Michael Nania on the problem with drafting running backs in the first round of the NFL Draft…
Saquon Barkley’s magic at Penn State has carried over to draft season – and with just two weeks until the NFL Draft, he has the football world considering him not only the best back in the draft, but a potential top two selection. While Barkley certainly possesses a tantalizing array of skills and traits, are NFL teams simply ignoring logic by valuing the running back position that highly?
Michael Nania on how the New York Jets will replace Demario Davis and Austin Seferian-Jenkins…
Coming off of a 5-11 season that was universally considered an over-achievement, the Jets didn’t have much irreplaceable talent to fear losing on the open market. However, they did lose a pair of starters in Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Demario Davis – two players I previously endorsed bringing back.
Michael Nania with the upsides and downsides of each of the New York Jets free agency signings so far…
Considering the weakened state of their roster, just about all of the moves the New York Jets have made figure to be upgrades. However, improving on 2017’s edition of the Jets is but a lowly task. The end goal is to build a championship contender. Have the deals the Jets have made put the team on a healthy path towards contention?
Michael Nania grades Mike Maccagnan’s 2015 draft class, three years later…
Oftentimes, we say that a draft class deserves three years of playing time and development before it can be truly judged. As Mike Maccagnan gets set for his fourth offseason as the Jets’ General Manager, his inaugural 2015 draft class is about to hit its third birthday. With three full seasons of football in the books for that group of six, let’s take a look at how they have performed, and compare that performance level to the expectations for the class following the 2015 draft.
Michael Nania on offensive free agents the New York Jets should avoid…
There’s still about a month to go until the floodgates of free agency open, but the options that the New York Jets need to be targeting have already been discussed ad nauseam. Kirk Cousins. Ryan Jensen. Allen Robinson. These are names that would be tremendous solutions in areas that have been problems for the Jets, including some of which that have been issues for an extremely long time. Still, we all know real life isn’t franchise mode in Madden and that the Jets aren’t going to get every top target.
Michael Nania on three second-tier free agent quarterback options for the New York Jets to consider…
The New York Jets quarterback room is as bare as it has ever been, which is saying something when discussing this franchise. However, the Jets have the luxury of there being a bevy of tantalizing options for solving their quarterback issue this offseason. Kirk Cousins and the top draft prospects have received the most attention, but is a future Jet quarterback actually lingering in the second tier of the free agency market?
Michael Nania with three skill position free agents the New York Jets should purse in free agency…
Skill positions are not where Mike Maccagnan needs to be looking first to invest premium free agency dollars. There are plenty of more important holes elsewhere, and the Jets’ RB and WR positions are arguably two of the most stable positions on a roster that is anything but. At both positions, they have a combination of intriguing young potential and steady veteran production.
Michael Nania on three internal free agents the New York Jets should bring back in 2018
Most of the attention among New York Jets fans this offseason has gone towards the outside free agents the team should be targeting, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that considering the porous roster they currently have. However, there are a few key pieces from 2017 that are set to hit the market as well. With the extreme amounts of dough Mike Maccagnan and the regime in Florham Park are set to have, they have the wiggle room to play smart in negotiations with their in-house talent. Here are the three they should focus on bringing back:
Michael Nania with the three positions the New York Jets should focus on in free agency
At this point, you are probably well aware the New York Jets are primed to be one of the most cash-laden teams in this year’s free agency period. According to Spotrac, the Jets currently have the 4th-most cap space in the NFL, and with a few cuts could find themselves with upwards of $100 million at their fingertips to rebuild a roster that is in dire need of talent infusion.