The Jets' massive offseason makeover is about
January 17, 2020 at 3:02 am #35300
to take another critical step.New York has the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft for the second straight year Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , and general manager Mike Maccagnan has a chance to add a big-time difference-maker to his overhauled roster.Last year, the Jets got the quarterback they believe will be the face of the franchise for a long time in Sam Darnold.This time around, they’re looking for someone to punish opposing signal callers with Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Kentucky’s Josh Allen and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams all in the mix.That is, if Maccagnan chooses to stay put, of course. He sent a clear message during the NFL combine in February that the Jets will certainly be open for business as far as draft-day trade talks. The Jets have just six picks, including two third-rounders, and one each in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds.”Right now, we feel good at No. 3, but I’d definitely say if there’s an opportunity to trade down, we would absolutely look at it,” Maccagnan said.”If we end up picking a player at No. 3, we’ll feel really good. If there’s an opportunity for us to move back and acquire more picks, that’s something we’d definitely be potentially interested in.”It would have to be the right kind of deal, but I definitely wouldn’t rule anything out at this point in time.”If they do stay put, they’ll be assured of adding a player who would fill one of the major holes still remaining after on offseason filled with changes through firings, hirings, trades and free agency, including a new coach (Adam Gase), a fiery defensive coordinator (Gregg Williams) JK Scott Jersey , one of the best running backs in the game (Le’Veon Bell), a playmaking inside linebacker (C.J. Mosley) and a bulldozing left guard (Kelechi Osemele).Oh, and the makeovers aren’t limited to just the roster. The Jets will be rockin’ flashy redesigned uniforms with a refreshed logo and metallic green helmets this season that have the players and many fans fired up.”It’s a new era,” safety Jamal Adams said. “It’s a new start.”Here are some things to know before the Jets go on the clock:GETTING TO THE QBThe Jets have been looking for a game-wrecking pass rusher for years, and they’re still in the hunt for one.They weren’t able to address that during free agency, with top options Justin Houston, Za’Darius Smith, Trey Flowers, Shaquil Barrett and Preston Smith all ending up elsewhere.That means New York will zero in on defensive end Bosa, outside linebacker Allen or defensive tackle Williams if they stay at No. 3. If Allen’s still there, consider this: the team’s last outside linebacker with double-digit sacks was John Abraham with 10½ in 2005. Yeah, it’s been a while.MAN IN THE MIDDLEVersatile offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison was re-signed after he started the final seven games at center, but it’s uncertain if he’s the starter.The Jets considered Matt Paradis in free agency, but didn’t sign him. The only other player on the roster who has regularly played the position is Jon Toth, who spent last season on the practice squad.So, if the Jets do trade down and get a second-rounder, North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury or Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy could solve another big question mark.BIG BOYS UP FRONTOther than center, it appears the rest of the Jets’ offensive line is set with Osemele, left tackle Kelvin Beachum, right tackle Brandon Shell and right guard Brian Winters. But beyond that, there’s very little depth.Keeping Darnold protected is priority No. 1 for the franchise Kevin King Jersey , so New York could aim to add a potential starter in the draft. Also, Beachum is signed only through this season and will turn 30 in June, so New York could be in the market for a left tackle to eventually replace him.TURNING THE CORNERCornerback Trumaine Johnson was the Jets’ big addition in free agency last year, but struggled with a quadriceps injury and inconsistency in his first season in New York. He’ll be counted on to bounce back this season, but it’s unclear who’ll be on the opposite side.Morris Claiborne has not been re-signed, so it could be Darryl Roberts, who has been mostly a spot starter at both cornerback and safety. The Jets also signed Brian Poole , who has been one of the league’s top nickel corners. So, they might look to add to the position in an early round.BY THE NUMBERSThe Jets have selected third overall in the NFL draft just twice, including last year when they traded up to get Darnold.The other time: 1981, when they took running back Freeman McNeil, the franchise’s second-leading rusher.Cheese Curds, 9/28: Rodgers practices, MVS impresses, Vikings’ defense stinks on TNF The Green Bay Packers got some great news on Thursday, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to a padded practice. This is a pretty big deal — Rodgers has not practiced (aside from the team’s brief Saturday practices) since suffering his knee injury against the Bears. With him back on the field, the coaching staff seems excited, and it will hopefully help the offense move the ball a bit more effectively on Sunday with better preparation.A few hours after Rodgers left the field, the Minnesota Vikings stepped onto it for a Thursday night game against the NFC favorite Rams. With those two defenses looking impressive on paper, did anybody expect a game with 69 total points (nice), 887 combined passing yards for the two quarterbacks Josh Jones Jersey , five receivers over 100 yards, and eight passing touchdowns? It was quite the offensive explosion, and Packers fans have to feel good seeing Minnesota lose the game.In today’s curds, we also look at a Packers player who is making waves on special teams, even as he has yet to carve out a significant role on special teams. Literally everything about him is reminiscent of a cult favorite from the last few years, and we’ll toot our own horns a bit for predicting it a long time ago.A special welcome back for Aaron Rodgers | Packers.comRodgers practiced on Thursday, the first time he has taken the field for real reps in the middle of the week since his injury in week one. Here’s a look at how his backups, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle, welcomed him back to the field.Packers fail in attempt to bring back DL Brian Price | Packers WireIt should be no surprise that the Packers made a run at Price, who was on the Browns’ practice squad. After all, the team just lost Muhammad Wilkerson for the year and Price spent all of 2016 and training camp in 2017 in Green Bay.The new Jeff Janis? Rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling turning heads as gunner on punts | Packersnews.comIf only someone had predicted earlier this year that MVS was a good candidate to replace Janis on special teams! Oh, wait. This was published two weeks before the Draft.Mike Zimmer: ‘Never been this poor in pass coverage’ – NFL.comThe Vikings lost 38-31 to the Rams on Thursday Night, allowing a shopping 465 passing yards and five touchdowns to Jared Goff, and now sit at 1-2-1 on the season.Eric Reid, one of the NFL’s best safeties, finally signed by Panthers – SBNation.comGood for Reid. While he could have helped the Packers’ secondary, which has been plagued by poor safety play so far this season, he heads to Carolina for a one-year contract worth a maximum of $1.9 million.Hundreds line up for free Arby’s-themed tattoos in Long Beach | abc7.comIf you love the Beef and Cheddar, head down to southern California, where Arby’s will pay for a tattoo for you and give you a free sandwich.
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