TOJ New York Jets Dream Off-season: DA’s V1

It’s that time of the offseason: Dream Off-season time. As we barrel towards the start of the league year, we figured it was time to get y’all ready for what should be a busy off-season for the New York Jets. As always, I utilized Fanspeak.

Internal Roster Moves:

Trade WR Denzel Mims and the 17th pick in the 5th round to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 19th pick in the 4th round: writing is on the wall, and this will probably be one of the 1st moves Douglas makes this off-season.

Cuts:
EDGE Shaq Lawson (save 9M)
OG Greg Van Roten (save 3.5M)
TE Ryan Griffin (save 3M)

*3 easy decisions made easier by who you aim to replace them with.*

Cap Space At Start of League Year: $69.8M

Resign:
QB Joe Flacco (1 year/7M/7M guaranteed)
WR Keelan Cole (2 years/8M/6M guaranteed)
Cole is good depth and has ST experience so he can replace Berrios in that regard, and Flacco should’ve been the backup all along.

Cap Space Entering Free Agency: $59.6M

Free Agency:
Maxx Williams (TE), 4 years/28M deal/16M guaranteed: only had 16 catches last year, but you’re banking on him finally being healthy and still being young enough to break out.

Laken Tomlinson (G), 5 years/50M deal/35M guaranteed: familiarity with the scheme and hits the market at 30 years old coming off his best season.

Foyesade Oluokun (LB), 4 years/30M deal/18M guaranteed: coming off back to back 100+ tackle seasons with 2+ INTs, and knows Ulbricht’s scheme.

Taron Johnson (CB), 3 years/27M deal/21.6M guaranteed: 3 sacks from the corner position this year, excels in man to man, and is 25 years old.

Marcus Williams (S), 4 years/52M/36.4M guaranteed: best safety on the market, 15 career INTs, and immediately upgrades the back end of this Jets defense

Chris Godwin (WR), 4 years/68M deal/54.4M guaranteed: coming off both a career high in catches and an ACL injury, gives Zach another weapon in the passing game, and immediately vaults your pass catchers into best in the league discussion

Harold Landry (EDGE), 4 years/52M/26.2M guaranteed: coming off a 12 sack season, will pair with Carl Lawson to give the Jets two productive pass rushers off the edge, and is still only 25.

The name of the game, Tomlinson aside, was in nabbing free agents on the younger side who had proven production. It allows for Douglas and Saleh to enter the draft with premium flexibility, and let’s them leave the draft with high upside/safe floor prospects who can come in and contribute.

Draft:

TRADES

Trade Partner: Cleveland Browns
Sent: Round 7 Pick 29
Received: Future Round 6 Pick

Trade Partner: Baltimore Ravens
Sent: Round 1 Pick 4
Received: Round 1 Pick 14, Round 2 Pick 13, Round 3 Pick 35

Trade Partner: Pittsburgh Steelers
Sent: Round 1 Pick 14
Received: Round 1 Pick 20 & Round 3 Pick 20

Trade Partner: Atlanta Falcons
Sent: Round 6 Pick 27
Received: Future Round 5 Pick

Trade Partner: Philadelphia Eagles
Sent: Round 5 Pick 20 & WR Denzel Mims
Received: Round 4 Pick 19

Trade Partner: Denver Broncos
Sent: Round 4 Pick 19
Received: Round 5 Pick 9, Round 6 Pick 27, Round 7 Pick 21, and Round 7 Pick 29

Trade Partner: Dallas Cowboys
Sent: Round 5 Pick 3
Received: Future Round 5 Pick

I wanted future picks, so I nab three day 3 picks for 2022. Once Kayvion was gone at 4, trading back is what made the most sense since taking Evan Neal after signing Tomlinson is not an option. I’ve said repeatedly that whoever the Jets take at 4 has to be able to play guard long-term and, given Neal’s size, I’m not sure Neal can. Signing Tomlinson locks that position down with a veteran anyway (something to watch for the Jets). So I go from 4 to 14 and pick up an extra 2nd and 3rd from the Ravens.

