The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire former Jets GM John Idzik (Schefter, Feb. 25).
Idzik will reportedly be a consultant for the Jags.
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We suspect that his ties to Jags coach Gus Bradley helped him in his consideration in Jacksonville. Expect Idzik to take on an operational role for GM David Caldwell.
According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the Dolphins are planning to target Jets linebacker David Harris in free agency (The Score, Feb. 25).
Harris has been with the Jets for his entire career, since the team selected him him the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
The 31-year-old finished up his eighth season with the Jets, recording 123 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
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It makes sense as it was Mike Tannenbaum who drafted Harris back in 2007 and who saw him as a core member of his team until Tanny’s exit after the 2012 season. If Rex taught Tannenbaum anything it was that if a defense can stop the run, it gives the defense much greater success in defending the pass through pressure in down and distance situations … ultimately getting the defense off the field. The Dolphins were middle of the pack against the run in 2014. Should the Dolphins add Harris, it would immensely help them to clamp down opponents’ power runs as well as second level runs. The Dolphins have a decent defense and adding a piece like Harris up the middle (along with another corner) could make them into top-ten unit in 2015.
Free agent running back C.J. Spiller expressed his admiration for new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey on Sirius XM NFL radio Tuesday, recounting his success when Gailey was Spiller’s coach in Buffalo (Cimini, Feb. 24).
The Jets are expected to pursue Spiller, 27, when free agency begins next month.
“His offense is going to be very creative,” Spiller said of Gailey. “He’s going put his players in the best situations to win matchups. Just a humble guy. First class. Goes about his business the right way. He’s going to treat his men like men.”
But Spiller also said he’s open to staying in Buffalo with new coach Rex Ryan. “There is a possibility that I can be in a Bills uniform but the ball is in their court. I want to be in Buffalo.” (NFL.com, Feb. 24).
Spiller ran for 1,244 yards in 2012, Gailey’s last year as the Bills’ head coach. That was the best of Spiller’s five NFL seasons. He only ran for 300 yards in nine games last season after breaking his collarbone in October.
FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager has the Jets drafting Marcus Mariota with the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft (Feb. 24).
“He’s got all the physical tools, wants to be great, and has unlimited potential,” Schrager wrote. “New York, though a media pressure cooker, could be the right fit.”
Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft also has Mariota going to the Jets (ESPN, Feb. 12). Todd McShay recently released his second mock draft for the 2015 NFL Draft, and it has Mariota landing in New York, too (ESPN, Feb. 5).
In three seasons as the Ducks QB, Mariota has thrown for over 10,000 yards and 105 touchdowns. In 2014, he completed 69.3 percent of his passes, threw 42 touchdowns, four interceptions and rushed for another 15 TDs.
The New York Jets are unsure when Dee Milliner will return to the starting line up, if at all, after his 2014 season was riddled with injuries (AL.com, Feb. 22).
Milliner played just three games after suffering an ankle injury in training camp and then tearing an Achilles tendon in October.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of relying or not relying on him,” coach Todd Bowles said at the combine. “It’s just a matter of getting the best players in the building. If he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll see if he’s one of the best players. If not, we’ll have to do it elsewhere.”
The ankle and Achilles injuries are just the tip of the iceberg for Milliner who has seen shoulder surgery and a hamstring injury since the Jets selected him with the ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Past injuries aside, Bowles is taking things day by day with the CB as they evaluate if he’ll be ready to take the field with the squad in the spring.
“It’s still early on in the process,” Bowles said. “You get weekly medical updates about how he’s doing and how he’s coming along, but we’ll evaluate that more as we go. It’s a little too early to see whether he’ll be ready for the spring or not.”