Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: 3-4 Defensive Ends

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 sixth installment, we look at their rankings for the 3-4 defensive end position. To look back at the previous updates go here, here, here, here and here.

This is probably the most controversial ranking so far, as we find Muhammad Wilkerson all the way down in 9th. He’s not even rated as the best 3-4 defensive end on his own team, as rookie Sheldon Richardson is just ahead of him in 7th.

Here’s what they said about Wilkerson:

Wilkerson is a disruptive player whose impact often goes well beyond the statistics, even though the emergence of other stars on the New York Jets defensive line helped him put up great numbers in 2013.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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BGA: Scouting Michael Vick

Last week, the Jets announced that they had signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year contract. Vick is a well-known player, but it’s still worth reviewing the footage to get an insight into what he has left in the tank and how well he fits into the Jets offense as currently constituted.

The 33-year-old Vick is a four-time Pro Bowler and former first overall pick. In six years with the Atlanta Falcons and another five with the Philadelphia Eagles, he has thrown 185 128 touchdown passes and compiled a career passer rating of 80.9. The 6’0″ 215 pounder has also rushed for over 5,000 yards (an NFL record) and 36 touchdowns. Last season, Vick started six games, throwing five touchdown passes and three interceptions. He missed several games through injury and eventually lost the starting job to Nick Foles.

After the jump, I’ll briefly review Vick’s career so far and look in detail at some recent footage to try and evaluate what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

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Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: Wide Receivers and Safeties

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 fifth installment, we look at their rankings for the wide receiver and safety positions. To look back at the previous updates go here, here, here and here.

For the receivers, they rank Stephen Hill in 98th place, David Nelson in 67th place and Jeremy Kerley in 61st place. Also of interest, Santonio Holmes is 79th, Eric Decker is 19th and DeSean Jackson is 20th. In terms of safeties, Dawan Landry is 39th and Antonio Allen 44th. Ed Reed is 56th. Remember, this is based on 2013 as a whole and is not supposed to take into account prior achievements or potential for growth.

Here’s what they said about Reed:

It’s somewhat sad to watch a Hall of Fame player fall so far. Reed can’t cover enough ground to be a free safety anymore. That was repeatedly exposed in 2013, both in Houston and in New York … Reed decided to come back after the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl victory in 2012, but he doesn’t seem capable of competing at this level anymore.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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Compensatory picks to be announced today

The owners’ meetings get underway today in Orlando. You can expect to hear about things such as rule changes later in the week and there may also be some trade activity and contract negotiations to watch out for. However, for today, our attention turns to the announcement of which compensatory picks will be awarded in the 2014 draft.

We know that the Jets have been expecting and are still expecting to get the maximum four picks, but the NFL’s formula is not made available to teams. We were told that team officials indicated that they still expected to receive four picks at a recent event for season ticket holders.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

The media seem to have picked up on the Philly.com projection that suggests the Jets will receive a 5th round pick and three sixth rounders. However, they concede that their projections are never 100% accurate and there have been a few errors (for example, they had to amend their initial projection because they awarded 36 picks rather than the maximum of 32).

I wrote in detail about where their projection may not be correct and you can find those links after the jump. To summarize the main points, however:

  • Dustin Keller (a projected 5th rounder) may not qualify because he was on a one year deal and went straight onto injured reserve. In the past, there have been such players that would otherwise have qualified that have not qualified
  • Shonn Greene (a projected 6th) may not qualify because he only played 14.4% of the snaps and did not feature on special teams. In the past, there have been players that did not qualify due to insufficient playing time with the cut-off being approximately 20%
  • If Keller and/or Greene do not qualify then the Jets could still get four picks, but that will depend on whether Yeremiah Bell and/or Matt Slauson qualify. Each would be worth a seventh rounder
  • Either of them could fail to qualify because their salaries were too low. My working theory is that perhaps a player does not qualify if the acquiring team obtains a cap reduction for a vested veteran’s minimum salary. This would apply to Bell, but not Slauson whose salary was lower than Bell’s but $100K over the minimum for a player of his age.

It’s not all bad news. The Landry and DeVito picks, respectively projected by Philly.com as a 5th and 6th rounder are both right on the bubble, so either of them could in theory be one round higher than that. If he does qualify, the same could be said for Keller (currently projected as a 6th). Also, Mike Goodson – treated by Philly.com as a qualifying gain – may not qualify due to his low playing time before he ended up on injured reserve. That might not make any difference but could benefit the Jets if any of the previously projected qualifying losses do not qualify.

