The New York Jets desperately needed Kelechi Osemele

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Most guys in the NFL are labeled as talented but Kelechi Osemele is an absolute monster.  Kelechi was acquired by the New York Jets this past offseason and at that moment some overlooked his acquisition. From the start of his career, he’s been extremely productive and now as he starts a new chapter, he’s already turning heads.

After being a second-rounder in the 2012 Draft, Osemele was tasked with a huge assignment as a rookie. He had to be a stable and reliable piece of a championship football team. By rotating across the line and being versatile, he heavily contributed to the Ravens Super Bowl win and his high football IQ shined through early on. 

Then in 2013 he suffered an injury and only played 7 games of the season for the Ravens. In 2014, he played well and continued to turn heads. Then, he took a shot on himself and walked and became a free agent in 2016. Osemele was rewarded when be signed a big-money deal that would pay him a five-year $60 million dollar deal. Osemele was a pro bowler and all-pro in his first year in Oakland. He followed that up with a second consecutive pro bowl appearance in 2017.

After battling injuries and having struggles, Osemele was traded to the Jets this offseason. 

Now he joins the team to be a key piece of the offensive line tasked with protecting the future of the franchise, Sam Darnold and a superstar running back, Le’Veon Bell. Osemele brings a veteran presence determined to bring success to this roster.

He demonstrated his high IQ and insane physical ability with just one play when he dumped his block off to absolutely truck the Giants defender. Osemele is a rare mix of inane physical and mental abilities. His addition could easily be looked at as the most vital one of the past offseason for good reason.

New York Jets: Grades and Analysis Against the Atlanta Falcons

New York Jets, Luke Falk

The New York Jets come out of Atlanta with their first win of the preseason, and they showed a lot of promise across the board. Here is my analysis of the game and some team grades.

Sam Darnold is looking good

Sam Darnold is looking like the real deal. After completing 5 out of 7 passes for 46 yards, the Jets signal-caller looks like he has total command of the offense. Darnold showed grace under pressure by keeping himself composed while evading defenders in the pocket. Darnold also showed his ability to perfectly place the ball by throwing behind Robby Anderson on a go route and almost completing a beautiful dime on the move to Quincy Enunwa in the endzone.

If Darnold continues to show this kind of quality, then Jets will finally have the franchise QB they’ve been looking for, for the past 50 years.

Front seven is deadly

The New York Jets front seven has been dominant allowing 124 rushing yards combined in the first two preseason games. This unit has the potential to be good with C.J. Mosely operating the ship. Henry Anderson was lights out, putting a lot of pressure on Matt Ryan. Quinnen Williams was also showing up tonight being a disruptive force down the middle, specifically on third down.

The New York Jets have something special going on in the front seven. It’ll be up to the secondary to complete the defense and make it a top unit.

Secondary getting torched

The Jets secondary, specifically their cornerbacks, are getting manhandled every down. The secondary couldn’t stop a person with paraplegia if there were one on the field. To make matters worse, the football gods handed out their weekly slap to the face to Jet fans by injuring some of the no names in the already thin secondary. The Jets secondary situation is in DEFCON 1; Joe Douglas needs to make a move now if not, the results could be disastrous.

Still, don’t have a kicker

Taylor Bertolet is the only kicker on the Jets roster right now, and the Jets should seriously consider adding some competition. Bertolet wasn’t awful, but he also wasn’t that good. Bertolet had a rocky start after missing an extra point to start the game but redeemed himself by hitting a 49-yard field goal. Bertolet did have a small sample size tonight and should be given another shot, but I don’t think any Jet fan is comfortable with him being the only kicker on the roster.

Offensive Grade: B

The offense tonight was good all around no matter who was on the field. The biggest issue was the fact that O-line looked inconsistent throughout the whole game. Another issue I had was that the running game was nonexistent after Ty Montgomery left the field. Other than those two problems, I think they looked solid.

Defensive Grade: B-

This grade is most reflective on the front seven; however, as the game progressed, the secondary did look a little better. The New York Jets still have work to do on the defensive side of the ball, but tonight they looked alright.

