The Jets are not expected to bring CB Kyle Wilson back (Newsday, Feb. 26).
Wilson, a former first-round pick, has been with the team since 2010. The 27-year-old will be a free agent on March 10.
In his career, Wilson has 17 passes defended, three interceptions and one forced fumble. He also has 142 tackles and one sack, which came in 2014.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI’m sure that Wilson will catch on with another team, but the team . Wilson graded out as one of the worst corners in the NFL last season according to Pro Football Focus, notably the first year of his career without the boost from either Antonio Cromartie, Darrelle Revis or both. At times Wilson was useful, but his inconsistency was his downfall and will be the big reason that the Jets won’t bring him back.
Even had the Jets retained Rex Ryan and John Idzik, I highly doubt that Wilson would have been made an offer. I’d be very surprised if he goes to Buffalo, Miami or even Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire former Jets GM John Idzik (Schefter, Feb. 25).
Idzik will reportedly be a consultant for the Jags.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWe 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.
Welcome to the fourth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered edge defenders, but now we’re moving on to look at wide receivers, a particularly interesting position to look at now that we have this year’s combine data to chew on.
Last year’s wide receiver class was spectacular, although the Jets got next to no production out of the four drafted players that spent time on their roster. Word is that this year’s receiver class is pretty strong too, albeit not expected to emulate the depth and immediate impact from last season’s group. Let’s see if we can pick any holes in the top prospects.
After the jump, I’ll be trying to find some bargains outside of the top couple of prospects and looking for some potential sleepers.
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.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt 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.
- Dolphins set to target Harris [Miami Herald]
- Despite report, signing Harvin would be “tricky” for Pats [CBS]
- Nuggets aplenty on Harris, Harvin, Maxwell, Rex, Saunders… [NY Post]
- Mock: Mariota to Jets, but he probably won’t be there at 6 [Sports on Earth]
- Mock: Cooper to Jets after Eagles trade up for Mariota [MMQB]
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.