New York Jets newcomers’ jersey numbers revealed

New York Jets

The New York Jets unveiled the numerals that their newcomers’ uniforms will bear for the 2020 season on Tuesday.

A majority of New York Jets newcomers unveiled their jersey numbers for the 2020 season.

Offensive line proceedings headlined the new numerals, with first-round pick Mekhi Becton donning No. 77. Becton’s number from Louisville, 73, has been retired by the Jets, putting him in need of a new jersey in more ways than one.

“I wanted to try something new because I didn’t feel right in 70. That’s my high school number and then 73 is retired,” Becton said in a statement to Eric Allen of the Jets’ website. “I feel like 77 is just a different journey, a new journey to start.”

Below, we have the new digits and your jersey planning guide for the Jets’ free agency and draft class.

No. 2: K Brett Maher

Competing with Sam Ficken for the kicker’s slot, Maher maintains his number from Dallas. A previous former Cowboy, Nick Folk, wore the number for the Jets and went on to hold the position for seven seasons.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 2: K Nick Folk, K Jason Myers

No. 4: QB James Morgan

With his Florida International numerals taken by a certain Hall of Fame quarterback, Morgan has opted for single digits this time around. For all you math majors, if you subtract his original number at Bowling Green (16) from his numerals at FIU, you get his new Jets symbol.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 4: QB Brett Favre, P Lac Edwards

New York Jets, Joe Flacco
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) warms up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5: QB Joe Flacco

Flacco retains the single-digit he wore en route to the Super Bowl in Baltimore. He also donned the number during his cameo in Denver last season.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 5: K Pat Leahy

No. 7: P Braden Mann

The No. 34 Mann wore at Texas A&M was not only taken by cornerback Brian Poole but also barred from NFL usage by a specialist. Thus, he dons a number previously worn by a pair of prior Jets punters.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 7: QB Ken O’Brien, QB Boomer Esiason, QB Geno Smith, P/QB Tom Tupa, P Ben Graham

No. 11: WR Denzel Mims

Those who went out and purchased new Robby Anderson jerseys last season and panicked when the latter went to Carolina need only a mere roll of duct tape and a Sharpie to make things right thanks to Mims. The second-round pick previously owned Flacco’s numeral at Baylor

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 11: WR Robby Anderson, K Jim Turner, WR Jeremy Kerley

No. 18: WR Josh Doctson 

Retaining his number from Washington, Doctson is certainly hoping for some longevity with it. Three consecutive receivers have spent single-year stints with No. 18 (ArDarius Stewart, Deontay Brunett, Demaryius Thomas)

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 18: QB Al Woodall

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 15: Breshad Perriman #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a fourth quarter touchdown as Tracy Walker #21 of the Detroit Lions gives chase during the fourth quarter of the game at Ford Field on December 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Tampa Bay defeated Detroit 38-17. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

No. 19: WR Breshard Perriman

Keyshawn Johnson took his Jets number to Tampa Bay, and now it appears Perriman will do the same as he makes the reverse trip up north. The number was left behind by Trevor Siemian’s departure.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 19: WR Keyshawn Johnson, DB/PR Chris Farasopoulos, WR/KR Andre Roberts

New York Jets, La'Mical Perine
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Florida defeated Virginia 36-28. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

No 22: RB Lamical Perine

The No. 2 he wore in Gainesville was outlawed for running backs by NFL standards, so Perine opted to simply double up in East Rutherford. Jets fans certainly hope he fares better than the previous bearer, the recently departed Trumaine Johnson.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 22: DB Jim Hudson, DB Burgess Owens, DB Erik McMillan

No. 32: CB Ashtyn Davis

Rushers have previously worn Davis’ new number, but it now takes on a defensive tone. Davis previously wore No. 27 in college at Cal.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 32: RB Emerson Boozer, RB Blair Thomas, RB Leon Johnson

No. 35: CB Pierre Desir

No. 35 is a relatively quiet numeral in the grand scheme of Jets history, but Desir is looking to change that. He won’t have to change his repertoire too much, having worn it in Indianapolis.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 35: RB Mike Augustyniak, FB BJ Askew

No. 43: TE Ross Travis

You might expect the former Penn State basketball participants to suit up for the Knicks, but Travis instead joins up with the Jets from Indianapolis. He previously also wore No. 88 in Kansas City.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 43: DB Michael Brim

No. 51: LB Patrick Onwuasor 

The newest Jets interior option moves up three digits from his number in Baltimore. It has held a strong history in the Jets’ linebacking corps.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 51: LB Ralph Baker, LB Jonathan Vilma, LB Greg Buttle, LB Bryan Cox

No. 60: C Connor McGovern

McGovern has a lot to live up to in bringing his Denver number over to New York. It has previously been worn by several notable names on both offense and defense, including a Super Bowl champion linebacker (original bearer Larry Grantham).

