disagree with you.

    First, there was obvious improvement with Geno Smith last year. He missed on some throws, and often times guys were open that he failed to hit, but he made the correct reads often. If he truly lacks any arm talent, then he will not pan out; otherwise, you can correct your poor accuracy. Plus, having receivers who can catch misplaced balls is a huge advantage for a QB, and he has that more now than last year.

    Second, the receiving corps had to get better, so Idzik went out and signed a receiver. Seeing as the Jets had and have a TON of cap space, that's not a huge issue. The receiver corps is better than last year, what more can you expect.

    Third, Calvin Pryor has received rave reviews so far, and while OTA and minicamp does not mean a whole lot, it's better than looking lost. And you completely neglected to mention that Dee Milliner got substantially better as the year went on.

    ALSO, Coples was slowed by the switch to linebacker; all indications are that he has embraced a leadership role in the locker room, and that his slow start was a direct result of the position switch. Having a full offseason will help him to continue to improve.

    All in all, the Jets are a better team than a year ago, and a Rex Ryan coached team always out performs its talent. The Jets should be better than last year by a game or so, firmly planting them in playoff discussion. I disagree with your outlook.

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    agc (Anonymous Poster)
    10 month(s) 15 day(s) ago - hide

    this is probably the most biased article i've ever read. you were wrong last year and most likely be wrong again. sorry vick and cj2k ruined some bets for you in the past, but don't put it against the team.

    the team improved at wr (decker is a huge upgrade over holmes and it's not close, takes pressure off hill and young draft picks). not to mention kerley and nelson are actually pretty damn good at their respective roles

    adding a homerun hitter/open space eater at the rb position with the best YAC running back in football, along with a jack of all trades, is the one piece this squad was missing in last year's 6th best rushing team

    this secondary is much younger and more physical (yes, the secondary was horrible even with cromartie.) mcdougle, milliner and pryor aren't afraid to tackle and make plays towards the ball and player. something the jets haven't had in years. add patterson if healthy and you have 4 playmakers in the secondary that could help this squad.

    vick is just a backup plan and a way to help geno grow in the long haul. how can you say a rookie qb last year can't be better in year 2?

    how can you also rip on coples? the guy came into OTAs last year as defensive linemen at 285-290 pounds and was told he's going to be a hybrid olb/de. you expect a 290 pound man who trained at one specific position to thrive right away at not only his original position, but a brand new position at olb? he's now 15 pounds lighter and ready to play the hybrid role. he now has 3-4 positions that he can be placed at on anytime on the field.  it also showed the last quarter of the season. but you obviously didn't pay attention to growth of this young team.

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    Contradiction Pointer-Outer Guy (Anonymous Poster)
    10 month(s) 15 day(s) ago - hide

    From Walt's season preview:  

    "Decker has been an obvious byproduct of Peyton Manning; he managed just 50 receptions in two seasons without the future Hall of Famer."

    From Walt's free agent info featured on the same page:

    "For those who say Eric Decker is just a product of Peyton Manning, Decker can just point to the eight touchdowns he caught with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow."

    Walt is arguing with himself.

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    Jet Fan (Anonymous Poster)
    10 month(s) 15 day(s) ago - hide
    Geno Smith will be the starter on this team.  He was a rookie last year and he played better as the year went on.  I've been a Jet Fan for 40 years and am realistic.  This team is much more than a 2 win team.  The Vegas over/under is 7.  The Jets are trying to get younger and are still builiding.
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    Joey (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    I love the draft, and I love reading all the mocks along the way.  My new favorite part though is how they make us all "experts".  We say things like, "how can you pick Dozier with Yankey on the board.  He was a projected second rounder!"  Come on fellas.  We don't really know anything more about these players than what we read on these mocks, which is mostly just pirated information from Scouts Inc., and some of the other big draft pundits.  Walt sure as hell doesn't know any better than any of us, let alone know better than Rex and the Jets front office.  I'm excited about the class they are bringing in, and the competition they provided at positions of need.

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    Wow (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide
    I like how you are using slight reaches to push your own narrative, its very nice and objective grading. After two great picks, the Jets balked and reached hard for a corner, however, the next two picks were still within the 4-6 range. Some people see them as reaches, others don't. I don't see how you could possibly think that this is a serious indicator of the franchise as a whole, a franchise that went 8-8 last year and has only improved at every position, to show that the Jets will be drafting first overall. Unsubstantiated claims of Chris Johnson and Michael Vick being locker room cancers and three iffy draft selections seems to indicate the Jets obvious fall from grace next year. Great job buddy.
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    roundeight (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    Wow! You have such incredible in depth knowledge about every single person in this draft. I love seeing you flex those big brains when marking a sixth rounder a bust and pointing out how much better your alternative pick would be. You alone could replace an entire scouting department! Great work and not a waste of your time at all!

    Can't wait for the being guide! With your picks, I've won over twenty million dollars!

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    1234 (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    Round 1 (Pryor) "This is a solid pick.."

    Round 2 (Amaro) "This is a great pick..."

    Round 4 (Dozier) "I haven't said this much about New York's selections, but this is a solid move."

    Looks like half of the picks so far have been solid or better.

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