New York Yankees on Empire Sports Media: First Half Review of the Bullpen

The New York Yankees approach the end of the first half of the 2018 campaign with a 61-32 record, 3.5 games behind division rival, the Boston Red Sox (66-30).

The Yankee pitchers are second to Houston (2.94) in ERA with a 3.46 mark, fifth in K/BB with 3.27, and again, second to Houston (.211) in batting average against with .223.

With the early season injury to Jordan Montgomery and the more recent injury to Masahiro Tanaka, and the addition of AAA pitchers Domingo German and Luis Cessa, on occasion, the Yankees rotation has not taken on the form that Yankee fans envisioned when the season opened.

As predicted by many before the season started, however, the Yankees relief corps has been elite and consists of Aroldis Chapman at the top of his game, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Chasen Shreve, David Robertson, Adam Warren, Tommy Kahnle, AJ Cole, Giovanny Gallegos and the erstwhile Yankee, and now newest member of the KBO’s Hanwha Eagles, David Hale.

Fans may recall that Fangraphs predicted the Yankees bullpen in 2018 to be “possibly historic,” based on the 2017 results and the fact that everyone from 2017 was returning. Certainly in the first half of the season, they are proving to be just as good as advertised.

In April, though, fans asked, what is wrong with the Yankees bullpen? Betances and Kahnle stumbled out of the gate and Green (3.60) and Robinson (5.40) struggled to get their ERA’s under control. Then the injury bug hit Warren and Kahnle and it seemed the bullpen had hit a snag in it’s bid for history.

Since June 1, however, the unit has posted a 1.64 ERA, as Erik Boland shows below, with a lower mark than everyone else in Major League Baseball and with Houston (2.70) in second place during that stretch.

Of course, the most conspicuous and most effective of the Yankee relievers, Chapman, has led the way for this elite crew. He has 26 saves in 40 innings pitched along with a 1.35 ERA.  Others such as Betances, Robertson and Green have all made adjustments and steadily improved throughout the course of the first half of the season.

Warren and Kahnle have returned from the disabled list; however, Kahnle has yet to right the ship and is currently in AAA at Scranton Wilkes-Barre.  Warren has been effective since his return and is always a solid option for Yankees Manager Aaron Boone when the situation calls for a multi-inning reliever.

The Yankees bullpen has impacted the team’s success at every opportunity this season.  The bullpen is certainly set to accomplish that historic pace Fangraphs predicted.

The second half promises to be even better for this hot unit of the Yankees team!

New York Yankees: For Greg Bird “Baseball Is Life”

Credit the arrival for the New York Yankees of Brandon Drury, who many believe will see some playing time at first base as a result of  Greg Bird‘s offensive woes since coming off the disabled list on May 15, or credit karma or the blistering heat, but Bird broke out of his slump with an offensive show that saw him blast home runs to both sides of the field in a 8-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Yankee fans have been getting restless to see Bird’s bat come alive this season.  To date he has posted a .204/.315/.421 slash line with five home runs and eight RBIs in 93 at-bats.

Bird told Scott Thompson of SNY. tv in the postgame interview that what got him through his struggles this season was this philosophy:

“Just keep going. That’s the biggest thing. You just keep going, keep your head up and keep going and keep playing. Baseball is life, so just keep rollin’ with it.”

“Baseball is life,” Bird says and, for him, as for many players, baseball is seamlessly sown into their lives and they experience the slumps and the triumphs as part of a continuous landscape—and the best at it get neither too high nor too low in the course of the season.

Fans however, experience a player, like Bird’s, failures and successes episodically—anxiously awaiting the results of his at-bats with high expectation and judging him on that day’s results.

For many Yankee fans, Bird has been an enigma since joining the big club as he has been plagued with a series of injuries which robbed him of significant playing time in 2016 and 2017.  However, the nature of Bird’s injuries, first shoulder surgery, then a bizarre congenital defect in his ankle that results in surgery, have left fans with mixed feelings about his ability to stay on the field.

