Report: NHL has Target Date for New York Rangers to Enter Re-opening Phase 2

New York Rangers

According to TSN‘s Pierre LeBrun, The NHL and NHLPA sent out a 29-page Phase 2 protocol memo to the New York Rangers and other teams late on Sunday. The memo details the plan to reopen team facilities and allow small group workouts.

This comes on the heels of a recent announcement by New York State governor Andrew Cuomo that allows New York state sports teams to conduct practices and training in their facilities. ESM covered this in more detail in an article you can find here.

Phase 2 will allow a maximum of six players in a practice facility at one time, and no coaches or personnel will be permitted on the ice with them, according to LeBrun. He also added that players would need to wear face coverings at all times, except when exercising or on the ice, upon entering or leaving the facility and while inside where social distancing cannot be maintained.

The memo outlines how teams can safely return to practice facilities, and the protocols players and staff must follow to do so. LeBrun added that participation during this phase is strictly voluntary, and players outside of their home cities are not yet required to return. The memo also states that based on the current information available, the NHL is now targeting a date in early June for a transition to Phase 2. This will give the New York Rangers time to determine where they want to train and provide players with guidance on how and when to return.

LeBrun also says that when it comes to testing players and staff during Phase 2, the NHL will do so as long as tests are available. he also wrote that the memo also stated:

“As an over-riding principle, testing of asymptomatic players and club personnel must be done in the context of excess testing capacity, so as to not deprive health care workers, vulnerable populations, and symptomatic individuals from necessary diagnostic tests.”

There were no mentions of Phase 3 (training camp) and Phase 4 (return to play) in the memo, but this is a positive sign for the New York Rangers and their fans that hockey will return at some point in the near future.

 

 

New York Mets: Who may rival Pete Alonso for the NL’s home run crown?

Last season, New York Mets‘ fans couldn’t see their team advance to the playoffs despite a late push in August and the first half of September. However, they enjoyed the season for several seasons, and the primary one was probably the rise to stardom of one of the organization’s prized rookies: Pete Alonso.

In his first season in the Big Show, the Mets’ first baseman hit only .260, but had a league-leading 53 home runs (which broke the record for a rookie set by Aaron Judge in 2017) and drove in 120 runs.

In the process, Alonso bettered some notable sluggers in the old circuit. Eugenio Suarez (49) Cody Belliner (47) Christian Yelich (44) Nolan Arenado (41) Ronald Acuña (41) and Freddie Freeman (38) saw the Mets’ slugger from behind.

With 2020 in mind, who are the primary candidates to displace Alonso as the Home Run King in the National League? Here is a look:

Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

Yelich was well on his way to surpass 50 home runs when an injury ended his season prematurely. He was perhaps on a similar pace than the New York Mets’ youngster. With 44 dingers in only 130 games, Yelich has developed into a truly dangerous hitter and is perhaps the strongest candidate to lead the league in 2020.

Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

Bellinger knocked 47 balls out of the park in 2019 and has the kind of sweet, short and powerful swing to be among the home run leaders for years to come.

Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

A perennial 40-home run hitter who plays his home games in Coors Field, Nolan Arenado is a no-brainer in this list. Don’t be surprised if he hits a similar number of home runs than the Mets’ star.

Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

Soto is not necessarily a slugger, by definition. Actually, he is a well-balanced hitter that goes to the plate with a plan. That results in lots of walks and hard contact, but he isn’t the old-fashioned thumper that goes to the plate with a home run in his mind.

That said, he has the potential of doing whatever he wants at the plate. If he wants to hit more balls out of the park, he is in the right organization: the Nationals are known for embracing concepts like launch angle and they know the value of a well-struck fly ball.

Soto’s batted ball profile is perfect as it is (21.2% line drives, 41.6% grounders and 37.2% fly balls, with plenty of hard contact) but if he so decides, he can lift his swing a little bit more and enter the truly elite when it comes to sluggers.

New York Yankees Player Profiles: Giancarlo Stanton can he regain 2017 form?

The Baseball superstar Giancarlo Stanton

Like many New York Yankees players, there are some we know and some we don’t know about their private lives. Stanton is no different, but here is what we do know. He is liked by many Yankees fans because he is a great player and disliked by many because he makes so much money, is frequently injured, and doesn’t always hit the ball.

