New York Jets Mock Draft 1.0 Rounds 1-3

The Jets officially locked down their position for the 2020 draft. They could have a compensatory pick added if the Giants bring back Leonard Williams but for the time being, this is where they’ll pick. Using The Draft Network Mock Draft Simulator and taking the best players at each position based on needs, potential, and more here is an early projection of what the Jets draft could look like.

Round 1 Pick 11: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma

Robby Anderson seems inclined to look for the best possible destination to play both competitive football and get paid around $10 million a year. It remains to be seen whether or not the Jets will bring him back next year. With or without him on the roster, CeeDee Lamb would be an excellent addition. In this scenario, all three premier offensive line prospects were off the board. Lamb was the most talented player available and he projects to be a Deandre Hopkins Esque wideout at the next level. His route running could be improved but he’s a dynamic number one receiver type who can stretch the field and provide significant YAC potential with every catch. Adding Lamb would be an excellent weapon in Darnold’s arsenal for the future.

Round 2 Pick 48: Mekhi Becton OT Louisville

Adding Becton, especially in the second round would be a STEAL. Becton is a 6’7 369-pound beast who could immediately provide an upgrade at left tackle. Becton has the potential to be a Star left tackle who can produce in a big way at the next level. His size makes him an excellent pass protector and his mauling style of blocking makes him a beast in the run game. Adding Becton would be the type of move that would immediately gain Joe Douglas a lot of fans.

Round 3 Pick 68: Zack Baun EDGE Wisconsin

Zack Baun can be the type of piece that Gregg Williams would have a lot of fun with. He plays with a lot of heart and has a very high football IQ. He’s a smart pass rusher and a damn good one. He had 12.5 sacks last year for Wisconsin and deserves significant Draft attention. Baun is not a perfect player but he’s the kind of player with the potential to be a captain of the defense in the future and play a TJ Watt style role in the defense. Baun would be a great pick for the Jets at 68 and would immediately slot in as a rotational pass rusher.

Round 3 Pick 78: Najee Harris RB Alabama

If Lev Bell is still in the picture come April the Jets may be reluctant to take a half back. However, I don’t foresee Bell being a Jet come April. Najee Harris is the next good running back churned out of a school that’s produced so many talented backs over the past few years. He’s never been a lead back and if Bell is still around he would be a good complementary back. If he is the lead back then he will need to grow into the role over time and develop as a pass-catcher. Overall though he’s a talented running back with good size. He reminds me of Matt Forte and if he can be any bit as good as him then the Jets will have found themselves a nice weapon for Sam Darnold.

Summary of Rounds 1-3

The key point of the first three rounds was getting protection and weaponry for Darnold that will grow with him as well as adding an edge rusher with a lot of potential at the next level.

How Good has the New York Jets Defense Been?

New York Jets, Gregg Williams

Don’t let the Jets scoring defense fool you. This team’s defense is among the best in the NFL.

The New York Jets are 20th in the NFL in points allowed per game with 23.5. If you just looked at that stat you would think the Jets had a below average defense. They aren’t stopping the other team from scoring so they must not be that good, that’s what many fans think of the Jets defense.

That’s simply not the case. The Jets have one of the elite defenses in the league. After holding a potent Raiders offense to just three points on Sunday they should the league how good they can be.

They now rank fifth in the NFL in total defense DVOA, 17th in passing defense DVOA, and second in run defense DVOA. Those are incredible numbers, especially that passing defense. The Jets starting CBs right now are rookie sixth-round pic Bless Austin and undrafted 3rd-year Arthur Maulet. The two of them, along with slot CB Brian Poole, held the Raiders to under 150 yards of passing offense. The Raiders came into the game last week with the seventh-best passing offense DVOA.

This was not a bottom of the barrel passing attack, this was one of the best in the NFL and the Jets shut it down. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams deserves a world of credit for the work he’s put in this season. He has taken a battered and bruised defense to the top of the league.

This Jets defense traded Leonard Williams, hasn’t had either of their starting LBers for all but one game this season, is down to practice squad players at CB, and doesn’t have an edge rusher with more than five sacks this year. Gregg Williams doesn’t care about any of that. He has whipped this defense into shape no matter what the obstacle is.

So why are the Jets allowing so many points? They have the worst average starting field position in the NFL by a wide margin. Teams don’t need to move the ball that well at all to score points against them. The sad fact is that the Jets offense has been so bad that it puts their defense in a position to fail.

