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NY Post: Sam Darnold is the cure to all the Jets mayhem
One of the most common storylines when NFL players come back to start the offseason is how much weight they have gained or lost.
When Sam Darnold took the field this week, I was curious to see if the second-year Jets quarterback looked heavier, because it sure feels like the weight of this entire organization is on his shoulders.
Fans are wondering about the team owner, head coach and whoever the next general manager is going to be. There are questions about whether the Jets are sliding back into their old dysfunctional ways, and why fans should trust that 2019 will be any different than the past eight years, when wins have been hard to come by.
Fansided: Adam Gase, Sam Darnold putting Jets offense in attack mode
All the pieces are in place for the Jets offense to make a huge leap this season, from Darnold's continued development and progression to the presence of a more offensively minded coach in Gase. Sure, there are significant personnel additions like star running back Le'Veon Bell and electric slot receiver Jamison Crowder, but the new scheme and Darnold's ability to lead the unit have the power to change the fortunes of the offense.
Darnold is looking forward to playing in Gase's attacking system, but he knows the transition won't lead to overnight success:
Day by day, Sam and Coach Gase are building an "aggressive" offense
-- New York Jets (@nyjets) May 25, 2019
It's been really fun to be able to learn a new offense and kind of understand what Coach Gase wants to do, how aggressive he wants to be.
Fansided: Will Jets WR Robby Anderson be crowned NFL's fastest player?
In an event not affiliated with the league, "40 Yards of Gold" will feature 22 of the NFL's fastest players competing on June 29th for bragging rights.
Anderson will be joined by a host of other NFL stars from both sides of the ball.
Offensive players taking part in the event are New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jeff Badet, New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Richie James, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Damiere Byrd, New York Giants wide receiver Kevin Snead, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.
Elite Sports NY: New York Jets defense: Talent & leadership? Check. Infrastructure? TBD.
It's a stretch on 1st-and-10. The offense opts to athletically get the back out on the edge while the offensive linemen follow a tried and tested zone-scheme.
In opposition, defensive athletes are required.
C.J. Mosley remains inside-out, following the flow of the play to the strong side. Eventually, he fills the C-gap at the exact moment the back cuts.
Immediately, the back catches a glimpse of Mosley, plants with his left foot and looks to bounce it. That's trouble; that's incredible trouble when facing the New York Jets.
Run-support extraordinaire Jamal Adams is there, playing the blocker with his inside shoulder while looking to funnel the play back to the inside where all the bodies are.
Fansided: 2020 NFL draft: 3 WR prospects for Jets fans to watch
While the 2019 NFL draft lacked a blue-chip pass-catcher worthy of a top-five pick, the 2020 draft shouldn't have that problem. Jeudy is the kind of complete prospect who should be worthy of top-five consideration come next April.
After taking over for first-round pick Calvin Ridley, Jeudy lit up the stat sheet in 2018, hauling in 68 passes for 1,315 yards and a whopping 14 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.
A smooth route runner with polished technique and rare explosiveness, Jeudy creates constant separation and makes life as easy as possible for his quarterback. He's a big-play machine who can take the top off any defense with his speed, and can do just as much damage after the catch on shorter routes.
Empire Sports Media: New York Jets: Sam Darnold preparing to take big leap in 2019
The New York Jets didn't hesitate to throw quarterback Sam Darnold into the fire last season, skimping him of playmakers on offense and protection on the offensive line.
Being sacked 30 times surely didn't do his confidence any favors, yet he still earned 17 touchdowns through the air. However, he will look to improve upon his 57.5% completion percentage, a number that speaks more about his lack of talent at the wide receiver position rather than his inadequacies throwing the football.
The fact of the matter is, Darnold can be elite, but he will need to learn how to utilize talent.
Fansided: Jamal Adams praises Jets defense, new teammate C.J. Mosley
There were already the beginnings of one of the best young defenses in the NFL, but the Jets have added some key pieces this offseason that could quickly make their group one of the league's best this season.
Jamal Adams, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, has already established himself as one of the best safeties in the NFL. His versatile skill set, playmaking ability and vocal, fiery leadership has helped guide a young team through the difficult task of gaining the experience necessary to be successful at the highest level.
Adams spoke to the media following Thursday's organized team activities, lauding his entire unit, and praising one of their new additions, free agent linebacker C.
Fansided: Jet of the Day: QB Ken O'Brien
While many will remember O'Brien for who he wasn't, Jets fans should still be able to recognize the positives he brought to the franchise throughout his career.
