Jets Translations: Week 4 loss to Detroit

Brian Bassett of TheJetsBlog.com breaks down the team’s postgame comments after their Week 4 loss to the Lions on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

BGA: Scouting TJ Graham

Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had signed a pair of wide receivers, Chris Owusu and TJ Graham, to replace struggling rookie Jalen Saunders (who was cut) and veteran David Nelson (who suffered an ankle injury on Sunday). Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I’ve been watching game footage to assess what they could bring to the table. Here we look at Graham.

Graham is a 25-year old receiver who is listed at 5-11 and 195 pounds. The former third-round pick out of NC State caught 54 passes in his first two years in the league with Buffalo. You may recall he had a couple of big plays against the Jets in Buffalo last year, including a 34-yard touchdown. Graham ran a 4.41 forty yard dash at the 2012 scouting combine.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Graham’s career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

Jets sign Conner to one-year deal; Bohanon to IR

The Jets have signed FB John Conner to a one-year deal, the team announced.

Conner visited the Jets on Monday (Costello, Sept. 29).

Conner, 27, played with the Jets from 2010-2012. He was cut by the Giants in August. He has played in 50 NFL games (17 starts) and has 21 carries for 88 yards and two TDs plus 10 receptions for 49 yards.

The Jets needed a fullback after Tommy Bohanon broke his collarbone during Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Bohanon was placed on IR on Tuesday.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We’ll see if Bohanon can make it back this season, but in some ways losing Bohanon in favor of Conner brings a different (and needed) element to the backfield. Between Bohanon and tight ends Jeff Cumberland, Jace Amaro and Zach Sudfeld there isn’t the bruising blocker that the team has needed so far this season. Last season, Bohanon graded out worst in the league (25 out of 25) among qualifying players as a blocker and was off to another ignominious start this season (21st out of 23) again.

Conner struggled as a run blocker at times for the Jets, most notably under OC Tony Sparano, but he was the league’s third-best blocker a season ago with the Giants. Conner might not always get his assignment right, or have perfect field vision for his running back, but if he can square up, whomever he hits won’t be the shedding him to get his hands on the runner. That will only help the Jets tailbacks between the tackles. Conner can also be used as a help or “chip” blocker in passing situations. As a pass-catcher, don’t expect much, which is fine with a growing number of receiving targets in this offense.

BGA: Scouting Chris Owusu

Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had signed a pair of wide receivers, Chris Owusu and TJ Graham, to replace struggling rookie Jalen Saunders (who was cut) and veteran David Nelson (who suffered an ankle injury on Sunday). Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I’ve been watching game footage to assess what they could bring to the table. Here we look at Owusu. We’ll be looking at Graham this afternoon.

Owusu is a 24-year old receiver who is 6-0 and 196 pounds. He was an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2012 and spent time with the 49ers and Chargers, before ending up on the Bucs active roster. He caught 16 passes in 17 games with the Bucs, including his first career touchdown in the season opener this year, but was released after week two.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Owusu’s career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

GEICO SportsNite: Rex Ryan 1-on-1

SNY’s Jeane Coakley chats with Rex Ryan about his plans to turn things around in Week 5 and how he stands behind Geno Smith and the rest of the team.

John Conner visited Jets on Monday

Free agent FB John Conner visited the Jets on Monday (Costello, Sept. 29).

Conner, 27, played with the Jets from 2010-2012. He was cut by the Giants in August.

Jets FB Tommy Bohanon broke his collarbone during Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Despite the injury, Bohanon played the entire second half. He’s seeking a second opinion before making a decision regarding surgery.