What should the New York Jets do with Robby Anderson?

New York Jets, Robby Anderson

Coming off a sub-par season offensively, the New York Jets‘ passing attack needs to be revamped. The top three receivers last season, in terms of receptions, were Jamison Crowder, Le’Veon Bell, and Robby Anderson, in that order. Crowder is under contract for two more years following his 3-year, $28.5-million deal from last offseason. Bell is still under contract, but there are several rumors surrounding him, which is a whole other discussion. Anderson is set to become an unrestricted free agent very soon. So, how should the Jets handle the situation?

Tag-and-trade

The first option the team could explore is giving Robby Anderson the franchise tag, and then ultimately trading him. This would ensure two things: the Jets wouldn’t lose Anderson without getting anything in return, and they also wouldn’t have to pay him the money he’s seeking. This route was taken a couple of times last season, perhaps most notable with Jadeveon Clowney. The Houston Texans tagged Clowney before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks. If the front office elects this is the best option, they could potentially end up with, not a first-round pick like the Cowboys got for Amari Cooper, but a late second or third-round pick, maybe two.

Sign him

This is the easy choice. The team could sign Anderson to a multi-year deal, although they’d likely have to pay him more than they would like. Anderson finished with 52 receptions for 779 yards and five touchdowns last season. Those are solid numbers for a number-two receiver on a team, which Anderson would probably fit best as, but was the number-one receiver on the depleted Jets team. This point, plus the fact that this is a very thin free agency class regarding receivers, will make him request more money. According to Pete Prisco, a writer for CBS Sports, Anderson is set to be the third-best receiver in free agency, only behind A.J. Green and Amari Cooper. This will probably have Anderson seeking an annual salary over $10 million, at least. He has been reported to be wanting a yearly salary of $14 million, according to Paul Kasabian of Bleacher Report.

Let him walk

Obviously, if a deal can’t be agreed upon, Anderson will play elsewhere. He should have a decent market because of the very thin free agency group. He’ll have teams willing to give him his desired salary and might be more appetizing to him. If this is the case, sure, the front office will have more money to spend elsewhere, but there would be a hole to fill. If he leaves, the team would have Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios, Jehu Chesson, Josh Bellamy, and, possibly, Quincy Enunwa fighting for targets. That’s a receiving corp that would need help. Once again, this is a thin free agency. Outside of Anderson, Cooper, and Green, the next-best option is Breshad Perriman, especially after recently signing Josh Doctson. Perriman could probably be signed for less than Anderson but isn’t the same player he is. Regardless of offseason signings, the team should look to draft some playmakers.

Robby Anderson and the Jets have contract negotiations to figure out by the time free agency begins on March 18. If the team elects to let him go, backup plans need to be identified to replenish the receiving corp.

Debate: Should the New York Giants take a WR at 4?

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

As the NFL season comes to a close, fans of the New York Giants have already begun speculating moves that their beloved team should do this offseason.  Something that has become all too familiar over the last few seasons.

One position of intrigue and debate is wide receiver.  After trading away Odell Beckham Jr. and being thin at the position, many wonders if the Giants will take an elite receiver at the top of this April’s NFL Draft.  Others, on the other hand, believe this would be a mistake. Which side are you on?

Making the case for a WR in Round 1

With the 4th overall pick in hand and considering the needs of Washington and Detroit in front of them, the New York Giants very likely could miss out on a premier defensive talent yet again.  Chase Young seems bound for Washington. Isaiah Simmons’ performance has made him a strong candidate to go 3rd overall. So, what does that mean for the Giants?

Popular options include trading back to a quarterback hungry team, taking a young offensive tackle or grabbing another cornerback.  However, many others think the New York Giants should be taking a wide receiver. 

Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb have been considered by some to be ideal selections for the Giants.  Jeudy has been compared to the Cowboys’ Amari Cooper and can be the outside receiver New York covets. His speed and agility make him a threat at all levels.  

Then there is CeeDee Lamb.  Lamb has incredible ball skills and control of his 6’2” frame.  Many compare Lamb to Houston’s Deandre Hopkins or even 6-time Pro Bowler, Reggie Wayne.  How could the New York Giants pass on that?

Even if the Giants were to trade down, the talent in this draft class at the receiver is very deep.  Clemon’s Tee Higgins, Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, and Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. are just some of the names that could be called in the 1st round.

