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Coffee with the Jets: Tanking for Sam Darnold in 2018

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Jan 2, 2017; Pasadena, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the USC Trojans at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2017; Pasadena, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the USC Trojans at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Enjoy your morning cup of coffee on this lovely Friday while reading the latest news and updates on the New York Jets. Could Gang Green really tank in 2018 to land one of the top quarterbacks of that year’s draft class?

Ah yes, Friday is here which means the weekend is finally upon us. Hopefully, the weather is warm as we get another weekend closer to the 2017 NFL Draft. Speaking of which, the New York Jets are preparing for the draft and should hopefully have a solid new class of players ready to contribute.

No matter who they draft in this year’s class, don’t expect any miracles in 2017. The Jets would be lucky to win one to three games next season but in no way will they “tank” the year just to land a quarterback such as Sam Darnold in next year’s draft. Yeah, they won’t have a ton of talent to work with but are rebuilding to get all their younger players developed for the future.

In an article written by Dan Salem of NFL Spin Zone, he pretty much nailed it right on the head. The Jets aren’t going to field a team that blatantly misses tackles, causes turnovers, or play like a high school football team in order to land the No. 1 overall pick in 2018. It’s hard to pull off such a thing in today’s NFL and think about it, just like Salem said, there is no guarantee Darnold will even be an elite quarterback once he gets drafted. For all we know, he can be a bust that doesn’t live up to all the incredible hype swirling around in the football universe.

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In an article written by Smackdad of Gang Green Nation, he breaks down the Jets signing free agent wide receiver Quinton Patton. This isn’t exactly a huge free agency signing but more so for depth purposes. Since the Jets don’t know how their wide receiver corps will shape up for next season, it’s best to stock up now on players before it’s too late. Considering Patton only has one receiving touchdown his entire career, don’t expect him to step right in as a No. 1 option in 2017. If anything, he’ll add another receiving option that has experience in the kind of offense the Jets are building for next season.

In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he breaks down the Jets visit at Ohio State’s Pro Day. Both general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were in attendance and undoubtedly enjoying seeing some of the top players in this year’s draft do what they do best. It’s no secret the Jets need some defensive backs and well, the Buckeyes have some solid options that could be instant starters in their defensive secondary.

Finally, in an article written by Kristian Dyer of Metro, he confirmed the Jets met with quarterback Nathan Peterman out of Pitt. Knowing how the Jets are, it wouldn’t be out of the question for them to draft yet another quarterback. Most likely not in the first round but perhaps in the mid to late rounds of this year’s draft, someone like Peterman would be interesting to bring into the mix. The Jets should continue drafting quarterbacks until they have an established franchise player under center.

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