Yet, each and every week they go out and play at a high level. It truly is a testament to the work that Gregg Williams has done this season. It’s absolutely unbelievable that the Jets have a top-5 defense in the NFL, yet here we are.

It’s entirely possible that Gregg Williams will win the NFL’s coordinator of the year award. If he does it’s likely that he will find a head coaching job next season. The award has only existed since 2014, but four of the five winners of the ward went on to get head coach jobs in the next season. The only one who didn’t was Wade Phillips who had multiple failed head coaching runs already.

Hopefully, Gregg Williams is here next year to help lead the New York Jets defense into the future.  He’s certainly earned the right to do so.

Jets Win Their First Game Of The Season

New York Jets

The New York Jets won a football game on Sunday. The Jets beat the Cowboys 24-22 Sunday and capped off a perfect return for Sam Darnold. Darnold battled mono and his return set the stage for an upset by the Jets.

Darnold Fires On All Cylinders

The only mistake Sam made in this game was an interception. Darnold finished the game with a line of 23/32 338 yds, 2 TDs and an INT with a QB rating of 113.8. Darnold had a gorgeous BOMB to Robby Anderson and was able to hit him a few other times throughout the game. Darnold was able to spread the wealth and hit multiple receivers having over 200 combined yards between Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson. Darnold looked like the player who finished last season and like a confident and calm QB playing damn good football. That is the kind of guy the Jets need on that field next Monday night against the Pats. If that guy is out in that field than mono will be in the past and a serious run could be in this team’s future.

Defense Did Their Thing

An underrated aspect of this squad has been their defense. I’ve highlighted how talented this defense truly is but, yesterday with offensive assistance they performed phenomenally. I said the keys to the game were bottling up Zeke, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Dak. Zeke had 134 total yards and played pretty well but Dak significantly underperformed. He was faced with pressure and when he was he didn’t react as well. The Jets defense played great and Gregg Williams is an absolute mastermind.

Jamal Adams Is That Damn Good

It’s almost a routine at this point that he is included in these things. Jamal had 9 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a PD and a few key breakups and big hits. Jamal continuously impresses and gives this team a fire that nobody else can. He’s one of the best defensive backs in football and he constantly improves. Jamal is a special talent.

Robby Anderson Made His Presence Felt

For the first few games, it felt like Anderson was getting open but Luke Falk couldn’t hit him. Now Sam returned and Robby was the WR everyone expected. He was able to get separation and also find ways to get open on short routes. He played like a true number one WR. He finished the game with 5 receptions for 125 yards. Anderson and Darnold is a connection that makes the Jets a better team.

The fact is I could nitpick and dive into every detail that was slightly bad from the game or I could celebrate the team having some momentum for a change. C.J. Mosley and Chris Herndon will hopefully return against the Pats and the Jets will have a HUGE Monday night football game. The Jets won but now it’s time to ride this momentum and see how far it can take them.

New York Jets: Containing The Cowboys Key Pieces Is Essential

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ defense is young and talented. To go along with that, so much of the preparation and headlines regarding this game have been centered around Sam Darnold and the New York Jets offense. Reportedly Adam Gase hadn’t been using the regular playbook in order to not over expose it without the franchise guy at the helm. Now Darnold is back and the Jets offense is going to be expected to come out and perform a hell of a lot better than they have to this point.

The Jets can win this game on offense by scoring points but the Jets can easily control the momentum in this game with their defense. Their defense will not only get a lift from Sam being back on offense but they also get Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland back. Jenkins and Copeland are both two of the best edge rushers on this squad and their additions will help immediately. The biggest key to this game is going to be controlling the 4 key pieces of the Cowboy offense.

Amari Cooper:

Despite being injured Amari Cooper has been great for the Cowboys this year. He’s been a true number one wide receiver for this squad. The Jets are going to have to find someone capable of covering him in this ballgame. The best case would be a swapping of Hairston, Johnson and Roberts throughout the game. Allowing them to rotate may be able to contain Cooper. The added benefit of his injury will assist the corners to keep up with him.

Michael Gallup:

The big bodied receiver is a huge part of the Dallas offense. He’s a mismatch and hard to cover. Brian Poole has been the Jets most reliable corner this season and I think this should be his matchup all day. Gallup has been able to torch just about every defense since Thanksgiving last year. He’s got it all figured out now and he’s a dangerous weapon. If the Jets can keep him in control that’s huge.

