What can the New York Jets expect from Zach Wilson in his rookie season?

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The New York Jets have had some rough seasons over the last 20 years. Whether their final record has been 4-12, 5-11, or 6-10, the Jets have struggled to put together a sustainable level of success and have faced several disappointing finishes along the way.

However, last year the Jets hit a new all-time low that this franchise hasn’t endured since its nightmare 1-15, 1996 season, illustrating a level of despair and ineptitude that many of their young fans have never experienced before. Finishing 2020 with a dismal 2-14 record, the Jets ended up having to offload most of their core talent midseason to free up cap space, and in the process, began their next rebuild endeavor by securing the 2nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Though the Jets might have missed out on selecting wonder kid Trevor Lawrence at first overall, they selected debatably the next best option at quarterback in the young protégé out of BYU, Zach Wilson. With a big arm, pinpoint accuracy, and impressive pocket mobility, Wilson brings everything the Jets need from their new franchise quarterback and, along with it, really bright potential. That being said, Wilson also enters a big, new role that is laden with immense pressure as the Jets desperately aim to achieve a significantly better record than their last. And with a tough and imposing division, as is, the Jets will need to rise to the occasion big time this season, and it all starts with Zach Wilson.

When a team suffers a setback as great as the Jets have, there’s a lot of different variables that come into play, be it the offense, defense, special teams, or coaching. And despite the fact that all of these components influenced the poor season the Jets underwent to some degree, the greatest and biggest problem for this franchise was nothing but its ailing offense. Placing last in the league in total yards, yards per game, and points per game, the Jets offense reached a rock bottom level of ineffectiveness that would present even the best quarterback talents in the league, an overwhelmingly great deal of pressure and intimidation to endure and overcome (ESPN).

But despite all the weight and responsibility that comes along with this highly important role, the Jets spent a lot of time and money over the offseason to not only establish a culture change in their locker room but also revamp their offense in several key areas.

For starters, hiring head coach Robert Saleh was a big step in the right direction. With plenty of experience as a defensive coordinator under the San Francisco 49ers for four seasons (that included a Super Bowl visit in 2019), Saleh also brings excellent leadership, insight, passion, and dedication to a team that’s in desperate need of just about all of that. After undergoing a brutal, confidence-draining season, the Jets will really benefit from the positive energy and motivating commitment to excellence Saleh brings to the table.

However, with Wilson in mind, the Jets also splurged on not only bright talents at the wide receiver position in both Corey Davis and Keelan Cole. They also invested in new running back Tevin Coleman and boosted their depth at the tight position by acquiring Tyler Kroft. But the Jets didn’t stop there. After selecting Wilson second overall in the draft, the Jets also went after the bright and dominant USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker with their 14th overall pick, selected Elijah Moore out of Ole Miss with their first, second-round pick, and then proceeded to draft the strong and evasive running back out of UNC in Michael Carter with their fourth pick (ESPN). From running backs to wide receivers to offensive linemen, the Jets went on a tear over the offseason to provide Wilson with just about everything he needs to succeed.

But even with all of this talent, the greatest test for Wilson is whether he has what it takes to spearhead the production needed offensively to put this Jets team back on track. Wilson produced an immaculate 2020 season in what would be his last for BYU, throwing for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only three interceptions whilst running for an additional ten more touchdowns (ESPN). That said, can Wilson recreate that kind of magic to some degree in his NFL rookie campaign, despite so many new pieces that he has yet to get fully acquainted with?

Though it might be hard to believe, the answer is a big, fat yes. Is it audacious to think so? Maybe. But Wilson is about as prepared and gifted as any coming out of this draft class, who comes with not only this resiliently poised and calm demeanor, but who also has the complete skill set and potential the Jets need from their next franchise quarterback.

A good way to break down Wilson’s first season outlook is to take a hard look at the first season Baker Mayfield accomplished after joining a Cleveland Browns team that went 0-16 the season before. Naturally, it’s very important to keep in mind that Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy winner over his collegiate career and possessed an edge to his game that led him to throw for 40 or more touchdowns in each of his last two seasons at the University of Oklahoma (ESPN). But the biggest similarity to keep an eye for here is the impact that Wilson can generate this season for the Jets, similarly to how Mayfield did in Cleveland in his first season.