His early life in California

But back to his early life. He was born to Michael Stanton and Jacinta Garay in Los Angeles, California, on November 8, 1989. He has an older brother and older sister. He was brought up in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angels near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

In Stanton’s mind as a child, he didn’t care for his given name. Friends called him Carlo or Gene; his Mother called him Cruz (his middle name) although she wanted to name him Fidel, the Father objected. So Giancarlo decided he wanted to be called Mike from now on, and so it was until 2012 when he reinstated his preference for his real name Giancarlo. Stanton is of Irish African American descent, although his mother had Puerto Rican ancestry.

The future Yankee Giancarlo was a dominant player in just about every youth league sport he tried, including football. He continued playing sports after enrolling at Verdugo Hills High in Tujunga in 2003. He pitched and played the outfield for the varsity baseball squad. In 2005, as a sophomore, he hit a game-winning homer for the Dons in the quarterfinals of the city playoffs.

Unfortunately, Giancarlo’s grades were not measuring up to his stats. His parents, in the process of a divorce, switched him to a private school, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, about 30 minutes away. Almost immediately, Giancarlo began coming into his own, both on and off the field. As he approached his final height of 6’6″ and packed on more muscle, few doubted he would make a living in sports. The only question was, which sport? He had accepted a scholarship to play baseball for Tulane and received offers from UCLA, UNLV, and USC to play football.

Stanton selected by the Miami Marlins

In 2007 when selected by the Miami Marlins in the second round of the draft, he was happy to receive a half-million signing bonus. He was again considering the Miami location, glad that he was not named Fidel. In 2008, Giancarlo spent the entire season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class-A South Atlantic League. Playing for manager Edwin Rodriguez, he was just 18 when the season started, but he torched enemy pitchers for 39 homers in 125 games. Giancarlo followed up his first campaign in pro ball with an outstanding 2009 season, as he moved steadily up the organizational ladder.

He spent 50 games with the Jupiter Hammerheads and hit .291 with 12 homers. Giancarlo started the 2010 season back in Jacksonville. That May, in a game against the Montgomery Biscuits, he hit a ball that cleared the scoreboard in left-centerfield later to be found to have gone 500′ from home plate. A month later, Giancarlo had surpassed 20 homers in just over 50 games. He got the call from the big club and was in the lineup at age 20 on June 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies with a $325 million contract.

In Stanton’s first major league game, he went 3 for 5 with two RBI’s. He continued to have success after success and award after award: two Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aarons, two home run Leaders, four All-stars, until he reached the MVP of the National League in 2017.

Giancarlo Stanton becomes a New York Yankee

After the 2017 season the Marlins dumped salary, Giancarlo Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees after a 59 home run season. The trade was for cash considerations, and the Marlins got Starlin Castro and minor leaguers. In 2018 he made his New York Yankees debut hitting two homers in his first game. He ended up the year with 38 homers and 100 RBI’s. Although he carried the team during Judge’s injuries and that of others, many fans criticized him for his team-leading 211 strikeouts.

On April 1, 2019, in a cruel April fools joke placed him on the 10 day IL with a bicep strain, he returned to the lineup on June 20 only to go back on the IL seven days later with a knee injury that limited him to just nine days on the playing field last season. With the Yankees unrelenting injuries last year and the departure to the IL of Hicks, Tauchman, and Encarnacion, the Yankees looked forward to his return to the outfield. Manager Aaron Boone is hoping Giancarlo can have a big impact on the postseason.  He came back to play in nine games in September, but then went back on the IL.

Stanton came back from a knee ailment in time to play in the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins. He wasn’t much help as in three games, he hit .167 with no home runs and only 1 RBI.  Stanton suffered a right quad injury during Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros while running out a single in the second inning. He went on to hit a home run in the sixth during the Yankees’ 7–0 win before the club realized after the game he was injured.

Will Stanton return to form?

Health continued to be an issue for Stanton in the shortened spring training season this year.  He played in only one New York Yankees game with two at-bats when he endured a grade one calf strain.  He sat out the remaining spring training rehabbing.  The delay at the start of the season has allowed him to completely recover, and he is ready for play.  The Yankees hope he can remain healthy because when playing, he plays well.  The Yankees know his potential and hope he can return to the 2017 MVP form.

As I have said before, Stanton’s private life is pretty private, he is not married but has been attached to several beautiful women over the years. He supposedly has a main squeeze right now, but it is doubtfully not the only one based on the previous history. On the lighter side, women know and appreciate Stanton as a sex symbol. In 2013 he posed gold clad, and nude for ESPN’s body issue, something Bryce Harper of the then Nationals, Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots, among others, have done as well. Other than that, there are no scandals attached to his name.