Special Teams Grade: B

The only reason this grade isn’t an A or an A- is because of the missed extra points by Bertolet. Other than Bertolet’s mistakes, they were average group tonight.

Overall Grade: B

 

 

New York Jets: Preseason Preview Atlanta Falcons vs New York Jets

New York Jets

The New York Jets play the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night this week and it will be a critical moment for some players to showcase their talent on a roster that lacks depth. We’ll see the starters play about a quarter Thursday night and continue to show their potential. Some things to keep an eye on for this game will be the starters in the secondary, new kicker Taylor Bertolet and a couple young emerging receivers.

What will the secondary look like?

The New York Jets secondary has been decimated by injuries over the past week with Trumaine Johnson and Kyron Brown both falling to hamstring injuries. The starting cornerbacks for Thursday will most likely be Darryl Roberts and Arthur Maulet. The Jets are thin at corner after releasing Derrick Jones earlier this week. It’s gotten so bad that Jamal Adams has offered to play both corner and safety for the team. The Jets have a couple more weeks until the regular season but who knows how much longer they can go without having any depth at corner.

Give us more

Sam Darnold is like a drug, his presence on the field is so addictive to Jets fans that we can’t get enough. When Sam Darnold is on the field it feels like the past 50 years of incompetence and ineptitude get erased. Darnold is the savior of the team. On Thursday night Jet fans will get a bigger dose of Darnold in the new offense and we all can’t wait.

Who is Taylor Bertolet?

The New York Jets new kicker Taylor Bertolet was signed shortly after Chandler Catanzaro announced his retirement Sunday morning. Taylor Bertolet played for Texas A&M where he set the record for most PATs in a season. Bertolet was on the roster last preseason until he lost his position to Jason Meyers. As of right now, Bertolet is the only kicker on the roster, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Jets bring in an experienced veteran to compete with him.

Stars in the making?

New York Jets wide receivers Deontay Burnett and Greg Dortch both flashed potential against the Giants with the latter scoring a touchdown. Everyone knows Deontay Burnett from his time in USC acting as Sam Darnold’s safety blanket but not many know of Dortch. The rookie receiver from Wake Forest came onto the scene as being the potential replacement for kick returner after Andre Roberts left, but his string of good practices and games might land him a bigger role on offense. If both receivers continue to shine, the New York Jets will have a much deeper receiver room than previously thought.

New York Jets: Examining two new additions to the offensive line

New York Jets bring in Alex Lewis.

New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas is making moves like a mad man, with the focus being on the offensive line. The Baltimore Ravens have gifted us C.J. Mosley and now they’ve given us offensive line depth.

Alex Lewis was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s a second-generation offensive lineman, as his dad was an All American center. It’s in his blood to be a stud at the position.

What are the New York Jets getting with Alex Lewis?

Since being drafted, however, he’s flashed the ability to be a starting-caliber offensive lineman. The problem that has kept him from achieving his potential is injuries. In 2017 he had a shoulder injury which led to season-ending surgery. In 2018 despite playing games and performing very well he still missed two games and had to get neck surgery following the season.

After things with Baltimore fell apart, the Ravens decided to take him out of the running for the starting left guard spot and trade or release him. The Jets evidently took a liking to him and acquired him in exchange for a conditional 7th rounder that goes to Baltimore in the event Lewis makes the 53 man roster. Now with injury questions with Kelvin Beachum and some of the other offensive linemen facing injuries in the past Lewis can play a 6th man type role for this offensive line which could be a bigger asset then many realize for this team.

Another guy who people should keep an eye out for is Kyron Brown. Brown was a key player for the Akron football team for the past few years. He was a captain of the team last season and had pretty solid results in college. Brown had 41 tackles, a sack, and a pick in his final season at Akron.

He had similar stats in his 2nd to last season with 49 tackles, and two picks. In his other past seasons, he had one with a career-high of 3 interceptions. He’s excellent in coverage and a beast on special teams. Now he’s proving it in camp, going from an undrafted player to seeing a bulk of second-team reps and some first-team reps in replacement for Trumaine Johnson when he was dealing with a temporary injury. Brown has already opened some eyes and with a strong training camp, he could not only crack the roster but could make some noise this season.

