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.


New York Jets Coaching Staff Breakdown – Defensive Edition

Clayton Smarslok breaks down the New York Jets defensive coaching staff

The 2018 season will be a very critical year as both Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan enter their fourth season at the helm. Since they were hired in 2015 there have been changes within the coaching staff at many positions on offense, defense and special teams. With a couple new hires for the upcoming season, it will be fascinating to see who makes up the New York Jets coaching staff.

After going into detail for all of the offensive coaches last week, I am now going to dive into the defensive side of the ball. The defensive staff coached the unit to the 22nd ranked scoring defense and 25th ranking in yards allowed. These coaches are all returning from last year so there aren’t major changes but it does mean another year for these players to learn under their tutelage. Let’s take a look at who will help improve this unit for the 2018 season.


New York Jets Coaching Staff Breakdown – Offensive Edition

Clayton Smarslok with an overview of the New York Jets offensive coaching staff heading into 2018

The 2018 season will be a very critical year as both Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan enter their fourth season at the helm. Since they were hired in 2015 there have been changes within the coaching staff at many positions on offense, defense and special teams. With a couple new hires for the upcoming season, it will be fascinating to see who makes up the New York Jets coaching staff.

Over my next few articles I will dive into all three facets of the game, starting on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive staff only has one new hire but one key departure at the most vitol position. With this being said, who is apart of the staff that plans to improve this offense from the 28th ranked unit?


New York Jets – Breaking Down the Backfield Depth

Clayton Smarslok breaks down the New York Jets battle for roster spots at running back

The NFL is long past the days of every team needing an every down back. Excluding a few teams, we are now and have been in the running back by committee era for a few years now. The last time the Jets didn’t go by this was when Thomas Jones was carrying the rock back in 2009, shortly after Curtis Martin held down the position for nearly a decade. However, that’s not to say they haven’t had a successful running game since then. Finishing in the top 12 in rushing in six of the eight seasons, with three of those being in the top six.


New York Jets – Breaking Down the Depth at Cornerback

It only took four offseasons but Todd Bowles finally has what he wants at the cornerback position. It is known he likes his corners to be physical and has the ability play press at the line of scrimmage, which is something the team has lacked for a couple years now. On the outside they have Morris Claiborne coming back on his second consecutive one year deal hoping to prove he is the same player he was for the first half of the 2017 season. Now Claiborne comes in as the #2 on the depth chart rather than the top dog after Maccagnan went out and spent the big bucks to bring Trumaine Johnson over from Los Angeles. Johnson inked a 5 year 72.5 million dollar deal with 45 million guaranteed in March to join this up and coming defense. Having these two long, physical corners on the outside and Buster Skrine as the nickel back will finally allow Bowles to do what he has wanted to do this whole time.


New York Jets – Breaking Down The Defensive End Battle

Clayton Smarslok breaks down the New York Jets positional battle at defensive end

What has long been the premium position for the New York Jets, the defensive end spot has quietly lost some talent over the last couple of years. In 2015 the Jets were flushed with goods to say the least. Muhammed Wilkerson was having a career year, Sheldon Richardson was as versatile as it got for a man his size and Leonard Williams the sixth overall pick and arguably the best player in the 2015 draft. Not to mention they had one of the best nose tackles in the game with Damon “Snacks” Harrison as well. It’s unfortunate they weren’t able to win when those guys were on the roster but now we have a whole new cast of characters to take a look at, outside of Leo of course.

While this was a very busy offseason for the Jets, no position had more changes than defensive end. During the free agency period they released Wilkerson after not living up to the enormous contract hesigned following the 2015 season. The next move actually wasn’t until the draft. Draft weekend came along where they brought in three new guys; two rookies in Nathan Shephard and Foley Fatukasi as well as the 4th year man Henry Anderson who they acquired in a trade with Indianapolis. Those three will be fighting with Xavier Cooper for the remaining 3 spots at the position. With all of these guys in the mix, which one will come out on top?