BGA: The Expendables – Final Regular Season Update

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Including Nick Folk, Tanner Purdum and restricted free agents Austin Howard and Jeff Cumberland), they chose not to bring everyone back. Throughout preseason, Bent’s Game Analysis kept track of the progress of the guys they let go in order to at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move and we last provided you with a regular season update in November. Now that the regular season is over, it’s time for a final update.

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.

This article contains exclusive statistics from PFF and we thank them for providing us with access to these.

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.

68 comments
nesboogie
nesboogie

I wouldn't mind drafting Darqueze Dennard in the 1st. He's really good, and this draft is loaded w/ talent at the WR position. 

jake100
jake100

Now this Geno nonsense is all over twitter, spreading like napalm! 

jake100
jake100

This is ridiculous, leave the kid alone!

jaygo
jaygo

Biggest Expendable is Sanchez.  I assume he gets cut by March but with so many teams needing QBs, maybe we can get a decent pick for him.  I could see him as a back-up in a few places. So many teams ended up playing inexperienced QBs this year that I bet someone will want a guy sitting there with NFL experience.  

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Fellow bloggers, had too much time on my hands & did some draft analysis based on the first 3 position needs of each team drafting before the Jets (Tks NFL.com). Since a lot of comments going forward will be on who we think the Jets should take, this may give us a idea who'll still be available when we draft. It will also give us some feel for how Idzik may look at the draft, what position(s) he may target, move up to grab or move back if a valued pick is not available. - It may also provide a preliminary feel for how successful Idzik is being during the draft before the talking heads tell us what to think.


It's all conjecture, but hope you have fun with it.


2014 Draft Needs by Position

1.Texas – QB, OT, S

2.Rams – OL, WR, S

3.Jags -QB, DE, OT

4.Browns – QB, RB, OG

5.Raiders – QB, WR, OT

6.Falcons – DE, OL, TE

7.Bucs-DE, TE, OT

8.Vikes -QB, DE, OG

9.Bills -OT, DE, S

10.Lions –    CB, WR, S

11.Titans –   S, DE, QB

12.Giants –  LB, CB, OL

13.Rams –   OL, WR, S

14.Bears –    DL, S, OL

15.Steelers – OT, S, CB

16.Ravens – WR, OT, CB

17.Dallas – DE, CB, S

18.JETS – WR, OG, CB

Totals: Players Taken By Position before Idzik's first Pick

WR – 5

QB – 6

S – 9

TE – 2

OL – 14

DL – 8

CB – 5

RB – 1

LB - 1

nesboogie
nesboogie

1. Eric Ebron

2. Davante Adams

3. Best S/OL available

3. Jarvis Landry

4. De'anthony Thomas

draft OL/OLB w/ the other 7 picks.

harold
harold

I think this shows that is Idzik was able to distinguish between talented players and players you need to build the franchise around. Now that we have seen the team perform I think of fans can agree that the team will be much better off going forward. Although the offense and defense struggled at times it will benefit the Jets in the long run.

if our GM continues to show the ability to see where value and need meet. We will make good use of the up to 12 picks and excellent cap space. In addition to Holmes and Sanchez being cut. I think the Idzik may look to cut Cromartie and Harris as well. Target Dansby and Verner to replace them? Then sign a short term vet like Boldin, and draft a Te and Wr andOlb, resign Howard, Colon, Ducasse. Pace, Reed Nick Folk (if price is right). Extend Wilkerson obviously need depth players at all position so we can rebuild our Special teams

McGeorge
McGeorge

Slauson is the only one I regret losing.  If only the jets had not spend a #2 pick on Ducasse and instead use it for a receiver.    The Jets with a better Oline and a possible additional receiver may have made the playoffs.

levi
levi

I think its safe to say we missed Revis the most and the second most would have to be Sparano. Man do I miss that run up the middle over and over.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Good job, Bent. This shows more pluses than minuses and the latter is mostly due to salary cap vs misjudging talent. That's a positive sign for Idzik going forward, so I'm really looking forward to his moves this off-season.