Ezekiel Elliot:

The Jets run defense has been solid and their front 7, despite injuries has been pretty good. This matchup is evidently a rough one but with two of their starting offensive linemen questionable and a solid defense this matchup could be a lot more in favor of the Jets than expected. The key is gonna have to be if Tyron Smith and La’el Collins play. If they don’t then this could be a big thing for the Jets.

Dak Prescott:

Dak is a glorified game manager. However, he’s also a bonafide leader. He’s by far not one of the most talented QBs in the game. His leadership skills and above average skill set make him a good QB. Pressure rattles Prescott and the Jets will be able to apply that this time around. Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland are excellent edge rushers and will hopefully apply pressure and rattle Dak or else it could be a long day.

If the Jets offense is even remotely good and the defense can contain Dallas than this is a game the Jets could fare better in than expected. If the key pieces are electric than it could be a long day. Gregg Williams better be ready because if he and his defense aren’t prepared it’ll be a terrible loss.P

The Philadelphia Eagles Rise Above the New York Jets

New York Jets, Avery Williamson

The New York Jets lost another one. They now have started the season 0-4. A team with so much hope has had a very tough start to their season. There’s a lot to dive into from this game so here goes nothing.

Offensive Line Needs An Overhaul

The Jets offensive line has been horrific to watch this season. Like, historically bad. The Jets allowed 10 sacks in Sunday’s game against Philly. Yes, their defensive line is good but not THAT good. The Jets shouldn’t have played as poorly as they did at offensive line. The ”changes” that Adam Gase made really didn’t do very much. The offensive line still couldn’t guard a pee wee football edge rush. Quite frankly they’ve got to get it together. It’s hard to watch. It’s scary that our franchise guy will come back from a dangerous illness and end up behind that terrible offensive line. They’ve got to get it together and at the very least make it through the season without Belk or Darnold getting destroyed.

The Defense Has Played Really Well

The offense has been absolutely pitiful. Obviously injuries, offensive line play, and poor coaching made that happen. However, the defense, on the other hand, has been really good. The main issue with them is that they either have to play defense when the opposing offense has amazing field position or they are exhausted because they’re constantly on the field. Gregg Williams and that defense have dealt with just as many issues as the Jets offense and yet, the defense has been really damn good. That might just be a reflection of coaching but I mean what do I know.

The Play Calling Is An Issue

Unlike some New York Jets fans, I won’t call for Adam Gase’s dismissal. However, he does deserve a lot of blame for the poor start and poor take yesterday. The fact is, Adam Gase doesn’t have a good situation. His star QB is out, his blockers stink and he can’t revolve the offense around key guys if the QB can’t get the ball to them. Luke Falk has performed pretty bad but in his defense, he’s played the last two Super Bowl champs and had little preparation. With that said, an ”innovator”, ”offensive genius” and a ”guy who knows where the game is heading” should be able to produce something on offense. Those were all words labeled to Gase by Chris Johnson. If you’re all those things then you don’t have the defense with as many touchdowns as your offense through 4 games. Gase needs to prove why he’s here and not why he shouldn’t be.

Brighter Days Ahead

Brandon Copeland and Chris Herndon are guaranteed to return to the team this week. Jordan Jenkins, C.J. Mosley, and Sam Darnold could possibly return as well. This team has a much brighter outlook with those 5 on it. Hopefully, this squad comes back to normal with their returns but it all starts at the top and Gase needs to get their act together.

New York Jets: Team Quarterly Report Weeks 1-4

New York Jets, LeVeon Bell

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have finally made it to October, the most glorious month in sports. Unfortunately for New York Jets fans, October will only cause tears to flow out of our faces. We’re only a quarter into the NFL season and the Jets have proven to be one of the worst teams in the league. Let’s evaluate how the Jets have performed as a team over the past four weeks and why there might be light at the end of the tunnel.

Week 1

Well, we all remember this day, don’t we? A day full of excitement and hope for our bright future and potential emergence into the NFL spotlight. Oh, how we were all misled. We all know the story, the Jets come out and bully Josh Allen take a 16-0 lead and blow it. But why did that happen? We can all blame Kaare Vedvik for being probably the worst kicker the Jets have had ever but let’s dig deeper. Why was Adam Gase so conservative in his game plan against the Bills? I understand Bill’s defense is a top unit but look at how many opportunities the Jets had to close out that game.

I find it hard to believe that a missed extra point and field goal in the first quarter was the main reason we lost that game. The defense collapsed in the fourth quarter after losing C.J. Mosely. The entire team looked tired and unenthused when the game mattered most. Let’s call this a mulligan because there is no way we’re this bad of a team, right?

