Turn On The Jets Week 6 Fantasy Football Preview

Mike Donnelly with his weekly fantasy football preview. Who should you bench and who should you start?

It’s been five weeks of fantasy football so far, and I think that’s a fair amount of time to really start judging pre-season rankings. So, before we get to this week’s recommendations (which you obviously want to read since I killed it last week. Just ignore the part where I was down on Demaryius Thomas and Stevan Ridley.), I’d like to run down my top 5 hits and misses from the preseason. Unlike many of the “experts” out there who take themselves far too seriously (hi, Evan Silva!), I have no problem owning up to my misses, just as I thoroughly enjoy patting myself on the back for my good calls. For the record, in my pre-draft column, I bought and sold 33 players. By my count, 14 were great, 9 were terrible, and 10 would be graded as “incomplete” so far. Let’s run down the best and worst.

Great Calls, If I do Say So Myself

3 QB’s– I’m lumping these three together, because they all pretty much go hand in hand. I bought Ben Roethlisberger and sold Cam Newton and Michael Vick. Roethlisberger has performed as a top 5 fantasy QB so far since his team has absolutely no run game, and plenty of receivers to throw to. Newton on the other hand has been an absolute disaster, and while I didn’t predict this big of a decline, I never would have drafted him as a top 4 QB as many others did, and I certainly wouldn’t have predicted him to win MVP or be the #1 quarterback and overall top scorer. As for Vick, well, he is finally close to accomplishing his goal to become the man with the most fumbles of all time. Well done, Mike!

SOLD: Steven Jackson & BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Steven Jackson fit into my “Draft no Rams” strategy, plus his age and declining production were major red flags. The Law Firm just isn’t a good player, and being the Bengals starting running back wasn’t a major draw for me. Plenty of people are kicking themselves for drafting these two.

BOUGHT: Brandon Marshall – I know, I know. Buying Brandon Marshall wasn’t exactly a bold move, but considering where others had him ranked and where I had him ranked, it was a good call. While many had him as a low end WR1, or even a WR2, I had him solidly inside the top 5, and that’s looking pretty good right now.

BOUGHT: Demaryius Thomas – Perhaps my favorite player heading into this season was Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning’s #1 receiver in Denver. While many people were high on him heading into the season, not that many had him inside the top 10. You know who did though? This guy!

SOLD: Steve Smith & Jordy Nelson – I packaged them up together in the column, and I’m packaging them together here because combined they barely equal one very good fantasy WR so far this year. Smith has faced massive double teams while playing with an underperforming quarterback, and Jordy Nelson has been a disaster. The league has figured out the Packers offense, and it turns out guys like Nelson just aren’t that good.

Well, This is Embarrassing..

BOUGHT: Shonn Greene – What can be said about Shonn Greene that hasn’t already been said on this site 500 times? (EDITOR”S NOTE – He is awful…just had to get that in one more time – JC)

SOLD: Adrian Peterson & Maurice Jones-Drew – Both of these guys had major question marks heading into the season. Peterson (torn ACL) has proven to be an absolute freak of nature with how his body healed so quickly, and MJD (holdout) came back and looked like he didn’t miss a beat, even though he’s playing with Blaine Gabbert as his QB.

SOLD: Roddy White – It’s not like I didn’t think White would be good, I just didn’t think he’d be a top 5 WR or even the top receiver on his own team. I had him in the 12-13 range in my pre-season column, and he’s absolutely proven me wrong. (So far. I still believe in Julio!)

SOLD: Victor Cruz – In fairness to me, I only sold him saying he’d take a back seat to Hakeem Nicks this year, and Nicks has missed the majority of the season so far. Like White, I thought Cruz would be good, just in more of a secondary role. 5 touchdowns in five weeks later and I’m starting to regret that call.

SOLD: Tony Gonzalez – Hard to pick between this and Shonn Greene as a worse call. Tony Gonzalez has absolutely lit the NFL up this year. One of my worst calls of all time.