ww85
ww85

OT: Fellas, what are your thoughts on Eric Decker as potential WR for the Jets? We'd still need a true #1, but he'd be a huge upgrade. The more I read about him, the more I like him. He is more than just Manning's target. I don't think Hill is going to make the team in 2014.

jaygo
jaygo

@NJ libertarian  Story seems shady

jaygo
jaygo

@frustjetfn 


Love the effort but a lot of water gonna pass under the bridge before the draft.  5 of the top 10 picking teams (and maybe more by draft day) will have new head coaches and new systems.  Who knows what direction they go.  Some teams will trade up, some down.  Free agency plays a role.  I think we prioritize what we need and who we want and see how it plays out.    

marcus81
marcus81

@frustjetfn we will have to get lucky for Evans or Lee to drop down to us or the best TE even, 2nd rounders can't really start, they need to sit and learn most of the time

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Wow this would be my dream draft of the Jets could pull this off I would be siked.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@nesboogie Amaro over Ebron, please. And Cooks over Adams. Grab Byrd in FAcy instead of drafting S in the third.

jdawggg
jdawggg

@McGeorge Or if we used our 3rd rd pick last year on Keenan Allen rather than Winters

chicagofan
chicagofan

Any chance we re-sign Revis if Bucs cut him (as I expect they will not to forfeit 3 round draft pick)?

McGeorge
McGeorge

@levi We don't miss Revis at 16mm per year.  If he wants back  at 8MM, sign him up.  Assuming his knee is better.

jdawggg
jdawggg

@ww85 Would be very happy to sign Decker.  But, just because he's the top WR in this year's FA class, and the Jets have money and a need at WR, does NOT mean Jets should pay him like he's a top 10 WR.  I fear he'll get overpaid because this isn't a strong FA class at WR.

marcus81
marcus81

@ww85 our no.1 receiver will probably be our first pick, no.1 receivers are hard to find and FA's cost too much

marcus81
marcus81

@ww85 Decker is more of a possession receiver with some speed, we need guys that can both catch and be game breakers.

levi
levi

@ww85 Decker would be a decent pick up if he isnt to pricey. I cant see Hill being cut though.

jake100
jake100

@jaygo 

Woody might have instigated the story for more drama, lol

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

The way evans acted last night like a pre madonna vs Duke if he fell in the 18 th pick I would pass on him. If u watched the game u know what im talking about his stock fell that's for sure.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@DarrolRayFanClub@frustjetfnHah! Of course you know that's not how to read this. 


Since we don't know how other teams may chose to fill their needs based on what position THEY see is being snatched up first, this is just insight into drafting strategy. For example, if we need a TE but know he'll be available later based on the positions other teams need to fill, I'll pass on a TE till a later round and grab someone I might otherwise have waited for. - It's what we all know happens & I intend to use this during the draft to see if it's useful.


Note: Perhaps I should've labeled the totals; "Most sought after positions" or such.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@chicagofan Honestly, I think it's pretty likely. There's no more of the Tanny/Team-Revis bad blood in our FO, and we all know Rex loves Revis. We certainly could use the Corner help, and we've got the cash.

levi
levi

@McGeorge I wasnt talking about $ just Revis the player. Unless you liked seeing Cro get beat deep all year then I think you missed Revis too.

marcus81
marcus81

@jdawggg@ww85 Decker is good too because Manning is throwing him the ball and he plays with other receivers that have to be accounted for, expect a drop of production if Jets get him, different circumstances here

ww85
ww85

At 18, there will be a top TE available, but probably not a top WR.

ww85
ww85

@marcus81 I disagree. we need possession receivers/route runners more than game breakers. With all the drops this season,we need guys who can run a great route & hold on to the ball.

marcus81
marcus81

@levi@ww85 no Hill is too young to cut, and he was going to need plenty of time to develop when he was drafted, Jets rushing him into being a starter does not mean he's no good, he has shown he could be the a dominant player at times.

jake100
jake100

@frustjetfn @DarrolRayFanClub 

Man, take it easy, we have a long off season ahead, don't burn out, lol Anyway, good work, your posts are very interesting, good job!

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@DarrolRayFanClub@frustjetfnAnother way to look at this is: 5 WR's could be gone or 9 Safeties, etc.,  but chances are not both since the total of all positions can't exceed 17. It does give us some feel for how a team might prioritize it's draft or contingency plan or even look at FA figuring most teams are going to jump on one position over another.

levi
levi

@frustjetfn I hear ya it did get real old the way it played out.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@leviThat's fair. Just sooooooo tired of that whole fiasco during his time here and the subsequent rehash that went on when he left. Guess I just wanted to move on in a new year. - My semi-bad. :)

levi
levi

@frustjetfn Seeing how the article I commented on is about players and coaches that are no longer on the team and mentions Revis I will feel free to talk about him. Thank you.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@levi@McGeorgeNo more Revis talk please. That ship has sailed / sunk. His talent as a CB doesn't have the impact of a franchise QB despite what he believes or the Bucs would've finished 12-4 vs 4-12 with him. We beat that without him and without a proven starting QB. - That's the NFL reality,

John C
John C

@ww85 Maybe trade up for the guy we need.  Send our first and a third/fourth? 

Don't forget Sammy Watkins. I don't want Evans after last night, that guy looks like a headcase.

marcus81
marcus81

@ww85 maybe Evans or Lee could there at 18, if we don't get the top TE at 18 at least or just take best available player, best to draft WR's and TE's in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and pay the money for a FA WR to be no.1 if necessary

ww85
ww85

2014 is so critical. We need tough possession receivers who can get open & make the job easier for a guy like Geno Smith.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Exactly right. Speed is useless when it comes with goofy wide receivers like Stephen Hill who can't catch and run routes. You can always tell the guys who are clueless about football. They are no different than people who see a guy with a fancy car and assume he must be a millionaire without ever looking at his financial statements. Meanwhile there's another guy driving around a crappy car with a few million in the bank and no debt.

Stephen Hill is like a guy with a fast car and no money in the bank. Guys like Wes Welker or Eric Decker are nothing fancy to look at but they give you great mileage and don't break down all the time. They can take you where you need to go consistently. Stephen Hill is a bust. He isn't NFL ready and I'd prefer to cut him but I've decided we're probably best off giving him a tryout next year and viewing him as a lottery ticket. Chances are you lose having him on the roster but if you somehow hit with him it's a big win (though the odds are against it)

djf1
djf1

@ww85@marcus81 agree. 

focus should be on receivers who can catch a high % of their targets.  game breaking plays are just as much a result of good play design and defensive breakdowns as they are of speed, if not more.  We badly need receivers who'll catch the ball.

ww85
ww85

@bradysucks I agree with much of this, though Vlad was getting much better. Hill can't stay on the field.

jake100
jake100

@bradysucks 


No doubt, but I am not ready to write Hill off just yet. I know, I am drinking the kool-aid, but he was from a triple option offense that had no conception of running routes and in his developmental stage(2nd season), was with a rookie qb, also just learning, not a good combo. I want to see what he does this season with Geno more seasoned, and hopefully a better offensive supporting cast, that will free him up more. His physicals are scary. I do admit, his durability is a concern though, but I want to see what he can do under better conditions..

bradysucks
bradysucks

The odds of winning it are a lot smaller with Hill on the team than they would be with Decker and some other receivers we can add to the Jets roster in 2014 through free agency and the draft.

bradysucks
bradysucks

This is the problem with Jets fans...always making excuses for players who are below average like Hill, Sanchez, Vlad, Gates etc....

It doesn't take watching a guy start in more than 25 games to know whether or not he is competitive at the NFL level....

Good teams and Good GM's cut their losses

Stephen Hill is a lottery ticket - I don't want to rely on a winning lottery ticket to pay my rent -

ww85
ww85

@marcus81   I'd take Decker & cut Hill & I would sleep very well at night. Hill was an over reach.

marcus81
marcus81

@ww85 for what Jets gave up for him he is like a first rounder, can't let another team reap the benefits for giving up on him, Ducasse I can part with and sleep at night.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@ww85I'm with you. Too many WR's have made an impact with other teams since he was selected. If he has other options I can see Idzik moving on.

ww85
ww85

Hill is taking up a valuable roster spot. 50-50 he makes the team.