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Harrison: Jets “might win 5 or 6 games” with Geno

Former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison isn’t a fan of Geno Smith.

While guest-hosting an NBC Sports Radio show Friday, Harrison said that even with the signing of Darrelle Revis, the Jets will not be a contender if Smith is the starting quarterback in 2015 (ESPN Boston, March 28).

“You’re not going to win a championship, you’re not even going to make the playoffs, because you don’t have a quarterback,” Harrison said. “If you go into the season and you’re expecting Geno Smith to improve, it’s not going to happen. He might get a little better, but when times get tough, when adversity hits, guess what he’s going to do?

“He’s going to fold just like the last couple years. I don’t believe in Geno Smith. I think this is a huge mistake. Hopefully in this draft, they try to address this quarterback situation, because if they go into the season with Geno Smith they might win five or six games.”

Harrison, now a football analyst for NBC, also said the Patriots made the right move not trying to match the Jets’ offer for Revis. Harrison said Patriots coach Bill Belichick can make up for Revis’ departure by improving the pass rush and an offense that scores 25-30 points a game.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Revis can solidify the defense for the Jets and removes many of the questions that plagued the Jets on that side of the football over the last two seasons and he is much more a help to what the Jets need to do as compared to the Patriots.  With that said, Harrison does make a point that Geno Smith has not been able to prove that he can be trusted as the default starter.

Harrison’s comments are harsh, but my question to him is this; what were the Jets supposed to do?  Should they have signed Josh McCown? How about Brian Hoyer? Should they have traded for Sam Bradford?  For Nick Foles?  Should they have cut Smith outright?    Would any of those moves have addressed the situation better than acquiring Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Until Geno can prove himself in some meaningful way, no one can expect him to be the answer for this franchise, but with a paper thin market at quarterback in free agency and only two viable options in the draft, what are a first year head coach and GM supposed to do?

No one is going to be calling for Maccagnan and Bowles’s heads after one season … why force something now when it is much more likely that a better option might be available to the team in a year?

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Maccagnan, Bowles will see Mariota up close Saturday

General manager Mike Maccagnan and first-year coach Todd Bowles will lead a Jets contingent to Eugene, Ore., Saturday to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in a private workout (Mehta, March 27).

The Jets hold the No. 6 pick in the draft, which begins April 30.

This will be the second time this month that Maccagnan has seen Mariota in person. He attended Mariota’s Pro Day workout March 12, which some viewed as disappointing.

Maccagnan said the Jets will also have a private workout with Florida State’s Jameis Winston. Winston and Mariota — the last two Heisman Trophy winners — are the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. Tampa Bay is widely expected to take Winston with the first pick.

On Tuesday, Jets owner Woody Johnson said Geno Smith was ‘way ahead’ of Mariota.

Thursday, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said “I don’t know how you’d pass him up” if Mariota is available at No. 6 (Cimini, March 26)

TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET

Join us at 2:00pm ET for our weekly TJB chat.

In order to access the room, you must now sign up for a chatzy account at chatzy.com – click where it says log in/sign up in the top right hand corner. Obviously if you registered already, you can log into your existing account. You will then be able to access the room at the usual address – Chatzy.com/TJB where this week’s password is kelleninthename.

Apologies for this extra requirement, but it will allow us to moderate the chat more effectively and prevent any abuse or vulgarity. The action gets underway at 2:00pm ET.

BGA: Scouting Corey Hilliard

Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed three more free agents and we’ve been looking at what they bring to the table. Yesterday, we looked at former Bears tight end Kellen Davis and over the weekend we’ll look at ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen, but today we look at former Lions offensive tackle Corey Hilliard.

The 29-year old Hilliard is 6’6″ and currently listed at 300 pounds. He was a sixth round pick for the Patriots in 2007, but failed to make their team. He was with the Colts over the next couple of seasons, but did not play much and didn’t play at all in 2009 despite spending time with the Browns and Lions. Having re-signed with the Lions for the 2010 season, he would play in 42 games, starting 12, over the next five seasons. Seven of those starts came in 2013. He missed most of the 2014 season with a foot injury though.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far, reviewing regular season footage to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Kellen Davis

Over the last few days, the Jets have announced three more free agency signings – Former Lions tackle Corey Hilliard, Ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen and former Bears tight end Kellen Davis. I’ll be looking at what each of these players brings to the table over the next couple of days.

We’ll start by looking at Davis, a 29-year old former fifth round pick who is 6’7″ and 265 pounds. Davis spent his first five seasons with the Bears and was best known for his blocking but also caught 47 passes, 11 of which were touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, he’s spent time with the Browns, Seahawks, Giants and Lions, catching just three passes. The Jets almost signed him two seasons ago.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Davis’ career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here