New York Jets: Six Players to Watch Against the Eagles

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

With the final week of preseason games coming up the New York Jets will be resting all their starters to be prepared for week one of the regular season. Many players on the team have not yet secured a roster spot or will simply not be starting week one. With the cut day coming soon this could be the last chance these guys have to showcase their talent to the New York Jets.

Jachai Polite

Third-round pick Jachai Polite has had a rough couple of months from sliding into the third round of the draft to potentially being cut by the Jets. While it is unlikely that Polite gets cut he still needs to show some semblance of talent. Polite has been a disappointment in camp and hasn’t seen much of the field in the preseason. If Jachai Polite doesn’t show something against third-stringers on Thursday, then he might be a bigger project than anticipated.

Deontay Burnett

With a crowded wide receiver room and not many open spots, Deontay Burnett seems to be the odd man out. Burnett doesn’t offer any value on special teams like Josh Bellamy and Greg Dortch. What Burnett lacks in special teams he makes up for in chemistry with Sam Darnold. Burnett was Darnold’s favorite target at USC after Juju Smith-Schuster left for the NFL. Burnett flashed in his limited time last season and is a fan favorite but unless he can show out on Thursday it’s a coin flip on whether he’ll make the team.

Taylor Bertolet

Taylor Bertolet may have saved his job last week against the Saints hitting two field goals from 48 and 56 yards. Many people do not believe Bertolet will be on the team week 1 but he is building a strong case to make the 53-man roster. Bertolet is far from a lock to make the team but if he can muster up on last good performance, he might beat the odds and be the kicker week one.

Tevaughn Campbell

Tevaughn Campbell is one of the few players in the secondary who have done well in the preseason. Campbell led the team in tackles and PD’s against the Falcons and did his best against top wideout Michael Thomas on the Saints. If Campbell can pull off one final performance against the Eagles, then his long journey from the CFL to the NFL will be quite the Cinderella story.

Blake Cashman

After a hot start in training camp, Blake Cashman has cooled off quite a bit. Cashman hasn’t seen the field much since the Giants game due to injury, but he looked solid racking up three tackles last week against the Saints. Cashman will have one final chance to showcase his talent to the coaching staff and make his case to be starting week one. Even though its unlikely Cashman will start week one you can expect to see more of him later in the season as he develops.

Chuma Edoga

Chuma Edoga has been quite the surprise player on the New York Jets. Edoga was seen as a developmental tackle coming out of USC but he has flashed a lot potential. Edoga’s ability to play on either side of the line has impressed many fans and has earned him a spot as a backup tackle. I wonder if, by this time next year, we will be talking about Edoga being the franchise tackle this team has needed since D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

New York Jets: Could Jachai Polite be Released?

The New York Jets drafted Jachai Polite in the third-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Earlier this summer I did an article raving about Jachai Polite of the New York Jets and how eventually he would be looked at as a brilliant move by the old front office regime. As the cut day looms, there is a chance that just like the regime that drafted him, Polite could be on his way out. It seems so crazy, but there are a few reasons why Polite has seen such a sudden fall in his career.

Attitude

One of the biggest problems that multiple scouts noticed with him was his attitude. “He seemed almost as though he thought he was better than everyone else when he wasn’t” was a sentiment often alluded to by scouts. Polite seems to lack passion and drive and that’s a poor thing to lack because at some point as he is seeing, it will shine through and outshine his play. However with all these concerns the Jets still took a shot on him yet, even now he seems to lack a fire to fight for his spot. Attitude needs to improve in the long haul for Polite.

No Loyalty

This aspect isn’t really about Polite but about the powers that be. When Polite was selected it was by the old regime as I have reiterated. That means Joe Douglas and the new front office regime don’t have any ties to Polite. He had to truly prove his worth despite being an early pick. Ultimately he hasn’t shined enough to move up from the third team but according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, he may not even have done enough to make the roster. It’s tough starting with a clean slate it can be a nightmare or a major benefit. It has been a nightmare for Polite.

Performance

Ultimately, all doubts can be dispelled with a strong performance. Polite just hasn’t done that yet. I do believe he deserves more of an opportunity to prove himself but if his play has really been that much of a disappointment to the front office and coaching staff then he may be leaving the New York Jets before he even got comfortable. He needs to step up soon and dispel all doubt and give himself time to improve his skillset and become the pass rusher I and much others think he could be.

New York Jets: Jachai Polite Can Be The Steal Of The Draft

The New York Jets drafted Jachai Polite in the third-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

New York Jets rookie defensive end Jachai Polite was regarded early on in the NFL draft process as one of the top edge rushing prospects. However, after the NFL combine and interview process character questions and athleticism questions arose.

