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7:00 PM – A new free agency recap BUFFET!
Overall, it has been a fairly quiet day so far. The Jets have added Spencer Long and have had rumored interest in a few other players but nothing else has moved. It will be interesting to see how aggressive they are in the back half of this week with needs still at corner, tight end and linebacker. A few names to still consider: Eric Ebron, Luke Wilson, Rahsaan Melvin, EJ Gaines, DaQuan Jones, Alex Okafor. Vinny Curry is also likely on the trade market.
Talked more about all this here!
3:30 PM – A quick thought on Tyrann Mathieu and “fitting” in the Jets defense:
Part of the reason the Jets drafted Jamal Adams with the 6th overall pick was his versatility. He has the ability to line up at strong safety, free safety, slot corner and outside linebacker. At one point or another, he played all of those positions for the Jets last year. Mathieu is similar when it comes to versatility. He can play any of those four positions, meaning Todd Bowles should have the ability to integrate them both alongside Marcus Maye. You get your best eleven players on the field. You can’t convince me the Jets are better served with Buster Skrine out there in the slot instead of Mathieu when they are in “nickel” (which is their base set anyway) or that they are better served in a more traditional alignment with somebody like Lorenzo Mauldin or Josh Martin out there. The Jets need playmakers and they need pieces with the versatility to play against a multitude of schemes. Mathieu checks those boxes. This is what you create cap space for.
1:22 PM: – Dalbin Osorio Twitter The Cardinals have informed Tyrann Mathieu that he is being released, per Jay Glazer. The Honey Badger was one of the six players I thought the #Jets should try and target via trade, but now that he will be a free agent the #Jets become the odds on favorite to sign him. Mathieau is a playmaker, sound tackler, excellent in pass coverage, and underrated as a blitzer. He is coming off a 78 tackle, 2 INT, 1 sack season, and is two seasons removed from a 89 tackle, 5 INT, one sack season. His versatility as a corner and a safety would allow the #Jets and Todd Bowles to run the exotic looks they love to run, and does not necessarily mean they will cut Buster Skrine considering they have cap space and need CB depth behind Trumaine Johnson. I would actually put Honey Badger joining the Jets at 85%, and think he signs with them fairly quickly. Rich Cimini tweeted that he does not think Morris Claiborne will be re-signed, which means the Jets still have the need for experienced cornerback depth. Skrine isn’t as bad as some Jets fans say he is (in fact, i’d argue he is Maccagnan’s best free agent signing), and he holds value as a slot corner and a blitzer as well. If i’m the Jets, I wouldn’t be so quick to release him.
Also a reminder, WE GOT GEAR!
It was interesting to see the Jets be a serious contender for RB Jerick McKinnon, who ultimately scored a monster contract from San Francisco. Clearly, the Jets are not satisfied with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. I wonder if they keep poking around on other available players like Rex Burkhead, Jeremy Hill and Orleans Darkwa. This regime has never used Powell properly and despite him being one of this blogger’s favorite players, it would not surprise me if they tried to trade him for a late round pick.
Outside of that, I’d look for the Jets to still be active at corner and defensive line. – Joe Caporoso
10:53 AM – When Jets fans were ever so close to jumping ship on Mike Maccagnan, he came through. Now it’s time to build on those moves. The Jets just signed Spencer Long (MORE THOUGHTS HERE) who (whatever you do don’t look at his PFF grades) can play center or guard. I personally was in on the Weston Richburg camp and if not him then go get Ryan Jensen but Long is a substantial upgrade over Wesley Johnson who served better as a revolving door at a hotel entrance than he did at center.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2018
The rest of the time should be spent upgrading cornerback, tight end and edge. There are still higher level players out on the market at those positions and the Jets could still come out of this free agency period with a playoff caliber team. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. – Greg Armstrong
7:30 AM – Good morning! First, a recap of yesterday’s action (we covered McCown and Crowell in the running blog):
Today, the focus is on addressing the center position, continuing to improve cornerback, and hopefully making additions at tight end and outside linebacker. A handful of names to prospectively watch: Ryan Jensen, Spencer Long, Justin Pugh, Alex Okafor, Bark Mingo, Tyler Eifert, Ed Dickson, Morris Claiborne, EJ Gaines, DaQuan Jones, Jerick McKinnon and Rahsaan Melvin
…And now GIF SZN
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