Here are the week 6 Start and Sit One-Liners.

Mike Like’s…

QB Matt Schaub vs. GB – QB vs. Packers D = Great Start.

QB Philip Rivers vs. Den – Looking for this game to be a shootout with both Manning and Rivers lighting it up.

RB Mike Leshoure @ Phi – The Eagles have a good secondary and a bad run defense,  plus Stafford is banged up. Leshoure will get 20+ touches and be an RB1.

RB Darren McFadden @ Atl – You should never bench McFadden, but look for his big time run to start now as he starts to justify his draft position.

RB Vick Ballard @ NYJ – The Jets with their artifact linebackers can’t stop the run for crap.

WR Andre Roberts vs. Buff – Kevin Kolb loves throwing to Roberts and the Bills defense is an abomination. Plus, I have a friend who is going to sit Roberts this week despite really, really wanting to play him. He always makes the wrong choices, so this pick looks great.

WR Dwayne Bowe @ TB – Some “experts” have him ranked incredibly low this week because of Cassell’s injury. Maybe I missed something, but Matt Cassell stinks and Brady Quinn, in my opinion, is going to play better.

WR Jeremy Kerley vs. Ind – If you’re facing bye week or injury issues, the Jets new #1 receiver is a very solid option.

TE Dustin Keller vs. Ind – Mark Sanchez’s most targeted receiver is due to come back form injury this week, and you better believe he’s going to get a ton of targets.

It’s Not Your Week..

QB Andrew Luck @ NYJ – Yes, Andrew Luck is awesome, but he’s playing in the windy Meadowlands and the Colts are coming off a dramatic big time win over the Packers. I’m expecting a big letdown performance here as Rex makes life difficult for the rookie.

QB Robert Griffin III vs. Minn – The Vikings have a very good defense and the Redskins have a very bad offensive line. Oh yeah, and RG3 had a concussion last week. There’s no way he plays up to the standard he set for himself so far.

RB Chris Johnson @ Pitt – Just want to make sure you aren’t thinking of doing anything stupid, like playing the worst player in the league.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw @ SF – The 49ers are not the Browns, Ahmad. You’ll see.

RB Rashard Mendenhall @ Tenn – Yes, Mendenhall could be a solid contributor down the stretch for your team, but he absolutely is not an RB1 like I’ve seen him ranked this week. Short week’s are tough, especially for players recovering from ACL surgeries.

WR Reggie Wayne @ NYJ – I’m not saying bench him like you would have if Revis was healthy, but expect low-end WR2 or flex type numbers this week rather than WR1. Antonio Cromartie is the real deal.

WR Jordy Nelson @ Hou – Jordy Nelson sucks, and the Packers offense is a mess. Plus remember my friend who is benching Andre Roberts? Yep, he’s starting Nelson instead. Beware!

TE Martellus Bennett @ SF – Bennett is banged up, and he’s going to be swarmed by Navarro Bowman and Patrick Willis all day. Not a good combination.

Turn On The Jets Offensive Film Breakdown – Sanchez’s 34 Dropbacks

A breakdown of Mark Sanchez’s 34 dropbacks against the Houston Texans. Does he grade out positively or negatively?

This week’s Turn On The Jets offensive film breakdown is going to focus strictly on Mark Sanchez’s 34 dropbacks against the Houston Texans. Each play is going to be graded as either a positive (+) or a negative (-) based on the following criteria: Did Sanchez execute the proper read or decision based on what the defense was giving him? Let’s take a closer look – 

1 – 2nd and 10 at their own 13 (Incompletion to Jeremy Kerley) – The Jets ran a rub route underneath with Jeff Cumberland and Jeremy Kerley. Cumberland ran a poor route, hesitating and sitting too soon. If he takes one more step in his route, Kerley is wide open across the field. Kerley was still open but it was a tight window and Sanchez held the ball a split second too long as the pass rush collapsed around him and was forced to throw it away as he was nearly sacked. Lex Hilliard did a poor job of blitz pickup on this play, although he wasn’t helped by Austin Howard at all. Yes, Sanchez received poor help but he still could have found a way to complete this pass (-)

