Jets sign fifth-round pick Jeremiah George

The Jets have signed their single fifth-round pick Jeremiah George, a 5-11, 234-pound inside linebacker from Iowa State. (Yates, May 15).

George’s deal is worth a shade over $2.4 million, including a signing bonus of roughly $192,000.

Over draft weekend, NFL Draft analysts projected that George should be a productive special teams player with upside for playing time in defensive reserve much like current special team ace Nick Bellore.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While in the past draft picks often wouldn’t sign until the eve of training camp the process for signing draft picks, specifically later round picks, has accelerated following the 2011 CBA.

Last year former Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff was critical on-air at ESPN Radio about the unit’s lack of talent.

“The Jets are limited in personnel,” Westhoff said on ESPN Radio. “And I’m being kind.”

We fully expected that the Jets would draft some linebackers later in the draft process to help bolster their special teams.  While their starters are set for 2014, they are going to need to start thinking longer-term at the position and they have needed to re-stock the cupboard on special teams for going on two years now.  While there are still standouts on the special teams unit like Bellore and Lankster, but the roster churn has made fielding athletically and technically proficient units harder and harder.  With some of the depth picks the Jets made in the 2014 NFL Draft, hopefully that will turn around.




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jenkins
jenkins

strictly a special team player. Interior linemen will eat him up. Could be really good on ST though.

j_spikett
j_spikett

this pick was a mystery. he is too small to be an inside linebacker and too slow to be a outside linebacker. was he drafted to be a special teamer? if so i think that is setting the bar too low. i think you should draft a player based on his potential to be a starting player with the fallback as a special teamer if it doesn't work out. this applies to a special team soldier not a returner of course. i think in a deep draft like this there were plenty of other players in all positions that were drafted where he was or lower who end up be major contributors to their team aside from special teams.

jsadolph
jsadolph

What happened to the comment section on the Aaron Glenn thread.  It was up for a few minutes and disappeared.

williamg1
williamg1

No need to play the season. McShay has us picking 5th in 2015, and has us taking Jameis Winston. 

williamg1
williamg1

How is this structured? In a deal like this, are they paid their salary each week through game checks? Do they also get paid leading up to games? 

jabronijet
jabronijet

The Jets have many developmental players. How they pan out will define Idzik. The two players that I expect to contribute immediately are Pryor and Amaro. They will obviously go through a rookie learning curve but should start from day one. This draft I don't see as having an impact on this season until around the 10th game when Amaro and Pryor start catching on, but if a few of the developmental players pan out in 1-2 years, Idzik will have really headed the team in the right direction with youth and talent. I am looking forward to watch all the developments this season, it will give input on the future. 

metjetnet
metjetnet

I'm very happy w/keeping all 12 picks this year & red-shirting our later picks last year. For years, our STs & BUs have been made up from dreck that Tanny would find from going deep into the woods & beating the bushes there... often ending up with nothing but poison ivy. I like the fact that our position depth & our STs this year will more often be guys we've scouted & picked, instead of wading through the bargain bins for other teams' cast-offs & semi-pro hopefuls. Yeah, you can find great players in those bins on occasion, but that can't be where you do the bulk of your shopping, as Tanny had to because he'd already given all the cash to the core stars.

Pat d
Pat d

Man am I glad the Jets didn't draft Michael Sam. The dude has a reality TV show. He wants it both ways. He wants to be known as Michael the football player. Well guess what Michael, no other 7th round draft pick has a reality TV show on the Oprah Network.

jsadolph
jsadolph

This is the draftee that i have heard the least about.  I guess that I need to go back and read the draft report about him.  Don't know if this was a good or bad draft pick yet.

tsjc68
tsjc68

He's virtually the same size as Demario Davis. He profiles as a JACK ILB.

Bent
Bent moderator

@j_spikett  If he's a good special teamer, even if that's all he ever is, it's a solid use of a mid-5th rounder IMO.


Rex said he hopes he could play inside and cited Zach Thomas as an example of someone that size who played inside in a similar scheme.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jsadolph  The post was incorrectly formatted as a standard post rather than a link.  When corrected, the comments section was gone because there are no comments sections on link posts.  If you wish to discuss Aaron Glenn, you can do so in the Daily Links thread.

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1  Signing bonus up-front, base salary paid weekly during the season.


Everyone gets a per diem during camp.

Bytor
Bytor

@jabronijet  I think Amaro will be huge for this offense and right away. Liking this pick more and more. I hope he signs quickly so their is no delay in forming some chemistry with Geno.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Pat d  


He wants to be known as Michael the football player. 


No, he wants to be EVALUATED as Michael Sam the football player.  He wants your judgement of him as a football player to be based on the merits of his play on the field.


I don't think he actually pretends that he's not a story, though.  He is.  Him being a story doesn't mean he can't help a team win football games (and, yes, sell merchandise, which is a part of this equation too.)

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Pat d

Doesn't Decker have a reality show.  I've only heard of it and maybe it is his wife's.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph  George is a mixed bag.  As you see in the clip, he's a developmental JACK prospect who will sit behind Demario Davis and maybe push him for time. 


There's both good positives and glaring negatives on that tape.  He does a good job attacking downhill and pressuring the pocket and he's physical when moving forward and willing to eat blockers.  When assigned a man in coverage, he does a good job shadowing and turning his hips.


When left in space to drop, spy, or read and react, though, he tends to get very flat-footed and mechanical and shows poor lateral movement, often taking himself out of the play and allowing runners and pass targets  to dart right past him.   And he's not physical at the point of attack.