New York Jets: Who Will Take Chandler Catanzaro’s Role as Kicker?

New York Jets, Jason Myers

The New York Jets have a gigantic need for a kicker after Chandler Catanzaro announced his retirement on Sunday morning. With Catanzaro gone, the Jets must fill the kicker position quickly as their second preseason game approaches. Jets top option, Kaare Vedcik, was traded from the Baltimore Ravens for a fifth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The free-agent market isn’t packed with any promising solutions, the top options being Matt Bryant and Blair Walsh. Dan Bailey might be a future option for the Jets as he will be battling Vedvik for the kicker spot on the Vikings.  The Jets have little to work with and will probably have to wait until the cut day to scour the market for their new kicker.

Open Competition

I think the New York Jets should approach this problem the same way the Bears have, get as many kickers as possible and hold a giant competition. The Jets have nothing to lose, bring in 5 guys and make them battle it out seems like the most logical way to find your guy. Five players the Jets can bring in are Taylor Bertolet, Matt Bryant, Blair Walsh, Ross Martin, and Matt McCrane.

Trading Options

If the Jets were to trade for their new kicker, names like Dan Bailey and Mason Crosby would be intriguing. A trade would most likely cost the Jets to fork over at least a 5th or 6th round pick, but its better than losing a game due to a missed field goal because you were too cheap to trade.

New York Jets: Jamison Crowder Is Introducing Himself

Jamison Crowder had been with the Washington Redskins for 4 years before joining the New York Jets this past offseason. Crowder was a flat out stud early on but injuries brought about questions heading into free agency. Crowder is already starting to prove doubters wrong.

Crowder was a 4th round pick in the 2015 draft. Crowder burst onto the scene with 59 receptions, 604 yards, and two touchdowns. Crowder turned heads and only continued to further that in year 2. He finished that season with 67 receptions, 847 yards, and seven touchdowns. After this season, injuries became something that was more apparent for Crowder. Crowder finished the 2017 season with 66 receptions for 789 yards and 3 scores.

Then injuries became a real issue last season as Crowder missed nearly half the season. He still managed 29 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets saw potential beyond the injuries and lack of starts and handed him a 3 year 28.5 million dollar contract.

The Jets face a whole lot of questions going into this season about how they’ll operate without a clear number one receiver. Instead, Crowder is a part of their three-headed monster. Crowder has proven this with a really really good training camp performance and then a superb performance in just one drive on Thursday night. Crowder scored a TD and was there for Darnold as a significant outlet. Crowder is a guy that as long he stays healthy, could light up opposing teams and widen eyes. He’s likely going to be in a slot role which will significantly help his production as well. Crowder is one of the handfuls of New York Jets that I definitely see a lot of success coming from this season barring injuries. Crowder is ready to prove he deserved the deal but is New York ready for what this man is about to bring?

New York Jets: Attempting To Solve The Cornerback Issues

New York Jets, Jason Myers
This past Thursday night proved a few things but none being clearer than the true seriousness of the New York Jets cornerback issues. The Jets released Derrick Jones today, who was one of the disappointments in the past. They also have decisions to make on a few other corners. The situation is really bad but there are a few solutions the team could explore.

Bringing Back Morris Claiborne

Morris Clairborne was statistically one of the better corners in all of football last season. Despite a suspension, he still provides a good value to the team. He was great last year and no doubt could be a big help to the weak secondary. He was one of the few smart moves by Mike Maccagnan and Joe Douglas should consider bringing him in.

Trade for Jalen Ramsey

Hear me out, it may sound wild but the logistics make sense. He’s a young, big personality but he’s also one of the best corners in the game. Jalen Ramsey has been having some issues in Jacksonville and if Douglas wants to make some big moves, one would be to go out and get him from Jacksonville.

Trade for Xavier Rhodes

”Rhodes Closed”, Xavier Rhodes is a great cornerback. Rhodes is at 29, still a shutdown corner who can hang with most team’s #1 receiver. He’s a 2-time pro bowler and a 1-time all-pro in 2017. He is also semi-realistic. He has a tough contract and he’s 29. Both of those circumstances could make for a less large package being given and could make it a real possibility.

