James Kuntz breaks down Asthyn Davis’ rise from walk-on to the New York Jets by talking with the people who saw his growth first hand…
When Ashtyn Davis was drafted by the Jets, many fans were confused.
At the time, safety was arguably the team’s strongest position, but it soon became clear why Davis was the Jets’ choice. Davis was a consensus top-45 prospect who slipped to pick 79 due to injury. In addition, the Jets were entering a contract year with safety Marcus Maye and under pressure to extend super-star safety Jamal Adams to a record-setting contract. The Jets believed that Davis not only presented inordinate value as a third round pick but could also provide the team with flexibility in its upcoming contract negotiations with Adams and Maye.
As the 2020 season nears closer, it is worth examining which players on the Jets are likely to break-out or regress. This article focuses on three players whom I believe will improve significantly over their 2019 performance and three players who will play worse than they did last season.
James Kuntz lays out the ideal New York Jets coaching staff…
This Saturday, I took on a fun thought exercise: what would an ideal Jets coaching staff would look like?
I ask readers to keep a few things in mind. It is plausible that a new coach might keep one or two high-achieving coaches (G. Williams, B. Boyer, Shawn Jefferson, etc) but is far more likely to gut the operation and start from scratch.
James Kuntz and Dan Essien go over the pros and cons of signing Jadeveon Clowney…
Rumors of the New York Jets’ interest in free agent OLB Jadeveon Clowney were reignited yesterday when new Jets safety Bradley McDougald posted a screenshot of a facetime with Clowney entitled, “Spoke to my boy @clownejd today, told me to the tell the @nyjets to come get him!! Let’s make it happen 🙏🏾”
As a result, it’s worth examining whether the Jets should sign Clowney. In this article, Dan Essien argues for signing Clowney, while James Kuntz argues the contrary.
I will be writing an article a day this week as part of a column entitled “Flying Under the Radar.” Each article will provide short, hard-hitting analysis on 3-4 under-discussed topics regarding players, roster construction, the coaching staff, and the front office. I originally intended to discuss my biggest takeaways from Joe Douglas’ first offseason, but have delayed the release of that article until tomorrow morning, so I can provide my thoughts about the long-term affects of the Jamal Adams trade in this piece.
Here are a three consequences of the Jamal Adams trade that fans should be talking about more:
Continue reading “New York Jets – How the Adams Trade Will Be Used to Build a Super Bowl Team”
James Kuntz with six realistic trade packages for Jamal Adams
This afternoon, Jets’ Safety Jamal Adams requested permission from the Jets to seek a trade.
This comes after months of rising tensions between Adams and the Jets over the timing of Adams’ contract extension.
According to ESPN, Jamal wants a new contract before this season that makes him the highest paid player on the Jets (~17 million annually). Jets’ General Manager Joe Douglas has long maintained that Adams is a foundational piece and the Jets intend to make him a “jet for life.” Reports indicate that the Jets have no intention to extend Adams before next offseason.
James Kuntz with initial reaction to the New York Jets signing backup QB Joe Flacco
The New York Jets signed Quarterback Joe Flacco to a 1 year, $1.5 million deal worth that includes an additional $3 million in incentives. Flacco underwent neck surgery in April and is expected to return by September. Flacco’s signing signifies what is likely to be the final addition to the 2020 Quarterback room, which now includes Darnold, Flacco, James Morgan, and David Fales.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on New York Jets third round pick, Jabari Zuniga
Perhaps the most unpopular Jets Draft Pick of Day 2 is Florida Defensive Lineman Jabari Zuniga. Zuniga is simultaneously an intriguing and confusing prospect: despite being listed as an EDGE Rusher, Zuniga is far more effective on the interior. Adding even more complexity to his evaluation is the fact that, when lined up as a 4-3 end, Zuniga’s above-average explosiveness is often nullified by his inability to consistently react to the snap on time.
Finally, although Zuniga possesses the strength to consistently cave the pocket with his bull rush, he rarely sacks the Quarterback. The question is inevitable: how should we view a player with such anomalous versatility and evident physical talent, who consistently fails to show up on the stat sheet.
First, it’s worth examining how he performs in the two most important phases of play for defensive linemen: pass rush and run defense.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on New York Jets 3rd round pick, defensive back Ashtyn Davis
One of the most surprising picks of Joe Douglas’ inaugural draft class is California Safety Ashtyn Davis, who was selected with the Jets’ first 3rd round pick. Judging from Jets twitter, Davis has quickly become a fan favorite among the 2020 draft class. This article provides a closer look at Davis’ strengths and weaknesses as a player in the form of a scouting report.
James Kuntz breaks down the New York Jets UDFA class
A run down of the New York Jets UDFA class…