New York Jets – Up Front Review (Week 1)

Joe Belic reviews the New York Jets offensive line in week 1

I was forced to spend my Sunday afternoon hanging out with my friend Johnnie, Johnnie Walker, to be exact. The emotional distress of the season-opening loss subsided with my old buddy’s help, and I got my psyche prepared for yet another New York Jets repressed memory. Luckily for me, I am able to lock some of the painful games away; still, I empathize with my fellow Jets fans, who can’t.

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New York Jets Offensive Line 2020 Preview

Joe Belic with a deep dive preview of the New York Jets offensive line…

The offensive line hasn’t received much praise this preseason, which isn’t surprising, considering it’s comprised of five players who have never played a single snap together. Strong play up front is established through continuity and, given the current state of the world coupled with an unorthodox training camp, the situation is disconcerting. However, the unit isn’t lost, and there is a chance the line meshes and functions cohesively—hopefully, prior to Week 1.  Still, growing pains are expected, and with an opening schedule featuring dominant defensive fronts, the cause for concern remains justified.

Should the fanbase be worried?

Can they pull it together?

As presently constructed, does the offensive line have what it takes to protect Sam Darnold?

Personally, I’m hopeful, but the jury is still out…

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New York Jets – The 2020 Predictions

Joe Belic with optimistic, yet realistic predictions for the New York Jets 2020 season

2020 hasn’t exactly been what many of us envisioned as we counted down the seconds heading into a new year. The Jets have a bumpy runway ahead of them, and all the turbulence around the Jamal Adams situation hasn’t made things smoother. I understand the skepticism surrounding the season and, yes, the roster remains a work in progress. Still, the addition of some key pieces along the offensive line, one of the best slot receivers in the league, a potential future HOF in the backfield, and the return of a specific dynamic playmaker keeps me hopeful. Amidst the turmoil, below are some optimistic yet realistic predictions for the upcoming season.

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New York Jets NFL Draft Deep Dive – OL Cameron Clark

Joe Belic with a deep dive on New York Jets 4th round pick, OL Cameron Clark

The Jets had some question marks in terms of run blocking going into the draft but addressed the issue with two absolute maulers: Mekhi Becton and Cameron Clark.

Clark, the 129th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft, played left tackle all four seasons for the UNC Charlotte 49ers, but it’s widely believed he’s best suited to play guard at the next level.

One part brain and one part brawn, Clark is the perfect combination of smarts and down-right nastiness; his sheer will to dominate defenders is at the heart of his game.  A natural-born leader, his stacked resume includes Dean’s list, offensive MVP, and team captain.  Extremely durable to boot, Clark started 31 straight games during his collegiate career.

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New York Jets NFL Draft Deep Dive – La’Mical Perine

Joe Belic with a deep dive into New York Jets 4th round pick, La’Mical Perine featuring an interview with Matt Waldman of FootballGuys.Com

Running back La’Mical Perine proved Gators don’t sweat as he tweeted “Patience”­—a virtue he possesses both on and off the field—while awaiting his turn to be chosen in the NFL Draft.

Many suspected Gang Green would address the position due to lack of depth and Le’Veon Bell’s questionable return for the 2021 season.  With their first pick (No. 120) in the fourth round, the New York Jets selected the bruising runner out of Florida.

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NFL Draft – New York Jets Final Thoughts & Mock Draft

Joe Belic with final stats and a final mock draft for the New York Jets heading into NFL Draft night

The long-awaited day has finally arrived, and the NFL Draft is just hours away. Some fans remain firm on their favored course of action, while others have remained ambivalent.  In an effort to add some arsenal to your convictions or potentially help sway your opinion, below are some thoughts and stats that could be useful.  Happy Draft Day Jets fans!!!

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New York Jets NFL Draft – Adam Gase System Players…

Joe Belic on what Adam Gase’s history says about who the New York Jets could take in the NFL Draft

Collaboration is an integral part of Joe Douglas’ philosophy. While with the Eagles, Douglas worked in unison with Howie Roseman (GM), Doug Pederson (HC), and the rest of the team. In a recent article, Manish Meta supported this notion further with an in-depth analysis of Douglas’ draft process

This approach is a far cry from the divisiveness that was characteristic of previous regimes and a reason for Jets fans to remain hopeful. There is a lot to be optimistic about a GM willing to utilize all of his resources. Yet, the degree to which Adam Gase will influence the decision-making process has been a point of contention; clearly, Gase isn’t beloved among the fanbase.  Considering Douglas believes in selecting players that fit his coach’s system and Gase’s voice will undoubtedly be heard, how will this impact Gang Green during the draft and ultimately in the future? 

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New York Jets – How To Build The Offensive Line

Joe Belic on how the New York Jets should go about continuing to build their offensive line

Selecting a wide receiver with the eleventh pick has gained some momentum this past week as both Todd McShay and Brian Costello mocked Jerry Jeudy (WR) to the Jets. Nonetheless, with a deep class and an offensive line under construction, taking a wide receiver that early is a luxury the Jets can’t afford.  The disparity between run and pass blocking remains a concern, and all the more reason to target an OL with the first selection. 

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New York Jets, NFL Draft 2020 – Full 7 Round Mock Draft

Mock drafts have emerged as the lifeblood of the draft season craze. Various scenarios can, in a heartbeat, not only make one feel uplifted but also discouraged. With that said, I hope this particular piece evokes the former and leaves you with an optimistic view of what’s to come.

Note: I understand most fans, including myself, covet the “Big Four,” but we need to prepare for the likelihood that they won’t be available. In this particular outline, I have the Jets trading down. While I recognize it might not be the desired option by some, it yields the Jets some extra picks and the ability to address other needs.

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New York Jets – The Offensive Line Fits: Fant & McGovern

Joe Belic with a deep dive on the fits of George Fant and Connor McGovern on the New York Jets offensive line

The Jets didn’t exactly make the splash in free agency fans hoped for when the front office targeted George Fant on the first day of the tampering period. However, Fant’s athleticism remains intriguing and characteristic of what to expect for the future of the offensive line. 

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