With The 29 Selection In The 2nd Edition Of The Fanball Mock Draft, The Jets Select…

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First a few updates:

1. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook…we have been on a nice run of adding fans the past week and we need to keep that momentum going because Santonio Holmes promised me he’d still be a 1,000 yard receiver in 12 games if we could get 300 fans by May 1st.

2. A reminder that the first edition of “TOJ: The Podcast” will be premiering early next week, with draft coverage and opinions on the Jets off-season thus far. I will also be updating the TOJ Facebook page throughout the first round of the draft with my witty thoughts and opinions.

3. Kellen Clemens signed his RFA tender today. Depending on what happens with the Jets signing Mark Brunell (which depends on what happens with Jason Taylor) the Jets could shop Clemens around for a 6th or 7th round draft pick if they don’t want him to remain their #2 quarterback. Personally, I’d like to see them upgrade their backup position but they can likely survive with Clemens as their #2 for another year, as long as Sanchez only misses games against teams like the ’09 Bucs.

4. The Dolphins are reportedly shopping Ted Ginn Jr. The frustrating thing about Ginn is that he is terrible 14 games a year but then finds a way to kill the Jets…the guy had 3 touchdowns in 2 games against them last year…and 0 in his other 14 games…are you kidding me? Get this guy out of the division or trade him to the Jets for a Rex Ryan old pizza stained Jets sweatshirt so he can be our #5 receiver and return kicks for us.

5. Updates on the Jason Taylor situation: His agent (who apparently is pushing for him to come to New York) is playing it off like Taylor has always really liked the Jets fans because of their passion and was just teasing them…c’mon now, we aren’t stupid. We understand he hated us and we hated him right back, if he gets 10 sacks for the Jets this year and helps us win a Super Bowl then all is forgiven or he could go back to Miami, go 7-9 and have 4 sacks.

6. Look out for the NFL schedule this Thursday or Friday.

7. NBA Playoffs start this weekend and as of right now the only match-up that is locked in Thunder vs. Lakers…whooo, that is going to be a great match-up with Durant going against Kobe.

With The 29 Selection In The 2nd Edition Of The Fanball Mock Draft, The Jets Select…

If you have been following the site, you know us Fanball bloggers did a mock draft earlier in the year, in that edition I selected corner Kyle Wilson…but since that was on March 1st and things have changed since then (see trading for Antonio Cromartie), here is what I am thinking this time around:

Here is the current big board:

1. Rams – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2. Lions – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
3. Bucs – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
4. Skins – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
5. Chiefs – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
6. Seahawks – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
7. Browns – Joe Haden, CB, Florida
8. Raiders – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
9. Bills – Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa
10. Jags – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
11. Broncos (from Chicago) – Earl Thomas, S, Texas
12. Dolphins – Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
13. San Francisco 49ers – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
15. New York Giants – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
16. Tennessee Titans – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
19. Atanta Falcons – Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
20. Houston Texans – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
22. New England Patriots – Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
23. Green Bay Packers – Taylor Mays, S, USC
24. Philadelphia Eagles – Marukice Pouncey, C, Florida
25. Baltimore Ravens – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
26. Arizona Cardinals – Ricky Sapp, LB, Clemson
27. Dallas Cowboys – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

28. San Diego Chargers – Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

That leaves me very happy to select…Penn State Defensive Tackle, Jared Odrick.

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If there is one spot the Jets currently need help and youth it is on the defensive line. Currently, they have Kris Jenkins (30 years old) at nose tackle, with Shaun Ellis (32 years old) at defensive end, along with Mike DeVito currently penciled in as the other defensive end since the Jets haven’t resigned last year’s starter Marques Douglas yet. DeVito is miscast as a starter and should be nothing more than a rotational player. Beyond that, the Jets currently have no depth behind Ellis and DeVito at end. Their top backup on the line is Sione Pouha (31 years old), who will see most of his time spelling Jenkins at nose tackle. Odrick is a versatile guy who will bring the needed youth and depth to the Jets front and likely have a good chance of starting at end opposite Ellis. He could also be the long term replacement for Jenkins at nose tackle. Odrick is 6’5, 304 lbs and last year at Penn State had 43 tackles and 7 sacks. Odrick has been rapidly moving the draft board and the Jets would be lucky to get him at 29. He has visited the team but I don’t know if the Jets interest is strong enough to trade up for him.

Odrick Highlights

In-Depth Look At Santonio Holmes Trade

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First a few updates:

1. An overwhelming amount of Jets/Santonio Holmes information has been released since the trade was announced late last night. Fortunately, I have sorted it out for all of you on the Turn On The Jets Facebook Page, which if you aren’t following yet…go ahead and do that right now. I don’t want to brag but who had the Santonio Holmes story up first Turn On The Jets, Rich Cimini’s The Jets Stream, or The Jets Blog? You guessed right, Turn On The Jets (I was fortunate enough to stumble across the link just as the story was breaking last night). Who says you need inside sources to break news stories, you just need to have nothing better to do on a Sunday night than sit on the Internet constantly refreshing NFL news sites/twitter accounts.

2. As we all expected, Santonio Holmes has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season. He was the facility today and passed his physical this afternoon and also spoke briefly with reporters, here is a good recap:(http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/articles/show/3653-holmes-talks-of-mistakes-fresh-start-as-a-jet)

3. The NFL is finally expected to announce this season’s schedule at some point later this week…hopefully the Jets will be playing in Pittsburgh at some point after week 4.