Bird has his fervent supporters, count me among them, who recall his impact in the postseason in 2017 after being activated from the disabled list on August 26, 2017.  He hit .244/.421/.500 with three home runs and six RBIs in the postseason, and who could forget the only home run given up to a left hander in 2017 by Andrew Miller came off the bat of Bird during the American League Division Series. Bird’s home run was the only run scored by the Yankees in the game, giving the Yankees an opportunity to win the game and ultimately the series.

Yankee fans hope to see Bird back on track offensively after the display of power he featured on Friday night. In baseball, as in life, it was only a matter of time before Bird’s fortunes would change at the plate and the timing of his take-off couldn’t have been better.

 

 

New York Giants: Looking Back At Davis Webb’s Game Winning Drive

While we wait for the 2018 season, it’s worth looking back at what happened last year for the New York Giants. This time, we’re looking all the way back to the preseason, to a game that’s often either forgotten or discounted when talking about Davis Webb. This, of course, is the Giants final preseason game leading up to the 2017 season, when they defeated the Patriots behind Webb leading a game winning drive.

The game was won 40-38, and it only happened because of Webb’s clutch throws. Yes, it’s only the preseason, but the game should be an indication that Webb isn’t a bust that won’t be on the team by the time Eli Manning retires. Let’s take a look at one of the key plays from that game.

This throw was an important one, because time was running out and the Giants gained a key chunk of yards to help them beat the clock. The throw isn’t the prettiest one, and almost looks like it might hit the ground, but it gets the job done and Webb completes the pass to the sideline to gain much needed yards and stop the clock.

On third down and with sixteen seconds left on the clock, Webb makes a similar completion and releases the ball just as separation is made, resulting in a catch. The clock keeps running, but it’s not a problem here because the Giants are getting closer to field goal range and still have two timeouts at this point.

Again, Webb shows good timing here. He enters his throwing motion just as his receiver starts breaking towards the sideline, and even though the Patriots know that the offense will target this area, they can’t do anything to stop it. After this play, the Giants kicked the field goal that won the game.

What can we learn from this? That Davis Webb has at least some NFL talent. Of course, we can’t know at this point if he’ll be a worthy successor to Eli Manning, or even an average NFL quarterback. The odds are against him, as far as the former is concerned. However, many Giants fans treat Webb as an afterthought and don’t consider him at all when thinking about the future of the Giants’ quarterback position.

The point isn’t that Webb will be a good quarterback because of leading a game winning drive in one preseason game, but that the team already has a young QB who has shown flashes of potential. Furthermore, Webb likely picked up some skills under Eli Manning last season, and we won’t know how much better or worse he is until we see him on the field again.

But if his last preseason game is any indication of talent, Webb is at least worth looking into as an option for the future.

New York Yankees: Luis Severino’s Pitches Are Too “Crispy” For Phillies’ Hitters

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York YankeesLuis Severino was doling out triple digit strikeouts on Tuesday night in Philadelphia in his 6-0 win over the Phillies and Jake Arrieta.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke to Coley Harvey of ESPN after the game, saying:

“It seemed like the life on his fastball, it’s always good. [Tuesday] it seemed really special,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “As I like to say, that thing was ‘crispy.’”

Severino, according to Harvey, leads all major league starters with a “crispy” 44 100 mph pitches this season and increased that total by 12 pitches of 100+ mph on Tuesday night.

Severino throws 6-7 innings of 100+ mph fastballs and is relentlessly consistent. Phillies announcer Larry Andersen noted humorously that he is essentially a two-pitch pitcher:

In the 4th inning of Tuesday’s game, Severino struck out Odubel Herrera with his fastest pitch of the season and the fastest by a starting pitcher this season.

After a somewhat disappointing outing, despite getting the win, his last time out against the Mariners on June 21, in which he pitched only 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs with only five strikeouts, Severino posted six hits, nine strikeouts and no walks through seven shutout innings against the Phillies.  He was in Cy Young form, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch points out:

“Severino has allowed one or no runs in 24 starts since the beginning of 2017, the most in baseball over that span. After finishing third in the American League Cy Young race last season, behind the Indians’ Corey Kluber and Chris Sale of the Red Sox, Severino could be in position to bring home hardware in the near future.”

Severino’s shut out record is impressive and results from the consistency with which he is able to pitch at an elite level.  As a result, he was the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to win 12 games this season.

