Texans Deshaun Watson with New York Jets? ‘Oh expensive God. Oh expensive God.’ – New York Jets Weblog
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A look at what’s going on around the New York Jets on Super Bowl Sunday:
1. (large) apple of his eye: The game is the thing, but the Deshaun Watson drama was a big part of the narrative during the build-up of Super Bowl LV – so much speculation and, yes, misguided commentary. (See: Brett Favre.) Of all the experts, Michael Irvin said this best in light of the Jets’ potential interest in the Houston Texans star quarterback.
In a videoconference with NFL Network analysts, I asked Irvin if he believed Jets quarterback Sam Darnold could be fixed and if New York should go all-in on Watson.
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“You can still believe in Sam Darnold and that Sam Darnold can do it and the right coaching team can get the best out of him, but if you can get a Deshaun Watson, you go all in on a Deshaun Watson because he got it is a different guy, “said the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
“He’s a different kind of playmaker, and if you can have that kind of playmaker in New York – oh my god. Oh my god. It might be crazy if you could get that kid, that talent in New York.”
That describes how I believe the Jets are approaching the situation without OMGs: they’d be content to run them back with Darnold in 2021 but feel compelled to explore Watson as it’s a rare opportunity to become a franchise quarterback to get in its prime. If Jets general manager Joe Douglas really shares the philosophy of the best player available, how can he not pursue Watson?
But will Douglas go “all in” as Irvin suggested?
It will take a huge package to land Watson if the Texans decide to trade him. Houston is currently refusing to involve teams in trade discussions. Experts say it could be at least three first round picks plus defensive players. The Jets might have an advantage as their first round picks (# 2 and # 23) have a higher value than the Miami Dolphins (# 3 and # 18) based on the commonly used table of values. The Jets also have two top classics in 2022 as well as the coveted defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, whose contract is tradable (albeit with a cap hit of $ 10.8 million).
Douglas doesn’t seem like a guy selling the future. People who know him would like to point out that he won Super Bowl rings at quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens and the Philadelphia Eagles with Trent Dilfer, Joe Flacco and Nick Foles. File that under: “For what it’s worth.”
Will quarterback Sam Darnold return to play for the Jets in 2021? AP Photo / Zach Bolinger
2. Draft buzz: If the Jets don’t get Watson, they can stick with Darnold or draw a quarterback in second place. ESPN design analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is not a fan of the latter route and would go for Darnold.
“I would do it with Watson; I wouldn’t do it with a young quarterback,” Kiper said over the phone. “I wouldn’t draw Zach Wilson or Justin Fields at 2 this year [spot]. I would not do that. “
Kiper rates Wilson and Fields as first-round talents, but not as elite. We have more than two months to continue this debate.
3. Evaluation of the towers: The 2020 Draft Class of the Jets was recently ranked 15th by Pro Football Focus, who used their wins over the Substitute Metric (WAR) to rank each team. The truth is that there is no definitive way to grade a class. Is it quantity over quality? Everyone has their own opinion, but one thing is certain: The Jets’ rookies have a lot of playing time, which should be a good sign for the future.
Based on the snapshots played, the jets took seventh place (3,185), according to ESPN Stats & Information. This includes vacant free agents who boosted the Jets’ reputation. Their UDFAs, led by cornerback Lamar Jackson (426), played a total of 903 snaps, the third highest sum among the UDFA classes.
Eight of the top 10 overall set records, which makes sense. Good teams don’t usually rely on newbies. The Jacksonville Jaguars (4,510) led the way. It is noteworthy that the Dolphins (4,373) came second. They were a good team (10-6) and played a lot of newbies. Notice AFC East.
4. Last laugh: Imagine this moment at Super Bowl LV: the Kansas City Chiefs walking back Le’Veon Bell take a surrender, cut the field and – wham! – He meets Steve McLendon, defender for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Oh what a jets moment.
Bell and McLendon prove that anything is possible in the NFL. Both players started the season in the misery of the Jets’ defeat and now end it on the biggest stage in the sport. McLendon was traded in the midseason. Bell was released after a “disagreement” (his word) with the organization, an amazing end to his unfortunate time with the Jets.
“It’s been an interesting season for me to say the least – one of my most fascinating seasons,” Bell said during a virtual Super Bowl session.
Bell’s legacy in New York? Not enough touchdowns, a flu-ridden night of bowling, a Twitter rant against former trainer Adam Gase, and $ 4 million in “dead” money for her 2021 wage cap.
5. Super free agents: Of the outstanding free agents in the Super Bowl, the Jets’ most fascinating players play for both the Bucs – Edge Rusher Shaquil Barrett and wide receiver Chris Godwin. The chances are good that only one will enter the open market.
Barrett would ideally fit into coach Robert Saleh’s 4-3 front, but his price will be too high for the Jets. Godwin is primarily a slot receiver, but has been deployed in shifts / movements in 119 games (including playoffs), the third highest in the league. Pre-snap movement will be a big part of the offense under offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. But again, I wonder if Douglas will pamper himself knowing he can include a quality receiver in the design.
6.Just spend, baby: The 2021 salary cap has not yet been finalized but is below the 2020 figure ($ 198 million) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the Cap projects a cap of $ 176 million. On that basis, the jets will have $ 63.5 million in space, finishing in third place. You can redeem an additional $ 16.8 million by unlocking the defensive end of Henry Anderson and guards Alex Lewis and Greg Van Roten.
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The free agent market will be saturated with players as almost half of the teams are expected to be above the cap. The plan of the jets is to capitalize on the buyer’s market. We will see. Currently, her payroll is the lowest in the league for 2021.
7. Canton is Alan City: Congratulations to Alan Faneca, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. He made it because of his stellar career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but made the Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons with the Jets (2008-09). He and Damien Woody arrived in 2008 and started an offensive line that already included D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore. In 2009, the Jets lunged for a staggering 2,756 yards, the sixth highest total in the league since 2001.
Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who signed Faneca to land a record-breaking contract for a guard, recalled Faneca’s “size and consistency” in terms of his preparation. He said Faneca, always the first to arrive at the stadium, had an elaborate pre-game routine that included stretching and time in the hot tub. Tannenbaum said he believed Faneca’s involvement had an impact on the younger players.
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8. No bad will: Ex-Jets coaches Todd Bowles and Kacy Rodgers, both Bucs employees, had only positive things to say about their former team during the Super Bowl’s availability. Rodgers mentioned experiencing a health scare during the 2018 season that resulted in him missing out on a few games. He said Jet CEO Christopher Johnson visited his home. Apparently Rodgers was touched by the gesture of kindness.
9. Super Bowl prediction: I like the Bucs because they can get to Patrick Mahomes in a four-man rush, and because Tom Brady … well, I hear he holds on to the big games. I also think the Bucs will benefit most from their week 12 loss to the Chiefs. I really like the Bucs in rainy, wet conditions; You get the edge on a slow lane. Result: Bucs, 35-31. Learn more about ESPN’s Super Bowl LV predictions.
10. The last word: “They have a new coach so things could change there. I think time will tell.” – Le’Veon Bell on the jets.