This ultimately caused Polite’s stock to drop. Earlier on it seemed as though he would be an early day two or a late day one pick but instead, he found himself falling into the laps of the old Jets front office regime. 

Jachai always had the potential to be an amazing addition to whatever team he joined. He began his career at Florida with 11 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 3.5 TFLs. He only played 9 games and showed potential for greater results. Then in 2017, Jachai started off strong but ended up suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He finished the season with 22 tackles,  5.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks.

Last season, he showed the world what he could do. Jachai finished with 45 tackles, 19.5 TFLs, 11.0 sacks and 6 forced fumbles. That’s an impressive stat line that doesn’t even fully speak to what he did on the field. Jachai consistently made life hell for the opposition. 

Now, Jachai joins the Jets looking to prove he was the steal of last year‘s draft. The Jets have lacked a genuine edge-rushing attack for what feels like forever.

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Now with Henry Anderson, Leonard Williams and Quinnen Williams providing a dangerous interior rushing attack, it’s time for someone to step up off the edge. Who else but the guy who was overlooked and underestimated throughout his college career and NFL draft process to step up and become the edge rusher the Jets have lacked for so long.

Jachai is out to not only prove his doubters wrong but to show the world he can be a dominant edge rusher in this league. Expect some success from him early but in the future, this man will be a monster. So, maybe not this season but in the long haul, why can’t Jachai Polite be the answer to the Jets edge-rushing woes?

Did the New York Jets get a steal in pass rusher Jachai Polite?

The New York Jets drafted Jachai Polite in the third-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

When the New York Jets picked Florida pass rusher Jachai Polite in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, most had their reservations, but it marked the second talented defensive lineman they selected.

Polite had one of the worst NFL Combine performances in recent memory, but it shouldn’t scare you away, as in fact, he’s an extremely effective and production pass rusher.

Being bothered by a hamstring injury certainly didn’t do him any favors in the Combine — his usual fast speed and agility were hurt badly with a 4.84 40 yard-dash. He only participated in two events due to his deficiency.

The New York Jets may have gotten a steal in Jachai Polite:

On the field last year, Polite was one of college’s most effective playmakers, racking up six fumbles, 11 sacks, and 19.5 tackles for a loss. His numbers skyrocketed in 2018 and it gave him the foundation to be a high draft pick. At one point, he was even considered a first-round selection, but we can see how detrimental the Combine really is to a player’s stock.

However, while his statistics tell a positive story, he’s also had issues off the field and was even benched at one point for violating team rules. He has endured some other issues too — having terrible interviews at the Combine to go along with his performance.

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If the third-round pick can manage to alleviate his off the field concerns and reach his potential, there’s no question he can be the steal of the draft for the Jets. There’s reason to believe Polite will flourish in an aggressive Gregg Williams defense that requires speed and agility off the line of scrimmage. It’s not guaranteed he will earn a starting role off the bat, but that ultimately comes down to him and if he shines this offseason during training camp and pre-season.

New York Giants Draft Profile: Edge Defender Jachai Polite

The New York Jets drafted Jachai Polite in the third-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

His last name might be Polite… but on the football field, he’s as rude as they come.

Jachai Polite is 3-4 edge rusher out of the University of Florida. He decided to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft after a productive junior season. Polite is expected to be selected in the first round of the draft.

In his junior year, Jachai was able to total an impressive 11 sacks. On top of that, he added 19.5 tackles for loss. Polite was also able to force 6 fumbles and have 4 passes defended.

Strengths:

Jachai Polite has a variety of elite speed-rush moves. He is able to win with the spin move, swim move, and his incredible bend. His bend allows him to win on the outside and make his way back to the quarterback. His frame and flexibility are ideal for NFL edge defenders.

Jachai is a thin edge defender, which is the reason for his speed. He should be expected to run a quick 40 yard-dash. His speed and quickness off the edge could draw comparisons to Von Miller. It is one of his biggest strengths and makes him an exciting prospect in this class.

Weaknesses:

Jachai Polite is an elite speed-rusher, however, every prospect has his flaws. Polite is not limited as only a speed-rusher, but he is not elite in run defense. He can hold his own, but he will not be a strong, consistent presence against the run. Polite might need to gain weight and strength once he makes it to the NFL.

Too often Jachai gets pushed off of the line and out of the play against the run. He also does not have enough strength and power to move tackles into running lanes. He is a secure tackler and has solid pursuit, so if the runner comes in his area, Jachai will make the play. But he has not consistently shown the ability to go through blockers to get to the runner.

Draft Stock:

Right now, days before the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Jachai Polite is considered a top-25 pick in this year’s draft. However, he has room for improvement. Some added weight and an impressive showing in the bench-press could move him up some teams’ draft boards.