2 – 3rd and 15 at their own 8 (13 yard completion to Jeremy Kerley) – Sanchez drives a deep out route to Kerley who runs his route about 2 yards short of the marker. Kerley needs to push a little further. However, there was a beautifully formed pocket and Sanchez had Chaz Schilens at the top of the field on an in-cut that was wide open for an easy first down. The blame goes to both Kerley for not running his route deep enough to Sanchez for taking advantage of the extra time to find the open receiver for a bigger gain on the other side of the field. (-)

3- 3rd and 10 at their own 28 (Incompletion to Clyde Gates) – This was a poor route from Gates. He got held up at the top of his route. If he snaps his deep in-cut earlier and at the proper yardage, he would have been wide open. Sanchez threw it to the right spot but was victimized by poor route running. (+)

4 – 1st and 10 at their own 43 (27 yard completion to Clyde Gates) – Gates gets a little redemption here. After Antonio Cromartie’s INT, the Jets called three “go” routes. Houston obliged by putting 7 in the box and playingCover 1. Basically leaving all the Jets receivers in man to man and daring them to throw deep. Sanchez delivered a beautifully thrown ball down the sideline to Gates’ outside shoulder. Gates went up and made an athletic grab over Jonathan Joseph, one of the league’s better corners. (+)

5 – 3rd and 7 on Houston 27 (27 yard touchdown to Jeff Cumberland) – We get on Jeff Cumberland plenty here but he ran a textbook seam route down the hash here. He beat his guy, stayed skinny on his route and bent in at the perfect time. Sanchez drops in another gorgeous pass, his second in a row. This is why his inconsistency is so frustrating. The talent is clearly there. The past two throws were big boy NFL throws that Tim Tebow simply cannot make. (+)

6 – 3rd and 3 at their own 22 (2 yard completion to Chaz Schilens) – The Jets ran another rub route over the middle. Sanchez does an excellent job of stepping up in the pocket and sliding to avoid the rush. However he has Schilens open basically right at the first down marker but instead of throwing it out in front of him, he throws it high and behind. Schilens has to twist to make a very tough (and impressive) catch but is wrapped immediately and unable to extend the ball. Could the route have been a yard deeper, yes? Regardless if it was a better throw, it is still a first down (-)

7 – 1st and 10 at their own 27 (Incompletion to Konrad Reuland) – A poor play design where basically Reuland is the only option on a bootleg in the flat. Tony Sparano needs to keep this play on ice until Dustin Keller is back. Reuland was blanketed and Sanchez had nowhere else to go with the ball. He threw it low and away and it was deflected. Hard to blame him on this one. We’ll give him neither a (+) or (-)

8 – 2nd and 10 at their own 27 (Incompletion to Bilal Powell) – A well designed play that motioned Powell into the slot and had him run a speed out. The Jets got the coverage they wanted and Powell would have been wide open but he tripped out of his break. He must be hanging out with Shonn Greene too much. Sanchez threw it on point but Powell fell so it was incomplete. (+)

9 – 3rd and 10 at their own 27 (Incompletion to Bilal Powell) – The Jets basically cleared out for Powell underneath who was wide open. Sanchez delivered it on time but the pass was batted down. I am taking a case by case basis with the passes knocked down at the line. In this case, Sanchez had time to slide and give himself a better passing lane. By his fourth season, he needs to recognize the need to do this. (-) 

10 – 3rd and 4 at their own 34 (3 yard completion to Jeremy Kerley) – This play was designed for Kerley all the way. He came in motion to run a speed out from the slot. Honestly, this was just a great tackle by Kareem Jackson. Kerley probably should have pushed it a half yard deeper but it is hard to fault any Jet on this play, certainly not Sanchez who threw the ball out in front of Kerley where it needed to be. (+)

