FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:
1. Card shark: Joe Douglas wants to build by design. That’s what every manager says. When was the last time you heard a GM say, “I don’t care about draft picks. I want to spend a lot of my owner’s money on freelance agents so we can be in hell of the salary cap.”
In Douglas’ case, it’s not paying lip service.
Because of the trades of Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams, he is sitting on a war chest of draft picks. The jets have 21 picks in 2021 and 2022; The last time they made so many choices in consecutive designs was in 1997 and 1998, Bill Parcells’ first two years in charge.
Those 21 choices include seven in Round 1 and 2. If the Jets used all of these tips, it would be the largest in the first two rounds over a two-year period in franchise history. The best comparison is 2000-01 when they made six picks – including four first-round players in the 2000 watershed draft.
From a general point of view, this doesn’t happen very often. In 2018 and 2019, the Indianapolis Colts made eight picks in the first and second rounds – coincidentally thanks to the jets.
The Cleveland Browns also reached eight in 2017 and 2018. Before that, you’ll need to return to the New England Patriots (2010-11) to find a team that reaches seven.
All three teams drafted Generation-type players – guard Quenton Nelson (Colts), Myles Garrett (Browns) and Rob Gronkowski (Patriots).
Douglas has no excuses. Whether you liked the trades or not, he’s set to fill the list of jets with talent. It also gives him tremendous flexibility. When a high profile player hits the trading bloc, which happens more often, the Jets have the capital to close a deal. Prepare for tons of rumors over the next 12 months.
“Ultimately, with the premium picks – your first, second, and third round picks – these are the picks that you are looking for as a starter on your team,” said Douglas. “… We have a lot of fortune as we sit here now, but we have to take this opportunity.”
2. Make eight out of three: Douglas knew this was going to be a tough job, which explains why he insisted on a six-year contract. After dealing with Darnold, he hinted that it is tougher than he had imagined.
“When I walked into this building in June 2019,” he said, “I never thought we’d sit here and talk about … the deal with Leonard.” [Williams], Trade Jamal. I know Darron Lee was traded before I even took this job. Well, Sam. “
Since Joe Douglas assumed the position of GM of the Jets, he’s been aggressively trading in future draft picks. Joshua Sarner / Icon Sportswire
Think about it: Douglas has already traded three previous round one picks, all drafted by his predecessor. Not any previous first-round picks, but the No. 6 (Williams, 2015), No. 6 (Adams, 2017) and No. 3 (Darnold, 2018) in their respective drafts. They were 25, 24 and 23 years old at the time of trading.
The economy played a role in all three decisions to varying degrees. Douglas opted for a capital draft rather than investing a lot of money in renewals. He split these three players into eight picks. Using the trade value chart as a guide and forecasting the position design for 2022 based on records for 2020, the total score is 2,551. A typical design for a mid-of-the-pack team is 1,700 points.
So Douglas traded Williams, Adams, and Darnold for a full draft and a few more.
3. From Darnold’s inner circle: Darnold has not yet commented on his deal with the Carolina Panthers. His camp, undoubtedly disappointed with months of uncertainty before trade, has been quiet throughout the off-season … until now.
Jaime Ortiz, who has remained closely related to Darnold after coaching at San Clemente, California High, said in a text message to ESPN:
“”[The trade] is a good move for both the Jets franchise and Sam personally. Both get a clean break and a fresh start. I just hope that with all the draft picks, the Jets will finally find a young QB such as [Zach] Wilson or [Justin] Fields with the talent had to be successful in the NFL. “
It’s not difficult to read between the lines.
4. Draft of Trivia: Can you name the last quarterback designed by the Jets to do the Pro Bowl in a Jets uniform? Answer below.
5. Bonus money: Linebacker Tarell Basham, who recently signed with the Dallas Cowboys, landed the Jets’ largest 2020 performance-based bonus – $ 446,879. The other top bonuses went to linebackers Harvey Langi ($ 375,561) and Neville Hewitt ($ 337,838), Chris Herndon ($ 337,623) and Bless Austin ($ 337,018). The greatest head scratcher? Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor got $ 2,052 and all he did was play eight snaps on special teams.
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Performance pay is a collectively negotiated benefit that rewards all players, including newbies, based on their playing time and salary level. It does not affect the salary cap. The league released the numbers this week.
6. Duels oh-fers: In the Seasoned Quarterback Market, the Jets invited Brian Hoyer for a free agent visit. If they sign it, it would be a marriage of two dubious strips.
Mostly a backup throughout his 12-year career, Hoyer has lost 17 starts in a row dating back to 2016. The Jets have lost 15 starts in a row with their backup quarterback in a starting role, also from 2016.
From an intangible point of view, Hoyer would be an excellent mentor for Wilson, the putative pick of the Jets at # 2 on the 2021 NFL draft (April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland, on ESPN and the ESPN app), but on the QB2 job for this team should be able to win games. Alex Smith, Teddy Bridgewater, and Gardner Minshew II would be better options than Hoyer.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater might make sense in a backup role for the Jets. AP Photo / Gerry Broome
7. No Joshing: A week ago on the area, former Jets quarterback Josh McCown said his hope was that Darnold would get the chance to repay himself under the new coaching staff. We know that won’t happen. At the same time, McCown declared himself a Wilson fan.
“I don’t think it’s a bad choice,” said McCown. “I think he has a higher ceiling and a better advantage than Trevor Lawrence personally. I like him a little better.”
8. What happened against Vegas …: When the Jets lost to the Las Vegas Raiders on Gregg Williams’ infamous “Cover 0 Blitz” and they dropped to 0-12, many pro-tank fans were ready to immortalize Williams to keep them ahead in the Lawrence Sweepstakes. As it turned out, the result did not affect the design position. But it certainly made for interesting conversations at the moment.
9. Trivia answer: Ken O’Brien. O’Brien, best known in the 1983 first round before Dan Marino, was elected to the Pro Bowl once (1985). He’s one of the most underrated players in jet history. It is second on the list of all franchises after Joe Namath. Boomer Esiason (1993), Vinny Testaverde (1998), and Brett Favre (2008) each made the Pro Bowl, but they weren’t designed by the Jets.
10. The last word: “His development was not correct from the Jets. He did not have the best support and coaching to reach his full potential.” – Former Jets and current Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson on Darnold (via NFL Network).