In-Depth Look At Santonio Holmes Trade

This deal has so many interesting and different aspects/elements to it, let’s just hit them one at a time:

Where Did This Come From? – Obviously this move came out of left field. It was being reported last week that Pittsburgh wasn’t going to give Holmes a long term deal and had tired of his off the field behavior. There is talk going around today that Holmes was going to be cut if the Steelers couldn’t trade him, which if you look at the fact that they have brought in Arnaz Battle, Antwaan Randle El, and recently worked out Dez Bryant makes some sense. Apparently, this wasn’t pre-mediated at all and the Jets basically got a phone call on Sunday night and jumped at the offer. Most people knew the Jets desired another receiver and I am sure Mike Tannenbaum nearly fell out of his seat when he realized he could get a guy like Holmes for a 5th round pick instead of signing somebody like Laveranues Coles or taking a risk by drafting a receiver in round one or round two.

PhotobucketCompensation – Even with Holmes being suspended the first four games of the 2010 season, this is still a steal for the Jets. A 5th round pick? The Jets weren’t getting a player who could immediately help them for 12 games the way Holmes will in the 5th round this year. This guy is only is 26 years old by the way. Honestly, I would have been satisfied with this deal if the Jets had given up a fourth round pick or even a third round pick, if they had one to trade but at a fifth round pick, how could you honestly complain?

Draft Strategy – This move allowed the Jets to keep their top three picks in this year’s draft (Round1, Round 2, and Round4), which will all more than likely be used to select defensive players. Receiver was the only position on offense the Jets were considering targeting with a high pick and now they filled the hole, which will allow them to focus on improving the depth of their defense. Mike Tannenbaum has always made it clear he hates being forced to draft a player out of a positional need instead of just taking the best guy available, and now if the Jets sign Jason Taylor they won’t have a glaring need on their roster. Yes, the Jets need another defensive lineman, a nickel corner, and maybe another safety but they could afford to take those three positions in any order depending on who are the best players available. If Jason Taylor doesn’t end up signing, expect the Jets to add a pass rushing outside linebacker in round one or two. You can throw out any mock draft that currently has the Jets taking a receiver in one or round two, and now look for it to be increasingly likely that the Jets will trade back at some point to acquire another pick later in the draft to replace the one they just lost.

Santonio vs. Braylon – The Jets have an interesting dynamic now on offense as both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are in the last year of their contracts and will be playing to prove they deserve big money from the franchise. You would have to expect this type of competition will bring the best out of them. If the two of them have productive seasons, do the Jets plan on bringing back both of them? Edwards is 27, Holmes is 26, and Jerricho Cotchery is 28…that could be some receiving core to keep together around Mark Sanchez for a long time.

Braylon’s Role On Offense – Despite both being legitimate deep threats, Edwards and Holmes are different types of receivers. Edwards is a natural split end because of his size. while Holmes is versatile enough to be moved all over the formation, especially in the slot. Edwards provides value as a big target over the middle, in the red-zone and on third downs, while Holmes excels on quick receiver screens where he could run after the catch and as a big play threat lined up either on the outside or inside.

What About Jerricho? – Jerricho Cotchery is still a key part of the Jets offense moving forward into 2010. Cotchery has the hands, route-running ability, and knowledge of the offense to be a terrific slot receiver and he of course still has the ability to line up on the outside. He will remain a reliable, security blanket for Sanchez in big spots.

PhotobucketStarters? – Obviously with the four game suspension, Edwards and Cotchery will begin the year as the starters but when Holmes returns expect Cotchery to remain the de facto starter even though there will be a big rotation working through all three receivers and moving them around the formation.

Offensive Possibilities – They are endless. Cotchery in the slot on third and shorts to convert big first downs. Holmes in the slot running deep seem patterns and catching quick screens. Play action bombs to Edwards or Holmes…Cotchery sliding out to split end to run his normal comeback route…Holmes on reverses or other trick plays…and we haven’t even started talking about using Dustin Keller, Leon Washington, LaDainian Tomlinson, or Shonn Greene yet.

Smile, Mark Sanchez – The Jets have given their franchise quarterback the tools neccessary to succeed. He is playing behind a great offensive line with a strong group of running backs, a good pass catching tight end, and now one of the league’s best receiving cores. There is so much talent around him, how could he not make immense strides in his second year?

Stay Up, Brian Schottenheimer – I am not sure Brian Schottenheimer will be able to sleep in the next 5 months, how many different formations/plays could this guy figure out for the weapons the Jets have on offense?

Smile, Jets Fans – Look at this collection of young offensive talent we currently have assembled:

  • Mark Sanchez – 2nd year quarterback, who flourished in the playoffs last season.
  • Shonn Greene – 2nd year running back, who flourished in the playoffs last season.
  • Leon Washington – Pro-Bowl kick returner/big-play third down back, hungry to prove he can return from injury.
  • Braylon Edwards – 27 year old receiver who had 1289 yards receiving and 17 TDs in 2007…6’3, 215 pounds.
  • Santonio Holmes – 26 year old receiver who had 1248 yards receiving last year and was the Super Bowl MVP in 2009.
  • Jerricho Cotchery – 28 year old receiver who had 1130 yards receiving in 2007 and catches everything thrown at him.
  • Dustin Keller – Athletic 3rd year tight end, who has played in three playoff games and caught a touchdown pass in every single one of them.
  • Brad Smith – A 26 year old versatile running back/quarterback/receiver who has an ability to make big plays.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson – Not young but a first ballot hall of famer looking to prove he still has something in the tank.

We might not be far away from having a number one offense to match a number one defense.

Clutch?

