BGA: Scouting Phillip Adams

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Yesterday, the Jets announced several roster moves, including successful waiver claims on WR/KR Walt Powell and CB Philip Adams. Jets fans might not know too much about these two players, so I’ve been looking at game film to try and assess what each of them brings to the table. I looked at Powell earlier today but now we’re turning our attention to Adams.

The 26-year old Adams is 5 foot 11, 193 pounds, and was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round in 2010. Since then, he’s also played for New England, Oakland and Seattle. He has started four games in his career but received plenty of playing time as a nickel back.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from his career so far and from this year’s preseason to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: Scouting Walt Powell

Yesterday, the Jets announced several roster moves, including successful waiver claims on WR/KR Walt Powell and CB Philip Adams. Jets fans might not know too much about these two players, so I’ve been looking at game film to try and assess what each of them brings to the table. I’ll look at Adams later today, but for now we’re assessing Powell.

Powell is a rookie receiver and kick returner who is 5’11” and 189 pounds. The Cardinals selected him in the 6th round of this year’s draft but he did not make it through final cuts despite catching six passes for 106 yards and averaging 25.7 yards per kick return in preseason. He replaces Quincy Enunwa on the active roster, with Enunwa likely reverting to the practice squad as long as he clears waivers, which the Jets will hope waiting a day or two makes more likely.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from preseason to evaluate Powell’s strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Leon McFadden

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Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had claimed cornerback Leon McFadden off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.  Jets fans may not know too much about McFadden, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to assess what he brings to the table.

The 23-year old McFadden is 5 foot 10, 190 pounds, and was drafted by the Browns in the 3rd round of last year’s draft. He played in all 16 games last year, although only really saw significant action on defense towards the end of the year when the Browns had some injury concerns.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from last year and from this year’s preseason to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: The Expendables – Update #4

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ve been keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go 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.

This week was pretty remarkable, with nearly all of the players still on the bubble managing to find themselves a role apart from a couple of surprising special teams cuts. As ever, we’ll break down how each player performed in this week’s preseason action, while also providing an update on their roster status.

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie was rested for the final preseason game. Despite starting the first three games, Cromartie saw very limited action and was barely targeted so it’s difficult to get a read on whether he’ll ever return to his pre-2013 form. He did have one interception on a pass that was tipped three times, but otherwise it was a quiet preseason, which I suppose is what you want from your cornerbacks. He’ll start at corner.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

Holmes looked exceptionally sharp on a couple of plays here, as he made an appearance in the first half. First of all, he caught a short pass on the outside, then turned upfield, beat rookie Justin Gilbert to the edge and went in for a 32-yard score. Later on, he broke a couple of tackles on a 30-yard punt return. He was targeted three other times with one broken up, one too low and one well over his head, but showed enough big play ability to warrant a place on their team and is expected to be their number three receiver.

Joe McKnight, RB/KR, Kansas City

McKnight got some solid work here, rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, all in the second half. He also caught a seven yard pass and had two unremarkable kickoff returns. Most of his yardage came on runs off the edge, the longest of which went for 13. He did go up the gut a few times though, including on his one yard scoring run in the third quarter. McKnight also got some work as a wideout with one throw behind him and another being caught for an apparent 36-yard touchdown only for him to be flagged for stepping out of bounds on his route. That was perhaps his most impressive play as he beat his man down the sideline and then side-stepped the safety at the five. I didn’t expect McKnight to make their team, but he did, one of five running backs to make it. After his issues last year, it was good to see him making plays again.

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BGA: Eagles refuse to take it easy on Jets defense

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part two of your breakdown of last night’s big loss to the Eagles with detailed analysis of the defensive performance and a few notes on special teams.

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BGA: Offense lacks punch as Eagles dominate

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of tonight’s blowout loss to the Eagles with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

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Celebrating the ‘Bollinger Bowl’

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

It was your typical early September preseason game. The starters played for a series, with backups going the rest of the way, sleepwalking through the game in a manner that confirmed the desire of coaches, players, media and fans to get it over with and get on with the season.

The Jets, coming off a 6-10 season that was basically over before it began when Chad Pennington got injured in preseason and they started 0-4 with Vinny Testaverde back at the helm, had renewed optimism for the 2004 season. However, their preparation was complete and as the Eagles scored again midway through the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 27-7, it didn’t really matter.

For many of the rest of the guys out there, though, they were still scratching and clawing. In some case, their livelihood was at stake, whether they were trying to remain with the team or just put something positive on film to find work elsewhere. For others, their job might be safe, but they still had an opportunity to prove they might deserve a shot somewhere down the line. For one man in particular, he grasped that opportunity with both hands and in the process achieved the impossible by turning the most meaningless and mundane of games into something thrilling.

You may have heard us referring to the traditional preseason finale against the Eagles as “The Bollinger Bowl” and assumed that was a reference to the typical standard of player taking part. However, this isn’t a slight on former Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger; far from it. This is a tribute. This year – September 3 to be specific – marks the 10th anniversary of the performance that earned him that tribute.

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BGA Extra: Jets vs Giants

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Giants. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.

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BGA: The Expendables – Update #3

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go 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.

We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

In the first two preseason games, we didn’t really have anything to evaluate Cromartie on, other than an interception on a freak play. This game was a bit more instructive. He played exclusively on the right and quite a bit of press coverage. He was only targeted twice, with one being a deep ball to AJ Green where he was stride for stride and looking back for the ball the whole way. It should be noted that there was a lot of downfield contact though and Green was angry not to draw a flag. The other target was a wobbly throw out to the flat on 2nd and long as the quarterback got nailed. Cromartie closed on Green, who made the catch, and tackled him for a four yard gain. Cromartie did badly miss a tackle on a screen pass though. Interestingly, the Cardinals used him (and Peterson) in the vice role on punts. He let a guy get past him on one play that ended with a muff and was called for a hold on another though.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

Holmes made his first appearance for the Bears and played 20 snaps. He was matched up with Seattle’s third best corner, Jeremy Lane, on two consecutive targets in the third quarter. First of all, he picked up a first down on a quick slant and then he got separation on the outside, but the pass was thrown behind him and he only got fingertips to the ball as he reached behind him. Holmes looked pretty sharp on those two plays but has he enough time to show the injury-hit Bears he deserves a roster spot?

Joe McKnight, RB/KR, Kansas City

McKnight was activated from the PUP list this week, but didn’t make much of an impact. He was unlucky though because there were two plays where he was wide open for an easy checkdown with 20+ yards of open field ahead of him and the quarterback just didn’t see him. In the end, he carried twice for eight yards and had a five yard reception. He also returned one kickoff but got stuffed at the 13 and committed a holding penalty on a punt.

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BGA: The awakening monster

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part two of your breakdown of last night’s loss to the Giants with detailed analysis of the defensive performance and a few notes on special teams.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. To read more of this story, click here