1.) QBs linked to the Jets this past week.
It’s that time of the off-season again, you know, that time in which EVERY potential backup QB is linked to the Jets one way or the other and this past week was no different as the Jets were linked to a few QBs that are looking for a place to land this offseason.
Aug. 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Former Dolphins QB David Garrard working out for the Jets this week is no surprise considering the Jets must weigh all options at the position at this point. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Brady Quinn, David Garrard, and Matt Cassell are all QBs that are names being tossed around to ultimately land in camp with the Jets. The Jets are definitely trying to put some heat on QB Mark Sanchez this summer by bringing in some legitimate competition via Free Agency and the draft and those these names aren’t popular names, they all will prove to be better competition for Mark Sanchez than Tim Tebow was this past season and unfortunately that’s not saying much. Hopefully for Jets fans the aforementioned QBs are just the first wave of QBs that is being linked to the Jets at this point considering it IS very early in the offseason process and there are still tons of moves to be made but make no mistakes about it, though its highly unlikely the Jets will “fix” the QB issue this offseason, they can NOT go into next season with the same complacent/neglectful attitude towards the QB position that ultimately doomed this team last season.
2.) The pass rusher conundrum?
Things chance quickly in a NFL offseason and the stock of TOP NFL prospects is probably the most consistently changing aspect of an offseason and this offseason hasn’t been any different. A few weeks after the college football season ended my top 5 pass rushers were;
Now after the combine it is safe to say that for one reason or another these top pass rusher’s stock has fallen or is falling making it more and more likely that the Jets will have the chance to select their 1st or 2nd ranked pass rusher they have atop their draft board. Probably not the way the Jets would love to get their potential pass rushing stud but at this point the Jets need bodies in the OLB position in the worst way and it will take Rex Ryan’s abilities as a “Defensive Guru/scout” to be able to watch the tape and ultimately separate the pass rushers from one another so the Jets can make the best decision come Draft day.
3.) No surprises for the Jets at 9 anymore.
With the way certain prospects that were recently linked to the Jets have been slipping, the way the combine has unfolded and the overall needs of the Jets team, I’m starting to accept the fact that its going to be hard for the Jets to surprise this fan base with their selection come April’s draft.
How’s this for perspective; With the Jets picking #9, there’s more than a SOLID chance that the player they most want (whoever that is) will actually be there at 9 when they select and frankly considering the question marks with the top prospects in pretty much every position, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone that the Jets are honestly taking the “BPA” approach for this April’s draft at this point. The Jets need help in more than a few areas but they desperately need help in key areas like OLB, G and TE and it shouldn’t come as a shock to me or anyone else in Jet Nation if the Jets Jets decided to address these positions or even the WR position in the first round with the “BPA” approach.
Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; The Jets likely are having a tough time getting what they want in return for Darrelle Revis. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
4.) Revis update
The Jets are in a dire cap situation, as they lack overall roster depth so dealing Revis can prove to be rewarding for cap purposes and depth purposes as his return package may be able to provide the Jets with some additions in key positions, possibly even starters or immediate contributors.
As I stated last week, I’m starting to get the feeling that the Jets aren’t getting the offers for Revis that they initially believed they would be getting, meaning no one is offering the Jets what Revis is really worth most likely due to the injury that Revis is currently rehabbing from coupled with the fact that trading for Revis means said team will have to work out a long-term extension. That’s tricky, and potentially a sticky deal-breaker, considering his uncertain health. Those variables are understandable but it also puts the Jets in a REALLY precarious position leading up to this April’s draft. The Jets dont want to trade Revis for just anything, heck if Revis decides to just WALK into free agency next offseason the Jets get a 3rd round compensation pick in next April’s draft so either way they get something for him, they just would love to dictate what they can get for him right now to help further build the team.
I’m torn on the Revis issue and would love to see the Jets come to terms with Revis but as I mentioned before, the Jets have to do what’s best for the team as a whole unit and trading Revis seems like the best way to do that. For what it’s worth, the starting point for a Revis contract negotation is Brandon Carr’s five-year, $50.1 million deal with Dallas signed last March.
5.) Combine fallers
Since I touched on it briefly I wanted to post the prospects that I believe hurt themselves during the combine that the Jets probably were at LEAST considering…….
Jarvis Jones, Stepfan Taylor, Damontre Moore and Bjoern Werner are all potential Jets prospects that saw their stock fall after the combine. Each prospects stock fell for one reason or another but the fact is it’s fallen…. I’m not one that put much stock in combine results so I’m hoping the Jets are still looking at these prospects as all of them have solid game tapes but the bottom line is; it’s starting to shape up as a draft in which the Jets, if handled wisely and accordingly can solidify important positions that are lacking in the depth area with overall talented prospects.
6.) What a potential Revis trade could look like for the Jets.
Lets say the Niners decide to suddenly get interested in Revis sometime in the month of March and decide to go after him. They have to ammo to certainly come off more than a few picks but for argument sack we’ll say the 49ers are willing to part ways with their 1st and the 2nd acquired from Kansas City, here’s what the Jets could possibly utilize the picks for a this is what their first few rounds end up looking like;
1.) DE Dion Jordan/Ezekiel Ansah
1b.) G Jonathan Cooper/ Larry Worford
2.) WR Justin Hunter
2b.) TE Gavin Escobar
3.) RB Christine Michael
So that’s essentially 5 different potential starters/immediate contributors the Jets have acquired in this feasible trade and mock. That is the reason why trading Revis has a lot of appeal to it as the Jets are hurting in more than few key areas and positions and trading Revis can do nothing but help assist in solidifying depth in those areas. As much as Jet Nation hates the thought of trading Revis, it’s starting to become a no-brainer type of move at this point.
January 19, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; West running back Christine Michael of Texas A
7.) Christine Michael
Speaking of Christine Michael, it is being reported that Michael is being removed from a few team’s draft boards because he missed combine interviews due to over sleeping. I say GOOD….remove him so the Jets can have a legit shot at snatching him. No one is condoning Michael’s actions but if teams want to remove a RB with as much talent as Michael off their boards due to something like this then I can only hope the Jets still realize the value in such a tremendously talented RB. Michael had a solid combine otherwise to go along with a solid year in which he has shown everyone just how talented he really is.
8.) Mock Draft
Here’s another interesting Mock Draft that I wanted to gets Jets fans thoughts on…..
9.) Pastor blasting Tim Tebow
Last week Tim Tebow once again made headlines for things other than football when it was being reported that he was going to speak at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, a church that shares controversial sentiments on more than a few well known controversial topics. Well after Tebow received a bit of backlash (and apparently after Tebow’s people realized what damage they were doing to themselves if they went ahead with this) Tebow decided to not speak at the church which prompted the Church’s leader Robert Jeffress to take a few shots at Tebow…… Indirectly of course.
10.) Potential replacement for Shonne Greene AND Calvin Pace?
Jets have reportedly found Shonn Greene’s, Calvin Pace’s and potentially Darrelle Revis’s replacement ALL in the same prospect…..