Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: Special Teams

Bloggers, media and sport fans used to heap scorn on Bleacher Report, mainly due to some questionable user-generated content that damaged the site’s reputation in its infancy. However, since their big money deal with Turner 18 months ago, they’ve added some talented and respected names as featured writers and a great deal of their content is now well worth checking out.

One of the featured writers they added to their roster was draft scouting guru and former TJB Podcast guest Matt Miller, who — along with several other film junkies — has been spearheading the B/R NFL 1000 project, where they attempt to rank the NFL’s top 1,000 players. The project is now into its third year and they’ve now completed this year’s results. For more on how the project works go here.

In our final installment, we look at their rankings for punters and kickers. To look back at the previous updates go here.

In their top 32 punters list, Miller and his colleagues rank Ryan Quigley 22nd and Robert Malone (who was cut after week two) 28th. In the top 32 kickers list, Nick Folk was ranked 4th.

Here’s what they said about Folk:

The Jets got it right when they brought in Folk, and he rewarded them with top-notch kicking. Given the windy, unpredictable conditions in MetLife Stadium, he has to be applauded.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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BGA: Scouting TJ Barnes

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Throughout April, I’ll be looking at some of the players the Jets have added to the active roster since the end of the regular season. Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I’ll be looking at NFL game footage to try and assess what they might be able to bring to the table.

Today we’re going to look at defensive lineman TJ Barnes, who the Jets signed to a futures deal at the end of the season. The 23-year old Barnes is listed at an enormous 6’7″ and 364 pounds. He was undrafted last year out of Georgia Tech and spent time with Jacksonville in preseason before signing with the Jets in October and spending the remainder of the season on the practice squad. His cousin is former Jets tight end Fred Baxter.

After the jump, a brief look at footage from his time with Jacksonville to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: Scouting Chris Johnson

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Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had signed running back Chris Johnson to a two-year deal. Johnson is a well-known player with whom most NFL fans will be familiar. However, it’s still worth looking at recent footage to try and get an insight into what Johnson has left in the tank and what he could bring to the table.

Johnson is a 28-year old former first round pick who has surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons in the NFL (all with the Tennessee Titans). He’s a three time pro-bowler and was an all-pro in 2009 when he became just the sixth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season. Johnson has also caught 272 passes and scored a total of 58 touchdowns in his NFL career.

After the jump, I’ll be reviewing his career so far and looking at footage from last year to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: Outside Linebackers

Bloggers, media and sport fans used to heap scorn on Bleacher Report, mainly due to some questionable user-generated content that damaged the site’s reputation in its infancy. However, since their big money deal with Turner 18 months ago, they’ve added some talented and respected names as featured writers and a great deal of their content is now well worth checking out.

One of the featured writers they added to their roster was draft scouting guru and former TJB Podcast guest Matt Miller, who – along with several other film junkies – is spearheading the B/R NFL 1000 project, where they attempt to rank the NFL’s top 1,000 players. The project is now into its third year and they’ve just started releasing this year’s results. For more on how the project works go here.

In our penultimate installment, we look at their rankings for outside linebackers. To look back at the previous updates go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

In their top 35 3-4 outside linebackers list, Miller and his colleagues rank Quinton Coples 29th. Calvin Pace was not ranked.

Here’s what they said about Coples:

One of our lowest-rated pass-rushing outside linebackers, Quinton Coples (6’6”, 290 lbs, two seasons) just didn’t provide the pass-rushing threat many were expecting would come in 2013. He looks to be moving in slow motion a lot of times, at least comparatively speaking to other outside linebackers.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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BGA: Scouting Jacolby Ashworth

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Throughout April, I’ll be looking at some of the players the Jets have added to the active roster since the end of the regular season. Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I’ll be looking at NFL game footage to try and assess what they might be able to bring to the table.

Today we’re going to look at offensive lineman Jacolby Ashworth, who the Jets signed to a futures deal on January 14th. The 23-year old Ashworth is listed at 6-3 and 300 pounds. He was undrafted last year out of Houston and spent time with Washington in preseason. His cousin is former NFL lineman Rex Hadnot who started 96 games in a nine year NFL career.

After the jump, a brief look at footage from his time with Washington to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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Critiquing the B/R 1000 Project: Inside Linebackers

Bloggers, media and sport fans used to heap scorn on Bleacher Report, mainly due to some questionable user-generated content that damaged the site’s reputation in its infancy. However, since their big money deal with Turner 18 months ago, they’ve added some talented and respected names as featured writers and a great deal of their content is now well worth checking out.