Severino’s next outing will most likely be against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night in the Bronx and he told ESPN’s Harvey that he looks forward to the outing:

“I want to face any team,” Severino said. “I’m not scared of anybody.”

After a loss and a no-decision earlier in face-offs with the Red Sox this season, Severino seems primed and ready to deliver another elite performance.

New York Mets Series Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates (6/25-6/27)

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Zack Wheeler

After getting swept again at home, the New York Mets welcome in Pittsburgh Pirates for a three game series. The Mets have been the worst team in baseball since their 11-1 start and there are no signs of any turn around in the future. The Pirates are another team that started the season strong but has underachieved since then. They are also in the midst of a five game losing streak. The Mets and Pirates split their six game season series last season.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(6/25, 7:10 PM) Jameson Taillon (4-6, 4.03 ERA) vs. Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.85 ERA)

(6/26, 7:10 PM) Chad Kuhl (5-5, 4.56 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (3-5, 3.68 ERA)

(6/27, 7:10 PM) Ivan Nova (4-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.85 ERA)

Mets Cannot Figure it Out

The Mets have looked like a lost cause since their winning streak ended. They have showed flashes of turning their season around but have not been able to put it together consistently. Their combination of injuries, poor pitching out of their bullpen and historically bad hitting has contributed to this disappointing season. The problems have only been inflated by the very questionable moves by manager Mickey Callaway.

The Mets almost lost Brandon Nimmo for an extended period of time after he was hit on his hand yesterday. It is only a pinkie injury that will keep him out for a game or two. With only two healthy outfielders on the roster, Dom Smith will be called on to play the outfield again. The Mets have already lost Juan Lagares, Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes to injuries this season.

Pirates Have Also Struggled

The Pirates seemed like they were in a rebuilding phase after trading Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in the offseason. They surprised many when they ended April with a 17-12 record. The Pirates fell back to Earth and have a 19-29 record since April concluded. They do not do anything amazing and most of their team stats sit in the middle of the pack. The Pirates certainly are not the contenders they turned into for a while but they are trying to acquire new pieces to make them better in the future.

The Pirates are the only team in baseball who does not have a single player with at least 10 home runs. Francisco Cervelli, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco are all tied for the team lead with 9. Rookie outfielder Austin Meadows has shined with a .327 average in 31 games and has certainly made a case to be in the everyday lineup. The starting rotation is also average as well, no starter has an ERA lower than 3.50 and no one is above 4.60.

Matchups to Lookout For

Josh Harrison vs. Steven Matz: 3-3 (1.000) Triple

Jose Bautista vs. Ivan Nova: 9-29 (.310) 3 Doubles, Home Run, 8 Walks, 7 Strikeouts

David Freese vs. Steven Matz: 1-3 (.333) Strikeout

Jose Reyes vs. Ivan Nova: 3-10 (.300) Walk

Interesting Stats

Corey Dickerson against LHP in 2018: 18-57 (.316) 4 Doubles, Triple, 2 Walks, 11 Strikeouts

Amed Rosario when swinging at the first pitch in 2018: 8-24 (.333) Double, Triple, Home Run

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  • Pirates UNDER 4.5 runs

-Total runs UNDER 7.5 runs

New York Giants: Why Eli Manning Will Have A Great Season In 2018

New York Giants, Eli Manning

When you take a long, hard look at New York Giants‘ quarterback Eli Manning, you see an immobile, unathletic, mopey player. Does he perform like that on the field? Sometimes. But in 2018, things might take a drastic turn from those unfortunate descriptive words often aimed towards Manning.

Manning is the epitome of class, bleeding courage and resilience. There’s no other player that will have prepared harder during the week for the game ahead. That has always been a strength of the veteran quarterback and it will remain one as long as he’s in the NFL.

In 2017, Manning was left to fend for himself on game-day, as his protection on the offensive line resembled something similar to swiss cheese, and his receiving corps a band of misfit toys. It was impossible for him to succeed, and finding a way to pull off a single win was the equivalent to winning the Super Bowl.

Why we should be excited for the New York Giants in 2018:

As we journey towards training camp, we can see an improvement in regard to Manning’s confidence already. He has a solid left tackle to keep him safe and upright on game-day, and a bullish guard in Will Hernandez to have his back at all costs. But his prized possession is running back Saquon Barkley.

