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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TOJ’s 1st & 10: NFL Free Agency is Here for the New York Jets!

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It’s Christmas in March! The best time of the year for any Jets fan is here. We are on the precipice of the offseason where it is our time to shine! The legal tampering period (which is oxy-moronic by nature) is set to begin in a few hours, the rumors are already swirling and the surefire panic will certainly set in amongst Jets fans, probably followed by an over-exaggeration of how good this team is going to be heading into 2022, and then followed back up with calls for Joe Douglas’ head because he was eeked out by another team for a mid-level tight end.

I kid… kind of.

The reality is, as we have all probably said at one point or another, that this offseason is truly the most important one for this franchise in a while, for a myriad of reasons. First, the GM, Head Coach, Quarterback, and basically the entire franchise is finally on the same timeline. Second, the roster has holes everywhere that need filling and the team has of capital both in the draft and within the salary cap to be major players in both markets. Third, they have a 2nd year quarterback that needs help for two reasons: 1. to win games and 2. To get a fair evaluation on him to know whether he’s “the guy.” These are three of the top reasons this offseason means so much, but it’s certainly not limited to those. The cherry on top is that the Jets haven’t been to the postseason in (checks watch) 11 years! That’s reason enough to be aggressive.

Yet, here we are. So, as the tampering begins and the news continues to drop, here are my rankings on the 10 Free Agents I would love for the Jets to be doing their “due diligence” on.

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1. James Daniels, G, Bears (24) – This is no secret that the youth and scheme fit makes all the sense in the world for a team that is looking to upgrade the interior OL over years past with Greg Van Roten. The Jets would love to get back to the ground and pound of the Rex Ryan days, and this would be a legitimate first step.

2. Marcus Williams, S, Saints (25) – Arguably a top 5 safety in his prime at a position of desperate need for the Jets. Joe Douglas would be crazy not to go all in on him.

3. Carlton Davis, CB, Bucs (25) – Another young player entering his prime at a position of need… sound familiar? Davis would be the perfect option as CB1 on this team as you let Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols battle for the #2 spot and provide yourself with depth. What a novel concept!

4. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Chiefs (29) – While the age may be a concern, there is certainly still talent there. When you pack his ability with the leadership and stability he brings, this could be a great backup option if they miss on Marcus Williams and also the perfect fit to pair with  LaMarcus Joyner and a day 2 or 3 pick at the position.

5. Chandler Jones, Edge, Cardinals (32) – Older player but still super productive. The Jets could correct the Quinton Coples mistake 10 years later to get the player they should have landed in the 2012 draft.

6. Allen Robinson, WR, Bears (28) – A long time dream of many Jets fans. Could he be the 2015 Brandon Marshall reincarnated? I would hope so. The only reason this name isn’t higher is because of my belief the Jets will go WR at #10, but the lure of signing Robinson and maybe drafting a receiver on day 2 (like a Jahan Dotson) is very appealing.

7. CJ Uzomah, TE, Bengals (29) – The tight end market dried up pretty quickly, but signing Uzomah would instantly make him the best tight end the Jets have had since Dustin Keller. Pairing him with a Ruckert or McBride would be a Jets fan’s dream and a match made in heaven… finally providing legitimate middle of the field threats for Zach Wilson.

8. Brandon Scherff, G, Commanders (30) – Put Scherff in the Robinson category of long time Jets dreams. This would be a great signing and addition for this offensive line, because when he’s on the field he’s a great player and changes the identity of the unit. However, the best ability is availability and the Jets would certainly be gun shy about a 30-year-old guard who has missed time in each of the last 5 seasons.

9. Danielle Hunter, Edge, Vikings (27) – Not a free agent but could be available via trade as we heard reports that the Vikings had already fielded calls. While less likely, this would be a home run addition for the Jets to pair with Carl Lawson and provide them more flexibility at the top of the draft as the “need” for an edge wouldn’t be as prevalent.Editor’s Note:Scherff has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars

10. Laken Tomlinson, G, 49ers (30) – Three guards in my top 10 shows the importance of changing the attitude and play of this offensive line. Tomlinson had a rough start to his career in Detroit but has blossomed with San Francisco. His durability (hasn’t missed a game in 5 years) and familiarity with the offensive scheme would make him a great fit in green & white. Editor’s Note: The Jets added the Pro Bowl Guard to be their new starting RG.

