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FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:
1. A tear Jameson? If the Jets do not make a big success for Deebo Samuel or DK Metcalf before the NFL draft, they can stare at the prospect of choosing the second-best wide receiver from a good but not great class. This is not an ideal situation, especially for a franchise that has struggled to produce quality recipients.
“None of these guys have the same character as DeVonta Smith, Ja’Marr Chase or Jaylen Waddle,” said ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. about this year’s recipient outlook. “The last three years all had elite grades.”
Garrett Wilson (Ohio State), Drake London (USC) and Jameson Williams (Alabama) are generally considered the top three. Wilson, Williams and Chris Olave (Ohio State), another talent in the first round, have made pre-draft visits to the Jets, who must think receiver with their second pick in the first round (10th overall).
Wilson is “the closest” in talent to last year’s trio, according to Kiper, who added that London (ankle fracture in October) and Williams (torn ACL in January) could have approached that status if they had remained healthy. Wilson has been linked with the Atlanta Falcons (No. 8 overall).
As for the Jets’ chances, did not sleep on Williams, who showed Tyreek Hill-like speed and big-game ability before his injury in the College Football Playoff National Championship. He would be a gamble because he may not be healthy until November, but the long-term payoff could be huge. The Jets are interested, a source said. How interested is yet to be seen.
“Even with the injury, he could go top 20, maybe top 10,” Kiper said.
The Jets were unsuccessful in their attempt to trade for the current Tyreek Hill, and they continue to monitor Samuel, Metcalf and other veteran receivers – perhaps a sign that they are not in love with the draft options.
2. Drought after Keyshawn: The Jets’ track record for drawing receivers is poor. Maybe Elijah Moore, an election in the second round of 2021, can reverse the terrible trend. Consider:
The last recipient to make the Pro Bowl in a Jets uniform was Keyshawn Johnson, selected as No. 1 overall in 1996. He did so in 1998 and 1999.
The last to record a 1,000-yard season for the Jets was Jerricho Cotchery, a 2004 draft pick who reached 1,000 in 2007.
Of the 24 receivers drafted since Johnson, only four have recorded several 100-yard games like the Jets – Cotchery (eight), Santana Moss (seven), Laveranues Coles (13) and Dedric Ward (four). We are not just talking about monster seasons game.
3.Positive report on Mims: That the Jets have not added a veteran wide receiver is a bit surprising. They re-signed Braxton Berrios but lost Jamison Crowder in free agency, meaning their current depth chart is thinner than last season.
Should we perceive this as a vote of confidence in Denzel Mims?
The Jets’ coaches get good reports about Mims, who reduced his body fat to 8% this offseason, but it’s too early to group him with Berrios, Moore and Corey Davis as a roster. They are likely to add at least one more recipient, either a high draft pick or a veteran via trade. Even if that happens, Mims expects to get one last shot at training camp to supply himself to this coaching staff, which puts a prize on the regular run – not one of his strengths.
4. Apple puree? Some mock drafts cause the Jets to take cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner with the fourth pick. A few thoughts on that:
Although cornerback is a prime position in the NFL landscape, it is seen differently by coach Robert Saleh, who believes he can find system corners later in the draft of his zone-based scheme. He saw that the philosophy worked with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
The Jets addressed the position in the free agency and signed DJ Reed (three years, $ 33 million). To make an even bigger investment, they would have to consider Gardner a unicorn-like player. In Saleh’s world, a tie goes to the edge rusher.
5. Wilson’s coach all year round: The Jets made an unorthodox move over the course of the season, adding Zach Wilson’s California quarterback instructor – John Beck – to the coaching staff. Basically, it was like hiring a personal tutor in the middle of an exam.
Beck, who has returned to private practice, continues to work with Wilson, a relationship that began several years ago. Beck senses a transfer from the season that he believes will benefit second-year quarterback.
“I see ties with a lot of quarterbacks in the offseason, but I’m not on their team when they went through it, the way I was with Zach,” Beck told ESPN. “I know what it was like before the game. I was there every day of the week and I was with him on the sidelines. I know what it was like the day after the game. I know what coaching points the coaches were. Doing because I sat in the coaching meetings the day after the match. All those things all have value in helping him. “
Wilson will be in New Jersey for the next few months as the low season rises, but he will get house calls from Beck, who plans to fly east for occasional check-in.
6. Back to it: The Jets begin their offseason program on Monday. The first training is on May 23, where the free season ends with a minicamp (June 14-16). As a rule, it is voluntary, except for the mini-camp. This will differ from last year, as Saleh plans to tone down the intensity by using more walk-throughs and 7-on-7 periods than before. This seems to be a trend throughout the league.
Around the NFL, there’s also a chance to make extra money by collecting a training bonus, but only one Jets player has a training bonus in his contract – defensive John Franklin-Myers ($ 100,000).
7. No contractual dispute: If you’re wondering, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is expected to attend the start of the offseason program – a positive sign. He’s eligible for a new contract, but he will not pull Jamal Adams by staying away and rattling in cages.
The Jets have said they are open to discussing a new contract, but not much is happening on that front. Williams has signed for 2022 and his fifth year option (2023) will be exercised on May 2, the team has said.
8. Did you know that? Aside from a trade, the Jets (No. 4) and New York Giants (No. 5) will pick back-to-back in Round 1 for only the seventh time in the common-draft era (since 1967). This is only the second time the Jets have the honor of going first.
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9. Bookends: Pre-draft visits tend to be exaggerated in the media, but it is worth noting that Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon), two of the top-edge rushers, both visited the Jets on Friday. I’ve heard of cases where teams try to get the best players in the same room, just to see how they react to each other. Hutchinson will not be available with the fourth pick, but Thibodeaux could be.
10. Still available: Only three of the Jets’ unlimited free agents remain unsigned: wide receiver Keelan Cole, guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and tight-end Tyler Kroft.