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 60: LB Larry Grantham, G/T Dan Alexander, T D’Brickshaw Ferguson

No. 62: G Greg Van Roten

Van Roten’s No. 73 from Carolina will never be worn in New York again, retired for Joe Klecko. Instead, he’ll be the first Jet to wear No. 62 since Vlad Ducasse in 2013.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 62: LB Al Atkinson, G/C Roger Duffy

No. 68: G Josh Andrews

It was in a No. 68 jersey in which Andrews was noticed by general manager Joe Douglas during their shared time in Philadelphia. He’ll redon the number upon their reunion in New York.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 68: G Kevin Mawae, G/T Reggie McElroy, T Kelvin Beachum

No. 72: T Cameron Clark

Alex Lewis had his Charlotte number, so Clark moves one digit up for his new green jersey. There’s a somber hint upon the awarding of this number, previously worn by Super Bowl champion Paul Rochester, who passed away earlier this month.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 72: T Chris Ward, DL Jason Ferguson, DT Paul Rochester

No. 76: T George Fant

No one holds Fant’s old No. 74 from Seattle, but he’s nonetheless moving up a couple of spots. Much like fellow bearer Jumbo Elliott, Fant has been known to go out for a pass a time or two.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 76: T Jumbo Elliott

No. 77: T Mekhi Becton

A new era begins for Becton, who, Van Roten before him, previously wore Klecko’s famous digits while repping the ACC’s Cardinals. It was briefly wrong by Tom Compton last season.

No. 92: DE Jabari Zuniga

Zuniga was able to retain his college numerals from Florida. The spot was previously left open by the trade of Leonard Williams.

Notable Jets Who Wore No. 68: DE Shaun Ellis, DE Leonard Williams

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

 

 

 

What Should the New York Knicks’ Offseason Look Like?

When looking at the New York Knicks, their obvious issues pertain to having no reliable sharpshooters from deep and defensively being a trainwreck. They have struggled to nail picks in the draft and free agents, as when they do, they usually end up trading them away, (Marcus Morris or Kristaps Porzingas).

While Julius Randle may seem like a solid signing, he is usually ball-dominant and has, in my opinion, stunted the growth of RJ Barrett as he cannot shoot threes adequately. He is also a slouch defensively, which puts an even more significant burden on a kid like Barrett, who needs someone to help him either offensively with sharpshooting or can be lockdown defensively to relieve him from tough matchups.

With their offseason starting now in terms of no basketball, the Knicks need to ponder what to do for their team’s improvements and what direction to go.

Who Comes Back?

If I’m the Knicks, I don’t resign any of their players with expiring contracts, and I let Bobby Portis go as well, meaning the Knicks would have nine roster spots and six available for the draft or any signings.

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves though, let’s start off with who the Knicks should acquire in the NBA draft.

Shooting and Guards Galore For Knicks Draft Night

If the Knicks end up with a top 5 pick, I think they can land either LaMelo Ball or Killian Hayes, who are rated as two of the best point guards in the upcoming draft. Ball has issues with his percentages, but with NBA coaching, he can be able to drain threes, and on top of that, he’s a solid defender. His best attribute, in my opinion, is his unbelievable playmaking, and with RJ Barrett, he could easily see himself with 8-9, assists a game. For Killian, Hayes has talent and can be solid in the NBA, but his playmaking ability can be inconsistent.

Is Hayes a bad prospect? Not at all, and if the Knicks get him, I think they’ll be fine as he is promising, but again he shouldn’t be picked by the Knicks if LaMelo is on the board.