Back in 2018, Mayfield transformed a winless Browns team into a playoff-contending one that finished their season with a 7-8-1 record, throwing for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns, and posting a 63.8 completion percentage in the process (ESPN). For Wilson to achieve these kind of numbers, more or less that kind of result with this team in his rookie season, is certainly a hefty challenge. But he has that same kind of potential and the full package of pristine skills to execute this newly-built offense the same way Mayfield did with his Browns. In 2018, Mayfield came into a situation where the Browns had a handful of strong pieces already in place, with guys like Jarvis Landry, Reshard Higgins, Kevin Zeitler, and Greg Robinson. But they also had several rookies and second-year players on that offensive unit as well, which included Nick Chubb (rookie), Antonio Callaway (rookie), and David Njoku (sophomore year). Though it wasn’t the strongest supporting cast, it was still a robust one that allowed Mayfield to thrive and perform at a very high level.

Well, lo and behold, Wilson is also entering a team that has plenty of good vets, rookie starlets, and young players, with plenty of talent in all the areas he needs to succeed. The similarities don’t stop here though: Mayfield is an excellent pocket passer, Wilson is a great one too. Mayfield brought sharp and astute mobility, Wilson has elite vision and is elusive on the ground. Mayfield had a bright rookie running back and wide receiver, Wilson has an exciting rookie running back and wide receiver as well. Mayfield was blessed with a sturdy offensive line, Wilson has a solid one as well.

In short, history tends to repeat itself in unique ways, and with so many parallels between the two, it can certainly make you wonder about the potential and impact Wilson will have on this Jets team. And considering how much talent the Jets surrounded him with on top of the fact that he’s so gifted and dedicated to his craft as is, Wilson is poised to have a very big rookie season, and don’t be surprised if you get flashbacks to Mayfield’s breakout success in 2018.

Did the New York Jets ‘finally’ solve their offensive line woes?

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Just one spot ahead of the New York Giants, the Jets ranked 31st in pass blocking efficiency last season, per PFF. In run blocking, they landed at 20th, thanks to a surprisingly successful performance by right tackle George Fant. Hopefully, with the insertion of UNC stand-out running back Michael Carter, the Jets will finally have a more committed running approach. With head coach Robert Saleh coming from the Kyle Shanahan system in San Francisco, it is possible they utilize a rotation of backs, exposing mismatches and running lanes.

However, the success of the Jets’ offense heavily relies on the protection of Zack Wilson in pass blocking. Considering how poorly they performed last year, the organization realizes it was a priority to upgrade the blocking personnel as much as possible. They brought in multiple new players, including USC versatile lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, veteran Morgan Moses, and a few depth pieces to help mitigate fatigue and supplement injuries.

Offensive line coach John Benton attested to the scheme fits in the trenches and the new faces the team has brought in:

“I get the feeling that everyone’s pretty excited about it [the wide-zone scheme]. It seems to be a good buy-in at this point across the board. The guys fit the scheme real well. I think they’re excited to see where it can go.”

Projected starting offensive line for the Jets:

LT: Mekhi Becton

LG: Alijah Vera-Tucker

C: Connor McGovern

RG: Alex Lewis

RT: Morgan Moses

Depth:

OT: George Fant

OG: Dan Feeney

OG/OT: Conor McDermott

OL: Chuma Edoga

OG: Greg Van Roten

Simply looking at the expected starting group, it is with confidence we can say Wilson’s protection should be improved. Considering what Sam Darnold had to deal with last year, being sacked 35 times over just 12 games, it was about time the team allocated significant resources toward the bolstering of the unit.

Tucker has shades of Quenton Nelson embodied in his style of play, and Becton is a big left tackle with the ability to maul pass rushers at the point of attack. A veteran like Moses should provide substantial experience and an upgrade at right tackle, despite Fant having a solid 2020 season. However, having adequate depth shouldn’t be overlooked; Fant will return to his swing tackle role, which he played with the Seattle Seahawks before joining Gang Green.

Ultimately, with the injection of new talent, players who have performed well in the past, like Conner McGovern, should return to form with more consistency around him. If the line can hold up and develop chemistry as the season progresses, Wilson could find himself exceeding expectations in his rookie season, which would be a sign of optimism for the future.

2 players the New York Jets absolutely struck gold with in the 2021 NFL Draft

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There is no question the New York Jets had one of the best draft classes in the NFL this year on paper, and now it’s time for them to display their talents during training camp and hopefully come the regular season. Of course, the drafting of Zach Wilson will plaster the headlines, but they have two more players capable of achieving greatness at the next level.

