We are back with another edition of #PickSix. This week we are focusing on Twitter questions you sent in about the New York Jets…
1. Will Kacy Rodgers and Todd Bowles switch to a four man line instead of a 3-4 to get in the glut of d-linemen he has as a base d? – @eigross7Something that I think hasn’t got enough attention, but is one of the reasons Rex Ryan isn’t the head coach of the New York Jets still is because of his refusal to be flexible with his defense. So, imagine my reaction when I heard Bowles say that the Jets would still be primarily a 3-4 defense even after they drafted Leonard Williams. One of the characteristics fans liked about the Bowles hire was his versatility and he needs to show that now that he has 4 potential bona-fide studs that all compliment each other. Playing a 4-3 would also allow them to play Demario Davis at OLB, which is where he could be better long term. So yes, I think they will eventually start playing more 4-3 looks as the season goes on.
2. Which surprise players can you see not making the ream in 2015? – @_keator
Good question Keats, thanks for chiming in. I think that you can break this list down into two sections: veterans that are squarely on the bubble and young players that might not make it. For the veterans I think Jason Babin, Matt Simms, Willie Colon, TJ Graham, Darrin Walls, Jeff Cumberland, and Kevin Vickerson won’t make the team. For the youngsters, Shaq Evans, Dalton Freeman, Daryl Richardson, and Chris Owusu don’t make it either.
3. What player will be a surprise to make the team and who will be a surprise cut? – @KingKylinoI think the biggest surprise to make the team is going to be Quincy Enunwa. The Jets have a log jam at WR with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith, and Jeremy Kerley locks to make the team. Saalim Hakim brings value on special teams and Devier Posey will make it because of Maccagnan’s familiarity with him. Marshall, Decker, and Kerley have all battled injuries so it will be prudent to carry seven WRs. Enunwa had a good mini-camp and is a big WR that can learn from Decker and Marshall as the season progresses. As for a surprise cut: Breno Giacomini, who was downright dreadful last season and could be bounced by an internal option, especially if one of the guards moves out to right tackle.
4. Is Kerley best suited for the slot or should the Jets put Decker there to dominate? @SeanLDurham
Kerley should flourish in the slot in Chan Gailey’s offense, but there is a chance that it is neither he or Decker that line up in the slot the majority of the time. Brandon Marshall might see the most time in the slot with Devin Smith and Eric Decker flanked out wide in three wide receiver sets. Marshall has been successful there with both Denver and Chicago, and you might see much more of him there because of the match-up problems he would create.
6. Can Kyle Arrington, if he’s signed, be a combo DB? What about DJ Swearinger? @CheckMark62
This was a question in response to me saying the Jets should sign Kyle Arrington after the Patriots surprisingly cut him yesterday. I think signing Arrington, who is one of the better nickel corners in the AFC would be a good move and would add another young DB to the armada the Jets are assembling. I’d sign him, even though I am not sure that he can play safety and would therefore be relegated to nickel and dime duty barring injury. With Swearinger, I’d absolutely sign him. He is similar to Calvin Pryor, except he’s better, and is coming off a 73 tackle, 3 forced fumble, 2 interception, and 6 passes defensed season. He was cut in Houston for a reason, but Maccagnan was part of the staff that scouted and drafted him. He’d be familiar with him and would add another DB that Bowles can utilize.