Clay’s NFL Draft Cheat Sheet – Week 1 Edition

Clayton Smarslok with his week 1 NFL Draft cheat sheet…

Throughout the 2018 season, I will be starting a weekly rundown of the 2019 NFL Draft prospects, particularly ones that would look nice in the new Jets jerseys next season. So there won’t be much on players like Jonathan Taylor, Cam Akers, Najee Harris or really any members of the amazing 2020 running back class. However, there will be big name prospects, middle round prospects, and some prospects that you may never even heard of. With today being the first official Saturday of the college football season, what better way to start than to give you a quick overview on some of the top players and matchups of week 1, my first (monthly) top 10 big board and a special CFB Playoff and Heisman predictions.


New York Jets – Maccagnan’s Trades & How They Lead to One More

Clayton Smarslok recaps Mike Maccagnan’s history of trades for the New York Jets and how it could lead to one more major one…

Alas, the Jets finally traded Teddy Bridgewater after the long awaited moment. The Jets received the New Orleans Saints 2019 3rd round pick for Bridgewater and their 2019 6th round pick. Over the course of Maccagnan’s 3.5 year tenure with the Jets, he has not been shy about making trades for players. That is just a bit odd because he has always said from the beginning how he wants to build the roster through the draft, but it shows that that he will do what he thinks is necessary to make the team better. Starting from 2015, let’s go through a quick recap of the trades he has made thus far.


New York Jets – Breaking Down The Kicker Battle

Clayton Smarslok breaks down the New York Jets kicker battle

Over the past several years, the special teams unit for the Jets have not been good, abysmal in fact. As poor as it’s been, on return coverage, kick/punt returning, punting, etc., there haven’t been too many issues with how the kickers have performed. Whether it was Jay Feely, Nick Folk, Chandler Catanzaro or even the few games of Randy Bullock, the Jets have been around league average for the most part. However, after letting Catanzaro walk in free agency, it looks like there could be a long year ahead for the kicking unit.


New York Jets – Further Reaction From 2018 Preseason

Clayton Smarslok with thoughts on the New York Jets through three preseason games and an updated 53 man roster projection…

Following the Jets 22-16 loss in the Snoopy Bowl to the New York Giants last night we are unofficially officially done with the preseason. We all know that week 4 is mainly for the players that are fighting for their NFL lives, whether it be for the Jets or another team that scoops them up after the final roster cuts. With that being said, we have seen all that we have needed to see thus far to get ready for week 1 of the regular season against the Detroit Lions.


New York Jets – Closer Look at ILB Neville Hewitt

Clayton Smarslok with a closer look at New York Jets ILB Neville Hewitt, one of the stars of training camp and the preseason for the team…

The inside linebacker position has a bunch of new faces as four of the five currently on the roster are in their first training camp with the New York Jets. Avery Williamson is the biggest new name and is taking over for Demario Davis after he left in free agency. Darron Lee will now be the guy to communicate the plays on every down in his third year. 

Behind those two are Kevin Minter, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Neville Hewitt. Minter has a history playing under Bowles in Arizona in 2013 and 2014, while also being more fit to be the backup at MIKE. Pierre-Louis on the other hand has dealt with some injuries keeping him off the field throughout the summer and is also looking at a one game suspension to start the season. The one thing in his favor is the fact that he is getting paid $2.5 million guaranteed this season. If Maccagnan is okay with letting that money spoil and makes the decision based on who deserves it, the door is wide open for Hewitt to take his spot.


New York Jets – Deeper Look into Camp Standout Tre McBride

Clayton Smarslok with a closer look at New York Jets training camp standout WR Tre McBride…

When you look around at media rankings, you start getting the idea that not many people are very high on the Jets supporting cast on offense. At the receiver spot more specifically, the Jets are severely underrated in my opinion. They enter 2018 with their top two receivers from last year in Jermaine Kearse and potential breakout player Robby Anderson. Joining them are Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor, both of which are returning from an injury plagued 2017 season. Those four have each had over 800 yards in one of the last two years with their quarterbacks being one of Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick and current Jet Josh McCown. If you said a team had a receiver group consisting of that without the names, I’m positive anyone would sign up for that.


New York Jets – In Depth Look At Trenton Cannon

Clayton Smarslok with an in-depth look at New York Jets RB Trenton Cannon, one of the team’s early training camp stars

Most of the discussions of training camp have been about Sam Darnold and how he has performed thus far and rightfully so. There have been other guys that have generated some talk such as Derrick Jones, Parry Nickerson and Doug Middleton among others, but nobody has shined and made a difference in the minds of others more than Trenton Cannon.


New York Jets – Green & White “Scrimmage” Recap

Clayton Smarslok with a recap and review of the New York Jets Green and White scrimmage…

The Jets held their annual Green and White scrimmage last night at Rutgers University for the first time. And let me tell you, the fans did not disappoint, nearly filling out the bottom section. It may not have been an actual scrimmage per se but after some positional drills they did extend the 11 on 11 drills. Here we were able to get a taste of what the depth chart may look like for their first preseason game next Friday. There were plenty of players that produced for last night, but who were the guys that shined the most?


New York Jets – Expectations For Sam Darnold’s Summer

Clayton Smarslok breaks down expectations for Sam Darnold in his first summer as a New York Jets quarterback…

Sam Darnold enters training camp with all eyes on him, both locally and nationally. Only one thing… Darnold has JUST signed his contract. This has caused him to miss all three practices and every meeting in training camp thus far, which in turn will bring even more attention to Darnold and his progress that will be watched even more closely…


New York Jets – Key Dates of the Summer

Clayton Smarslok runs down the key dates to look out for in New York Jets training camp…

There are just about six weeks between the end of minicamp and when the rookies check in for training camp. During this time the players are studying their playbooks, training and getting some vacations in before it’s go time. With rookies checking in next week, football season is literally right around the corner.

Much will happen before the Jets face off against the Detroit Lions in their Week 1 matchup. There are cuts, preseason games, joint practices, etc. So let’s take a look at each key date this summer and what to expect on each.