“I’ve been with the Jets since the 1960s and I’ve suffered through some very tough years with them. What I’ve seen Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson do is nothing short of just stunning. I think if you compare that to any turnaround, whether it’s sports or business, it’s truly a case study in excellence. I wanted to learn from Mike, and I have.”The entire article is here, and is rather interesting
INDIANAPOLIS - When Jets GM Joe Douglas watched the Chiefs and the 49ers play in Super Bowl LIV he felt the need … the need for speed.
And when he looked at the offensive players on the Jets' current roster, he knew he had a lot of work to do to find it.
"I think you saw that in the two teams that competed for the Super Bowl this year, how many explosive players they had on both sides of the ball," Douglas said. "Everyone is trying to get bigger, faster, smarter, tougher. We need explosive guys. We need explosive, dynamic playmakers."
The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting continues on Friday as running backs, offensive linemen, kickers and special teamers take the the field.
Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...
1) Louisville T Mekhi Becton
It's no secret that the Jets need a lot of help on the offensive line this offseason. Really, every spot along the offensive line is due for an upgrade, and when it comes to protecting quarterback Sam Darnold, finding someone to protect the all-important blind side for years to come is the key.
At the tackle position, Mekhi Becton is a physical freak. Weighing in at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton would be the heaviest tackle drafted in the last decade, and he'd instantly become the second heaviest tackle in the NFL behind Trent Brown of the Raiders.
Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold
Alabama CB Trevon Diggs, the younger brother of Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, is another draftee hopeful to be taken in the first or second round come April's NFL Draft in Las Vegas.
Although his projections don't see him being picked in the Top 15, the Giants (No. 4 pick) and Jets (No. 11 pick) have shown some interest in the defensive back.
Trevon said he's already met with the Jets and will be meeting with the Giants on Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS - Though nobody seems to know for sure, the general consensus at the NFL Scouting Combine this week is that Tom Brady will be playing somewhere other than New England this season. Maybe Las Vegas or Los Angeles, or possibly even in Tennessee.
But really, if you're a Jets fan, who cares where he goes? As long he's out of the AFC East.
No matter what the Jets do this offseason to continue the rebuilding of their team, nothing would help them more than Brady actually getting out of the division for the first time since he was drafted 20 years ago. He's been an absolute nightmare for them -- and the Dolphins and the Bills during his 19 seasons as the Patriots' starter.
The Jets are in the need of a pass rusher this offseason, and with Ohio State's Chase Young definitely off the big board by the time No. 11 comes around, there are other options to choose from if GM Joe Douglas wishes to go that route in the first round.
K'Lavon Chaisson out of LSU is one of those players.
Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Chaisson talked about the prospect of playing in New York, and said he would definitely be able to adapt to big city life.
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The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting begins on Thursday when the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends kick off drills to see which prospects can stand out among the rest.
Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...
All NFL eyes are on Indianapolis this week for the 2020 Scouting Combine, and the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will take part in on-field workouts on Thursday.
Wide receiver is undoubtedly a position of need for the Jets, and they may already have their targets set on one of the draft's fastest players.
While listing out five Combine performances that should intrigue the Jets, ESPN's Rich Cimini listed Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, noting that the Jets 'have had their eye on him for a while.'
Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Douglas said the magic words on Tuesday, that he wants Jamal Adams to be "a Jet for life." It's exactly what the 24-year-old Adams wanted to hear, especially if that means a lucrative, mega-contract is in the works.
And it probably is -- eventually. Douglas, the Jets GM, conceded he's had "some preliminary talks" with Adams' agent. And Adams has previously said he expects to sign a contract extension with the Jets this offseason.
Tags: Jamal Adams, Ralph Vacchiano
Georgia's Andrew Thomas has long been one of the top offensive tackles in this year's draft class, and you can be sure the Jets -- who need tons of offensive line help this offseason -- will be scouting him heavily leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Thomas let the crowd of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday know that the Jets have already started looking into him, as he had an informal interview with the organization this week.
"I met with the Jets," he said. "Just a lot of film, breaking down my film and little things like critiquing my technique."
6-foot-7, 367-pound Louisville OT Mekhi Becton could be a perfect fit as the Jets look to fortify their line in front of Sam Darnold. And Becton recently met with Joe Douglas and Co.
Becton also expects to meet with the Giants.
"I just like how grimy you guys are," Becton said about New York. "Just love the New York griminess."
Despite being at the NFL Combine and getting to look at a bunch of young talent, Jets GM Joe Douglas still feels the biggest needs for the team will come in free agency.
"Obviously, 21 UFAs, three RFAs, we have quite a few," Douglas said to SNY's Jeane Coakley on Tuesday in Indianapolis. "So this is an important week for us to get with not only those 21 guys and three RFAs and their representatives, but also others and just see what it's going to look like, so we have a lot of holes to fill moving forward."
Douglas said during his press conference at the combine that he wanted to make All-Pro safety Jamal Adams a "Jets for life," and he reiterated that sentiment later in the day with Coakley.
Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold
As the NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis, large parts of each team's staff head there to scout out and interview players, including Jets head coach Adam Gase.
