The Jets signed undrafted free agent TE Kenny Yeboah. A WR-turned-TE, Yeboah spent 4 years at Temple before transferring to Ole Miss for the 2020 season. The move paid off, as the 22-year-old tallied 27-524-6 across 8 games. He ranked 2nd on the team in yards, tied for 2nd in catches and 3rd in receiving TDs. Yeboah added highly efficient marks in yards per catch (19.4) and yards per route run (2.25). However, drops were an issue here, while Yeboah’s blocking remains a major work in progress. We’ll see how he develops in New York, where there is opportunity on the TE depth chart.
The Jets have selected RB Michael Carter with the 2nd pick of Round 4 in the 2021 NFL Draft. As a true freshman, Carter led the Tar Heels in yards per carry (5.8) and TDs (8). He finished his 4-year career with 3,403 rushing yards, playing the past 2 in a near-even timeshare with Javonte Williams. At only 5’8 and 201 pounds, Carter doesn’t have workhorse potential. But he projects as a strong receiver (82 career catches) with excellent elusiveness and agility in all facets. A role with ~15 touches per game could certainly put him in the future RB2 discussion. Landing with the Jets presents obvious opportunity. The biggest challenges already on the roster look like Tevin Coleman and La'Mical Perine.
The Jets took Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore with the 34th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. They reportedly passed on multiple trade offers to sit and take Moore, who many had pegged as a 1st-rounder. Moore led the entire country in catches (10.8) and receiving yards (149.1) per game this past year, while setting an Ole Miss record with 86 catches. The market shares were huge for the junior: 44.8% of the receptions, 41.8% of the receiving yards and 32% of the TDs. Moore also led the Rebels with 67 catches, 850 yards and 6 scores as a sophomore -- after playing behind A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf as a freshman. Moore smoked a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, while also posting elite marks in the agility drills. That all shows up on tape, where he wins both before and after the catch with acceleration, speed and wiggle. Moore also has some of the most reliable hands in this WR class, with a career 5% drop rate. While he’s only 5’9, Moore weighed in at 185 pounds at his Pro Day and plays with a big receiver’s mentality. We see a lot of Steve Smith in his game, while an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn that Moore reminds him of Antonio Brown. Moore took 90% of his college snaps from the slot and figures to play primarily on the inside as a pro. His arrival might mean the end of WR Jamison Crowder’s time with the Jets.
The Jets selected BYU QB Zach Wilson with the 2nd overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Wilson enjoyed a breakout 2020 with 3,692 yards, 33 TDs and 3 INTs across 12 games. He added a 73.5% completion rate while performing as one of the nation’s most accurate QBs. The low level of competition he faced wasn’t ideal, but Wilson (6’3, 212) truly stood out as a special passer. He also rebounded nicely from an injury-riddled 2019 that began with right labrum surgery in January. Now, he heads to a strong fit with the Jets and new OC Mike LaFleur, whose offense will take advantage of Wilson’s movement skills. He’s a heavy favorite to be under center come Week 1 and could provide some spot-start value this season.
The Jets have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Tevin Coleman. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports is worth a mere $2 million. That certainly doesn't set Coleman up as a favorite to control the backfield. He does, however, join new OC Mike LaFleur, who spent the past 4 seasons on the 49ers staff. Coleman also joins a corps that currently only includes La'Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams and Pete Guerriero. Heading into just his age-28 season, Coleman certainly has a shot to play a big role in the Jets' backfield plans. We'll see what else the team adds this offseason, though.
The Jets signed WR Keelan Cole to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract. He popped for a 42-748-3 line as a rookie for the Jaguars back in 2017 but has been treading water since, averaging 39-498-3 over the past 3 seasons. As things currently stand in New York, Cole would be 4th on the depth chart behind Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims. We've heard whispers that Crowder could be on the chopping block, though, so stay tuned.
The Jets have agreed to a 3-year, $45 million deal with EDGE Carl Lawson, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The contract includes $30 million guaranteed. Lawson hasn't gotten back to the 8.5 sacks he posted as a 2017 rookie and managed just 5.5 last year. But he has delivered plenty of pass-rushing production behind that low sack total. His 64 total pressures in 2020 ranked 6th among all defensive players, according to Pro Football Focus. Lawson should improve a Jets pass rush that posted the 8th-worst pressure rate last season, according to Pro Football Reference. We'll see whether Lawson keeps DE eligibility in the defense of new Jets HC Robert Saleh.