Fantasy File

Jets Trade For Santonio Holmes: Call The Police, There Has Been A Robbery

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Just when you think you have a quiet Sunday night in, Mike Tannenbaum goes and does it again. It is now being reported the Jets have traded for former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes for a 5th round pick in this year’s draft. Wow. Holmes had 79 catches for 1248 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, and the year before was the Super Bowl MVP when he hauled in the game winning catch to beat the Arizona Cardinals.

There are rumors floating around that Holmes could be facing a 4 game suspension under the league’s substance abuse policy this year but regardless the Jets only gave up a 5th round pick for him…let that sink in, a 5th round pick. This is an absolute steal. Holmes is a big play receiver who will be a huge weapon for Mark Sanchez. As of today, the Jets will be lining up Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Santonio Holmes at receiver, along with Dustin Keller at tight end. Are you kidding me?

This obviously changes the Jets needs in the draft as they will no longer be targeting a receiver in the early rounds. Look for the Jets to be even more defense heavy with their picks now that they have filled their last major need on offense by grabbing a potential #1 receiver to fill their #3 spot. Stand up and give Mike Tannenbaum a round of applause, please.

Much more to come…

TOJ's Ten Least Favorite Jets

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First a few updates:

1. The Jets are planning to announce tomorrow they will be returning to Cortland next year for training camp, which was basically already a foregone conclusion. Let’s see if the team finally steps up to get me that press pass and then we will see if me and my 1998 Jeep Sport will be making the 86 hour ride to upstate New York.

2. A decision from Jason Taylor isn’t expected until the middle of this week according to his agent. I am sure the Jets want to get this done before the draft because it will have an impact on their need to add a pass rusher in round one or two. Hopefully, this doesn’t drag out and Taylor just makes up his mind or Bill Belichick finally decides to stop holding Adalius Thomas hostage.

3. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook….Because we are only 39 fans away from 300 and Shonn Greene promised me he’d run for 1500 yards this year if we could get 300 by May 1st.

4. Two nice Yankees wins on Saturday and Sunday, while the Mets lost back to back games to the Nationals…things are right in the New York baseball world heading into this week.

5. Who else is fired up for the NBA Playoffs and more of those Kobe/LeBron puppet commercials?

6. Nice win for the Spirits Today (My ACFL touch football team)…32-14 over the Deep Threats. I am proud to say I pulled in 2 touchdowns and was looking like a young Keyshawn Johnson out there.

TOJ’s Ten Least Favorite Players In Jets History

If Jason Taylor ends up signing with the Jets he will quickly become my least favorite person ever to wear a Jets uniform (unless he has 10 sacks this season), along those lines here my ten least favorite Jets in no particular order…

Justin McCariens  – There is nothing like trading a second round pick for a wide receiver who can’t catch the football (insert joke about the Jets just trading for Braylon last year). However, this is different because Braylon is a freak athlete who occasionally rips off a huge play. McCariens was a crappy possession receiver who caused me to shatter my remote control in 2007 when he dropped a game tying touchdown pass from Kellen Clemens against Baltimore, and then had another one bounce off his hands that was intercepted to end the game.

PhotobucketDavid BarrettNobody loved giving a huge cushion, letting a receiver catch a 10 yard stop pattern and then miss the tackle so he gets 25 yards more than old #36. (That’s right David, just let Welker catch that one right in front of you). He was a key part of crappy rotation of corners associated with the Eric Mangini era along with Andre Dyson, Hank Poteat, and Drew Coleman.

Adrien Clarke – Probably just should have paid Pete Kendall his money. Richard Seymour nearly killed Kellen Clemens on the first play of a Jets/Patriots game in 2007 after he blew right by the revolving door of Adrien Clarke.

Brooks Bollinger – The Jets team in 2005 was among the worst I have watched on a weekly basis. You just knew they were going to get the crap kicked out of them every game. I will never forget walking into a Monday Night game against New England late in the season knowing we had absolutely no chance because Brooks Bollinger would be under center for us against Tom Brady.

Curtis Conway – This guy was really supposed to be our number one receiver in 2003? I am extra bitter about Conway because I bought his jersey in what may have arguably been the stupidest purchase of my entire life. To make things even worse the next season I taped “McCariens” over the back of his name, when the Jets released Conway and traded for him….that damn jersey was cursed which I was why I never taped “Keller” over the back of the Conway jersey and just bought a completely new one.

Doug Brien – Is an explanation even necessary?

Doug Jolley – The Jets traded a first round pick for this guy, who managed a whopping 29 catches and 324 yards before being let go the following year. A first round pick for Doug Jolley? Somebody must have lost a bet in the Jets front office.

Mike Nugent – Nothing like spending a second round kick on a slightly below average kicker, who doesn’t have the leg strength to reach the end-zone on kickoffs. Then again I might take Nugent over Nick Folk.

Ty Law – Nothing good ever happened when Law was on the Jets. He joined the team in 2005 and despite having 10 interceptions they went 4-12 and then he joined the team in 2008 when the team was 6-3 and they end up finishing 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

Justin McCariens Had A Bad Day

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Five Saturday Thoughts On Who The Jets Could Draft

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First a few updates:

1. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook because you need me to sort out all the top Jets links on a daily basis and throw in my witty commentary on them.

2. I know we haven’t been too crazy with the draft coverage here at TOJ. Honestly, the draft loses a little interest when your team is picking at #29 and isn’t linked to rumors about trading up for a big name. However, here are a few things we have on the horizon. First off, the second edition of the Fanball Mock Draft is currently going on and the Jets pick is coming up soon. Second, S Gato and myself will be recording the first ever TOJ Podcast edition next week, which will include plenty of draft coverage. Third, during round one of the NFL Draft next Thursday night, I will be live blogging (actually just twittering/updating the facebook page) throughout the entire first round with my thoughts, culminating with my reaction on the Jets pick at #29. Also on April 26th, I will be writing a AFC East Draft Wrap Up for Fanball, which I will link up here.

