Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – Preseason Week 2

Mike Donnelly with a Turn On The Jets Stock Watch on the New York Jets heading into week 2 of the pre-season

As the Jets head into their second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, there are plenty of issues surrounding the team. First and foremost is obviously the quarterback situation, but that is far from the only position battle that will determine the success of the 2013 Jets. Let’s go ahead and do some more buying and selling of all things Jets.  Continue reading “Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – Preseason Week 2”

Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – New York Jets Preseason Edition

Mike Donnelly with a Turn On The Jets Stock Watch previewing the New York Jets pre-season

Ahh, the start of NFL football, it is the most wonderful time of the year! Like little kids patiently waiting on Christmas Eve to open presents the next morning, New York Jets fans everywhere are giddy with anticipation as we prepare ourselves to open up our presents in a mere few hours and see what Santa brought us this football season. Will we open some shiny boxes and find our very own diamond in the rough like Victor Cruz this preseason (Ryan Spadola?), or will we get more lumps of Gholston (Vlad Ducasse)? Will Geno Smith shine as the latest in a long line of possible savior quarterbacks? Or will Mark Sanchez beat him out and try to bounce back from a disastrous 2012?

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Projecting New York Jets Fantasy Football Potential

Mike Donnelly projects the fantasy football value of the New York Jets skill position players

June has arrived and before we know it, we’ll be breaking down mini-camp, then training camp and then the preseason. We’ll turn around and then the Bucs will be in town to kick off the 2013 season with their hopefully less than 100% healthy star cornerback and we’ll all rejoice that another football season has arrived. But almost as importantly, while all these things are going on, it means that fantasy football season has arrived, and it is never too early to start preparing so you can earn bragging rights and humiliate your friends on the fantasy gridiron. Today we are going to take a look at the roster and see which New York Jets are going to be worth taking a look at come draft day, and which are, umm, not.

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Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – Non Quarterback, Roster Review Edition

Mike Donnelly with a Turn On The Jets Stock Watch reviewing the New York Jets roster outside of the quarterback position

This may come as a surprise to many people out there, but there are going to be 51 other players on this team come September that are not named Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez. I know, I know, that seems crazy based on the media coverage of this team, but believe me, it is true. And not only that, but those 51 players are going to have a major impact on the fate of the 2013 Jets. Of course, the way the roster looks today won’t be the way it looks when the fourth preseason game comes to a close, but we do have a pretty good idea of where things stand. Let’s go ahead and buy and sell some slightly under-the-radar Jets positions and players.

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Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – NFL Draft Edition

Mike Donnelly with a Stock Watch on how the New York Jets should approach the NFL Draft

Now that the free agency period has cooled down, we have a better idea of what the Jets roster will look like heading into the draft. John Idzik has done a solid job cheaply plugging a few holes so that the team won’t be forced to address any specific position when they’re on the clock come draft day. But that’s not to say that the roster is set across the board. Let’s take a look at some of the changes the team made at a few positions — and the specific players playing those positions — and what roles they will play in John Idzik’s decision making process during the 2013 draft.

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Turn On The Jets Free Agency Day 1 Stock Watch

Mike Donnelly is buying and selling the early moves in NFL free agency

As we all know, the NFL league year started yesterday at 4:00 pm, and with that came the beginning of free agency. The start of free agency is always an exciting time of the year where the moves come fast and furiously, and this year was no exception. Let’s buy and sell some of the moves already made that could shake up the league in 2013.

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Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – Super Bowl Weekend Edition

Mike Donnelly is buying and selling New York Jets off-season plans at Turn On The Jets

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets

With the NFL offseason about to kick off, there are a lot of issues to deal with here in JestLand. So many in fact, that I think the only way to properly break them all down is with a special edition of the Stock Watch to buy and sell all things Jets as we get ready for the 2013 season.

BUY: Marty Mornhinweg Hire – I’m all in on the Marty M. hire. Aside from an upgrade at QB, the easiest and quickest way to improve an offense is by hiring an excellent offensive coordinator, and Marty was about as good as there was available on the market this offseason. We’ve been over his history of top 10 offenses and his usage of the West Coast Offense plenty of times here, so by now you should know what he brings to the table. We’re going to see a completely different style of offense in 2013, and I expect things to improve drastically. I mean, they can’t get any worse, right?

