Twelve quick thoughts on non-Jamal Adams things around the New York Jets…1 – Sam Statistical Milestones: Along with starting 16 games in a season, the following would put Darnold in the top 11 of each statistical category based on last year’s quarterback production:
- 65.9 completion percentage
- 4,002 yards
- 26 touchdowns
- 7.8 YPA
- 96.0 QB Rating
It would be an ambitious jump from his 2019 statistical line but the above is what the production of a top third quarterback in the NFL generally looks like. Separately, you would like to see his interceptions stay flat or decrease while his total rushing yardage goes up to a number closer to his rookie season.
2 – Ashtyn Davis Music: A player the Jets coaching staff is exceptionally high on who has tantalizing speed on the back end. No matter what happens with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in the coming months he is going to play an active role on both defense and special teams. It is worth noting how raw he still is at times, particularly when it comes to tackling. If pushed into a full time role too early, there is going to be some ugly road bumps as he feels out the NFL game. Ultimately, Jets fans should expect to see plenty of him in 2020 but to be patient with his development.
3 – Second Level Chess Piece: I’d look for Patrick Onwuasor to not just be the team’s top backup at inside linebacker but also periodically slide out to edge rusher and be used as a blitzer regularly from both positions.
One of the most underrated LB’s in the league . Don’t sleep https://t.co/XWRWkpaXcH— Tony Jefferson II (@_tonyjefferson) June 24, 2020
4 – Learn On The Fly: This blogger is irrationally excited about the long term potential of second round receiver Denzel Mims and hopes a high volume of targets are funneled his way as a rookie. Let him take any lumps he needs to as a rookie but he is talented enough to be a 1,000 yard receiver by 2021.
5 – The Guy: Jets fans, like all fans, overrate their team’s talent. One player who Jets fans do not overrate when it comes his ceiling and potential impact on the offense is tight end Chris Herndon. It remains to be seen how targets will shake out behind Jamison Crowder, who will inevitably lead the team in them in Adam Gase’s offense (he also doesn’t have a great track record with tight ends) but Herndon is physically gifted enough to consistently be a 60-75 catch tight end who can threaten to exceed 1,000 yards season to season. Let’s hope he stays healthy and gets the opportunities he merits.6 – The Other Guy: While Chris Herndon is an x-factor on offense along with Sam Darnold, Quinnen Williams is the x-factor for the New York Jets defense taking a big step forward. The former third overall pick needs to become a consistent factor as an interior pass rusher. Every NFL player posts offseason workout videos but Williams has emphasized a focus on reshaping his body to be more equipped for the NFL…and he lost the braces. Without a nagging ankle injury and with a year of experience under his belt, hopefully Williams can be a 6-8 sack type guy during his sophomore season.
7 – Buying Short Term Stock On:
- Pierre Desir: A competent, short term Morris Claiborne type band-aid at cornerback.
- Avery Williamson: Will give the Jets a strong, 2018 type season but move on after the season as the team looks to not invest so much at ILB.
8 – Selling Short Term Stock On:
- George Fant: Will start 3 or less games this year and not be on the 2021 roster.
- Brian Winters: Bubble roster player in 2020. Jets are in trouble if he needs to start multiple games.
9 – Buying Long Term Stock On:
- Cameron Clark: A mid round steal who could potentially start on the interior in 2021 for the Jets offensive line.
- Bryce Hall: Hopefully can log a few starts down the stretch this year and be primed as a potential starter in 2021.
10 – Selling Long Term Stock On:
- Trevon Wesco: Maccagnan leftover who may not make 2020 roster.
- Blake Cashman: See above.
11 – Random Stat #1: The Jets were tied with Pittsburgh last year for dead last in the NFL in offensive touchdowns per game at 1.6.
12 – Ramdon Stat #2: Sam Darnold was 22nd in the NFL last season in net yards per passing play at 5.9. Go more vertical, Gase!