Picks:
10: R1 P10 C Tyler Linderbaum – Iowa: fortifies the OL and let’s you cut McGovern post-draft now that you’ve secured his replacement. An OL of Fant, AVT, Linderbaum, Tomlinson, and Becton is a very good OL on paper, if Becton shows up in shape.

20: R1 P20 LB Devin Lloyd – Utah: CJ Mosley’s running mate, able to be deployed in 3 LB packages right away. A base 4-3 defense of Lawson, Williams, Leal, Landry, Mosley, Lloyd, and Oluokun that gives Ulbricht the ability to move his pieces around on the back-end.

35: R2 P3 WR Chris Olave – Ohio State: insurance for Corey Davis, and Corey’s eventual replacement. 4 pass catcher sets featuring Godwin, Davis, Olave, and Moore (who all can be moved around the formation) gives LaFleur the same flexibility mentioned above re: Ulbricht.

38: R2 P6 S Jaquan Brisker – Penn State: Marcus Williams’s long-term running mate and able to start week one. Williams and Brisket’s skill sets compliment each other well.

45: R2 P13 DL DeMarvin Leal – Texas A&M: too good a player to pass up at this point in the draft, and another monster on the DL.

69: R3 P5 EDGE Arnold Ebiketie – Penn State: high ceiling edge who can provide juice on pass rushing situations standing up or with his hand on the dirt. Formations where he replaces Landry with his hand in the dirt, while Landry and Lloyd are the 2 LBs in 4-2-5 looks? Whew.

84: R3 P20 RB Tyler Allgeier – BYU: the power to Carter’s speed, and a familiar face for Zach.

99: R3 P35 TE Jeremy Ruckert – Ohio State: with him and Maxx Williams, you improve your pass game and run game. In the red zone, being able to go Ruckert and Williams with Godwin and Davis gives Zach four big targets. Imagine a jetsweep in the red zone with Elijah Moore, and his lead blocker is Ruckert.

110: R4 P6 OT Tyler Smith – Tulsa: Mehki Becton or George Fant insurance, should be a starter in this league. Smith could replace Fant if the Jets opt to move on from him after next season.

116: R4 P12 CB Jaylen Watson – Washington State: better CB right now than Brandon Echols.

152: R5 P9 WR Justyn Ross – Clemson: too good value to pass up in R5, and could serve as Chris Godwin insurance in case he isn’t 100%. Ross gives the Jets something they haven’t really had: a developmental WR with high upside. Long-term, you could have a WR trio of Olave, Moore, and Ross, who develop with Zach into his 2nd contract.

240: R7 P21 K Cameron Dicker – Texas: a black hole for the Jets

Projected Depth Chart Entering Training Camp, with 11 roster spots to fill:

Offense:
QB: Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco
RB: Michael Carter, Tyler Allgeier ®, Ty Johnson
WR: Chris Godwin, Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Chris Olave (R), Keelan Cole, Justyn Ross ®
TE: Jeremy Ruckert ®, Maxx Williams, Kenny Yeobah
OT: George Fant, Mehki Becton, Tyler Smith ®
OG: Alijah Vera Tucker, Laken Tomlinson
C: Conor McGovern, Tyler Linderbaum ®

Defense:
DL: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, John Franklyn-Myers, DeMarvin Leal (R), Jonathan Marshall
EDGE: Carl Lawson, Harold Landry, Arnold Ebiketie ®
LB: CJ Mosley, Foyesade Oluokun, Devin Lloyd (R), Jamien Sherwood, Hamsah Nasirdeen
CB: Bryce Hall, Taron Johnson, Michael Carter, Jaylen Watson ®, Brandon Echols
S: Marcus Williams, Jaquan Brisker (R), Ashtyn Davis

TOJ’s Morning Tea: Why Zach Wilson and the New York Jets Don’t Care That You Wanted Another QB

