Linebacker Brandon Copeland plans to visit the Jets Monday, according to the Daily News’ Seth Walder (March 29).
Copeland, an undrafted free agent who was a three-time all-Ivy League pick at Penn, has not played a down in the NFL. He was cut before the 2013 season by the Ravens, then spent time on the Titans’ practice squad.
Copeland (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) attended the recent Veterans Combine. He is currently on the roster of the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators.
Walder reported Copeland has visited Chiefs, Bengals and Lions. Last week, the Giants were reported to be among the teams interested in Copeland.
Former Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is also reported to be visiting the Jets this week.
Free agent inside linebacker Erin Henderson will be visiting the Jets, according to Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows (March 29).
Henderson, 28, did not play in 2014 after he was released by the Vikings following two DUI arrests. In 2009, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
In 2013, Henderson (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) led the Vikings with 112 tackles and also had two interceptions, three pass defenses and a forced fumble. He played 14 games, starting 12. Agent Jim Chapman told Barrows a visit with the Jets had been scheduled.
Because the Vikings released Henderson, the team that signs Henderson will not lose a compensatory draft pick.
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Signing Henderson would not change anything for Demario Davis or David Harris and Henderson would likely be a depth signing for the Jets.
With Nick Bellore a free agent, the Jets are considering their depth options at inside linebacker, but it would seem to us that bringing back a star special teamer like Bellore makes more sense than bringing in Henderson, who has had some discipline issues.
Earlier this week, the Jets announced they had signed three more free agents, so we’ve been reviewing game footage to assess what they bring to the table. Yesterday, we looked at tackle Corey Hilliard and before that tight end Kellen Davis, but today we bring things up to date with a look at former Dallas and Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen.
Bowen, who is listed at 6’5″ and 300 pounds, celebrates his 31st birthday today. He was an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra in 2006 but spent five years in Dallas and then another four in Washington, starting a total of 56 games and recording 12.5 sacks. He has had some knee issues over the years and had microfracture surgery in 2013, which ended his 2013 season prematurely and led to him starting the 2014 season on the PUP list. He did play eight times in the last 10 games of the season, starting the last three.
After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing regular season footage of Bowen in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.
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Former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison isn’t a fan of Geno Smith.
While guest-hosting an NBC Sports Radio show Friday, Harrison said that even with the signing of Darrelle Revis, the Jets will not be a contender if Smith is the starting quarterback in 2015 (ESPN Boston, March 28).
“You’re not going to win a championship, you’re not even going to make the playoffs, because you don’t have a quarterback,” Harrison said. “If you go into the season and you’re expecting Geno Smith to improve, it’s not going to happen. He might get a little better, but when times get tough, when adversity hits, guess what he’s going to do?
“He’s going to fold just like the last couple years. I don’t believe in Geno Smith. I think this is a huge mistake. Hopefully in this draft, they try to address this quarterback situation, because if they go into the season with Geno Smith they might win five or six games.”
Harrison, now a football analyst for NBC, also said the Patriots made the right move not trying to match the Jets’ offer for Revis. Harrison said Patriots coach Bill Belichick can make up for Revis’ departure by improving the pass rush and an offense that scores 25-30 points a game.
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Revis can solidify the defense for the Jets and removes many of the questions that plagued the Jets on that side of the football over the last two seasons and he is much more a help to what the Jets need to do as compared to the Patriots. With that said, Harrison does make a point that Geno Smith has not been able to prove that he can be trusted as the default starter.
Harrison’s comments are harsh, but my question to him is this; what were the Jets supposed to do? Should they have signed Josh McCown? How about Brian Hoyer? Should they have traded for Sam Bradford? For Nick Foles? Should they have cut Smith outright? Would any of those moves have addressed the situation better than acquiring Ryan Fitzpatrick?
Until Geno can prove himself in some meaningful way, no one can expect him to be the answer for this franchise, but with a paper thin market at quarterback in free agency and only two viable options in the draft, what are a first year head coach and GM supposed to do?
No one is going to be calling for Maccagnan and Bowles’s heads after one season … why force something now when it is much more likely that a better option might be available to the team in a year?
General manager Mike Maccagnan and first-year coach Todd Bowles will lead a Jets contingent to Eugene, Ore., Saturday to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in a private workout (Mehta, March 27).
The Jets hold the No. 6 pick in the draft, which begins April 30.
This will be the second time this month that Maccagnan has seen Mariota in person. He attended Mariota’s Pro Day workout March 12, which some viewed as disappointing.
Maccagnan said the Jets will also have a private workout with Florida State’s Jameis Winston. Winston and Mariota — the last two Heisman Trophy winners — are the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. Tampa Bay is widely expected to take Winston with the first pick.
On Tuesday, Jets owner Woody Johnson said Geno Smith was ‘way ahead’ of Mariota.
Thursday, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said “I don’t know how you’d pass him up” if Mariota is available at No. 6 (Cimini, March 26)