Two players the New York Jets struck gold with in the 2021 NFL Draft:

WR: Elijah Moore

Elijah Moore is the ideal slot receiver, standing at 5’9″ and 178 pounds. As a shifty pass catcher, he posted 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last year with Ole Miss, presenting a fantastic athlete in the open field and consistent hands.

Falling to the second round, the Jets couldn’t believe their luck, as Moore fits multiple offensive systems, whether it be a West Coast style or Air Raid. He has the versatility to align outside and in the interior, representing a dynamic athlete with sudden quickness and sky-high potential. While his route running is still a bit raw, the right coaching should do the trick regarding his development at the next level. As a tough and gritty player, more has the ability to create after the catch and offer home-run capabilities.

While the drafting of Moore created the narrative that Jamison Crowder’s time in green might be coming to an end, the two sides settled on an agreement, slashing Crowder‘s salary by about 50%.

So far this off-season, Elijah has been a massive stand-out, impressing Robert Saleh as he shifts alignments. He checks all the right boxes when it comes to progression and fundamentals coming out of college. He is already making stellar improvements with the team, and gaining chemistry with Wilson could curate one of the most exciting QB-WR duos the Jets have seen in years.

OL: Alijah Vera-Tucker

Aside from Moore, the Jets also landed USC stand-out offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. A unit the  New York Jets desperately needed to upgrade, Tucker has the versatility to play offensive tackle and guard, contributing toward his value.

In fact, Hall of Fame OT Anthony Munoz has already become a big fan of Tucker, who not only impressed him on the field but also with his intellectual nature.

“The first thing I knew about Vera-Tucker was that he played guard, he opted out because of Covid, then when the Pac-12 decided to play, he played left tackle and he played extremely well. I knew he was versatile, to move from inside to outside and to be effective. … I knew he was a pretty good offensive lineman, but the thing I noticed right away was how genuine and down to earth he is. At the same time, he’s focused and eager to get to work. He wanted to learn. That’s the sign of a guy who’s going to be a great, great player. He wants to learn and he’s not satisfied with his performance at the college level.”

Munoz detailed one specific factor that should excite fans about Alijah, his transition from the inside at guard to starting at left tackle, where he played well. That type of transition is not simple or smooth, and he held his own with ease, elevating his draft stock considerably. Per PFF, AVT played 975 total snaps during his career at USC, allowing 5.0 sacks, 3 QB hits, and 8 quarterback hurries.

Consider this, Greg Van Rotan, who the Jets signed last year to help supplement weaknesses in the interior, allowed three sacks, two QB hits, and 19 hurries in 752 snaps last season. AVT should offer an instant upgrade at guard but also has the versatility to swing outside if injuries arise. His development will be exciting to watch, and adding potentially elite players on offense is exactly what the Jets needed to build around Wilson.

Did the Jets stumble upon a stud in mid-round running back selection?

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The New York Jets don’t have a clear-cut starting running back, but rookie Michael Carter out of UNC already has the advantage to be the opening day option for Zach Wilson in the backfield. Last year in 2020, Carter posted 1,245 yards and nine rushing touchdowns, including 267 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

As one of the most productive running backs in the country, nobody anticipated Carter falling to the 4th round. Jets management waited patiently for Carter to fall as they sat with their eyes glued to the screen as every team passed him by.

Having sweated the entire third round in hopes Carter would be available, general manager Joe Douglas stated they would have had a serious discussion taking him in the 3rd, but thankfully, he fell right into their laps and is already penciled in as a potential starter come Week 1.

Projected running back room for the Jets:

RB1: Michael Carter

RB2: Tevin Coleman

RB3: Ty Johnson

RB4: La’Mical Perine

RB5: Josh Adams

Carter has already gained the majority of first-team reps during OTA‘s, but the anticipation is that Robert Saleh will execute a rotation of running backs this upcoming year, especially with the signing of Tevin Coleman.

A committee-based approach would help Carter find his sea-legs at the NFL level, easing him into a more physical and athletic league. Heading into the draft, Carter’s strengths included solid agility, vision of the field, and protecting the football efficiently. The UNC product hasn’t fumbled in two years, and most of his negatives include diagnosing running lanes and a lack of top-end speed.

Breakaway speed for running backs is more of a luxury than a necessity, as finding running lanes and picking up first downs is more beneficial than blowing the top off of defenses at the second level. Plenty of backs with average speed produce above-average play. Some examples include Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, etc.