BUY: Mark Sanchez at QB – (Ducks) Ok, I know saying Mark Sanchez should be the starting QB in 2013 makes many of you want to throw a shoe at the computer, but that’s just the way it is. Joe touched on this yesterday, and everything he said was completely right. I’m not saying Mark Sanchez is going to be the long-term answer at QB in 2014 and beyond, but for 2013, he’s the most likely, and quite frankly, the best option we have. Look at the options we have available other than him: Tim Tebow is a goner, Greg McElroy isn’t the answer, the best cheap free agent options are guys like Tarvaris Jackson and Jason Campbell who both stink, and the 2013 draft class is downright putrid. 2014 is going to be the time where this team will look for their long-term answer at QB, but for 2013 Sanchez represents the best chance to win.

Now I’m sure many of you are saying if Sanchez is the QB, then the season is screwed before it even gets started, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. Call me crazy, or call me some disgusting urban dictionary words if you wish, but I think with this new system, some improvements on the line, and some continuity at the receiver position for once, Sanchez has a chance to be the serviceable QB he was before the 2012 catastrophe.

SELL: Trading Revis – We went over this in depth the other day, but it bears repeating. The Jets should absolutely NOT trade Darrelle Revis. We’re not going to get anywhere close to fair value, and trading him isn’t going to darrelle-revis-02magically land us a franchise QB. This is the number one issue with this team heading into the offseason, and we’re going to hear a thousand rumors between now and April, but I hope John Idzik’s first major order of business is to lock up the best defensive player in football long-term.

BUY: Draft a Pass Rusher at #9 – Since there is very clearly no QB worth drafting in the #9 spot of the first round, the Jets need to address their next most pressing need, and that is the pass rush. The team hasn’t had a pass-rushing OLB for years, and this is the time to get one. Our draft staff has done a great job breaking down the prospects in this year’s draft, and there are no less than 5 potential pass rushing options for us at #9. All of our linebackers are either useless, or heading into a retirement home, so we need a guy who can step in and play a major role from day one. Follow that up with at least one solid offensive line pick, and I’ll be happy with this draft.

BUY: Re-sign Braylon EdwardsWide receiver was a wasteland position for the Jets in 2012, but things can look much better in 2013 if Braylon is brought back. First of all, the team is up against the salary cap wall, so giving Braylon a 1-year low money contract makes a ton of sense. It will give Sanchez some continuity at the receiver position for basically the first time in his career, and it will give us four solid wide receiver options in Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, and Stephen Hill. Bringing Edwards back will give Hill time to develop and not force him into a major role, and it gives us two tall receivers who can get down the field. It sure beats having Jason Hill and Mardy Gilyard out there.

SELL: Vlad Ducasse – To be fair, the big oaf wasn’t too awful in 2012, particularly as a run blocker. That being said, he should get zero — I repeat, ZERO — consideration as a starting guard in 2013, despite Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore being free agents. If they want to keep him around as a backup, then that’s fine I guess, but generally the less Vlad we see, the better.

SELL: Mike DeVito – This one pains me to say because I’m as big a fan of his as anybody, but I just don’t see how he can be back in 2013. He’s basically a luxury we can’t afford at this point, and he’s going to be able to get much more money on the open market than the Jets can afford. We drafted Quinton Coples in the first round last year and it’s time to throw him into the fire full-time and let him and Muhammad Wilkerson anchor the line going forward. It’s going to be terrible when he ends up playing for the Patriots next year. Damn it.

BUY: Sione Po’uha and Bart Scott on 1-year deals – Obviously both of these guys and their huge salaries are going to be cut the first chance the team gets, but I wouldn’t mind either one coming back on a minimum type one-year deal. Both can still be useful players, and we can’t replace everyone in one offseason. Po’uha is still a valuable run plugger if healthy, and he can form a nice rotation with Kenrick Ellis. As for Scott, I’m not sold on Demario Davis playing a full-time role yet, and Bart can still be valuable leader for the defense.

SELL: Calvin Pace or Bryan Thomas back on 1-year deals – Both of these guys are either going to be cut or have their contracts expire, but I don’t expect either one of them to be back, no matter how low of a contract they’re willing to accept. Both finished up the 2012 seasons with monstrous forks sticking out of their backs, and it’s time to move on with some fresh blood at outside linebacker.