3. Apparently Mark Brunell is all about signing with the Jets…who isn’t these days? While on the other hand, Kellen Clemens has been brooding a little bit about likely spending the rest of his career as a backup. Unfortunately, any fatih anybody had left in Clemens as a competent starter in the NFL was erased last year when he looked erratic as hell against the Bills and Bucs. If the Jets want Brunell they will have to wait until July 23rd to sign him if Jason Taylor ends up joining the team because of the Final Eight rules. It isn’t until that date the restrictions are lifted off them in their pursuit of free agents.

Five Saturday Thoughts On The Jets Defense

1. Rich Cimini recently threw around the names of some pass rushers the Jets could add to their defense via the draft if the Jason Taylor deal doesn’t end up getting done. He mentions Brandon Graham (Michigan), Sergio Kindle (Texas), and Jerry Hughes (TCU). Here is a little more information on the three of them (Courtesy of www.nfldraftscout.com):

  • Graham – Ranked #1 Outside Linebacker…6’2, 268 pounds…26 TFLs and 10.5 sacks in 2009…Senior Bowl MVP (2 sacks, 1 forced fumble)…Projected Mid 1st round to early second round.
  • Kindle – Ranked #2 Outside Linebacker…6’3, 250 pounds…17 TFLs, 3 sacks in 2009 (2.5 sacks in national championship game)…Projected Mid 1st round to early second round.
  • Hughes – Ranked as #4 Outside Linebacker…6’2, 255 pounds…11.5 sacks in 2009…Projected Mid 1st round to early second round…Ran 4.65 40 yard dash.

2. Other names that have been frequently linked to the Jets on the defensive side of the ball are Jared Odrick of Penn State and Ricky Sapp of Clemson. Odrick is a defensive lineman whose stock has been rising. He is listed as a defensive tackle but you would think the Jets would look to use him at defensive end in their system with Jenkins and Pouha rotating at NT. Sapp is an outside linebacker who is considered a solid second round prospect and could be somebody the Jets trade back for if they don’t like what they see at #29. Mel Kiper Jr. also recently had the Jets taking USC defensive end Everson Griffen in his mock draft, so he could be another guy to keep an eye on. He is 6’3, 280 pounds, and recorded 7 sacks last season.

Photobucket3. On offense, it remains a pipe dream of mine that somehow Dez Bryant will slip within to reach of the Jets. Don’t you think Mike Tannenbaum would get a little anxious if Bryant was available at say #20, with the Patriots picking at #22? I would hate to see that guy opposite Randy Moss with Wes Welker eventually back in the slot. There hasn’t been a ton of talk recently about the Jets and other receivers but if the defensive player they want isn’t available at #29 and somebody like Golden Tate or Demaryius Thomas is around, it might be hard for the Jets to pass on that kind of talent.

4. Outside of spending a 1st or 2nd round pick on a receiver, I expect this to be a defensive dominated draft by the Jets. Rex Ryan watched the front office take three offensive players last year and you know he is anxious to add some new, young pieces on his side of the ball. The Jets still need another defensive lineman, pass rusher, and corner to improve their depth and I expect all three positions to be targeted during draft weekend.

5. I would expect to see the Jets grab a corner with a mid-round pick. How could you feel good with being one injury away from having Dwight Lowery starting and Drew Coleman at nickel back?

A Little Rewind To Last Year

Who Will Be The Jets Breakout Offensive Player?

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First a few updates:

1. Jason Taylor will be taking the weekend to decide whether he wants to accept the Jets offer after spending his day at the team’s facility today. He met with a few players, including Calvin Pace and Damien Woody who spoke out in favor of adding Taylor to the Jets defense. Another person who spoke about Taylor was Bryan Thomas, who now according to The Star Ledger will be safe if Taylor does sign with the Jets. Apparently defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has said Taylor will primarily  be used in pass rushing downs and that Thomas remains part of the Jets plans for next year.

2. We got hit with a few “Nick Folk is working his way back to pro-bowl form” articles today from the New York media, which is basically the Jets front office saying “crap, we are stuck with this guy, he better get his stuff together, so let’s release a feel good article about him on the team’s website.” I am not buying into Folk as our kicker until he knocks down a 48 yarder opening night at the new stadium under some pressure.

3. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook…45 away from 300, and we need 300 by the end of April because Braylon Edwards promised me he wouldn’t drop a single pass this year if that happened.

4. Anybody else already huge Curtis Granderson fans?

Who Will The Jets Breakout Player On Offense Be?

Like most people I believe the Jets offense is an up and coming unit that should improve on their production from last year. In 2009, the Jets didn’t have skill position players who could brag about impressive stat lines outside of the now departed Thomas Jones who racked up 1400 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2010, who could be a player who takes his game to the next level and puts up pro-bowl caliber statistics?

Braylon Edwards – In 12 games with the Jets last season, Edwards had 35 catches for 541 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did provide the occasional big play but continued to struggle with dropped passes and only had one 100 yard game (although he had another one in the playoffs). We all know Edwards has the physical tools to be an elite receiver in the NFL…the guy did catch 17 touchdown passes in a single season only a few years ago, so can he produce like the legit number one the Jets traded for him to be? It certainly won’t hurt that he will now have a whole off-season in the Jets offense and have a training camp and pre-season to work with Mark Sanchez. If Edwards plays to his potential he could be a 1100 yard, 8-10 touchdown receiver in this Jets offense.