For their second 1st round pick, I see the Knicks getting Killian Tille as he’s a big man shooting 40% from three this season. The Knicks could get an upgrade at their Forward position and have a really solid 3 and D player for their future. He isn’t the most talented player in college basketball, but the Knicks would be getting better if they were able to snag him.

With their 2nd rounder, I see the Knicks going for Mason Jones who’s a reliable scorer and shooter at the guard position as the Knicks look to add depth at that position and try to get better offensively from deep, with the kid averaging 22 points on 35% from 3 and 45% overall, which aren’t great but could improve in the NBA.

These picks would make the Knicks a lot better for the future and would give the Knicks only 3 more spots to fill out as I see the Knicks moving one player in their active roster like an Ignas Brazdeikis down to the G-League. These guys aren’t superstars, but they will make the Knicks a whole lot better.

Rounding Out A Roster In Free Agency

The Knicks active roster in these hypothetical looks like this currently:

RJ Barrett G/F
Julius Randle F
Mitchell Robinson F/C
LaMelo Ball G
Killian Tille F
Mason Jones G
Taj Gibson F/C
Kevin Knox F
Dennis Smith Jr. G
Frank Ntilikina G
Reggie Bullock G
Wayne Ellington G
Elfrid Peyton G

Now let us try to make some cuts, with Dennis Smith Jr, Wayne Ellington, and Elfrid Peyton being part of my waives. In return, the Knicks now can add three free agents, and since my cuts were guards, I think adding one guard, and two forwards would be ideal here.

My first addition to the roster would be the Wizards’ sharpshooter Dāvis Bertāns who’s known as the Latvian Laser, as he’s a 27-year-old 41.1% shooter from deep. While he’s a below-average defender, he is 6-10 and can be the Knicks 6th man and play Forward or play for Julius Randle and have Randle fill in for Barrett one the second team.

The second addition to this team for me would be Orlando Magic’s guard Evan Fournier, who is shooting 40.6% from 3 this season and is a career 37.6% shooter from three. He is averaging 18.8 points per game with 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He’s 6-7 and can play shooting guard, which could be an excellent addition for the Knicks as a perimeter threat. I know his defense isn’t great, but with the next guy, there’s defensive upside.

The final addition to this team would be Serge Ibaka, who is a 7-foot monster who can play center or forward, and on 3.3 attempts per game is shooting 39.8% from three. With a 104 Defensive Rating, he’s okay defensively at Center, but as a forward, it’s at 103 with a positive defensive box plus-minus. If playing Forward, he can be a lockdown defender that the Knicks need right now. On top of all of this, he’s giving the Raptors 16 and 8 on 27.5 minutes and could be a force for the Knicks in the paint with Mitchell Robinson.

What Would the Lineup Look Like?

Well, the amount of new pieces means the lineup needs to be restructured and here’s how I’d do so:

LaMelo Ball G
Evan Fournier G
RJ Barrett F
Dāvis Bertāns F
Serge Ibaka F

This starting lineup provides at least 3 high-level shooters from 3 and Serge Ibaka being a solid shooter. This means RJ Barrett also has a chance to show off his slashing abilities and develop as a shooter and also have options to pass to when he’s doubled. For the second team, this is where, in my opinion, the Knicks show their real improvement:

Frank Ntilikina G
Mason Jones G
Julius Randle F
Killian Tille F
Mitchell Robinson F

This second team is more flourished and has a better chance of competing against a good team’s second squad as well. The depth of the Knicks is improved, and they get a really young and good second team with decent shooting from their two draft picks and a good scorer in Randle.

Does this offseason make them a Finals contender? No, not at all, but it gives them the chance to develop stars in LaMelo Ball and RJ Barrett.

New York Jets: A Jamal Adams contract defeats this offseason’s purpose

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

The New York Jets’ transaction log, including the latest add Joe Flacco, demonstrates just why a new Adams deal isn’t instantly feasible.

After Friday’s reported signing of quarterback Joe Flacco, the New York Jets have added 15 new players during this 2020 NFL offseason.

Notably absent among the transactions is a long-term deal for Jamal Adams.

The roller-coaster saga between the star defender and his New York employers went for another spin last week, as reports emerged that Adams and his camp were miffed that a long-term deal had not been completed yet. This reopened trade rumors that initially ignited last fall, ones that saw the Dallas Cowboys emerge as the top Adams suitors, ones that caused some hurt feelings between the two sides.