Bring Someone Out Of Retirement

I mean nobody saw Ryan Kalil coming, so why not another one. Adam Pacman Jones is the only semi-realistic corner who is still talented and could make an impact. The other main retirees either have health issues or haven’t played in a while. Although Pacman has some off the field issues, maybe he’s the guy the Jets could get. It’s a low chance, but who knows.
Ultimately in all seriousness, the New York Jets need help. Their cornerback situation is atrocious. Trumaine Johnson was overpaid and needs a big season. Darryl Roberts and Brian Poole could be good but the Jets still need depth beyond them. They currently lack that and that issue needs to be fixed very soon.

New York Jets: Taking A Closer Look At Offensive Line Depth

New York Jets

The other day I wrote an article about one former USC product with familiarity to New York Jets quarterback, Sam Darnold. There’s another offensive lineman to hit on.

Chuma Edoga joins the Jets this year as one of their two 3rd rounders. At 6’3 308 lbs, he is a force to be reckoned with. Edoga was consistently one of the best pass protectors in the NCAA at USC. He has devoted time on his run blocking as well and it’s shown in training camp.

Kelvin Beachum went down with an ankle issue and Edoga stepped right in and began to carve out holes for Le’Veon Bell. Edoga is currently in a backup/developmental position but with a good preseason, could establish himself as the eventual replacement for Beachum.

Edoga is a beast with big potential. The Jets took a shot on him and just as he did at USC, it’s time for Edoga to protect his guy again. Maybe not this year but very soon, Edoga could be the next key piece within that offensive line.

Another offensive lineman on the other end of the spectrum is Jonathan Harrison. I recently discussed in a Ryan Kalil piece that Harrison is a good depth piece but not a starter. Harrison has been well-traveled and only happens to be 27.

Having been a key offensive line piece with the Colts, he had a roller-coaster tenure with the team with on the field play. Then he joined the Jets and in a way has been a versatile guy with talent that projects more as like a 6th man role. Harrison can still be a key piece on this offensive line and on the offense as a whole. Harrison although not the ideal starter, is a terrific backup to have on the team.

New York Jets: Grades and Analysis Week 1 of the Preseason

New York Jets

The New York Jets have finished their first preseason game under Adam Gase and there was a lot action tonight from the green and white. Here some of the main things I took away from the game tonight.

Jets need Cornerbacks badly

The Jets front seven looked very solid tonight throughout the entire game, but the secondary was a different story. The New York Jets secondary had an abysmal game, giving up almost 400 passing yards, the majority coming from third-string QB Alex Tanney.

The Jets were testing out who would be the best fit to fill their No.2 cornerback spot. Derrick Jones and Kyron Brown looked woefully unprepared, consistently getting burned by Giants wide receivers. It became apparent that cornerback is the most pressing need for the Jets, and it can cost them when they play top-level talent in the regular season. The Jets need to scour the trade market to find anyone to play cornerback for them after Morris Claiborne signed with the Chiefs for $1.5 million dollars. A couple of names to watch could be guys like Artie Burns from the Steelers and Trae Waynes from the Vikings.

Chandler Catanzaro NEEDS TO GO!

This might be a little bit of an overreaction, but it really isn’t. Chandler Catanzaro was so putrid tonight that there is no excuse for the Jets not to bring in any competition. Catanzaro missed three extra points and has been terrible throughout training camp, if the Jets want to win, they need to bring in his replacement. Several names to watch out for on the market could be guys like Ross Martin or Kaare Vedvik, who had a great game.

Sam Darnold flashes again

Its no secret Sam Darnold has all the talent in the world, but against the Giants, he looked like the franchise QB the team has been waiting for. On his only drive of the night, Sam Darnold completed 4 of 5 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Darnold’s best play was his 32-yard pass to Chris Herndon on third and four where he throws downfield after he steps up in the pocket on a broken play.

Blake Cashman looking great

Blake Cashman has been on a roll lately and continued tonight by putting on a show on defense. Cashman has been sharing times with the starting defense in practice and he showed why tonight being a very solid force in the middle of the field. If Cashman continues this progression don’t be surprised to see Avery Williamson on the trading block later this season of in the offseason.