Dustin Keller – Keller had a monster streak of games in the middle of his rookie season in 2008, which led many to predict he could become a pro-bowl caliber tight for the Jets. However, he struggled to get on the same page with Sanchez for most of the season and only finished the regular season with 45 catches, 522 yards, and 2 touchdowns. However, Keller came alive in the playoffs by catching a touchdown pass in each of the Jets three games and averaging a little over 60 yards receiving per game. If Brian Schottenheimer can do a better job of getting him the ball and he remains in rhythm with Sanchez, Keller could have a pro-bowl caliber season for the Jets, especially if he remains a primary red-zone target.

Shonn Greene – After a somewhat quiet regular season, Greene exploded in the playoffs and gave the Jets enough confidence to let Thomas Jones walk so he could take over as their number one back. Greene will have the benefit of playing in a run heavy offense behind one of the best lines in the league. Yet, he must show he can stay healthy and handle the beating a lead back takes throughout a 16 games schedule, along with proving he can hold on to the football. If Greene can suit up every week, there is no reason he can’t approach the numbers Thomas Jones put up last year, although it will be hard to come near the 14 touchdowns he had since LaDainian Tomlinson will likely get most of the goal-line carries.

I know I didn’t include my personal favorite Jets offensive player, Jerricho Cotchery but I am hopeful that J-Co can stay healthy for all 16 games, crack the 1000 yard mark, chip in his usual 4 touchdowns, and make his normal collection of clutch third down receptions. Other key Jets skill position players? Tomlinson likely won’t have an impressive yardage total but hopefully he is productive as a pass catcher out of the backfield and as a short yardage/goal-line back. It is hard to tell what to expect from Leon coming off such a serious injury. Brad Smith will likely have a few big plays here and there but isn’t a consistent weapon. David Clowney might not make the roster next year if the Jets spend a high pick on a receiver. I know…I know, I forget Ben Hartsock and Matthew Mullligan, I am hopeful they will improve on their combined 2 catches for 3 yards and 1 touchdown last year.

Great Jets “My Way” Video

Jason Taylor? Say It Ain't So

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First a few updates:

1. I have a 3 1/2 break in between my two classes on Wednesday so I come to the computer lab thinking I will write my normal gem of a Wednesday article, read up on some Lost from last night so I make sure I know what is going on, and do my week’s reading for afternoon class. Of course, instead I ended up talking trash on our touch football league’s message board, researching hotels/clubs for my trip to AC trip in 2 weeks, and now I get hit with about 9,000 articles about Jason Taylor visiting the Jets today. So much for doing that reading.

2. Before we get into all the Taylor stuff, Mark Brunell is also visiting the Jets today…yes that Mark Brunell who used to throw bombs to Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith on the Jaguars way back in 1998 when Vinny and Keyshawn were whipping them up in the playoffs. Clearly the Jets are attempting to put together the All-Star team from “NFL Quarterback Club 1998” but in all seriousness, bringing Brunell in for the veteran’s minimum wouldn’t be a bad decision. The Jets need a veteran backup and a mentor for Sanchez, even if Brunell is twice his age.

3. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook….because we added 7 fans yesterday and that made me so happy that I need to feel what it would be like to add 10 today. Beyond that, you need to me sort through the 15000 Jets stories today so I can link the ones you really need to read.

4. In case you didn’t see the update anywhere else, the Jets signed kicker Clint Stitser who has been out of football the past two years. Folk vs. Stitster? Sounds like “Shank-Off 2010” is coming to Jets training camp this summer.

Photobucket5. Thoughts On Final Season Of LOST, Episode 11 “Happily Ever After” – As if enough wasn’t going on, LOST had to drop arguably the best episode of the season last night. Desmond episodes always bring it and usually signify a key change in the show’s direction and last night was no exception. We finally got a clear connection between the two timelines and it looks Desmond is the x-factor who is going to make everybody aware of what is actually going on. Clearly, Eloise Hawking knows what is up which makes you wonder who’s side she is actually on. Faraday (another great character return) has an idea of what is going on and Charlie who was terrific in his reappearance, helped Desmond figure out something was wrong in the 2004 timeline. Two questions, why was Desmond so willing to leave Widmore’s team with Sayid? Does he know he needs to stop Locke and Sayid is bringing him directly there? Second (or third actually) what is the specific plan involving electromagnetism to have Desmond stop Locke/Man In Black? Beyond that, how is Desmond going to make everybody in 2004 conscious of what is going on in 2007 and make them realize their plane was supposed to crash? So many questions and only 7 hours of LOST left. By the way, next week looks great also, with the return of Michael who I am sure will yell “WALLLLTTTT” at least once.

Jason Taylor? Say It Ain’t So

PhotobucketJason Taylor…the first member of the now defunct “TOJ Hall of Shame”…my least favorite player in the NFL. A guy who has always hated the Jets and their fans and a guy who we gladly returned the hate to. A guy who was on “Dancing With the Stars” and Neurtogena commercials and guy who said such things as:

“A bunch of them chanting their dumb-ass chant and all that other stuff, being the ignorant fans they are. I said it. I don’t care if they get mad at me or not. They don’t like me anyway. Quite frankly, I don’t care. … I’m just being real. I’m telling the truth. You carry yourself with some class, and we’ll talk about you as if you’ve got class. If you want to act crazy and do all the crazy things they do, I’ll call a spade a spade.”