One of the featured writers they added to their roster was draft scouting guru and former TJB Podcast guest Matt Miller, who – along with several other film junkies – is spearheading the B/R NFL 1000 project, where they attempt to rank the NFL’s top 1,000 players. The project is now into its third year and they’ve just started releasing this year’s results. For more on how the project works go here.

In our ninth installment, we look at their rankings for inside linebackers. To look back at the previous updates go here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

In their top 60 inside linebackers list, Miller and his colleagues rank David Harris 23rd and Demario Davis 55th.

Here’s what they said about Harris:

Harris is one of those guys who will seem to always be around. He still provides the Jets just enough of everything that he’ll find his snaps, although his reputation still continues to exceed his play.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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Can we project Eric Decker’s 2014 production?

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Once this year’s free agency signing period got underway, the Jets moved fast to secure their top target, wide receiver Eric Decker. The addition of Decker bolsters the Jets’ much-maligned receiving corps, as he was one of the most productive receivers in the NFL over the past two seasons. However, most experts agree that it’s going to be difficult for him to replicate that kind of production now that he won’t have future hall-of-famer Peyton Manning throwing him the ball.

So, we can probably expect some kind of drop-off in terms of his statistical production. However, can we use statistical data from previous seasons to try and quantify the scale of the drop-off?

The answer, of course, is no. There are far too many variables at play that any numerical data analysis can’t account for. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t look at what these variables are and what will have the biggest influence upon how close he can get to the anticipated numbers. That’s what we’ll do after the jump.

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Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: Cornerbacks

Bloggers, media and sport fans used to heap scorn on Bleacher Report, mainly due to some questionable user-generated content that damaged the site’s reputation in its infancy. However, since their big money deal with Turner 18 months ago, they’ve added some talented and respected names as featured writers and a great deal of their content is now well worth checking out.

One of the featured writers they added to their roster was draft scouting guru and former TJB Podcast guest Matt Miller, who – along with several other film junkies – is spearheading the B/R NFL 1000 project, where they attempt to rank the NFL’s top 1,000 players. The project is now into its third year and they’ve just started releasing this year’s results. For more on how the project works go here.

In our eighth installment, we look at their rankings for cornerbacks. To look back at the previous updates go here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

In their top 100 cornerbacks list, Miller and his colleagues rank Dee Milliner 100th and Kyle Wilson 72nd. Antonio Cromartie was 97th, while Dimitri Patterson does not feature.

Here’s what they said about Wilson:

A little underrated as a corner, Kyle Wilson (5’10”, 190 lbs, four seasons) is the type of player who keeps everything in front of him and rarely allows receivers to get behind him. He is at his best when playing off coverage. He will get pushed around at the line of scrimmage when in press coverage. Wilson has good straight-line speed but isn’t extremely fluid in the hips, which causes him to be slow in and out of his breaks. Rex Ryan loves Wilson’s versatility and will line him up all over the field, including some plays at safety.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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BGA: Scouting Jacoby Ford

Earlier this week, the Jets signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson and wide receiver Jacoby Ford to one-year deals. 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 took a look at Patterson yesterday, so now we turn our attentions to Ford.

Ford is a 26-year old receiver and kick returner who is listed at 5-9 and 190 pounds. The former fourth round pick out of Clemson has returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in his NFL career and has also caught 57 passes for 848 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also rushed for two scores. However, all nine of his career touchdowns came in his first one and a half seasons, as he missed the second half of 2011 and all of 2012 with injuries and wasn’t very productive in his return to action last year. Ford is best known for his speed. He was a highly decorated track athlete in college and ran a 4.28 forty yard dash at the 2010 combine.

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

BGA: Scouting Dimitri Patterson

Last night, the Jets announced that they signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson and wide receiver Jacoby Ford. Jets fans might not know too much about these two, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to get an insight into what each of them bring to the table.

We start with Patterson, who is a 30-year old journeyman who went undrafted in 2005 and didn’t start his first game until 2010. The Jets will be Patterson’s seventh NFL team. He spent last year with the Miami Dolphins with whom he was the opening day starter, but suffered a groin injury in week one that hampered him all year, limiting him to six games. He did, however, intercept four passes, tying a career high.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Patterson’s 2013 season to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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