We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches that were with the Jets during 2012 or 2013 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list of how these ex-Jets have been performing so far this season.
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Dustin Keller, TE, Dolphins
Keller’s season was over before it began, following a horrific knee injury due to a low hit by rookie DJ Swearinger in preseason. His replacement, Charles Clay posted numbers that exceeded Keller’s career bests for receptions and touchdowns and was just 58 yards short of his career best in terms of numbers. He’s also more versatile and a better blocker than Keller ever was. Therefore, if Keller can return to the field, it seems unlikely he’ll be back with the Dolphins. He was only on a one-year deal anyway.
Julian Posey, CB, Browns
Posey was released by the Browns in October, but they signed him back in December following some injuries in the secondary and he ended up getting some significant playing time, starting the final game and playing 52 of 62 snaps. Overall, he had six tackles in 89 snaps, including a sack, and was targeted nine times, giving up six catches for 91 yards and this touchdown. Posey had been probably eighth or ninth in the pecking order for Jets cornerbacks in 2012.
Bill Callahan, Offensive Coordinator, Cowboys
Dallas missed the postseason, although it was the injury to Tony Romo that pretty much sealed their fate. Romo put up some good numbers, but the Cowboys continued to have a tendency to self-destruct in the clutch. Dallas ended up middle of the pack for total yardage, but fifth in the NFL for scoring. However, they were only 25th in the league for third down conversions, so maybe some of the situational play-calling could have been better. Tim Cowlishaw recently confirmed that Callahan will be back, but is not expected to be involved in calling plays.
Tim Tebow, QB (?), Patriots
The latest on Tebow is that he’s joining ESPN to cover SEC football but still hasn’t given up on being a quarterback. When Romo was injured, Skip Bayliss hilariously suggested that Tebow could bring the Cowboys to the postseason if they signed him.
John Conner, FB, Giants
Conner may not be back with the Giants, but certainly provided an upgrade for their offense. Conner didn’t join the Giants until week six but ended up with the third best blocking grade and fourth best overall for NFL fullbacks per PFF. Tommy Bohanon was dead last. Conner didn’t get any carries with the Giants, but did catch six passes for 31 yards. He also had a positive grade for his blocking on special teams.
Tony Sparano, OL Coach, Raiders
It was another miserable year for the Raiders, who will have some cap flexibility and a chance to rebuild next year. The change from Terrelle Pryor to Matt McGloin had a profound effect on the numbers which would be used to judge Sparano. They dropped from 2nd to 10th in terms of sacks surrendered. The return of their best pass protector, Jared Veldheer, contributed to this too. At the same time, they also dropped from 5th to 12th in terms of their running game, which we previously noted was ridiculously skewed by Pryor’s numbers when scrambling.
Jay Richardson, DE, Saints
As noted in the previous update, Richarson had re-signed for the Saints after week one, but only remained with the team for three weeks. Richardson played just 16 snaps and did not generate any statistics. He has been a free agent ever since.
Darrelle Revis, CB, Bucs
Revis was recently named to the Pro Bowl and deservedly so, although it wasn’t his best season by his lofty standards. Revis gave up four touchdowns and only had two interceptions and six passes defensed (one TD, four INT, 16 passes defensed in his last full season as a Jet). It was clear he wasn’t quite back to his old self physically and he has admitted as much in interviews. Still, he only gave up 25 yards per game and graded out as PFF’s best cornerback. He also had his first sack since 2008.
Matt Slauson, G, Bears
With the Jets’ struggles at left guard this year, it’s regretful that Slauson had a very good season with the Bears for less than $1m. Slauson graded out as PFF’s sixth best guard this year. The thought was that Slauson wouldn’t be a good fit for the kind of offense Marty Mornhinweg typically employs, but the Bears transitioned to more of a West Coast style this year and the Jets ran the ball more than expected so the two styles weren’t actually that divergent with Slauson able to more than hold his own. Slauson was only on a one-year deal, but has indicated this week that he’s already negotiating a new deal with the Bears.
Mike DeVito, DL, Chiefs
DeVito had a fine season with the Chiefs and will be suiting up for them in the postseason. He graded out as the fourth best 3-4 DE against the run on PFF. As anticipated, he generally played on first and second down and came out of the game in run situations. He didn’t miss a tackle until week 16, but was a non-factor as a pass rusher, with just one QB hit and no sacks. DeVito was banged up in November, playing just eight snaps between weeks 9 and 14, but returned to his best in December until being rested on Sunday. DeVito does earn over $4m a year, whereas Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson all earned less than half as much this year and Leger Douzable, Kendrick Ellis and Damon Harrison each earned less than $1m.
Bob Sutton, Defensive Coordinator, Chiefs
Due to injuries, the Chiefs defense fell off statistically over the second half of the season. However, with Justin Houston set to re-join DeVito and Pro Bowler Tamba Hali in the starting lineup, they’ll fancy their chances against the Colts on Sunday. They were leading the league in terms of scoring defense at the time of our last update, but dropped to 5th and ended the season with the 9th worst defense in terms of total yardage. Sutton’s role has been seen as a key factor in the Chiefs’ postseason berth.
LaRon Landry, S, Colts
While he was banged up at the start of the season, Landry remained healthy over the second half and had a productive season with 87 tackles. However, he had no sacks, forced fumbles, passes defensed or interceptions. Landry only had three penalties all year, a sign he’s been playing with more discipline, but he did also have 13 missed tackles. He gave up two touchdowns in coverage, both in December.
Mike Pettine, Defensive Coordinator, Bills
The Bills ended up the season in 10th place for total yardage, a creditable first season for Pettine. The Bills had been in the top ten for most points allowed, but managed to shut out the Dolphins in week 16 to help them drop down to 13th. Led by their defensive line, the Bills finished second in the NFL in sacks, behind Carolina.
Marcus Dowtin, LB, Giants
Dowtin ended up the season on the Giants’ active roster having been cut by the Bills earlier in the season. He was active in three games for the Giants, but just played on special teams, recording two tackles and one missed tackle. With the Bills, he only played 18 snaps following a great preseason and was released following a poor game on special teams.
Shonn Greene, RB, Titans
Most of Greene’s season had been a wash-out, as he struggled with injuries and barely played in the first half. He finally did get some opportunities, rushing for 295 yards and four touchdowns in a backup role, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. That included the game two weeks ago where he rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Jags. Greene also caught six passes for 39 yards. The offseason could be interesting because Chris Johnson has already stated that he won’t accept a paycut.
Josh Brown, PK, Giants
Brown retained his job with the Giants all year and made a creditable 23 of 26 field goals. He didn’t even attempt a 50-yarder until last week, ending the season 1-for-2 on 50+ yard field goals.
Spencer Lanning, P, Browns
The Jets chose Robert Malone over Lanning last September, but Malone was dumped by the Jets for Ryan Quigley. Despite the fact that Quigley was a mild disappointment for the Jets, his numbers for gross and net average were still a couple of yards better than Lanning. Lanning did throw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal in September.
Billy Cundiff, PK, Browns
Lanning’s teammate was beaten out by Nick Folk at Jets’ camp. Cundiff made 20 of 24 field goals and was effective on kickoffs, but certainly didn’t outperform Folk in 2013.
Dan Carpenter, PK, Bills
Carpenter also got a shot at Folk’s job, but ended up with the Bills. He quietly made 33-of-36 field goals – the same as Folk – but Bills’ opponent’s average start following kickoffs was the 7th worst in the NFL.
Yeremiah Bell, S, Cardinals
Bell provided solid leadership for the Cardinals this year, mentoring rookie Tryann Mathieu who was a rookie of the year candidate until he was injured a few weeks ago. Bell started every game, missing just 14 snaps, and recorded 76 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and six passes defensed. He played as an extra linebacker at times and was employed in man-to-man coverage a lot more than he was with the Jets, giving up 36 catches including seven touchdowns. Last year, he only gave up 17 catches, but was targeted less than half as much.
Paul Cornick, T, Broncos
After clearing waivers, Cornick landed on the Broncos practice squad. He has remained on there all season.
Dan Muir, DT, Raiders
After signing during the season, Muir settled into a rotational role with the Raiders, but had a disappointing impact following a great start. Muir recorded 17 tackles and a sack, but did not record any pressure in six of his last seven games. He did have four quarterback hits, but three of these (and his sack) were in his first game against the Steelers.
Jake McDonough, DT, Indianapolis
McDonough was with the Jets in camp until he got injured and they recently worked him out with a view to giving him a futures deal. However, the Colts signed him to their practice squad last week and they currently have some injuries on the line, so there’s a small chance he could follow in the footsteps of Martin Tevaseu and get activated to make his debut in a postseason game.
Jonathan Grimes, RB, Houston
Grimes has bounced around the league following his cup of coffee with the Jets last season. He didn’t make the Jaguars roster but eventually got signed by Houston with two games remaining in the season. In his first game, he played just eight snaps, carrying five times for 23 yards, but on Sunday he did have an impact, with 126 yards from scrimmage and his first NFL touchdown. He rushed for 50 yards on 16 carries and caught six passes for 76 yards.
Ricky Sapp, OLB, Houston
The Jets were planning to bring back Sapp when they released him to make room for Ed Reed, but the Texans picked him up on waivers. He was active for five games, but only got defensive reps in one, where he had a terrific performance. Sapp pressured Andrew Luck three times in 10 pass rush attempts with one of them ending up with an interception. For the season as a whole, Sapp recorded four tackles and four pressures in 35 snaps.
Everybody else remained a free agent, including Hayworth Hicks, Chaz Schilens, Ryan Steed, Tracy Wilson, Marcus Dixon and Tevaseu. The one exception is Aaron Maybin, who signed for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and had two tackles and a couple of pressures in his CFL debut but couldn’t prevent the Argos from suffering a first round postseason exit.
Later on in the offseason, we’ll update you on how some of the guys the Jets could have drafted and some of the players they targeted in free agency.