TOJ at SB Nation on why the Jets need a big draft this April
Today we continue our series of evaluating how each player on the Jets performed this past season, along with looking forward to what their role on the team will be next year…up today, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery
Stat Line – 41 receptions, 433 yards, 2 touchdowns
Playoff Stat Line – 12 receptions, 146 yards, 1 touchdown
Best Moment – Cotchery had a huge, momentum swinging 58 yard reception on the first play of the fourth quarter in the Jets divisional round win over the New England Patriots. However, without question his most memorable play from the 2010 season is below —
Best Game – Cotchery’s 5 reception, 96 yard performance against New England in the playoffs was his best game of the year by a fairly wide margin.
Overall Evaluation – It was a disappointing season for Cotchery, who struggled with injuries and drops throughout the year. Normally possessing the team’s most reliable hands, he actually led the team in drops this season highlighted by three drops in the fourth quarter of the team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. He did have to deal with being demoted from the starting role after Santonio Holmes returned from suspension but handled it with class. Cotchery had an encouraging end to the season by putting together a strong run in the playoffs. (C)
Future – Cotchery is under contract and will be back with the team next year. There is also a good chance he will be back in the starting lineup, since the the Jets will likely be unable to retain both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. I would count on Cotchery to have a nice bounce-back season after his least productive year since 2005.
And now back to football…
Appropriately there is a general consensus that the New York Jets need to improve their defensive front seven this off-season, which has been spearheaded by most mock drafts pairing them with a defensive lineman or outside linebacker.
At defensive line and linebacker, the Jets are a little bit old and a little bit slow. Outside of David Harris, all three starting linebackers are over 30 and none (including Harris) have great speed. On the defensive line, Sione Pouhaand Shaun Ellis (if he returns) are both into their 30’s and if you saw Mike DeVito trying to cover Danny Woodhead last year, you know he didn’t run track in high school or college.
The depth isn’t great at either position, Jamaal Westerman and Josh Mauga don’t project as future starters at linebacker. On the line, Marcus Dixon, Ropati Pitoitua, and Matt Kroul have potential but still a long way to go to prove they deserve regular spots in the rotation.
Where will the help come from? At a minimum, the Jets need a long term replacement for Bryan Thomas at outside linebacker, a defensive end to replace Shaun Ellis (even if he ends up coming back), and another interior lineman to boost the rotation and maybe eventually take over for Pouha.
The draft could only solve so much, especially with the Jets missing a second round pick. Hopefully, Mike Tannenbaum’s first round pick can contribute immediately and he finds another later round prospect or two that contribute at defensive line or linebacker. The Jets will likely be handcuffed in signing new players in free agency, as they will be limited by the same “Final Eight” rules they were last year, if an injunction is granted as expected on April 6th.
In reality, it is going to take multiple off-seasons to get the defensive front seven where it needs to be. The Jets can take a big step in the right direction this year by having a strong draft, hoping a few of their developmental players (Dixon, Pitoitua) contribute, and maybe swinging a deal or two via free agency or trade.
Everybody out there who is a fan of the NFL has obviously been dismayed by the events of the previous few days. A decertification. A lockout. An April 6th court hearing. A hopeful injunction on that date. A request for players to boycott the draft. Plenty of uncertainty on how the 2011 NFL season is going to shape up, in terms of free agency, off-season workouts, and scariest of all, missed games.
I can’t sit here and claim to know the ins and outs of this legal situation, especially as it keeps evolving. Similar to most of you, I have followed the case the best I could from the various mainstream media sources and similar to all of you, I am disgusted and disappointed.
How can a league which is thoroughly dominating every sport in this county in every way possible and that has never been more popular, go and mess it up?
My sympathy lies more with the players than it does with the owners but that doesn’t mean both sides haven’t made mistakes. The petty back and forth through the media hasn’t helped the situation, and the foolish suggestion by the NFLPA for incoming rookies to boycott the draft is a shame.
All I know is that I want a NFL off-season back as soon as possible, which from my understanding means rooting for injunction on April 6th.
I am going to keep covering the New York Jets and the NFL under the assumption that at some point in 2011 there will be football games. There is going to be plenty of hypotheticals considering we don’t know yet how free agency and trades will be handled. I will keep commenting on the labor negotiations when applicable and always link the most updated information on our Facebook and Twitter account, but for the most part I will keep writing about the actual game of football, not injunctions, decertifications, or other legal topics.
TOJ at SBNation NY on how the Knicks are still capable of being very ugly despite all their talent.
