TOJ Pod ft. Lindsay Rhodes of NFL Network!

Will Parkinson chats with Lindsay Rhodes of NFL Network on this episode of TOJ Pod.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast Will Parkinson is joined by Lindsay Rhodes of NFL Network & the “NFL Rhodes Show” as they discuss:

-Sam Darnold’s NFL Future
-Carl Lawson Breakout
-Covering the USC Dynasty
-Building Credibility at NFL Network

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Draft SZN: Top 5 QBs, RBs, and WRs

The guys chat about their QB, RB, and WR rankings.

On this episode of Draft SZN, DA Osorio, Joe Belic, James Kuntz, and Michael Meegan give their final evaluations of the top 5 QBs, RBs, and WRs in the 2021 NFL Draft. You won’t want to miss the discussion on…
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DA’s New York Jets Post-Week One Free Agency Mock Draft

DA Osorio provides his post-week 1 of Free Agency mock draft!

Free agency’s first week is just about finished, and the New York Jets have added some really nice pieces at areas of need. EDGE Carl Lawson is the big prize of the offseason, with WR Corey Davis coming in second for his ability to give the Jets a high-upside Wide Receiver on a team that really needed more young playmakers. They still have no starting-worthy players at corner or OLB, and that’s before we get to an offense that can lay claim to the same distinction at guard, running back, and arguably tight end. Before we jump into the mock draft, there are six free agents still available that I think the Jets should add so they don’t have to try and fill every hole in the draft:

OG Trai Turner: 5 Pro Bowls before the age of 27, had a down-year last year due to injury but could be a good value add up front.

EDGE Jadeveon Clowney: scored pressures on 10.9% of his pass rush, would be a good swing at OLB as he is still a very good run stopper and could generate pressure when the Jets go to a 5-2-4 look.


WR Ty Hilton: still a capable veteran with crafty route running and solid hands who could allow for the Jets to move on from an expensive Jamison Crowder


DT Sheldon Rankins: With Williams most likely playing the 3-technique DT role and the newly-acquired Lawson playing the Wide 9 DE role, the 4-3 NT role is up for grabs given my belief that John Franklyn Myers and Foley Fatukasi will compete for the other DE position in the base defense. Rankins would be a nice addition to fill that role.


CB Mackenzie Alexander: The 27 year old has played in the slot and outside, and would give Saleh a starting-caliber corner on a roster that currently has none.


CB Adoree Jackson: An athletically gifted corner who can thrive in predomininatly zone scheme, Jackson is a much needed addition in this CB room.

For the purpose of this, lets say the Jets sign the six above before entering the NFL Draft. The depth chart would look as follows:

QB: Sam Darnold, James Morgan
RB: Lamical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Vyncent Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant
OG: Greg Van Roten, Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

Very clearly, the defense is FURTHER ahead than the offense on talent and difference makers. Lets see if I can fix that in the draft. I start the draft with two overdue trades:

Trade WR Jamison Crowder to the Green Bay Packers for a 2021 3rd Rounder
Trade QB Sam Darnold to the Las Vegas Raiders for a 2021 3rd Rounder and a 2022 4th Rounder

Picks Entering the NFL Draft:
R1: 2nd, 23rd
R2: 2nd
R3: 2nd, 16th, 22nd, 28th
R4: 2nd
R5: 2nd, 10th
R6: 2nd
R7: 23rd

Draft:

2nd Pick: Ohio State QB Justin Fields
QB2 on my board, Fields would be the most talented QB the Jets have drafted and would also be the best QB the Jets have drafted him WHEN they drafted him. High upside, good character, and the potential to be a bigger and better Dak Prescott.

23rd Pick: Ohio State OG Wyatt Davis
In the simulator, Florida TE Kyle Pitts was available but because of Joe Douglas’s refusal/inability to improve the IOL on the roster in free agency, I opt for the monster from Ohio State up front. Davis slots in right next to Mehki Becton to give the Jets two young building blocks on the OL.

Trade: The New York Jets trade the 34th pick overall to the Carolina Panthers for the 7th pick in round two and the 9th pick in round 3

39th Pick: Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey
Humphrey is a top 30 player in this class, for me, so getting him at 39 is a steal. He slots right into the starting Center position and Connor McGovern slides over next to George Fant.

66th Pick: Georgia CB Eric Stokes
I’m not as high on Stokes as others, but he is too much value here at 66 to pass up. He is a little grabby in coverage, but getting him here lets him compete for playing time from the beginning of training camp.