One of general manager Joe Douglas’ primary duties since a rocky 1-7 has been rehabilitating the relationship between management and Adams. Cooler heads have mostly since prevailed, the most prominent example being Douglas’ declaration that he wanted to make Adams “a Jet for life” at the NFL Scouting Combine.

New York Jets, Jamal Adams
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In the midst of the supposed drama, Adams has voiced little, if any, concerns about a potential future with the Jets. After a weekend of possibly sleepless nights, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport granted Jets fans a Memorial Day gift by declaring that there “isn’t any traction” between New York and Dallas vis a vis an Adams deal.

The Jets want an extension. Adams, by all indications, wants it. The fans obviously want it.

But it’s not in the cards right now from a franchise standpoint.

Adams’ performance has nothing to do with it. The safety has established himself as the face of New York football, a practitioner of the hard-hitting finesse that metropolitan fans have come to adore and expect from their defensive stars. His status as a New York legend, at least until he plays a playoff game in green, was perhaps solidified during the 2019 Pro Bowl proceedings. Adams pranced around Orlando like a kid at Christmas, taking out years of tri-state frustration on Pat Patriot before winning game MVP honors alongside future Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes.

But that’s exactly the “issue”: Adams has established himself as a premiere, long-term NFL talent. His comrades in green have not.

Of the Jets’ free agents signings, a combined 15 new contracts bestowed to newcomers and returnees alike, all but one (the three-year, $27 million deal earned by Connor McGovern) is either a one-year deal or armed with an out after the upcoming season (McGovern’s comes after two). This is an apparent indication that the Jets are zooming in the short-term aspirations of their star-crossed franchise.

Going all in on the immediate future is a luxury often afforded solely to teams that are in Super Bowl contention or are at most the proverbial “one more away”. No one’s arguing that the Jets have reached that point. Even with the uncertainty looming in New England and extra playoff capital granted, asking the Jets to end their playoff drought is going to be a tall task.

If and when we get a 2020 season, it should be almost like a tryout for the next phase of the Jets’ reboot. Numbering the steps would be an exercise in futility, but the Jets feel like they’re closer than ever to the one that finally yields profit. Adams leads a developing defense alongside fellow veteran and All-Pro C.J. Mosley. Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell provide a rare instance of having two backfield saviors.

Last season proved that this group consisted of mere star athletes, not miracle workers. If the Jets were truly going to contend and take over the post-Tom Brady AFC, they needed to have consistent options available at every slot in the depth chart.

The Jets thus wisely used their offseason capital on finding such solutions, primarily ones that were going to make the jobs of a long-suffering offense a lot easier. McGovern was added alongside single-year men and fellow blockers Greg Van Roten and George Fant. Accomplished veteran insurance came in the form of Joe Flacco and Frank Gore. December’s breakout receiver Breshad Perriman can be a veteran target for Darnold.

New York Jets, Jamal Adams
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Such options even revealed themselves at home. Bless Austin was a sixth-round steal from Rutgers. Jordan Jenkins, Neville Hewitt, James Burgess, Brian Poole, and Arthur Maulet each earned invitations to stay for another year.

Thus, the 2020 season will be a test, one of strength and mettle. With these one-year deals, Douglas has told those who signed them that there is a chance that they can be the ones to finally put the Jets back in football’s more refined residencies. But, if they want to do that, they’re going to have to prove it.

Adams is far beyond that stage.

If the Jets need to convince Adams that a long-term deal isn’t feasible right now, they should tell him that his spot in New York is secure and that there’s a plan. That plan will go through some lean times, but it’s a plan nonetheless, one where those invited on one-year deals will have to prove themselves worthy of suiting up alongside Adams for the new decade.

The Jets might not even be done assembling this team of tryouts as is. After all, they’re still armed with just below $15 million in cap space (not counting the newest deal for Flacco). They reportedly brought in the backup quarterback less than a week ago and would be wise to peruse the remaining veteran market on receivers (Demaryius Thomas, Taylor Gabriel, Paul Richardson) and linebackers (Markus Golden, Nigel Bradham).