Ultimately, if Carter can improve his vision and ability to hit holes with confidence, the Jets could have themselves a steal in the mid-rounds. He is a player to have a close eye on during training camp, gauging his snap count with the starters.

Jets: Alijah Vera-Tucker has ‘Quenton Nelson’ like versatility

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One of the priorities for the New York Jets this off-season was bolstering their offensive line, as they went out and utilized draft capital and free-agent money to upgrade the unit. They brought in Dan Feeney, who’s started 57 games in four seasons of play, and has experience at LG and C, and drafted Alijah Vera-Tucker out of USC to fill an interior position.

Vera-Tucker has experience playing at OT and OG, providing the Jets with versatility they didn’t have before on the OL. Having failed to make a significant splash in free agency, they walked away with one of the best drafts in the NFL, as the USC product was considered a top 10 player in the entire class. Considering they traded up to pick 14 to ensure they snagged the versatile offensive lineman, it gives you an idea of how much they valued his services.

Verta-Tucker’s former head coach, Clay Helton, had great reviews of the offensive lineman, generously comparing him to All-Pro OG Quenton Nelson in some ways:

“He played three years for us at an elite level and really didn’t give up a sack his junior year (at LG) in that entire year,” Helton said. “He has tremendous athleticism in all your run schemes. He’s a guy who can get out in space, can run outside zone, power on inside zone and be able to really get out in space on the second level and be able to connect with defenders and be able to lock on them and show those great feet that he has. You’re really getting a talented a player that I think can really fit into what the Jets want to do.”

When you have a player being compared to Quenton Nelson, your eyes must widen. With a combination of athleticism and technique, Tucker is ready to make an impact on day one. In addition, he has the flexibility to help supplement injuries, which could end up being an undervalued factor. Considering Mekhi Becton has been dealing with planters fasciitis and other issues, there is the potential that Alijah could end up starting some games on the outside, which he has significant experience doing.

However, the Jets envision him filling the left guard spot next to Becton, solidifying a duo for years to come that can protect their rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson.

At this point in time, the Jets have made significant changes across the board, but their offense has experienced a shift that not many other teams have experienced around the league. They have the personnel to take a dramatic step forward and 2021 — it all depends on the scheme/coaching moving forward.

The New York Jets still have time to bolster the secondary with one solid veteran

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The New York Jets seemingly had a fantastic draft and free agency class, but there is one unit they didn’t bolster sufficiently this off-season. Last year, one of the weaker points on defense for Gang Green was the secondary, and after the departure of Jamal Adams, the unit only got worse. The Jets ranked 28th in passing yards allowed per game, giving up 275.6 on average. They desperately need more support at cornerback after cutting Pierre Desir after just one season with the team.

However, there is one free agent on the market that could make perfect sense for the Jets, especially with the hiring of Robert Salah from the San Francisco 49ers.

Currently, on the roster, the Jets have a plethora of inexperienced options which don’t represent immediate starters or impact players.

-Bless Austin

-Bryce Hall

-Justin Hardee

-Isaiah Dunn

-Corey Ballentine

Only one of these players has played more than two seasons in the NFL and an entire 16 game campaign. Justin Hardee, who the Jets signed as a free agent from the New Orleans Saints, has never started a game in the NFL but has played in 56 over four seasons. He has two passes defended to his name, so expecting him to be a starting-level player would be optimistic.

The player on the market who could make the most sense for Gang Green is Richard Sherman, who is coming off a three-year, $27.15 million deal. At 33 years old, there’s no question that Sherman is getting up there in age, but as an intelligent corner who is one of the best defensive backs in the last decade, he could offer them plenty of value as a veteran in the locker room.

Sherman recently played for Salah and his defense, featuring in just five games last year, but did partake in 15 regular-season games and three playoff contests in 2019. During his 2019 season, he recorded a 90.5 overall coverage grade, allowing 373 yards and one touchdown the entire season. As a historically lock-down man coverage corner, Sherman clearly has a bit of gas left in his tank, but after missing the majority of the 2020 campaign, the Jets might be able to snag him up on a cheaper deal.

Considering the connection between Sherman and Salah, this would be an easy signing to make for the Jets, inserting an immediate starter into the secondary who can help the young players gain their sea legs in the NFL.

