In their latest mock, popular sports blog The Big Lead, run by Jets fan and former TJB Podcast guest Jason McIntyre, has the Jets making an interesting pick at #18 with the likes of Brandin Cooks, Calvin Pryor and Bradley Roby still on the board:
18. New York Jets – Marqise Lee, WR, USC. To be clear, I’m not a fan of this. But the chatter goes like this: Jets WR Vidal Hazelton played at USC. He’s been raving about Lee. OC Marty Mornhinweg sees Lee as a stretch-the-field DeSean Jackson, like in his Philly days. Idzik sees Lee as a value pick – had he been in the draft last year, he might have been a Top 5 pick based on an incredible sophomore year (116 catches, 1,721 yards and 14 TDs).
However, perhaps just as interesting is what he says about the Patriots’ pick:
29. New England – Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame. I should have just penciled in “trade” or “someone from Florida.” Rex Ryan supposedly loves Tuitt, who can play just about anywhere on the line in a 3-4 or 4-3, so it’ll chap his ass to have a rival get him. It doesn’t seem possible that Tuitt will fall to the Jets in the 2nd.
I’m not sure how strong the information McIntyre has is, or whether he’s just riffing off the conjecture of others, but Lee is certainly a candidate for the Jets to consider at 18 if he’s available. However, you can pretty much rule out the Hazelton stuff as a red herring. Hazelton – who spent last year on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in camp – was an exclusive rights free agent to whom the Jets elected not to offer a contract
, so he’s currently an unrestricted free agent. The Jets controlled his rights and could have retained him on a one-year minimum deal if they wanted to, so unless there’s an unexpected change of heart, he won’t be back and certainly isn’t with the team this week.
I’m not sure I’ve seen the Jets linked with Tuitt anywhere either, although maybe there’s a tenuous link with Brian VanGorder headed to Notre Dame as their new defensive coordinator and therefore perhaps in a position to share any intel he’s gleaned from his coaches or film studies with his old boss. It would certainly be unexpected for the Jets to spend a high pick on a defensive lineman, since their existing unit is young, deep and talented. However, maybe a versatile youngster could be a good pick for the medium-to-long term with Kenrick Ellis, Damon Harrison and Leger Douzable all having their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Bent recently wrapped up his series critiquing the Bleacher Report NFL 1000 Project, but they’ve today published their list of the top 100 players in the NFL.
Where did the likes of second-team all-pro Muhammad Wilkerson, rookie of the year Sheldon Richardson and pro bowler Nick Mangold rank? Nowhere. Apparently none of the top 100 players in the NFL in 2013 were Jets players, according to their painstaking research. New acquisition Eric Decker does make the list at 88.
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Fox Sports profiles potential first round pick, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Fuller seems to be moving quickly up draft boards from the second round and might well be a first round pick. Fuller has a high number of visits set up with many teams across the league
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The Jets will return to Cortland for training camp in 2014, the team announced on Wednesday.
“The school and the community have joined together to continually provide a terrific backdrop for our team to come together at a critical stage of our season.” General Manager John Idzik said in a statement. “I am pleased that we are returning to Cortland for training camp again this summer.”
The team will practice at SUNY Cortland, which marks the fifth time in the last six years that the Jets will hold their training camp on the school’s campus in central New York.
“I love the fact that we are going back to Cortland,” Head Coach Rex Ryan said in a release. “Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think it is a big part of building our team camaraderie. The community, the school and the people of Cortland have been outstanding and we are all excited to be going back this summer.”
The 2014 Jets training camp will be presented by Atlantic Health, SAP/EMC, JetBlue, MetLife, SNY and Toyota.
Bloggers, media and sport fans used to heap scorn on Bleacher Report, mainly due to some questionable user-generated content that damaged the site’s reputation in its infancy. However, since their big money deal with Turner 18 months ago, they’ve added some talented and respected names as featured writers and a great deal of their content is now well worth checking out.
One of the featured writers they added to their roster was draft scouting guru and former TJB Podcast guest Matt Miller, who — along with several other film junkies — has been spearheading the B/R NFL 1000 project, where they attempt to rank the NFL’s top 1,000 players. The project is now into its third year and they’ve now completed this year’s results. For more on how the project works go here.
In our final installment, we look at their rankings for punters and kickers. To look back at the previous updates go here.
In their top 32 punters list, Miller and his colleagues rank Ryan Quigley 22nd and Robert Malone (who was cut after week two) 28th. In the top 32 kickers list, Nick Folk was ranked 4th.
Here’s what they said about Folk:
The Jets got it right when they brought in Folk, and he rewarded them with top-notch kicking. Given the windy, unpredictable conditions in MetLife Stadium, he has to be applauded.
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The Jets preseason schedule has been released.
- Indianapolis Colts – Thursday, Aug. 7 - 7:00 p.m.
- @ Cincinnati Bengals - Saturday, Aug. 16 - 7:00 p.m.
- New York Giants – Friday, Aug. 22 - 7:30 p.m.
- @ Philadelphia Eagles - Thursday, Aug. 28 - 7:00 p.m.
All games will air on CBS 2 New York and ESPN Radio 98.7 FM.
Fox Sports profiles Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
The trend on Amaro seems to be that he projects to go at the end of the first round or early second. While a few months ago Amaro was talked about as the second best tight end in this class, but after a slow timed 40 at the Combine (4.74 seconds) opinions have seemed to drop him into the second round and behind the likes of Troy Niklas and even Austin Seferian-Jenkins in some mock drafts.
Amaro won’t likely make it out of the second round because he is a talented receiver and has good hands coupled with a size mismatch, but his “more quick than fast” speed might limit his upside for many NFL teams.