BGA: The Expendables – Update #2

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

Cromartie was in the game for 17 snaps this week. He still hasn’t been targeted, so we still can’t really read too much into how he’ll play this year.

Jojo Dickson, LB, Arizona

Dickson played 14 snaps this week and had a run stuff in the hole and a pressure where he rocked a blocking back off his spot. He gave up six and 11 yard completions in coverage, missing a tackle in the flat on the 11-yarder. He was also blocked out of one running play.

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BGA: Makeshift secondary springs leak before backups respond

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 win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the defensive performance, including an in-depth breakdown of what was going on in the secondary and a few notes on special teams.

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BGA: Jets ride the line while starters ride the pine

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 last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

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BGA: Calling up reinforcements from Double-A

Easily the most intriguing storyline heading into Saturday’s preseason game against the Bengals is the Jets’ proposed usage of third-year safety Antonio Allen at the cornerback position. Injuries have forced the Jets to work with some different combinations over the last few weeks with Allen and veteran Ellis Lankster starting at cornerback with the first unit over the past three days of practice.

In an article with the Star Ledger earlier this week, Allen’s college position coach praised his versatility and man-coverage skills, but was dubious about his chances of developing into a full-time cornerback. Even Allen himself seemed skeptical. However, it does look like he’ll get his chance to get some reps at the position Saturday night.

After the jump, some theories as to what the Jets might be thinking here and what this could mean for the defense once Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson can return from injury.

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BGA: The Expendables – Update #1

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 – which may of course grow as the preseason continues, with guys like Santonio Holmes and Ed Reed still searching for a job – 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

Cromartie only played six snaps against Houston and wasn’t targeted. However, he made headlines with an interception. This came as the pass was batted up at the line and deflected off two teammates and into his lap. This doesn’t really tell us much about whether he’s back to his old self, though.

Jojo Dickson, LB, Arizona

Dickson only played three snaps near the end of the game but made an immediate impact, coming totally unblocked on a blitz up the middle, sacking the quarterback for a safety. He’s obviously low down on the depth chart but that’s a good way to make your mark.

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BGA: Scouting LeQuan Lewis

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Earlier Tuesday, the Jets announced that they had signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis to the active roster.  Jets fans may not know too much about Lewis, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to assess what he brings to the table. Lewis actually was with the Jets briefly in 2012, but in those days I wasn’t scouting every player added to the active roster. While ordinarily I wouldn’t do a BGA for someone who had already been with the organization, I’ll make an exception, as I did with Antonio Garay last year.

Lewis, 25,  is 5 foot 11, 190 pounds,  and has bounced round the league since going undrafted out of Arizona State in 2011. He has played in eight NFL games (all in 2012), with  five tackles, two passes defensed and one interception. He joins a Jets team that needs contributors at the cornerback position, with three of their top corners injured and a couple of guys lower down the depth chart also having missed time in the last week.

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

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BGA: Evaluating the Dee-pleted CB unit

With the recent injuries suffered by rookie third round pick Dexter McDougle (ACL tear, out for the season), Dee Milliner (ankle sprain, severity yet to be fully established but reportedly out for “several weeks”) and Dimitri Patterson (apparently minor leg injuries), we thought it would be a good idea to take a more in-depth look at the rest of the Jets cornerbacks to evaluate the in-house options they already have on the team.

Both Rex Ryan and John Idzik had positive things to say about this group of players earlier today and, while they might not comprise any household names, they have varying degrees of experience, pedigree and skill-set.

After the jump, we’ll be mostly revisiting my previous film study on the rest of the candidates to get more playing time over the next few weeks and reiterating their strengths and weaknesses to see where they fit in.

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BGA: Patt Down

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, the final part of your breakdown of last night’s 13-10 win over the Colts with detailed analysis of how the secondary played on defense and a few notes on special teams.

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BGA: The Sons of Apathy?

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 three of your breakdown of last night’s 13-10 win over the Colts with detailed analysis of how the front seven played on defense.

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BGA: Life on the line?

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 your breakdown of last night’s 13-10 win over the Colts with detailed analysis of the offensive line and how the tight ends fared in the running game.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. It’s good to be back! To read more of this story, click here