Simply put the Jets could be in a better position to succeed, perhaps even this season, if they keep on building. Doing so would conflict with Adams’ apparent goal of being the NFL’s top-paid safety. Barring any cap slashes, it would hard to deal a majority of the remaining cap space solely to Adams right now while continuing to prepare for more immediate endeavors.

Barring anything truly disastrous, things seem to continually trend in the direction of an Adams extension. There have been bumps in the road, but no uncontrollable fires thus far. The fact of the matter is that, right now, the Jets have the leverage in this situation, and it would be silly for either side to truly challenge or exploit that. Jamal Adams is far beyond the current New York plan of one-year “prove it” deals. There’s a time and place for an extension…it simply isn’t this very moment.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: S Jamal Adams long-term contract talks stall (Report)

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

With long-term contract discussions reportedly at an impasse, the New York Jets might be seeking a deal for the All-Pro defender.

The Jamal Adams roller-coaster saga has reportedly taken another turn.

According to longtime NFL reporter Gary Myers, Adams and the New York Jets could be reaching a point of no return when it comes to a long-term deal for the defender. Myers claims that the Jets have no plans to give Adams such a deal this offseason and ESPN’s Rich Cimini confirmed that the timing has Adams and his group feeling sour. Both Myers and Cimini reported that a trade is possible and that timing, not money, has been the biggest issue of the proceedings thus far.

Adams, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract inked in 2017, though the Jets picked up his fifth-year option last month. Jets general manager Joe Douglas has repeatedly stated this offseason that he hopes to keep Adams for the long-term.

While eventful, the 2020 offseason has been one that has seen little traction in terms of long-term deals for the Jets. Of the 14 veterans signed this offseason, only one has a guaranteed contract beyond this season (offensive lineman Connor McGovern, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal that has a potential out after two seasons). All others were either one-year deals or good for two seasons with a potential out after one. The Jets currently hold just under $15 million in cap space after their splurging. Adams is due to make $3.5 million in guaranteed money in 2020.

The defender is seeking a long-term deal that would likely make him the highest-paid safety in the league. Chicago’s Eddie Jackson currently holds the honor at $14.6 million per year. Adams’ name surfaced in trade talks at last season’s deadline, with the Dallas Cowboys emerging as the most prominent contenders. Any potential trade for Adams would have to include the caveat of the desired long-term contract.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

3 Reasons why Frank Gore and the New York Jets are a perfect match

New York Giants, Frank Gore

The signing of Frank Gore has raised some eyebrows, but the newly minted 37-year-old may wind up being the New York Jets’ most vital addition.

If you assembled the all-time “He played for the JETS?!?!” team, Frank Gore would already be a top contender, but he’d have some competition.

Gore, who turns 37 on Thursday, joins a list of illustrious rushers that have spent their twilight years with the New York Jets. Others notables that have taken the green plunge include Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, and LaDanian Tomlinson. Aging legends of the game be found all over such a lineup, one whose depth chart includes Brett Favre, Derrick Mason, Jason Taylor, and Ronnie Lott.

While some names wind up hitting the blooper reels of NFL lore, others can wind becoming solid contributors to the New York cause. Law, for example, earned a career-best 10 interceptions during the 2005 season. A decade later, Brandon Marshall had the most illustrious season in franchise history with team-bests 1,502 yards on 109 receptions, 14 of which went for touchdowns.

Here’s why Gore can potentially lean toward ending up in the latter, more hopeful, category…

He’s Still Got What the Jets Are Looking For

Jets head coach Adam Gase took some heat for his usage of Le’Veon Bell last season. Comments to ESPN’s Rich Cimini earlier this offseason only seemed to further freeze the icy relationship Bell and Gase have reportedly had so far.

“I do think we have some guys that can help maybe lessen the load on (Bell) to where it’s not all on him,” Gase told Cimini on May 4, two days before Gore’s arrival. “Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it’s just all on him all the time.”

But Gase may have a point.

While Bell’s tally of 311 touches didn’t sniff the league-best 406 he had with Pittsburgh in 2017, it still ranked eighth in the NFL last season. It quickly became clear that Bell wasn’t the one-size-fits-all solution to the Jets’ offense some envisioned him to be. Things could get a little easier after the expansive offensive line renovations,  The Jets had to find a spell option for Bell, a process that became all the more imperative with Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery on the free agency block.