11 – 1st and 10 at their own 39 (Incompletion to Antonio Cromartie) – Cromartie ran a beautiful double move and blew right past the cornerback. This should have been an easy 61 yard touchdown. Unfortunately Sanchez threw the ball too far to the outside, forcing Cromartie out of bounds, where he still made a ridiculous catch. Simply put, Sanchez HAS to hit this throw. Separation like this must lead to a touchdown. (-)

12 – 2nd and 10 at their own 39 (Incompletion to Jeff Cumberland) – The Jets ran a deep back shoulder fade to Cumberland. Sanchez put it in the perfect spot but Cumberland dropped it. This should have been about a 25 yard gain. Missed opportunities. (+)

13 – 3rd and 10 at their own 39 (Incompletion to Bilal Powell) – Nobody was open down the field and the pocket quickly collapsed thanks to Brandon Moore, who had a rough night. Sanchez got rid of the ball before taking a sack. (+)

14 – 2nd and 6 at their own 11 (5 yard completion to Chaz Schilens) – Sanchez is very rarely accurate on passes 5 yards and under so this was encouraging to see. Schilens settles into tight window on an option route and Sanchez fired it in there after waiting for the window to open up in the zone coverage. Well done by both Sanchez and Schilens. (+)

15 – 1st and 10 at their own 18 (Strip Sack by Brooks Reed) –  The Jets went into their heavy package and were looking for the home run to Clyde Gates off play action. They were likely hoping to catch Houston napping, thinking they were just going to run the clock out. Unfortunately Gates was doubled deep as was Jeff Cumberland underneath. Sanchez should have thrown it away but held it a little too long and was sacked from behind by Brooks Reed who beat Jason Smith. Obviously this has been a recurring problem for Sanchez who must have better pocket presence and protect the football. (-)

16 – 2nd and 3 at their own 25 (Incompletion to Clyde Gates) – Tony Sparano went back to the same vertical play that they hit Gates on earlier for a big gain. Sanchez makes a very good throw but Gates is held by the corner who wasn’t flagged and can’t get to the ball. This was the play Gates’ shoulder popped out. (+)

17 – 3rd and 3 at their own 25 (12 yard completion to Chaz Schilens) – Sanchez bangs a slant route to Schilens who is wide open after coming in motion. Simple pitch and catch on a route Sanchez traditionally throws well. (+)

18 – 1st and 10 at their own 37 (36 yard completion to Jeremy Kerley) – The throw of the night by Sanchez who stands tall in the pocket, takes a huge shot and drops in a beautiful pass between two defenders to Kerley down the seam. Only increases the frustration that he can’t be more consistent because again this a big boy, 1st round draft pick throw. This is why Rex Ryan is keeping Mark Sanchez as his starter. (+)

19 – 1st and 10 at Houston 27 (10 yard completion to Chaz Schilens) – It looked as if Sanchez and Schilens checked to this at the line after they saw a blitz coming. A well timed throw. A good adjustment and an easy 10 yards. (+)

20 – 2nd and 5 at Houston 12 (Interception) – You’ve seen this play 1,000 times by now. Is the deflection Sanchez’s fault? Not really. Yet, he still made the wrong read on this play. Jeremy Kerley was going to take career ending hit if he caught this ball. Sanchez should went to the flat on the opposite side of the field. So we end the end the half with a (-)

FIRST HALF – 20 Dropbacks – 12 Positives, 7 Negatives, 1 Undecided.

