BGA: Scouting Jarrod West

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: The Jets just announced that they have signed rookie wide receiver Jarrod West to a contract. Jets fans might not know too much about West, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to get a sense of what he brings to the table.

West is listed as 6’2″ and 212 pounds and turned 23 in May. The undrafted rookie caught 134 passes in four seasons with Syracuse, posting career highs in receptions and yards in his senior year. He was at the Jets’ rookie mini-camp in May on a try-out basis.

After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of West in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses…

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Oct 25, 2014; Pullman, WA, USA; Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Austin Hill (29) tries to get by Washington State Cougars cornerback Isaiah Fullerton-Talley (36) during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

BGA: Scouting Austin Hill

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed rookie wide receiver Austin Hill to a contract. Jets fans might not know too much about Hill, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to get a sense of what he brings to the table.

Hill is listed as 6’3″ and 212 pounds and turned 24 earlier this month. After a breakout campaign in 2012 saw him catch 81 passes for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns, Hill suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season. Last season, he returned but wasn’t as effective as in the past, although he still caught 49 passes and scored four touchdowns.

After going undrafted, Hill was initially picked up by the Seahawks, only to fail his physical. He then signed with Oakland, but they cut him in May during their second set of OTA’s.

After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of Hill in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses…

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BGA: Expendables – Training Camp Primer

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even thought the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Leger Douzable, Willie Colon, Ben Ijalana, Tanner Purdum), they chose not to bring everyone back. With preseason just around the corner, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on any guys from the 2014 or 2015 roster that are now playing elsewhere so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.

With some training camps getting underway this weekend, now is a good time to summarize who we’ll be following once preseason gets underway

After the jump, a comprehensive list – which may of course grow with guys like Michael Vick, Chris Johnson and Dawan Landry still searching for a job – of who we’ll be covering.

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New York Jets free safety Calvin Pryor, left, lines up against safety Durell Eskridge during a mandatory minicamp at the NFL football team's facility, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BGA: Safety Squeeze

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Out of all the position groups heading into camp, the safety position is once again one of the most interesting this season. With an interesting mix of veterans and youngsters and players who have been successful and disappointing at times, as well as a couple of guys who have untapped potential, this makes it difficult to predict what everyone’s role will be heading into the season. That’s before we even consider the possibility of a position change from one of the cornerbacks on the roster.

Unfortunately, this is one position where there are a lot of misconceptions floating around, which can lead to unrealistic expectations being placed on players and a lack of understanding around each person’s role.

After the jump, I’ll be looking at some of the myths and misconceptions around the safety position, with a particular focus on the Jets’ personnel, what we know about their roles over the past few seasons and how Todd Bowles runs his system. How will all the contenders fit into the rotation?

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Brandon Marshall brings a natural order to the Jets receiving room.  Installed as the number one, Marshall's presence will benefit Eric Decker and the rest of the targets as well keep safeties from keying on the run game.  Marshall will be a major component of this offense for the next two to three years.

BGA: Is Brandon Marshall a “QB killer”?

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: A recent discussion in our comments section prompted a remark from one reader that Brandon Marshall was a “QB killer.” It’s no revelation that Marshall had some character issues over the early part of his career and, although he’s taken steps to eradicate these in recent years, the struggles for Jay Cutler in Chicago have been attributed in part to Marshall.

I thought it would be interesting to investigate what constitutes a “QB killer,” whether Marshall’s presumed role in Cutler’s struggles has been fairly or unfairly attributed to him and if there’s any signs that this fits in with a pattern over the course of his career.

After the jump, I’ll be recapping Marshall’s career in the context of who his quarterback was and how their performance with him as one of their primary targets compared with the rest of their career, without him as a teammate.

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BGA: Who knows what Amaro brings?

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: There’s been a lot of discussion around second year tight end Jace Amaro and what the Jets can expect from him as he enters that often tricky sophomore season.

There’s been talking of a change in role, but he wasn’t helped by missing time after he got hurt during the offseason. Still, his spot in the rotation became a lot more secure when Zach Sudfeld was lost for the season to a knee injury. This all comes after a rookie season which had its ups and downs, but ultimately generated what historically represents pretty good production for a rookie tight end.

After the jump, I’m going to evaluate what we can expect from him, focusing on one comparison in particular.

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BGA: Do the Jets have the best offensive line in the division?

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Here’s an interesting question I thought would be worth investigating further: How does the Jets’ offensive line compare with those of the rest of the teams in the division?

Evaluating offensive line play objectively has historically been difficult to achieve, but with the recent rise in analytical data and metrics, we have some detailed research from which to draw more informed conclusions.

After the jump, I’ll be looking at data from both PFF and Football Outsiders to evaluate 2014 performance and then investigating personnel moves each team has made to upgrade or otherwise.

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BGA: Scouting Steve Maneri

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed tight end Steve Maneri. Jets fans might not know too much about Maneri, so I’ve been watching game footage to assess what he brings to the table.

Maneri is a 27-year old listed at 6’7″ and 280 pounds and was an undrafted free agent back in 2010. Over the course of his career, he has been with five other teams, seeing the most playing time with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011 and 2012. Maneri was a tight end in college but began his NFL career as an offensive tackle before converting back to tight end in 2012. He has caught just six passes in his NFL career.

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


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BGA: Scouting Charles Brown

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had signed veteran offensive tackle Charles Brown. Jets fans might not know too much about Brown, so I’ve been watching game footage to assess what he brings to the table.

The 28-year old Brown is 6’5″ and currently listed at 300 pounds. He was a second round pick out of USC in 2010 and started 22 games for the New Orleans Saints in his first four seasons. Last year, he signed with the New York Giants, but only saw action on offense in one game and was released in November.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far, reviewing preseason and regular season footage to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here


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BGA: Scouting DeVier Posey

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com:We recently wrapped up our series reviewing the rookies added by the Jets during the draft, along with undrafted free agents. However, the Jets also added two veterans via trade during the draft, so we shall now move on to discuss those. A few days ago, we looked at running back Zac Stacy, whom the Jets acquired for a seventh round pick, but now we’re going to look at DeVier Posey, who was acquired along with two other draft picks when the Jets moved down in the 3rd round of the draft.

The 25-year old Posey – a 3rd round pick for the Houston Texans in the 2012 draft – has been a disappointment, catching just 22 passes. However, he’s a player Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan is familiar with, having been involved in the team’s decision to draft him. Posey played in just one game in 2014 despite being healthy.

After the jump, I’ll be reviewing Posey’s career so far and looking at footage from his career so far to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here


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