73rd Pick: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
There’s not a RB that could start in the XFL on this roster, so you nab RB3 in Round Three and watch him run behind Becton and Davis for 100+ consistently. Williams does not mess around behind the LOS, and would bring a home run threat to the Jets backfield.

80th Pick: Miami EDGE Quincy Roche
This defense needs more juice off the edge, and the former Hurricane provides that in spades. Roche has good technique, athleticism, and strength. He’s lean, but with this front 4 he and Clowney could bring serious pressure.

86th Pick: North Texas WR Jaelon Darden
Yes, we added Keelan Cole and TY Hilton and Corey Davis to go with Denzel Mims, but the Jets should also add some depth and Darden would absolutely represent the kind of high-upside swing at the position that Douglas should’ve taken in the 4th round last year. Darden can make cornerbacks miss, is deadly in space, and could be developed before taking over in the slot full-time.

92nd Pick: Alabama OG Deonte Brown
A 6’3” 364 pound monster who can sit for a year and then replace McGovern the following year. Now a position of weakness becomes a position of strength as your interior offensive line is Brown, Davis, and Humphrey for the next 10 years.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 2nd pick in the 4th round to the Denver Broncos for the 9th pick in the 4th round and a 2022 5th rounder.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 9th pick in the 4th round to the Detroit Lions for a 2022 4th Rounder

146th Pick: Georgia LB Monty Rice
A bit undersized for a LB, but with the Jets missing out on Keanu Neal the former Bulldog could fill the role the Jets envisioned for Neal. He has speed, reads the play well, and can go sideline to sideline. He can, also, provide insurance for the returning Mosley while learning under him.

154th Pick: Iowa OT Alaric Jackson
The next Hawkeye in the long line of good Iowa tackles, Jackson is good value for me here because I think he can develop into a starting RT in the league. With Fant coming back for at least one year, Jackson can sit for a year like Deonte Brown before taking over for a released veteran in 2022.

185th Pick: Miami K Jose Borregales
Need a Kicker. Get a Kicker.

249th Pick: Michigan TE Nick Eubanks
Better than Griffin and better than Wesco, Eubanks projects as a move TE/H-Back, and I am very excited about the possibility of the Jets using him as Other LaFleur used Delanie Walker. You need somebody to push the disappointing Herndon, and this accomplishes that.

Depth Chart Post-Draft:

QB: Justin Fields, James Morgan
RB: Javonte Williams, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, Lamical Perine
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Keelan Cole, Jaelon Darden, Braxton Berrios, Vyncet Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Nick Eubanks, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant, Alaric Jackson
OG: Connor McGovern, Wyatt Davis, Deonte Brown, Dan Feeney
C: Creed Humphrey
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Monty Rice, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Quincy Roche, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Eric Stokes, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

This is what I’d do if I were the Jets if I want a shot at improving the roster to the point where they are playing meaningful games come December. Adding three more picks in 2024, also, gives you the chance to add even more talent to a team that now has key young contributors that can help your team take that next step in 2022.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

Dan Feeney: Is he a fit and what should Jets fans expect?

After losing out on Joe Thuney and apparently—for whatever reason—not being interested in Corey Linsley, Joe Douglas added some competition to the OL room this free agency season with the acquisition of Dan Feeney on a one-year deal worth up to $4.25 million. Feeney, a former third-round pick from Indiana University, has experience at both guard and center, fitting Douglas’ versatility profile.

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TOJ Pod: Interview with Jeane Coakley of SNY!

Will Parkinson chats with Jeane Coakley of SNY.

On this episode of TOJ Pod, Will Parkinson interviews Jeane Coakley of SNY covering topics such as:

– Keeping Sam?
– Free Agency Needs
– Favorite Coaches and Players She’s Covered
– Michael Jordan and Scott Burrell
– Best Athlete in the Burrell/Coakley Household

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Jets Quarter Century Team 1996-2020: Full Backs and Tight Ends

Will Parkinson provides his quarter century team for fullbacks and tight ends.

This is part 3 of the Jets’ best players over the past 25 years. We will be going position group by position group in addition to front office, owner, coaching staff and even stadium and training camp locations.. There have been lots of ups and downs over the past 25 years but this will highlight the great players as well as the fan favorites and best moves. This week we will be going through the full backs and tight ends. Some of the unsung players on the Jets the past 25 years.