Making the case against a WR in Round 1

The depth of this receiving class may be the strongest case against taking a receiver in the first round.  It is no secret that the New York Giants have needed all over, especially on the defense and offensive line.  Is taking a receiver in the Top 5 really the best use of draft capital?

Without trading out, the Giants are sitting in a great position to address many needs with premier talent.  Isaiah Simmons is an ideal fit, but may not be available. Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah is another top prospect that will be available with the 4th pick.  The tackle position is very top-heavy, with Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas all being considered as the best tackle prospect in the class. 

The Giants have a talented group of receivers already, but they are thin at the position.  With the injuries they suffered last season, having depth is critical. Taking a wide receiver later in the draft may be their best option.  Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk, Southern Cal’s Michael Pittman Jr. and Ohio State’s K.J.Hill are just some of the names the Giants could call at any point in the later rounds.  Temple wide receiver Isaiah Wright has been impressing scouts this week at the Shrine Bowl and could very well be a breakout player in the NFL.

What about the free-agent market?

The New York Giants are going to have a ton of money available for free agency.  If they prioritize the offensive line and defense in the NFL Draft, they have some options in free agency in order to build out the depth at wide receiver.

New York can definitely bring back guys that WR Coach Tyke Tolbert is familiar with.  Cody Latimer, Cody Core, and even Da’Mari Scott would all be unsurprising returns to the Giants.  If the G-Men dip elsewhere in free agency, they do have options. They could look to add a veteran with a one year deal, much like Randall Cobb, Demaryius Thomas or Danny Amendola.  The veteran option giving them depth, talent, and experience as a stop-gap for the season.

What about a younger option that could be signed for a longer deal?  WR Amari Cooper hasn’t be resigned by Dallas… yet. The Jets Robby Anderson looks to be headed to the open market and will be sought after.  There are also options like Rashard Higgins, who showed flashes with his time in Cleveland before the Browns brought in Landry and Odell.

Whatever the case may be, the New York Giants will have to address the lack of depth at wide receiver.  The talent is there, especially with the emergence of Darius Slayton, but there is a longevity concern that will need to be taken into consideration.  

New York Jets: What is Robby Anderson Worth to the New York Jets?

New York Jets, Robby Anderson

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is due to hit free agency in just a couple of months. Robby Anderson has been a fan favorite ever since he stepped on the field back in 2016. Robby’s story is one of dedication and sacrifice to reach the highest level of competition in the world. But has he done enough to earn a second contract with gang green?

 

Backstory

Robby Anderson came into the league as an undrafted player coming out of Temple University. During his time at Temple, he missed the 2014 season due to academic eligibility but also recorded the second-most ever reception and yardage totals in school history. Robby entered Jets training camp to earn a spot in a crowded wide receiver room that included stars like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. During training camp and preseason Robby impressed coaches and earned a roster spot over Charone Peake, Jeremy Ross, and Chandler Worthy.

Production

Robby Anderson has been the most productive wide receiver on the Jets since 2017 while also being the Jets only deep threat. Since he started in 2016 Robby has averaged 14.8 yards a catch and has recorded over 3000 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. Robby has also become Sam Darnold’s most trusted target over the past year, therefore increasing his value to the team. There is no doubt that Robby has been the Jets premier playmaker this past couple of years, but is he worth the 13-15-million-dollar price tag he allegedly wants?

Final Decision

The New York Jets have a big decision to make here but at the end of the day, I think they must cut bait with Robby Anderson. Robby has been great for the team, but he has never produced a 1000-yard season and is not a complete receiver. The upcoming draft is loaded with wide receivers that are just as good as Robby Anderson at just a fraction of the cost. If Robby Anderson wants to remain a New York Jet, he must lower his price tag to at least 10 million dollars. If the Jets were to pay a middle-tier wide receiver 13-15 million dollars in the name of chemistry, then it will demonstrate that they do not know how to evaluate talent and are content with overpaying average players.

 

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: Trevor Siemian To Start In Wake Of Darnold’s Absence

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

Mono, is a tough illness. It makes you heavily contagious and it’s a butt-kicker. It now has taken out the franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold. Darnold was reportedly very sick and dropping weight excessively, this resulted in him being sent home on Wednesday with “strep throat”. Symptoms progressed and Donald was diagnosed with mono. This will take him out of action for at least a few weeks. So now, in the week of his absence with a stretch of huge games coming up, Trevor Siemian must be trusted to step up and fill in for Darnold.