They began to address the role when they took Florida’s Lamical Perine in the fourth round of last month’s draft and continued with Gore. No one’s expecting Gore to be the dominant rusher he was during his glory days in San Francisco, but he has spent the past few seasons fulfilling similar roles across the AFC East. Gore has earned 1,321 over the last two seasons with Miami and Buffalo. He would serve as a passable starting option when Devin Singletary went down with an injury. Among his notable efforts with the Bills last season was an 83-total yard performance at MetLife Stadium (also scoring a touchdown in a 28-14 win over the Giants) and a 109-yard ground output on 17 carries against New England. For what the Jets are looking for, Gore was a perfect fit.

Over the last seasons, Gore’s 1,321 rushing yards are good for second amongst running backs in their 30s (behind only Washington’s Adrian Peterson).

He Knows the Staff

If and when we get a 2020 season, it will undoubtedly be one of reckoning for Gase and his staff. He and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will be under particular scrutiny for how the offense flows with Sam Darnold entering the telling third year as the franchise quarterback, now armed with a revamped offensive line and a potential big-play receiver in Denzel Mims in tow.

It’s only natural for the staff to surround themselves with talent that has worked to their advantage before. Gore was brought into Gase and Loggains’ Miami squad in 2018. His duties were shared with youngsters Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage, but he still led the team with 722 yards. The 2018 season also served as a mini-revitalization, as Gore averaged 4.6 yards per carry, the first time he put over four yards since his final San Francisco season in 2014.

Gase has spoken highly of their brief shared tour of Miami. He referred to the Gore experience as “unbelievable” in the lead-up to the Jets’ Week 1 matchup with the rusher’s then-employers from Buffalo.

“If you watched him work day-in and day-out, it wouldn’t surprise you,” Gase said, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. “We would always say, ‘Hey, we think you should take today off,’ and he’s like, ‘Wednesdays, I’m practicing,’ and he wants every rep. You’re in full pads and he’s going at it like it’s Sunday. That’s just how he looks. That’s how he’s always been. He loves football. There’s no other place he’d rather be than the practice field, game day. Everything about football, he loves.”

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Good Country For Old Men

A lot has been made about the Jets signing yet another veteran past his prime. But that might be exactly what they need at this stage of the game.

The Jets’ perpetual rebuild is in perhaps its most hopeful stage yet, but it’s one stocked with youth. On the team’s current roster, only four other veterans are at least 30. When it comes to building a winning culture, a veteran that has done the dance of victory before is an essential ingredient. One can do far worse in a helpful veteran than a college football national champion, a five-time Pro Bowler, the rusher named to the 2010s All-Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the third-leading rusher in NFL history.

An example at another position came in the form of Mark Brunell’s brief tenure as Mark Sanchez’s backup during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. Brunell’s resume wasn’t as polished as Gore’s, but he was the quarterback that led the Jacksonville Jaguars to their earliest glory days and later won a Super Bowl as the understudy in New Orleans.

The aged Brunell, who was entering his 40s, had a calming effect on Sanchez, who posted the best numbers of his career with the ex-Jaguar in the room.

“He has a calming presence when everything is spinning out of control,” Sanchez told Cimini during the 2011 preseason. “When you’re not having a good game or practice is going too fast and you’re just not right, he’s got this way about him.”

A prominent rushing example came from Thomas Jones at the turn of the last decade. Jones’ was a solid contributor during his twilight years (he’s still seventh in franchise history with 3,833 rushing yards despite spending only three years in green), but he had a calming effect on the lineup as a whole. In another Cimini piece, Sanchez called Jones “one of the best teammates I’ve ever had”, even though their New York paths only merged for a single season.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: CB Logan Ryan would be a great addition

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

The New York Jets have been searching for cornerback stability for a long time now. Realistically, they haven’t had real stability since Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie manned the secondary. They gambled on Ohio State cornerback Dee Milliner in the 2013 draft and lost. They signed Trumaine Johnson to a big five-year, $72.5 million contract in 2018. We know how that turned out. Now, Gang Green finds themselves in another situation with a so-so cornerback group. Veteran Logan Ryan could provide some much-needed stability, leadership and experience on a short-term deal.