BUY: Rob Ryan as linebackers coach – I don’t know if the Jets want to bring in Rex’s brother to coach the linebackers, but I would have no problem with that at all. I know lots of stupid fans and even stupider media members would have a field day with a hire like this, but it makes sense. Rex trusts him, he’s a good coach, we have a hole at the position after the horrific Bob Sutton left, and he can provide a valuable resource for new coordinator Dennis Thurman to lean on. And hey, if the season ends up being bad on the field, at least things will be awfully entertaining off of it.

Turn On The Jets Stock Watch: The 2013 Defense

Mike Donnelly’s weekly Stock Watch is buying and selling members of the New York Jets defense

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In case you missed Part 1: The 2013 Offense, the link is right here. Today it’s all about the 2013 defense.

DEFENSIVE LINE

BUY: Mo Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Kenrick Ellis – These three guys are going to be the foundation of the defensive line hopefully for many years to come. Wilkerson has established himself as one of the elite interior defensive linemen in the entire league, and we can’t say enough good things about the job he’s done this year.

Quinton Coples has been brought along slowly by this coaching staff, and while it’s frustrating to not see him out there as much as we’d like, it’s important to remember he’s just a rookie and he’s playing in a very complex defensive scheme. I expect a big time season in 2013 from him. As for Ellis, a knee injury derailed parts of his 2012 season, but he flashed some serious talent when on the field, and he is likely to be our starting nose tackle next year. These three are the only linemen on the team that we can say will be back for sure next season.

SELL: Sione Po’uha – He’s a fan favorite and by all accounts a great teammate, but 350 pound men that develop back problems usually don’t get better as they get older. With his somewhat high price tag for 2013, he has cap casualty written all over him.

BUY: Sione Po’uha being brought back on a reduced contract – There is no question Sione is getting released, but if he’s willing to take a 1-year deal at a reduced rate to come back, I could see the Jets doing that so that they don’t have to just throw Ellis into the fire full-time. I’m not so sure Damon Harrison will be ready to take on a meaningful role, so this could definitely happen.

SELL: Mike DeVito – DeVito has been one of my favorite players for quite a while now, but he’s a free agent and Quinton Coples was clearly drafted to take his spot on the line. I’m sure the Jets would love to have him back, but they just won’t be able to afford the veteran run-stuffer. Look for a cheap veteran to be brought in to spell the starters, someone in the Jay Richardson or Marcus Dixon mold from this past training camp.

LINEBACKERS

BUY: David Harris and Demario Davis – They are the only two linebackers you can say for sure will be back with the Jets in 2013. While Harris’s play has slipped this season, he’s still the best linebacker we have and his guaranteed salary means it will be difficult to find a trade partner, while releasing him would make no sense. As for Davis, he’s the future at linebacker in the green and white. He’s got rare athleticism and he’s already stepped up as one of the vocal leaders on the team. He’s one of the few players on this team that’s worth getting excited over heading into the future. Plus, he has a really hilarious signature:

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SELL: Bart Scott and Calvin Pace – There was a time these two were the rocks of the defense. Now, not so much. I’ve crapped on Calvin Pace a lot in this space throughout the season, so there’s no need to say much more about his play. Cutting him will save an awful lot of money on the 2013 cap, and that’s the first time something involving Calvin Pace has put a smile on my face in over two years.

Bart Scott is another sure cap casualty, and while many dislike him and his big mouth, I’m going to miss having him around. He’s something of an antiquated player in this new passing-happy NFL, but few linebackers are able to fill a gap and blow up a run play like Bart. When I think of Bart Scott, I’m not going to think of the guy pathetically chasing after Shane Vereen on Thanksgiving night, but rather the “Madbacker” who single-handily gave this defense a swagger and contributed a great deal to the 2009-10 teams.

BUY: Josh Mauga and Garrett McIntyre – The team needs solid backups who won’t cost much. These two guys have actually played well, especially McIntyre of late. He’s been our best outside linebacker the past few weeks, which is impressive until you remember who our other linebackers are. Still, he’s played well. Mauga was also a pretty solid player for us before he got injured. Look for him to come back next year and have a solid role with the team.

