NCAA Football: Kansas at Baylor

BGA: Scouting Bryce Petty

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: As regular TJB readers know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail so, this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any undrafted free agent signings.

So far, we have looked at defensive lineman Leonard Williams, wide receiver Devin Smith and outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, but today we’re moving on to take a look at the Jets’ fourth pick, quarterback Bryce Petty.

Petty, who is listed at 6’3″ and 230 pounds, is 23 years old and started for the last two years for Art Briles’ Baylor Bears. Petty went 11-2 as a starter in each of his two seasons, with Baylor losing their bowl game in each season. Over the course of his career, he passed for over 8,000 yards with 62 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 21 touchdowns.

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

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NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Louisville

BGA: Scouting Lorenzo Mauldin

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: As regular TJB readers will know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail so, this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any undrafted free agent signings.

So far, we have looked at defensive lineman Leonard Williams and wide receiver Devin Smith, but today we’re moving on to take a look at the Jets’ third pick, outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin.

Mauldin, who is listed at 6’3″ and 259 pounds, is 22 years old and has played defensive end and outside linebacker for the Louisville Cardinals over the last four seasons. He recorded 119 tackles, 20.5 sacks and eight passes defensed over the course of his college career. He also added five forced fumbles and 31.5 tackles for loss. ACC coaches voted Mauldin to the all-ACC first team after the 2014 season.

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

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BGA: Scouting Devin Smith

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: As regular TJB readers will know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail so, this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any undrafted free agent signings.

We began earlier this week with a look at the Jets’ first round pick, defensive lineman Leonard Williams, but today we’re moving on to take a look at the Jets’ second pick, wide receiver Devin Smith.

Smith, who is listed at 6’0″ and 196 pounds, is 23 years old and won a National Championship with the Ohio State Buckeyes last season. In four seasons, Smith played in 54 games, catching 121 passes for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was an all-Big 10 honorable mention last year as he recorded career-highs in receiving yards (931) and touchdowns (12). He also led the country in yards per catch (28.2).

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

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NFL: 2015 NFL Draft

BGA: Scouting Leonard Williams

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: As regular TJB readers will know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail, so this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any un-drafted free agent signings. Today, we begin with defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who was the Jets’ first round pick this year, drafted sixth overall.

Williams, who is listed at 6’5″ and 302 pounds, is just 20 years old and is a two-time all-American after a three year collegiate career at USC. During those three seasons, Williams amassed 218 tackles and 21 sacks. He set career highs with 80 tackles and three forced fumbles in 2014, and also had seven sacks and an interception.

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

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BGA: Learning Chan Gailey’s Playbook

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

A few days ago, I took an in-depth look at the Jets defense and how the players currently on the roster might fit into the system that Todd Bowles is likely to employ. If you missed that article, go here. Today, I’m aiming to do something similar for how the Jets’ offense will look under new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s tutelage. You may recall an article I did looking at Marty Mornhinweg when he was hired as offensive coordinator. This will have a similar format, although we’ll dig even deeper into personnel groupings and formations.

After the jump, I’ll be looking for similarities and difference between the talent base Gailey will have at his disposal and the one he had in Buffalo. I’ll also be looking closely at how he employs his personnel from game-to-game, evaluating general tendencies and searching for any patterns and what they might tell us.

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BGA: Breaking down the 2015 Jets defense

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Since the Jets hired Todd Bowles to be their coach, I’ve been wanting to write in detail about the defensive system he was operating in Arizona and how such a system might translate to the personnel he has at his disposal now that he’s in charge of the Jets. However, I was (justifiably, as it turned out) anticipating significant personnel turnover during the offseason, so it would have been pointless to jump into that too soon. Now that the draft is over, we finally have some idea of what the final depth chart might look like and what kind of role all the new players they’ve added might have.

Although I was already pretty familiar with the Cardinals defense, having reviewed plenty of film over the last few years while covering Yeremiah Bell and Antonio Cromartie for our Expendables series, I’ve been doing extra research into the personnel groups, formations and individual roles to try and figure out how the pieces might fit. This includes players like Calvin Pryor, Buster Skrine, Leonard Williams and Quinton Coples.

After the jump, I’ll be comprehensively breaking these down and trying to figure out what this could mean for the Jets in 2015. I’ll also be talking extensively about zoo animals, for some reason.

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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Special Teamers

Welcome to the penultimate instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ve been sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered running backs, but today we move on to look at potential special teams contributors.

After the jump, I’ll be considering where the Jets have a need on special teams and recapping some of the more interesting prospects in this year’s class.

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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Running Backs

Welcome to the 11th instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ve been sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered safeties, but today we move on to the running back position.

After the jump, I’ll be considering whether the Jets have a need at this position and recapping some of the more interesting prospects in this year’s class. (Note: This does not include fullbacks, which were considered along with tight ends a few weeks ago).

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BGA: Scouting Joe Mays

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Yesterday, the free-spending Jets announced yet another move when they confirmed that linebacker Joe Mays had been signed to a contract. Jets fans might not know too much about Mays so I’ve been watching game footage to try and assess what he brings to the table.

The 29-year old Mays is listed at 5’11” and 245 pounds was a sixth round pick out of North Dakota State in 2008. He has played for four different teams during his seven year career, starting a total of 38 games. Last season, he was with the Chiefs, but missed the first half of the season following a wrist injury in preseason.

After the jump, I recap his career so far and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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