The Giants’ first-round pick will bring a set of tools to the field that surpasses most players – running, catching, blocking… He can do it all. His measurables baffled scouts and even convinced GM Dave Gettleman that he was the most physically gifted athlete in the past 30 years.

Eli will benefit from this young phenom, as he’s never had a true work-horse back like the one lining up beside him in practice.

Manning’s strengths:

We’ve already reviewed Manning’s ability to prepare, but his on-the-field abilities differ from most. He manages the game like a coach at the line of scrimmage; picking apart the defense and reading the coverage’s before the ball even hits his hands. He often works the play-action excessively, but due to Ben McAdoo and his broken system, Manning’s strengths were stifled.

In 2018, they will be reborn. Barkley will provide an outlet for him in the pass game, and help stuff linebackers at the line of scrimmage. Let me put it this way… When super-talent Odell Beckham Jr., starlet tight end Evan Engram, and shifty slot-receiver Sterling Shepard are covered, he has a premium running back to check the ball to. His options are plentiful, and there’s ‘no’ reason for him to struggle on offense this season. A lack of chemistry would be the sole purpose for any hiccups.

Last year, the Giants’ offense failed to score 30 points in a game for the second consecutive season. Manning finished the season averaging just 231.2 yards per game, which was his lowest since 2008. His QBR was 41.7 – second-worst of his career. His 6.1 yards per pass attempt was a career low. He didn’t lead a single fourth-quarter comeback that we have become so accustom to (thanks Aldrcik Rosas…).

Looking at his yards per attempt, it’s easy to say that the offensive line didn’t give him much time to work with, which forced the receivers to run shorter routes and for Manning to dump it off to the running back far too often. Barkley will provide him the necessary means to keep the offense unpredictable and exciting. Head coach Pat Shurmur will bring a scheme that focuses on the strengths of the players and not run a system that may not fit the skill-set of his guys.

Manning is finally in a position to succeed, and it only took the firing of the general manager and head coach. So far, Gettleman and Shurmur have done a super job rebuilding this team in just one offseason.

 

 

New York Giants Run Game Can Jump From Bottom 10 to Top 10

Adding one player usually doesn’t make all the difference in the world, but for the New York Giants, running back Saquon Barkley does just that. The Penn State phenom brings a sense of professionalism and premium talent to a Giants team that has lacked a true work-horse running back since Tiki Barber.

In 2017, Big Blue finished the season with 96.8 rushing yards per-game, good for 26th in the league. That sees them into the bottom 10 teams in terms of rushing production, but that number is about to change drastically.

While a running back makes all the difference on any given offense, the primary factor in a successful running game is the offensive line. The Giants added left tackle Nate Solder, guard Patrick Omameh, and drafted aggressive lineman Will Hernandez in the second-round of the NFL draft. While it’s too early to tell if the line will provide an upgrade over the 2017 group, it’s expected to be the case. Adding a serviceable left tackle in replacement of Ereck Flowers is significant, and knowing Eli Manning will sleep better at night is a positive for every Giants fan.

How much better will the running game be in 2018?

Even if the offensive line proves to be average next season, we can make the educated guess that the running game for the Giants will jump at least 10 spots – that would land them at 16th instead of 26th.

Let’s put this into perspective – If the Patriots can finish the season with the 10th best running game with 1,889 rushing yards, the Giants can surely surpass that ranking. The Patriots’ top running backs were Mike Gillislee, James White, and Dion Lewis. Saquon Barkley is better than all of those options and has all of their skills combined and more. The Patriot’s offensive line developed as the year progressed and ended up being solid by the end of the regular season. This was primarily due to Solder’s form, and guess what, he’s a New York Giant now.

Solder gave up three sacks in the first three games of the season, but after his slow start, he only gave up one in the following 16 games (including playoffs). He has the ability to be a top-tier left tackle. The Giants allocating $15 million per-season is only proof of that statement. In addition to his quality, Solder only missed games due to injury in 2015, proving that his durability is a strength – something the Giants are craving after years of injury struggles.

While it’s impossible to prove a massive jump in rankings, we can assume there will be an improvement, possibly a big one.