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Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: Tight Ends and Running Backs

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 fourth installment, we look at their rankings for the tight end and running back positions. To look back at the previous updates go here, here and here.

For the tight ends, they rank Jeff Cumberland in 27th place. Kellen Winslow was in 21st. In terms of running backs, Bilal Powell is 76th and Chris Ivory 33rd.

Their analysis of Cumberland’s hands says this:

The New York Jets were expecting a breakout season from Jeff Cumberland (6’4”, 260 lbs, four seasons), but it didn’t turn out that way. He has good hands but will struggle extending his arms and high-pointing the ball. At times, he will lose concentration and turn to run before securing the pass, which leads to drops.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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BGA: Scouting Eric Decker

Two days ago, the Jets signed wide receiver Eric Decker to a five years, $36.25m contract. Unlike most of the recent acquisitions by the Jets, Decker is pretty well known. However, I’ve been reviewing footage from his career so far to assess what he brings to the table.

The 6’3″, 214-pound Decker – who turns 27 today – was a third round pick of the Denver Broncos who has been in the league for four years. After catching a total of 50 passes in his first two seasons, he has been one of the more productive receivers in the league over the past two seasons. He has had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in a row, catching over 80 passes in each season and scoring a total of 24 touchdowns.

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

BGA: Scouting Breno Giacomini

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Yesterday, the Jets made their first external signings of the free agency signing period, picking up offensive tackle Breno Giacomini and wide receiver Eric Decker. Jets fans might not know much about Giacomini, so I’ve been looking in detail at footage from his career so far to assess what he might bring to the table. (I’ll also cover Decker – along with anyone else they sign – in due course).

Giacomini was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 draft by the Green Bay Packers, but was only active for one game in two seasons. Seattle picked him up and in four years there he went from reserve to full-time starter. He started every game in 2012 and 12 games in 2013, including all three postseason wins. He missed seven games while recovering from knee surgery in the middle of the season.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from last season to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Johnny Patrick

Last week, the Jets acquired cornerback Johnny Patrick on a waiver claim from the San Diego Chargers. Jets fans might not know much about Patrick, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to try and get a sense of what he brings to the table.

The 25-year old Patrick is 5’11″ and 190 pounds and was a third round pick in the 2011 draft. He spent two seasons with the New Orleans Saints before joining the Chargers last year. He was primarily a nickel back last season, although he did start four games due to injuries. He intercepted one pass, the first of his career, and recorded 1.5 sacks.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Patrick’s first two seasons in the league to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: Centers and Guards

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 third installment, we look at their rankings for the center and guard positions. To look back at the previous updates go here and here.

As you’ll recall, their rankings for the Jets’ starters at tackle (and quarterback and fullback) were not kind, so surely that must mean that the interior line is where their strength lies. Indeed, these rankings are more generous than the previous ones, although still far from glowing.

Nick Mangold ranks 16 out of the 34 best centers in the league. At guard, Willie Colon is a creditable 26 out of the top 70 guards. Vladimir Ducasse is down in 53 and Brian Winters doesn’t make the list. Former Jet Matt Slauson is actually ranked 6.

On Mangold, who was actually ranked one place above Max Unger, who he replaced in this year’s Pro Bowl, they came to the following conclusions:

At 30 years of age, Mangold is showing signs of physical decline. He wasn’t one of the best centers in the league in 2013, but he still has a lot of value as a pass protector.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: FBs and RTs

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 second installment, we look at their rankings for the right tackle and fullback positions. To look back at the previous update (quarterbacks and left tackles) go here.

Once again, their take on the Jets players at these respective positions are not kind. Following a rookie season where he played almost 400 snaps, Tommy Bohanon ranks dead last out of their top 16 fullbacks. Far more eye-opening though is the fact that they ranked pending unrestricted free agent Austin Howard 31st out of their top 35 right tackles, saying the following:

Howard is a slow-footed mauler in the running game who doesn’t possess the natural athletic ability to fit in most non-power-dominated offensive schemes. Howard improved his balance in pass protection this season, but he has a relatively low ceiling because of his lack of foot speed.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

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