Buck The Trend, Episode 16 – NFLSU (Part 2) – New Era, Same Excellence

New BTT Podcast: Daniel Essien discusses the era of excellence in LSU football.

New episode of Buck The Trend! We’re revisiting the NFLSU series as we discuss the former Les Miles and the new Ed Orgeron era. They’ve both sent tons of NFL starters to the draft but could Orgeron being performing at a higher rate? I also build a starting NFL defense out of Miles and Orgeron standouts. Take a listen! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review on iTunes if you haven’t.

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TOJ Let’s Get Weird: Week 1 – Jets vs. Lions

Dan Essien get’s weird with the New York Jets week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions…

Football is back and I come bearing gifts! Let’s Get Weird will be a weekly collection of non-conventional statistics, predictions, and general random observation about the Jets and their upcoming matchups. It will be VERY serious (READ: sometimes serious). We start off with week 1 as the New York Jets kick off the regular season with a Monday night showdown in Detroit, against the Lions.

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Buck The Trend, Episode 10 – Jets Offensive Trends

New BTT Podcast: Alan Schechter joins Daniel Essien to discuss trends with the New York Jets offense.

Training camp is in full effect, but we wanted to try and see the future in this episode of Buck The Trend as we focused on the Jets offense for 2018. Alan Schechter joins Dan Essien to help go through recent trends with the Jets offense. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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Buck The Trend, Episode 9 – The Northwest DB Factory

New BTT Podcast: Daniel Essien discusses Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake’s rise through the coaching ranks.

Many schools call themselves DBU, but Jimmy Lake has been quietly building a monster up north. Buck The Trend episode 9 discusses what coach Lake and the Huskies have been cooking up in Washington. If you haven’t yet, subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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Buck The Trend, Episode 8 – New York Jets Positional Breakdown F/ Chris Nimbley

New BTT Podcast: Daniel Essien and New York Jets insider Chris Nimbley break down the different positional battles on the New York Jets…

Buck The Trend episode 8 previews upcoming New York Jets positional battles with team insider Chris Nimbley. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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Episode 3 – Freaks and Geeks

NFL wide receivers come in all shapes and sizes. But in today’s league it might really boil down to two types: freaks and geeks. Let’s look at some of the top receivers in our league and see what are the attributes consistent with being successful in the NFL. Also, we’ll discuss the Jets receivers, what categories they fit into and who has the most potential for success.

NFL wide receivers come in all shapes and sizes. But in today’s league it might really boil down to two types: freaks and geeks. Let’s look at some of the top receivers in our league and see what are the attributes consistent with being successful in the NFL. Also, we’ll discuss the Jets receivers, what categories they fit into and who has the most potential for success. 

Listen to further discussion on this topic and more in episode 3 of  BUCK THE TREND below:

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NFL Buck The Trend – The Ultimate Running Back

Daniel Essien with a breakdown of the evolution of the running back position in recent years to kick off TOJ Digital’s new podcast: BUCK THE TREND

Trends in the NFL often start a whisper and eventually turn into a violent scream. So it has been with the evolution of the running back position in recent years. The amount of talent coming into the league at this position has really increased over the last few years. Let’s look at what is different about today’s modern running backs as opposed to the ones entering the league a few years ago. Also, we’ll look at a few examples of how they’re utilized schematically. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the direction of the Jets’ running back depth chart in light of all this.

Listen to further discussion on this topic and more in our new podcast: BUCK THE TREND. Check out episode 1 below and look out soon for the iTunes feed!

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New York Jets – Raising Leonard Williams’ Expectations

Daniel Essien breaks down reasonable expectations for New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams in 2018..

New York Jets 2015 1st round selection Leonard Williams has had a mostly positive tenure with the team so far. However, there has been discussion regarding Williams’ production the last few seasons. It’s arguable that he hasn’t played up to the standards of his 6th overall selection. Let’s examine how his play stacks up to his peers and why this year is the time for him to take the next step.

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NFL Player Development – Positional Competition

Dan Essien explores the effects of positional competition when it comes to player development in the NFL…

The New York Jets are in the process of rebuilding their roster. A key element to that is player development. One of the most underrated elements of player development in football is positional competition. It’s true that talent often rises to the top regardless of what’s around them. But an often overlooked potential accelerant to development is who’s making them better in the days between games. Typically the best help a player can get midweek is great coaching. But often its their teammates that drive them to get better. I’m not talking about players at the same position competing here, though. I’m talking about iron sharpening iron. Offensive players making defensive players better and visa versa. QB vs. secondary, safety vs. tight end, wide receiver vs. cornerback, etc. Let’s take a look at the role of counter-positional competition in player development.

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NFL Player Development – Should A Quarterback Redshirt?

Daniel Essien explores whether it is smart to redshirt a rookie quarterback in the NFL…

There’s a seemingly never-ending debate amongst football fans about how to properly develop a quarterback. Some say every young quarterback should be allowed to sit and grow as much as they need before throwing them into a starting role. Others say there’s no better teacher than game experience. Do young QB’s benefit from a “redshirt” year or more, where they can sit and learn? Can it be the difference between ruining a career and allowing a player to blossom?  (more…)