New York Knicks: Why Kevin Knox Will Be The Perfect Compliment For Porzingis

The New York Knicks are young.  When was the last time fans uttered those words?  I’m not quiet sure, but it is certainly something different. The Knicks drafted 18-year-old Kevin Knox out of Kentucky and the fans in attendance were not pleased. Boos and chants of “Michael Porter Jr.” rained down as Kevin Knox walked across the stage to shake the hand of commissioner Adam Silver.  The new regime in the front office have decided to take on a younger approach when it comes to trying to rebuild the Knicks.  Fans should be rejoicing and not booing.

Why Knox was a great pick:

Kevin Knox was a good pick for the Knicks. Why?  Because he’s young. The Knicks need to do something different.  All of those ‘quick fixes’ and hoping that a big name free agent comes to New York is not in the cards for us, at least not this season. Something different needs to start happening. The only good thing Phil Jackson did was drafting young players in Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina. Thankfully, it has continued under the watch of new General Manager Scott Perry with drafting Knox.

There is nothing wrong with going with a younger player these days, that is what the NBA is, young talent. The Knicks finally realized their wrong doing in the past and decided to change their approach. New York has taken a page out of the Golden State Warriors playbook and begun to build their team through the draft. Pairing 18-year-old Knox with 19-year-old Ntilikina and a 22-year-old Porzingis is a major step in the right direction. Yes, Porzingis is coming off a ACL injury, but we’ll see him again. The pairing of Knox and Porzingis is what fans should be excited for in the future.

Will Porzingis be able to return to 100%?

We all know what Porzingis is capable of.  It will be a little different with him coming out of that knee injury and seeing if he can return to his former superstar self.  With today’s rehabilitation programs, I think he will be something similar to what we have seen in the past. Anyway, even with Porzingis out, youth development is what Knicks fans should be looking forward to. The injury requires a minimum of six months to return back to physical activity. There are rumors that he could miss up to the All-Star break or beyond. We could even make the argument that Kristaps is better off missing the entire season to allow Knox to develop and to avoid any further injuries to the Knicks’ star player.

With Porzingis out, this is the time for Knox and Ntilikina to show their potential.  Someone is going to have to step up and show that they can fill that void that we lost when Porzingis went down. Knox is going to get his chance under new head coach David Fizdale.  Fizdale hasn’t ruled out Knox starting as a rookie and truthfully, why not. If the Knicks front office was so thrown away by his ability during workouts then toss him into the fire. Trust me, it can’t get any worse.

Letting Knox get ample amount of time as a rookie will only better himself for the future. Does he need work in areas?  Yes, mainly defensive rebounding. But, what rookie doesn’t need improve in certain areas. The Knicks are going to need a player that can step in a fill in for Porizingis until he is able to return to action. Knox has the size, wingspan, and offensive capabilities to be that player.  I’d rather start them young and let them learn from there mistakes so they can grow and develop into a better player.  If he is given that chance, then with Porzingis returns, the team of Porzingis and Knox could be a dynamic duo in the back-court.

Knox already has a chip on his shoulder. To be honest, being booed was blessing, even though no 18-year-old should be booed when drafted to an NBA team. Knox even said that him and Porzingis have bonded over both being booed when drafted. That is something that all Knicks should want to hear, the young rookie and our superstar have already bonded. Knox is now going to come to the team with that edge and desire to show the fans of New York that he was the right pick.  He is going to want to be that player that we pair with Porzingis to make the future bright for our New York Knicks.

Why Kareem Martin Was An Essential Signing For The New York Giants

Making the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense is about the same as changing your head coach mid-season. Everything is tossed up in the air and the process of building chemistry with the scheme and players is completely scrapped. For the New York Giants, they experienced both.

After Ben McAdoo was fired and Steve Spagnuolo was made interim head coach, the hunt began in regard to the overhaul of the coaching staff and front office. The Giants brought on GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur, who gave former Arizona defensive coordinator James Bettcher an opportunity in one of the league’s biggest market-places.

If Bettcher manages to succeed, it’s expected that he will be offered a head coaching position in 2019, but for now, he’s bringing over a completely new system and scheme to his new club. With Bettcher comes the 3-4 defense, a linebacker heavy defense that relies on making an initial push up front so that the linebackers can exploit gaps and put pressure on the opposing quarterback.