Trevor Siemian Has Experience

This is not Trevor Siemian’s first rodeo as a starting quarterback. When Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler left Siemian became the QB 1 in Denver. Siemian inherited a defending super bowl championship squad and put up really solid first starting season numbers. Siemian finished the season with 3,401 yards, 18 TDs, and 10 INTs. Then with the job his to lose he started 10/16 games and finished his year with 2,285 yards, 12 TDs, and 14 INTs. Siemian struggled and ultimately lost his starting job because of it. Siemian went to Minnesota briefly but found a home for this season with the New York Jets as the backup to Sam Darnold. Coach Gase reportedly felt Siemian could be a capable short term starter. Now, Siemian will have to prove his coach right.

Trevor Siemian Could See Success

Unlike other analysts I’m not writing off the games Siemian starts. As I dove deeper into it, Siemian is very good at allowing the ball to be put into playmakers hands. He also will have a bunch of big playmakers who are perfect for check-downs and screen passes in Robby Anderson, Ty Montgomery, Le’Veon Bell, and Jamison Crowder. If those 4 are used to be his security blankets and allow him to dump it off to them, it could really help. The most familiar weapon he will have is new WR Demaryius Thomas. Thomas played some of his best ball with Adam Gase as his coordinator and if Gase can take advantage of his skill set in the absence of Enunwa it could look like a really good trade for the Jets. Thomas will be able to be eased in especially because his QB for the next few games already has a rhythm with him. Siemian and Thomas have been teammates since Siemian came into the league. They built a solid connection and Gase would be wise to use that to their advantage. The only major concern is the setup of the offense around Siemian. Darnold is mobile and with an offensive line that is still not cohesive, that is essential. Siemian is a pure pocket passer who may struggle in this situation. If he can utilize the Jets playmakers as I previously mentioned in check down situations that could ease the pressure slightly.

In The End, It’s Only Temporary

Sam Darnold will be back soon. However, the Jets face a huge stretch of games with some being must win. The New York Jets need to pull off a win against a few of these squads while Darnold is absent or the Jets can kiss their hopes goodbye. If they walk into the Bye Week at 0-3 they already will be in deep trouble. Quite frankly the pressure is on Siemian and if he can’t deliver the Jets are screwed.

New York Jets: What Can We Expect from Demaryius Thomas?

For the first time since 2000, the New York Jets and New England Patriots agreed to a trade, resulting in Demaryius Thomas suiting up for Gang Green. What type of impact can we expect from the 31-year-old veteran receiver?

Looks like Adam Gase was a man of his word after calling out the receiving corps following the New York Jets’ disappointing collapse against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. If Gase’s words rang loud and clear, then his actions surely followed it up. As a result of adding Antonio Brown, the New England Patriots followed by trading away Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets.

After seven straight seasons with the Denver Broncos (four of which were Pro Bowl seasons), Thomas has now found himself on four different teams in the past two seasons. (ProFootballReference).

After being traded midway last year from the Broncos to the Houston Texans, Demaryius Thomas suffered a ruptured Achilles that ended his season. After being signed, released, then re-signed with the Patriots this preseason, Thomas now finds himself as a New York Jet.

What type of production and impact can the Jets’ expect from the veteran wideout?

Prime Years Are in the Past

Demaryius Thomas accounted for five straight seasons of 1,000+ receiving yards from 2012-2016. He also accounted for double-digit touchdowns in three of the aforementioned five seasons. No surprise here, the Jets aren’t expecting to turn back the clock and revive the Demaryius Thomas of NFL past. Thomas wasn’t brought in to be the de facto number one wideout.

Even when he was racking up yardage and finding the endzone, Demaryius Thomas didn’t carry the reputation of having the most reliable hands. He averaged nearly 11 drops per season from 2012-2017, and his average career catch percentage is a mere 61%. Safe to say, the Jets are getting a Demaryius Thomas that his a shade of his former self.

Help Open Opportunities for Others

So the general consensus is that Thomas wasn’t going to be relied upon to suddenly handle the receiving load and lead the wideouts. But you don’t trade for him to ride the bench either. With the recent news of Quincy Enunwa likely to miss the remainder of the season with a neck injury, it is clear Demaryius Thomas will be up for filling the void.

