Report: New York Jets signing veteran corner Logan Ryan to prove it deal

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

Throughout this offseason, New York Jets GM Joe Douglas has been very active in signing players to prove it deals to attempt to fill critical needs. He’s also been very aggressive in trying to fill one of the Jets’ biggest voids. Last season the Jets’ cornerback group was one of the worst in football. With minimal depth and no proven entities, the Jets had to upgrade the position this the offseason.

They released Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, two bad signings from the old regime, and added Pierre Desir on a one year deal. They also brought back Brian Poole on a one year deal as well. The Jets still have Bless Austin, Nate Hairston, and Arthur Maulet, but they looked to upgrade the position in the draft.

The Jets then came out of the draft with two more new corners—Bryce Hall from Virginia and 23-year-old former second-rounder from the Colts, Quincy Wilson. Although there were reports before the draft of the Jets’ interest in CB Logan Ryan, it seemed as though the team was comfortable with their corners. Well, apparently they were not. The New York Jets have reportedly signed Logan Ryan to a one year deal per Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Who is Logan Ryan?

As we’ve covered extensively here at ESM, Logan Ryan is a reliable veteran coming off a very successful season. Ryan is a hometown kid who attended Rutgers University. After a solid career there, Ryan was drafted in the 3rd Round of 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. When Ryan debuted, he immediately carved himself a role with the Pats. Ryan was an excellent corner with them until he left in 2016.

He then joined the Titans, where he’s been coached by Mike Vrabel. He comes from a very good coaching tree, and he’s got a championship pedigree with two rings under his belt. Ryan is also 29 years old; he’s still got a few years of good football left. After remaining unsigned for the first two months or so of free agency, he now goes to a team in need of a reliable lead corner.

How Will Ryan Fit?

Logan Ryan is coming off a season where he had 113 tackles, 4 INTs, and 4 TFLs. In one of the best years of his career, he also picked off his former teammate, Tom Brady, in what was ultimately the last play of Brady’s time in New England. Now the former Patriot is coming home to the Jets.

Ryan will be tasked with leading a young cornerback group while also trying to perform well to earn himself a long term deal. What better coach to have with that pressure then one of the best defensive coordinators in the game, Gregg Williams. The opportunity to play under Gregg has been a critical reason that players like Brian Poole and Jordan Jenkins took such cheap deals to return to the Jets and is likely a reason Logan Ryan is coming to Gang Green. Williams gets the best out of his players, and he will try to do that with a veteran player who’s had a lot of success.

Even if this move bombs, the Jets have loads of young talent in the secondary that need mentorship. Bryce Hall and Bless Austin could both benefit from learning behind an experienced player, and even Quincy Wilson and Pierre Desir could pick up a thing or two from Ryan. Overall, the Jets have solidified their secondary for the upcoming season and formulated serious competition for the starting roles.

If there is anything you can pull from this offseason, it’s that Joe Douglas likes two things, leadership and establishing competition. By adding a talented player like Logan Ryan, he did just that. 

CB Arthur Maulet set to return to the New York Jets

The defender rose to the occasion for the New York Jets when injuries shook the secondary last season, his third year in the league.

Cornerback Arthur Maulet confirmed on Friday that he will return to the New York Jets. Maulet’s representatives at Icon Sports Consulting LLC said that Maulet would return on a one-year deal.

Maulet announced his return on Twitter, proudly showcasing his green Jets jersey bearing the number 23.

Maulet, 26, signed a reserve/future deal with the Jets in January 2019. He had previously spent time with New Orleans and Indianapolis before making his New York arrival. The early stages of his career were spent mostly on special teams, but Maulet performed serviceably  after he pressed into the starting lineup by injuries. Over a dozen games (six starts), Maulet set new career-highs in tackles (38) and pass defense (2). He also earned the first interception of his career in the Jets’ victorious season finale against Buffalo. One week prior, Maulet had a career-best eight tackles in another Jets win, their home finale against Pittsburgh.

Another highlight for Maulet came in the Jets’ Week 3 visit to New England. He would recover a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown in the Jets’ 30-14 loss. It was the first touchdown the Jets scored at Gillette Stadium since 2015.

With this signing, the Jets are able to restock their secondary depth. Earlier this week, the team also brought back fellow cornerback Brian Poole on a one-year, $5 million deal.

