Instead of the normal preseason preview, I decided to throw it back to an old school written mailbag. Thank you for sending in the questions via Twitter and make sure you are subscribed to the TOJ podcast feed for ten straight days of episodes starting this Monday addressing the ten biggest questions facing the New York Jets in 2020… (check out the preview below)
On to the questions!
What are some players currently not on roster that you could see ending up on the 53 man?
— Ethan (@Ethan_JWS) August 22, 2019
Watch the rosters of the Eagles, Browns (on the defensive side), Ravens and Dolphins. Watch all available cornerbacks, offensive linemen, edge rushers, inside linebackers and wide receivers. The Jets are going to be active in the next two weeks turning over the final ten or so spots on their roster. We have already started to see the beginning signs of this with them signing Quincy Adeboyejo, Derrick Kindred, Stephone Anthony and Albert McClellan.
With most of the Maccagnan deals ending in the next 3 years or so, does that bode well into the Jets eventually making Jamal Adams the highest paid safety in the NFL?— Jack. (@PrayForJack) August 22, 2019
Adams is certainly on that type of track after netting second team All-Pro in his sophomore year. He is a versatile enough chess piece on defense and a positive enough ambassador for the organization that the team will go above and beyond to do what is necessary to keep him here for the next decade. I’d expect them to be particularly proactive about his long term extension before his contract gets remotely near expiring.
What number will be higher, Polite total sacks or Polite games inactive?
— Chief Garvey (@OedipusRexRyan) August 22, 2019
A fair question after a sluggish summer for the Jets third round pick. As of today, I’d guess he has 5-6 inactive games and 3-4 sacks (mostly coming in the back half of the year). He is a developmental player and not somebody the Jets should be counting on for a massive impact in 2019. Unfortunately their depth chart at edge rusher makes a quiet debut season from him somewhat problematic.
The Jets CB situation has me believing they’ll have to win a few shootouts this year. What’s the magic number of points scored you think the Jets will need to win those types of games?
— Brett the Jet (@newyorkbrett) August 22, 2019
This is a rare (very rare) season where the Jets offense appears miles ahead of their defense and you are absolutely right they are going to need to win many games by running up their point total. Looking at last season, twelve teams averaged over 24 points per game (Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, Seahawks, Colts, Falcons, Bears, Texans, Bucs), out of those twelve, nine made the playoffs. The other three teams who made at averaged at least 21.4 points per game (Cowboys, Ravens, Eagles) but those teams all had great defenses. Last year, the Jets averaged 20.8 points per game, assuming they don’t have a “great” defense, they are going to need average over 24 points per game to get themselves a chance at being over .500 and realistically probably closer to 26 or 27 points per game with their secondary.
Will Adam Gase go to more of a ball control offense in order to eat up clock and protect the Jets weak defensive backfield?
— Jetliferdt (@jetliferdt) August 22, 2019
I don’t think so. Every indication from the preseason and from Gase’s public statements is the Jets are going to play uptempo on offense and regularly have the field spread. The first offense has looked terrific at this pace so far in the preseason and Sam Darnold looks particularly comfortable operating like this so I think the plan is going to be built around trying to out score teams, not trying to milk the clock and win ugly games.
How can they truly expect to win games with this secondary?
— wmilleresq (@wmillerlaw) August 22, 2019
It is going to be problem and anybody telling you otherwise is in denial. It will be on the offense to overachieve (relative to national expectations) and Gregg Williams to convert with a boom/bust defense that allows a lot of yards and points but forces enough turnovers/sacks to compensate for it. As it stands now, I can’t pick this team to win more than 8 games with their current secondary and edge rusher combination.
Valentin Holmes make the roster over cannon/McGuire?
— patrick charles (@pdubz6) August 22, 2019
Honestly, he should. McGuire getting cut feels like a foregone conclusion at this point and I don’t see why you wouldn’t make Greg Dortch the kick returner to go along with his punt returning responsibilities. I think Holmes has more upside on offense than Cannon and don’t see why he can’t be a comparable special teams player (where I personally think Cannon’s value is overrated).
What do you think of the idea that the Jets trade a late round pick for Laquon Treadwell? He’s 24 with a lot of potential, could a move happen?
— JET UP FANS (@jetupnation2) August 22, 2019
The lowest pick the Jets have left is a conditional 6th rounder after the Alex Lewis trade. Is Treadwell worth that? I think that is debatable but the Jets are clearly not comfortable with their current wide receiver depth chart. I expect them to be active at the position during final roster cut downs and settle for a player maybe 5-10% worse than Treadwell but that won’t cost them a draft pick.