Signing Sherman to a one or two-year deal in the $7 million range would make sense, given the lesser contracts signed this off-season. The Jets currently have about $32 million available and cap space, giving them plenty of money to work with prior to the start of the 2021 season.

Do the New York Jets have an underrated wide receiver core?

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The New York Jets are headed into the 2021 season with an overturned roster, specifically at quarterback and wide receiver. Of course, expectations for second overall pick Zach Wilson are sky-high, as they should be based on his incredible attributes and capabilities on the run as a passer. Coming out of BYU, Wilson has the ability to throw on the move, deliver accurate passes downfield, and operate an offense adequately.

While the NFL presents an entirely different challenge, the Jets made sure to give Wilson plenty of weapons and resources for his rookie season. They went out and grabbed Corey Davis from the Tennessee Titans, who is considered a high-end WR2, if not a fringe WR1.

Compared to the wide receivers the Jets offered Sam Darnold last year, this is an entirely different group with far more capabilities. They traded away Sam’s best target in Robby Anderson, leaving him to fend for himself.

Nonetheless, the Jets have an underrated WR core this upcoming season, especially after drafting Ole Miss stand-out Elijah Moore.

New York Jets wide receiver core:

WR1: Corey Davis

Davis is an adequate player who signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Jets, including $27 million guaranteed. While they spent big money on the receiver, he will offer Wilson a solid route runner who could also act as a possession option. The former first-round pick is only 26 years old and posted a career-high 984 yards and five touchdowns last year as a complement to AJ Brown.

While it is yet to be seen if Davis can handle the load himself, he was one of the most exciting college receivers coming out of the 2017 NFL draft, so there’s no question he can offer elite-level play, it’s just a matter of how consistency. Aside from posting career numbers in production, he also landed a 70.7% catch rate, showcasing quality hands and consistency, the key for Davis moving forward.

Giving Wilson an adequate receiver like Davis should do wonders for him and his adaptation to the NFL.

WR2: Jamison Crowder

The Jets recently struck a deal with Jamison Crowder to stick with the Jets on a more team-friendly deal. The renegotiated contract will keep him on the team for the 2021 campaign, but he will be a free agent after the season at 28 years old, offering him an opportunity to cash in one last time. Crowder is currently on a three-year, $28.5 million deal with the Jets, but after the team drafted Moore, he simply doesn’t have an extended future with Gang Green.

Crowder is a solid slot receiver who uses his shifty style of play to make tacklers miss in the open field. Last season, he posted 699 yards and six scores over 12 games. Crowder has dealt with injuries at times, but when on the field, he can be an asset, especially for Wilson, who’ll be looking for a security blanket out of the slot if the offensive line struggles.

WR3: Denzel Mims

One player, the Jets, have high hopes for is Denzel Mims, who played in just nine games during his rookie season in 2020. He picked up 357 yards but failed to find the end-zone. He showed solid route running as a rookie out of Baylor.

As a 6’3”, 207-pound receiver, he can be a solid complement to Corey Davis on the outside. Ultimately, if Mims can step up and realize his potential, the Jets will have a solid duo of outside receivers, drawing attention to the deeper portions of the field and allowing the slot options like Moore and Crowder to operate with more space.

WR4: Elijah Moore

Moore is an extremely exciting receiver out of Mississippi, who posted 1193 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Moore was considered one of the most lethal after the catch receivers in college football, and he surprisingly fell to the second round for the Jets, an absolute steal.

The young receiver has already been showing flashes of excellence during practice, and I have a feeling that the connection between Moore and Wilson will be elite for the future. As a shifty player who can change direction on a dime, Moore also contains elite speed and can take a ball to the house at any moment. Add in solid hands, and the 5’9″, 178-pound slot option could end up being one of the best players on offense, which would really indicate a homerun draft for management.

Honorable mention – WR5-7: Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith

Do you think the Jets have an underrated wide receiver core? Comment below! 

The Jets might’ve landed their next big pass rusher with Carl Lawson

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It has been quite some time since the New York Jets have had an elite pass rusher to lead their defense, and they might’ve landed one in Cincinnati Bengals star Carl Lawson. At 25 years old, Lawson is a former fourth-round pick out of Auburn, and he is just hitting his stride in the NFL, posting 5.5 sacks last year over 16 games as a defensive end.

With Robert Salah deploying a 4–3 defense with the Jets, Lawson fits the mold perfectly at DE. The Jets have a solid interior pass rush with Quinnen Williams and Sheldon Rankins manning the interior. Williams is also capable of kicking out to DE and rushing from a 3-5 tech position.