TOJ Running Free Agency Blog for the New York Jets

As the tampering window “opens” (let’s be clear, it’s been open for weeks), we will drop takes on rumors and signings that don’t become official for a few days right here. The hope is that no one is Anthony Barr’d, but we ride anyway! Bookmark to follow the free agency period.

March 16th, 9:14 AM: The Jets haven’t signed anybody yet as of this morning, which means Joe Douglas must be fired. Just kidding, friends. Here’s some guys still available that Douglas could target, and this list might as well be titled “Guys DA has wanted since writing for TOJ”: 1. Allen Robinson: if the Jets want a veteran in the wide receiver room, Allen Robinson could be the guy they pivot to. There are questions about whether he still has anything left or whether last year was because of his disinterest in remaining in Chicago. I think it is the former, but this signing would probably confirm that the Jets will go corner with one of their top 10 picks. #NotIdeal 2. Jadeveon Clowney: DraftSZN’s Joe Belic has consistently reminded us that the Niners deployed a bigger edge opposite their pass rushers in order to ensure they could successfully stop the run while also getting to the QB. Jadeveon Clowney has settled in nicely as that big edge who can stop the run while also getting to the QB (has had at least 9 sacks in 3 seasons). There was a rumor that the Jets had entered the Chandler Jones sweepstakes, but that felt an awful lot like a “teams aren’t rushing to make my client an offer so let me throw the Jets out there” kind of news. Clowney could be a target to both improve their terrible run defense and provide some juice on pass rushing situations. 3. Melvin Ingram: if the focus is to ignore the bad run defense and add a guy that can just rush the passer, then Melvin Ingram could be the guy. With the Jets losing Foley Fatukasi, it could stand to reason that you will see more of John Franklyn Myers inside next to Quinnen Williams with Sheldon Rankins potentially playing the main depth tackle role. That does leave an opening for Kayvon Thibadeaux opposite Carl Lawson, but what if you could put a front four of Lawson, Williams, Thibadeaux, and Ingram on passing downs? Robert Saleh did this alot with the 49ers where he moved Arik Armstead inside next to Deforest Buckner and had Dee Ford with his hand in the dirt. 4. Maxx Williams: the Jets added CJ Uzomah to be their TE1, but everything we’ve heard says they’re not done at TE yet. Could they take a swing at OJ Howard? Hayden Hurst? Or will they opt for a more blocking TE with some pass catching production in the form of Maxx Williams? The name of the game this offseason on offense has been to improve the mentality of this team, and they did that by adding two bullies in Laken Tomlinson and Uzomah. Maxx Williams fits that moniker as a blocker. Improving the run blocking will only increase Michael Carter’s productivity, which will help Zach Wilson in the playaction game. Williams could go a long way towards helping that. 5. JC Tretter: look, sometimes players are released that really have no business being released. JC Tretter is one of them. He allowed one sack last year on 1078 snaps. Connor McGovern isn’t it up front. Adding Tretter and Tomlinson to this offensive line would immediately take this unit from a potentially good unit to a potentially great unit. If Fant plays how he played last year, and AVT takes a step? Zach Wilson could build a nightclub in Florham Park with how much time he will have. Cut McGovern, net the $9M in savings, and get this done. -DO

March 16th, 8:40 AM: The Jets have made four large additions to the roster, and now redirect their attention towards depth and bringing back their own. They began that with Berrios, Coleman and Shepherd. Now, according to Brian Costello, interior offensive lineman Dan Feeney will return to the team on a one year deal next season. Feeney, known for his fantastic mullet and chugging beers at Islander games, also has a mean streak and proved to be another strong player as a depth piece on the line last season.-DP

March 15th, 8:45 PM: The Jets have now resigned defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd. Shepherd now becomes the first player to earn a second contract from the Mike Maccagnan era. Shepherd has become a consistent piece of the defensive line rotation, last season he appeared in all 17 games, racking up 28 tackles with eight pressures. Shepherd remains a mainstay from the previous regime, while continuing to provide depth to the line of the current regime.-DP

March 15th, 3:03 PM:  Connor Hughes has reported that the New York Jets have inked former Seattle Seahawks corner D.J. Reed to a three year, 33 million dollar deal. Reed ranked in the top ten in PFF coverage grading, and finished the season with 78 tackles and two interceptions. His ball skills are stronger than arguably any defensive back on the roster, he has familiarity with both the scheme and Saleh himself, plus, he’s well versed in man and zone coverage. At only 25 years old, Reed is a big addition to a defense that ranked in the bottom half of the league in pass defense, and figures to slot in as a starter immediately.-DP

March 15th, 5:10 PM: According to Rich Cimini, Jordan Whitehead, a safety from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has agreed to join the Jets on a two year 14.5 million dollar deal. Whitehead is a good fit for the team as he is about to freshly turn 25, is a superb athlete and excels in both run defense and pass defense. Last season, Whitehead posted 73 tackles, two interceptions and 5.0 TFLs. Similar to Reed, Whitehead will be entrusted to help elevate one of the worst defenses in the NFL.-DP

March 14th: 7:00pm: The Jets have a new TE! Adam Schefter reported the Jets have agreed to terms with CJ Uzomah formerly of the Bengals for 3 years $24MM. I’ve always liked CJ and wanted the Jets to go after him if the big fish TE were to be tagged. Uzomah is never going to be a 1k yard receiver but he’s a great target in the red zone and can block. He was also beloved in the Cincinnati locker room. This is the type of guy to help instill a winning culture (coming off a SB appearance). Pair CJ with a guy like Ruckert or McBride in the draft and you got yourself a solid TE corps for Zach Wilson in year 2. -SZ

March 14th, 2:50 PM: Berrios is back in the green and white! Receiver and kick returner Braxton Berrios is back with the Jets on a two year 12 million dollar deal with 7 million guaranteed. Berrios was the one constant as the receiver room dealt with injuries for the entirety of the season. Berrios posted 46 receptions for 431 yards and five total touchdowns. He’s a consistent weapon and safety net for Zach Wilson, a good locker room guy and someone who will continue to produce on special teams. For the Jets, this always made sense if the price was right and in this case, six million dollars a year was the right price for Joe Douglas to bring Berrios back.-DP

March 14th, 2:45 PM: The Jets are on the board! According to Adam Schefter, the New York Jets have agreed to terms with Pro Bowl guard Laken Tomlinson on a three year 40 million dollar deal with 27 million guaranteed. Tomlinson has missed only one game in his career, and it was due to not having enough time to get ready to play after being traded from the Lions to the 49ers a few years ago. Tomlinson is durable and consistent, a mauler and will solidify the guard position for the Jets alongside AVT. Tomlinson is reportedly going to be swapping sides from left to right in order to accommodate for AVT.-DP

p>March 14th, 11:20AM: Another Connor Hughes tweet regarding a potential Jets target. Scherff would be a tremendous upgrade to the interior of this Jets offensive line. He is one of the best offensive guards in football. The issue with him has always been health as he rarely has played a full season in his 6 year career. I think a 1 year deal would be a great move by JD but he probably will be looking for 3-4 years. -SZ

March 14th, 7:54 AM: Connor Hughes had this tweet this morning regarding the Jets and who they may be all in on this off-season. Keep in mind: there have been no leaks out of Florham Park since Joe Douglas took over, and there’s no way to know if the Jets really were interested in someone who ends up somewhere else, but it gives an interesting perspective if true.-DO

TOJ Offseason Preview: The Case for Jessie Bates

Stephen Zantz previews free agent target Jessie Bates.

