Jets WR Eric Decker was on the field for the start of this week's OTAs. He was sporting a red no-contact jersey, and it's unclear how much he'll actually do. But the fact that he's out there at all is good news after he underwent shoulder and hip surgeries last year. Barring setbacks, Decker should be ready for training camp and a full-go by the time Week 1 rolls around. A healthy Decker could dominate targets for the Brandon Marshall-less Jets.
Jets WR Quincy Enunwa is excited to play in new OC John Morton's scheme -- and for a chance at a bigger role. "This year I think I'm going to have an opportunity to do a lot more than I was able to do last year," Enunwa said. "Last year, I was kind of put in almost a box. I wouldn't be able to do the stuff everyone else was doing because we had guys who were capable of doing it. So now everybody's on a level field. I can go out there and compete and show myself the X position, and hope that I can do more this year." The departed Brandon Marshall leaves behind 128 targets. And Eric Decker is a question mark coming off hip and shoulder surgeries. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano suggests that Enunwa has a shot to turn into the Jets' #1 WR this year. The biggest stumbling block is a QB group of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. But Enunwa is a low-risk pick at his 14th-round ADP.
Jets WR Robby Anderson was arrested at a music festival in Miami on Sunday and charged with resisting arrest with violence and obstruction of justice. We'll see what comes of the situation from here. Anderson is coming off a promising rookie campaign that saw him tally a 42-587-2 line after going undrafted out of Temple. There's opportunity in a Jets WR corps that has only Eric Decker locked into a starting spot. But the team also added ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen in last month's draft.
Jets WR Eric Decker, recovering from shoulder and hip surgeries, expects to be ready for the start of training camp. “My health is good. I’m back and I’m doing everything right now,” he said. “There are no [structural] issues. I’m just getting my strength back. But as far as everything else, I’m a full go." Decker has been bandied about as a cut candidate for the rebuilding Jets, who drafted a pair of WRs last weekend. If he sticks around, though, Decker figures to dominate targets on a team that will often find itself playing catchup. He's a nice value in MFL10s at his current 8th-round ADP.
The 49ers have signed undrafted free agent WR KD Cannon. The Baylor product was 1 of the more surprising skill-position guys to go undrafted. He went for 1,030 yards and 8 scores as a true freshman in 2014 and posted a career-best 87-1,215-13 line this past year. Cannon checked into the Combine at a smallish 5'11, 182 pounds but smoked a 4.41-second 40 with a 37-inch vertical. Baylor WRs have struggled adjusting to the NFL game recently, and Cannon certainly needs to expand his route tree. But there are tools to work with here. And there's plenty of opportunity in San Francisco.
Update: Cannon was cut just a week after signing with the 'Niners.
The Jets grabbed Lousiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past 3 seasons and totaled 130 grabs over his 4-year college career. McGuire has enough size at 5'10, 214 pounds but struggled to a 19th percentile SPARQ score. He's a developmental prospect for a Jets team with older RBs in Matt Forte (31 years old) and Bilal Powell (28).
The Jets used a 5th round pick on Clemson TE Jordan Leggett. A 4-year player, Leggett racked up 40 catches in 2015 before tallying 46 -- averaging 16 yards per catch -- in 2016. He looks the part at 6'5, 258 pounds but isn't a polished blocker. The Jets provide a great landing spot, at least for immediate opportunity. While New York TEs combined for only 28 targets last year, note that they're now under the direction of new OC John Morton -- formerly the Saints' WR coach.
The Jets added Cal WR Chad Hansen in the 4th round of the draft. Hansen began his college career at Idaho State and ended it by registering a massive 92-1,249-11 line for the Golden Bears last year. He won’t “wow” with athleticism (he posted a 60th percentile SPARQ score) but goes 6’2, 202 pounds with some of the best hands in this year’s WR class. Hansen joins fellow rookie ArDarius Stewart in New York’s WR corps, where there’s plenty of opportunity.