Offensive Grade: C

Sam Darnold didn’t play enough for me to give a fair evaluation of how he was in the offense but the other three QB’s looked bad. Trevor Siemian looked like a very solid backup for the Jets today and commanded some nice drives including a touchdown pass to Elijah McGuire. The same can’t be said about Luke Falk and Davis Webb who both looked atrocious under center.

Defensive Grade: D+

The New York  Jets defense gets a D+ and not an F because the run defense was pretty good, and they got some solid pressures in. The secondary needs help ASAP or else this defense might get burned whenever they come out to play on Sundays. With Marcus Maye’s future looking dicey and no legitimate cornerbacks past Trumaine Johnson who is injury prone, the Jets will have to make sure that they bring in the best they can possibly get to help.

Special Teams Grade: D

We don’t need to continue talking about Chandler Catanzaro I’ve already spent to much time venting about him. Lachlan Edwards, on the other hand, is doing very well and winning his punting battle against Matt Darr, punting 3 times for an average 52.3 yards with a long of 67. Trenton Cannon absolutely needs to make the roster, he’s so good as a gunner on special teams and gives the Jets an element of speed that they don’t really have.

Overall Grade: C-

New York Jets: Top Takeaways From Preseason Week 1

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

This year’s annual snoopy bowl in the preseason exposed many weaknesses and showcased many strengths but these are the three top takeaways from last nights game for the New York Jets.

Takeaway #1: Sam Darnold Has Already Matured

You’re probably thinking, okay Dylan, you might be getting ahead of yourself, but hear me out. Since the end of last season upon his return from injury, Darnold lit it up.

He seemed confident and like an absolute gamer. Then, One Jets Drive comes out and you can truly see how high his football IQ is and how much his rookie season taught him. Training camp has been filled with positives and impressive throws.

Now, in the preseason opener, Gase handed him the keys with several pieces still missing and Darnold carved apart the Giants’ starting defense. After one incompletion that likely would’ve ruined his whole drive last season early on, Darnold stayed calm and went 4/5 for 68 yards and a score.

He was accurate and confident, that’s a good thing, and in hindsight, that’s all you can really ask for out of a 2nd-year quarterback. Darnold certainly matured and looks ready to take the NFL by storm.

Takeaway #2: The Jets Still Lack Depth

Joe Douglas spent time on the offensive line and with a 7th rounder and 8.4 million dollars, he made the offensive line a damn good one on paper, especially when everyone is healthy. He got depth and key pieces.

Now it’s time for him to do that elsewhere. At Corner, it looked most obvious. Parry Nickerson and Kyron Brown got beat pitifully at the cost of big plays. Nickerson, who is known for his speed couldn’t hang and Kyron Brown, who I spoke highly of recently both seemed primed to impress.

Instead, they along with others exposed the need for cornerback depth. Then, Chandler Catanzaro starts missing PATs and it became apparent he needs competition to either take his spot or at the very least challenge for it.

Then even at other spots, the depth looked weak. The Jets need to be great top to bottom, that includes depth players.

Takeaway #3: Some Young Guys Shine, Others Disappoint

Greg Dortch played very well at both receiver and as a returner as he continues to fight for a roster spot. Dortch was an underrated guy coming out of the draft and could do big things this season and his performance tonight is just the start.

Blake Cashman looked great despite a few errors. The young linebacker continues to provide versatility being a special teams threat and being the presumable third linebacker behind Williamson and Mosley. Expect Cashman to contribute more than initially expected.

Another young linebacker who shined was Frankie Luvu. He and Cashman forced a fumble and Luvu continued to play with his heart on his sleeve. He has a “never say die” attitude and plays with a great motor. That kind of player is perfect for a Gregg Williams defense. Williams will have Cashman and Luvu in his back pocket and both could be good pieces for the defense this season.

Nathan Shepherd and Jachai Polite were quite disappointing to me. Both guys were quiet and didn’t do much. The Jets could significantly see an impact if both of them got it together and become key assets.

Overall the Jets impressed me but also showed some spots that still needed work. With CB and Kicker being two spots that immediately come to mind. The game also gave me confidence for what’s to come based on the success of the first team. More analysis will come but the opening results were encouraging.