“The problem I have is with the Jets fans. It’s not really a problem; it’s kind of this rivalry that has gone on, and they love to hate me, and I love to hate them, and we’ve had some fun over the years. They’ve had a lot of fun at my expense. I’ve had some fun at their expense at times.  It’s the times like this where you beat them and they just keep talking. They just keep going, and they just don’t know when to be quiet.  You know, I’ve said a lot of things about Jets fans in the past, and I’m sure at heart they’re good people. Most of them are good people. The Giants fans are a different type of people. Just put it that way. There’s a little more class on the Giants’ side, and some Jets fans take the ‘c-l’ out of class.”

“It’d be very, very, very difficult [to sign with the Jets]. Very difficult. But at the end of the day, if you can’t find a job anywhere else and the Jets call, I guess you’ve got to retire or go play.”

Well now since it is being reported by Manish Menta of the Newark Star-Ledger that Taylor to the Jets “is basically a done deal” and the Jets have rolled out the red carpet for him by flying him in on a helicopter and showing his highlights in the new stadium like it is “Blue Chips,” it looks Taylor is going to choose to play…in the green and white.

Let me put aside my personal hate for Taylor and try to look at this from strictly a football perspective. We know Taylor can rush the passer and it is hard to picture him not being a good fit in the Jets 3-4 scheme as a pass rushing outside linebacker. Even in a down year last season, he recorded 7 sacks which is 5 more than Bryan Thomas recorded in 2009. Only two years ago in 2007, Taylor had 11 sacks. The Jets haven’t had a player with double digit sacks since John Abraham in 2005.

Apparently the Jets are offering a one year deal and then are planning to trade Bryan Thomas. Taylor could be a good mentor for Vernon Gholston this season and give the Jets another year/off-season to find a long term answer at outside linebacker opposite Calvin Pace, if Gholston still shows nothing (which he probably will). The Jets may be able to grab another late round pick by trading Bryan Thomas, especially if Cleveland is still looking to improve their linebacker core or any other 3-4 team is looking for an experienced OLB who started every game on the league’s #1 defense last year.

Clearly the Jets are tired of waiting on Adalius Thomas, who Bill Belichick is holding hostage in New England. Rex Ryan wants a pass rusher and Mike Tannenbaum is throwing the full sales pitch on to get him one. From everything I read today, it sounds like I will be writing another article tonight confirming Taylor’s arrival to the Jets and looking at what it means for their defense. Yet, we all thought Neil Rackers was definitely going to be a Jet this week and look how that turned out.

This has been a weird off-season for me. I have never liked LaDainian Tomlinson and the Jets signed him. I didn’t like Antonio Cromartie after that elbow he gave Shonn Greene in the playoffs and the Jets traded for him. I absolutely hate Jason Taylor and now it looks like the Jets will sign him. What is next, the Jets trying to swing a monster trade for Tom Brady or Bill Belichick continuing his slip into insanity and deciding to come back to work for the Jets as a defensive assistant?

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Pre-Draft Thoughts On The AFC

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First a few updates:

1. I will be catching up on the “2010” Draft Section today, www.thejetsblog.com has been ripping through those potential prospects the past few days. Speaking of the draft, Clemson OLB Ricky Sapp is visiting today. As I said yesterday, he could be a target for the Jets at #29 or they could trade back a few spots and look to grab him. Here is a look at his highlight tape:

2. Tim Graham had a few interesting pieces up on his AFC East Blog today, one of which discussed the teams that passed up Rex Ryan as a potential head coach…I must say I am happy that Buffalo decided to stay with Dick Jauron these past few years instead of hiring Rex and now they are stuck with Chan Gailey. He also discusses the potential of Syracuse receiver Mike Williams, who I am familiar with because I covered Syracuse football for Fan University during my undergraduate years. I absolutely agree with the assessment given by the scout in Graham’s article, Williams is a first round talent and he is going to be available in the mid-rounds because of questions about his character. He could be a guy the Jets take a risk on if they don’t end up adding a receiver in round one or two, who turns into an absolute steal.

3. Follow Turn On The Jets on facebook…because we are only 2 fans from 250 and you want the honor of being #250.

4. Eric Allen of www.newyorkjets.com compiled this list of players visiting Florham Park this week as the Jets prepare for the draft:

  • OT Anthony Davis – Rutgers
  • RB Montario Hardesty – Tennessee
  • CB Kareem Jackson – Alabama
  • RB Ryan Matthews – Fresno State
  • CB Devin McCourty – Rutgers
  • DL Jared Odrick – Penn State
  • DT Cory Peters – Kentucky
  • OL Maurkice Pouncey – Florida
  • CB Patrick Robinson – Florida State
  • OLB Ricky Sapp – Clemson
  • TE Micky Shuler Jr. – Penn State
  • S Major Wright  – Florida

Pre-Draft Thoughts On The AFC

A quick look at where all the teams in the AFC currently stand heading into the draft:

Division Title Contenders

New England Patriots – As I covered in my team to beat in the AFC East article, the Patriots haven’t had a very active off-season but are overloaded with draft picks and remain the primary competition to the Jets for a division title. They still need help at running back, in the secondary and need somebody to step up to fill the void of Wes Welker until he returns from injury but with Brady and Belichick they remain a playoff caliber team.

Baltimore Ravens – Regardless of the season the Bengals put together last year, I see the Ravens as the team to beat in the AFC North. The only thing holding them back last year was the struggles of their passing game. However, I think Joe Flacco will play better this season than he did at the end of last year, especially with the addition of Anquan Boldin. Beyond that, if they get something out of Donte Stallworth they could have a real strong three wide set with Boldin, Stallworth, and Derrick Mason. On defense they added Cory Redding to their line rotation but still could use some help at corner.