He'll play specials and maybe step in for Demario if he struggles, and there's upside, but George definitely is one of the 12 picks with the highest bust potential, as you'd just like to see more instinctive play while manning the short middle and more ability to hold his ground when being run at.

williamg1
williamg1

@Bent @williamg1  Ok. That per diem is necessary, otherwise these kids would struggle to make it to the season. 

Pat d
Pat d

tsjc68

Michael Sam's quote

I want to be known as Michael the football player not Michael the g@y football player.

Pat d
Pat d

Michael Sam's quote " I want to be known as Michael Sam the football player not Michael Sam the gay football player."

If you don't want to be known as Michael the gay football player don't do a reality show.

I don't know if Decker has a reality show but he isn 't a 7th round draft pick that has never played a down in the NFL.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@tsjc68  

Sam has the second highest selling jersey, behind Johnny.  And now Oprah's got a hold of him.  He's on a gravy train with biscuit wheels.  As long as he doesn't get caught banging a chick, he's going to be a rich man.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Ceifus Hornswoggle @Pat d  And I'd much rather sign up for the Michael Sam Reality Carnival than the Tim Tebow Reality Carnival.  


At least Sam's backers aren't ludicrously calling for him to be starting ASAP and are willing to admit that, while he has talent and upside, he probably belongs in a rotation as a subpackage guy until he proves he deserves more PT.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@tsjc68 @jsadolph  Yeah, i agree about the bust potential too. I read a piece that said he ran a 5.2 at his pro day which also didn't thrill me. Like last year i had mixed feelings about this draft. I recall last year i wanted to barf when they drafted Oboushey as he had a so-so Sr.season followed by a poor showing at practice for the Sr. Bowl and the game itself was also not good for him. Then he runs a poor 40 at the combine and lifts 225 only about 10 reps? I never liked that pick. This year the DE-OLB we picked that was under 6-0 and about 270 who also had a bad 40 time like George. I just didn't get those picks as I have no idea what to do with under-sized slow-footed players? Even our 3rd round pick McDougal who supposedly played mostly zone and off coverage at MD.? As Rex's corners are required to play press man coverage, I'm wondering how this marriage is gonna work out.(even if he can stay healthy?)

jsadolph
jsadolph

@tsjc68 @jsadolph

That vidio just makes me hope that Demario never goes down.  There's a lot of work to be done for George to be servicable.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@DarrolRayFanClub  The other day I was watching a Yankees-Rays game on YES when my wife came in the room.  She asked me what the "TB" on the screen stood for (after hazarding a guess that it was the Toronto Bluejays".)


I replied "tuberculosis".

tsjc68
tsjc68

@SackDance99 @tsjc68 @Disgruntled Jets Fan @Brendan  Yeah, him too.  He had an uneven 2013, though, he has some catching up to do to be back amongst the top of the draft conversation.


After scouting so much De'Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff, Kelvin Benjamin, Devonta Freeman, and Shaq Evans, though, a lot of what Hundley and Mariota and Winston did rubbed off on me, and I'd rate them:


1.) Mariota

(decent-sized gap)

2.) Winston

(small gap)

3.) Hundley


And don't forget Kevin Hogan.

Bent
Bent moderator

@DarrolRayFanClub @Marcus Armstrong @Disgruntled Jets Fan @Brendan @williamg1  


Wow, Tampa Bay is going to have a rough 2036 with the Diamonds, Dominos, Donkeys and Dumbledores all down the bottom of the standings.  Still, everyone predicted the local talent pool would be watered down if you had four franchises in the same city, so they only have themselves to blame.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @Brendan  I can't wait to see the Browns and Jaguars land top 5 picks next year and bypass Winston and Mariota because they already have Manziel and Bortles.


Heh.

Brendan
Brendan

@Pat d  Which is right in line with what tsjc said, no? 


Keep "Michael Sam, football player" and "Michael Sam, gay man" separate. 

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Ceifus Hornswoggle @tsjc68

"He's on a gravy train with biscuit wheels."

Great line. And it is still hard for me to believe that getting caught banging a chick could kill someones marketablity, but you are right on the money.


tsjc68
tsjc68

@Ron Alexander @tsjc68 @jsadolph  Not sure about that Pro Day 40, but George ran a 4.91 at the combine.  28 bench reps, too.


He's got more than enough speed and fluidity to start.  He just needs technique refinement and reps to better understand where he's supposed to be and what he's supposed to do.


Also, IK Enemkpali is not slow-footed (nor is George) and he's 6'1" 261, not "under 6-0 and 270" and Dex McDougle played plenty of press-man at UMD.   Not sure where you're getting your intel.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 So he has the ability, interesting. If nothing else, they just found someone who will bring the wood on coverage units. For that alone I'm happy with him. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68  Yeah, a bigger Digs is a pretty good comp.


George shows nice hip-bend and has active hands to swim and rip and find the ball while going forward.  He's got good ability there.  He's just so lost in space that he'll need to really learn the playbook and just have a ton of diagnosis reps to work on that.  (And maybe he should move in with Ed Reed and Josh Bush in the apartment they're getting together when all this is sorted out.)


The one thing that gives you some hope that he's not a total lost cause in space is the fact that he can cover a wheel route.


http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=249717&gif=AthleticElectricAmurratsnake

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Watching him, I keep seeing Digs out there. The "great going forward, lost going backward" thing probably gives me that impression. I would throw out the theory that that is the team's intent, but they already have enough safeties, including a couple of guys who are the types who can mostly just go forward. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph @tsjc68  A valid concern.  How Rex uses him, though, likely would be different than how Iowa State used him.  And "how Rex uses him" might just be as a designated subpackage interior blitzer and special teamer until he learns the playbook.  This seems like a classic "bring him along slow" guy.


Having said all that, I would not be shocked at all if Steele Divitto takes George's roster spot.  And stashing George on the PS wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.