The Jets and WR Corey Davis agreed to a 3-year, $37.5 million deal with $27 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Davis had an up-and-down 4 seasons in Tennessee but is coming off a career-best 65-984-5 line. He ranked 5th in yards per route run among 84 WRs with 50+ targets. We'll credit OC Arthur Smith for some of that, but Davis has never lacked ability. It's why he was the 5th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. And he remains in his prime at just 26 years old. New York isn't an ideal landing spot, with new OC Mike LaFleur and the QB spot standing as question marks. But Davis has the potential to carve out a big target share. He figures to be joining Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims in the Jets' 3-WR set.
The Jets have agreed to a 1-year, $7 million deal with LB Jarrad Davis, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That money makes him look like a favorite for a starting spot in the defense of new HC Robert Saleh. The Jets likely have plenty more potential changes coming this offseason, so we'll wait to project too much. C.J. Mosley should be back after opting out last season (and losing basically all of 2019 to a groin injury). Blake Cashman is the only other ILB currently under contract.
The Jets have used the franchise tag on S Marcus Maye. That comes a year after they traded away S Jamal Adams for a package that included 2 first-round picks. Maye has played more than 1,000 snaps in 3 of his 4 seasons with the team and improved his Pro Football Focus coverage grade each year. He finished 2020 ranked 6th among safeties in overall PFF grade. Maye's fantasy production proved merely pedestrian after a huge opener at Buffalo, but there will be upside to him if you can get him in DB3 range in 2021.
Robert Saleh has signed a 5-year deal to become the Jets' HC, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Saleh has spent the last 4 seasons as San Francisco's defensive coordinator, leading the Niners to top 5 finishes in yards allowed in each of the past 2. Saleh is reportedly expected to bring former 49ers passing-game coordinator Mike LaFleur with him to New York to serve as OC. Mike is Packers HC Matt LaFleur's brother and has worked under Kyle Shanahan since 2014. LaFleur's only experience as an offensive coordinator came at Saint Joseph's in 2011 and 2012 and Davidson in 2013.
The Jets have fired HC Adam Gase, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This has been a long time coming. Gase's Jets won just 9 games over the past 2 seasons, finishing dead last in total yards both years. Other than when he's had QB Peyton Manning, his offenses have disappointed. We'll see who the Jets tab to replace Gase, but it'll undoubtedly be an upgrade for the offense.
Jets CB Blessuan Austin (illness) is inactive for today's game against the Patriots.
Jets RB La'Mical Perine has tested positive for COVID and will miss Sunday's finale vs. the Patriots. With RB Frank Gore (lung) also out, the Jets are down to RBs Ty Johnson and Josh Adams. Expect Johnson to lead a committee on the ground and handle most of the passing-down work, putting him in the RB3 mix.
The Jets have activated RB La’Mical Perine from IR. He has been out since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Week 11. The team designated him to return on Dec. 16, though, so Perine has had 2 weeks of practice to work back in. The Jets increased Perine’s work just before the injury, so we wouldn’t be surprised if he goes back to leading the backfield in touches. At the least, his return further complicates an already shared backfield in a bad offense. Avoid all Jets RBs where pssible
The Jets on Tuesday placed LB Harvey Langi on IR with a neck injury, ending his season. That removes the guy who had been starting next to Neville Hewitt inside. Bryce Hager looks like the next guy up, but we can't recommend trusting him in Week 16 IDP lineups vs. Cleveland. The continued onslaught of injuries to the Jets defense likely boosts the tackle upside of S Marcus Maye.
The Jets are placing DL Quinnen Williams on IR with a neck injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That ends a breakthrough season for Williams, both in real and IDP terms. Trevon Coley -- who the Jets claimed off waivers from the Cardinals last week -- looks like the next man up. He could be a sleeper for some tackle numbers against the Browns -- and would get an even better matchup with the Patriots in Week 17. But it's a little late in the fantasy season to make such a bet with your IDP lineup.
Jets DT Quinnen Williams sustained a concussion in Sunday's win over the Rams. He'll need to pass through the protocol before returning to play. We'll see whether he has a shot to face the Browns on Sunday, but you'll have to make sure you secure an alternate plan for your IDP lineup this week.
Jets WR Jamison Crowder (calf) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He’s a low-upside fantasy play with the Jets offense unlikely to get much accomplished.
Jets WR Jamison Crowder (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. He battled through the injury last week, playing 72% of the offensive snaps. Crowder should be out there this weekend but has very little upside vs. a tough L.A. pass defense.
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