Joe Belic with optimistic, yet realistic predictions for the New York Jets 2020 season
2020 hasn’t exactly been what many of us envisioned as we counted down the seconds heading into a new year. The Jets have a bumpy runway ahead of them, and all the turbulence around the Jamal Adams situation hasn’t made things smoother. I understand the skepticism surrounding the season and, yes, the roster remains a work in progress. Still, the addition of some key pieces along the offensive line, one of the best slot receivers in the league, a potential future HOF in the backfield, and the return of a specific dynamic playmaker keeps me hopeful. Amidst the turmoil, below are some optimistic yet realistic predictions for the upcoming season.
Joe Belic with a deep dive on New York Jets 4th round pick, OL Cameron Clark
The Jets had some question marks in terms of run blocking going into the draft but addressed the issue with two absolute maulers: Mekhi Becton and Cameron Clark.
Clark, the 129th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft, played left tackle all four seasons for the UNC Charlotte 49ers, but it’s widely believed he’s best suited to play guard at the next level.
One part brain and one part brawn, Clark is the perfect combination of smarts and down-right nastiness; his sheer will to dominate defenders is at the heart of his game. A natural-born leader, his stacked resume includes Dean’s list, offensive MVP, and team captain. Extremely durable to boot, Clark started 31 straight games during his collegiate career.
Joe Belic with a deep dive into New York Jets 4th round pick, La’Mical Perine featuring an interview with Matt Waldman of FootballGuys.Com
Running back La’Mical Perine proved Gators don’t sweat as he tweeted “Patience”—a virtue he possesses both on and off the field—while awaiting his turn to be chosen in the NFL Draft.
Many suspected Gang Green would address the position due to lack of depth and Le’Veon Bell’s questionable return for the 2021 season. With their first pick (No. 120) in the fourth round, the New York Jets selected the bruising runner out of Florida.
Joe Belic with initial reaction to the New York Jets trading for CB Quincy Wilson
Once again, Gang Green adds additional talent to its arsenal of defensive players by trading the 211th pick to the Indiana Colts for cornerback Quincy Wilson.
Initial reaction to the New York Jets selecting Florida RB La’Mical Perine
The first pick of day three for the New York Jets was Florida RB La’Mical Perine, as they continued to address offensive support for Sam Darnold. Perine will have a good opportunity to immediately become RB2 on a thin Jets depth chart that may also bring back Bilal Powell and is preparing for Le’Veon Bell to likely move on after the 2020 season. Perine’s athleticism does not jump off the page but he has a well rounded game and is a good pass catcher out of the backfield, which is a mandate for running back’s in today’s NFL.
Joe Belic with final stats and a final mock draft for the New York Jets heading into NFL Draft night
The long-awaited day has finally arrived, and the NFL Draft is just hours away. Some fans remain firm on their favored course of action, while others have remained ambivalent. In an effort to add some arsenal to your convictions or potentially help sway your opinion, below are some thoughts and stats that could be useful. Happy Draft Day Jets fans!!!
Joe Belic with a 7 round mock for the Jets…chock full of trades
Joe Douglas is always on my mind whenever I peruse the aisles of my local grocery store: Trader Joe’s. I can’t help but to think about Joe’s personal draft day shopping list. We’re all familiar with team needs, but how he plans to cook up results is up for debate. Nevertheless, I can’t assume Joe is satisfied with his capital, and he will have to figuratively become Trader Joe as bartering may be the only option to fulfill the checklist. I expect the components to be anything but bland; it’ll take a mix of ingredients to create the perfect recipe for success.
Joe Belic on what Adam Gase’s history says about who the New York Jets could take in the NFL Draft
Collaboration is an integral part of Joe Douglas’ philosophy. While with the Eagles, Douglas worked in unison with Howie Roseman (GM), Doug Pederson (HC), and the rest of the team. In a recent article, Manish Meta supported this notion further with an in-depth analysis of Douglas’ draft process.
This approach is a far cry from the divisiveness that was characteristic of previous regimes and a reason for Jets fans to remain hopeful. There is a lot to be optimistic about a GM willing to utilize all of his resources. Yet, the degree to which Adam Gase will influence the decision-making process has been a point of contention; clearly, Gase isn’t beloved among the fanbase. Considering Douglas believes in selecting players that fit his coach’s system and Gase’s voice will undoubtedly be heard, how will this impact Gang Green during the draft and ultimately in the future?
Joe Belic on how the New York Jets should go about continuing to build their offensive line
Selecting a wide receiver with the eleventh pick has gained some momentum this past week as both Todd McShay and Brian Costello mocked Jerry Jeudy (WR) to the Jets. Nonetheless, with a deep class and an offensive line under construction, taking a wide receiver that early is a luxury the Jets can’t afford. The disparity between run and pass blocking remains a concern, and all the more reason to target an OL with the first selection.
Mock drafts have emerged as the lifeblood of the draft season craze. Various scenarios can, in a heartbeat, not only make one feel uplifted but also discouraged. With that said, I hope this particular piece evokes the former and leaves you with an optimistic view of what’s to come.
Note: I understand most fans, including myself, covet the “Big Four,” but we need to prepare for the likelihood that they won’t be available. In this particular outline, I have the Jets trading down. While I recognize it might not be the desired option by some, it yields the Jets some extra picks and the ability to address other needs.