Today we continue our series of evaluating how each player on the Jets performed this past season, along with looking forward to what their role on the team will be next year…up today, wide receiver Braylon Edwards
Stat Line – 53 receptions, 904 yards, 7 touchdowns
Playoff Stat Line – 9 receptions, 164 yards, 1 touchdown
Best Moment – His most important play of the season was a 18 yard leaping reception on the Jets game winning drive against the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round. However, something about him dragging half of the New England secondary into the end-zone the following week was too good to pass up (at 3:45).
Best Game –In the Jets regular season victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Edwards hauled in 8 receptions for 100 yards, including multiple tough grabs over the middle. This game really exemplified how far Edwards had progressed away from his problem with dropped passes.
Overall Evaluation – Simply put, Edwards was terrific for the Jets this season. He led the team in receiving yards, made a ton of big plays, and had the least amount of drops. Even though his stat line wasn’t gaudy, anybody who watched every snap of the Jets offense in 2010 knows how productive Edwards was when given the chance. (A)
Future – Cloudy to say the least. It is impossible to guess what will happen with the situation the NFL is currently in, but it will likely be very difficult for the Jets to find a way to bring Edwards back along with Santonio Holmes. The team has stated they want him to return and Edwards has agreed with that sentiment but it could be awhile before we see how free agency breaks. I would say it is more likely he isn’t on the team next year but I hope to be proven wrong by the always creative Mike Tannenbaum.
TOJ updates recent mock drafts for the Jets, where a few surprising names have appeared.
There is no shortage of needs for the Jets this offseason. In an ideal world, the Jets could improve at DE, DT, OLB, FS, WR, and depth at the ILB, OLB, and QB positions. However, come April 28 the Jets are going to have to work with 6 picks:
NYJ 1st round,
NYJ 3rd round
NYJ 4th round
NYJ 5th round
NYJ 6th round
Ari 7th round
So the question is, with an excess of needs and only the draft to fill these needs because of the lockout, should the Jets think about trading out of the 1st round and getting more picks? It sure would go against the Jets drafting tendencies of the last couple of years; but this is a different year .
If the Jets are not guaranteed to land their top guy, they might want to get as many picks as possible and play trial and error with this year’s draft class. Especially since Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Free Safety, and a 3rd WR can be found in rounds 2-4 fairly easily.
By looking at the trade value chart, the Jets could trade:
Their 1st round pick (30th overall), 6th round pick (190th overall), and 7th round pick (222nd overall)
Jaguars 2nd round pick (48th overall; 16th in the 2nd round) and 3rd round pick (80th overall; 16th in the 3rd round).
This is just a random scenario I cam up with but it begs a couple of questions. Is having a mid 2nd rounder and two 3rd rounders better than a 1st and two late selections? Do you think we would lose “our guy” by trading back? Is this draft too deep to give up late round picks like that? Give your opinion in the comment section. You also can create your own concoction here, and see what dream scenario you can come up with.
The 12 pack is back with a very special Decertification Edition
We are actually going to take a slightly different approach today with the 12 things TOJ will miss the most about the New York Jets if there is an extended lockout/legal battles/whatever is about to happen with these CBA negotiations, in no particular order…
1. Rex Quotes – My favorite television shows of all-time are Lost, The Wire, The Sopranos, and…Rex Ryan’s Press Conference. The first three are already off the air, and now I have to deal with the fourth going away? I don’t know about you but I will miss a Super Bowl guarantee every other day, excessive praise for Jets players, and of course wigs.
2. Game Ending Heroics —
3. Bizarre Breakfasts – How many random mornings were made more entertaining by a bizarre Jets headline this past year? Who is making foot fetish videos? Who is sleeping with a 17 year old? Who has cursed out Tom Brady on the front of the Daily News? Now we have to read about legal proceedings every morning…
4. Waiting for another interview like this
5. Bashing Schotty – If there is no games, there is no reason to write five paragraphs trying to explain why Brian Schottenheimer called a reverse to Jerricho Cotchery on 2nd and 1 that went for a 9 yard loss.
6. The LT Glide
7. The Progress – The last two years have been major steps in the right direction for the New York Jets organization. It would figure that when they are on the precipice of being a Super Bowl team this type of legal mess would occur.
8. The Smack Talk – You can’t run your mouths to Patriots fans if the two teams aren’t playing and you can’t run your mouths to Giants fans if Eli Manning isn’t throwing four interceptions every game because he isn’t on the field.
9. Eating A Goddamn Snack
10. Free Agency Madness – This time of the year is usually reserved for constant refreshing of the computer to see what big name the Jets have signed or traded for.
11. Talking Football With All Of You, Not Legal Matters – Debating, yelling, arguing, cursing with all of you about the Jets and the NFL is a hell of a lot more fun that talking about decertification and appeal courts.
12. Just a sad day for all us NFL fans.
TOJ at SB Nation on the big names which have been tied to the New York Jets this off-season