Turn On The Jets 12 Pack, Wild-Card Weekend Edition

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Last week we wrapped up our New York Jets predictions for the season. Against the spread, we went 10-6 and on wins and losses we came out to 8-8. However, similar to the Jets front office we believe that is an ascending 8-8 and we are headed in the right direction. Here is a collection of predictions for Wild-Card Weekend and a few off-season thoughts on the Jets…

1. I made all my Wild Card Weekend picks in my weekly NFL Primer at The Whistle. Check them out here. Out of the four games, I feel strongest about the Bengals and Eagles. Of the latest lines I’ve seen, I’m going Chiefs (+1), Eagles (-2.5), Bengals (-7) and 49ers (-3).

2. This is my initial wave of thoughts on the Jets needed off-season approach. I appreciate all the feedback.

3. Among the feedback there seems to be a strong push back about considering trading Kenrick Ellis. I doubt a move actually happens but if Leger Douzable is back, I maintain that it is worth considering. Ellis only played in 208 snaps this past year (19% of the total snaps).

4. Also in response to the comments on the off-season overview: The St. Louis Rams aren’t trading Steadman Bailey for Stephen Hill, folks.

5. We are in the early stages of putting together a TOJ NFL Draft get together in New York City. Stay tuned for details as we hope to work in conjunction with local charities that Jets players are involved with. For up to date news, follow us here.

6. The TOJ Podcast is going to feature this guy on Tuesday. So don’t miss it (and stay tuned on Twitter for a call-in number).

7. Congratulations to Muhammad WIlkerson for being named 2nd team All-Pro. A much deserved honor that means much more than a Pro-Bowl appearance. By the way, that Revis guy got paid 16 million this year to not even be an All-Pro player. Hm.

8. It would be nothing short of a crime if Sheldon Richardson doesn’t win Defensive Player of the Year.

9. By the way, after Richardson being named Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. Mr. Dee Milliner won the award for December. Not a bad finish to the year for John Idzik’s rookie class, eh?

10. Fun stat: The Dolphins traded up to select Dion Jordan with the 3rd overall pick. Antwan Barnes had the same amount of sacks as him this season (2)…Antwan Barnes missed 11 games.

11. While we are on the Dolphins, please don’t fire Jeff Ireland. Please, please don’t!

12. Enjoy the games this weekend! And please give us a follow on Facebook. Check in tomorrow for Mike Nolan’s Big Man Report and Connor Rogers examining if the Jets should prioritize tight end or receiver in the NFL Draft.

  • KAsh

    You can look to trade Ellis even if Douzable leaves. Both have similar circumstances, but differ by a year. Douzable is a free agent; he played well when he was on the field, so a team could try giving him a chance to start, along with starter money. We can outbid a team for Douzable, but he will be a backup on this squad, so we are going to overpay. Let him go: if he is a good pickup, we can get that factored into our compensatory picks and if he is a bad pickup, we have more leverage when we negotiate future d-linemen contracts (“a product of the scheme…”).

    Ellis is entering his final year. He will be a backup and play limited snaps. Next year, he will be in Douzable’s shoes. But you have a young, fully developed player warming his ass on the bench. Shop him around. If no one is buying, by all means keep him for another year. But if there is some demand for him, see what you can get.

    Most people are against trading Ellis. Why? Because “depth.” But depth players are supposed to be developing or specializing in certain situations. You do not get Brady to come sit behind Peyton because Peyton might hurt his neck again. You trade Brady, preferably far away and for a king’s ransom, and then you get some college QB who you think can be the next Peyton once the current one hurts his neck. There are a million and one free agents and UDFA rookies that would a) give you more value for your money in the long-term than Ellis, and b) rewrite physics for a chance to sit in a room with Karl Dunbar. You just need to find the next one.

  • Daniel

    Got to keep Ellis as the compensation pick in all likelihood won’t make the team or contribute if he does.

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