The Jets have signed WR Marquess Wilson. A broken left foot cost him 13 games last year, but he flashed some with a 28-464-1 line in 11 appearances back in 2015. Wilson goes 6'4, 206 pounds and has averaged 16.9 yards per catch over the past 2 seasons. He could carve out a role in a wide open Jets WR corps, but we wouldn't yet consider him an option in fantasy drafts.
If you're cracking jokes about Jets QB Christian Hackenberg's accuracy, then QBs coach Jeremy Bates says you need to cut it out. “I think he’s real accurate,” Bates told the New York Daily News. “I think he’s throwing the ball well. He’s throwing it on time. Part of accuracy is knowing where to go with the ball, and each day, he plays faster. He gets in a rhythm. And I think everyone in the building is excited to see where he’s going. I think he’s accurate.” OK. We'll need to actually see that, though, before believing it. At least if Hackenberg can prove his coach right, he should compete for playing time.
Jets HC Todd Bowles revealed that WR ArDarius Stewart recently had surgeries on both his thumb and groin. He's tentatively expected to be ready for the start of training camp but will miss minicamp practices this week. That's not ideal for a rookie who has a shot to carve out a role this year. We'll see if Stewart is ready when the Jets head to training camp next month.
Jets RB Matt Forte said he expects new OC John Morton to increase his 3rd-down usage, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. ESPN Stats counted just 43 third-down snaps for Forte last year, compared with 169 for Bilal Powell. That's an odd breakdown for a back who averaged 4.1 receptions per game across 8 Bears seasons. And it played a big part in halving Forte's rate to 2.1 catches per contest with the Jets. He still beat Powell by 2.1 yards per reception. Forte mentioned the possibility of playing him and Powell at the same time, and he has lined up at WR spots many times in his career. The Jets, of course, could use all the reliable offensive pieces they can find. More passing-situation usage would obviously help Forte's PPR outlook. We'll see if it's expected to come at Powell's expense.
Jets WR Robby Anderson told NJ.com this week that new OC John Morton favors a "more pass-happy offense." The Jets sported the league's 12th-largest run share last season, so there's certainly room for them to lean the other way. Of course, they'll need to figure out the QB spot this summer to take advantage. Anderson also said he worked out with former teammate (and now-Giant) Brandon Marshall in Florida, learning about conditioning and taking care of his body. There's room for Anderson to build on an impressive rookie season, with just Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa ahead of him and little behind him. We'll see how this offense takes shape, though, through the summer. It's not an exciting group right now.
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.
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 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.
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