Jachai will be expected to perform near the top of his position’s class in the dash, shuttle, and cone drills because of his speed and quickness. But if he performs well in the strength tests and interviews too, he could improve his stock.

In order for Jachai Polite to be in play for the Giants, a couple of things need to happen. First, the Giants need to decide they do not consider any quarterback in this draft class to be a franchise guy. Second, the Giants need to trade back.

Polite is not expected to be a top 10 pick. But, if the Giants move back between picks 10 and 20, Jachai Polite could be a home run selection along with the added draft capital the Giants would acquire in that trade.

New York Giants: Options On Defense With The 6th Pick In The 2019 NFL Draft

Should the New York Giants consider taking Clemson pass rusher, Clelin Ferrell?

The New York Giants are picking in the top 10 for the 3rd time in the last 4 years. After picking 2nd overall in 2018, the Giants showed minimal improvement as their record went from 3-13 to 5-11. In 2019, the Giants hold the 6th overall pick.

Many fans and analysts predict the Giants will draft a quarterback in 2019. Some believe that the Giants will need to trade up in order to do that. But there is no evidence to confirm that the Giants are definitely planning on drafting a quarterback. There are a lot of rumors and a lot of speculation, but nothing will be set in stone until the pick is made.

The Giants may not select a quarterback in 2019, and if they do not, there are plenty of options on defense for the Giants to draft.

Drafting A Defensive Playmaker:

The 2019 NFL Draft Class is absolutely loaded with defensive talent. The Giants’ defense was one of the worst in the NFL in 2018. General Manager Dave Gettleman has pointed this fact out and vowed to improve the defense in 2019.

A great way to improve the defense is through the draft. Obtaining quality young talent on defense to progress at the next level is key to building a contending roster. CBS Sport’s 2019 NFL Draft Prospect rankings include 13 defenders in the top 15 best prospects this year.

Arguably the two most important positions on defense are two of the Giants’ weakest: edge defender and cornerback. Luckily for the Giants, edge defenders and cornerbacks are both near the top of the draft board.

Cornerbacks:

A pair of playmaking cornerbacks have been mocked consistently in the top 10. Byron Murphy out of Washington and Greedy Williams out of LSU.

Byron Murphy was Pro Football Focus’s top graded cornerback in 2018 with a 91.9 overall grade. Murphy only played two seasons of college football as he was redshirted his freshman year. However, those two years were enough for Byron to prove himself worthy of being in the NFL. In 2018, Murphy was a true playmaker, as he had 4 interception (1 for a touchdown) and 13 passes defended.

Greedy Williams is a lengthy cornerback who also played only two seasons in college. Greedy is listed at 6′ 2″, 182 pounds. His build is reminiscent of another great LSU cornerback who has made his mark in the NFL: Patrick Peterson. At LSU, Williams had 8 interceptions and 19 pass breakups in his two seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, Williams allowed only a 39.7% catch rate while targeted in coverage. If Williams can be as shut down in the pros as he was in college, then he is well deserving of a top 10 pick.

Edge Defenders:

The top of the draft will certainly feature multiple edge defenders being selected. The top edge prospects, such as Nick Bosa and Josh Allen, probably will not be available by the time the Giants are on the clock at 6. However, a couple of other top prospects should be.

Clelin Ferrell was a key piece on Clemson’s National Championship-winning defense. PFF recorded Ferrell gaining 52 total pressures in 2018, being an absolute force to be reckoned with. He showed consistent growth in college, improving in tackles, sacks, and tackles for loss in each year he played. He capped it off with a dominant junior year in 2018 that featured 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Check out Clelin Ferrell powering through the draft’s top lineman prospect in the National Championship game:

Another edge rusher who has seen an increase of interest in recent months is Jachai Polite out of the University of Florida. Polite has elite speed and finesse off the edge that allows him to blow past offensive tackles and get to the quarterback. He posted a 91.4 Pro Football Focus pass-rush grade in 2018. Jachai’s 42 total pressures proved he was a consistent and effective rusher at the college level. Translating his skills to the NFL could lead Polite to be the next best edge rusher in the league.

Linebacker:

One other player that could be in play at the 6th pick is not an edge rusher nor a cornerback. Another LSU product, linebacker Devin White has potential to be an elite talent at the next level. White has all the physical tools he needs. He has the perfect build to be an NFL linebacker and the speed to go sideline to sideline. On top of that, Devin is an effective pass-rusher. He totaled 30 pressures on 86 pass-rush attempts. White totaled 120+ tackles in each of his final two seasons at LSU. The Giants have not had elite production from the linebacker position in years, and 2019 could be the year that changes.