SELL: Bryan Thomas – The longest tenured Jet gave it everything he had this season and played surprisingly well as old-age and injuries started to take their toll on him. It’s sad to see a proud vet like Thomas end his career like that, but it’s over for B.T.

BUY: Signing 1 OLB, Draft 1 OLB  – It’s imperative that the Jets bring in a reliable veteran who doesn’t lumber like Frankenstein toward the quarterback. There are several nice options available this year in free agency including my personal favorite Conner Barwin of the Texans, who can definitely be had. Beyond him, the market includes guys like Anthony Spencer, Paul Kruger (who has Rex Ryan connections), and Shaun Phillips. Garrett McIntyre will likely be back next season, but he’s best suited as a part-time player who can split reps with a rookie, so a good reliable veteran NEEDS to be brought in.

This 2013 draft is loaded at offensive line and with edge rushers. Those are two things the Jets badly need, especially the linebackers. The Jets should absolutely use their first or second round pick on an edge rusher to give Coples and Wilkerson help up front. Look at the difference guys like Von Miller, Aldon Smith, Bruce Irvin and Jason Pierre-Paul have made for their defenses in recent years. The Jets need an immediate impact pass rusher this year. If you get a good one with the first round pick, sign a veteran like Barwin, and supplement that with a guy like McIntyre and hopefully a late-round project player as well, we’re starting to see a potentially excellent defense being formed. I’m giddy just thinking about the Calvin Pace-less linebacking corps!

SECONDARY

BUY: Revis and Cromartie – Many people are already starting to say the Jets should trade one of these two guys. 8957599-largePersonally, I really hope the Jets don’t. We all know what we have in Revis, and even coming off his ACL injury, he’s arguably the best defensive player in the NFL. I just don’t think you should go and trade away future Hall of Famers. Cromartie has blossomed into arguably the second best corner in the league this year behind Revis. That’s a lethal combination to have in such a pass happy league. Let them both lock down their receivers next year, add a pass rusher or two, and this defense can easily become the best unit in the league again.

BUY: Kyle Wilson – I am not a Kyle Wilson fan, but we can do worse at the third cornerback spot. In fact, we have been doing MUCH worse lately with Ellis Lankster in that role. Wilson has a modest price tag for next year, won’t yield much in a trade and cutting him is pointless, so he will almost certainly be back. Hopefully it’s as the #3 corner and he doesn’t have to move up to the #2 spot if the aforementioned trade occurs.

SELL: Ellis Lankster – I didn’t really enjoy the Ellis Lankster era, I’ll say that.

BUY: Aaron Berry – I was hoping we’d get to see more of him this year, but injuries knocked him out for most of the season. I expect him back to compete for a spot next year, and I’d like to see him win it.

BUY: Yeremiah Bell – Bell has very quietly put together a very good season this year. He’s getting up there in age, but he’s not going to break the bank and he provides solid veteran leadership. If he doesn’t retire, I think he will return to the Jets for another season and that would be a great move for us.

SELL: Laron Landry – I love Landry just as much as the next guy, but I think he’s going to price himself out of the Jets range. Landry has had an excellent season, and if there’s a way they can squeeze him under the cap, I’d LOVE to see him for a full season with Revis and Cromartie locking down receivers on the outside. I just don’t think it’s going to be feasible. Damn.

If Landry does end up pricing himself out of the Jets range, there are several other very good safeties who will be free agents. The most intriguing of course would be Ed Reed, who has been fighting with Baltimore over his contract for the last two years or so now. He has ties to Rex Ryan and it would be interesting to see if Rex could woo him here. Also available will be Jairus Byrd, Dashon Goldson, and Kenny Phillips of the Giants.

SELL: Eric Smith – YES! FINALLY! Good-bye Eric Smith! Go rough the punter somewhere else next year.

BUY: Antonio Allen and Josh Bush – Bush has been one of the few Tannenbaum draft choices who hasn’t been cut at least once this season, so he will definitely be back next year and will likely get more snaps. If Landry does leave, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Allen play a much more meaningful role next season either.

