Sorry for the one day delay on the Turn On The Jets 12 Pack New York Jets fans…I’m in TEBOW country for a wedding all weekend (New England). I can you tell everybody’s WICKED PSYCHED TO HAVE A TROOPAH LIKE TIMMHAY TEBOWH ON THEIR SQUAWD. Regardless, let’s get to the 12 pack before I’m late for pictures…
1. The Kellen Winslow Jr signing was inevitable after you heard Rex Ryan talk about him in his mini-camp press conferences and it was apparent that he was near 100% healthy. If Winslow is an 80% approximation of the player he was 2 years ago, he’ll be starting week 1 for the Jets at tight end. He has the potential to be a high volume reception player in this offense, who is a reliable check-down option for either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith.
2. This remains a relentless topic on my timeline so let’s address it again – The Jets aren’t signing Braylon Edwards. It just isn’t happening. GM John Idzik isn’t a fan and he makes final personnel decisions, so there’s the end of that conversation.
3. If the Jets do add a veteran wide receiver (which would be a wise move), they could consider inquiring about Nate Washington from Tennessee who will want to give reps to their younger receivers like Kenny Britt, Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright. I don’t think Brandon Lloyd is happening and that he will end up either in New England or Baltimore.
4. Regardless of who is the de facto “starter” at safety next to Dawan Landry, both Josh Bush and Antonio Allen are going to have large roles on the defense this year. Bush is a much more natural free safety while Allen is built to play in the box. Look for both of them to alternate depending on the situation and split reps in some way throughout the season along with be on the field at the same time for certain looks.
5. One of the Jets UDFA wide receivers or lesser known veterans is going to make a big impact this year. Keep an eye on Zach Rogers and Jordan White in particular. White has the skill-set to be an effective role player in the slot and Rogers has enough talent to contribute all over the formation and maybe even return kicks, which he received some reps at during OTAs and mini-camp.
6. I’m very curious to see how creative Marty Mornhinweg can get with the Jets running backs, particularly if Mike Goodson is available. Could we conceivably see a formation with Ivory and Powell in the backfield and Goodson and Joe McKnight in the slot? Why not? The Jets are thin at receiver and have playmakers at running back…use them.
7. A very interesting question asked by Mike Donnelly during our Podcast last week - If Jeff Cumberland has a poor summer and Kellen Winslow is healthy, could Cumberland go from presumptive starter to not making the roster? Winslow takes the spot of the receiving tight end. Konrad Reuland sticks around as the blocking tight end. Hayden Smith is the long term project to keep on the roster. The Jets then also have 2 UDFAs who will be battling for spots in Mike Shanahan and Chris Pantale. It isn’t out of the realim of possibility if Cumberland doesn’t produce in July and August.
9. I still don’t think the Jets name a starting quarterback until after their 3rd pre-season game.
10. Mike Nolan pointed this out about Marty Mornhinweg before but do not be surprised if on the Jets first play of the season they line up and take a deep shot right at Darrelle Revis. This may sound crazy but remember this shot he designed on the first play of the game after LaRon Landry said he was going to “put DeSean Jackson to sleep.” Now…the Jets have nobody with Vick’s arm or Jackson’s speed but Revis’ first real play back after a serious injury, when nobody expects you to throw the ball or respects your passing game…why the hell not? Go on the attack and show some confidence in your skill position players, it just one play.
11. If Chris Ivory is healthy for 16 games this season, I can’t see him receiving less than 300 carries. Let’s hope he is up to the task of being a workhorse back, leading the Jets run heavy attack.
12. Random Jets stats to take the over on
- Quinton Coples 9.5 sacks
- Chris Ivory 1,100 yards
- Jeremy Kerley 45 receptions
- Antonio Cromartie 4 interceptions