21 – 1st and 10 at their own 28 (24 yard completion to Jeff Cumberland) – Good Mark Sanchez is back, dropping in a pretty deep out route to Jeff Cumberland off play action that goes for 24 yards. He does a nice job of putting enough touch on it to get it over the linebacker but enough zip to get it out front of the safety so Cumberland can turn up field. (+)

22 – 2nd and 14 at their own 47 (36 yard completion to Jeremy Kerley) – Jeremy Kerley is turning into a damn good NFL wide receiver. He shakes the corner at the line of scrimmage, forcing him to fall and then holds on as he takes a huge hit from the safety. Sanchez could have put a little more zip on this cover 2 hole shot but that is probably nit-picking. (+) 

23 – 2nd and goal at the Houston 3 (Incompletion to Chaz Schilens) – Damn JJ Watt. This is easy touchdown for the Jets over the middle to Chaz Schilens who ran a slant out of the bunch. Sanchez makes the right read and then Watt makes the type of play that is going to win him Defensive Player of the Year. I am sorry but Sanchez is at no fault here. He did everything right. This was just a tremendous play from Watt. (+)

24 – 3rd and goal at the Houston 3 (Incompletion to Chaz Schilens) – The Jets wanted to go backside to Kerley on a slant-fade route. Basically where Kerley takes three hard steps to the slant and then breaks out to the fade but it was well covered. Sanchez correctly moves to his next read, which is Schilens who appears to be running a deeper slant and then whipping back out along the back line. A tough and bizarre route that is ran very poorly by Schilens from start to finish. Again, this is not on Sanchez but on poor route running and play design. (+) 

25 – 2nd and 18 at their own 46 (19 yard completion to Shonn Greene) – Sanchez did everything fine here. (+) – Let me take a minute to riff on Shonn Greene’s general awfulness. If Greene had one capable NFL running back move this is a 54 yard touchdown. Look how much space he has!

Of course Greene slows down and leans to the inside where there is nothing but green to the outside. Instead of making a move, he then continues to slow down, crouches down and slams head first into the defender, allowing the pursuit to catch up with him.

He will never start another game in the NFL after this season, period.

26 – 2nd and 10 at Houston 35 (Incompletion to Shonn Greene) – Sanchez opted to check down to Greene, which based on the coverage was not a poor decision. His primary reads were all well covered. Sanchez threw the ball a little to Greene’s right to move him away from the linebacker but Greene dropped a ball that him in both hands. (+)

27 – 3rd and 10 at Houston 35 (Sacked) – Sanchez had Jeremy Kerley down the seam for a big play and he stepped up into the pocket to make the throw. However, JJ Watt made another ridiculous play, beating Brandon Moore and taking Sanchez’s legs out. Initially I thought this play would be on Sanchez for taking a sack in a bad spot but after watching the film, I’m not sure what else he could have done here considering the play Watt made. We’ll give him an undecided here.

28 – 2nd and 2 at their own 24 (Incomplete pass to Antonio Cromartie) – A poorly designed play that was rushed because of unnecessary substitutions that shouldn’t be occurring in a 2 minute drill. The swing screen was deflected by Conner Barwin but even if Cromartie caught it, he wasn’t going anywhere. Another undecided.

29 – 3rd and 2 at their own 24 (6 yard completion to Jeremy Kerley) – Excellent patience by Sanchez who waited for Kerley to get all the way across the set on a drag route and then fired in an accurate pass to move the chains on 3rd down. (+)

30 – 1st and 10 at their own 30 (10 yard yard completion to Jason Hill) – Sanchez went back to his bread and butter, the slant route. Hill stumbles a bit at the top of the route but Sanchez gets it to him anyway. At this point, it felt like the Jets were actually putting something together on their final drive. (+)

31 – 1st and 10 at their own 40 (Incompletion to Jeremey Kerley) – Sanchez was looking for Kerley on a 10 yard out route from the slot but simply missed the throw, putting it too low and to the outside. There is no reason this shouldn’t have been a 10-15 yard gain. (-)

