Every Wednesday or Thursday during the NFL season (and offseason), Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining.
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New York Jets Deep Sleepers
Dakota Dozier – He has stuck around the roster for a few years as a backup and situational tight end in short yardage situations. The coaching staff remains high on his potential despite him being acquired by the previous regime. If Brian Winters can’t stay healthy or James Carpenter struggles with the transition to a zone blocking scheme (the former more likely than the latter), Dozier may finally get a chance for extended playing time.
Neal Sterling – One of the many, many people competing for reps at the wide open tight end spot. Sterling is more of an oversized receiver than a tight end but worked himself into playing time last year and closed the season with a somewhat eye opening performance against New England. He has enough athleticism to potentially stick around as a situational weapon in the passing game with a big preseason.
Brandon Copeland – An under the radar free agent signing who has a chance to compete for playing time in the Jets front seven rotation and be a key player on special teams. The Jets are going to be looking for a pass rush any way they can get it and Copeland has been getting some looks with the first team unit in OTAs.
Xavier Coleman – A 2017 UDFA who made the active roster briefly last year. Cornerback is crowded with question marks after Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine (and even two of those three have question marks). There is no reason to think that with a big camp a player like Coleman couldn’t stick over Juston Burris, Rashard Robinson or Derrick Jones.
Jonotthan Harrison – Played well when he temporarily replaced Wesley Johnson last year (although that is an easy act to follow). Harrison could stick as an interior depth player at both center and guard, considering Spencer Long has struggled with injuries recently and Travis Swanson was fairly awful last season.
Random NFL GIF Of The Week
Look at the legend…
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Overrated Fast Food Of The Week
Denny’s – I recently spent a few days in Florida where the closest and most convenient place for both breakfast and late night inebriated eating was Denny’s. The price was cheap on the menu but steep on the insides. You want to avoid “nachos” buried under so much sour cream you can’t see the chips and tater tots that taste like a used bath towel. Maybe I am smug about diners because I am from Jersey but Denny’s is a no go moving forward.
TV and Movie Commentary Of The Week
Billions – The season dragged a little in the middle but similar to last year finished at its strongest. You can’t have endless years of Axe and Chuck battling each other so teaming them up before they are inevitably back at each other’s throats should make for a strong fourth season. Also the guy who plays JOCK JEFFCOAT (what a ludicrous name) is terrific.
The Affair – I couldn’t believe it when I saw a commercial for this show. How is this still on?
Westworld – Still unnecessarily confusing and verbose (looking at you Anthony Hopkins) but still much better than season 1 and worth a watch every week. Last week the show at its absolute best.
Solo – I don’t know how you are a Star Wars fan and don’t enjoy this movie. No, it isn’t perfect but both the actor who played Lando and Han executed the nearly impossible task of holding their own in iconic roles. It was fun, uptempo and stood alone well similar to Rogue One.
New York Jets Schedule Tidbits
- Only two of the Jets first eight games are against teams who made the 2017 playoffs.
- Four of the Jets final six games are against teams who made the 2017 playoffs with the other two against Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson.
- The Jets go from October 1st to October 28th without playing an away game.
- Three of the Jets four first games are on the road, where their record is 4-12 over the past two years.
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