Starting Full Back & Tight End:

Richie Anderson – Anderson was clearly not only the best Jets fullback and tight of the end past 25 years, but in the history of the franchise. A 6th round pick out of Penn State, Anderson spent 10 seasons with the Jets. While Anderson started slowly in 1993, he picked it right up and became a reliable blocker for guys like Curtis Martin and Adrian Murrell. Anderson’s best trait was his hands and ability to be a security blanket out of the backfield. Anderson enjoyed the best year of his career in 2000 when he set a franchise record with 88 catches as well as, a pro bowl appearance. The Jets enjoyed a great spell while Anderson was in his prime playing in 3 sperate playoffs. Anderson will go down as one of the most under rated and underappreciated players over the past few decades with the Jets.

Stats: 10 Seasons: Regular Season – 134 Games 305 Catches, 2449 Yards, 10 TDs, 191 Carries, 722 Yards, 2 TDs

Playoffs: 4 Games 10 Catches, 119 Yards, 2 TDs, 3 Carries, 14 Yards

Awards – Pro Bowl (2000), Franchise Single Season Record Catches FB (88)

Dustin Keller- Keller was a 1st round pick (30th overall) out of Purdue. The pass catching tight end spent 5 seasons with the Jets before signing with the Dolphins, only to suffer a career ending knee injury before ever playing a regular season snap. Keller was a very talented route runner and pass catcher and while his production doesn’t touch a Tony Gonzalez, he certainly provided a solid security blanket and red zone threat for Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez. The most exciting time of Keller’s career was the 2009 playoff run he hauled in 3 touchdowns and was a crucial part of the ground and pound offense. Keller was clearly for me the most talented and productive tight end of the past 25 years for the Jets.

Stats: 5 Seasons: Regular Season – 72 Games 241 Catches, 2876 Yards, 17 TDs

Playoffs: 6 Games – 26 Catches, 302 Yards, 3 TDs

Best Homegrown Talent:

Jareld Sowell: While Sowell may go under the radar for most, he is someone who was always a reliable and strong player for Gang Green. A 7th round pick, Sowell was Richie Anderson’s backup for the beginning of this career before stepping into a bigger role once Anderson went with Parcels to Dallas. Sowell spent 9 seasons with the Jets and was around and a part of one of the best Jets runs as a franchise from ‘98-‘06. Considering the value, they got in return for a 7th round full back, I think its pretty clear Sowell deserved mention.

Stats: 9 Seasons: Regular Season – 137 Games 147 Catches, 1188 Yards, 5 TDs, 61 Carries, 244 Yards, 1 TD.

Playoffs: 5 Games 6 Catches, 20 Yards, 1 TD, 1 Carry, 2 Yards.

Best Trade/Signing:

Tony Richardson – Richardson who was voted 2nd team all decade and a 3-time pro bowler joined the Jets as his career winded down in 2008. While he may have been 37 when he joined the Jets, he still had a lot left in the tank and was a crucial locker room leader for Gang Green during the fruitful spell of 2008-2010. While you don’t see it in the numbers, Richardson was an elite level blocking full back and was fantastic signing by Mike Tannenbaum.

Stats: 3 Seasons: 48 Games 31 Total Touches, 171 Yards.

Postseason: 6 Games 4 Total Touches, 16 Yards.

Fan Favorite:

Chris Baker – The NY native Chris Baker will always go down as a fan favorite for his famous nickname “Chris Baker the Touchdown Maker”. A 3rd round pick out of Michigan State, Baker enjoyed some good moment with Gang Green being a reliable blocker and pass catcher for Chad Pennington and others. Baker enjoyed a 7-season run with the Jets going to the playoffs in 3 of them. The nickname lives on to this day and will always be someone Jets fans remember fondly.

Stats: 7 Seasons: 51 Games 145 Catches, 1505 Yards, 12 TDs

Playoffs: 5 Games 12 Catches, 109 Yards, 1 TD

John Connor – While John Connor may not have had the all pro level career fans expected after his performance in Cortland on Hard Knocks in 2010, he will always be a fan favorite. “The Terminator” as he was coined famously that summer, Connor dished out punishing blows on special teams and in the back field during his 4-year career with the Jets. Connor may not have been Richie Anderson with his route running but he punished defenders and “The Terminator” will always be a Jets fan favorite.

