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…)

New York Jets – How Do You Build Checks & Balances Of A Championship Team?

Daniel Essien with a review of what franchise building strategies the New York Jets can learn from the Eagles Super Bowl run…

The Philadelphia Eagles lost an MVP front-runner to a season ending knee injury and somehow pulled together for a successful Super Bowl run. How does that sort of phenomenon happen? There’s a reason why they didn’t fold and it’s not magic. Every good team has checks and balances that help them overcome obstacles along the way.  All teams are talented but not all teams piece together the right talent in terms of both players and coaches.

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New York Jets Staff Evaluations – Positional Coach Edition

Daniel Essien with an evaluation of the New York Jets positional coaches in 2017

Our staff evaluations conclude with a look at positional coaches for the New York Jets. These coaches may often work in the shadows, but they have a huge influence on player growth and contribution. Usually, when a player makes a jump in productivity, or plays well beyond expectation, there’s a good position coach behind it. Let’s look at how the Jets’ positional coaches performed this season. 

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New York Jets Staff Evaluations – Coordinator Edition

Daniel Essien with an evaluation of coordinators Kacy Rodgers and John Morton for the New York Jets…

Continuing our staff evaluations with a look at the New York Jets’ offensive and defensive coordinators. The Jets overhauled the much of their staff, including offensive coordinator Chan Gailey after last season. Of the few retained was defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. Amongst the new hires was first time offensive coordinator John Morton, who was formerly the wide receiver coach for the New Orleans Saints. Let’s take a look at how they’ve done so far.

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TOJ Tweet Summary – Season Review (Top 10)

Daniel Essien with a #JetsTwitter Summary wrap-up for the season…

Overall it’s been a disappointing year of Jets football. But there’s no doubt we’ve had some good moments along the way with #JetsTwitter. In this special edition of the Tweet Summary, we’re going to compile our top 10 tweets from this season. Between all the moments of joy, frustration, and roasting fellow fans these few are the best of the best.

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TOJ Tweet Summary Week 16 – Jets vs. Chargers

Daniel Essien with a #JetsTwitter Summary on the New York Jets week 16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers…

After a loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Jets were back home for a week 16 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. With only two games remaining in the season, the Jets were hoping to grab win in their final home game at MetLife. Unfortunately, since the McCown’s injury, wins seem much further away. Here’s how it went with #JetsTwitter.

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