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There is never a bad time to hand out a fresh plate of takes, some bolder than others…
1. Less than two weeks before the NFL Draft, my answer is still Jamal Adams when asked who the Jets are most likely to end up with at #6. There is a wide range of directions the Jets could go and anybody from Adams to a quarterback to OJ Howard to Solomon Thomas should not be considered a “shocker.” I don’t doubt the team would love to trade back but everybody always want to trade back. Can they find a partner? It is easier said than done.
2. It is fair to wonder how much input new Quarterbacks Coach Jeremy Bates will have on the Jets decision to take or not take a quarterback early in the NFL Draft. Was he hired because of his belief in Christian Hackenberg or has his assessment been the team should not hesitate to pull the trigger on drafting a QB only one year after taking him in the second round? How much sway does his opinion hold with Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles? The general feeling seems to be the Jets are going to give Hackenberg every chance this year and it is probably safe money to expect him to be starting by week 5 or 6 at the latest.
3. I would not be surprised if Quincy Enunwa outproduces Brandon Marshall this season, despite having a substantially worse quarterback situation. The hope is that new Offensive Coordinator John Morton is smart enough to manufacture him touches that get him in space to take advantage of his unique YAC ability. Marshall can still play but I wonder if Eli continues to decline and his volume of targets is lower than expected next to Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.
4. Robby Anderson has earned the first crack in the starting lineup alongside Enunwa and Eric Decker (if healthy) but I’m curious how much Charone Peake, Devin Smith and maybe Quinton Patton can push him. It is fair to wonder if Anderson will struggle without Bryce Petty relentlessly funneling him the football and without Brandon Marshall opposite him. Hopefully, he will bulk up this offseason and continue to work on his YAC and strength at the point of the catch.
5. Leonard Williams feels like the safest bet to lead the Jets in sacks next year. I do think Muhammad Wilkerson will have somewhat of a bounce back year (not to 2015 levels of production) and Sheldon Richardson will be traded. Jordan Jenkins is more of an edge setter than a pure pass rusher and I’m not sure Lorenzo’s Mauldin ceiling is any higher than 6-8 sacks in a season.
6. Fans need to remember that it would be a shock if Morris Claiborne is able to play 16 games this season. The volume of time he has missed speaks for itself. The team should be happy if they can get 10-12 games out of him. This means there is going to be plenty of opportunities for Juston Burris, Daryl Roberts and Marcus Williams. Burris a popular name amongst many but Williams still has shown substantially more, despite a disappointing 2016. It is fair to be excited about the potential of Burris but he was inconsistent at best as a part time player and was a fourth round pick for a reason.
7. Considering the state of the depth chart and talent level at the positions in this class, I’d anticipate the Jets using at least 2, if not 3 picks on secondary players in the NFL Draft. Their projected starters right now are Claiborne, Williams, Buster Skrine, Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor, needless to say that is not going to cut it.
8. I’d also look for the Jets to add a returner at some point, in the everlasting hunt to improve their abysmal special teams. Also do not write off Ross Martin’s chances of beating out Chandler Catanzaro for the kicking job.
9. It would be have been smarter to sign either Matt McGloin or TJ Yates to a one year deal for pennies than Josh McCown to a one year deal for 6 million dollars. McCown has no track record of being a good quarterback or a successful mentor for on field play, despite his well earned reputation as a great guy in the locker room. If we are being blunt all McCown has done in his NFL career is a lose and turn the football over at a high volume…and he is now 38.
10. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is not the Jets answer at tight end.
11. Deon Simon is the Jets long term answer at nose tackle. Wesley Johnson is their long term answer at center.
12. This is the year the Jets wise up about Bilal Powell. He is going to exceed 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career and add on 50+ receptions for good measure.
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