So while Thomas won’t command double teams from opposing defensive backs, that doesn’t mean he can’t open opportunities for others. If he can prove to be reliable across the middle and with passes underneath, he can help keep defenses honest, possibly opening up Robby Anderson over the top as a deep threat.

Better yet, if he can prove reliable on the outside, it should give prized free-agent acquisition, Jamison Crowder, even more, room to work in the slot. Crowder had a whopping 17 targets and hauled in 14 of them for 99 yards receiving. The caveat: not a single touchdown reception. If there’s any way for Thomas to contribute, its to prove to be a reliable option, keeping defensive backs honest and allowing the other offensive threats the chance to exploit coverages.

 

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: What will Robby Anderson’s role be in 2019?

New York Jets, Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson has been a key asset for the New York Jets since his addition in 2016. During his rookie campaign, he burst onto the scene with 587 yards and two scores.

Anderson proved he had a boatload of potential with his dynamic skills, his breakaway speed, and his big play ability. The dynamic receiver followed that up with a near 1000 yard season in 2017 finishing with 941 yards and seven receptions (Sports Reference).

Then with all the eyes on Anderson now having to take a bulk of the targets, he struggled early but eventually found a rhythm with Sam Darnold. He finished his 3rd season with 752 yards and 6 scores. Now coming off an offseason overhaul within the organization and entering a contract year, this will be the biggest season of Robby Anderson’s career. 

The New York Jets are in a decent place:

A lot of people make the argument that quality is better than quantity, but I strongly disagree with the Jets case. The Jets have their main group of Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder and the second tier of Deontay Burnett and Greg Dortch.

The main group is essentially made up of three guys that are well respected but none as a clear cut #1 guy. The second tier is made up of two high potential guys who will see their fair share of reps this season. Anderson, however, has the most riding on this season. 

If the fourth-year pro can establish himself this season he can put himself in line for a big deal and also prove to the Jets he can be their main guy. He’s only missed two games in three seasons in the league and despite some minor off the field issues in the past, he continues to be one of the teams most reliable and productive weapons.

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Anderson even has some pressure taken off of him with the addition of Crowder and re-signing of Enunwa. In an organization where consistency is, well, inconsistent, a year where he is reliable as the number one option for a budding star QB should be heavily rewarded.

The fact is, a bulk of the Jets’ offensive success rides on the shoulders of Anderson. If the pass-catcher steps up and produces then it allows the rest of the Jets offense to run smoother. This season will be crucial not only for Anderson but his play will be crucial for the franchise. 

New York Jets Training Camp 2019 6 Players to Watch

New York Jets, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold

New York Jets Training camp is right around the corner, and there is finally some hope for Jets fans this upcoming season. After a very successful offseason acquiring top tier talent, an offensive-minded head coach, and rebranding the organization, Gang Green is ready to take the next step into becoming contenders and it all starts in training camp.

In order for the Jets to reach their full potential and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2010, they need certain players to step their game up and take the team to the next level.

Here are 6 players to watch in New York Jets training camp this summer:

Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson has been one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL for the past two seasons. With his blazing fast speed, steady hands, and his tall athletic frame he’s quickly become one of the top deep threats in the NFL but is that enough? Anderson is arguably the best receiver on the team, but he hasn’t shown any promise into becoming a number one receiver due to the previous coaching staff.

New head coach Adam Gase has raved about Anderson’s ability to stretch the field and add an element of speed on a team that doesn’t have any other deep threats.

Gase has had a good track record with wide receivers who have game-breaking speed like Robby Anderson, usually turning them into an X factor every Sunday. If Gase’s infatuation with Anderson is real don’t be surprised to see him finally get his first thousand-yard year.

Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold is entering his second year in the league and has an enormous amount of pressure to take the New York Jets to the next level. The recent trend for successful young quarterback’s in the league has been that in their second year they have breakout years and turn their team to legitimate contenders (e.g. Carson Wentz, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, etc.).

Darnold had an up and down rookie year battling injuries and turnovers but had an amazing final four weeks of the season having the highest grade for a QB on PFF over that span. In order for Darnold to take that next step, the New York Jets must let him air it out downfield and take more chances.