Turn On the Jets Stock Watch: The 2013 Offense

Mike Donnelly with his weekly Stock Watch, buying and selling members of the New York Jets offense

NFL: New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

Well, it turns out I was wrong about this Jets team. I thought they were going to win their remaining 3 games and somehow steal a playoff spot, but alas it was not meant to be. Rather than Buy (Wilkerson, Cromartie, Coples) and Sell (Sanchez, Wilson, Lankster) the same old things like I’ve done with the same old players week after week, I’m going to take a look forward toward the 2013 season. Joe already gave a great cheat sheet for Woody Johnson on what to do this offseason, but I’m going to throw my two cents in and look at what kind of replacements we can look forward to possibly wearing the green and white in 2013. Today I’m going to focus on the coaching staff and the offense. Tomorrow I’ll be back with the defense, so be sure to check back.

(Keep in mind this is going to obviously change drastically between now and when the offseason gets into full swing, but this sure beats discussing the Chargers game, right?)

FRONT OFFICE

SELL: Mike Tannenbaum and Terry BradwayFIRED.

COACHING

BUY: Rex Ryan and the Defensive Coaching Staff – Rex Ryan absolutely deserves the benefit of the doubt and should get another crack at getting this thing right. The guy gets his team ready to play every week, and the players love and respect him. Woody Johnson is not going to throw gold bars at Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden to come here, so where are we going to get a better coach than Rex? Do you want to be sitting there in two years saying “I wish we kept Rex!” as our defense flounders? I don’t.

SELL: Tony Sparano, Matt Cavanaugh, Dave DeGuglielmo – Cavanaugh’s firing is a long time coming, so there’s really not much else to say that I haven’t already. As for Tony Sparano, I don’t think he’s done an awful this year, it’s just that it hasn’t been very good. Aside from the awful statistics and whatnot, it is unacceptable how often this team looks completely and utterly confused. It looks as if the call comes in on the headset in Japanese and Sanchez does his best to translate to everyone, so what we end up seeing is the clock running down, guys frantically trying to get to their spot, Sanchez can’t get a look at the defense, and the defense jumps the snap because they know it’s about to happen. Ugh.

Oh, and he can take his delusional buddy Coach Gooch with him. Who is Coach Gooch you may be asking? He’s they psychopath who emphatically claimed Wayne Hunter was the best right tackle out there and they’d have to shoot him dead to bench him. That man has an eye for talent

BUY: Norv Turner as OC – This it he kind of guy Rex Ryan should have had in here since Day One. When great coordinators take over the Head Coach position, they need to be paired with a very strong coach on the other side of the ball, because their natural inclination is to focus on what they know. Instead, we suffered through three years of Brian Schottenheimer, and one year of Tony Sparano who seemed way in over his head. Look around the league and you’ll see how the Jets butchered even this. Gary Kubiak was on the verge of being fired until he hired Wade Phillips. Mike McCarty was given Dom Capers. Get Rex someone like Norv who is an excellent offensive coach, and this team can turn things around rather quickly.

QUARTERBACKS

BUY: Sanchez being here – Might as well get used to it now. He’s going to be here.

BUY: McElroy and Matt Moore – Having these two guys compete with Sanchez in a true competition in training camp is probably the best we can hope for at this point. Good quarterbacks don’t grow on trees, and if we’re going to just take a mid-round prospect, we might as well see what McElroy can do first, right?

SELL: Tim Tebow – I feel really bad for Tebow for having to endure this crap all year, and I genuinely like him. I just don’t want him as our quarterback, and he’s going to force his way out the first chance he gets.

RUNNING BACKS

Jets Jaguarslw23SELL: Shonn Greene – Personally, I have no problem with Greene and I think he’s a strong complimentary runner. The problem is it seems like the team is going to go with Bilal Powell as the 1B option, so we are going to need a better 1A option, preferably someone who can break a big play once in a while.

BUY: Making a Trade – This appears to be a pretty good year to go out and get a veteran running back. There should be plenty of options available for a trade and most won’t cost all that much. The top of the line guys who may be available via trade or after they’re released are MJD, Darren McFadden, Deangelo Williams, Steven Jackson and Chris Johnson. I doubt the Jets will be able to afford any of them, but there are plenty of second tier options as well. A guy I’d love to see them explore is Ben Tate of the Texans, who is glued to the bench behind Arian Foster. I also agree with Joe that Chris Ivory is a guy to definitely sniff around, and after his poor year, Rashard Mendenhall can likely be had for a mid-to-late round pick. There are solid options here, but if all else fails, I actually wouldn’t mind bringing Greene back either.

