Daniel Essien with a breakdown of the evolution of the running back position in recent years to kick off TOJ Digital’s new podcast: BUCK THE TREND
Trends in the NFL often start a whisper and eventually turn into a violent scream. So it has been with the evolution of the running back position in recent years. The amount of talent coming into the league at this position has really increased over the last few years. Let’s look at what is different about today’s modern running backs as opposed to the ones entering the league a few years ago. Also, we’ll look at a few examples of how they’re utilized schematically. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the direction of the Jets’ running back depth chart in light of all this.
Listen to further discussion on this topic and more in our new podcast: BUCK THE TREND. Check out episode 1 below and look out soon for the iTunes feed!
Daniel Essien breaks down reasonable expectations for New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams in 2018..
New York Jets 2015 1st round selection Leonard Williams has had a mostly positive tenure with the team so far. However, there has been discussion regarding Williams’ production the last few seasons. It’s arguable that he hasn’t played up to the standards of his 6th overall selection. Let’s examine how his play stacks up to his peers and why this year is the time for him to take the next step.
The Jets selected Virginia State RB Trenton Cannon 204th overall. Daniel Essien gives his initial reaction to the pick.
The New York Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon with the 204th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are a few initial thoughts:
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The Jets selected UCONN DL Folorunso Fatukasi 180th overall. Daniel Essien gives his initial reaction to the pick.
The New York Jets selected UCONN defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the 180th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are a few initial thoughts:
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The Jets selected Tulane CB Parry Nickerson 179th overall. Daniel Essien gives his initial reaction to the pick.
The New York Jets selected Tulane Cornerback Parry Nickerson with the 179th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Here’s an initial reaction to the pick.
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Dan Essien explores the effects of positional competition when it comes to player development in the NFL…
The New York Jets are in the process of rebuilding their roster. A key element to that is player development. One of the most underrated elements of player development in football is positional competition. It’s true that talent often rises to the top regardless of what’s around them. But an often overlooked potential accelerant to development is who’s making them better in the days between games. Typically the best help a player can get midweek is great coaching. But often its their teammates that drive them to get better. I’m not talking about players at the same position competing here, though. I’m talking about iron sharpening iron. Offensive players making defensive players better and visa versa. QB vs. secondary, safety vs. tight end, wide receiver vs. cornerback, etc. Let’s take a look at the role of counter-positional competition in player development.
Daniel Essien explores whether it is smart to redshirt a rookie quarterback in the NFL…
There’s a seemingly never-ending debate amongst football fans about how to properly develop a quarterback. Some say every young quarterback should be allowed to sit and grow as much as they need before throwing them into a starting role. Others say there’s no better teacher than game experience. Do young QB’s benefit from a “redshirt” year or more, where they can sit and learn? Can it be the difference between ruining a career and allowing a player to blossom? (more…)
Dan Essien with initial reaction to the Jets bringing back CB Morris Claiborne…
The New York Jets re-signed Morris Claiborne to a 1 year deal this evening. Claiborne is their second CB signing of free agency after they signed Trumaine Johnson earlier. Here are some initial thoughts…
Daniel Essien with a review of what franchise building strategies the New York Jets can learn from the Eagles Super Bowl run…
The Philadelphia Eagles lost an MVP front-runner to a season ending knee injury and somehow pulled together for a successful Super Bowl run. How does that sort of phenomenon happen? There’s a reason why they didn’t fold and it’s not magic. Every good team has checks and balances that help them overcome obstacles along the way. All teams are talented but not all teams piece together the right talent in terms of both players and coaches.
Dan Essien reviews the statistical objectives for the New York Jets in this past season…
As we head into the offseason, it’s always good to take a look at expectations from before the season to get a better idea of the road ahead. Before training camp started, we made statistical objectives for key players on offense and defense. We focused on the players whose contributions were most anticipated. A great deal of roster moves, injuries, and unexpected decisions affected these objectives throughout the year, even just before the regular season started. Let’s highlight a few key players which were able to meet and even exceed their objectives and those fell well short.