After losing out on Joe Thuney and apparently—for whatever reason—not being interested in Corey Linsley, Joe Douglas added some competition to the OL room this free agency season with the acquisition of Dan Feeney on a one-year deal worth up to $4.25 million. Feeney, a former third-round pick from Indiana University, has experience at both guard and center, fitting Douglas’ versatility profile.
Will Parkinson chats with Joe Caporoso and Kristian Dyer in this episode of TOJ Pod.
On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast, Will Parkinson is joined by Joe Caporoso to discuss the Jets’ free agent moves including Carl Lawson and Cory Davis. Will is then joined by Kristian Dyer of NFL Draft Bible to talk QBs, potentially trading back, which player to select at 23, and some sleepers on Day 2 and Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
On this episode of Draft SZN, the guys discuss the WRs of the 2021 Draft Class.
On this episode of Draft SZN, DA Osorio, Joe Belic, Michael Meegan, and James Kuntz discuss the 2021 WR Draft Class from a Jets perspective. They analyze a variety of prospects and topics including:
-How good is Jaylen Waddle? Can he make it to pick 23?
-Who’s a better fit for the Deebo Samuel role in this offense: Kadarious Toney or Rondale Moore?
-Would you rather have Ja’Marr Chase or Amari Cooper?
-The route-running prowess of Elijah Moore
-And several other WRs the Jets should be targeting in the Draft!
DA Osorio provides his take on the Jets’ first day of free agency.
The New York Jets, armed with a treasure trove of cap space, made their first two big splashes in free agency by signing former first round Wide Receiver Corey Davis from and a TOJ favorite going back to his Auburn days in former Bengals EDGE Carl Lawson. The contracts are a 3 year, $37.5M deal with $27 million guaranteed for Davis and a 3 year, $45M with $30M guaranteed for Lawson.
Dan Essien with a quick follow-up on an old take about how to assemble a great pass rush.
Two years ago I wrote about the importance of variety along the defensive line particularly when it comes to establishing a consistent and effectiveness pass rush. Several teams have exemplified the value of this approach since then. I’m bringing it back partly to explore new examples for further emphasis. I’m also revisiting this topic because Robert Saleh and the new regime will value edge pressure more than the previous one did. FINALLY.
Stephen Russo shares his thoughts on the Jets before free agency begins.
We are on the brink of the most exciting time in a Jets fans’ world… NFL Free Agency. With the always confusing oxymoron of “legal tampering” beginning Monday at noon, the entire fanbase is set to refresh twitter 5,000 times a day waiting for Adam Schefter to break the news that the Jets are signing every free agent they’ve been linked to for the past 4 months… or maybe that’s just me. While the games that they have actually played over the last decade have left much to be desired, the month of March typically brings the excitement that has filled that void for us fans, and it is set to live up to expectation yet again in 2021. However this time, it’s just a little different. The Jets and Joe Douglas find themselves in a very rare and fortunate position.
As Free Agency begins and kickstarts the offseason, the Jets have money to spend in a buyer’s market. The team has holes to fill in a lot of places – basically everywhere except for left tackle and interior defensive line. The free agent pond is stocked with potential targets that would immediately improve the Jets barren roster. Targets at interior offensive line like Joe Thuney and Corey Linsley. Top wide receivers will be on the market like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kenny Golladay and Curtis Samuel. Their long-awaited solution at edge rusher could be solved with Carl Lawson, Bud Dupree or Trey Hendrickson – or a combination of them. Teams aren’t built through free agency, but it sure is a good way to add necessary pieces. Joe Douglas finds himself in a favorable position where his team has the 3rd most cap space in the NFL ($22M more than the 4th ranked team and with more potential depending on roster moves) in a year where the salary cap was reduced and many teams are doing everything they can to get themselves out of the red. Douglas can take advantage of this market and the Jets rare position to get aggressive and pay the “Jets Tax” to get quality starters into Florham Park to build this roster his way.
The draft is only 6 weeks away and yet again, Douglas is in another advantageous scenario – to his credit. The Jets will have a total of 9 picks (potentially more with a Darnold trade) and 5 picks in the first three rounds. The Jets have many needs, but the positions where they should put value – OL, WR, CB, EDGE – the draft is rich in.
The most important question of the offseason is what will the Jets do at quarterback? Well, whatever the answer ends up being, the Jets are in a good spot. They hold the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft where they will have their pick of 3 legitimate top QB prospects that every Jets fan should be excited about in Fields, Wilson and Lance. That same pick could be the key to land Deshaun Watson, who is a top 5 quarterback in this league already at the age of 25 and is somehow miraculously available for a trade (despite what the Texans say). If they choose to move Darnold, they will almost certainly get a 2nd round pick and another later round pick, and be able to continue to stockpile talent at important positions… a foreign concept to previous regimes. And, albeit the worst of all scenarios, if they choose to keep Darnold, they will undoubtedly get a haul back for the 2nd overall pick and be able to continue to round out this roster with premium capital.
We can only speculate what Joe Douglas’ plan for the 2020 season was. From the outside, it looks like he set it up as an evaluative year where he could take a holistic look at the entire roster and coaching staff, and objectively see what he had and what he needed. Anyone would agree that it turned out better than he could have hoped. Now, he finds himself with a new coach that everyone is fawning over, a boatload of cap space in a talent rich free agent pool where he can outspend almost any other team, and a litany of draft picks at his disposal to rebuild this roster.
Joe Douglas, with a little luck, put himself in a nice situation. It is his job to capitalize. This IS the offseason to do it. The days of 5 year rebuilds are long gone. He has a chance to turn this team into a competitor immediately. No more half-measures, no more saving for a rainy day. The time is NOW.
Buckle up, Jets fans. It’s going to be a wild ride.
On this episode of TOJ Pod, Will Parkinson chats with Rich Cimini, who covers the Jets for ESPN, and Connor Rogers, a draft analyst at Bleacher Report. He and Connor chat about several timely topics including:
– Position by Position Jets Targets
– Players to watch for in the Draft
– Marcus Maye/Sam’s Future
He also talks with Rich about:
– The #2 Pick
– Free Agent Targets
– Covering Adam Gase
– The Rex Years/Beefing with Revis
Will Parkinson interviews Steven Ruiz of FTW.
On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast, Will Parkinson is joined by Stephen Ruiz of USA Today’s For the Win as they discuss:
-Wilson vs Fields
-Wilson vs Watson
-Free Agent WR/TE Preview
-AFC QB Preview
Episode 4 of our audio docuseries on Robert Saleh, featuring Mike Tanier…available exclusively on the Badlands Patreon!
Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers are joined by Mike Tanier to discuss the New York Jets front office and organization post Robert Saleh hire. Joe and Connor also do a deep dive on how they expect the team to be covered in 2021 and expectations for the new GM/HC duo…
- Episode 1, The Hiring F/Peter Schrager
- Episode 2, The Defense F/ Tom Kislingbury
- Episode 3, The Offense F/ Steven Ruiz
Will Parkinson chats with Jeane Coakley of SNY.
On this episode of TOJ Pod, Will Parkinson interviews Jeane Coakley of SNY covering topics such as:
– Keeping Sam?
– Free Agency Needs
– Favorite Coaches and Players She’s Covered
– Michael Jordan and Scott Burrell
– Best Athlete in the Burrell/Coakley Household