Jets TE Chris Herndon is "facing the likelihood of a two-game suspension for pleading guilty in January to driving while intoxicated," ESPN's Rich Cimini reported Friday. Assuming that comes to fruition, it'll make Herndon tough to go after in common-sized redraft leagues. TE is already a position where we often look to roster just 1 player. Tying up a roster spot with a 2nd who won't even be available the 1st 2 weeks would complicate waiver decisions in 2 of the more important weeks for such moves all season. That said, Herndon should be able to flirt with low-TE1 production when he does hit the field this year.
The Jets on Friday re-signed RB Bilal Powell. He'll compete with Ty Montgomery, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon for touches behind Le'Veon Bell. Powell averaged 11.4 carries and 1.6 receptions over his 7 games for last year's Jets. He'll turn 31 in October. We'll see if he hits August drafts as the #2 RB for the Jets.
The Athletic's Connor Hughes highlighted TE Chris Herndon as 1 of the Jets' most impressive players in OTAs. "You can tell the second-year pro is getting comfortable in [HC Adam] Gase’s scheme," Hughes writes. "He’s not thinking as much as he’s letting his athletic ability take over." Hughes adds that Herndon and QB Sam Darnold "already have impressive chemistry." Herndon posted a promising 39-502-4 line as a rookie, finishing 16th among TEs in PPR points. He's capable of climbing higher in year 2.
The Jets selected Florida DE Jachai Polite in the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Polite racked up 19.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 4 pass deflections in 2018. But Polite then endured a disappointing Scouting Combine. He came away with a below-average 94.0 speed score at 258 pounds. The Jets' switch to Gregg Williams at DC this season could find Polite in a DE spot in a 4-3 front, which would help his IDP outlook. Williams, however, reportedly plans to play a 3-4 base. Carrying a LB designation would obviously ding Polite's IDP value.
Despite rumored attempts to trade down, the Jets picked Alabama DT Quinnen Williams 3rd in the NFL Draft. Williams spent just 1 season as a full-time starter for the Crimson Tide, but he racked up 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Williams carries big upside for dynasty leagues with DT-specific slots and should fight for a starting job right away on a strong Jets D-line (with Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson). Getting Quinnen Williams might make the Jets more likely to let Leonard Williams walk when his rookie deal runs out after the coming season.
The Jets have reached a 1-year deal with RB Ty Montgomery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move came a day before the free agent was set to visit the Dolphins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That seems a curious decisions by Montgomery: taking a 1-year deal with the team that just signed Le'Veon Bell -- almost certainly to dominate backfield touches -- rather than at least talk to a Miami squad with no proven workhorse. Montgomery will compete with Elijah McGuire to back up Bell, barring further personnel moves. The financial details here might help indicate how big a role the Jets expect for Montgomery.
K Chandler Catanzaro has inked a deal with the Jets. He spent 2017 with New York, connecting on 83.3% of his FG attempts. Catanzaro struggled with the Bucs last year, missing 4 FGs and 4 XPs in 9 games before getting cut. He bounced back with the Panthers, though, converting all 5 of his FG attempts and 7 of 8 XPs. Catanzaro could be a fantasy spot-start option in 2019 with the Jets offense capable of taking a step forward.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have reached agreement with RB Le'Veon Bell. That positions him in a backfield with Elijah McGuire as the lead incumbent. Bell, of course, is coming off a full year away from football, so we'll have to track his progress in his return this offseason. He joins a Jets team, however, that is spending liberally on both offense and defense in free agency. Bell will make for a risky pick inside the 1st round of fantasy football drafts, given that we don't know how good the Jets offense can be or what kind of target share Bell can expect. But he obviously carries as much upside as just about any player at the position. Bell's arrival gives another boost to QB Sam Darnold's 2nd-year outlook.
Update: Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport report it's a 4-year deal worth $52.5 million in total money.
