Welcome back to another edition of the Turn On The Jets 12 Pack. It is offseason time…also known as the best time of the year for the New York Jets (at least over the past 8 years).
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Ranking the top twelve offensive free agents the Jets should be considering as of today…
1 – Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers – We have went over this argument ad nauseam but Bell is a free agent anomaly the Jets are in position to take advantage of. This team desperately needs running and receiving talent…Bell checks both boxes and helps compensate for a lackluster receiver free agent class. With over 100 million in cap space, a quarterback on a rookie deal who needs all the help he can get and limited in-house talent to pay, the Jets can sign Bell and still address their host of other needs with room to spare. There is no reason they shouldn’t be the highest bidder in free agency for him.
2 – Matt Paradis, Center, Denver Broncos – The Jets need a long term answer at center after wandering through the desert with Wesley Johnson and Spencer Long in recent years. Paradis is one of the best centers in the NFL and is under 30 years old…however, his season ended in early November with a fractured fibula. If Denver does let him walk, the Jets need to be willing to take a swing on him (pending physical and medicals looking okay). Sam Darnold needs substantially better protection and it all starts in the middle.
3 – Mitch Morse, Center, Kansas City Chiefs – Started 11 games for the Chiefs last season and put together a strong year (PFF’s #13 ranked overall center). At only 27 years old, he will get paid well if he hits the open market and he may get there with some of the other players the Chiefs need to pay. The Jets need to find a way to land him or Paradis
4 – Roger Saffold, Guard, Los Angeles Rams –Despite already being 30, the Jets shouldn’t be shy about pursuing Saffold, one of the better guards in the NFL. He has played 46 of 48 games the past three years and should be able to give them a pair of productive seasons, at least, that coincides well with Darnold’s rookie contract. The Jets need an upgrade for both James Carpenter and Brian Winters this offseason, replacing both may be unrealistic but replacing at least one is mandatory.
5 – Mark Giowinski, Guard, Indianapolis Colts – An above average starting guard who is only 26. He doesn’t have the name recognition of Saffold but could end up being a better investment. Unfortunately, the Colts are one of the few teams in the NFL with even more cap space than the Jets and considering the emphasis they have put on their offensive line, it seems unlikely they won’t find a way to bring him back.
6 – Adam Humphries, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Bucs – Only 25 years old and has compiled 192 receptions over the past three seasons, improving his production with each passing year…capped by 76 reception. 816 yard, 5 touchdown 2018 campaign. Those numbers would have led the Jets across the board, outside of touchdowns. Humphries has good size (5’11, 195 pounds) for a player who works predominantly inside the numbers. This would be a wise, forward thinking investment and add much needed talent and depth to the Jets receiving group.
7 – Trent Brown, Tackle, New England Patriots – In a thin class of offensive tackles, Brown may be the top option. He started 16 games for the Patriots this season and has held up well. The Jets need depth and youth at tackle, particularly with Brandon Shell coming back from a serious injury and Kelvin Beachum heading into the final year of his contract at 30 years old. The Jets literally cannot add enough offensive line bodies this offseason, particularly if it helps weaken New England.
8 -Tevin Coleman, Running Back, Atlanta Falcons – A fallback plan for Le’Veon Bell. Coleman is 25 years old and has gradually increased his production each passing season. In 2018, he received his most overall work with DeVonta Freeman missing most of the season and put up 800 yards on 167 carries (4.8 YPC) and also added 32 receptions for 276 yards and a whopping 5 receiving touchdowns. Coleman is ideally paired with another inside runner and is basically the super rich man’s version of Elijah McGuire.
9 – Jamison Crowder, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins – An underrated free agent, coming off the only year of his four year career where he seriously struggled with injuries. From 2015-2017, Crowder racked up 192 receptions and 12 touchdowns. He is an explosive player from the slot who can do what Albert Wilson was doing for Miami’s offense last year, prior to getting hurt.
10 – Donovan Smith, Tackle, Tampa Bay Bucs – I’d put Ju’Wan James here but I don’t think him and Adam Gase will be working together again. Smith has started every game of his career at left tackle for the Bucs after being a second round pick in 2015, gradually improving each passing season. He is only 25 years old and would provide a potential younger upgrade to Kelvin Beachum, who is 4 years older and also give the team more overall flexibility and depth at tackle…a priority with Brandon Shell recovering from a major injury.
11 – Quenton Spain, Guard, Tennessee Titans – A middle of the road starting guard who is only 27 years old. He is a good option to push Brian Winters or potentially replace James Carpenter…or simply just add better depth if the Jets whiff elsewhere on the interior offensive line.
12 – Demetrius Harris, Tight End, Kansas City Chiefs – A massive target with intriguing athleticism, who does not get many looks in the Chiefs loaded offense. Harris is a high upside swing who could add much needed juice to the Jets two tight end looks and fill in the first few weeks of the year when Chris Herndon is likely suspended. The Jets have to do better than Jordan Leggett or Eric Tomlinson playing 30+ snaps each week.
I will be on the ground next weekend in Atlanta (yes, somehow I have found myself Super Bowl tickets) so we will have further coverage from there next week. Expecting to see an exciting game with a few surprises. Due to a history of success, the Patriots enter the Super Bowl as favorites but as Sports Betting Dime points out the underdog has been wildly successful as of late. Here’s hoping, that the recent trend of underdog Super Bowl wins (the betting underdogs have won 6 of the last 7 Super Bowls) continues with a hungry Rams squad. (PLEASE).