The Jets' first pick of the draft comes at No. 11, and will continue drafting six more times come the last weekend of April, so SNY's Jeane Coakley asked Gase what he and the organization are looking for.
"For us, the interviews are the biggest thing, you get everything else on tape..." Gase said on Tuesday. "Seeing a guy face-to-face, being able to ask him questions, really finding out his football intelligence, kinda finding out who these guys are. It's real important for the coaches and then personnel guys are able to use the numbers and watching these guys work out live to their advantage."
When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for his QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to learn.
But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday.
"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.
Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.
Here are the takeaways...
Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'
"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy is arguably the best receiving prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft class, so media members flocked to his podium on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine to hear what he had to say before his workout and interviews with teams this week.
Well, he may want to retract one statement.
Jeudy was seen wearing a Star of David chain around his neck, and one reporter asked him why he wears it. This was his answer:
The NFL's offseason started in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.
The Jets obviously still have plenty of holes despite a strong finish to their 7-9 season. Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that rookie GM Joe Douglas will need to address the most over the next few months:
Tags: Bless Austin , Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jonotthon Harrison, Kelvin Beachum, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
The Jets had a poor offensive line in 2019 and they waste little time addressing that in Pro Football Focus' latest mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Only one offensive lineman, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, is selected in the top-10 picks. He goes to the Browns at ten. That allows the Jets to nab Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills.
Here's the PFF pick explained:
Tags: Kelvin Beachum
The Jets have signed wide receiver Josh Doctson, the team announced Saturday.
Doctson, 27, began his collegiate career at Wyoming before transferring to TCU. He was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Redskins in 2016 and spent three seasons with Washington.
After catching 81 passes for 1100 yards in 33 games, Doctson was cut by the Redskins in training camp prior to the start of the 2019 season.
He landed with the Vikings after clearing waivers, but suited up for just one game and didn't catch a pass. Minnesota waived Doctson in November.
The Jets currently have the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, but the latest mock draft from CBS Sports has Gang Green moving up to select one of the top offensive linemen available.
Josh Edwards projects the Jets could send the 11th overall pick and their 2020 third-round pick to Arizona for the eighth overall pick, where they would select Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton. Here's how CBS Sports explains the move:
"New York looks at the teams sitting 8-9-10 and decides they should nab one of those offensive tackles before a run occurs. Becton is off the board in exchange for No. 11 overall and a 2020 third-round pick. They have two third-round picks following an in-season trade of Leonard Williams."
The NFL put on a good show on Thursday, making it seem like long-term labor peace was at hand. The owners voted on a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement, complete with a 17-game schedule, expanded playoffs, and more money and better benefits for players.
They were hoping for a quick approval. But the players have responded: Not so fast.
The NFL Players Association want to head back to the bargaining table, according to a report from the NFL Network, after the union's executive committee voted 6-5 to not recommend the owners' proposal to their 32 team representatives. It was a stunning reversal, considering that is the committee that negotiated the deal the owners accepted.
Former Jets and Giants defensive lineman Damon "Snacks" Harrison will once again be looking for a new team.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Harrison is being released by the Lions after one and a half seasons with the team.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 350 pounds, the run-stuffing specialist played 25 games with the Lions, with 24 starts. With Detroit, Harrison totaled 5.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Tags: Damon Harrison
Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.
The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.
Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Ralph Vacchiano
Changes are reportedly coming to the NFL's playoff structure.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current CBA proposal includes seven teams from each conference making the the playoffs (currently six teams from each conference make the playoffs), with only one team per conference getting a bye.
The new rule would add one more Wild Card team per conference (meaning the Steelers and Rams would have made the playoffs last season), while putting extra importance on securing the number one seed.
Also of note in the new CBA, the players on the teams with a first-round bye would now be compensated for that weekend, whereas they currently are not.
After Jets general manager Joe Douglas spoke to Robby Anderson at the end of last season, he said "He knows how valued he is here."
But the problem for the Jets is Anderson likely knows how valued he might be everywhere else, too.
The 26-year-old Anderson is set to hit the free agent market in March as one of the top receivers available -- and possibly the top target, according to some NFL sources, depending on which receivers actually shake free. That could mean a huge contract for Anderson, who may already be priced out of the Jets' range.
With his future in Cleveland uncertain, Odell Beckham Jr. would view the Jets as an "ideal landing spot" if the Browns trade him, reports Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated.
The source Dyer spoke with said Beckham isn't actively seeking a trade, but that a return to New York would be "welcomed" by him.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Dec. 12 -- when the possibility of Beckham wanting out of Cleveland first arose -- that Beckham would "not be afraid of a return to New York." Vacchiano also listed the Packers, Vikings, and Rams among potential suitors for Beckham.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs doesn't seem to be too attached to his current team.
Diggs, who expressed frustration with the Vikings in October prior to the NFL trade deadline, removed all Vikings content from his Instagram account on Tuesday night, leading people to believe that he's once again ready to move on from the team.
The only problem is that Diggs is still under contract with the team for four more years, and has about $48 million left on the contract that he signed just this past summer.
Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.
It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.
It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.
Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Ralph Vacchiano
The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so.
According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal.
The latest report says things are status quo.
Tags: Le'Veon Bell
As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.
When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.
"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said on Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."