The Jets have re-signed DE Henry Anderson for 3 years at $25 million. It's not a surprising move after Anderson delivered 7 sacks and deflected 4 passes in his 4th NFL season and 1st with the Jets. The money suggests the team envisions more of the same -- and perhaps more. Anderson ranked 2nd among Jets in total pressures in his 1st season of more than 11 games. He looks like an upside DL3 for IDP owners in 2019.
The Jets have reached agreements with OLB Anthony Barr and ILB C.J. Mosley, according to multiple reports. We haven't seen details yet on Barr's contract, but Mosley will get a monster, 5-year, $85 million pact that includes $51 million guaranteed. That all comes a year after the Jets gave ILB Avery Williamson a sizable 3-year, $22.5 million deal ($16 million guaranteed). Mosley will start next to Williamson inside, taking over for Darron Lee, and should remain a quality IDP contributor. Barr's role will be interesting to watch. He has been a stronger real-life than fantasy provider thus far but has proved to be an efficient pass rusher. If the Jets increase his pass-rush opportunities over what he drew in Minnesota, Barr could be in for a numbers spike. Overall, the Jets' defense has gained considerable upside. And they could yet add more in a strong draft for D-linemen.
The Jets have reached a deal with WR Jamison Crowder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's not a great landing spot for Crowder's 2019 fantasy upside. The Jets already have WRs Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa in place, along with 2nd-year TE Chris Herndon. But Crowder disappointed big time in 2018, so things can't get much worse. His departure from Washington -- where HC Jay Gruden had expressed interest in re-signing him -- leaves targets for a WR corps that figures to rely on Josh Doctson and Trey Quinn, among others. Jets QB Sam Darnold, meanwhile, heads into his 2nd season with a solid-looking crew of pass-catchers.
Update: Crowder reports it's a 3-year pact worth $28.5 million, including $17 million guaranteed.
The Raiders have traded G Kelechi Osemele and a 6th-round pick to the Jets for a 5th-rounder. It's a cost-cutting move for Oakland, who is about to hand WR Antonio Brown a big contract. Osemele is coming off a down 2018 that saw him miss 5 games and finish 61st among 77 Gs in Pro Football Focus' grades. But he'll turn just 30 in June and was 1 of PFF's top-graded Gs in each of the previous 4 seasons. He should be a big upgrade for the interior of New York's O-line.
Adam Gase has been hired as the Jets' HC. A hot name on the coaching market just 3 years ago, Gase underwhelmed in Miami, compiling a 23-25 record. The former OC's Dolphins offenses never ranked better than 24th in yards or 17th in points. In his defense, Gase was working with 1 of the weaker rosters in the league. The Jets aren't exactly loaded right now, but they do have a promising, young QB in Sam Darnold.
Jets TE Chris Herndon on Wednesday pled guilty to DWI after a June arrest in New Jersey. It figures to earn him a suspension from the league next season. Herndon is coming off a promising rookie campaign that saw him post a 39-502-4 line. Only 8 rookie TEs have tallied more receiving yards over the past 10 years.
The Jets have fired HC Todd Bowles. He compiled a 24-40 record in 4 seasons at the helm -- with 10 of those wins coming in his 1st season. The Jets won 5, 5 and 4 games the past 3 years. The team shouldn't have trouble attracting quality HC candidates with QB Sam Darnold and over $100 million in salary cap space.
Jets WRs Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Jermaine Kearse (heel) are out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. That leaves Andre Roberts, Deontay Burnett and Charone Peake behind Robby Anderson on the depth chart. Anderson will dominate WR targets, and TE Chris Herndon could also see a volume spike.
Jets DB Darryl Roberts is active for today's game against the Packers. He arrived questionable and is only a bottom-shelf IDP candidate.
Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Packers. The helps the target projection for WR Robby Anderson, who's totaled 25 looks over his last 3 games.
Ravens RB Ty Montgomery is a surprise inactive for today's game against the Bucs. That leaves the backfield to Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen. Dixon's volume has been on the rise, and he's in play as a RB3 or flex this weekend.
Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) is out for Saturday's game against the Texans. That leaves Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse as New York's top 2 WRs. Anderson has some upside as a WR4 or DFS tournament play.
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