The Jets also have Vinnie Curry, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, in 2020. He posted a 70.9 overall pass rush grade with four sacks, per PFF, so pairing him with Lawson represents a solid duo.

In fact, Lawson believes he is capable of being one of the best pass rushers in football, and this season may offer him an opportunity to reach that goal.

“I feel like the sky is the limit,” Lawson said, “but, at the end of the day, this is life. Not every goal you set is going to happen because there are external factors. But I will do everything in my power possible to reach my highest level of potential and what I think I can possibly be, which is something otherworldly.”

As a player who posted 32 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles last year, there is no question that Lawson can maximize his game with a fantastic defensive-minded coach like Salah. The Bengals have historically been an inadequate team the past half-decade or so, as their defense ranked in the bottom half of the league last year in points allowed per game.

Lawson was one of their lone stand-out performers in the trenches, and he is looking to increase his sack totals with the Jets after posting just 5.5 last year. As a 6’2″, 265 pound DE, the sky is certainly the limit for a young player with the right mentality.

“I want the sacks to go up regardless,” Lawson said. “I have the mindset that no matter who is around me I should win my 1-on-1 [matchup]. That’s a great thing to have – great interior players – but the way I think of it is to produce no matter what the situation because what if everybody got hurt? Could I use that as my excuse for [fewer] sacks? No.”

Ultimately, if the Jets can command adequate double teams in the trenches and allow Lawson to capitalize on 1V1 matchups, he will feast in 2021. The Jets have had unfortunate injuries the past few seasons, so if they can remain healthy, he should be in great shape moving forward.

New York Jets snag Pittsburgh cornerback Jason Pinnock

The New York Jets continue to look to round out their defense and establish depth in the secondary. This time in the form of 6 foot, 200 plus pound corner Jason Pinnock. Pinnock was a part of a talented high school football squad where he excelled at corner but also had 1,000 plus receiving yards and 15 TDs. Pinnock committed to Boston College originally before rescinding his commitment and choosing between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh. After picking Pitt, Pinnock never looked back.

Despite battling injuries early in his career, Pinnock showed flashes in his first three seasons, Pinnock still played in 21 games racking up 34 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, 3 INTs, 14 deflections, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown. He played a bulk of his snaps as a rotational corner and on special teams for those years before taking over as a starter last season.

Pinnock put up good numbers last season with 20 tackles, 3 INTs, and 1.0 TFL. Pinnock then put on a show at his pro day with a sub 4.50 forty and impressive vertical numbers. The physical makeup is there to be a good corner, but Pinnock needs to develop his football IQ rather than rely on physical skill. If he can developmentally, he can be potential outside corner option.

Although some have wondered why the Jets waited to invest in the secondary, the reports have stated Robert Saleh wants to go after late round guys and develop them to his liking, a la K’Wuan Williams and Akello Witherspoon. If he can get half that production out of Pinnock or Carter Jr., that would be a success.

New York Jets to skip mandatory June minicamp this year (report)

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The New York Jets will not hold mandatory June minicamp this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With sports leagues and teams across the nation preparing to stay on a virtual level for the next few weeks, the NFL is taking precautions to ensure player safety and health.

Ultimately, ensuring that the players remain safe prior to the start of training camp is essential. As long as they can avoid contracting the virus and spreading it throughout locker rooms, which is an easy practice given the proximity between players during the season, the NFL can operate as usual. While I question if fans will be present for the early portions of the regular season, football is expected to take place nonetheless.

Here’s the official report from the New York Jets:

The New York Jets will not hold their mandatory June minicamp this year at the end of their offseason program schedule.

The Jets’ voluntary virtual offseason program, instituted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will conclude next week with voluntary virtual meetings from Monday-Friday, June 8-12.

The team, working closely with Gov. Phil Murphy’s office and the NFL, reopened its Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, NJ, this week on a limited basis. The facility is open to a limited number of employees, primarily football-related staff.

The Jets, following state and league protocols, are expected to welcome players, coaches and staff to Florham Park at the end of July for the start of training camp.

On the bright side, it seems as if the end of July marks the opening of their facilities to the max. Players, coaches, and other staff will all be allowed to enter the Florham Park location in a full capacity. This puts the team and league on pace to start training camp and preseason on time. Hopefully, no setbacks will be experienced, and they can go about the off-season on a more normal level.