I’ve been on a short Twitter detox for the last 10 days or so, in large part because the site really lends itself to hot takes not rooted in much objectivity. It’s the gift and the curse, to quote Jay Z’s 2nd worst album, because while it allows you to connect with some really cool people it ALSO gives runway to folks who just love to get their troll on. Some of the trolling is good-natured (shout-out to JJTank, so good at trolling that our own SZ wondered if that was our own Michael Meegan’s burner, for his Andrew Luck tweet that was shared with me), and some of the trolling is exactly why you turned off Skip Bayless after the 911th time he said someone other than LeBron was the best player on the planet. Balanced, as all things should be, right?

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TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft Running Backs for the New York Jets

Dalbin Osorio ranks his top 6 RBs in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 11 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the best ball carriers of this class. We went through quarterbacks yesterday: today it’s running backs, and then we’ll go to wide receivers, guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. The way these rankings work is I will give you my top 6 at each position, with stats, my round grade, their overall ranking on my big board, and something that wows and worries me about each prospect. With the Jets not having a capable starter in the running back room, I think it’d be smart for them to add a bellcow. There’s been a lot of talk about their offense mirroring San Francisco’s, but I still believe we’ll see Green Bay Packer principles, and they have a primary back in the underrated Aaron Jones to carry the load. The Jets, also, reportedly checked in on Chris Carson during free agency so they could be in the market for one of the bigger-name backs in the draft.

Let’s dig right in, shall we?

1. Clemson RB Travis Etienne
Overall Ranking: 21
Round Grade: 1st
Stats: 914 rushing yards, 5.4 YPC, 14 rushing TDs, 48 REC, 588 yards
Wow: the best feet in the class, Etienne possesses the big play ability from the running back position that you want to see from a featured back. He’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield, shows good balance even when defenders square up, and he turns his hips and gets up field quickly. Etienne, at a young age, has already mastered the ability to not try and do too much as a ball carrier.
Worry: Etienne has struggled a bit with pass protection, though it has improved, and he enters the NFL with a lot of carries.

2. Alabama RB Najee Harris
Overall Ranking: 29
Round Grade: 1st
Stats: 1466 rushing yards, 5.8 YPC, 26 rushing TDs, 43 REC, 425 yards
Wow: a three-down back in the Derrick Henry mold, Harris is a violent runner who hits holes decisively. He shows above average skills as a pass catcher and his ability to withstand contact and barrel through defenders makes him a dangerous weapon at the next level.
Worry: he doesn’t change direction like Etienne and his hips are a little stiff.

3. North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
Overall Ranking: 47
Round Grade: Mid-2nd
Stats: 1140 rushing yards, 7.3 YPC, 22 total TDs
Wow: Williams is an explosive runner who has a good mix of speed and power and a Leveon Bell-like knack for setting up his next move. He keeps his feet moving regardless of if he’s being bottled up by defenders, and he is the best pass blocking running back in this class.
Worry: is not as explosive as Etienne, with a running style closer to Harris, and he showed a tendency to work towards the sideline more than i’d like.

4. North Carolina RB Michael Carter
Overall Ranking: 53
Round Grade: Late-2nd
Stats: 1245 rushing yards, 8.0 YPC, 11 Total TDs
Wow: the other Tar Heel running back in this class possesses excellent vision and displays both patience and decisiveness, which lends itself to Carter being a complete back that should be productive in the NFL. He offers more juice than Williams in the open field.
Worry: doesn’t offer anywhere near as much power as Williams, and is nowhere near the pass blocker he is.

5. Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell
Overall Ranking: 64
Round Grade: 2nd/3rd
Stats: 1459 rushing yards, 6.3 YPC, 51 REC, 610 yards, 3 TDs
Wow: the former Memphis Tiger is the best pass catcher in this running back class, and he possesses great vision in the open field. Gainwell is agile and extremely quick and very shifty with the ball.
Worry: played primarily out of a spread offense at Memphis and only has one year of experience as a RB.

6. Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson
Overall Ranking: 100
Round Grade: 4th
Stats: 858 rushing yards, 6.5 YPC, 7 TDs (6 games)
Wow: Jefferson is one of my favorite prospects in this running back class as he has really good footwork and is able to maintain his balance even when squared up on. He is a home run threat out of the backfield.
Worry: not sure he could ever be a feature back at the next level.

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.

Dream Offseason, Version 2: The Deshaun Watson Version

Dalbin Osorio offers his dream offseason for the New York Jets, version 2.0.

Thanks to a dominant performance by the *checks notes* Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets are now assured of picking 2nd AND 23rd in the first round in the NFL Draft. They enter the offseason with a cache of picks over the next two years and they stand to add some more once they trade QB Sam Darnold. As Joe Douglas enters his second offseason, and begins to narrow his head coaching search down, the time has come for the Jets General Manager to find his franchise QB and Head Coach and end what is now the most absurd playoff drought in the NFL.

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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.

New York Jets Head Coach Interview Tracking Guide

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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.

New York Jets Dream Offseason -Wink Martindale Edition

Dalbin Osorio lays out his dream offseason for the New York Jets in 2021, if they hire Wink Martindale as HC

The New York Jets FINALLY ended the Adam Gase era 20 minutes after they returned to New Jersey following a loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough. General Manager Joe Douglas now enters his first (and what will, hopefully, be his last) coaching search as he tries to end the longest playoff drought in the NFL.

The Jets have already requested interviews with Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (fresh off coaching a Colts defense that finished top 10 in points allowed and yards allowed) and Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy (fresh off coaching a Chiefs offense that finished first in yards and sixth in points scored). They have recently requested to interview Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll. They are also expected to request permission to interview Titans Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith in what promises to be an extensive and lengthy search. In this breakdown, I give you version one of my dream offseason (this will be my preferred offseason, unless Matt Campbell really does interview for the job). I will give you free agency signings, draft picks, trades, and all that jazz (using Fanspeak’s excellent simulator). Let’s turn on the jets…
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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.

Draft SZN – What Type OL Does Douglas Like, Etienne vs. Harris, Seattle Trade…

New Draft SZN Podcast: The guys break down what type of OL Douglas could target in 2021, Etienne vs Harris at RB and veteran trade targets with the Seattle pick…

James Kuntz, Joe Belic and Dalbin Osorio host our new Thursday show, Draft SZN, which will solely focus on topics around the 2021 NFL Draft. In this week’s episode they cover the following:

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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.

Why The New York Jets Head Coaching Job Is Still Desirable

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Alright, Jets fans, it is time we come off the ledge you have found yourself on after the Jets went into Los Angeles and beat the then-NFC West leading Rams 23-20. This win moved the Jets from pole position on the Trevor Lawrence Expressway to the dreaded 2nd pick where *gasp* the choice isn’t as easy. There are still two games left for both the Jaguars and Jets, and A LOT of Jets fans believe it is over and there’s no way the Jags win a game now. The same Jets fans who just saw the Rams lay an egg before mounting a spirited come back (that they were one hold away from completing, mind you) suddenly believe that Mitch Trubisky cannot lose a game.

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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.

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James Kuntz, Joe Belic and Dalbin Osorio host our new Thursday show, Draft SZN, which will solely focus on topics around the 2021 NFL Draft. In this week’s episode they cover the following:

  • Grade the mock 
  • Best Mims compliment at WR
  • Who is WR1 in this draft?
  • What is Joe Douglas’s draft philosophy? 
  • One Player, One Take (Travis Etienne & Kyle Pitts)
  • Would you trade back from the 2nd overall pick & build around Sam Darnold? 
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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.

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James Kuntz, Joe Belic and Dalbin Osorio host our new Thursday show, Draft SZN, which will solely focus on topics around the 2021 NFL Draft. In this week’s episode they cover the following:

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports