The Jets have signed QB Jake Heaps, who recently attended the team’s rookie minicamp (Mehta, May 11).
The addition of Heaps gives the Jets five quarterbacks on the roster, with Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms, and Bryce Petty.
Heaps, 23, played with BYU, Kansas, and Miami during his college career.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: As regular TJB readers will know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail, so this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any un-drafted free agent signings. Today, we begin with defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who was the Jets’ first round pick this year, drafted sixth overall.
Williams, who is listed at 6’5″ and 302 pounds, is just 20 years old and is a two-time all-American after a three year collegiate career at USC. During those three seasons, Williams amassed 218 tackles and 21 sacks. He set career highs with 80 tackles and three forced fumbles in 2014, and also had seven sacks and an interception.
After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of Williams in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses….
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Ray Lucas, Erik Coleman and Brian Custer discuss Jets rookie minicamp and the status of Muhammad Wilkerson.
While he thinks highly of Tom Brady, Jets WR Brandon Marshall believes Brady should be suspended for his role in Deflategate (Cosentino, May 11).
“I do think that the commissioner and the NFL has to really look at this and make a tough decision,” Marshall said. “Well, I don’t even think it’s a tough decision, but Brady got caught.”
Regarding a potential suspension specifically, Marshall said “I think they’re going to have to go down that path. The Patriots, man, they’ve been down this road before, unfortunately. It’s been a few times that these things came up. And you can say in the past things it’s been a slap on the wrist, so they have to come down a little harder.”
The Wells Report found that it was probable that the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs during the AFC Championship, and that Brady was at least “generally aware” of the violation of the rules.
Former coaches have been heaping praise on QB Bryce Petty, who the Jets selected in the fourth round of last weekend’s draft (Mehta, May 11).
Baylor head coach Art Briles, who was surprised Petty lasted until the fourth round, said that Jets fans “are in for a big treat,” while noting that anyone who believes Briles will have difficulty transitioning from a no-huddle offense to an ordinary NFL offense is off base.
“He’s a great player,” Briles said. “Was Joe Montana in a system? Is Tom Brady in a system? Everybody’s in a system. It’s just about how you adapt. He’ll do well in whatever he’s asked to do…RG3 won an NFC East title and was NFL Rookie of the Year. Then he got ‘systemized.’ So, I mean, let them play.”
Philip Montgomery, who was Petty’s offensive coordinator for a time at Baylor, said Petty is incredibly driven.
“I can see him getting in there and doing great things and winning the job. It’s going to be more on the Jets organization and their coaching staff just to see how fast they really want to progress him. I know he’ll be prepared either way.”
Last season, Petty started 12 of 13 games as Baylor won the Big 12 championship. Petty completed 270 of 428 passes for 3,855 yards while throwing 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 101 yards and six touchdowns.
Jeane Coakley sits down with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis to discuss his return to the team and what he expects this season
With the 2015 NFL Draft now over and the draft picks and undrafted free agents now part of the team, the four month process of shaping the team’s 2015 opening day roster begins. In this post, we’ll cover the defense after running through offense yesterday. Next week we’ll start in-depth positional analyses of each group.
Roster: DEs – Stephen Bowen (free agent), Ikemefuna Enemkpali, Ronald Talley (free agent), DLs – Damon Harrison, Davon Walls (UDFA), Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams (drafted), DTs – T.J. Barnes, Leger Douzable, Sheldon Richardson, Kevin Vickerson (free agent) NTs – Deon Simon (drafted)
Outlook: The clear strength of the team got stronger with the Jets drafting Leonard Williams in the first round to rotate in onto the nightmare that is the Jets defensive line along with seventh round Deon Simon. Simon is known as a run-stopping nose and could work hard on refining his technique this year before become a larger role player for the team in 2016 thanks to Damon Harrison hitting restricted free agency next spring. Richardson, Wilkerson, Harrison and Williams represent the likely core of this group with some rotational smatterings of Douzable, Talley, Bowen and Vickerson worked in for relief or substitutional work.
Battle to watch: All the backups. To read more of this story, click here
Former Ohio State wide receiver and Jets second round draft pick Devin Smith excelled in college for the Buckeyes…
- Williams doesn’t let fear of injury stop him [Newsday]
- Bowles presser hints what team might look like [Jets Official Site]
- Observations from day two of rookie camp [NJAM]
- Was Smith’s circus catch against Miami (Ohio) better than OBJ? [AP]
- Mauldin grew up in 16 foster homes [Yahoo!]
- Could Taiwan Jones be a big steal? [NY Post]