32 – 2nd and 10 at their own 40 (Sack) – The Texans dialed up a blitz off the edge that the Jets completely failed to pick up (looking at you Bilal Powell). However, Sanchez should have recognized the pressure was going to come off the left side and move Powell there before the snap to make his job easier and the blitz easier to recognize here. Sanchez double clutched and probably could have got rid of the ball to an underneath receiver. Tough play with the blitz? Yes. Still you cannot take a sack here. (-)

33 – 3rd and 18 at their own 32 (Interception) – For some reason the Jets rushed to get this play off right before the two minute warning. They should have taken their time and went to the sideline to regroup after the sack. Sanchez made the right read. Jeff Cumberland was the primary read, he was open on about a 12 yard out route. Sanchez makes a good, not great throw that bounces off Cumberland hands for a game ending interception. Yes, Cumberland should have caught the ball. But why rush to the line in this situation? (-)

34 – 1st and 10 at their own 9 (Incompletion to Jeremy Kerley) – The Jets last second desperation play. You’d like to find a way to complete this so you at least have a chance to lateral. (-)

SECOND HALF – 14 Dropbacks – 8 Positives, 4 Negatives, 2 Undecided

TOTAL – 34 Dropacks, 20 Positives, 11 Negatives, 3 Undecided

Overall Analysis – It is fair to say that Mark Sanchez played better than his stat line indicated. However, that doesn’t absolve him of the inconsistencies he demonstrated. What is frustrating about re-watching this game tape is that this game was there for the Jets to win. They weren’t blown off the field by Houston. They weren’t outclassed. In a way that is encouraging for the rest of the season. If they cut back on the missed opportunities and mistakes, they are going to win football games. You can’t miss on a 61 yard touchdown to Antonio Cromartie. You can’t drop 25 yard completions. You can’t make the wrong read near the end-zone. However, you also won’t be dealing with JJ Watt and the Houston Texans every week. Sanchez was much better against Houston than he was against San Francisco and even Miami. It would not be surprising to see him put up a solid stat line against a Colts defense that is a major step down from Houston. Beyond that, everybody now has another game of experience in the offense and Dustin Keller should be back.

New York Jets – Keep The Gimmicks Coming

TJ Rosenthal on the New York Jets need to stick with gimmicks in the coming weeks

We have heard alot of talk since the 23-17 loss to 5-0 Houston, about how the Jets almost beat the Texans with tricks and gimmicks, not with substance. What people may be overlooking though, is that the Jets to their credit, although being late to the party, finally realize that they are ill equipped to win by employing the basic principles of a stout rushing attack and base defense. Angry loyalists can rightfully go ahead and hammer GM Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan for not assembling the proper roster until they are blue in the face. It won’t change the landscape in time to save 2012 though. Travelling further down the zany path they raced along with no brakes to speak of Monday night, could.

The Jets, given the predicament they have put themselves in with limitations due to no proven depth to speak of, must improve upon their new found frantically designed unpredictability. They must do so with all units.

After all, they are an offense that already uses two QBs, and now employs all of their RBs. They can devise off beat packages that include Tim Tebow, Antonio Cromartie AND Mark Sanchez on offense. The area club that now, more than ever, looks to find touchdowns from special teams and or defense. Seeing this boost for the offense as a viable strategy, rather than an additional point bonus on the scoreboard.

The dwindling number of healthy stars and notable names on the backs of Jet jersey’s will matter less, if the no name backups and newcomers can embrace their roles and limited chances to make plays. Jason Hill, and his major drop off a perfectly thrown Tebow deep ball during his first game as a Jet, for example…

If these bizarro personnel groupings can get on and off the field faster, the confusion could lead to a big strike here and there. One play is often times all that is needed to turn a one score loss into a win.

The new “mad scientist” formula will hope to create advantages that arise from a sudden mismatch, strength in numbers, and deception. To make it work, fewer nuts and bolts mistakes have to be made, as this new post Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes Jets team, tries to gel. Errors resulting in turnovers, penalties, and missed assignments have turned games for the worse recently. It’s hard enough being undermanned. The shuffling of bodies resembling Grand Central station at rush hour will continue. So too could the flags, if the Jets aren’t careful and well rehearsed at the process.

