With the avalanche of articles coming, and none really being up to our standards, I decided to do a series on all four teams. This one will cover new additions only via Trade, Free Agency or Draft. I will pick the player I think will be a great “FIND” and one that maybe thought of right now as a great pickup, but may just not be what is expected.
Last on the list alphabetically we find the New York Jets.
The Jets have had the busiest offseason in the NFL. New HC in Todd Bowles, and new GM in Mike Maccagnan, by trades and free agency added: WR Brandon Marshall, CB Darrelle Revis, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Antonio Cromartie, OG James Carpenter, S Marcus Gilchrist, CB Buster Skrine, LB Erin Henderson, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. They also drafted: DE Leonard Williams, WR Devin Smith, OLB Lorenzo Mauldin and QB Bryce Petty.
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When you add the likes of Revis, Cromartie, Marshall, its hard to not pick one of them as the “FIND”. I’m going to go the boring route and pick LG James Carpenter.
Carpenter fresh off two straight SBs, adds a dimension to the OL Jets have not had since Alan Faneca. He will be positioned between two longtime veterans in Ferguson and Mangold.
Since the departure of Faneca, Jets have had a lot of garbage rotating in and out of the position. Carpenter solidifies the left side with his nastiness and high motor style. In NY he finds a RB with a similar running style as the one he blocked for in Seattle, the transition should benefit Chris Ivory and Geno Smith, making Carpenter the “FIND”.
My second choice was Buster Skrine. For as much as they overpaid for his services, Buster adds exactly what TB needs, quality depth at the Cb position. Shrine will be used to cover slot receivers. Finding a reliable starting CB as depth is something this team has never really had.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a player I really wanted them to trade for, they did. Fitzy is also coming off a brutal injury, as a result he has not worked with the team very much up to now. I think he’s addition has created a lot of buzz among Jets and non Jet fans alike, however, other than the fact his presence has pushed Geno, he will not contribute very much. The lack of playing time will make him my choice for “BUST”.
My second choice is Stevan Ridley. For the same reason I used for Fitzpatrick, Ridley has been recovering from a serious injury. He is yet to workout since signing. Although Ridley came along cheap, he will not replace Ivory, and once healthy, his role will be minimal.
Next week we begin a new series: Breakout year …