Week 2

It’s Monday night football baby we’re scheduled to play the Cleveland Browns on national television what could go wrong? Unfortunately for the Jets, everything went wrong. Let’s skip over losing our franchise QB to Mono and get right into the disaster that was our game against the Browns. The entire game we seemed to not be able to move the ball at all on offense even before we lost our Trevor Siemian to an ankle injury. The game plan was pathetic and was filled with nothing but crossing routes, bubble screens, and flats.

The defense wasn’t much better either they did as best as they could but if weren’t for the browns having the second most inept offense in the league the team would’ve gotten annihilated. Gregg Williams is probably our best coach but when both sides of the team can’t work cohesively it all fails. It was a bad loss for the Jets and it only got worse the next week.

Week 3

Let’s be real right now, nobody in the world thought the Jets had a shot in this game, but nobody thought the Jets would be this bad. With Adam Gase trotting out Luke Falk in his first career start the Jets offense seemed overwhelmed with the Patriots defense. The offensive line for the third week in a row has been terrible but even worse is the fact that Adam Gase gave up with just over four minutes left in a two-possession game. There is no excuse for that.

The defense struggled early on but recovered after the first half allowing the Jets to have a chance. The Offense, on the other hand, didn’t get past the 50-yard line until the 3rd quarter. The Offense went 0-12 on third down the entire game. This was a total embarrassment of a game. The Jets were lucky not to get shutout as their only point came from a muffed punt and a pick-six from the Patriots backup QB Jarrett Stidham. At least the football gods showed mercy by allowing the Jets to have an early bye week so their fans could rest their eyes after that brutal game.

Bye Week

Jets fans had a lot of optimism going into this bye week as it gave the team an opportunity to heal up for a brutal week 5 game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Sam Darnold unfortunately still has mono, but he can do non-contact drills in practice. Adam Gase has stated that offensive line changes are coming, and I know every Jets fan cannot wait to see Ryan Khalil get replaced by Jonotthan Harrison. The Jets season has been a disaster so far but maybe just maybe they can pull a win out in Philly.

New York Jets: Preseason Preview New York Jets vs New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

The New York Jets will take on the New Orleans Saints in MetLife stadium this Saturday for their third preseason game, and here’s what you should expect from the green and white.

The first taste of Adam Gase

The third game of the preseason marks the start of game-planning for opposing teams and getting in the groove of a typical NFL week. We will see what Sam Darnold looks like under Adam Gase’s offense. If the offense comes out hot like they have the past two preseason games, Jets fans should have a lot to look forward to this season.

Gregg Williams

Gregg Williams will have his work cut out for him this week facing the potent Saints offense for at least a half. The 30-year vet will have Drew Brees faceoff against his thin secondary. This is a perfect matchup for the Jets because we will see how Gregg Williams disguises the Jets Achilles heel. If the Jets secondary show any promise, then the Jets will only get better as the team recoups from injury.

Big game for New York Jets backups

The third preseason game is a little taste of reality for most of the reserves in the NFL as the starters play most of the game. For these fringe players to make the team, they will have to contribute on special teams. Some players to watch for will be Valentine Holmes, Trenton Cannon, Anthony Wint, and Stephone Anthony.

New York Jets: 4 Bold Predictions for the 2019 Season

New York Jets

With under 50 days left until week 1 of the 2019 NFL season the New York Jets are considered one of the most improved rosters in the league. Many Jets fans expect the team to finally break its almost decade long playoff drought, and many others around the league expect the team to flop like it usually does. Here are some bold predictions for the New York Jets this upcoming season.

New York Jets will have a top 3 defense:

Gang Green made multiple splash moves this offseason to convert their defense into one of the top units in the league. The additions of Gregg Williams,  Quinnen Williams, and C.J. Mosely give the Jets an aggressive style of play which they lacked under former head coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers.

Expect the rebuilt defense to blitz a lot this year under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who is one of the most aggressive play-callers in the league. A big key to the Jets having a top 3 defense is whether the front seven can work together to put pressure on the QB since the Jets lack a premier pass rusher.

Robby Anderson will have over 1000 receiving yards

Robby Anderson has slowly turned himself into one of the best deep threats in the league accumulating 1,693 yards and 15 touchdowns over the past two seasons according to Pro Football Reference. This is the year that Anderson takes his game to the next level and becomes the number one wide receiver the Jets haven’t had in years. Anderson’s ability to take the top off the defense will open up the playbook for head coach Adam Gase who has had success with players like Robby Anderson.

