November 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) carries against the San Francisco 49ers during third quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s have some more fun this morning, Jets fans. Time to play some more fantasy GM. At the time this goes up, we may know who our general manager is, but no matter who it is, we know that improvements have to be made with this football team. “Pro Football Focus” has posted an excellent free agent tracker, and with that, we bring you five free agents, restricted or UFA’s, that the Jets should look into this offseason, in no particular order:
CHRIS IVORY, RB(RFA): This is a guy that Jets fans wanted the team to go after in 2012, and after his performance this past year, the want for him remains. In his 3 years in the league to date, he has averaged 5.1 yards per carry. In limited work in 2012, he carried the ball 40 times for 217 yards, a 5.4 yard per carry average. His best work came in week 10 against the Falcons, when he carried the ball 7 times for 72 yards. The Jets are in need of play makers, and this guy is a play maker. Make the call.
REGGIE BUSH, RB: He hasn’t ever been talked about much for the Jets, but why not? He’s only 27 years old, and has only recorded more than 200 carries in two of his seven NFL seasons, so he clearly doesn’t have a lot of mileage on him. He has come into his own since joining the Miami Dolphins, with 15 touchdowns scored over his two seasons with the Jets rivals. He also is quite good catching the ball out of the backfield, averaging 53.1 receptions per season. He had the Jets attention when they played the first time, if you remember, he was averaging over 6 yards per carry on the game, and there were reports that the Jets looked to “take him out”, whatever that meant. He also has experience in the punt return game. The Jets would be acquiring a versatile football player for their buck, and if he is willing to come to a team that he had a trash talk war with, the Jets should at least inquire. Make the call.
Jan 6, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) runs after a catch for a third quarter touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card playoff game at M
DENNIS PITTA, TE(RFA): Another guy that hasn’t been talked about, but should be. Conventional wisdom is that the Jets will let Dustin Keller walk. Assuming that comes true, the Jets will be in need of a big time pass-catching TE. Anthony Fasano, who is also a free agent, is a guy that Jets fans talk about a lot, and might be an easier get. Dennis Pitta, however, has out-performed Fasano. He had his coming out party in 2012, with 61 receptions for 669 yards and 7 TDs, a statline that is on the edge of top tight end status. Pitta has only been in the league for three years, as opposed to Fasano’s seven, so he has much less mileage on him. It might be tough to convince him to leave a team in two straight AFC championship games, but not impossible. This guy would fit the Dustin Keller role admirably, and the Jets would be silly not to explore it. Make the call.
MATT MOORE, QB: This is a guy that has been talked about a lot amongst Jets fans, and with good reason. In the quest to find competition for Mark Sanchez, if the Jets can’t land a bigger fish such as Matt Flynn or Alex Smith, they need to go ahead and look into Moore. He’s only 28 years old, and hasn’t been a full time starter, so has a lot of gas left in the tank. However, when he has had the chance to be a starting quarterback, he has performed well. In 2011, Moore started 12 games, and threw for 16 TDs against only 9 INTs. He started 5 for Carolina in 2009 and threw for 8 TDs vs only 2 INTs. When Moore has the chance to play, he plays well, and that chance is not coming in Miami. Staying in Miami he will be a career backup, with Ryan Tannehill there for the long haul. It is certainly worth a try, he wouldn’t hurt to have in training camp. The Jets should absolutely make the call.
Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) reacts after a tackle for a loss against New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
ANTHONY SPENCER, OLB: Anybody remember the last time the Jets had a player with double digit sacks? I don’t. Yes, we probably have one on his way their(Coples), and likely two (Wilkerson), but they are not there yet. Could you imagine how good these guys would look if they could add an established edge pass rusher to the mix? Anthony Spencer could be that guy. He had a career high in 2012 with 11 sacks, and has recorded 22 sacks over the last three seasons. He is only 28 years of age, he’s got something left. It can’t hurt. Make the call.
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