Two weeks have nearly passed since the league year began. The New York Jets have been quiet but remain equipped with substantial salary cap space for additional signings and potential trade targets. Right now most of the focus is on signing quarterback Mike Vick and maybe pursuing wide receiver DeSean Jackson via trade. Needless to say, both moves would make the Jets offense more dynamic and explosive. Here is a quick hitting 12 Pack. Stay with us all weekend for further coverage…
1. First off, we are going to be giving away a signed Jeremy Kerley football tonight on Twitter. You have to be following both Turn On The Jets and The Whistle. The giveaway will go live once we hit a certain level of new follows and retweets, at which point we will post a Kerley trivia question. The first person to get it right will get the ball, so study up on #11.
2. IF the Jets acquire Jackson, get familiar with this GIF (yes that is Mr. Revis getting beat and sulking at this teammates).
3. If they acquire Vick and Jackson, this isn’t NOT entertaining to watch either.
4. OK, enough highlights. What are the odds of Vick or Jackson actually ending up on the Jets? With Vick, it is pretty good. He is meeting with the team as we speak and considering how the market is looking for quarterbacks right now, it behooves him to find a way to make it work in New York. As for Mark Sanchez, keep an eye on St. Louis or Buffalo when he is likely released in the coming days. Jackson is more of a long shot. It sounds like he is on his way out of Philadelphia, which is step one. Step two is realizing that only a handful of teams have the money for him (the Jets easily have enough room, particularly if Sanchez walks). Step three would be figuring out compensation and a potential restructure. It doesn’t seem like the most “Idzik” move but Vick and Jackson are close and if Vick is signed, it isn’t crazy to think Jackson would follow shortly after.
5. WHAT ABOUT CORNERBACK?!?!?! My understanding of the situation is that the Jets initially planned to make a strong push for Vontae Davis. However, Davis simply used them for leverage and to get more money out of the Colts. After not signing him, the team had limited interest in overpaying and guaranteeing a large sum of money to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and basically no interest in bringing Antonio Cromartie back. Where do they go from here?
- Darrin Walls – Showed potential in limited action last season but it would be very, very risky to roll with him and Dee Milliner as the starting corners. It would be tough for Walls to be any worse than Antonio Cromartie was last season (you don’t forget how poorly he played, do you?) but with his inexperience and Milliner’s durability concerns, it is not enough depth.
- Trade? Jonathan Joseph has been floated around in rumors. He is very talented but has plenty of durability concerns. Other players will become available via trade in the coming months, during the NFL Draft and once training camp starts.
- NFL Draft? Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert could be options with the 18th overall pick.
The season is still over 5 months away. I don’t anticipate the depth chart looking identical today and in week 1.
6. Safety? Chris Clemons and Thomas Decoud are still available but the Jets haven’t been linked to either. They may be content just going with Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry again, with Jaiquawn Jarrett and Josh Bush backing them up.
7. Tight end? It probably isn’t reasonable to expect Eric Ebron to be there at 18. Could Jace Amaro receive consideration? Ed Dickson is a veteran blocking option who remains on the market as well.
8. Running back? The Jets continue to be linked to Maurice Jones-Drew and have been floated in a few Chris Johnson rumors. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Jets stayed pat the position but Jones-Drew could provide some Chris Ivory insurance and remains very capable in the passing game, if pressed into that role.
9. Two subtle ways the Jets can improve without making any other moves: Antwan Barnes and Mike Goodson healthy for 16 games.
10. It is good to have Willie Colon back after losing Austin Howard in free agency. The Jets will now return 4/5 starters and have made a generally lateral move at right tackle.
12. Thank you for the ongoing debate/discussion in the comment section, it has been highly entertaining the past few weeks!