Indiannapolis Colts – Peyton Manning = double digit victories and most likely another AFC South title. They will be also be getting Anthony Gonzalez back at receiver to add to Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, and Pierre Garcon.

San Diego Chargers – They remain the best team in their division. However, they need to find more balance on offense and improve their running defense.

PhotobucketNew York Jets – I do think the Jets defense will be even better in year two under Rex Ryan and with the addition of Antonio Cromartie. On offense, Mark Sanchez should keep improving and allow them to have a very good chance to overtake the Patriots for the division title.

Pittsburgh Steelers – If Ben Rothlisberger’s legal situation is under control, it is hard not to expect to see the Steelers battling for that AFC North title again. They made some smaller moves like adding Antwaan Randle El, Arnaz Battle, Larry Foote, and Will Allen which will improve their overall depth and special teams.

Cincinnati Bengals – I know the Bengals won the AFC North last year but for some reason I have tough time seeing them repeat as champs. They faded down the stretch last season and aren’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. However, Antonio Bryant was a nice addition on offense and they can run the ball and play defense so I could be wrong.

Playoff Contenders

Miami Dolphins – Miami hasn’t done much this off-season outside of adding Karlos Dansby to their defense. They are still weak at receiver and have Ronnie Brown coming off a serious injury. Regardless if they keep running the football the way they did last year and the defense continues to improve they could be back over .500.

Denver Broncos – They haven’t done much this off-season except add a potential quarterback controversy by bringing in Brady Quinn. Also when they trade Brandon Marshall they will be getting rid of a headache but losing their top playmaker on offense.

Houston Texans – Every single year everybody says this is the year the Texans will make the jump to being a playoff team and every year they fall just a little short. Yes, they have plenty of talent but when are they going to win a big game? Every time they have a chance to make a move towards being a playoff team, they lose. They also have questions at running back since Steve Slaton can’t hold on to the football.

Tennessee Titans – If Vince Young plays the way he did after he took over for Kerry Collins for a full season, the Titans could be back in the mix as a threat to the Colts for the division title.

Jacksonville Jaguars – A young team who overachieved a little bit last year. They are stuck in a tough division but will be a difficult match-up on a weekly basis. Aaron Kampman should improve their pass rush.

Likely Basement Dwellers

Cleveland Browns – They have actually had a pretty good off-season thus far by bringing in some quality veterans like Sheldon Brown, Ben Watson, Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong and getting rid of their two ineffective quarterbacks. They also have a high amount of draft picks this year. Yet, how many games can they win with Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace behind center?

Buffalo Bills – No quarterback. A weak offensive line. Questions in the front seven of their defense. They are looking like the worst team in the AFC East by a few games.

Kansas City Chiefs – I feel bad that Thomas Jones is likely going to be stuck on a 5-11 team next year.

Oakland Raiders – It is always entertaining to watch what the Raiders do in the draft. They are assembling a nice All-Bust team on offense led by JaMarcus Russell, Darius Heyward-Bey, and Darren McFadden.

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No Neil Rackers & My 2010 Ideal Jets Schedule

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First a few updates:

Photobucket1.  As I am sure most have heard by now, Neil Rackers has signed with the Texans who threw 4 million dollars at him to compete with Kris Brown. You can’t blame Houston who watched Brown lose about 8 games for them last year on last second kicks. However, this leaves the Jets in a difficult situation at kicker (by the way I completely jinxed them in my article today by saying Tannenbaum always gets his man). Look for the Jets to now target Shayne Graham or Matt Stover. Rex Ryan is familiar with Stover, which could give him a leg up…witty pun intended. There is no way they can go into camp with just Nick Folk on the roster.

2. In a matter of a few hours today, Rich Cimini wondered if the Jets would pursue Marc Bulger but then reported the Jets have no interest in him as a back-up to Mark Sanchez. He also reported the Jets have a high amount of interest in Clemson DE/OLB Ricky Sapp, who could be somebody the Jets trade down a few spots for and still get.

3. Man, I hate Duke.

No Neil Rackers & My 2010 Ideal Jets Schedule

Considering I didn’t want to leave up an article based around Neil Rackers being on the Jets as the top story on the site, I figured I should add a second post today. The NFL schedule isn’t being announced until April 13th but before they get to it, here is how I’d like to see the Jets 16 games break down:

Week 1: Home Vs. Miami, Monday Night Football – Like most Jets fans, I want to get the taste of those two ridiculous losses to the Dolphins out of my mouth as soon as possible. When better than opening night at the stadium for the green and white?

Week 2: At Buffalo – Let’s start out the year 2-0 with a couple of division wins.

Week 3: At Chicago – Before it gets too cold and windy for Sanchez.

Week 4: Home Vs. Cincinnati – Playoff re-match action to close up the first fourth of the season.

Week 5: At Pittsburgh – Tough early season test on the road.

Week 6: Vs. Green Bay – Interesting match-up, hopefully it goes the same way it did last time the Packers traveled to play the Jets.

Week 7: At New England, Sunday Night Football – Big prime-time showdown.

Week 8: Vs. Houston – Tough second fourth of the season for the Jets but it sets up well for a nice second half run like last year.

Week 9:  Bye – Split the season in half again.

Week 10: At Cleveland – Let’s ease out of the bye week with Mangini and company.

Week 11: Vs. Baltimore, Thanksgiving Night – Great showdown for national audience between Rex and his old team.

Week 12: At Denver – 10 days to prepare for the trip out to Mile High.

Week 13: Vs. Buffalo – Finish up the season sweep of the Bills.