The return of Maulet perhaps more than makes up for another secondary free agent’s departure. It was reported earlier this week by NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo this week that cornerback Maurice Canady joined up with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal. Remaining secondary free agents for the Jets include cornerback Bennett Jackson and safety Blake Countess.

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New York Jets’ CB Darryl Roberts is Healthy, but Shouldn’t be Playing

The New York Jets‘ pass defense is playing better than any time in the past two years. They can’t allow Darryl Roberts to ruin that.

The Jets’ pass defense has been on a tear since Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet took over as a tandem. The two first played together as the primary outside CBs at the beginning of the second half of the New York Giants game. Since then the Jets have allowed just 228 passing yards per game, on 57.6% completion, for four passing TDs. The Jets’ pass defense has also forced two INTs and eight fumbles, only two of which were recovered by the Jets. Meaning the Jets have forced as turnovers in pass defense as TDs allowed.  If that was extrapolated over the full 11 game season the Jets would have allowed 15 TDs and 15 turnovers.

To put into perspective how dominant those numbers are here’s how they would rank league-wide if the Jets played this well over the course of the full season:

11th in passing yards per game
2nd in completion percentage allowed
T10th in Passing TDs allowed
The Jets would join the other nine teams in the NFL who have at least as many takeaways as passing TDs allowed. Those teams have a combined record of 72-29.

Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet have been a revelation. They have helped turn the Jets from one of the worst pass defense teams in the NFL into one of the ten best in the league, that’s a huge deal. There isn’t any reason to replace either in the lineup right now. Especially when the guy coming back is Darryl Roberts.

Robert had been a career backup before playing relatively well in place of an injured Trumaine Johnson in 2018. He was quickly moved to safety when Johnson came back and performed very poorly. Still, former Jets’ GM Mike Maccagnan decided to give Roberts a three-year $18 million contract. Thankfully the deal only had $4 million guaranteed so the Jets can cut him at the end of the season at no cost.

Which is exactly what the Jets will do after Roberts’ performance this season. Roberts is allowing 6.9 receptions per game and 74.4 yards per game this season, those rank 74th and 65th in the league respectively.  He’s also allowed six TDs this season, which is 74th in the NFL. Roberts’ 117.5 passer rating allowed is 71st in the NFL.

He’s been absolutely dreadful. Putting him back into the lineup shouldn’t even be a discussion for the rest of the season. He has been thoroughly outplayed by the young tandem of Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet. Those two have left the New York Jets with only one option, bench Darryl Roberts.

Any other decision would be unacceptable based on every measurable metric.

New York Jets’ Arthur Maulet, From Underdog to Top Dog

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New York Jets cornerback, Arthur Maulet has had a rather arduous road to get to the NFL.  Undrafted he signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2017.  After being released from the New Orleans Saints in 2018, he was claimed by waivers from the Indianapolis Colts, only to be re-signed by the New Orleans Saints practice squad just a few months later.  Finally, in this past January, Maulet signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Jets.

In high school he was also quite the athlete, playing basketball and soccer as well as football.  Maulet was even named to the all-district squad at defensive back.

At the University of Memphis, Maulet recorded a collegiate career total of 111 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles.  This earned him the Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams Most Valuable Player Award at the end of his senior season as a Memphis Tiger.

Maulet has not let anything get in his way of achieving his dream of playing in the NFL.  No matter what life has thrown at him, he has continued to persevere and work at being the best he could possibly.  He has taken any negativity and adversity and turned it into a learning experience.  He also inspires others to never give up through all of the trials and tribulations this game and life itself have to offer.

Maulet tells those who aspire to reach their goals and dreams that it’s “not all about the glamour and fame, it’s about your hard work and pain, a channel that and it will take you a long way and refuse to be denied with whatever you do”.

Just four days ago, Maulet earned his first career touchdown against rivals, the New England Patriots.  With his attitude and all of the work and grind he puts in, this most certainly will be the first of many.

What sets Maulet apart from the rest is his drive and his character.  Through each and every obstacle and challenge life has presented to him, he handles it with nothing but steadfastness and determination.  Maulet hasn’t let his “underdog” status get the best of him.  He is always so humble, grateful and appreciative of every chance he gets and it shows.  Maulet hustles to provide for his family and those less fortunate without anything in return.  He is thankful for the hard times because they made him who he is today-“#GreedyButHumble!”