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Le’Veon Bell

First things first, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t need to step up his game whatsoever he’s a top 5 running back in the league and in my opinion the most versatile offensive weapon in the league. That being said, Le’Veon does have a chip on his shoulder after taking one year off due to contractual reasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Many people have written off Le’Veon Bell as just a product of his offensive line in Pittsburgh. Le’Veon Bell has constantly played in the shadow of other great players such as Antonio Brown, but now the offense will revolve around him and he will make people remember why he is the most dangerous player whenever he steps on the field.

Darryl Roberts

The Jets defense on paper is one of the best in the league and is mostly complete, but their biggest hole is at the second cornerback slot. Darryl Roberts has made quite the career for himself considering that he was a seventh-round pick in 2015 by the New England Patriots and this year he will be battling for the chance to start opposite of Trumaine Johnson.

Darryl Roberts is the most accomplished corner on the team after Trumaine Johnson and signed a three-year extension with the team worth $18 million dollars. The expectations are high for Roberts especially if Trumaine Johnson continues to deal with injuries. Roberts will maximize his potential in Gregg Williams scheme which is infamous for elevating defensive backs games.

Quinnen Williams

This year’s first-round pick Quinnen Williams has some big expectations coming into his rookie year after dominating the SEC for Alabama. The draft hype surrounding Quinnen Williams was unreal, he was even rated higher analytically than his Heisman trophy finalist QB Tua Tagovailoa.

Quinnen was often compared to the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Quinnen’s best traits coming out of college were his hands and ability to process what was going to happen before the play even finished. Quinnen Williams could be the star pass rusher that the Jets desperately need and can completely change the outlook of the Jets season by himself.

Jonotthan Harrison

After Sam Darnold, all eyes on the offensive side of the ball will be set on this year’s starting center Jonotthan Harrison. No one really knows what to expect from Harrison, but after a nice job filling in for Spencer Long the final few weeks of the year there is hope that he can be a solid center. Harrison has shown flashes of being a suitable starter, but the question is can he be consistent with it.

If Harrison can duplicate his play from last year the New York Jets will have a decent offensive line for Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell to work with this year.

 

 

 

New York Jets: LeVeon Bell is going to make Sam Darnold that much better

New York Jets, LeVeon Bell

The New York Jets are in great shape moving forward with LeVeon Bell at the helm:

While Isaiah Crowell presented a decent running back option in 2018 for the Jets, he doesn’t even compare to the talent they acquired in LeVeon Bell.

Despite the rumors that Adam Gase wasn’t interested in signing the star running back, his influence will be impactful, and he will elevate Sam Darnold’s numbers and success exponentially. Having a safety option like Bell in the backfield will give Darnold an extra progression in case his receivers are bottled up.

To give you some context:

Bell, who missed all of 2018 with a contract dispute, earned 1,291 rushing yards the year prior to go along with 655 receiving yards and 11 scores. As a dual-threat back, Gase will be able to open up his playbook and really exercise screens more effectively and efficiently. It will be interesting to see how Gase utilizes Bell’s unique skill-set and implements it on the offense.

Darnold commented on his abilities and how he is going to confuse defenses, according to ESPN:

“When he’s out there in the huddle, the defensive coordinator doesn’t know where he’s going to line up. He doesn’t know what’s coming his way. With Le’Veon out there, we’ve become a little more unpredictable, just because he’s such a great route runner. He’s not just running a ‘smoke,’ and he’s not just running 5-yard routes. He could run deep on you. He could run a slant … and score. There are a lot of different things he can do.”

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That’s one of the more underrated aspects of Bell, he can run routes like a legitimate receiver — post routes, slants, etc. Unpredictability will be the word to use when it comes tot he Jets’ new running back – Gase said it himself:

“Is he going to be in the gun? Strong? Offset? Weak? Is he going to be under center [in the Wildcat]? Is he going to be split out wide? Is he going to be the single receiver? Is he going to be in empty? Is he going to be in the slot? There are five different spots he can go if we go empty.

I anticipate Bell not only being the leading rusher for the Jets but also their top receiver. Adding just Jamison Crowder in free agency to bolster their receiving corps simply isn’t enough to get the job done for Darnold. They still have Robby Anderson on the team but lost Jermaine Kearse – this unit surely needs a boost otherwise opposing defenses will look to scheme Bell out of the game.

Bell had Antonio Brown to help deter defenders from stacking the box against the running back in Pittsburgh.