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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
The calendar has flipped over to July, which means we are just weeks away (!!) from training camp. This series will be quick crash course on who will be competing for spots at each position on the roster. Click the gallery to read the blurbs on each player.
Up next, the wide receivers.
Brandon Marshall brings a natural order to the Jets receiving room. Installed as the number one, Marshall’s presence will benefit Eric Decker and the rest of the targets as well keep safeties from keying on the run game. Marshall will be a major component of this offense for the next two to three years.
Eric Decker had quite an adjustment from Denver to New York in 2014 but expect a production bounce-back thanks to an offense that will likely bring spread elements. Brandon Marshall pulling attention away from Decker’s side of the field won’t hurt either. Expect Decker to a great blend of production and explosion this season.
Jeremy Kerley suffered from a woefully inefficient offense in 2014 but now should thrive in 2015 in a “slot-plus” role. With Jace Amaro acting as H-Back, Kerley should see action in three wide sets while Marshall and Decker draw attention to the perimeter. Kerley’s role could transition to more special teams work due to addition of rookie Devin Smith.
TJ Graham and Chan Gailey know each other as Gailey was on the staff who drafted Graham to Buffalo in 2012. Graham will contend first for kick return duties and brings world-class speed and agility. Special teams coach Bobby April called Graham a “real fine athlete” and thinks that Graham’s speed and toughness showed up on film.
Devin Smith was an explosive playmaker at Ohio State and was Urban Meyer’s preferred deep threat to pair with a power running game.
Chris Owusu’s season finale against the Miami Dolphins was impressive and he contributed as a runner, through the air and as a returner. Something of an athletic freak coming out of Stanford as Andrew Luck’s main target, concerns about concussion history have seen him bounce around the league. Owusu is in the mix for the fifth receiver spot and will be competing primarily as a kick returner and package offensive player.
Despite limited playing time and early career injuries, DeVier Posey is a favorite of GM Mike Maccagnan who was a low-cost investment to provide depth at the receiver position. Posey looks like a fifth or sixth receiver on this team, but if he can put together a good camp the size-speed specimen could push Jeremy Kerley for slot work.
Small and shifty Walt Powell has caught the eye of special team coordinator Bobby April and Powell will compete for return work. Powell could be a practice squad player this season.
Quincy Enunwa has a mix of Z and X receiver skills for a West Coast Offense along with the size and speed coaches love. With the addition of Brandon Marshall, Enunwa’s way to the roster might be blocked. See if the Jets don’t try out Enunwa as a developmental H-back/B-Back prospect on the practice squad.
Shaq Evans has size to compete as a solid possession receiver, but should be blocked on this roster unless he can put together an incredible camp to stand out as a sixth receiver with limited role on special teams.
Saalim Hakim was a favorite of Rex Ryan thanks to his blazing speed. But with versatile WRs in the mix for the fifth spot, Hakim must convince coaches he is THE kick returner and then some to make the 2015 team.
Johnathon Rumph went undrafted this spring after playing two years with Georgia. Rumph was signed after a tryout and has size at 6’4″ and 220 pounds. Rumph struggled at college due to hamstring injuries during his two seasons there. Rumph looks like a practice squad prospect
Chris Carlin chats with SNY analyst and former Jet Ray Lucas about the suspension of Sheldon Richardson.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Some excellent questions and points made here. With the suspension of Richardson, it is going to put more pressure on Muhammad Wilkerson in terms of leadership and production. With Richardson not there for four games this could only inflate Wilkerson’s numbers further this season so as Ray Lucas says, the time to do a deal with Wilkerson might be right now.
To Lucas’s point that Richardson has said that he expects to get paid among the best players in the game? Richardson isn’t wrong to expect that, but any compunction that the Jets have to get a long-term deal done with Richardson in the next 12 months probably flew out the window when they learned the that Richardson was going to be suspended. The Jets are going to monitor his situation closely and drag out a long-term deal with him (maybe moreso than with Wilkerson now) because they want to see if he can keep his nose clean.
Sheldon Richardson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the league said.
“This is disappointing for Sheldon and the team,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said. “We’re going to support Sheldon and welcome him back upon his return. We will keep moving forward with our preparations for the upcoming season.”
