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  • Potential Jets Cap Cut: Darryl Roberts
    by John B on January 27, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images We continue our series looking at potential Jets cap cuts this offseason with Darryl Roberts. Cap charge if on the team in 2020: $6 million Cap savings if cut: $6 million ($0 in dead money) Why cutting Roberts would make sense: There isn’t much evidence to support the idea that Roberts will ever be a capable starting cornerback in the NFL. 2019 was his first opportunity in a full-time role, and he played himself out of the starting job. It started with a disastrous opener against the Bills, and few quality performances followed. At 29 years old, there probably isn’t much room to improve. While one could argue that he’s a backup caliber cornerback and a role players on special teams, his practice reps would probably be better off going to a younger player with more upside. At the very least, his $6 million salary would be an overpay for somebody in those roles. Why cutting Roberts wouldn’t make sense: If you ignore price, Roberts has shown he might be the type of backup who can string together a couple of decent games before being exposed. He also participated in around one-third of Jets special teams snaps. (These are admittedly tough arguments to make since a lot of this exercise is about price.) What do you think?

  • Scouting Jets kicker Brett Maher
    by Bent on January 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images Now that the season is over, we’ll be looking at the players the Jets have signed to futures deals since the end of the season. We continue today with a look at kicker Brett Maher. The 30-year old is listed at 6’0” and 190 pounds and was an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska back in 2013, but didn’t make his NFL debut until 2018. He was the Cowboys’ kicker in 2018 and 2019, although he was released late in the season last year. Background Maher was recruited to Nebraska where he originally served as the backup punter and as a holder on the placekicking unit. However, he eventually moved into a dual role as the team’s punter and kicker. In his college career, Maher made 78 percent of his field goals and 99 percent of his extra points, while also averaging 43.2 yards per punt. It was the Jets who were the first team to sign Maher as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but he was released before training camp. He spent some time with the Cowboys but his only preseason action was one kickoff and he was released in final cuts. For the next four seasons, Maher plied his trade in Canada where his best season saw him make 82 percent of his field goals. He also served as a punter, averaging 46.7 yards per punt in 2017. He would ultimately earn a spot on the CFL all-star team as a punter. He tried to get back into the NFL in 2018 and earned a camp invite with the Cowboys but nobody gave him much of a chance of making the team with the league’s most accurate kicker, Dan Bailey, ahead of him. Despite missing his first kick of preseason, Maher made field goals of 45, 45, 57 and 41 yards and was surprisingly handed the job over Bailey. His first season saw him enter the 13th game with only three missed field goals, but there would be concern heading into the 2019 season because he missed four of his last seven kicks. That concern proved to be justified when Maher became the first kicker to miss 10 field goals in a season for four years and was released late in the season. Over six years on from when they released him during the John Idzik era, the Jets signed Maher to a futures deal at the end of last season. Now let’s break down Maher in more detail, divided into categories: Field goals Maher had a solid first season with the Cowboys, but was disappointing last year with just a 67 percent success rate on field goals. He has been reliable on extra points, though, with a 99 percent success rate in college and only one miss in 69 attempts at the NFL level. Perhaps the most worrying thing about Maher’s numbers is that he’s never had an outstanding season with a percentage much higher than 80 percent at any level, so even in his best years, he’s only basically been replacement level. Maher has had two kicks blocked at the NFL level, including one last season that ultimately got returned for a touchdown by the Colts. Long distance Although his accuracy has been a concern, there’s no doubting Maher’s big leg as he’s made an impressive 10 of 15 from beyond 50 yards in his pro career. That includes kicks of 62, 62 and 63 yards which makes him the only kicker in NFL history with three makes from 60 yards or more. It was calculated that the 63-yarder would apparently have been good from 66. The NFL record is 64 yards. However, Maher can sometimes over-hit his kicks from long range, missing badly on this 57-yard attempt. Environment Maher has made 5-of-8 field goals in cold weather games, but did hit a 62-yarder in Metlife Stadium. Clutch Maher made a couple of game winners with the Cowboys in 2018, helping them make the playoffs. He made a kick as time expired in a 22-19 win over Atlanta and then made this clutch game winner against the Lions while trailing 24-23. However he also missed this kick that could have sent their game against Washington to overtime. He also missed a late chip shot against the Packers, his second miss of the game, when he could have made it a one-possession game. Kickoffs Despite his big leg, Maher has an underwhelming touchback rate of only 60 percent and his numbers for hang time and field position are also underwhelming. Miscellaneous As noted, Maher also has experience as a punter and a holder. He’s a pretty good athlete who played some wide receiver in high school and also participated in track and field. He ran a 4.89 in the 40-yard dash in the pre-draft process. Maher has three tackles in his NFL career, including one in the postseason. However, he missed his tackle on this play. He dealt with some hip issues in 2015, causing him to be unavailable for basically the entire season. Comparison with Sam Ficken Last year’s kicker, Sam Ficken, is out of contract at the end of the season, but he’s an exclusive rights free agent so the Jets have the option to bring him back on a minimum salary contract if they want to. Ficken doesn’t have Maher’s leg with a career long of just 54 yards and a 54 percent touchback rate at the NFL level. His accuracy numbers don’t compare favorably either, as Maher’s disappointing 67 percent success rate on field goals last year exactly matches Ficken’s career rate. That’s before even factoring in extra points, where Ficken has missed 10 percent of his career attempts. Ficken has been slightly more productive as a tackler with one more tackle in 10 less career games, but is slightly less athletic with a 5.06 40-yard dash time. Conclusions Maher is a potential upgrade over Ficken, who had an up-and-down season with the Jets last year despite his game-winner against Miami. However, he’s the latest in a parade of broken kickers that the Jets have brought in with the hope that they can rejuvenate their career. It worked with Nick Folk and Jason Myers to a point, but if the team can bring in a more reliable option or a youngster with a much higher upside, they shouldn’t hesitate to do so.

