Link: MMQB’s Greg A. Bedard on free agent destinations

Over at the MMQB, Greg A. Bedard (whose analysis we have a lot of respect for) treats us to part one of his countdown of the top 100 free agents.

As he counts down from 100 to 51, there are three in particular of interest to Jets fans. He projects Austin Howard (No. 92 in his list) as most likely to return to the Jets, Willie Colon (No. 78) to end up in Atlanta and the Jets to be the most likely destination for Rams guard Shelley Smith (No. 81).

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

While Bedard is presumably just guessing rather than basing these choices on any behind-the-scenes intel, it’s always interesting to see some different names linked to the Jets, so Smith is worth evaluating.

Smith is a 26-year old former 6th round pick, who would be at home in a system where he might be required to showcase some mobility. Run blocking is definitely his strength, although he only gave up two sacks in 371 snaps last year, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF also graded him as the 4th best run blocking guard in the league despite the fact that he played a lot less than most of the top guys. While Smith only started two games, he did play more than half of the snaps in six out of the last seven games, as the Rams used him in a rotational role (at both guard positions) from week five onwards. He had started six games due to injury in 2012.

While it will be interesting to see who Bedard “mocks” to the Jets out of his top 50, don’t forget that there will also be plenty of free agents who have been cut by their team or who were a restricted free agent that didn’t get tendered. You can expect the Jets to target such players because we know that those don’t count in the compensatory pick calculation and this is apparently something the current regime has been taking into consideration when formulating their big picture strategies.




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bob
bob

Fixing the offense.


1st pic--wide receiver.

2nd pic guard

3rd pic(a) guard

3rd pic(b) wide receiver

4th pic TE

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100  When PFF ranked the Jets as the 3rd best OL a year or two ago you refused to accept that but now you're citing their ratings to show how bad they are.  So, you've earned respect for their rankings now and are willing to concede that the OL was better than you gave it credit for in the past, right?


I agree with the comment, they need better play from Winters or whoever they get to upgrade from him and then hopefully this will have a positive knock-on effect on the others, who we know can be better.


Along with Howard, I really hope they bring back Colon.  I like his game a lot.  I'd actually say I prefer him to Brandon Moore.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  Bedard knows his stuff.  He is probably assuming the Jets will continue to run the ball a lot because they don't have an elite QB or pass catchers, which probably isn't far from the truth.  The good thing about MM is that he's shown he is adaptable enough to play to his team's strengths.

bob
bob

@a57se @bob


I think the o-line status is a patch job even still with Colon having a good year and managing to stay healthy all year, ( well that's unusual for him) Playing good defenses the o-line was exhausting to watch during the coarse of the season.


Last year draft. How many d-line do we need?


Oh no! God forbid we draft a guard who is a Mangold type player oh wait another young player hungry with the like's of a D-brick and Mangold and Howard. changing the dynamics of the offensive line. I guess that would to much .Resting the defense.










Bytor
Bytor

Wouldn't signing Asomoah to a long term deal make more sense? I'm assuming Winters is the man at LG. Why bring Colon back considering age and injury when you can get a young Asomoah who's good at pass protection and will ensure continuity moving forward. We have the cash and have to spend some of it.

harold
harold

I think @a57se point is the team will build towards that MM ideal, so signings will be forward thinking and not just with an eye on 2014.

I actually agree and think the Jets will pass the ball more often in 2014. 

So F/A predictions should take this into account.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  


Yes, they changed up protection schemes and focused more heavily on plays where the guard had help for much of the season, that's true and a good point.


In terms of the blocking schemes though, I don't feel like they fluctuated between man and zone based on the personnel and didn't see much change in the playcalling in the running game or overall.


With Winters, if you recall, they did take away a lot of responsibility from him as the season went on but then they unexpectedly gave it back over the last couple of games and he responded well (which helped Mangold in particular grade out a lot better over the last month).

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  Pretty consistent I'd say.  Any differences would have been point-of-emphasis type plays for a particular week or opponent.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  Same as most of the time with the Jets.  Mostly a man scheme but that uses the inside zone runs regularly.  The Jets essentially ran a hybrid scheme last year.