The Path Back to Relevance

Stephen Russo draws parallels between the 1997 and 2022 New York Jets.

For most Jets fans, the 1997-2011 period is considered the glory years. For any fan, particularly fans in my age bracket (I’m 36 – wow it hurts to say that sometimes), this was the sweet spot for us. That 1997 season quickly turned the Jets from laughingstock to a serious team followed by years of sustained success and quality decision-making. Think about this: during those 15 seasons, the Jets were able to be .500 or better 12 times, make the playoffs 7 times, and win the division twice. Now, any fan would give his left you-know-what to just see the Jets logo in the “In the Hunt” graphic on Sunday Night Football in November. Oh how times have changed.

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Rookie Profile: RB Breece Hall

Stephen Zantz previews the Jets’ newest RB addition: Iowa State’s Breece Hall.

The Jets 2022 draft class is here! There is overwhelming excitement around what Joe Douglas has done to help infuse this roster with talent. With his 4th selection in the 2022 draft, Joe Douglas selected RB Breece Hall. TOJ Live Co-host Stephen Zantz gives you a bio on the Jets’ newest running back

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Rookie Rewind: Jermaine Johnson II

Matt Parkinson previews the newest Jets EDGE rusher Jermaine Johnson.

With the 26th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select, LB, Jermaine Johnson from Florida State University.

Johnson comes from a big city in northern Minnesota, where he grew up and played his high school ball.  At Eden Prairie High School, he was a stand-out during his senior year, however, he was not even ranked for the class of 2017 by ESPN.com in their list of 300 recruits.  Nonetheless, he gained interest from colleges such as Louisville and Minnesota, but Johnson was deemed academically ineligible to play ball at the next level.  His path wouldn’t be direct anymore, as he would have to make a stop at Independence Community College, where the popular Netflix show, Last Chance U would film its new season.  Despite the distraction, Johnson would shine, putting his name on the map and earning him many number 1 or 2 ranks in the JUCO class.  Johnson would gain interest from many schools, but in the end, he would choose the University of Georgia.

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Rookie Rewind: Garrett Wilson

Matt Parkinson introduces Jets fans to their new receiver, Garrett Wilson.

With the 10th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select, WR, Garrett Wilson from THE Ohio State University.

Wilson hails from Ohio but eventually moved to Austin Texas, one of the football capitals of the world, where he played his ball at Lake Travis High School.  He emerged as a star in all athletics, especially basketball and of course football.  Wilson would receive scholarship offers in basketball, but would ultimately choose football, as his numbers were just insane.  For the class of 2019, he was ranked the number 2 WR in the country, with an 88-scouting grade, and 4-Stars to show for it according to ESPN.com.  As a highly touted recruit from Austin, many expected Wilson to sign with the Texas Longhorns, but instead, he chose to go back to Ohio, joining the Buckeyes.

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Rookie Rewind: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner

With the 4th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select, CB, Sauce Gardner from the University of Cincinnati.

With the 4th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select, CB, Sauce Gardner from the University of Cincinnati.

Sauce grew up and played his high school ball in Detroit, MI at Martin Luther King High School.  Gardner stood out as a WR and CB, using his lengthy and rangy size to make easy work of his opponents.  He found great success in high school, leading his team all the way to sates.  For the class of 2019, Sauce was ranked the number 156th corner in the country, with a 71-scouting grade, and 3-Stars to show for it according to ESPN.com.  This was due to his tall, but skinny nature.  Ultimately, Gardner would choose the University of Cincinnati.

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TOJ’s #MockDraftMondays: Zantz’s Mock Draft 2 Weeks Before The Madness

(yes, this is being published on a Wednesday)

The draft is nearly 2 weeks away and we are going to hear a ton of rumors and rumblings about what is going to happen. Most of which will be lies but let’s talk about some prospects with a mock draft from TOJ Live’s co-host Stephen Zantz.

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Player Profile: Jordan Whitehead

A player profile of offseason addition Jordan Whitehead.

By Matt Parkinson

The new leader of the Jets’ secondary, Jordan Whitehead, looks to bring some winning with him from Tampa Bay, while also living up to former Jet great and NFL legend, Darrelle Revis.  The Safety inked a 2-year deal worth $14.5 million with $7 million guaranteed with the New York Jets.

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TOJ Pod ft. Diante Lee of PFF

Diante Lee of PFF joins Will Parkinson to discuss this Jets defense from a schematic perspective.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast, host Will Parkinson is joined by Diante Lee of Pro Football Focus and the “Two High” Podcast to breakdown their combine takeaways, some rumors from the week overall and what the Jets need to address to really get the best out of Robert Saleh’s scheme.

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