The TOJ Crew has kicked off our offseason preview with each writer talking about a free agent option for each position. In this edition, TOJ Live co-host Stephen Zantz will make the case for adding Jessie Bates to upgrade the safety room.

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TOJ Free Agency Preview: New York Jets Defensive Line Target

The New York Jets defensive line is full of talent but it’s not quite at a point where it can be ignored. The Jets simply were not sufficiently effective rushing the passer last season and much of that was due to their lack of edge rushing talent. The Jets cannot simply bank on Carl Lawson returning and putting the unit on his back. They need an elite rusher as both insurance and a complimentary piece to Lawson. Chandler Jones is a solid option to meet that criteria.

And as an offseason reminder, don’t forget to test out promo code “Jets50” at TapRm for $50 off your next order! 

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TOJ’s Burning Questions Heading into Jets-Bucs

Check out Stephen’s reaction to the Jets’ win over the Jags!

In this week’s burning questions column, TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz will be addressing the burning questions surrounding the team heading into Jaguars week. The Jets topped to the Jaguars 26-21 which has them at 4-11 on the season.

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TOJ’s Burning Questions Heading into Jets-Jags

Stephen Zantz previews the burning questions on fans’ minds heading into Jets-Jaguars.

In this week’s burning questions column, TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz will be addressing the burning questions surrounding the team heading into Jaguars week. The Jets fell to the Dolphins 31-24 which has them at 3-11 on the season.

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TOJ’s Know Your Opponent: Miami Dolphins

This Jets season has been one to forget and Zach Wilson is running out of time to give fans something concrete to really believe he is going to be a franchise QB one day. Now an undermanned Jets team gets to travel to Miami to face a blitz happy defense fighting to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Coaching: Brian Flores has had an interesting season, starting off 1-7 but has righted the ship and has gotten the Miami defense to return to form during their 5 game winning streak. The Miami Dolphins offense is fake and runs 4 yard RPO’s game after game while dinking and dunking its way down the field. I still refuse to learn the names of either of their Offensive Coordinators.

Personnel: QB Tua Tuagiviloa has become an efficient check down machine for the Dolphins. Jets catch a massive break with no stud-rookie WR Jaylen Waddle in this game. The Dolphins OL is still god awful, and the rest of the Dolphins skill guys are average at best.

On defense, rookie edge rusher Jalean Phillips has really come alive with 6 sacks in his last 3 games. CB’s Xavieran Howard and Byron Jones are two of the best man corners in football and are very likely to bully the Jets WRs in the same way the Saints corners did. Jets catch another break, though, because budding star safety Javon Holland is also missing this game.

Potential Weaknesses: the Dolphins OL is still very bad and the Jets DL should be looking to overwhelm them. The Dolphins do not run the ball well and have injuries at the RB position. Tua’s security blanket has been Waddle: without him, there will be an opportunity to make him second-guess and make mistakes.

Matchup: Zach Wilson has not been good at all this season. He has not put together 4 average/goodish quarters in a row yet. It feels foolish to predict that changes this week without his two best WRs and potentially playing with a Third String LT. The Jets offense is going to have to get creative to get the 20 points that they’re going to need to keep this game close and potentially sneak out a win. Part of that is going to be to take the game out of the rookie QB’s hands. Otherwise they’re going down with the ship in a likely multi-turnover ugly loss game for Zach.

Prediction: I don’t know how you can predict the Jets to win another game this season with the injuries they have and their recent performances. Miami wins an ugly game: Dolphins 17 Jets 9.

TOJ’s Burning Questions Heading into Jets-Dolphins, Part 2

Stephen Zantz answers your burning questions headed into Jets-Dolphins.

In this week’s burning questions column, TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz will be addressing the burning questions surrounding the team heading into Dolphins week. The Jets fell to the Saints 30-9 which has them at 3-10 on the season.

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TOJ’s #BurningQuestions Heading into Jets-Saints

In this week’s burning questions column, TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz will be addressing the burning questions surrounding the team heading into Saints week. The Jets fell to the Eagles 33-18 which has them at 3-9 on the season.

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