  • Jets podcast: Free agency explained
    by John B on January 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images Only one NFL game remains in the 2019-20 NFL season. The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will meet Sunday in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. For most teams the offseason has already begun. The process of scouting college prospects for the NFL Draft is well underway. Over the weekend many of the top prospects participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile. Teams are also in the process of preparing for free agency. Many terms are thrown around. On today’s podcast I will explain what they mean. For many of you this episode won’t be very informative because you will know all of the information already. Hopefully for some of you, today’s show will contain useful information that will make the process clearer to understand. Thanks as always for tuning into the show. You can subscribe to Locked on Jets to have new episodes automatically sent to your device.

  • New York Jets Flight Connections 1/27/20
    by Thomas Christopher on January 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images Bringing your daily links to the NFL’s New York Jets Good morning, GGN! I hope you’re all having a great start to the day. Shout out to Mr. Wells for holding down the fort over the weekend. As most of you know by now, Kobe Bryant, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, along with his daughter and baseball coach John Altobelli, passed away yesterday in a helicopter accident. I’d like to dedicate today’s FC to Kobe, because of his impact in my own life personally. As someone who has been fortunate enough to coach athletes of all ages in various sports, the ‘Mamba Mentality’ has been echoed by me countless times. To be a warrior in the sport, and compassionate outside of it. Hard work, determination, and passion for the things which you love, with the core focus on being the best. And this mentality extends to aspects much more important than sports, but also in life. Whether it is in your profession, sport, or personal life, there is always something all of us can improve on. And if you have people who look up to you, make sure they know you’re on their side. As Kobe said, “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.” With that, here are your links to the Jets today. NewYorkJets.com - Jets Players Pay Tribute to NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Sam Neumann - Jets S Jamal Adams pays tribute to Kobe Bryant during, after Pro Bowl Colin Martin - Pro Bowlers around the league give praise to Jets' Jamal Adams Ryan Honey - New York Jets video: Jamal Adams is still laying the wood in the Pro Bowl Kristian Dyer - Marty Lyons: Jamal Adams Last Season Was The Best New York Jets Defensive Back I've Ever Seen Reid Goldsmith - Do the New York Jets or New York Giants have a brighter future? Steven Blush - New York Jets: Ranking the 53-man roster — No. 17 Henry Anderson James Barone - New York Jets: 3 starters who won't be on the team next season CBS Sports - Jets' Brian Poole: Solid year after move to NY Skyler Carlin - Jets news: CJ Mosley 'feeling well,' on track for healthy offseason workouts SNY - WATCH: Jets QB Sam Darnold talks recovery from thumb surgery, Eli Manning and more Sam Neumann - Bart Scott not a believer in Jets LB Jordan Jenkins Skyler Carlin - How good can Quinnen Williams become for the New York Jets? Spencer Aber - Should the Jets re-sign free agent center Ryan Kalil? Matt Stypulkoski - NFL rumors: Ranking Jets’ top 20 free agent targets | Which need should Joe Douglas prioritize first? Paul A. Esden, Jr. - New York Jets: 7-round 2020 mock draft, post-Senior Bowl edition Here are your missed connections from yesterday. Here’s the thread about nothing, make sure to check it out! I hope you all have a safe and wonderful rest of the day!

  • 2020 Pro Bowl Open Thread
    by MacGregor Wells on January 26, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Today we have the one game in the NFL schedule that no participants care about. Not the coaches, not the players - nobody. Oh, the players certainly care about being named to the team. There’s money and pride on the line there. But the actual game? Not so much. The rules are different than any other game. There is no semblance of game planning. Mostly guys are just out there to have fun and try not to get hurt. Of all the major sports All Star games, the Pro Bowl is the worst. Baseball’s game is actually fairly compelling, with the best of the best going at it and for the most part playing to win. The NBA game is a joke for three quarters, but in the last quarter the play often tightens up and it can sometimes get pretty good in the closing moments. The NHL holds a four team All Star tournament in 3 on 3 format, which can be pretty interesting. Then there’s the NFL Pro Bowl. The action is disorganized, the play calling is rudimentary, the hitting is virtually nonexistent and the rules are weird. The primary goal is that nobody gets hurt. It’s a problem for the NFL, and many believe they should just name the teams and call it a day without playing an actual game. Since you’re here on this thread you may disagree with much of what’s been said here. Maybe you like the Pro Bowl game. If so, this thread’s for you. If not, this thread’s still for you. All comments are welcome. Enjoy the Pro Bowl everyone. Jamal Adams is the only player representing the New York Jets.

 

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