TOJ Roundtable: Positives and Negatives from Week 1

The TOJ Writers analyze one positive and one negative from last week’s Panthers’ game.

In this installment of the TOJ Roundtable, the TOJ writers and hosts offer one positive and one negative takeaway from the Jets’ Week 1 performance against the Carolina Panthers.

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TOJ Pod: Breaking Down the Panthers’ Game

Will Parkinson analyzes the Jets’ loss to the Carolina Panthers.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets Podcast, Will Parkinson recaps the Jets’ Week 1 loss against the Carolina Panthers. He offers his biggest takeaways, identifies under-the-radar players who overperformed, and gives his predictions for this week’s Patriots game.

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TOJ Writers’ Roundtable: New York Jets 2021 Record Predictions

In this installment of the Writers’ Roundtable, the TOJ Writers give their record predictions for the New York Jets for the 2021 season.

Dalbin Osorio: In a week, when I’m sitting on my phone dropping the thread of my predictions, this will probably be a very different prediction than it is today, but since we are all together around this roundtable I’m going 7-10 for the men in green and white this offseason. The loss of Carl Lawson dropped me from comfortably predicting an 8-9/9-8 record and a potential surprise playoff season: I really like this offense, love the addition of Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, think the offensive line is going to be a top 16 unit in the league this year, and having Lawson (and, to a lesser extent, Vinny Curry) as the edge presence was really going to cover up a lot of issues in the secondary. However, with no Lawson off the edge, the Jets are now forced to rely on a collection of edges that have never really produced. The best player on the defense, ILB CJ Mosley, looks to be back and he should cover up some expected bumps as they try to integrate newly acquired Shaq Lawson and two rookies starting at a corner next to Bryce Hall. I feel very good about the Jets beating Carolina, Cincinnati, Houston, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Atlanta. I really like how we matchup versus Indianapolis and their QB situation is one to monitor as we head into that game. I do think there is a chance we split with Miami because I did not like their offseason except for drafting WR1 Jaylen Waddle. Still, I don’t feel good enough about the secondary or pass rush to pick them to steal games against the Buffalo Bills or New England, and ending with the Jags, Bucs, and Bills has the potential to really end the season on a sour note. Despite that, I think it is a competitive 7-10, and zero blowouts.

Stephen Zantz: My prediction, which I’ve gone back and forth on since Lawson went down, is 6-11. I was thinking of dropping them a game like DA did, but I think Saleh gets this team to steal one we don’t expect. This season is all about the development of Zach Wilson. I’ve said this on TOJ Live but I want the Jets to be like the 2018 Browns or 2020 Chargers: Frisky. The roster isn’t ready to contend but I want them to be in every game until the end. 6 wins is a major step from where we were a year ago. 2022 will be the year this team is in the hunt and taken seriously nationally again. My prediction of which games they win are CAR, DEN, CIN, MIA (Home), HOU, & NO.

Will Parkinson: I’m with Stephen: its 6-11, for me. For the Jets, 6-11 has to be considered a win. After winning 2 games in 2020 and being impossible to watch, 6 wins would not only triple their win total but really make them a competitive team in 2021. This season always has and always will be about developing Zach Wilson, Robert Saleh and the young Jets players and staff. I expect them to be very competitive most weeks and be close in a ton of games. That said, I think 6-11 is a fair expectation with Carl Lawson out for the year and Zach Wilson developing throughout his rookie year.

Joe Belic: Couldn’t agree more with you all regarding losing Carl Lawson: there is no way to cut it, it was a massive blow. Like DA said above, the Jets defense needs a dominant front four to mitigate deficiencies on the second and third levels. However, I’m admittedly not as worried about the secondary as my DraftSZN co-host. There isn’t a QB on this schedule outside of Tom Brady—and perhaps Josh Allen—that scares me.  After getting 8.5 sacks out of Kerry Hyder, when Nick Bosa was injured last year, I’m optimistic of what Saleh can do with newly acquired Shaq Lawson, and I’m sure he’ll have the team ready to compete.  Still, Mike LaFleur is a first-time play-caller who is installing a new system for the first time with a first-year QB: that’s a lot of firsts to overcome. I believe the Jets will be more competitive than some in the media may have suggested and will battle it out in some close games; unfortunately, the results don’t fall in their favor. Prediction: 6-11.