The No. 24 overall pick in the 1983 NFL draft (known for boasting arguably the most legendary quarterback class in league history), O'Brien is remembered by many as the passer the Jets took instead of a Dan Marino. Taken just three picks later, Marino would eventually become a Hall of Famer for the division-rival Miami Dolphins, and one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.
But while O'Brien forever lived under Marino's shadow, his place in the Jets record books is still worthy of praise.
JetNation.com: 40 Yards of Gold; Robby Anderson
Did you ever wonder how Robby Anderson stacks up speed wise against other top NFL players? Looks like we will all soon find out. Check out this press release from 40 yards of gold as they set out to crown the fastest professional football player.
40 YARDS OF GOLD TO CROWN THE FASTEST PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER
Tournament Fills Off-season Void with Groundbreaking Competition, New Platform Offers Fans Fresh Insight into the Most Exciting Aspect of the Game, SPEED
MIAMI, May 20, 2019 - 40 Yards of Gold the inaugural tournament-style, all-star speed competition that will crown the fastest professional football player, today announced its Saturday, June 29th event featuring high-profile NFL athletes racing head-to-head in a high-stakes, one-night extravaganza.
NY Post: The Sam Darnold and Adam Gase marriage is off to impressive start
The Jets had their first organized team activity (OTA) practice that was open to the media on Thursday. Most of the attention focused on coach Adam Gase's news conference and his answers about the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan. But there was some actual football.
Here are some observations from that first open practice:
1. Second-year quarterback Sam Darnold looked really good. Now, it is only May and you can't read too much into these OTA practices when players are in shorts. Still, Darnold looked comfortable in Gase's offense and made some jaw-dropping throws.
JetNation.com: Jets OTA Practice Video
Here is an excellent video from Emory Hunt of Football Game Plan.com. He was at the Jets OTA practice on Thursday in Florham Park and this is as behind the scenes of a look as you will see. The video is about 15 minutes long and it is basically a live stream of drills, it is worth checking out. Be sure to also check out Emory Hunt on Twitter.
Emory will also be joining us this week on JetNation Radio, our NY Jets Podcast to talk about what he saw at practice this week.
Elite Sports NY: Nobody wants New York Jets GM job without long-term deal (Report)
Fans of the long-suffering New York Jets know they're dealing with a team that can, at times, resemble a circus. While the circus narrative can be a little overblown at times, the team repeatedly makes it oh so easy to paint them with that brush.
While nobody can argue with the firing of Mike Maccagnan, the timing is interesting, as they allowed him to run a critical offseason before making the decision. Now the team might have trouble replacing their former general manager, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Anderson was told by a source that "No one really wants [the] job without [a] long-term deal" and that people are wondering "how much control is [the] new person actually going to have.
NY Post: Jets' GM search begins with Eagles' Joe Douglas, Bears' Champ Kelly
The Jets' search for a new general manager ramped up Friday as the team began to request permission to interview candidates.
Among the first ones contacted are Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and Bears assistant director of player personnel Anthony "Champ" Kelly, according to the NFL Network.
The Eagles and Bears must now decide whether to grant permission and then the Jets can begin to schedule interviews. The Jets have said the next general manager will have control of the 53-man roster. If they had not, teams might block candidates from interviewing because it would not be seen as a true general manager's job.
Newsday: Jets seek to interview Joe Douglas and Champ Kelly for GM position, report says
The Jets' general manager search is starting to heat up.
According to the NFL Network, the Jets have requested permission to speak to Eagles executive Joe Douglas and Bears executive Champ Kelly.
They both have worked with Adam Gase in the past and have been linked to the Jets' GM vacancy since Mike Maccagnan was fired last week.
Gase was appointed acting general manager by Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson. It was expected that whoever runs the football department would be a person with whom Gase has a previous relationship.
It's become apparent that Gase and Maccagnan did not have a good working relationship.
Elite Sports NY: The New York Jets 'total mess' media narrative is misguided and late
Adam Gase is suddenly faced with a serious situation. With the Buffalo Bills in town on the day of Sept. 8, 2019, the New York Jets sideline boss will undoubtedly possess serious internal strife.
Does he bring his team out of the locker room to play a football game or shiver in the corner like the frightened puppies they resemble?
What's the point of football? The organization is a total mess.
It's all the rage coming from the toughest and (usually) most rabid sports media market in the world. The Jets are a mess, a joke, a crowned laughingstock who stole Dave Gettleman's thunder in one fell swoop (the Mike Maccagnan firing).