Link: PFF discusses Jets’ team needs

Over at ProFootballFocus, they’re going team-by-team and looking at needs. For the Jets, they identify the main holes as wide receiver, safety and offensive line and suggest possible solutions at each position.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

In the past few years, this series has brought up a couple of names that nobody was really linking the Jets with, only for the Jets to actually end up targeting that player. In 2013, they suggested Victor Butler, who they Jets did target before he eventually joined the Saints. Back in 2011, PFF suggested the Jets should target Antwan Barnes, who they did end up signing last year after losing out on Butler. However, they had also targeted him in 2011. This suggests the names they come up with this year could be well worth considering.

Most of their suggestions, which you can read in the above link, are names which we’ve been kicking around over the last few weeks anyway. However, there is one outside-the-box suggestion:

The Jets have the cap space to sign [Jairus] Byrd but one year after trading Darrelle Revis instead of making him the best paid cornerback they may avoid this situation as the Bills’ safety is looking to be the best paid safety. On the other hand, [Chris] Clemons doesn’t have the recognition of Byrd but offers great value in pass coverage. He ranked ninth in pass coverage (+7.2) this season and first in Yards Per Cover Snap at 0.20.

In light of speculation that Jairus Byrd turned down a deal with the Bills that would have paid him $30 million over the first three seasons, perhaps it does make sense for those of you expecting the team to throw money at the safety position to re-calibrate your spending plans. In that regard, viable suggestions like Clemons are appreciated.

The 28-year-old Clemons has been with the Dolphins for five years since being drafted by them in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He recorded 93 tackles and one interception in 2013. While I would caution that the yards per cover snap metric mentioned above could be misleading when compared to other safeties because Clemons was usually employed in a deep center field role rather than in direct coverage, he does have good range and is reliable as a last line of defense.




31 comments
Howard Silversmith
Howard Silversmith

Target Tate in free agency... would not cost much and will upgrade WR and return game.  Verner or Davis (Colts) at CB and Whitner at safety.  All would come cheaper than Byrd.... Draft should be a WR/TE in rounds 1, 2 and 3.  Other 3rd round goes OL.  Would love Ebron or Evans at #18, but both may be gone.  If West (RB from Towson) is available in 3rd, would take him and release Goodson (probably gone anyway).

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

Two weaknesses last yr on the defense, CB and S. You have Byrd staring you in the face and a plethora of cbs. If we don't get one of each I'll be so dissapointed. I'll also start to question idziks thinking. Cromartie is garbage and passed his expiration date. Time to fill his void with a real cb. Time for a ball hawking safety that we haven't had since Kerry Rhodes. Ed reed is again, past his expiration date. Get younger faster and better. Otherwise let's resign mark Sanchez and accept mediocricy. It's your move idzik. You traded revis and our secondary hasn't recovered. Fix it please.

tish
tish

Isn't it time to be really bold? 2 first round draft choices and a ton of money is not too much to acquire the most productive TE/top 3 receivers in the game.

Ebron looks great (if available), but how many high draft choice TEs work out versus ones that turn out to be disappointing? Next year's hopefully late pick is another gamble and when will the team have a surplus of money to spend on a star? This is a rare opportunity to have a high impact offensive weapon that scares the opposition and affords Geno a real opportunity. I'm tired of hearing about how you must retain and even add to your draft picks when the reality is, too many turn out to be mediocre. Graham, a solid 2nd round WR, a few smart FA signings, and a solid draft that improves the obvious areas of weakness and perhaps we can finally look forward to an exciting season with some hope for a lasting achievement. And if N.O. matches, it will be a fun few days.

todd
todd

Avant was just released.. what fix you guys think about picking him up? He'd probably be cheap, and since he was cut he'd fall into the "signing guys who won't count against our compensatory picks" category. Plus he already knows MM's system.

Zartan
Zartan

Pass on safties, Deone Buchanon in the 2nd.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

The more I think about it, the more on board I am with going after Jon Asamoah.

jetlife
jetlife

What are people's opinions on seeing what Dustin Keller is still capable of? I would imagine he is available for a low, one-year contract. This would only be to compete for the 2nd TE spot. Hopefully we draft someone early.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@j3tsfan29  


Wholeheartedly agree.   Secondary is the BIG glaring need on D; which can only be remedied in short term by signing a veteran CB and a veteran S.  By all means supplement both positions with mid-late round picks in this draft---deep in later-round value---but get immediate help now via FA.    Get another edge-rusher by hook or by crook and Rex (and us fans) will finally have the D of his dreams.   

jroc
jroc

@tish  we only have 1 first round pick this year., #18

dabronx
dabronx

@todd  Love the idea of bringing in Avant. As long as he is cheap and we do not rely on him as a starter. 

elmoron
elmoron

Like Asamoah, but would prefer to spend more to get Evan Smith who can backup Mangold and start at G.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Marcus Armstrong  If only we'd drafted him instead of Vlad in the first place (although he was literally the only OL in the next 100 picks that turned out to be better than Vlad).

Bent
Bent moderator

@jetlife  That knee injury was so bad, I seriously doubt he'd be healthy by camp.  In the absence of any updates other than the fact Miami won't be re-signing him, I'd expect teams to work him out in June if he's ready and the best he could hope for would be a show-me deal with injury protections.


In that respect, it actually sounds like exactly the type of move Idzik would go for based on last year.  Low risk, potential rewards.


I'd like more of a sure thing with upside at that position though.

Marvel
Marvel

@jetlife  

 That era is over. Besides, his injury was brutal. Time to draft some 6'6/6'7 studs in the making.


it's a new day.


 

jetlife
jetlife

@Marvel @jetlife  Sadly, you're right. I would be very pleased with Ebron in the 1st. But beyond that, Cumberland might not be back.

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong @Bent 

Everyone assumed Vlad would be moved to Guard in the NFL but Rex did declare him the RT shortly after the draft.........

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @jetlife  I think I'd prefer a rookie to be honest.


Haven't really scouted Quarless much since he's been in the pros.  Quite liked him at Penn State. 

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Marvel @jetlife  


There are no TE's on market anywhere near as good as Ebron...or Amaro or ASJ and maybe even Niklas for that matter.   Cumby might be worth  #2 TE money, but Jets need an upgrade @ TE regardless.       

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65 @Marcus Armstrong@jetlife@Marvel 

Vernon Davis numbers makes you a top 15 pick as a TE not 'good' TE Numbers.

That said, I hope he goes top 15...

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong @johnnyl65@jetlife@Marvel 

I agree Ebron isn't close to the athlete Vernon Davis is...heck, he wasn't even close to what Cumby did at the same height and weight. I really didn't get all the gushing by Mayock. It was like he decided before hand that he would gush over Ebron and damn the results, he was gonna gush!

Marvel
Marvel

@jetlife

 Ebron in the first.. hmm depends on Free agency. Either way we need to draft 2 TE's , too many of the new 6'6 guys floating around to not snag 2.


I believe Cumby returns.