The New York Yankees’ darkhorse MVP candidate for 2020

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

When talking about the New York Yankees‘ best players, most fans usually focus on Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole. And how can you blame them? They are perhaps the team’s top talents when it comes to position players and pitchers, respectively. Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton, if healthy, can also post huge numbers and obtain MVP votes.

However, the Yankees have a solid candidate that, given the circumstances, could have greater odds of being crowned the American League’s Most Valuable Player. That person is DJ LeMahieu.

Last year, when all was said and done, LeMahieu was the New York Yankees’ best player. Judge and Stanton lost many games due to injury, and Torres’ defense and middling OBP made him lose ground in the WAR battle.

As SNY recently pointed out, LeMahieu had a breakout 2019. Not that he didn’t rake before in his career, but never to the tune of a .327/.375/.518 line, 26 home runs (easily a career-high) and a 136 wRC+.

According to Fangraphs, LeMahieu had a 5.4 WAR. He defended several positions across the infield for the Yankees and he did it very well, and he delivered in the batters’ box. Last season, he was fourth in the MVP race, so while it will be difficult to replicate that kind of success, few players in the league have the bat control and poise in the box that LeMahieu boasts.

According to PointsBet, here are the players’ odds of being the AL’s MVP:

  • Mike Trout: +135
    Aaron Judge: +900
    Gleyber Torres: +1200
    Francisco Lindor: +1400
    Alex Bregman: +1800
    Shohei Ohtani: +1800
    Matt Chapman: +2000
    DJ LeMahieu: +2500
    Gerrit Cole: +3000
    Josh Donaldson: +3300
    Rafael Devers: +3300
    Jose Ramirez: +4000
    Jose Altuve: +4000

The Yankees’ hitting machine

Somehow, even after having a better season than most guys in front of him (even Torres) LeMahieu gets little respect. But the fact remains that the season will be a short one, and guys who can step un right out of the gate and produce will have a slight advantage when it comes to end-of-the-season awards.

A short season means less room for error and benefits pure hitters. Additionally, LeMahieu has been working out for quite a while in the Yankees’ spring training complex, is near-game ready, and as the article points out, “doesn’t really need much to get into that groove in the first place.” Statcast confirmed last year that he is equally adept at hitting fastballs, breaking balls and offspeed pitches.

The Yankees’ darkhorse MVP candidate can surprise quite a few people this year.

New York Yankees Prospects: Jio Orozco

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

At the 2016 MLB Trade Deadline, the New York Yankees traded outfielder Ben Gamel to the Seattle Mariners for a pair of pitching prospects. One of those prospects was the Mariners 14th round pick in the 2015 draft who had really impressed scouts since making the professional jump. That pitching prospect that the Yankees got would be the Arizona native, Jio Orozco. Standing 6’1 and weighing 210 pounds, Orozco is the type of pitcher who is going to go right at hitters. Possessing three pitches that have above-average potential, Orozco is making waves within the New York Yankees organization. Orozco is the type of guy who pitches with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. You won’t find him on a lot of prospect lists for the top arms in the system, but that plays to that chip. Quietly, Orozco is developing into one of the better pitchers in the Yankees system.

Impressive & Consistent 2019

Last year was a very solid year for the right-hander. Orozco pitched in 18 games between Charleston and Tampa and started 16. Orozco went an impressive 7-4 with a 3.10 ERA and had a WHIP of 1.23. Orozco is really flying under the radar, but really impressed scouts last year. Orozco can go right at hitters with a fastball that consistently sits in the mid-90s. What makes his fastball so good is the late sink he has on it. If his fastball is on, a lot of players drive it straight into the dirt or they miss it altogether. In addition to his impressive fastball, Orozco possesses a sharp 12-6 curveball that has above average spin. Orozco also has a changeup that is progressing nicely and is turning into a solid third option for him when he’s on the mound. It is always key in a young pitchers’ development to have at least three above-average pitchers if you want to crack a major league rotation, and Orozco has that. All three of his pitches grade out at an above-average level when they’re on, and he is the kind of pitcher the Yankees really like. In watching film, he is the type of guy who has two versions of being on his game. One version causes a ton of swings and misses and the other version will induce a ton of ground ball outs.