The Jets added Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He didn’t put up big numbers in a stacked and run-leaning Crimson Tide offense. But Stewart flashed big-play ability, averaging 16.0 yards per catch last year and even carrying 8 times for 68 yards. The 5’11, 204-pounder ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine but finished with a middling 47th percentile SPARQ score. Stewart looks much more like a complementary receiver than a lead dog at the next level, but there’s certainly opportunity in New York. Eric Decker is 30 and coming off a pair of offseason surgeries, while the rest of the depth chart is led by Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson.
The Jets spent their 2nd pick of the NFL Draft on Florida S Marcus Maye. He, of course, joins 1st-round S Jamal Adams, who should fill more of the SS role. Maye didn't do anything exciting stat wise in college and will need to prove he's worth our attention in IDP fantasy football leagues.
The Jets spent the 6th overall pick on LSU S Jamal Adams. He'll start right away in a bad Jets secondary and should find lots of tackle opportunities in a defense that allows plenty of completions and sports a shaky LB corps. Look for Adams to rank well within starter range in our 2017 IDP rankings.
The Jets have signed WR Quinton Patton. A 4th-rounder of the 49ers back in 2013, Patton has totaled just 73 catches across his first 4 NFL seasons. Half of those came last year, when he tallied 37 catches for 408 yards. There's opportunity in New York, where Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa sit behind Eric Decker on the depth chart. But Patton has shown no reason to expect a fantasy breakout.
The Jets have signed QB Josh McCown to a 1-year, $6 million deal. He joins Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty in the QB room. Neither of the youngsters seem ready to start, so it might be a 38-year-old McCown under center for the Jets come Week 1. He appeared in 5 games for the Browns last year, completing an ugly 54.5% of his passes with 6 TDs and 6 INTs. McCown had been better over the previous few seasons, but it's quite possible he's simply out of gas at this point.
Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended 2 games for his DUI arrest last September. That incident resulted in his release from the Bucs. ASJ went on to appear in 7 games for the Jets last year, mustering just 10 catches for 110 scoreless yards. He remains an intriguing talent, and the TE spot figures to be a bigger part of New York's passing game now that OC Chan Gailey is gone. But the 2-game ban means Seferian-Jenkins won't be worth drafting this summer.
The Browns have released QB Josh McCown. The 37-year-old appeared in 5 games as part of Cleveland's 2016 QB carousel, completing just 54.5% of his passes with 6 TDs and 6 INTs. McCown reportedly wants to continue his playing career but will only draw interest as a veteran backup. The Browns, meanwhile, are left with QBs Robert Griffin, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. They'll likely add to that group via free agency and/or the draft.
The Jets have hired John Morton as their OC. The 47-year-old has spent the past 6 seasons as a WRs coach -- 4 in San Francisco and 2 in New Orleans. His only experience calling plays came at USC in 2009 and 2010. Those squads, piloted by Matt Barkley, ranked 55th and 26th, respectively, in yards per game. This is a wholly uninspiring hire by the Jets.
Jets OC Chan Gailey announced his retirement on Tuesday. It's possible -- maybe even likely -- that Gailey was shoved out the door by the team after the Jets finished 30th in points and 26th in total yards this season. Either way, the offense will have a new leader for 2017.
Jets RB Matt Forte underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday to repair his torn meniscus, HC Todd Bowles said. We don't have a rehab timetable, but any surgery for a 31-year-old RB in a major concern. Forte will need to hold off RB Bilal Powell for the lead job this summer.
Jets DEs Sheldon Richardson (back) and Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) are active for today's game against the Bills. Both players entered the day questionable but are fine to use if they were in your IDP plans.
Jets RB Bilal Powell (knee, illness) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He only put in a limited practice on Friday, so it’s safe to assume that he’ll be operating at far less than 100%. That makes Powell a risky fantasy play, despite the plus matchup.
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