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.
Joe Belic with a deep dive on the fits of George Fant and Connor McGovern on the New York Jets offensive line
The Jets didn’t exactly make the splash in free agency fans hoped for when the front office targeted George Fant on the first day of the tampering period. However, Fant’s athleticism remains intriguing and characteristic of what to expect for the future of the offensive line.
Joe Belic with thoughts on Quinnen Williams arrest last night.
The drama that is the New York Jets took another twist yesterday when 2019 first-round pick Quinnen Williams was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon at New York’s La Guardia Airport. Although it’s unclear right now what the immediate punishment will be from the league and law enforcement, several questions remain: Was the gun “loaded”? Is this another Plaxico Burress situation?
Joe Belic with five targets the New York Jets could be looking at during this year’s NFL Scouting Combine
The lights are up, and the tree is decorated. For what you ask? The NFL combine, and in my household, it’s a national holiday. While I have my eye on many prospects, in this week’s Joe Jet 5, I examine a few targets that may appear on Joe Douglas’ radar (during days 2-4), who could potentially end up donning the green and white this upcoming season.
Joe Belic dives into Joe Douglas’ draft history and predicts his approach for the New York Jets in 2020
As holes are filled in free agency, draft day targets could change. Regardless, Joe Douglas and the Jets have already been linked to several prospects, namely at positions of need. By evaluating Douglas’ draft history, in this week’s Joe Jet 5, I address the most discussed positions and predict where they will likely be selected.
Joe Belic with five second tier free agent targets for the New York Jets
We all have our favorite targets this offseason, but with 32 teams competing for top players, it’s fair to say many coveted candidates will be donning other uniforms. Gang Green must dig deep to fill multiple holes, and in this week’s Joe Jet 5, I list some second-tier free agents Joe Douglas could single out.
Joe Belic on ways for the New York Jets to fix their running game in 2020
Running styles and scheme fits remained hot topics this season. Inevitably, with a failed run game, some obvious questions have been raised. Aside from the offensive line, what were the main issues, and what can the Jets do going forward?
When attempting to construct a wall to protect their QB, the last general manager used straw and sticks in place of concrete and bricks, especially at the center position, where it’s become common knowledge that weak play could have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the unit. While fixing the offensive line in one offseason may appear overly optimistic, in this week’s Joe Jet 5, I outline solutions to the problems upfront.