Moving Forward

Like with any prospect, there is some things that Orozco needs to work on. One of the things that Orozco needs to continue to work on is his consistency with his location. The last two seasons have been steps in the right direction for Orozco in terms of the amount of guys he’s allowing on base, but even more fine tuning of his location will move him through the system quicker. His fastball is his best pitch, but he needs to continue to work on perfecting his breaking balls. Orozco is actually one of my favorite prospects in the Yankees system in terms of their arms. He just looks like a pro and you usually feel good about him giving you a quality outing when he’s on the mound. While he might not have ace stuff, he’s definitely one of the better starters the Yankees have in their system.

Even With Tom Brady Gone, The Jets Have Their Work Cut Out For Them To Be A Playoff Team…And It’s Not Going To Be Easy

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

When Tom Brady decided to leave the New England Patriots earlier this year to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL universe suddenly came to a brief, grinding halt in mere astonishment and wonder.  Ending the greatest tenure we’ve ever seen in NFL history, Brady’s departure completely transformed the playing field into something else entirely.  Hopping across conferences to join the division that has been dominated by Drew Brees’s Saints for the past three seasons, Brady’s new chapter in the NFC South has also reshaped the very division he left behind (ESPN).

The AFC East has been under Brady’s thumb for well over a decade.  And for the first time since 2008, is finally up for grabs (ESPN).  After marking their legacy in the history books as one of the greatest franchises of all time, the Patriots have officially begun their very own, inevitable, post-Brady rebuilding process that simply won’t be solved this season, even with Bill Belichick still as their head coach.  This is something the New York Jets have been waiting to capitalize on for quite some time, particularly since they are well underway with their very own rebuild ever since Sam Darnold was drafted two years ago (ESPN).  And coming off an impressive turnaround last season led by a defense that was second in the league at stopping the run, the Jets have the talent to be a playoff team this year and potentially contest its divisional rivals for a chance at taking 1st place in the AFC East (ESPN).

However, there remain to be a handful of large challenges the Jets will need to overcome if they want to achieve any of these attainable goals set in front of them this season.  And it all starts with their greatest concern and priority: the consistency and reliability of their offense.  At the forefront of this precedence, lies third-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who has shown signs of growth but has struggled to establish consistency in his first two seasons, making 2020 a big next step for him.  The good news is that the Jets really prioritized their offense during the draft and over the offseason to help their young quarterback.  Signing George Fant, a tackle from the Seattle Seahawks and then Connor McGovern, a center from the Denver Broncos, the Jets also signed another offensive lineman in Greg Van Roten from the Carolina Panthers and drafted tackles Mekhi Becton from Louisville as well as Cameron Clark from Charlotte (ESPN).  Moreover, the Jets also bolstered their wide receiver unit after losing both Robby Anderson and Demaryius Thomas to free agency (ESPN).  Not only did the Jets acquire Breshad Perriman from Tampa Bay and Josh Doctson from Minnesota, but they also drafted Baylor standout Denzel Mims in the second round (ESPN).

This was certainly a must-needed step for the Jets and their offense.  But the essence of their challenge, lies in the fact that there is so many new pieces to put together over the course of one year.  The skill, talent and upside is all there; but chemistry development just takes time, particularly between wide receivers and a young quarterback.  And to see such a brand-new offense come together and produce an attack that can provide their defense with an average of 22-23 points per game, remains to be a daunting feat for this Jets offense.  Don’t forget, the Jets averaged only 17.3 points per game last season, second worst in the NFL (ESPN).  A lot has surely changed since then, but progress has been slow for this Jets offense and this season will be their biggest test yet.

Although their offensive consistency still remains to be their greatest challenge, the Jets are still a part of a talented AFC East Division and overall, a star-packed AFC Conference.  As of right now, the favorite to take 1st place in the division is the Buffalo Bills.  Led by their young, breakout quarterback in Josh Allen along with a fearsome defense that was Top 3 in the league, the Bills went 10-6 and clinched a playoff berth last season (ESPN).  And after bringing in Stefon Diggs over free agency, an already dangerous Bills passing offense just got that much better.  Essentially, the Bills will be the toughest rival the Jets will need to overthrow to win the division, and doing so, will take more than just a season sweep.  In addition, the Jet’s shouldn’t sleep on Miami either.  After drafting Tua Tagovailoa and 10 other top draft picks (plus boosting their defense with former Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy and former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones), Miami is certainly in a position to have a big turnaround season (ESPN).  Although a lot has to go right for the Dolphins to contest the Jets for a playoff berth, Miami is another team that has added just a ton of bright talent to their roster that will position them as a feisty rival to overcome this year.

