The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack is back with 12 quick thoughts on your New York Jets this rainy April afternoon. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and don’t worry the NFL Draft isn’t THAT far away, right? RIGHT?!?
1. Chris Johnson is now officially a free agent and the New York Jets are expected to take a serious look at him. There are reports that they were close to trading for him but final compensation could not be agreed upon with Tennessee. This would seem to indicate they have been in touch with Johnson and his agent about contract size. At the right price, Johnson is a sensible acquisition. You can say what you want about the guy, he hasn’t missed a game the past five seasons and has ran for over 1,000 yards in every single one of them. He would immediately become the most explosive running back on the team’s roster and a new, much needed dimension to the team’s screen game. Beyond that, it is unrealistic to expect Chris Ivory to play a full 16 games in 2014. He simply has shown not to be that durable.
2. Further thoughts on Jacoby Ford: He flashed some IMMENSE big play ability in 2010 (seriously go look up a couple of his box scores from that season) but simply put has not been able to stay healthy since then. As a minimum cost flier to be your kick returner and potential 5th receiver, why not? If healthy, Ford has top end speed and can contribute in a small package of plays that get him in space and hopefully he can lock down both return jobs which were in flux for the Jets last season.
3. Further thoughts on Dimitri Patterson: Basically a guy who has been more than adequate when healthy but hasn’t been able to stay healthy. He has a nose for the football and will provide a veteran presence to a group lacking it right now. Many seem to think he would play before Darrin Walls would, which I disagree with. While I would anticipate another move coming at some point, as of now, Walls is more likely to get the starting nod than Patterson opposite of Dee MIlliner.
4. Stephen Hill is very much on the roster bubble heading into training camp. He will get a chance this summer but as of now he is already behind Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson on the depth chart. The Jets are likely to add a receiver or two in the NFL Draft and also have Ford now competing for a roster spot. Hypothetically, if Hill is competing with Ford for the 5th spot, he is at a disadvantage because he doesn’t contribute on special teams. He needs to hit the ground running this summer and make an immediate impression or could very well find himself traded or cut before week 1.
5. One last Chris Johnson stat: He has 43 receptions or more the past four seasons. The Jets haven’t had a running back who cracked that number since LaDanian Tomlinson in 2010.
6. One man’s rankings of the wide receivers in the AFC East right now: Eric Decker, Stevie Johnson, Julian Edelman, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and then Jeremy Kerley.
7. We may have mentioned this before (or several hundred times before) but Quinton Coples is a huge x-factor on the Jets defense next season. If he can turn into the double digit sack player he has the talent to be, it adds a whole new dimension to their defense and will help mask any deficiencies in their secondary.
8. We are going to give Denarius Moore the Chris Ivory treatment here at TOJ, where we basically talk about him getting traded here so much that it just eventually happens. This system is 1 for 1, so let’s try to stay at 100%!
9. Let’s try to avoid any personal attacks in the comment section, whether you love or hate John Idzik and the current approach to the team.
10. Draft Party – We’ll have concrete information on whether or not this is going to happen by next week but we are tentatively planning on putting together an event for the first night of the NFL Draft. It would be in New York City and the goal is to keep the cost in the $30-$35 range for an open bar and plenty of commiserating with fellow Jets fans and hopefully a player or two from the current team. Stay tuned for more details if this does in fact come together.
11. TOJ PSA 1 – Good friends of our website, Easy Company will be playing a show at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC tomorrow night. We hope to see you out there. These guys put on a GREAT show and it will be a packed house. Check out a preview of their music below:
12. TOJ PSA 2 – We’ll be participating in this charity event tomorrow with our friends from SeatSwap (yes, we have a full day!). There is still room for a few more teams to be added, so come out…play some pong…win some money…AND dedicate to a good cause. You can write this off on your taxes next year!