Ryan totaled 113 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 4.5 sacks last season with the Tennessee Titans en route to the AFC Championship game. He has played in 15 playoff games and has missed just three games over his seven-year career thus far with the Titans and Patriots. Also, he has won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. There’s the experience and stability in a nutshell. His experience could be a game-changer in the Jets’ secondary. The experience across their current players is far less. Let’s take a look at the cornerbacks currently on the team:

Brian Poole

Bless Austin

Pierre Desir

Quincy Wilson

Bryce Hall

Arther Maulet

Nate Hairston

These names may change and we don’t know what the depth chart is going to look like as of yet. Regardless, there isn’t much stability in that group. Logan Ryan would not only slide in as a starter, but he would also prevent younger, less experienced players from being placed into big-time situations when they shouldn’t be. Ryan is one of the top remaining free agents and would immediately bolster a Jets secondary that desperately needs cornerback help.

 

Report: RB Frank Gore headed to the New York Jets on one-year deal

New York Giants, Frank Gore

Gore, who will turn 37 next week, joins the New York Jets after previously spending a year under Adam Gase’s watch in Miami.

Running back Frank Gore has signed with the New York Jets, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Gore, who will turn 37 next week, enters the 2020 season as the third all-time leading rusher in NFL history (15,347 yards), behind only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. He has spent the majority of his illustrious professional career with the San Francisco 49ers and was recently named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade team.

The 2005 third-round pick from Miami spent a decade in San Francisco before joining the Indianapolis Colts for three seasons. Since then, Gore has gone on a tour of the AFC East, spent the most recent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills respectively. Last season, Gore was mostly used as a spell option for Devin Singletary and start eight games when the rookie was injured early in the season. Gore tallied 699 total yards and two scores while partaking in Buffalo’s second playoff trek in the last three seasons.

Gore’s New York arrival will reunite him with head coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. The triumvirate previously held the same positions during the 2018 season in Miami. Gore failed to score a rushing touchdown for the first time in his career, but led the Dolphins with 722 yards on the ground. His 4.6 average on 156 carries was his best tally since 2012, one of five Pro Bowl seasons with San Francisco (2006, 2009, 2011-13).

Several teams had reportedly vied for Gore’s services in what would be a 16th NFL season. ESM’s own Alex Wilson recently explained why Gore could’ve been a good fit for the New York Giants.

Gase recently hinted that he planned to lighten running back Le’Veon Bell’s workload, telling ESPN’s Rich Cimini “I do think we have some guys that can help maybe lessen the load on (Bell) to where it’s not all on him”. Bell tallied 245 carries, 11th in the NFL, in his first year as a Jet. The addition of Gore gives the Jets a veteran spell option behind Bell. Incumbent backup rushers Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery remain free agents while inexperienced reigned behind Bell in the form of Kenneth Dixon and Josh Adams. New York also drafted rusher Lamical Perine out of Florida in the fourth round (120th overall) of last month’s draft.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: LIVE Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

New York Jets

The New York Jets’ roster continues to expand after the 255 names of the NFL Draft have been called through rookie free agency.

ESM updates the Jets’ undrafted free agency movements, as they continue to add players to their roster after Mr. Irrelevant’s name was called. ESM keeps things in order via a live tracker…

(LAST UPDATED: 4/26/20, 1:30 p.m. ET)

WR Lawerence Cager, Georgia: A less elusive Michael Pittman Jr., Cager has a Good catch radius and solid athleticism. (Zach Klein)

DB Shyheim Carter, Alabama: A former teammate of Quinnen Williams, Carter returned two interceptions back for touchdowns in 2018 and put up 100 tackles. (Yo Murphy)

DL Domenique Davis, UNC-Pembroke: The fourth member of the Division II Braves to join an NFL camp, Davis put up 40 tackles and three sacks. (Brandon Tester)

CB Javelin Guidry, Utah: Guidry is a freak athlete, having run a 4.29 at the Combine in the 40. (Sam Farnsworth)

OT Jared Hilbers, Washington: Hilbers started every game of the Huskies’ 2019 season at right tackle, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors from Pro Football Focus. (Mike Vorel)

LB Bryce Huff, Memphis: Huff earned back-to-back second-team All-ACC honors, earning 16 sacks over the last two seasons. (Bryan Moss-Namcowicz)