Stats: 4 Seasons: 47 Games 33 Total Touches, 161 Yards, 3 Total TDs

Best That Never Was –

Kyle Brady: While Brady wasn’t a bust, he was certainly incredibly underwhelming in his time with the Jets. That as well as the fact the Jets took him 9th overall and there are 3 Hall of Famers (Sapp, Law, Brooks) all taken after him in addition to multiple other pro bowlers. Brady came in with massive expectations and while he enjoyed an average season in 1998, his career overall with the Jets was very disappointing considering the excitement and expectation.

Stats: 4 Seasons: Regular Season – 63 Games 93 Catches, 949 Yards, 10 TDs

Playoffs: 2 Games 3 Catches 28 Yards.

 

The Jets (Finally) Got It Right

Stephen Russo explains why the Jets got this coaching decision right.

For the better part of a decade, the New York Jets have been swimming in the sewers of ineptitude. They have consistently had the look and perception of dysfunction. They have taken repeated half-measured attempts at digging themselves out, only to find themselves deeper in the hole of mediocrity that we are all so desperate to climb out of. And now, after the 2020 season, the Jets are proud owners of the longest playoff drought in the NFL. And as the offseason officially begins (which is typically a Jets’ fans Super Bowl), I ask you to put everything on hold for just a brief moment. Forget the Deshaun Watson drama. Don’t worry about Zach Wilson or Justin Fields. Forget Darnold and if he’ll stay or how much he will get us in return if traded.

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Positives of Every Jets Quarterback Option

The New York Jets are coming off of one of the worst seasons in franchise history. However, there’s a growing sense that the organization as a whole is finally heading in the right direction. With Joe Douglas, a well respected figure in league circles, as General Manager, the Jets were able to recruit one of the most sought after Head Coaching candidates in this cycle. New Jets Head coach Robert Saleh has an immense amount of charisma, belief and positivity around his vision of what he wants his New York Jets team to look like. Coming from the defensive side of the ball, it has been refreshing to hear Coach Saleh talk about his expectations for the offense and what he believes that unit can accomplish during his stint as the leader of this organization. After assembling an impressive coaching staff to expedite the process of his vision becoming a reality, Robert Saleh must now lock arms with Joe Douglas and the Johnson family to discuss what is hands down the most important decision he will ever make as a head coach. That would be the decision on who will be the Jets starting quarterback in 2021 and beyond.

Should the Jets pursue Deshaun Watson at all costs? Would Douglas and Saleh be wise to draft their own quarterback with the number two overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft? Do they still believe in Sam Darnold and think he can thrive under a new coaching staff and offensive system? While the fan base is admittedly split on who they believe should command the offense for the foreseeable future, there are positives to all potential outcomes.

 

It’s an extremely rare occurrence that a fringe top-five quarterback becomes available for trade in the NFL. That is what appears to be happening with three-time Pro Bowler and 2020 passing yards leader Deshaun Watson. Watson has expressed his displeasure with his current franchise, the Houston Texans. As reports of his unhappiness leaked out to sports media, rumors of his preferred trade destinations started swirling. The New York Jets are supposedly at the top of his wishlist, due to the hiring of Robert Saleh as head coach. Saleh was viewed as a strong candidate throughout the league and one that Watson hoped the Texans would be interested in interviewing for their coaching vacancy. Naturally over the next few weeks, Jets fans and even New York media started to entertain the thought of Deshaun Watson being the quarterback of the future for gang green. Now that Watson has formally requested a trade that thought can soon become a reality, as a deal appears to be in the best interest of both parties. Acquiring Deshaun Watson from Houston would be significant in more ways than one. The New York Football Jets haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010. That is currently the longest active streak in the National Football League. Trading for a 25-year old quarterback, who’s just scratching the surface of his prime would immediately make the Jets a playoff caliber team.

 

While there are still positions that need to be addressed throughout the rest of the roster, taking care of the most important position in football would be a great start to the Robert Saleh era. Deshaun Watson would easily be the best possible upgrade available to the Jets at quarterback. In regards to adding talent around Watson and placing him in prime position to compete for a Super Bowl in the near future, that doesn’t appear to be a problem. Players have begun to entertain the idea of joining forces with the star quarterback in New York. The most notable athlete to let it be known publicly is wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Jets have a slew of resources at their disposal that will allow them to continue surrounding Watson with talent beyond Robinson. Currently armed with the third-most cap space and an ample amount of draft picks, no GM is better equipped to acquire Watson and build a winner around him than Joe Douglas. Despite these facts, there are still fans who feel it would be premature to trade for an elite quarterback on a big contract. The beauty of Deshaun Watson’s deal is how low the cap hit is for the 2021 season. Watson’s contract would only account for $10.5 million of the Jets cap space which is projected to be north of $65 million. This doesn’t take into consideration potential cuts of players on crippling contracts that were handed out by the last front office regime. This benefits the Jets greatly, as it gives management a reasonable timetable to manipulate the cap space in preparation for Watson’s contract in the future. A move of this magnitude changes the perception of the New York Jets for good. Pairing an elite young quarterback like Deshaun Watson with the likes of Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh, the Jets can build a perennial Super Bowl contender for a decade. While this appears to be the best course of action for the franchise, it is not the only logical recipe for success.

