A take a look at what’s taking place across the New York Jets:
1. Swing and a miss: It is the (gag) reward that retains on giving (agita).
We’re speaking in regards to the 2014 NFL draft, arguably the worst in Jets historical past. When offensive lineman Dakota Dozier signed lately with the Minnesota Vikings, it left the Jets with just one participant from the ’14 draft — broad receiver Quincy Enunwa.
One out of 12 picks.
5 years after the Idzik 12 — the overall supervisor on the time was John Idzik — the Jets nonetheless are feeling the influence of that misplaced draft. If they’d hit on, say, six out of 12, they’d have a pleasant group of core gamers they usually would not be reliant on free company to plug holes. However as an alternative of pulling off a watershed draft, Idzik & Co. watered down the roster. The Jets’ file since then is 28-52.
The draft began on a foul be aware, as then-coach Rex Ryan unsuccessfully lobbied Idzik to commerce up for broad receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Possibly it was dangerous karma, as a result of it received progressively worse over the three-day draft.
The 2014 draft, which was loaded with expertise, has produced 27 Professional Bowl gamers, in keeping with Professional Soccer Reference. Of the 256 gamers chosen, 115 have began at the very least one season. Solely two Jets picks are on that checklist — Enunwa and security Calvin Pryor, who washed out after being chosen No. 18 general.
Listed here are a number of extra factoids about that ill-fated ’14 draft:
Solely two of the 12 (Enunwa and Dozier) are presently on NFL rosters, however that is not the most staggering half. That is: Eight of the 12 picks had been out of the league final season.
Eleven of the 12 have been minimize at the very least as soon as. Many have forgotten, however Enunwa was really waived by the Jets as a rookie and added to the apply squad, the place he started his journey to the beginning lineup. All instructed, the 12 picks have been minimize 44 instances by 20 completely different groups. The leaders: Cornerback Dexter McDougle, linebacker Jeremiah George and cornerback Brandon Dixon every have been minimize six instances. The one unscathed participant is Dozier, who left through free company.
Solely one of many 12 was minimize after punching a teammate within the face — linebacker IK Enemkpali (see: Geno Smith).
The Jets managed to mine some expertise from ’14 the second time round, signing linebackers Avery Williams (2018) and C.J. Mosley (2019) as free brokers. It simply value them much more cash than it will have the primary time.
2. Mini-mock draft 1.zero: The Jets have the No. three general choose for the second 12 months in a row. The earlier time they’d top-five picks in consecutive years was 1980-1981, after they chosen broad receiver Lam Jones and working again Freeman McNeil, respectively.
The Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold at No. three in 2018. This 12 months? Properly, let’s go to the crystal ball for the highest three picks.
Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB. The Playing cards have already got a quarterback (Josh Rosen) and Murray already had an expert profession (baseball), however why let that stuff get in the best way of a draft-day marriage? I occur to consider Murray might be Baker Mayfield, besides quicker.
When: April 25-27
The place: Nashville, Tennessee
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San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE. The current commerce for outdoor linebacker Dee Ford does not imply the Niners are out of the edge-rusher market. It will be a shock in the event that they take defensive sort out Quinnen Williams, though some consider he is the cleanest participant within the draft.
Jets: Williams, DT. Personally, I’d take linebacker Josh Allen as a result of he fills a much bigger want, however common supervisor Mike Maccagnan believes in best-player-available. Williams is an elite prospect whose solely destructive, if you happen to might name it that, is that he was a one-year star in faculty. Maccagnan cannot afford to screw this up, so he’ll go together with the most secure choose despite the fact that it makes extra sense to select an edge rusher. He will not should make the choice if he trades the choose, which is a chance.
three. Quinnen, freaky beast: Leonard Williams has labored out this offseason on the Mamba Sports activities Academy within the Los Angeles space. So has Quinnen Williams (no relation). They’ve talked somewhat bit, and Leonard likes what he sees and hears.
“He is a freak,” Leonard mentioned. “I’ve seen him. He is quick, and he is massive and robust. The tape would not lie. He is a beast.”
Williams mentioned Quinnen has a “childlike” character, however he meant that as a praise. He described the Alabama product as humble and wide-eyed regardless of his large success in faculty.
“He was sort of fanning over me somewhat bit,” Leonard mentioned. “He was like, ‘Oh, what’s up, man?’ He was making an attempt to take an image with me. I assumed it was so humorous as a result of I keep in mind being in that place.”
four. Sleeper at QB: I’ve heard intriguing reviews on the Jets’ new quarterback, Brandon Silvers, who performed most lately with the Memphis Specific of the now-suspended Alliance of American Soccer. He is a pure passer with wonderful lower-body mechanics. He throws a pleasant “go” route. As one AAF coach mentioned, “This man strikes the ball and scores factors.”
Silvers, who started the AAF season behind former Jets bust Christian Hackenberg, was slowed by a pulled indirect muscle. As soon as he received wholesome, he put up some respectable numbers — 777 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception in three begins. Let’s return to varsity: In his last 12 months at Troy College (2017), he beat LSU in Dying Valley — and that is not simple to do.
Silvers, who additionally drew curiosity from the Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, joins Trevor Siemian and Davis Webb as Darnold’s backups. They don’t seem to be going to maintain 4 quarterbacks (been there, executed that), so the competitors ought to be eager.
5. Tebow remembers Gase: The Jets employed coach Adam Gase largely due to his experience with quarterbacks. His first high-profile scholar was Tim Tebow, a Denver Broncos rookie in 2010. Gase additionally was Tebow’s place coach in 2011, when Tebow Mania was born and the Broncos made the playoffs. Humorous, however Gase by no means mentions Tebow when he lists the quarterbacks he has mentored.
Anyway, I caught up with Tebow the opposite day in Syracuse, New York, for a narrative about his baseball profession, and he had some good issues to say in regards to the Jets’ new coach.
“He is a very nice man,” Tebow mentioned. “He is very passionate. He loves soccer. He is all-the-time soccer, simply soccer, soccer, soccer. He cares about his gamers. I actually loved that about him. He is open to doing it other ways. He realized rather a lot then. I can solely think about now how far more he is picked up. He simply soaked in all types of various ideas, from Mike Martz to all these completely different programs. He is such a soccer man.”
6. The 12 months he’d wish to overlook: This was my first interview with Tebow since his one and solely season with the Jets (2012), which changed into a catastrophe for all events. The group traded for Tebow with the concept of constructing him a multi-purpose weapon, primarily a Wildcat quarterback, however they by no means executed the plan. The complete Tebow experiment was a humiliation for the franchise and it successfully ended his NFL profession. When requested about that 12 months, Tebow made it clear he did not wish to go there once more.
“It was a really fascinating 12 months, loads of highs and lows,” he mentioned. “Clearly, I do not assume it went the best way anyone had hoped. I feel I realized rather a lot from it, on a private degree, dealing with issues.
“It was very fascinating,” he added, revealing a smile that mentioned what his phrases did not.