New York Jets Training Camp – Wide Receiver Power Rankings

Connor Rogers with New York Jets Wide Receiver Power Rankings based on training camp performance

In what has been an injury filled training camp for not only the New York Jets, but the entire NFL, the wide receiver competition is beginning to take shape. A select few will make noise in the first preseason game, good or bad and the depth chart will solidify itself in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look at how things are currently shaping up –

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Training Camp Battles: Cornerback Power Rankings

Connor Rogers ranks the New York Jets cornerbacks based on their performance so far in training camp

Last week we took a pre-training camp glance at the cornerback competition and a lot has happened since. Let’s jump right into the action and see how the cornerback competition is shaping up in Cortland. Continue reading “Training Camp Battles: Cornerback Power Rankings”

Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Day One Of Training Camp Edition

The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack with thoughts on the New York Jets kicking off training camp in Cortland

The New York Jets have kicked off their training camp in Cortland, New York and the stories are already swarming. Let’s use today’s 12 Pack to sort out what you should really be concerned about and what you need to keep perspective on, since it is only July 26th. Make sure to give us a follow on Facebook and Twitter and most importantly, enjoy your weekend!

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Turn On The Jets Roundtable – Training Camp Prediction Edition

The Turn On The Jets staff gives their predictions for New York Jets training camp

The Turn On The Jets Roundtable is back to debate issues surrounding the New York Jets. Make sure to give all of the writers a follow on Twitter and if there is a question you want to see us debate, leave it in the comment section! 

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New York Jets: Observations Heading Into Training Camp

Chris Gross ends his hiatus to deliver observations about the New York Jets heading into training camp

Due to a series of unforeseen occurrences (aka real job getting in the way of covering our beloved Jets), it has been quite a while since I have been in the writing game here at Turn On The Jets. Fear not, however, as I plan to be back full go in the coming months alongside our tremendous staff, as well as the terrific newcomers who have recently joined our team at TOJ.

That being said, it is very interesting to be a casual observer of all things Jets, as I have been for about the past two months. When you aren’t as heavily involved in covering or following this team, you tend to pick up on some things that you may have otherwise missed if you were so focused in on one or two particular topics surrounding the Jets or the NFL as a whole. Let’s take a look at some observations I have made over the course of the last month or two as we head into the final days prior to training camp.

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Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – 53 Man New York Jets Roster Prediction

The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack gives a prediction on the New York Jets 53 man roster

We are back with our final Turn On The Jets 12 Pack before training camp starts up (WOOHOO!) but before we get into our predictions for the New York Jets final 53 man roster, we have a quick PSA. New TOJ shirts are on sale…RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE. Make sure to get your pre-order in now so you can get the size you want. Special thanks to our friends at Bark Tees NY for another job well done. 

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New York Jets Roster “Safety Meter” – Part 2

Mike O’Conner finishes going through the New York Jets roster and breaking down individual player’s chances of making the team

Another week has passed by this summer, having us fans even more so on the edge of our seats awaiting Jets’ training camp on July 26th.  This means that the players I’ll be going through today are under an increasingly bright spotlight to outperform their competition to ensure that they can grab a roster spot for the final cuts of the off-season. If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of these training camp overviews, I highly recommend you give it a brief look to grasp what I’m going for with this sort of scale and these rankings. Continue reading “New York Jets Roster “Safety Meter” – Part 2″

New York Jets Roster “Safety Meter” – Part 1

Mike O’Connor with a look at what New York Jets might be more on the roster bubble than you think

Thankfully, we’ve escaped the dullness of June and we’ve reached the dead heat of July.  While the news is still awfully dry around the league, there’s reason for optimism.  Training Camp has appeared in sight among the fog, with the Jets’ rookies reporting to Cortland on July 22nd and veterans reporting on July 25th.  Sure, it may be a month of chaos and heartbreak for some as they strive for roster spots, but it’s our main course as football fans and evaluators.

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New York Jets: Offensive Depth Still Area Of Concern

The New York Jets still have depth issues on the offensive side of the football

There is a fine line between having confidence in your young players and being ignorant about the depth on your roster. The New York Jets are walking that line right now. A suggestion for the addition of a veteran running back or wide receiver isn’t a questioning of the future potential of the youth at those positions but a call for needed insurance, in case of injury or a lack of productivity.

Let’s start at running back. Shonn Greene has stayed healthy throughout camp so far. He will likely receive minimal work throughout the pre-season and has proven to be fairly durable over the past two years. However, as we have mentioned before a rolled ankle or separated shoulder leaves the Jets perilously thin at running back for an offense built to be run heavy…very run heavy.

Yes, Bilal Powell has had a strong camp. He is likely the team’s best combo back because of a skill set has features traits needed for both a “A” and “B” back in their system. Powell has shown he can pass protect, catch the football well out of the backfield and mix up running inside and outside. That being said, he still hasn’t proven it in a NFL game and he is really ready to handle 20 carries in a game if Greene misses a few weeks?

Terrance Ganaway was back on the practice field today but has been banged up all throughout camp. He is a rookie 6th round pick. Joe McKnight did look good early in camp but seems to be losing ground to Powell as the team’s primary third down back. Beyond that, McKnight was very fragile with limited touches last year and is already nursing a shoulder injury this camp.