Williams duo will be the most important piece to the defense

This year’s first-round draft pick, Quinnen Williams, will make a tremendous impact on the Jets defense this year — 2015’s first-round pick Leonard Williams has been a good player but is constantly getting double-teamed due to the lack of talent around him on the front seven.

Quinnen Williams will help alleviate the number of double teams Leonard Williams receives, and in turn, will help boost Leonard’s production. Williams best season came when he was on a line that featured Muhammed Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. Expect these two to be one of the most disruptive duos in the league.

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The New York Jets will finish 8-8

Unfortunately, not all bold predictions are positive, and this is one of them. The Jets on paper have a top ten roster in the league, but it’s hard to trust a franchise that always seems to be one of the most incompetent in the league. Adam Gase underwhelmed as head coach in Miami leading them to a 6-10 and 7-9 record his last two years.

Gase never was able to develop Ryan Tannehill into the franchise QB the Dolphins imagined he’d be. The Dolphins over the past 3 years have ranked amongst the worst when it comes to offense. Clearly, Gase has been a below-average head coach. For this prediction to be wrong Adam Gase needs to learn from his previous mistakes in Miami and correct them, or else he’ll be a colossal failure in New York.

New York Jets Snag Fiery Leader for Defense in Gregg Williams

New York Jets, Gregg Williams

Not long after officially introducing Adam Gase as their new Head Coach, the New York Jets secured a new Defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams. Despite a scarred history that includes his role in Bounty Gate, he is the right man for the job. His experience and aggressive style should re-ignite the dormant Jets defense. Williams’ arrival will also allow his similarly bold counterpart, Gase, to right the ship on offense while he focuses all his energy on the defense.

A Veteran Presence:

 Williams joins the Jets with a lengthy resume that includes 20 years of experience as a head coach or defensive coordinator. He recently led the resurgent Cleveland Browns to a 5-3 record as interim head coach. Some thought he had earned the job in Cleveland permanently, but they elected to go with offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens instead.

Regardless, Williams’ success with coaching defenses is impressive. He has led seven top-ten ranked defenses in yards and five top-ten ranked defenses in points . He also helped the Browns reduce their points allowed total for the second straight season, ranking 21st.

Williams brings with him a 4-3 scheme that relies on heavy blitzing, which has garnered positive results. The Browns finished last season with 31 takeaways, the second highest total in the league behind the Chicago Bears. It should be a huge boost for the Jets defense, which couldn’t create enough turnovers under Todd Bowles.

A Potential Fire Starter:

 Williams’ play-calling and bold reputation should spark a Jets defense that has become complacent in recent years. Jamal Adams bemoaned the lack of “dawgs” on the defense, indicating the need for fire in the hearts of his teammates. Williams can bring back that fire. He won’t allow the Jets to lie down; he can give them the much-needed attitude adjustment to spur them and their confidence.

His 4-3 scheme should provide more opportunities for certain players on the defense. With more men up front in the trenches, linebackers like Darron Lee will have the chance to play more freely in the open field. More men at the line will provide the capability to unleash the lion in the “Big Cat”, Leonard Williams. He’ll be less likely to get double-teamed and could certainly see his sack totals increase next season.

More blitzes by the defensive line should also create big plays by the secondary. Adams and co. will wreak havoc on opposing offenses when plays break down due to pressure up front. Meanwhile, underperformers like Trumaine Johnson can certainly redeem themselves. Quarterbacks will have to make earlier throws, allowing Johnson and others to maintain better coverage and create more turnovers.

The Odd, Yet Intriguing, Couple:

 Combining the equally intense personalities of Adam Gase and Gregg Williams on the same staff is daring, but it’s a very good bet by the New York Jets. Williams becomes the sole coach of the defense while not having to worry about the rest of the team, which he had to do as the head coach in Cleveland. All of his passion and prowess will go into resurrecting the Jets defense.

On the flip side, head coach Gase will not have to worry about his defense, knowing it’s in the capable hands of Williams. He will center his attention on the offense and the development of his promising young quarterback, Sam Darnold. Gase’s innovative mind and creativity should enable Darnold and the offense to rise to new heights.

In effect, the New York Jets have hired two head coaches: one for the offense and one for the defense. With young leaders like Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold, the Jets just need to get their drive and motivation back. A new era of discipline, accountability, and tough love can light the fuse. The combo of Gase and Williams can provide the spark.