 

If there was ever a silver lining at the end of such an abysmal 2020 season for Jets fans, it would be the shiny new toy referred to as the second overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jets hold possession of a valuable asset in this year’s draft class. All options are on the table with this pick. Three highly regarded quarterback prospects will be available to them. BYU QB Zach Wilson, NDSU QB Trey Lance and Ohio State QB Justin Fields. The Jets will do their due diligence on all three of these players and can potentially find themselves falling in love with one of them as April approaches. Who they choose remains a mystery, but the benefits of drafting one of these aforementioned quarterbacks would be the same. If Douglas and Saleh elect to draft their own quarterback, it can offer the Jets some financial relief.

 

When you have a quarterback on a team-friendly rookie contract, it enables the front office to spend money on premium positions that would be vital to the betterment of the team. Another important layer to this is the Sam Darnold situation. Darnold is currently heading into the fourth year of his rookie contract, which means the Jets have to make a decision on his fifth-year option by May 3rd, 2021. If the Jets were to pick up that option, Darnold would be owed $25 million in 2022. Rather than committing to Darnold long-term, the Jets can opt to find a trade partner for the former third overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft. This would allow the Jets to collect compensation from another team that they can then use to continually build around the rookie quarterback they would draft. With a new head coach and quarterback in unison, One Jets Drive could be rejuvenated heading into the 2021-2022 season. An underlying factor to starting fresh with a rookie at quarterback would be the reality that this move would buy Joe Douglas more time as general manager of the New York Jets. If the Jets failed to see dramatic improvement next season with Sam Darnold under center, it could be a cause of concern to those in the front office. Joe Douglas has without question been the best GM the Jets have had for the better part of a decade. It would be unfortunate if ownership felt the need to move on from Douglas due to the inability to get the absolute best out of Darnold. 

 

While the majority of New York’s fan base would welcome a Deshaun Watson trade or selecting a new quarterback in the draft, sticking with Sam Darnold appears to be more likely than originally perceived. Despite how unenthused some may feel towards this option there are still a decent amount of positives that come with it. In this scenario it would be safe to assume that the Jets would decline Darnold’s fifth-year option. This would give the team no concrete commitment to the quarterback beyond this upcoming season, which would be the best course of action should this attempt to salvage Darnold fail. Halted by poor coaching and even worse offensive talent for the first three seasons of his professional career, Sam Darnold has been a below average starter in the NFL. However, many executives in the league believe if placed in a system that is quarterback friendly and surrounded by actual starting caliber players on offense, he can find success. Well, new Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is believed to be putting an offense in place that would make Darnold’s life considerably easier.

 

We’ve already discussed the freedom that having $65 million in cap space provides. Add to that the maximized value of the luxurious number two overall selection in the draft and now you can seriously provide Darnold with elite weaponry to take the field with on a weekly basis. If the Jets were to trade this pick, they would in all likelihood receive a king’s ransom. The team currently has five picks in the top-100 of the draft and nine picks overall. Trading out of the number two spot could net them around four additional draft picks, potentially including three this year. I strongly believe if given twelve picks in a single draft class, Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh would hit the majority of their selections out of the park. At best, Sam Darnold elevates his game and the Jets now have a solidified quarterback of the future. At worst, the Jets have a well-rounded roster absolutely flooded with talent and can devise a plan on how to approach the position in the 2022 offseason. It may be a leap of faith the New York Jets’ brass is willing to take.

 

In essence, our beloved Jets appear to be changing the narrative that has clouded this organization for nearly a decade. Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh have restored faith in the fan base and respectability throughout the league. While there will still be debates in regards to which quarterback options seem to be more appealing than others, the important fact to remember is there’s no wrong answer. In all three scenarios the New York Jets become a more complete football team. We can return to cheering for wins again, rather than root for losses in early October. Regardless of the outcome, Jets fans should remain positive and have the utmost confidence in our leaders to make decisions that will swiftly translate to success.