CB Lamar Jackson, Nebraska: It might not be THAT Lamar Jackson, but this LJ of the defensive variety was named the Cornhuskers’ Defensive MVP. (Steven M. Sipple)

DT Sterling Johnson, Coastal Carolina: Johnson runs a 5.08 40 and he was pretty productive at CCU with 41 tackles, 10 TFLs, and 3.5 sacks last season. (Draft Diamonds)

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New York Jets Could Pursue CB Logan Ryan (Report)

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

The New York Jets reportedly have interest in cornerback, Logan Ryan:

The Jets have four pressing needs — offensive Line, cornerback, wide receiver & edge rusher. The Jets need another corner; however, they could really use a development guy to build around alongside Bless Austin, which makes the latest rumblings a bit confusing.

Per Manish Mehta, the Jets have internally discussed making a run at CB Logan Ryan. Manish has had his fair share of stories be debunked, so this can be taken with a grain of salt. Still, this is an interesting player for the Jets to have a case in.

Who is Logan Ryan?

Logan Ryan is a New Jersey kid who attended Rutgers University. After a stable career there, Ryan was drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. When Ryan debuted, he immediately carved himself a role with the Pats.

Ryan was a very solid corner with them until he left in 2016. He then joined the Titans, where Mike Vrabel has coached him. The now-former Titan comes from an excellent background of coaches, and he holds a championship pedigree with two rings under his belt. Ryan is also 29 years old, so it’s fair to assume he still has a few years of good football left, so being unsigned has been a bit perplexing.

How Would Ryan Fit?

Logan Ryan has always been a stable corner. Last season he had one of his best seasons yet — 113 tackles, 4 INTs, and 4 TFLs. Ryan had an awe-inspiring season and was overshooting his potential market value.

Now the Jets are discussing how he’d fit financially and within the team. Ryan and Pierre Desir would be a great duo to pair with Poole, but it seems like more of a win-now move. If Ryan is cheap, and they believe it gives them more draft flexibility, than it’s a solid decision. You can never turn down a good player, but Ryan would likely pull some reps away from Bless Austin, and unless they don’t have much faith in Austin, this move would be a strange one.

I like Ryan, and I think adding him would make for a solid secondary, but he’s likely in the market for a multi-year deal. At the same time, teams are a bit concerned with his ability to hold up in coverage, allowing a dismal 66% completion rate against him in 2019. Also, the move may take opportunities away from younger guys like Austin and a potential draft pick at a time where their development is more crucial than adding a veteran with inconsistent coverage abilities. 

Report: New York Jets S Jamal Adams will likely skip virtual offseason program

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

Lack of progress toward an immediate long-term deal is said to play a part in Adams skipping the New York Jets’ virtual proceedings.

Reports have surfaced that New York Jets safety Jamal Adams will skip the team’s virtual offseason program when it begins later this month.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Adams’ rumored lack of participation on Friday morning. Schefter further hinted that Adams may be dissatisfied with the lack of progress toward a long-term contract and that the team could possibly field trade offers for him as the 2020 NFL Draft approaches.

Virtual offseason programs have been put in place as the NFL continues to navigate its return around restrictions put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adams is entering the final season of the four-year contract worth just over $22 million he signed after the Jets chose him in the first round of the 2017 draft. The safety was reportedly shopped as the 2019 trade deadline approached, but no deal was made despite rumored interest from the Dallas Cowboys. Tensions briefly rose, but Adams finished the year in New York.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas said in February that “preliminary talks” about a long-term deal had occurred with Adams’ representation. Douglas hesitated to call it true progress, but insisted that the team was planning to make Adams “a Jet for life”.

“Jamal is an unbelievable player. We’re excited about Jamal,” Douglas said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, per NewYorkJets.com. “We’ve had some preliminary talks with his agent. I’m not going to get into the specifics of that. But the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time.”

At least one of Adams’ secondary comrades wasn’t believing Schefter’s report. Cornerback Bless Austin told the ESPN insider to “relax” about a half-hour after his original report.

Adams, 24, has earned 273 tackles, 12 sacks, and two interceptions in his first three New York seasons. The 2019 campaign saw Adams earn First-Team All-Pro honors and his second consecutive Pro Bowl nomination.

The 2020 NFL Draft will begin on April 23 (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC/NFL Network).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags