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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BGA: Scouting Erin Henderson

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

So far this week, the Jets have announced two more signings, so I’ve been looking at game film to assess what these players bring to the table. We’ll be looking at running back Stevan Ridley on Friday, but on Thursday we’re focusing on linebacker Erin Henderson.

The 28-year old Henderson is listed at 6’3″ and 244 pounds and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008. Having not played much in his first three seasons, Henderson became a starter in 2011, alongside his brother, EJ, who ended up going to the pro bowl. Henderson would start at least 10 games in each of the next three seasons at both MLB and OLB in the Vikings’ 4-3 system, but was released in February 2014 after being arrested twice on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested again after his release and was out of the league last season, but apparently now has his life back on track.

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

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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Safeties

Welcome to the 10th 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 tight ends and fullbacks, but today we move on to the safety 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.

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BGA: Scouting Jamari Lattimore

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had signed former Green Bay Packers linebacker Jamari Lattimore. Jets fans might not know much about Lattimore so I’ve been watching game footage to get a handle on what he brings to the table.

The 26-year-old Lattimore is listed at 6’2″ and 232 pounds. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in Green Bay in 2011 and spent four years with the Packers for whom he played in 49 games, starting nine. You may remember he started against the Jets last year, recording eight tackles in the Packers’ come-from-behind win. He’s also been a key special teamer for the Packers over the course of his career so far.

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

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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Tight Ends and Fullbacks

Welcome to the ninth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered cornerbacks, but today we move on to the tight end position, which will also include fullbacks.

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.

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BGA: Scouting Stephen Bowen

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Earlier this week, the Jets announced they had signed three more free agents, so we’ve been reviewing game footage to assess what they bring to the table. Yesterday, we looked at tackle Corey Hilliard and before that tight end Kellen Davis, but today we bring things up to date with a look at former Dallas and Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen.

Bowen, who is listed at 6’5″ and 300 pounds, celebrates his 31st birthday today. He was an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra in 2006 but spent five years in Dallas and then another four in Washington, starting a total of 56 games and recording 12.5 sacks. He has had some knee issues over the years and had microfracture surgery in 2013, which ended his 2013 season prematurely and led to him starting the 2014 season on the PUP list. He did play eight times in the last 10 games of the season, starting the last three.

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

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BGA: Scouting Corey Hilliard

Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed three more free agents and we’ve been looking at what they bring to the table. Yesterday, we looked at former Bears tight end Kellen Davis and over the weekend we’ll look at ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen, but today we look at former Lions offensive tackle Corey Hilliard.

The 29-year old Hilliard is 6’6″ and currently listed at 300 pounds. He was a sixth round pick for the Patriots in 2007, but failed to make their team. He was with the Colts over the next couple of seasons, but did not play much and didn’t play at all in 2009 despite spending time with the Browns and Lions. Having re-signed with the Lions for the 2010 season, he would play in 42 games, starting 12, over the next five seasons. Seven of those starts came in 2013. He missed most of the 2014 season with a foot injury though.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far, reviewing 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 Kellen Davis

Over the last few days, the Jets have announced three more free agency signings – Former Lions tackle Corey Hilliard, Ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen and former Bears tight end Kellen Davis. I’ll be looking at what each of these players brings to the table over the next couple of days.

We’ll start by looking at Davis, a 29-year old former fifth round pick who is 6’7″ and 265 pounds. Davis spent his first five seasons with the Bears and was best known for his blocking but also caught 47 passes, 11 of which were touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, he’s spent time with the Browns, Seahawks, Giants and Lions, catching just three passes. The Jets almost signed him two seasons ago.

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


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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Cornerbacks

Welcome to the eighth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered quarterbacks, but today we move on to the cornerback 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.

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