TOJ Pick Six w/ Stephen Zantz (Week 5 Jets/ATL)

Stephen Zantz is back with his Pick Six Column recapping the Jets’ big win versus the Titans.

The Pick Six column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.

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TOJ DraftSZN Presents Dylan’s Dimes: Week 4 Edition

This week features some intense rivalry matchups with significant playoff ramifications. It also features big games for some of the top prospects to prove their worth, especially this weeks three players.

Introduction:

Dylan’s Dimes will be a ten step breakdown of three of the biggest draft eligible players taking the field in some of the biggest matchups each week. I analyze background, on the field performance, off the field traits, opinions around the NCAA, all leading up to the dropping the dime on how they could fit with gang green.

1/10-The Prospects:

Arkansas has been one of the biggest surprises in college football this season. With one of, if not their biggest game of the season coming up, it only felt right to highlight a playmaker from their squad. For me, that player is Treylon Burks, WR.

Alabama’s matchup with Ole Miss this weekend figures to be one of their biggest games of the season. A lot has been made about the highly ranked matchup, and one of the keys to Bama keeping their #1 ranking will be the play of Christian Harris, LB.

The last player featured on Dylan’s Dimes is one of the most popular players in college football right now. He figures to be the current Heisman favorite, and a win over Alabama could assert the Ole Miss  as the front runner. This player is the electrifying Matt Corral, QB.

2/10-The Measurables:

Treylon Burks:

-Height: 6’3”

-Weight: 232 lbs

-Year: Sophomore

-Birthdate: 3/23/2000

-From: Warren, Arkansas

Christian Harris:

-Height: 6’3″

-Weight: 232 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 1/16/2001

-From: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Matt Corral:

-Height: 6’2”

-Weight: 205 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 1/31/1999

-From: Ventura, CA

3/10-The Background:

Treylon Burks:

Burks was a three sport star in high school playing football, basketball and baseball. He went to Warren High School and lit it up during his time there producing over 3,400 yards, 151 receptions and 43 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Unfortunately, Burks missed his senior season with a torn ACL. It hasn’t slowed Burks down though, as he overcame adversity and has torn apart competition over the past two seasons. 

Christian Harris:

Harris played at the LSU Lab School playing receiver and safety. He was a 2019 All-American, and committed to Texas A&M. LSU lost out, and then lost out AGAIN when Harris decommitted and chose to go to Alabama instead. Harris has since won a National title as the anchor of the crimson tide defense. 

Matt Corral:

Corral went to two different high schools, starting at Oaks Christian School before transferring to Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Corral had drama with students and teammates at Oaks Christian that ultimately drove him towards Long Beach. Corral was a 2018 U.S. Army All American Bowl, committed to USC and projected to be the new face of Trojan football, then committed to the Gators before committing to Ole Miss instead.

4/10-The Performance:

2019 & 2020 Statistics:

Treylon Burks:

2019: 11 games, 29 receptions for 475 yards.

2020: 8 games, 49 receptions, 804 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Christian Harris:

2019: 12 games, 61 tackles, 7.5 TFLs and a FR.

2020: 13 games, 79 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks and an INT.

Matt Corral:

2019: 10 games, 105/178, 59.0 completion percentage, 1,362 yards, 7.6 Y/A, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. 

2020: 10 games, 231/326, 70.9 completion percentage, 3,337 yards, 10.2 Y/A, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

5/10-The Good:

Treylon Burks:

Burks is a physical receiver with capabilities as both a blocker and an aggressive catcher with his big hands and large frame. He’s versatile as he’s been used on special teams returning punts and kicks. Burks makes big plays and his speed allows him to both create separation and produce yards after the catch. His physicality is unmatched by any receiver in the class. 

Christian Harris:

Harris is a leader, that far and away is his most distinct trait. Harris can lead the defense well and steps up wherever needed. Harris captains the defense at an elite level and provides athletic ability you could only dream of. Harris has the hit power to knock helmets off and he’s a constant impact player for the Crimson Tide.

Matt Corral:

Corral moves outside the pocket well and has strong footwork most of the time. His arm is very very good, he puts good velocity on his balls and has the arm strength to make most throws. Corral poses enough pocket awareness to prove he can be a strong pocket passer at the next level, and enough athleticism to handle himself outside of the pocket.

6/10-The Bad:

Treylon Burks: 

Burks size pigeon holes him as an outside receiver at the next level, which isn’t necessarily a problem, but it makes him less valuable than other poten tial options in the class. Burks biggest flaw is a weak route tree that could stand to be developed at the next level.

Christian Harris:

Transitioning from a safety to a linebacker was inevitably going to have its challenges. Harris lacks size, given Burks is even bigger than him. He struggles in zone, and he can fall behind when burnt. His tackling ability can lack at times as well.

Matt Corral:

From a general standpoint, Corral needs to improve decision making. There are certain decisions and plays that Corral makes that lead you to question his thought process. Corral tends to make questionable throws and still needs to advance in his progressions. Off the field, Corral reportedly had hiccups at his first high school that led him to transfer, apparently regarding a potential fight. Then, Corral committed to USC and Florida before recommitting and choosing Ole Miss. To be a franchise quarterback, Corral needs to take jumps on and off the field.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Treylon Burks: Advance His Route Tree

Christian Harris: Tackling

Matt Corral: Decision Making

8/10-The Potential:

Treylon Burks: 

Burks projects as a strong outside receiver at the next level. He can stick with rosters given his special teams versatility and his physicality can make him an impact player as a rookie. His lack of advancement in his route tree is worrisome, but his talent is undeniable. Burks brings enough raw talent to the table to project as a strong receiver at the next level, but fit will be imperative to Burks.