According the the Daily News, Richardson was suspended due to marijuana use (July 2).
Shortly after the suspension was announced, Richardson posted a statement on Twitter (July 2).
“I apologize for my mistake and for disappointing the people who mean everything to me,” Richardson said. “I vow to you, this will not happen again. My team will continue to push forward without me to start the season.”
Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, October 5 following the team’s October 4 game against the Miami Dolphins.
“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans. However, words aren’t enough,” Richardson said in a statement. “This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don’t want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won’t be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I’m able to return to the field.”
Richardson is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Well, that sucks. Richardson is one of the league’s best players and he is arguably the best playmaker that the Jets have on defense. It is not like the Jets haven’t had to deal with injuries to key defensive linemen before. Calvin Pace was suspended four games in 2009 for a performance enhancer violation. Quinton Coples broke his leg in 2013 and missed games early in the season. Muhammad Wilkerson missed three games last season due to a knee injury. Shaun Ellis missed at least one game a season from 2009-2011. The Jets will find a way to make it work, but it certainly would work better with Richardson on the field.
The NFL revamped their drug policy last fall and marijuana was one of the main concessions by the league in terms of allowable levels but seemingly not in terms of penalties. This would have been Richardson’s second violation according to the protocol. While no timeframe was given, it might shed light on the nature of Richardson’s spring schedule with the team.
Hopefully this is a lesson learned by Richardson and this doesn’t escalate further, but the Jets will have to monitor Richardson’s status over the next few years very closely before being willing to offer him the big payday he should get if he can keep on the straight and narrow.
In recent years, the Jets have had to deal with the likes of Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace and Shaun Ellis being unavailable at the start of the regular season, whether that be due to injury or suspension, but this hits especially hard.
Richardson is a big loss, but at least the Jets have the depth to still put a strong defensive line out there. This does put added pressure on rookie Leonard Williams to be ready to go right at the start of the season, though. It also raises the stakes in the battle for playing time between the veterans Kevin Vickerson, Leger Douzable and Stephen Bowen.
This will also free up an extra roster spot until after the bye but then they’ll have to cut someone to make room for him. They’ll save some money on his salary, although he’s still on his rookie deal so this will only be a $310K cash/cap saving, some of which will be needed to pay his replacement on the 90-man roster. Richardson, who will also forfeit $334,823 in bonus money, will be able to play in preseason and practice throughout training camp with no restrictions.
It’s extremely disappointing that Richardson made this mistake. I guess the one silver lining is that he should definitely be motivated to make it up to the Jets fanbase over the remainder of the season. I just hope the Jets don’t dig themselves into a hole over those first four games.
Jets CB Darrelle Revis checked in at No. 17 on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list (July 1).
Last season, Revis was ranked 37th on the NFL Top 100.
Revis, who spent 2014 with the Patriots and 2013 with the Buccaneers, signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets in March for his second stint with the club.
Revis joins DE Mo Wilkerson (No. 74), WR Brandon Marshall (No. 57), and DE Sheldon Richardson (No. 55) as Jets on the list.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Fully recovered from his ACL tear, Revis put in an excellent 2014 season en route to helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl. Quarterbacks feared throwing his way and when they did they were almost never successful. With the upgrades to the defense, Revis should be well ensconced among the best players in the NFL when the 2015 season concludes.
I am surprised that Nick Mangold didn’t make the list; he clearly deserves to be on this list and was left off. Even though Mangold put in spectacular performances in 2014, the output of the whole group might have been the cause on him being left off this list.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe calendar has flipped over to July, which means we are just weeks away (!!) from training camp. This series will be a quick crash course on who will be competing for spots at each position on the roster.
Up first, the running backs…
Overview: The Jets have a good group of players with the potential for battles from the first to fourth spots. Chris Ivory appears to be the team’s lead back due to his ability to create yards on the ground in a power running game. The team seems to have aligned their offense around similar players with the additions of Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy. Bilal Powell could be the most distinct back in the group and should pick up much more third down work than he saw last year. As far as fullback, the position might not be as valuable in Chan Gailey’s offense and could be undercut by the team’s design to move Jace Amaro to H-Back.
Click the gallery to read the blurbs on each player.
