Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:11 pm

Inside the New York Jets

MIAMI GARDENS -- Things couldn't be going any better for the Jets heading into Week 4. They're 2-1 with back-to-back wins against the Patriots and Dolphins, and most of their offensive stars are playing well.

They're even talking about their Fantasy value.

Coach Rex Ryan raved about tight end Dustin Keller after the win at Miami. Keller scored two touchdowns with six catches for 98 yards, and Ryan had a message for Fantasy owners.

"We laughed about it when we said to the Fantasy leaguers that they should take Dustin Keller in training camp," Ryan said. "He really is a nightmare to cover. He is such a weapon."

Maybe we should have listened to Ryan. He boasted about the Jets offense being more explosive and Mark Sanchez taking the next step as a quarterback, but most of us expected to still see plenty of ground and pound. We couldn't have been more wrong, especially the past two weeks.

Sanchez has six touchdowns and no interceptions against the Patriots and Dolphins, and he's turning Keller into a Fantasy star. Braylon Edwards has two touchdowns over that span, and LaDainian Tomlinson looks like a rookie all over again. The only one struggling is Shonn Greene, but that could easily change in Week 4 against the Bills, who have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.

It's a fun time for the Jets, and Fantasy owners are jumping on board.

"There's no stopping us now," Sanchez said. "We're not going to plateau. We're going to keep building."

Sanchez has seen his ownership rise on CBSSports.com to 83 percent heading into Week 4, and he's passed for 476 yards the past two weeks. He's showing confidence in his receivers, and he looks like a future star. We don't expect him to post overwhelming stats against the Bills because this is a good game for the running backs to shine, but he can easily be a bye-week replacement if you need a starter.

Ryan has been impressed with Sanchez, who is only in his second year. He struggled as a rookie with 2,444 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, but he's easily going to surpass those stats.

"We kept telling everybody that would listen that this kid has learned, and his offseason was as impressive as it gets," Ryan said. "I think you are seeing the dividends of that hard work right now."

The best connection for the Jets has been Sanchez to Keller, who has 13 catches for 213 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games. He has emerged as a No. 1 Fantasy tight end after a disappointing game in Week 1 against Baltimore with two catches for 13 yards.

Keller wasn't aware of Ryan's statement on his value, but he obviously keeps an eye on his status in the Fantasy world.

"I probably got dropped by a lot of teams that first game," Keller said. "Bad move by them."

His ownership is now up to 93 percent, and it likely won't dip below that if he keeps playing at this level. After the Dolphins game, Sanchez gave Keller a "gold star" for his performance.

"Him and I are really growing up together," Sanchez said. "I'm starting to feel his routes and know exactly where he's going to be. He's fun to throw to, and he's tough for guys to defend."

Edwards has also re-emerged as a viable Fantasy wide receiver. He wasn't drafted in 12 percent of leagues, but his ownership is now up to 85 percent. In his past two games he has seven catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and the Jets were impressed with his demeanor following the off-field mistake with the DWI prior to the Dolphins game.

He expressed remorse, was benched and then he played well in a key AFC East matchup.

"He's just a big play guy," Tomlinson said. "He always seems to make a big play for us."

We consider Edwards a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver going forward. Jerricho Cotchery has been nonexistent for the most part, and Santonio Holmes (suspension) will return in Week 5. That will cut into the production for all the receivers, including Keller, but we'll see how they adjust.

We're also waiting to see how Tomlinson and Greene adjust as the year goes on. Greene has struggled to start the season, but Tomlinson is playing like a star with 37 carries for 208 yards and a touchdown and nine catches for 60 yards. He's our Start of the Week heading into Week 4 at Buffalo, and he's all business right now.

Here's our exchange after the Dolphins game:

Me: How would you describe your play so far this year?

L.T.: Solid. Pretty solid.

Me: Are you surprised at all with the way you're playing?

L.T.: Nope.

Me: Is there room for you to improve?

L.T.: Absolutely.

Tomlinson at some point will slow down. He has a lot of mileage on his body, and he's 31 years old. You should use him as a starter in all leagues when he's going well, but eventually Greene will return as the No. 1 option. He's too talented.

So far, Greene has just 30 carries for 106 yards and two catches for 17 yards, but he said the best is yet to come. And he could have a breakout game this week against the Bills.

"I don't think I'm playing bad or anything," Greene said. "You just have to keep chipping away at it. It will be all right."

We still have faith in Greene, and he will become a starting Fantasy running back again. But even with Greene struggling, it's hard to find fault with the Jets right now.

They are flying high and having fun. And Fantasy owners are catching on that the Jets, at the moment, have some fantastic options.

Posted on: March 3, 2008 1:33 pm

No Michael Turner, No

It's Monday, and the NFL new year is in full swing. It seems like all we're waiting on now is Randy Moss to officially sign with the Patriots (since we know it's a foregone conclusion), but there are other big-name players still available, including RB Julius Jones, WR D.J. Hackett, WR Bryant Johnson and WR Javon Walker.

Looking back at the first three days of moves, here are my thoughts ...