BUY: Joe McKnight – Whoever our new coordinator is: Please… please try to use Joe McKnight at least a little bit. Thanks.

SELL: Lex Hillard – Good-bye.

RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS

BUY: Holmes, Kerley, Stephen Hill – All three will be here next year playing major roles, and if Hill develops heading into year 2, it’s actually a nice trio of receivers. Of course, Hill can’t totally be relied upon, so it would be nice to have a veteran receiver who can get deep down the field and also provides a big reliable target. If only Tannenbaum brought in a guy like that prior to the season… oh wait, in week 15 he did! You know who I mean…

BUY: Braylon Edwards – Braylon never should have been allowed to leave after 2010, that much is obvious. Now that he’s back, he obviously wants to stay, and he will be willing to take a low guarantee/incentive-laden type contract. There is no reason this shouldn’t happen.

SELL: Chaz Schilens, Jason Hill, Clyde Gates, Mardy Gilyard – Ha.

SELL: Dustin Keller – One of the Jets “premiere” free-agents this year is Dustin Keller. His great value to the team was he was the receiver who had the best chemistry and rapport with quarterback Mark Sanchez. Well, now that Sanchez’s days appear to be numbered, there’s no real point in keeping Keller around. He’s undersized, doesn’t have elite athleticism, and he’s a below average blocker. Let someone else overpay him this offseason.

BUY: Anthony Fasano – It makes too much sense, so it probably won’t happen, but Fasano is the exact kind of tight end this team can use. He’s a big, physical player and he’s a strong blocker. He can also get down the seam and make an occasional big play, as well as being a big red-zone target. He’s not great, but he’s the kind of low-cost role player this offense needs. Other options could include Delanie Walker of the 49ers, or James Casey of the Texans.

BUY: Cumberland and Reuland – If a player like Fasano is brought in, I have no problem with Cumberland being the #2 TE who can provide a bit of a receiving threat. I’m not the biggest fan of him, but we can do worse.

OFFENSIVE LINE

BUY: D’Brickashaw and Mangold – Two elite players at their positions, so they won’t be going anywhere, nor should they.

BUY: Austin Howard – I had my doubts at the beginning of the season, but Howard has really come on lately and been a solid player for us. He’s not a Pro Bowler or anything, but he can provide a low-cost and reliable option going forward. His pass protection leaves something to be desired, but he can push the pile and is a very good run blocker.

SELL: Matt Slauson – I like Slauson and wouldn’t mind seeing him back, but he’s a free agent and will likely be seeking a pay increase. He’s a slightly above average player and could hold the fort, but it will likely come down to him or Brandon Moore being retained, and Moore will likely win out. One of the guard spots needs to be upgraded to get this line back to the dominant unit it used to be, and Slauson will likely get the boot.

BUY: Using a 1st or 2nd Round Pick on a Guard – There are plenty of excellent linemen in this draft and this is the year to get one of them. The Big Ugly, Vlad Ducasse will likely be back as the first backup off the bench, perhaps even taking the Jason Smith “extra tight end” role. Get used to hearing “62 is eligibile”!

SELL: Jason Smith – Speaking of Smith, he has a 0% chance of not being cut due to his contract numbers. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him back under a much cheaper deal, but the Jets likely won’t be able to afford whatever he will be asking for.

Turn On The Jets Stock Watch: Week 15 Edition

Mike Donnelly with his weekly Stock Watch, buying and selling as the Jets head into week 15

Lots to get to in Jets Land as usual with just three games left to play, so let’s just jump right into this week’s Stock Watch.

BUY: Braylon Edwards Signing – I know lots of Jets beat writers and “expert” types rushed to their laptops and smart phones to make their very own Braylon jokes on Twitter as soon as news of the signing broke, but make no mistake about it: This was a GOOD signing. Here is a list of players that have lined up at wide receiver this season for the Jets (other than legitimate NFL options Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley): Stephen Hill, Chaz Schilens, Clyde Gates, Jason Hill, Mardy Gilyard, Jordan White and Antonio Cromartie. Seriously.

