Here’s some notes on some of the goings-on around the Jets.
Paying a Visit — The Jets have started their draft prospect visits and it is something they took very seriously under the Tannenbaum era and likely will continue to do so under Idzik. Late last week players like Oregon DE Dion Jordan and Alabama CB Dee Milliner announced as visitors in the coming days and the Jets will continue to bring in prospects that are either local or out of area, but the Jets are only allotted 30 of those special visits, we’ll be bringing out list to you in the coming days, but pay attention to whom the Jets bring in for one of those invites … those are big.
Comes Down to Compensation — Rich Cimini reports on ESPN NY that the Jets are going to take a more aggressive stance at netting compensatory draft picks. It’s an interesting direction and one that the Jets barely used under Mike Tannenbaum’s tenure, but it is not without it’s own risks. Losing a free agent / potential starter this year for the purpose of gaining late round draft picks more than a year later is long-term thinking and while that’s good and the strategy of teams like the Packers, owners and fans will want results now, and so this paradigm can be dangerous. It puts more reliance on the draft — and that’s a good thing in our perspective. Of course, there’s a ramp-up period for such a strategy, so while there’s going to be a bridge period to make this seamless … and depending on the results of this strategy, it might make for more
Goodson to Start? — With the amount of money that the Jets spent on Mike Goodson (comparatively in this free agent signing period) James Walker of ESPN expects that Goodson is the favorite to be the starter. Goodson has explosion and is one of the better “second gear” backs in the league. His skillset might translate well to the Jets system this year but Bilal Powell proved at the end of 2012 that he can be a versatile running back so I don’t expect that Powell won’t be part of the competition for the job and at the end of the day, in the mix for tailback snaps during the season.
Secondary Help — The fact that Milliner is getting an invite from the Jets is interesting … and Milliner seems unlike to last to 9th pick, but it does show that the Jets are always willing to take some help in the secondary if they are even entertaining the idea of Milliner. Where they really need some help though is at the safety spot. With no holdover from last year’s starters, the Jets might promote Josh Bush but also might look for some talented players in a class that is considered deep for coverage safeties. Jonathan Cyprien and D.J. Swearinger have been linked to the Jets, but also keep an eye out for Baccari Rambo, that might be another name that the Jets could be interested in.
How Many Nos for Tebow? — The whole article is based off a bad rumor, but even with that premise, a Seattle Times writer seems to write an article (likely on some background work) that the Seahawks aren’t interested in Tim Tebow. Not very surprising that they wouldn’t be interested, but it sure feels like were now in the third iteration of crossing the same old teams off for Tebow trades.