The question remains, why keep such an unproven (Powell, Ganaway) and injury prone (McKnight) group behind Greene with no support? Signing a player like Cedric Benson or Ryan Grant or swinging a trade for a player who is tumbling down the depth charts elsewhere like Knowshon Moreno is low risk, high reward move. Benson or Grant would come on a veteran minimum deal. Moreno wouldn’t cost more than a 6th round pick and has first round talent. You bring them into the rotation and if an injury occurs or  a 1B back never steps up on the Jets roster, you have insurance.

We have seen Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant and Knowshon Moreno run for a 100 yards in a NFL game. Insurance never hurts. New England is loaded at tight end because their offense is built around them. New Orleans and Green Bay is loaded at wide receiver because their offense is built around them. The Jets offense is built around their running game, why not work to be loaded at running back?

The presence of a veteran doesn’t mean you can’t give a player like Powell his touches. It just means that if he gets hurt or doesn’t perform in a game, you have another option.

At wide receiver, it is the walking wounded for the Jets. Santonio Holmes has sore ribs and he will miss the first pre-season game. Fine, he is a proven veteran and will be ready to go for the regular season. Stephen Hill has managed to stay healthy but remains a rookie. Patrick Turner has quietly put together a strong camp and does have a few NFL receptions under his belt. After that…everybody is hurt. Jeremy Kerley is out for another 1-2 weeks with a hamstring injury. Chaz Schilens has been banged up all throughout camp and has never been healthy in his NFL career. Jordan White is just returning from an injury and is a rookie. Dexter Jackson has flashed at times but is completely unproven.

Yesterday the Jets cut bottom of the roster dwellers Scotty “Can I have your girlfriend’s number?” McKnight and DaMarcus “why does this Jets Tweeter love me so much” Ganaway. The logical assumption would be that Mike Tannenbaum is getting ready to add somebody at the position. This makes sense because the Jets will be running out a 3 wide of Hill (0 NFL receptions), Turner (8 NFL receptions) and White/Jackson (0 NFL receptions) with Mark Sanchez this Friday if Holmes and Schilens don’t play.

Tannenbaum isn’t going to go big here. So get Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe out of your head (sorry fake Adam Schefter account from last night). If they look to the trade market, James Jones of Green Bay makes sense because of the surplus the Packers have at the position and because Randall Cobb has all but taken his job. Jones won’t be too pricey and is a proven big play receiver who can stretch a defense.

If they look to the free agent market, Greg Camarillo makes the most sense. He knows Sparano’s offense, is a reliable route runner and has very good hands. The hope is that Jordan White can seize the slot receiver role is Jeremy Kerley doesn’t get his act together but it never hurts to have insurance for a rookie 7th round pick. Again, Camarillo will cost you the veteran’s minimum. Low risk for a proven veteran if the injuries remain an issue.

It always better safe than sorry. Didn’t we learn that at the center position last season?

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New York Jets Training Camp: Bilal Powell Turning Heads

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is off to a strong start in training camp. What kind of impact can he have?

It was a disappointing rookie season in 2011 for New York Jets running back Bilal Powell. As a fourth round selection, there was a hope he could make some type of impact or impression when given the opportunity. In the pre-season he failed to impress with 28 carries for 62 yards, burying himself on the depth chart behind Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight. About halfway through the season he received an enormous chance when Tomlinson was inactive for the Jets/Broncos week 11 match-up and Greene left in the first quarter with an injury. Powell received 7 carries but only ended with 11 yards and fumbled the ball into the end-zone, where he was luckily bailed out by Matt Slauson.

Prior to camp many (including myself) thought Powell would be the odd man out on the running back depth chart. The Jets drafted Terrance Ganaway in the 6th round this year and his bruising style and familiarity with the option seemed to make him a more natural fit behind Shonn Greene, while Joe McKnight handled the third down duties. However, Powell has responded by turning heads early in camp with both his quickness and ability to catch the football. He has been impressive enough that running back coach Anthony Lynn has declared the third down back job wide open between Powell and McKnight.

Lynn prefaced this competition a few months ago by classifying Powell as a “B” back in the Jets system, same as McKnight. Greene and Ganaway are “A” backs. As you could surmise, “A” backs are power, inside runners while “B” backs provide more outside speed.

Powell isn’t going to keep McKnight off the roster because of McKnight’s special teams value. He was one of the league’s top returners last season but that doesn’t mean the Jets can’t keep both and either stash Ganaway on the practice squad or just carry five running backs (fullback John Conner being the fifth) and part ways with H-Back Josh Baker.

With a strong pre-season, Powell could upset McKnight and steal his third down role. Both players were fourth round picks. Both players are nearly identical in size (same weight and McKnight is an inch taller). McKnight is faster, or was at least a full tenth of a second faster in his forty coming out of college and is a good enough receiver to be split out. Powell did have 18 receptions his senior year of college and three receiving touchdowns. He will need to demonstrate his hands at the NFL level to give McKnight a true run for his money.

It is obviously too early to make any kind of judgement about Powell’s long term potential. He has strung together five good practices but has shown enough tenacity in blocking drills and enough speed to catch people’s attention. Powell should receive substantial work in the Jets first and second pre-season game and with strong outings could receive extended work with the first unit in the crucial third pre-season game.