Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) carries the ball while fighting off the tackle by New York Jets defensive end Mike DeVito (70) during the game at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Brandon Moore (65) looks to make a block during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
It’s not often that I bring in an article from another source into this forum, but this morning I am going to make an exception. Our friends at Pro Football Focus do an interesting series called “Free Agency Duel”, and our Jets were in the cross-hairs of their latest installment.
What they did was take a look at two of the Jets free agents, Mike DeVito and Brandon Moore. They took the topic of, if the Jets can only keep one, which one should be kept? They took both sides of it to give all arguments. Here are a couple of excerpts from the piece. First on why the one to stay should be DeVito:
DeVito is a role player and his poor play as a pass rusher makes it highly unlikely that he’ll ever be anything more than that. He’s very good in the role he plays, though. The fact that he’s limited to just being a force against the run should actually help the Jets as it will help keep his price down this offseason. Ultimately, I really like the combination of Coples and DeVito opposite Wilkerson for the Jets, and I just feel like his play against the run has been so impressive that the Jets have to do everything they can do keep him around.
Now, an excerpt of why it should be Brandon Moore:
Halfway through this season, you would have been right to wonder if Moore was finally starting to show his age. After a -2.1 run blocking grade in 2011, he had a -3.5 overall grade and two sacks allowed in pass protection after Week 7. He then went on to finish with possibly the best stretch of his career, earning a +24.8 grade in his last nine games while surrendering no sacks. On the season, Moore had a solid 97.2 Pass Blocking Efficiency and a +12.8 run grade that ranked fifth-highest among all guards. As he told our own Sam Monson in an interview back in December, Moore started feeling more comfortable in Tony Sparano’s offense after the Week 9 bye, and it certainly showed.
Take a look at the entire article by clicking here.
Personally, I don’t know that the Jets’ budget will allow them to keep either one of these guys. If they were to keep only one, I would have to say DeVito, so he can bring some leadership to the defense, teaching the younger kids about “playing like a Jet”.
Which guy would you keep? Sound off in the comments below…………