These Jets are not going to win with any textbook strategy. They have tried to already. Straight ahead simplicity just doesnt mesh well in the current world of Woody and Rex’s New York Jets. Ever.

This season has already provided so much drama off the field. On the field, this year was stunted early due to many key injuries, and few under studies ready to help maintain an immediate first string level of play. Mark Sanchez has been too streaky. Shonn Greene has shown that he can’t ground and pound at will. No high end receivers were brought in to help Sanchez out. The defense can’t get off the field on third down.

It is almost as if nobody except for Antonio Cromartie is doing what has been asked of him.

Gang Green just needs to elevate the “Controlled Chaos” they almost stole a game with against a team that was supposed to beat them by a sizable margin. With a playbook that included a fake punt, an onsides kick, the team’s top shut down corner going deep on a bomb after a stellar double move, and more. A style that let’s face it, smoothly fits who the New York Jets are as an organziation at this point in time, like a glove.

Doing so with no need to explain why, or apologize for it.

New York Jets – Embrace The Youth Movement

It is time for the New York Jets to stop playing old, unproductive players who won’t be on the roster next year

The suggestion of playing young players over established veterans is often a sign of packing it in for the season in preparation for the future. In the case of the New York Jets, the movement towards younger players wouldn’t necessarily signal that. It would actually be a wise move not just for the future but for the 2012 season.

At linebacker, there is a zero percent chance Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace will be on the roster next year. They are currently ineffective at linebacker, considering the Jets are ranked 31st against the run and have 5 total sacks in 5 games. There is no logical reason not to immediately start giving Demario Davis at least 50 percent of Scott’s reps at inside linebacker. He is going to be the starter there next season so let him get experience now. In the meantime, he can’t perform at a much lower level than Scott, so you aren’t losing anything this season. At least you are gaining speed and more of a threat on blitzes, along with somebody who has some type of skill set in coverage.

On the outside, Pace is sluggish rushing the passer but remains valuable setting the edge in the run game. However, opposite of him the Jets should be rotating Bryan Thomas with both Garret McIntyre and Ricky Sapp. In particular, Sapp deserves an opportunity on passing downs. Aaron Maybin has been totally ineffective through five games. Similar to inside linebacker, how much more ineffective could a McIntyre/Sapp platoon be than Thomas and Maybin? They can’t be. Give them the reps and maybe a player like Sapp develops into a viable option for next season.

At running back, even though you never want to write off Mike Tannenbaum’s incompetence, Shonn Greene should not be back. He has been the least productive running back in the NFL through five games, so why continue to play him? It is physically impossible for Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and Jonathan Grimes not to be better than him. Let the three young backs play all the reps and hope that one flashes enough to merit a roster spot as a complimentary back next year to whomever you add to be the primary back.

We touched on this earlier at wide receiver but the Jets are smart to avoid adding any veterans. It has become popular to lump all the Jets wide receivers together as a pile of garbage, which is both invalid and unfair. Jeremy Kerley is averaging nearly 20 yards per catch and has caught 15 passes on 23 targets, a highly respectable rate particularly in this offense. He is showing signs of developing into a very good receiver and is going to flourish from the extra reps this season. We knew Stephen Hill would be a project coming out of a triple option offense. He will take his lumps this year, mixed in with big plays. Let’s not forget he had 89 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns in his NFL debut. Hill was a legitimate 2nd round pick, not a reach. He has the skill set to develop into a big play receiver in the NFL, he just needs more seasoning. When he gets back healthy, give him all the reps he can get. Kerley and Hill could be the starting point of a quality group of receivers in future years.

It makes no sense to play veterans who won’t be on the team next year if they are completely ineffective. It may not be easy for Rex Ryan to sit players like Scott, Thomas and Greene but their play has earned them a spot on the bench and nowhere else.