Tyler Kirk: 7-10, for me. I’m more bullish on the Jets this season than most, and it is actually because of two main knocks on the Jets this offseason; they have a first-time Head Coach and a rookie QB.  A new Head Coach, for example, is sometimes looked at as a disadvantage due to the learning curve that comes with the job. However, let’s not forget just how badly Gase had this offense and defense playing consistently. They were outscored in 2020 by an average of 13 points per game. Each of the last 10 rookie head coaches to inherit a team who was outscored by more than 8.5 points per game increased the team’s record the following year by an average of 4.8 wins. In other words, there’s nowhere to go but up and an improved roster and new coaching philosophy means a lot of room for improvement. Their dynamic rookie QB, who has no NFL tape for teams to scout, begins his career with a stretch of four out of five opponents who’s 2020 record was a combined 21-43. You couldn’t ask for a better acclimation period to the NFL. Add in that the schedule has 9 home games vs 7 true away games due to the expanded schedule and London matchup, and you have a recipe for a big surprise. 

Reaction to Initial 53 Man Roster & Players to Target

James Kuntz offers his thoughts on the Jets’ initial 53 man roster and players the team should target.

This afternoon, the New York Jets made roster cuts in order to winnow down their 80+ player squad to a 53 man active roster. In this article, I will offer my thoughts on the most significant decisions the team made and  provide names of players cut by other teams that the Jets should target.

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TOJ Roundtable: Which AFC East Player Would You Want On The New York Jets?

In this installment of the TOJ weekly roundtable, the TOJ writers consider the question: which player from another AFC East team would you add to the Jets? For this exercise QBs were not included because Josh Allen would be the obvious answer (for some, but not DA).

 

James Kuntz: If I could add any AFC East player to the Jets to make them a playoff team in 2021, I would add Patriots Offensive Tackle Michael Onwenu. A 2020 6th round pick, Onwenu greatly outperformed his draft selection last season and was as good as any rookie offensive lineman not named Tristan Wirfs. Pairing Onwenu with Mekhi Becton would create one of the most intimidating offensive tackle duos in the NFL.

Stephen Zantz: James going offensive line shows he’s wise beyond his years, but the Jets are in desperate need of cornerback help. If I could steal away any player in the AFC East, the no-brainer to me would be Xavien Howard. Howard is a top 5 lockdown corner in the NFL. He would be the closest thing to Darrelle Revis this franchise has seen since his initial 2013 departure. Adding Howard would allow Bryce Hall to slot into the #2 CB role where he is better suited due to his lack of experience. This would be a game changer for the Jets.

Dylan Price: Zantz, you beautiful man! I couldn’t agree more: the Jets have lacked a dominant number one corner since the Revis Island days. Adding Howard would give the Jets a legitimate ballhawk at corner. Howard put up 10 INTs last season and opposing passers had a 51.5 completion percentage against him. Howard would not only be a massive addition to the secondary, immediately slotting in as CB1, but he would also transform the entire defense. He’d open things up for the young guys to rotate, allow more time for the pass rush to develop and force turnovers, all elevating the Jets defensive standard of play, potentially to a playoff level. 

Michael Meegan:  I too went with a corner, but not the one TOJ Live’s standard-bearer and the author of Dylan’s Dimes Presented by DraftSZN chose. The AFC East is a very talented division with many choices but I decided to opt for who I believe is the 3rd best corner in the NFL: Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills. Technically sound in every area and scheme versatile, White is everything you want in a modern-day NFL corner. He instantly gives a boost to the Jets current corner room, which is probably the worst in the NFL as we speak. With White, you could feasibly overcome the loss of Car Lawson and have a defense that’s in the top half of the league. 

Will Parkinson: All defense and not a single offensive skill player? That sounds like All Gas, No Takes from my colleagues. This may come as a surprise to some people but I think a player that would help the Jets improve in a major way is Jonnu Smith of the New England Patriots. Smith was a guy that was heavily linked to the Jets this offseason: the way the Jets’ tight end room looks right now, Smith would add another dynamic to this offense that would make them very dangerous. Smith is bound for a big year with the Patriots and a Jets offense with Moore, Davis, Carter, Johnson, Smith, Mims, and Crowder coupled with the way Zach Wilson looks early this preseason, the Jets would have an even more enticing offense to watch in 2021.

Joe Belic: I love Will’s choice, and think corner is absolutely a sound choice, but James’s choice proves he’s the second wisest ut of all of us despite his age. I believe the Jets are more than a player away from becoming a playoff team, but adding another OL to the unit could potentially push them into the mix for that coveted 7th spot. Shaq Mason would be a huge upgrade over Greg Van Roten and help solidify an OL that will need to get this rush game going if they expect to have any chance at the postseason. While I love what I’ve seen from Zach Wilson so far, they’ll need to establish the run to help take the burden off his shoulders and open up the play-action game and this outside zone boot-style offense.