The Move The Sticks podcast is identifying “Perfect Pairs” — the ideal top two picks — for each NFL team leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held April 27-29. NFL.com analysts Daniel Jeremiah and wholesale jerseys and Bucky Brooks will unveil a new set of picks for each division over the next several weeks, continuing with the AFC East. The analysts will reveal their picks for AFC South and West teams next week.
I believe Kupp could be the heir apparent to Eric Decker in the Jets’ offense. He’s an oustanding route runner and does a great job of making plays over the middle of the field. He takes his game up a notch when he plays against tough competition.
Poor Smith. At this point, if the coaches are still making him “earn it” after he carried everyone through minicamp while they openly pined for Fitzpatrick during the holdout, he might be better off pulling a successful version of Sam Bradford’s Philadelphia escape plan. For what it’s worth, reporters on the scene Sunday had him taking more reps than Petty, and perhaps this is just an overreaction to a vague comment from a busy coach. Wherever Smith goes, he probably won’t be guaranteed a backup job. He’s a quarterback with a lifetime completion percentage below 60 and a negative touchdown-to-interception ratio (27-35). But maybe he goes to a place where someone has his back.
We’re not blaming Bowles or the Jets for this. Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan did not draft Smith and loaded the depth chart with drafted quarterbacks they believe adequately fit the system. But in the NFL, we hear coaches and GMs talk about doing things in the best interest of the team and the player. If Smith isn’t going to back up Fitzpatrick, keeping him on the roster is in neither party’s interest.
Anyone still doubting Terrelle Pryor isn’t watching him play. The massive-bodied Browns receiver piled up 101 yards playing primarily against Darrelle Revis. The Jets cornerback found out what NFL defenses have discovered week after week: Pryor makes plays no matter who he faces. The quarterback-turned-wideout crossed the 100-yard barrier with three-plus minutes left in the first half, but disappeared along with the rest of Cleveland’s offense down the stretch. While elements of his game still require refinement, Pryor’s performance won’t stop the questions around the spotty play of Revis.
One week after giving up 271 rushing yards to the Bengals, the Browns saw a 10-0 lead evaporate with Bilal Powell’s athletic 35-yard touchdown gallop through Cleveland’s defense. Powell and Forte were held in check for much of the first half, but the young Browns defense hasn’t learned how to play for four quarters, giving up a whopping 171 yards on the ground at 4.9 yards per clip.
You know the show, right? If not, you need to start spending more time with your aunt. She loves you, you know. Anyway, think about that wheel. The contestants spin it with the dreams of acquiring prizes and riches. The worst thing that can happen is that the ticker stops on one of those infernal “Bankrupt” wedges. This represents the elite FML moment of prime time television.
The Jets are the contestant who can’t stop hitting “Bankrupt.” They’ll survive a few spins, maybe win a trip to Peru or a Jet Ski they’ll never use, but in the end, the wheel always turns against them. It becomes the Wheel of Misfortune.
While Marshall’s act might have tired some during a long season, his blind faith in Fitzpatrick and the rest of the team’s woebegone roster was strong even when times were trying. He has since vowed to stay away from lobbying for quarterbacks or getting involved in personnel, though he does know a thing or two about Josh McCown, who became available on Tuesday.
“He’s a great guy,” Marshall told NJ.com of McCown. “Everyone loves him. He’s similar to (Ryan Fitzpatrick). It’s like the same type of person. Everyone in the building loves him. That’s Josh McCown.”
Brought in as a free-agent addition before the 2015 season, Skrine was an acquisition for a team that was ready to contend. That Jets squad finished just outside the playoffs with a 10-6 record, and things seemed to be trending toward a postseason appearance in 2016. Then the wheels fell off.
Skrine has a point: The Jets do still have a handful of players that make them somewhat competitive. But New York has also bid adieu to Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis, among others. It’s been a signal that the team is deconstructing to start over with new pieces. The Jets are going young, and with youth and roster anonymity usually comes more losses than wins. But Skrine is under contract for three more seasons, so he has to trumpet his franchise’s chances.