James Kuntz with six realistic trade packages for Jamal Adams
This afternoon, Jets’ Safety Jamal Adams requested permission from the Jets to seek a trade.
This comes after months of rising tensions between Adams and the Jets over the timing of Adams’ contract extension.
According to ESPN, Jamal wants a new contract before this season that makes him the highest paid player on the Jets (~17 million annually). Jets’ General Manager Joe Douglas has long maintained that Adams is a foundational piece and the Jets intend to make him a “jet for life.” Reports indicate that the Jets have no intention to extend Adams before next offseason.
James Kuntz with initial reaction to the New York Jets signing backup QB Joe Flacco
The New York Jets signed Quarterback Joe Flacco to a 1 year, $1.5 million deal worth that includes an additional $3 million in incentives. Flacco underwent neck surgery in April and is expected to return by September. Flacco’s signing signifies what is likely to be the final addition to the 2020 Quarterback room, which now includes Darnold, Flacco, James Morgan, and David Fales.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on New York Jets third round pick, Jabari Zuniga
Perhaps the most unpopular Jets Draft Pick of Day 2 is Florida Defensive Lineman Jabari Zuniga. Zuniga is simultaneously an intriguing and confusing prospect: despite being listed as an EDGE Rusher, Zuniga is far more effective on the interior. Adding even more complexity to his evaluation is the fact that, when lined up as a 4-3 end, Zuniga’s above-average explosiveness is often nullified by his inability to consistently react to the snap on time.
Finally, although Zuniga possesses the strength to consistently cave the pocket with his bull rush, he rarely sacks the Quarterback. The question is inevitable: how should we view a player with such anomalous versatility and evident physical talent, who consistently fails to show up on the stat sheet.
First, it’s worth examining how he performs in the two most important phases of play for defensive linemen: pass rush and run defense.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on New York Jets 3rd round pick, defensive back Ashtyn Davis
One of the most surprising picks of Joe Douglas’ inaugural draft class is California Safety Ashtyn Davis, who was selected with the Jets’ first 3rd round pick. Judging from Jets twitter, Davis has quickly become a fan favorite among the 2020 draft class. This article provides a closer look at Davis’ strengths and weaknesses as a player in the form of a scouting report.
New TOJ Podcast: Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers talk the Mekhi Becton pick and James Kuntz interviews two members of Becton’s coaching staff from Louisville…
Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers grade out the Mekhi Becton pick and talk about his future in a special Badlands preview, then James Kuntz interviews Coach Dwayne Ledford, Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at Louisville, and Coach Mike Sirignano, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisville about Becton’s time in college….
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James Kuntz breaks down the New York Jets UDFA class
A run down of the New York Jets UDFA class…
James Kuntz with ten targets for the New York Jets on day three of the NFL Draft
It’s been a roller coaster of a draft so far for the NY Jets. After an eventful Day 2 in which the Jets traded down from the 48th overall pick, the Jets wound up with Baylor WR Denzel Mims, Cal DB Ashtyn Davis and Florida DE Jabari Zuniga, in addition to first round pick Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville). Perhaps the most impressive Joe Douglas feat was turning the 48th overall pick into a talented receiver (Mims), two fourth round picks and a 2021 sixth round pick. Day 3 will be a busy one for the Jets, who are slated to pick six times tomorrow: three times in the fourth round, once in the fifth, and twice in the sixth.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on this year’s edge class and where/when the New York Jets can finally boost the position…
For the last installment in my series on the most important NFL Combine tests for each position, I analyze a positional need that has plagued the Jets for the last two decades: EDGE rusher. This week’s NFL Draft serves as an opportunity for the Jets organization to reconstitute itself to the mission of investing in the most impactful positions in football, such as EDGE. As a result, it’s worth examining what testing metrics the Jets can use in order to find value at this position.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on the 2020 offensive tackle class in the NFL Draft
In anticipation of next week’s NFL Draft, I’ve explored one of the most important questions in player evaluation: to what extent does Combine testing matter? In my two previous articles, I detailed the most important measurements for offensive skill position players and cornerbacks. This article examines the importance of NFL Combine testing and measurements for the Jets’ most dire positional need: Offensive Tackle (OT).
The methodology employed in the two previous articles is also utilized here. I’ve aggregated Combine (and when necessary, Pro Day) measurements from OTs who have made the Pro Bowl in the previous three seasons. Interestingly, the key principle in evaluating combined performance for OTs is nearly identical to that of evaluating tight ends: all testing matters. Although the top 13 OTs are league-average in terms of height and weight, they test better in nearly every category than league-average OTs.
James Kuntz breaks down prospective cornerback targets for the New York Jets in the NFL Draft and the best metics to evaluate potential success at the position
A month ago I wrote an article in which I examined the importance of Combine testing for offensive skill position players. I concluded that the metric that is most strongly correlated with success for Running backs and Wide Receivers is speed score, while, for Tight Ends, above-average testing in virtually every event besides the bench press is correlated with success. I thought it would be interesting to apply this concept to a position that the Jets will target in the Draft: cornerback.