Now, one of the biggest issues with this transition is the process of helping the players learn their positioning and developing a new tool-box. The easiest and most efficient method of approaching this issue is adding players that are familiar with the system – the Giants did just that.

They brought on Josh Mauro and Kareem Martin from the Cardinals, where Bettcher was previously the DC. This provided the Giants with some existing knowledge and a way to help the players transition more smoothly.

At 6-foot-6, 272-pounds, Martin brings a huge body to the outside linebacker position, which is a specific position designed for the 3-4 defense. Martin will help the existing players – Olivier Vernon, Avery Moss, and Romeo Okwara, develop a new skill-set that allows them to succeed as linebackers rather than defensive ends.

According to Martin:

“It’s been really helpful, especially in the transition. Coming from the West Coast to East, it can be really tough. Especially trading teams, not really knowing anyone. But having Coach Betch here and having this defense, it takes a lot of pressure off myself, to having to learn people and learning a defense. So, I think it’s been really helpful for myself and I think it’ll be beneficial for the defense, me being a guy that they can lean on when they have questions about the defense or any of the schemes, I’m comfortable with answering any questions.”

Of course, changing coasts is a significant move for any player, and for Martin, it happened to be a blessing since Bettcher was making the move as well. His support system will remain in place and he will be joining a team that has made significant developmental strides from a roster standpoint.

What should we expect to see?

The 3-4 defense is fundamentally structured to rely on attacking the line of scrimmage and keeping the quarterback on his heels. Unpredictability will be the primary factor to look out for this season, as the Giants have several top-tier linebackers and star safety Landon Collins to shoot the gap and expose offensive line faults.

“Training camp will definitely be fun because the guys in this defense will be able to go full speed and see that oh wow this will really open up, but right now you can go in the gap but you can’t engage.”

With training camp coming up in a few weeks, the defense will finally be able to witness the scheme in live-action. They have been working on the positioning and technical aspects of it, but really going through the motions and actively participating in it will be the essential point to help them fully understand the system.

While Martin has only garnered 51 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one interception in four seasons, he will have the opportunity to reach his potential with the Giants. Despite his totals, his primary purpose was to being a familiarity with the system in which Bettcher trusts.

Jets’ Todd Bowles May Finally Have His 1-2 Punch At Corner

Winning football games in the NFL is no easy task for any team since game plans are designed weekly to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses. To no surprise, the New York Jets had a tough time finding a solution at the corner back position. As a result, the Jets allowed 30 touchdown passes last year. The lack of play making in the cornerback position left no choice for Mike Macagnnan to spend a chunk of their cap space on a legit shutdown corner.

The new signing for the Jets:

In comes the best free agent corner in the market, Trumaine Johnson. With the third largest guarantee in Jets history (34 million), Gang Green expects Johnson to pair up with Morris Claiborne, who was resigned this past off season for one-year and 7 million and create a fearsome pair at the cornerback position. This would enable Todd Bowles and Kacy Rodgers to play their style of defense with more confidence, meaning having two ideal press corners that can play physical at the point of attack allowing the front seven to pressure the quarterback and dial up more blitzing packages to create more turnovers.

The duo presents stable veterans that have been in the league since the year they both entered in 2012. Trumaine Johnson offers consistent, play-making ability and is a tone-setter, both with his leadership and the ability to shut down the opponents number one receiver. Morris Claiborne was the Jets’ best cornerback last year until injuries took a toll on his body as the season came to a close.

Claiborne has always been capable of being a shutdown corner, but his only issue has been the ability to stay healthy at a consistent basis. Injuries aside, the Jets were confident enough in resigning Morris for another year after seeing his potential in their system last year.

I truly believe this 1-2 punch can mesh well together and become one of the most efficient pairings in the NFL. Alongside stud second year safeties in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets may have of the most fearsome secondaries in the league. You have two playmakers that can easily shut down the opposing teams best receivers and give the front seven enough time to get to the quarterback and disrupt their offense. The signs are pointing the right way and last years stuggles may well be behind us as long as both corners can deliver.