Michael Turner going to Atlanta was a bad move for Fantasy owners for a few reasons. He is not going to excel with the Falcons, at least not in 2008, and that makes him a Fantasy reserve next year. It also kills the value of Jerious Norwood. Turner would have been better off going somewhere like Houston, where he could have started ahead of Ahman Green and been a factor right away.

I love Donte Stallworth going to Cleveland. He can play well there with Derek Anderson, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow, and I expect the Browns to become a passing team. I like Jamal Lewis and what he did last year, but signing the big contract scares me. I wouldn't draft Lewis as anything more than a No. 3 Fantasy RB in 2008 even with that amazing offensive line. Stallworth has the chance to be a decent Fantasy option next year.

The Dolphins are going to remain bad in 2008. As stated in an earlier blog, Josh McCown and Ernest Wilford aren't going to do much. And if Ronnie Brown comes back at 100 percent, he still has no help around him next year.

If the Jets don't add another running back -- and with the Falcons signing Michael Turner it means Darren McFadden could fall to New York at No. 6 -- I like Thomas Jones to improve in 2008. The signing of left guard Alan Faneca means the left side of the offensive line with center Nick Mangold and tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson is going to be good. I like what Jones should be able to do next year. Think of the Vikings offensive line once they added Steve Hutchinson and consider the same results possible.

Bernard Berrian going to Minnesota is terrible. He still doesn't have a good quarterback with Tarvaris Jackson still learning the position, so Berrian should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy option.

Here's a question: Is Ben Roethlisberger really worth all that money?

Ahman Green says he's healthy and ready to go this offseason with the Texans. Do you believe him?

I like Alge Crumpler going to the Titans. He's going to do well playing with Vince Young and make him a better quarterback. The Titans also are interested in Hackett and Johnson, which would help make Young a decent passer.

The Broncos replaced Javon Walker with Kerry Colbert. That's obviously a downgrade. I'd like to see Walker end up with a good quarterback, and right now a good fit would be the Eagles. Donovan McNabb could use the help.

The Falcons released Warrick Dunn, which wasn't a surprise since they signed Turner. There's talk of him going back to Tampa Bay, and I say NOOOOOOOO. Leave Earnest Graham alone.

Sleeper kicker in 2008: Josh Brown. He was good already and now he goes indoors with an explosive offense.

Posted on: February 25, 2008 4:21 pm

Randon NFL thoughts

Some random NFL thoughts following the news of the weekend ...

Tight end shake up

So Antonio Gates is considering surgery to repair his dislocated big toe, and Kellen Winslow had minor surgery on his knee and could have surgery on his shoulder. What does this mean for Fantasy owners? First off, keep an eye on what happens with Gates. If he's out for six months, as one report states, he would be slow to start the season. And if Winslow has the shoulder surgery, since the knee reportedly is fine, he could be limited in the offseason as well. So if you were drafting now, the safe bet is to take Jason Witten as the No. 1 tight end off the board. I'd still recommend drafting Gates and Winslow high because their value is too good to pass on in most leagues. If I'm drafting, it's Winslow first, Witten second and Gates third. That's how I like them in 2008.

McFadden is fast

Darren McFadden ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Let's just say that's fast. What does this mean for his draft status? Not much because most NFL teams know how good he is from watching him at Arkansas. McFadden will likely be drafted sometime in the first five picks, with Atlanta making the most sense at No. 3 barring a team like Dallas trading up. For Fantasy owners, you should plan on drafting McFadden somewhere in the first three rounds of a standard draft. Depending on where he ends up, he has the chance to be special right away. And if you're the guy who passed on Adrian Peterson hoping to get him one round later, please don't miss on McFadden this year.

The Bears know something we don't

Rex Grossman is back in the fold. What? Have they not watched anything the past two years? I know Grossman led them to a Super Bowl, but he's not a good starting quarterback. The sad thing is he's better than Kyle Orton and Brian Griese, which means the Bears are in bad shape in 2008. They are likely going to lose Bernard Berrian and Lance Briggs as free agents, and Brian Urlacher's back could potentially keep him off the field. Outside of Cedric Benson or whoever starts at running back for the Bears next year, don't plan on drafting many players from the Bears for your Fantasy team.

More Jets-Patriots drama

The Jets and Patriots don't like each other. We know this. Since Eric Mangini left Bill Belichick to coach the Jets, the rivalry has gotten worse. Now the Jets told LB Jonathan Vilma to seek a trade but it can't be with New England. Now part of that is smart because you don't want to give talent to a division rival. But it's also petty. While the feud is childish, it's fun to watch grown men act like kids in the public eye.

Zach Thomas to the Cowboys

I covered Zach Thomas for several years when he played for the Dolphins and I was a newspaper writer. He's a good guy and a solid football player. If he's healthy, and I hope he is following his concussions, he will make an impact with the Cowboys, who signed him to a one-year deal. Thomas is the kind of player you root for because he never let his size or what people said about him stop him from putting together an excellent career. Let's hope that continues for at least one more season.

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