Week 14: At Detroit – Stafford vs. Sanchez

Week 15: Vs. Minnesota, Sunday Night Flex – Jets beat up on Favre in primetime.

Week 16: Vs New England – For the division? Glad we are home.

Week 17: At Miami – Erik Ainge gets the start.

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Good Stuff As Usual

Jets Have Plenty Of Work To Do In April

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First a few updates:

1. How about me getting off from both class and work today to enjoy this weather? I have moved my office (my laptop and myself) outside and just might have to double up on posts today since I didn’t post on Saturday or Sunday. I can save looking for a job and catching up on schoolwork for another day.

2. What was with the Yankees pitching last night? Let’s not get all crazy about one game but nobody ever likes losing to the Red Sox, especially with that sorry excuse for a line-up they assembled this year. 9 runs? Go buy yourself and the bullpen some Subway sandwiches and get it together CC.

3. NBA Playoffs is starting up soon and I couldn’t be more pumped about it. I am still deciding which teams to adopt this year, considering the Knicks never make the playoffs. I am probably going with the Thunder in the West (Durant and Westbrook are a dirty combination) and anybody who is playing the Celtics in the East. I am torn about the Cavs because I love watching LeBron rip it up but I am kind of pulling for a first round exit for them so he is more inclined to head over to New York next year.

4. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook, because I promised Rex Ryan we’d have 300 fans by the end of April and we are still 54 away.

5. What the hell were the Eagles thinking with that trade? They traded their Pro-Bowl quarterback to a division rival, who is a quarterback away from being a good team and now has a coach who has a reputation for getting the most out of his quarterbacks…really smart move. I love how everybody in Philly is saying “bring on the Kevin Kolb era” like the guy didn’t only start 2 games last year and only win 1 of them…against the Chiefs, I could have started against the Chiefs last year and won a game. I am looking forward to Philly fans booing their faces off at Kolb when the Eagles start 2-5 and then pelting Andy Reid with snowballs in December as they finish up a 6-10 season.

Jets Have Plenty Of Work To Do In April

PhotobucketThe most encouraging news of the weekend was that the Jets are bringing in former Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers for a visit tomorrow.Most people around the organization seem to think it is a done deal that Rackers will be in a Jets uniform by the week’s end because let’s face Mike Tannenbaum always gets who he wants. Rich Cimini at The Jets Stream did a comparison of Jay Feely’s and Rackers numbers from the past few years and found some encouraging things

  • Over the last 2 years, Rackers was 41/45 on field goals (91%), while Feely was 54/64 (84%).
  • Rackers was 21/24 outdoors (88%), while Feely was 23/29 (79%)
  • In games where the margin was 0-7 points, Rackers was 10/10 and Feely was 17/20…they both had bad moments in the playoffs last year with Feely missing a pair of FGs in the AFC Championship Game and Rackers having an ugly shank when he had a chance to beat the Packers in regulation during the wild-card round.
  • They are both going to be 34 at the beginning of the year.

Doesn’t sound like a bad trade off, right? Fortunately, it looks like the NIck Folk era is only going to last a few weeks. Speaking of Cimini he wrote an article in today’s Daily News speculating about the Jets being active before the draft and during the draft to improve their roster. He doesn’t name any specific moves or players they could target but continues to insist the Jets aren’t interested in Brandon Marshall, which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. What other work could the Jets do this month to improve their roster before OTAs start?

PhotobucketI think they should pull the trigger on bringing back Laveranues Coles. It doesn’t seem like he is generating much interest in the free agent market so the Jets should be able to grab him cheap. Bringing Coles in gives the Jets a little more flexibility on when they have to target a receiver in the draft because as it stands now they will likely draft one in either round one or two. Coles could be a productive slot receiver for a year or two and be a solid mentor to a late round pick.

Cimini mentions Tannenbaum could look over the RFA market and make a move on somebody but at this point I’m not sure who is really available for the Jets to target. There a few lower tier offensive lineman the Jets could look at add for depth. On the unrestricted market, the Jets could consider former Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin who was recently cut and could provide a little more competition/talent to the safety position. Darren Sharper remains a distant possibility because the Jets would have to get very creative financially to bring him in under the final four rules. The Jets may also look to add a veteran quarterback if they aren’t satisfied with Kellen Clemens (and how could you be) but the pickings are slim with people like Kyle Boller, Daunte Culpepper, Josh McCown, and Patrick Ramsey on the market.

One place I could definitely see Tannenbaum making move is the draft. The Jets are kind of stuck in no man’s land at #29, which could lead to either a trade up on trade down to acquire more picks. Jared Odrick has been a favorite of mock drafters for the Jets but there are rumors the Browns are interested in him at #7…yes, #7 so it may be hard to see Odrick fall anywhere near the Jets. However, if he does or Dez Bryant does for whatever reason, I could see Mike T making a big move to grab one of those two guys. Beyond that, unless there is a defensive lineman/outside linebacker or receiver the Jets really fall in love with available at #29, expect the Jets to trade back and look to improve their depth at multiple positions.

I would say most people agree the Jets needs list, currently looks something like:

  1. Defensive Line – Especially considering Marques Douglas hasn’t been brought back yet.
  2. Outside Linebacker – They need another pass rusher, if they don’t add a defensive lineman who could get to the quarterback.
  3. Wide Receiver – They still need a #3 guy behind Braylon and Cotchery.
  4. Secondary – They need better depth at corner and safety.
  5. Offensive Line – They need depth and players to develop behind Faneca and Woody.
  6. Veteran backup QB – It couldn’t hurt.

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