Christian Harris:

Harris fits the mold of the current NFL linebacker. His athleticism is reminiscent of Isaiah Simmons and he can project to play similarly at the next level. His IQ and leadership makes him a natural fit at the next level. Harris is a raw prospect but the potential is through the roof.

Matt Corral:

Corral has potential to be molded into a capable starter at the next level. Corral just has a lot of question marks on and off the field. Corral needs to take steps forward to prove he can lead at an elite level, overcome adversity and make smart decisions when it counts. Alabama will truly be the biggest test of how far he’s come as a leader and a quarterback.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Treylon Burks:

“Burks is one of the strongest receivers in college football, benching 380 pounds squatting 500 and power cleaning 280.”- Bruce Feldman, The Athletic

Christian Harris:

“Above all, the Louisiana native is in a prime position to earn the Butkus Award in 2021. As the new leader of the Crimson Tide’s defense, expect him to refine his game to make him an elite defensive prospect in the 2022 NFL draft.”- CJ Errickson, Yardbraker

Matt Corral:

“Corral has a very intriguing skill set. He’s an excellent athlete and a versatile thrower. He’s capable of driving the ball into small windows, layering the ball over linebackers/under safeties and dropping the deep ball into the bucket. His overall touch is outstanding.”- Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

10/10-The Fit:

Treylon Burks:

The entire time I wrote Burks’ profile, I had flashbacks to Denzel Mims. Elite size, substantial speed, but poorly developed route tree and lackluster hands at times, all remind me of Mims. If Burks is used properly, he can excel at the next level, but his fit within this offense would be questionable to me. Still, Burks has potential to be a very good talent and he’s a much better athlete than Mims. I won’t pass up offensive improvements, but I think there are other players who could help the offense more than Burks, 

Christian Harris:

Harris is an athletic talent with exceptional leadership abilities. The idea of Harris in the defense would likely be a dream for Robert Saleh. Harris can be used in a variety of different scenarios, and he doesn’t have to be pigeonholed to a particular system. Harris is raw, and there are prospects who could be more worthwhile based on positional value, but if Harris is available with the second first rounder or their second rounder, he is worth a serious look.

Matt Corral:

Matt Corral will not be a New York Jet. I don’t know where he ends up, but no matter how poorly Zach Wilson plays, he will not be unseated by Corral. The Jets have to focus on building around Wilson and fostering his success, not unseating him one year in. 

TOJ’s Know Your Opponent: New York Jets v. Tennessee Titans

The Jets are trying to avoid going 0-4 for the 3rd straight season. On tap for today is a banged-up Titans team that the Jets have no excuses to not be competitive against.
Coaching: Mike Vrabel has made the playoffs his last 2 years in Tennessee and had a winning record every year. However, he has struggled to field a competent defense since Dean Peas left after the 2019 season. Todd Downing is the OC who replaced Arthur Smith, was one of the best play callers the past 2 seasons, and it remains to be seen if Downing can maintain the high standards Smith set.

Offense: Ryan Tannehill has undergone a late-career renaissance in Tennessee as he has been one of the most efficient QBs in the NFL the past 2 years and has kept that up this season. Derrick Henry remains one of the best running backs in the league and will no doubt be featured heavily today. AJ Brown and Julio are two of the 10 best WRs in the NFL, in my opinion, and would decimate our corner group but thankfully both will not play today. The Titans OL is not what it used to be and what was once a dominant unit has become the middle of the pack.

Defense:  The Titans defense is bad. Like lol bad. They tried retooling it this off-season by adding Bud Dupree for their pass rush and getting younger at corner with First-rounder Caleb Farley and 3rd rounder Elijah Molden, but Farley and Dupree are both hurt. Jeffrey Simmons is one of the best defensive tackles in the league and he can wreck a game especially when the Jets continue to start the Chuckle Brothers that are Mcogvern and Van Rotten.

Weaknesses: As previously mentioned the Titans are dealing with injuries at key spots: let me reiterate that they are missing their two best WRs, starting edge rusher and cornerback. Their OL is also dealing with nagging injuries. Chandler Jones and Arizona destroyed this OL week 1 and the Jets DL will be the best one the Titans have faced since so they should be poised to take advantage.

Matchup: With Brown and Julio out This offense is all on Derrick Henry. If the Jets can limit Henry and keep Tannehill in 3rd and long all game they should have great success with their pass rush. Let’s be clear: WR1 Josh Reynolds isn’t scaring anyone. The Jets offense has been abysmal and it still remains to be seen if they can take advantage of a weak defense. The Titans are 31st against play-action passes so hopefully, Lafleur is dialing those up early and often.

Prediction: if the Jets are the frisky 6-7 win team we thought they were this game has to be competitive. I think it will be and I think we will see Zach Wilson’s best day in a Jets uniform and a turnover-free day. A back and forth game that ends with Zach Wilson completing a 2 min drill TD.
Jets 21, Titans 20
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TOJ’s In The Trenches: New York Jets Defensive Line Review, Week Three

In our weekly In The Trenches series we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 3 loss to the Broncos and previews the week 4 matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

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Badlands – Week 4 Preview!

Joe and Connor preview week 4…

Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers talk All-22 from Jets/Broncos, offensive structural woes, the young defensive backs and expectations for the next two weeks before the team hits the bye week…

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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

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TOJ Pick Six w/ Stephen Zantz (Week 4 Jets/TEN)

The PickSix column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.

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