That being said, the greater concern lies around who the Jets will have to compete with outside of their division.  With Buffalo, Baltimore, Houston and Kansas City favored to capture their respective divisional titles, this leaves only three other wild card slots up for grabs with the new NFL rule in place this season.  That means the Jets will have to go up against teams like the Tennessee Titans, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos, the Las Vegas Raiders and potentially the Cleveland Browns.  Not only is that a total of seven teams contending for only three slots, but all of these teams the Jets will have to go up against, contain plenty of talent offensively and defensively.  With the wild card being so competitive, the Jets may have to push for a divisional title now more than ever, which is simply not an easy task.  Although Brady is not in the AFC anymore, there’s still a ton of great teams the Jets have to outplay for them to make the playoffs this year.  And for that to happen, a lot of pieces need to fall in place, which remains to be a big challenge for the Jets this season.

Lastly, the Jets were not blessed with any easy schedule this year.  Starting off their first four weeks of the season with games against Buffalo, San Francisco, Indianapolis and Denver, the Jets will have to come out of the gates hot and ready (ESPN).  They then verse Arizona, Buffalo again, and then Kansas City in Arrowhead before their bye come week 11, arguably their hardest stretch of games this season (ESPN).  To cap off their schedule, the Jets will also face a scrappy Las Vegas team, Seattle, and then the LA Rams.  For every single one of these matches, the Jets will need to bring near flawless performances to come out of them victorious, and that’s a hefty expectation to fulfill.  Of course, the season hasn’t started yet, so it’s impossible to gage where all of these teams will be with their respective records when the Jets come to town.  But the catch here for the Jets, is that they are coming off a solid 7-9 finish last year, and as a franchise, you want to build off of that progress.  In other words, the Jets are in the vital stage of their rebuild where they need to push their franchise into the next phase of their development, and that starts with at least pulling out eight wins this year.  Anything lower, is yet another setback the Jets can’t afford.

Whether the Jets will be able to overcome all of these big challenges this season, remains to be uncertain.  Even after making the necessary changes for their roster, the Jets have to put that all together in a conference that’s packed with talent and with a schedule that is by no means a walk in the park.  As a result, the Jets will have to make every, single game count if they want to reach the playoffs this season, something they struggled to do last year.  Although they have the means to do so, the margin for error is far too slim for the Jets to come away with ten wins on the year; even securing nine would be fortunate.  It’s important to understand that the Jets are getting closer to where they want to be as a franchise.  But it may take another year for everything to come together.  And consequently, clinching a playoff berth this season, seems just out of reach for the New York Jets.

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New York Jets: 3 Under the Radar Players to Watch Out for in 2020

The New York Jets are entering the 2020 NFL season with one of the youngest rosters in the league. There are many solid players on the New York Jets who are not household names but are one good season away from being recognized as someone of the top players in their positions. I have devised a list of three under the radar players on the Jets who are about to break out in 2020.

Nathan Shepherd

Shepherd was taken with the 72nd overall pick back in the 2018 NFL draft. His career got off to a slow start with an underwhelming rookie year and a 6-game suspension to start his second year in the league. At the time many fans were upset with Shepherd and did not expect him to be on the roster for 2020 until he came back from suspension and made an immediate impact. Shepherd came back into the lineup and disrupted opposing offensive lines. His stats may not show it but on tape Shepherd flashed his pass-rushing ability during the last two months of the season. If Shepherd can take the next step do not be surprised to see him in the green and white for a long time.

Marcus Maye

Ever since his rookie year Marcus Maye has been one of the most overlooked players on the Jets. Marcus Maye is the Robin to Jamal Adam’s Batman; he constantly does what is asked of him and occasionally makes a game-breaking play. Maye is in the final year of his rookie contract and has been the subject of trade over the past year. Maye will most likely want a big contract in free agency, and it is unlikely the Jets will offer him one. Expect a career year for the ball-hawking free safety as he tries to impress potential employers for the 2021 season.

Braden Mann

Arguably the Jets’ second-best pick of the 2020 draft Braden Mann is going to show why he was selected in the fifth round of the draft. Mann was the best punter in college last year and one of the best punting prospects to come out in recent years. Mann is a good directional punter and has a cannon for a leg averaging 51.1 yards per kick in 2019. The Jets lost Lachlan Edwards this year in free agency, but they may have added a future all-pro punter as his replacement. If Mann can do half of what he did in college he will be just as good as Lachlan Edwards and with Adam Gase running the offense, he will have plenty of opportunities to show off.

