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In honor of Cinco De Mayo, we decided to crank out a special Sunday six pack at Turn On The Jets…so sit back, open your Modelo, grab some guacamole and let’s talk about that New York Jets offense
1. You should still be concerned about the Jets tight end position. Jeff Cumberland is basically a poor man’s Dustin Keller. He struggles with blocking and is a decent pass catching target. Cumberland has good size and hands but lacks the speed or explosiveness to be a true threat down the seam. Making him anything besides a situational player is overextending him. Konrad Reuland is at a similar talent level and should only be used situationally for his blocking or in a H-Back type role and you can’t count on Hayden Smith yet. If the Jets don’t swing a trade for Brent Celek, players like Dave Thomas or Kevin Boss need to be considered and should be able to be signed dirt-cheap. It is better to get them here sooner, rather than later so they have as much time as possible to pick up the offense.
2. Whether it is Ramses Barden or Braylon Edwards, the Jets shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on adding another veteran at receiver. You cannot be one injury away from having Clyde Gates be your number three receiver. Gates is a burner and that’s it. He has no field awareness, average hands and runs awful routes. He should be a #5 receiver and used in a minimal package of plays as a deep threat…nothing more. We aren’t writing Jordan White off yet but he will need to have a big pre-season to work himself into a contributing role.
3. We try never to get too optimistic here but the potential of a Chris Ivory/Mike Goodson backfield running behind a very good run blocking Jets offensive line (if Willie Colon stays healthy and Brian Winters seizes the other starting Guard job) is beyond exciting. We know Rex Ryan’s defense will be more than competent and if you have a strong running game, you have a recipe to stay competitive on a weekly basis. Ivory and Goodson both have immense natural running talent, compliment each other well and could both hit big plays. If they stay healthy, the Jets are going to have their best rushing attack since 2009.
4. If I had to guess who the opening day starter at quarterback would be today, I’d say it is 40% likely to be Mark Sanchez, 40% likely to be Geno Smith and 20% likely to be David Garrard. If Smith picks up the offense quickly and plays well early in the pre-season, Rex Ryan won’t hesitate to start him. If Sanchez wants the job, he needs to hit the ground running from day one of practice and leave no doubt that he is much better prepared to handle the role than Smith this season. The Jets will be looking for every reason possible to go with Smith, as they should.
5. Marty Mornhinweg is going to be an enormous upgrade over Tony Sparano. After working back through most of the Jets 2012 offensive tape, it is hard to put into words how poorly constructed their offense was last season. Obviously blame goes to the players and the lack of overall depth but they were coached and ran like the a high school JV team by Sparano. At a minimum, Mornhinweg is a competent NFL offensive coordinator who has had success with multiple quarterbacks and called the shots on an offense capable of making big plays consistently.
6. I wouldn’t be shocked if Vlad Ducasse didn’t make the Jets final 53 man roster. Same goes for Lex Hilliard, Joe McKnight and Hayden Smith.
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It has been just a week since the New York Jets selected West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft, but Smith has already fired his agent, and now ESPN New York reports teams passed on Smith in the first round because of Smith’s ‘diva attitude’.During his pre-draft meetings with teams, Smith constantly used his cell phone to send texts and check...
Grab some popcorn and settle in kids, this Geno Smith story just keeps getting better and better.
While Smith is blaming his now-former agents for his big tumble in the NFL draft, several NFL sources have now claimed the West Virginia quarterback’s attitude led to his fall.
Smith was selected by the New York Jets with the 39th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but was projected by some...
In his 11 days since entering the NFL limelight, Geno Smith has remained in the news cycle -- and for all the wrong reasons.
From abruptly firing his agents to anonymous executives reportedly expressing concerns with his "diva"-like character, the Jets' new quarterback has repeatedly experienced his "welcome to the big leagues" moment.
Smith, however, doesn...
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, at least one team that had a pick in the top-ten of last weeks draft passed on Jets quarterback Geno Smith because of his attitude.
Smith’s behavior before, during and after the draft has raised questions about his maturity, according to NFL talent evaluators. It also may have cost him money, approximately $3 million a year.
According to a report, the reason why many NFL teams passed up on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was due mostly to the fact that he acted like a "spoiled brat" before the 2013 NFL Draft.It's unknown which team made the claim, but a source is saying that it was a 10-top draft team who claimed that they thought Smith was a diva. Also an NFC scout went as far as...
New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has responded to all of the criticism he’s faced over the past week after falling out of the first round of this year’s draft and firing his former agents.
“I don’t worry about what people say — my skin is pretty thick,” Smith told USA TODAY Sports. “I’ve never been in trouble.”
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Geno Smith’s pre-draft behavior played a part in his fall out of the first round. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)
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Emotional posting. No rational writing here. My feeling. Cut the crap on Geno Smith, media. Kill it, fans. Enough already.
Like other Jets fans, I’ve been reading the bad ink on Geno Smith. It’s unavoidable. And it’s getting ridiculous. While I’m not like many other members of Gang Green Nation, passionately obstinate in their disdain of one Rich Cimini...
Jets 2nd round pick Geno Smith does not have an agent at this time, so Smith is currently solely responsible for managing his image and getting his point across.
After not being selected until the 2nd round, and firing his previous agents, Smith’s image and reputation have taken a serious hit as of late.
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With the No. 39 overall selection in April's draft, the Jets took a chance on their quarterback of the future by rolling the dice on West Virginia standout Geno Smith. Find out whether the front office's gamble will pay off during Smith's first season in the Big Apple.
With a wave of negativity headed his way, Jets' quarterback Geno Smith is taking a stand in the face of adversity.
Geno Smith has never thrown a pass in the NFL but he’s so widely mocked for not being a 1st round draft pick that it sort of feels like his career has already been a disappointment. Worst of all, he’s stuck on the Jets. But MAYBE! that’s a blessing in disguise. Because, you see, if Geno is any good at all he is already better than what we’ve seen from Mark Sanchez the last...
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson had a few words for Geno Smith Tuesday preparing him for what lies ahead in Jetsland.
Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News spoke with Johnson at the NFL's Career Development Symposium in Philadelphia and relayed this simple message to Smith:
"Welcome to the competition," said Johnson. "It’s going to be fun."...