TJB Podcast: It’s Getting Drafty in Here

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett catch up on Jets news and notes before shifting to draft mode, and Josh Norris from Rotoworld and NBC Sports calls in from Florida State’s pro day to talk Winston, Mariota, WR’s, and more (12:10). Later, Brian and Corey list the Top 5 Draft Needs for the Jets (32:10).

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Jets training camp to be held in Florham Park

The Jets announced this afternoon that the 2015 training camp will remain in Florham Park, New Jersey (Jets, March 31).

Jets training camp had been held at SUNY Cortland for five of the past six seasons. The move allows the Jets to hold camp in their year-round training facility and be closer to their core NY/NJ fan base.

“SUNY Cortland felt like home because of the tremendous local support we received during our time there,” said Jets Owner Woody Johnson. “President Erik Bitterbaum and the university staff, as well as the families and businesses of Central New York, all went above and beyond to embrace our organization and create a comfortable environment for our team and fans. They always will be a part of our Jets family.”

Brian Bassett,

Cortland was a fantastic off-the-beaten path location for Jets training camp.  As part of his candidacy when he interviewed with the Jets, former head coach Rex Ryan strongly encouraged his superiors to move training camp to a remote location for the express purpose of team bonding away from the normal comings and goings of their everyday life.  Cortland proved to be a great spot for

After lackluster attendance at training camp in recent years, it would seem that the Jets are trying re-energize their fans and provide an easily accessible location closer to home for many Jets fans.  And so from a business perspective, this makes a lot of sense.  More fans at training camp means more merchandise sold and more corporate sponsors appeased.

With an impressive headquarters facility initially built with plans to host training camp, bringing camp back to the New York metropolitan area seemed likely, especially once Rex Ryan was fired.  While there was some uncertainty on the actual location, that is now resloved for the Jets and their fans.  Hosting camp in Florham Park makes the most logistical sense, but will remove the camaraderie angle which Rex Ryan sought as the head coach of the team.  It would seem that new coach Todd Bowles is less adamant about the location of his first training camp.

Amari Cooper and Andrus Peat will visit the Jets on Thursday

Alabama WR Amari Cooper and Stanford OT Andrus Peat will visit the Jets on Thursday afternoon (Martin, March 30).

With the Jets trading for Brandon Marshall this offseason, awarding Jeremy Kerley a four-year contract extension and Eric Decker locked in with a long-term deal the WR position appears to be set. It remains unknown if the Jets would use the sixth overall pick to draft a position that is now considered a strength.

Peat would be an early consideration for the Jets at the sixth pick, but would be available were the Jets to slide back in the first round.  Many mocks have Peat going in the early twenties range.  Left tackle, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, is 32 and right tackle, Breno Giacomini, will be 30 at the beginning of the season. Given their age and soon to be ending contracts the Jets will have to start thinking about the tackle position sooner rather than later.

Brian Bassett,

This is all normal due diligence that every team does and so I wouldn’t read too much into this.  Of the two, Cooper is the more likely to be drafted by the Jets as he slots in well with their current sixth overall pick.  Assuming both top quarterbacks and Kevin White are off the board by the sixth pick, taking Cooper would be a solid play for a team who might need to wait until 2016 to find a viable long-term answer at quarterback.

As Josh Norris, Corey Griffin and I discussed on today’s podcast.  Getting Amari Cooper with the sixth pick would be excellent value.  While Cooper and Kevin White have different games, both will be playmakers for whatever teams they wind up playing for in 2015 and beyond.

While the Jets have Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, the long-view must prevail and it isn’t often in which Jets get the opportunity to draft a sure-fire receiver of this caliber.   Marshall might only get a year or two with the Jets, Eric Decker is a solid receiver not a field-tilting player and Jeremy Kerley makes a fine receiver, but adding a player like Cooper is a no-brainer upgrade for both the short and long-term.

Taking Peat with the sixth pick would be a massive stretch, so it looks like the Jets are doing some more investigative work on other players that would slot better should they slide back in the first round, for instance if they were to make a draft-day trade with the Eagles, who have been rumored to have intense interest in Marcus Mariota.  Peat won’t be available to the Jets should they wait until the second round, but were they to make a trade with a team like the Eagles, Peat makes sense.

Trying to get a sense of who Andrus Peat is as a player?  A comparison I’ve seen is D’Brickashaw Ferguson.  Peat is known as an excellent pass protector, but has some trouble getting leverage in the running game.  So if the Jets were to select Peat, they might not have a natural spot for him as a rookie and would have some decisions in overhauling their line for 2016, but if Peat was a central piece of the switch, then don’t expect more physical run-blocking out of the left tackle spot in the years to come.


Jets had interest in Matt Schaub

The Jets had interest in free agent QB Matt Schaub, reports Adam Schefter, with the Ravens and Falcons among the other interested teams (March 30).

Update: Schaub signed a two-year deal with the Ravens on Tuesday.

Schaub, 33, spent the 2014 season with the Raiders, attempting just 10 passes all season while backing up Derek Carr.

Prior to joining the Raiders, Schaub spent the previous seven seasons as the starting QB for Houston.

Over his 11-year career, Schaub has compiled 24,311 passing yards while throwing 130 touchdowns and 86 interceptions.

Brian Bassett,

This sounds like an agent getting buzz around for his client and it is easy to connect the dots between Maccagnan and Schaub since they spent time together in the same organization in Houston.  Sure, the Jets might have inquired on Schaub, but I would hesitate to say that there would be much interest from the Jets since they already have Fitzgerald in the organization.

Schaub has proven in the last two seasons to have fallen off quickly and in spectacular fashion.  Just look at his terrible 2013 season with DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson.  Schaub fell off the cliff with some excellent talent around him before completely flaming out in Oakland.

In my opinion, the Jets have bigger concerns than their second/third/camp arm quarterbacks …

Who should the Jets draft?

With a month remaining until the 2015 NFL Draft, who do you think the Jets should draft with the No. 6 pick if he’s still available?

Daily Links: The News at Six

  • Three possibilities for the Jets at six [Fox Sports]
  • Revis is one of the biggest free agent losses [PFF]
  • Jets “must draft Mariota”, but need Plan B if they can’t [CBS New York]
  • Borges: Everyone knew the deal, Woody didn’t tamper [CSNNE]
  • How past, present and future Jets QBs fared in short yardage [FO]