Denver Broncos Von Miller Takes a Bite Out of Hunger to Help Those Affected by Coronavirus Pandemic

Should the New York Giants look into Von Miler next offseason?

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller may be a force to be reckoned with on the field, but this powerhouse could not be nicer.  Miller is one of the most philanthropic people you will ever find, always giving back in any way he can.  Whether it be aiding underserved communities or providing opportunities for vision care and correction for disadvantaged youth, Miller makes it his mission to help others.

During these unprecedented times, Miller has found a way to spread joy and turn a negative into a positive.  Miller’s latest charitable venture includes a campaign titled “Von Sacks COVID” in which fans can bid for the chance to win absolutely unbelievable prize-two tickets to Super Bowl LV.  Winners will also be able to meet with Miller himself.  Not many people can say that they mingled with one of the greatest defensive players in the league!

Along with local charities, Feeding Colorado, Brazos Valley Food Bank, and the North Texas Food Bank, Miller’s goal is to help eradicate hunger for all.  Noting that some student’s only source of sustenance is from school and many of them have had to close, Miller is hoping to offer assistance to students who are affected by this pandemic.  These students suffer from school closures as their only meal source comes from these institutions and little by little Miller is hoping to alleviate some of these issues.

In just a few weeks since this campaign has been enacted, Miller has already been able to help countless underprivileged individuals, providing more than 300,000 meals to those in need and hopes to nearly double it.  These meals provide critical nutrition and can truly make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering from hunger due to this ongoing pandemic.

Those looking to win this wonderful package or any other awesome prizes can bid from now until the end of May.  These packages are truly unique and vast and offer NFL fans unbelievable experiences that would surely make anyone’s day.  They are extraordinarily special and there is something for almost everyone.   Some of these fantastic prizes include a video message from Miller, a private cooking class, a signed Von Miller Denver Broncos jersey, tickets to the 2021 ESPY Awards which include hotel accommodations and round-trip airfare and so much more cool prizes.   Be sure to visit vonsackscovid.org so you can get your bids in to win your most coveted prize, make a donation, purchase merchandise, or enter to win the sweepstakes, all of which will help Miller reach his goal and stomp out hunger for those with food insecurities.  You can also sign up for updates to be in the loop about this incredible campaign.

Offenses are no match for Miller and neither is the Coronavirus.  Miller has made it his duty to ease the problems stemming from this pandemic plaguing so many.  Throughout his entire career, Miller has assisted numerous individuals in so many ways, and in these times of need, it is no different.  Miller is an absolute class act and it is certainly no surprise that he is there for those who need it most.  He is truly one-of-a-kind and so admirable and we need more people like this not only in the NFL, but the world!

New York Jets: Potential First Round Picks for the 2021 NFL Draft

New York Jets

While the 2021 NFL draft is 11 months away its never too early to fantasize about the New York Jets’ next first-round pick. With the second hardest schedule and Adam Gase running the team it is inevitable that the New York Jets will finish with a top 10 pick in 2021. If the Jets play their cards right, they might be able to land a transcendent talent that will help shape the future of the team for many years to come.

Greg Rousseau, Edge, Miami

Greg Rousseau came on to the scene for the Miami Hurricanes in 2019 as arguably the best pass rusher in college football racking up 15.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman. With a 6-foot 7-inch frame and natural athletic ability he could be the second coming of Julius Peppers. If Rousseau continues his dominance next season, then he will almost certainly be the first defensive player of the board. If the Jets are fortunate to land him, they will have finally taken care of that pesky pass rusher need they have had on their team for the past 15 years.

Jaylen Waddle, Wr, Alabama

Jaylen Waddle is my favorite WR coming out of next year’s draft and it is easy to see why. Waddle is as fast as Henry Ruggs with the polish of Jerry Juedy, he is an all-around wide receiver and a major threat on every down. The Jets also need a punt returner and it just so happens that Jaylen Waddle is an excellent returner. There is nothing this man cannot do. If the Jets land Jaylen Waddle, he would immediately be Sam Darnold’s number 1 for years to come and an immediate impact player.

Shaun Wade, Cb, Ohio State

Shaun Wade will have the honor of being the Buckeyes number one corner this year and potentially the number one corner entering the draft next year. Wade has excellent speed and coverage skills which will make his transition a lot easier. Wade also has experience playing in the slot which is adds a layer of versatility to his game. The Jets have not had a true shutdown corner since Darrelle Revis but that could come to an end soon if they decide to take Wade in 2021.