Chris Ivory (33) looks like the lead RB thanks to his inside-out style. Ivory is a battering ram between the tackles with enough juice gain chunks on outside bounces or sweeps. If the Jets utilize inside zone run blocking schemes, Ivory will benefit as attention is diverted to the upgraded WRs. Can OC Chan Gailey make enough use of Ivory due to concerns about Ivory’s ability to catch passes?
Another solid inside-out runner, Stevan Ridley (22) has similar style to Chris Ivory but is just eight months removed from an ACL tear. Do consider that Ridley benefitted from playing in New England and might not be healthy enough to start the season on the active roster as he works back from his 2014 injury.
After languishing on the bench in 2014, Bilal Powell (29) was brought back from free agency to help round out RB depth. Although not flashy, look for Powell to see extensive third down work thanks to solid running skills, solid pass protection and plus pass catching.
After the Rams took Todd Gurley in the first round, the Jets saw an opportunity to add bowling ball Zac Stacy (38). Stacy was a workhorse in 2013 for the Rams and was on the outs with his coaching staff just year later. A bit smaller but with more dynamism than Ridley or Ivory, Stacy has been knocked for not being the most efficient runner and might be simple depth, but he could like the wildcard of this group.
Darryl Richardon (35) looks like the odd-man out among a crowded group of tailbacks. Richardson could theoretically make the team if the Jets decide to keep four running backs and Stevan Ridley starts the season on the PUP list.
With Jace Amaro taking on H-Back work, expect Tommy Bohanon (40) to feel the roster squeeze. Chan Gailey might not care to keep a FB. Especially one with no guardian angel named Idzik protecting a player who has graded out poorly the last two years. according to Pro Football Focus.
JC Coleman was brought in to challenge for fullback and H-Back work. Expect Coleman to face a serious challenge in carving out a roster spot with the Jets.
GEICO SportsNite catches up with Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who held a football camp at Boonton High School in New Jersey.
As Jets fans, we are trained to expect greatness from the defensive side of the football. On offense? Not as much. It seems like every summer there is chatter about what to expect from this newest offensive incarnation and whether it will be enough to pair with the Jets defense to make this year, the year.
In Part I of this article to understand what sort of a coordinator Chan Gailey is and which players he might make most use of in New York. In Part II we talked about the success of the power-run spread offense as utilized by college programs like Ohio State and Oregon. In Part III we discuss what the addition of Devin Smith might mean to the Jets offense and why it matters more than many think.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
The presence of Devin Smith certainly provides an interesting justification to at least have the discussion as to whether the Jets are bringing some of Urban Meyer’s offense to New York. Devin Smith’s addition is a strong indication that the Mike Maccagnan led Jets are willing to double down on the assumed starting quarterback’s strengths.
As Chan Gailey said in May when asked about whether or not quarterback Geno Smith was a ‘system fit,’ Gailey countered the reporter by saying that “I feel like the system will fit to him.”
One way in which the system could fit to Geno is the addition of Devin Smith. During his college years, Geno was at his best when he had single or double read plays which he could routinely turn into kill-shot throws to a receiver able to break into single coverage deep down the field. For Geno, the read was simple and a toss to the open side of the field often resulted in a score. On plays where Geno didn’t get his kill-shot read, short and intermediate throws prevailed and receivers in space who could generate yards on the ground kept the chains moving.
Should Gailey add elements like a power running game and allowing Geno Smith use his legs?
Aaaand away we go …
Drafted this year in the second round by the Jets, Devin Smith was a polarizing player in the draft community. Compared against the likes of Amari Cooper and Kevin White, Smith is not as thoroughly gifted or well-rounded as them, but even so analysts like NFL’s Daniel Jeremiah see strong opportunity for Devin Smith in the NFL as Jeremiah wrote the day after Ohio State’s Big Ten Championship game over Wisconsin.
With Cardale Jones making his first career start at quarterback, Smith, a senior, stepped up and helped the sophomore get comfortable in short order. Smith (6-foot-1, 199 pounds) is big, fast and physical. He has great ball skills to go up and get it. All of those attributes were on display Saturday night.
Smith … [is] a gifted vertical receiver and has a lot of good tools to work with as he prepares to develop his game for the next level.
But that isn’t to say that Smith doesn’t have detractors. To read more of this story, click here