So my question to these “experts” is how is this in any way, shape, or form a bad move?  The Jets picked up a veteran receiver who has a rapport with their quarterback and a familiarity with the team, city, and locker room. If he isn’t healthy enough to contribute, then you cut him and lose nothing. If he plays bad, you cut him and lose nothing. If he says or does something stupid, then you cut him and lose nothing. More than likely though, you are getting a motivated player who knows he’s on his last chance and is going to give everything he has to this team and to this quarterback. And yes, I’m aware he called the general manager an idiot on Twitter in a moment of frustration, but so what, Mike Tannenbaum IS an idiot when it comes to building a roster. That being said..

BUY: Mike Tannenbaum – Yes, he’s done a horrible job with this offense and roster in general the past two years, but kudos to Mr. T for putting his pride to the side and doing what is clearly best for this team in signing a real NFL-caliber receiver for a change. Some people may say the organization is too soft on Sanchez and signing one of his favorite ex-receivers is another example of that, but I say it’s about time Tannenbaum threw Sanchez a bone and let him throw some passes to a player he’s comfortable with rather than needlessly dismantling the offense so they can sign 53-year-old Derrick Mason and fresh out-of-Oz, Plaxico Burress. Ehhh…

SELL: Mike Tannenbaum – Yeahhhh.. he still should probably be fired

BUY: Quinton Coples – I’ve been as big of a Coples supporter as there is out there, and I’ve been dying to see him get more playing time. (I’ve bought more stock of him in this column than I know what to do with.) This week we finally got to see him in action for extended time (although it still should have been more) and he did not disappoint. He only recorded 1 sack on the stat sheet, but he should have closed the deal on two others, and he was directly responsible for the game-ending interception as he got in Chad Henne’s face and forced a poor pass. The Quinton Coples break out is coming and he’s going to be a major force by the time 2013 rolls around. That reminds me..

SELL: Garrett McIntyre Getting So Many Snaps – There were times in the 4th quarter agains the Jaguars we saw two down linemen rushing the passer with blitzes coming from all over the place. Those two linemen were the tremendous Mo Wilkerson (who is having an All-Pro caliber season), and… Garrett McIntyre?! I know Calvin Pace is basically useless at this point in his career, so I understand him not being out there, but why not let Coples and Wilkerson feast on the Jags offensive line in those obvious passing situations?

SELL: All Corner Backs Not Named Cromartie – When Cro left the game and was headed to the locker room in the 4th quarter on Sunday, I thought this defense was toast. All of the corners on this team not named Cromartie are awful. Kyle Wilson has played a little better of late (and even stopped doing his ridiculous finger wag!), but he’s still no better than a solid 3rd corner. Ellis Lankster is a fine 3rd corner as well, as long as we’re talking about being a 3rd corner on some sort of low-grade independent football league out in the midwest or something. Aaron Berry has been hurt since the day he signed his contract with the Jets, which is unfortunate, because I was really hoping to see more of him out in the nickel spot this year.

BUY: 3-0 The Rest of the Way – The manta is “One Game at a Time” for the Jets, but I’m just a guy writing about them on the internet, so I’m allowed to look ahead. It is 100% conceivable that this team is going to go 3-0 the rest of the way with this schedule. The Titans are suffering from injuries to FOUR of their offensive linemen. Believe me, I was a Chris Johnson fantasy owner, I know how incredibly putrid this team is. It doesn’t help them that Mike Munchak looks more like a guy who should be driving a tow truck than being an NFL coach either. And speaking of comical head coaches, the Jets get to then close out the season against Norv Turner and Chan Gailey, who have both been updating their resumes for two solid months now in hopes of getting an offensive coordinator job in 2013. I don’t know if the Jets will get the necessary help to make the playoffs, but just that it’s possible is truly crazy.

BUY: Rex Ryan – That this team — with this talent — has a chance to go 9-7 really speaks to how good of a coach Rex Ryan is. I’m really tired of hearing people rip this guy and saying they want him fired. Just remember: The grass is not always greener on the other side. We have a good thing here with Rex Ryan. Just imagine how much better it can be once someone comes in here who can evaluate talent and give him the necessary pieces to become a dominant team again.