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Gang Green Nation Highlight Reel (July 30th-August 6th)

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Our readers’ and writers’ contributions to this site are a major reason why Gang Green Nation is the best Jets blog in the history of Jets blogs. No contribution, big or small, should go unnoticed. That’s why we’ll highlight some of the best comments and FanPosts on a weekly basis.

Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:

Top Comments:

On the Jets signing Ryan Kalil:

From out of nowhere....

I wonder what made him come out of retirement…we may never know but its possible our GM had something to do with it


On Ryan Kalil’s recent decision making:

So he comes out of retirement and signs with the Jets.

Concussion protocol!!!!!


On Sam Darnold’s development:


says all the right things, you can tell he worked his butt off all offseason, showing leadership skills already, and now that he has the confidence, you can see the talent just take over. He has the full repertoire. This kid has Jeter level face of the franchise written all over him. Could even jump into the MVP discussions in only his second year. I have to pinch myself that the Browns and Giants actually passed this kid up.


On Jachai Polite’s struggles this off-season:

isn’t it way too early to worry about Polite?

did anyone think he was going to make an immediate impact? I look at him as a project. We can be pretty certain that Q is going to wreck offenses soon. And Cashman is already in our nickel packages. So, this defense is getting a boost from the draft even if Polite doesn’t force his way into the game plan.

-JoJo Beans

On the notion that opposing teams would place their best corner back on Robby Anderson:

Playing right into Gase and Darnold’s hands

Let the best cover guy be occupied mostly deep covering Robby while the Jets eat them alive underneath. Then Robby will get a few shots deep.


On Jachai Polite’s off-season performance:

From what I’ve read

He had a really disappointing first week and a half. Then all of a sudden things took a turn on Thursday. He had 2 sacks against Eric Smith on the second-team defense and it was his first good day. Friday he was back to struggling and relegated to the third team. Saturday and Monday though he was standing out again. Still splitting time between the second and third team, mostly with the third team, but it seems he’s finally turned. a corner.


On GangGreenRCR’s infamous “breakout player”:

The last year summarized in one comment:

Everybody: Please don’t pick a breakout player, RCR. RCR: Marcus Maye is my breakout player. What could go wrong? (Maye’s career is ruined.) RCR: I can’t believe it. Who could have seen this coming?

-John B

On the potential career trajectories for the 2nd year QBs:

Crystal Ball

Baker – I see Him having an on field career like Rivers. Really Good, but not quite enough when they need it the most. Oh yeah, and a plethora of Jackass Moments Sam – I see a combo of Aaron Rodgers (without the doucheyness) and Elway. Rosen – Joe Flacco But LESS durable. (eeeesh) Allen – Andy Dalton one Week, Matt Cassell the next LJ – Michael Vick LIte


On Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield:

Darnold vs Baker

If Darnold came out after his freshman year, and it was the same draft order, the Browns wouldn’t have even looked at Baker. He showed the full Arenal, great head, the strong arm, the touch, the accuracy, the mobility…Jets fans were already starting the suck for sam chants…but then his sophomore year came the “regression” and the concerns about his accuracy, that long release came up quite a bit as a concern over through his scouting reports, would he be able to snap the ball into tight areas with that long release or just be telegraphing his throws, and the turnovers, is the kid too irresponsible and will be fumble too much…it was mentioned quite a bit that college players who turn it over that much do not throw it at a high enough completion percentage and are not effective enough as NFL starters…and then there was Baker just crushing it as a passer in college, he is older, more accurate, and the Brees comps started, Baker showed the quick release the strong accurate arm…he started moving up draft boards from late first to potential top pick…but he remained undersized and not as mobile and not as athletic. He is a smaller guy who throws it accurately.
But the thing always was, what if all the sophomore year Darnold concerns just turned out to be nothing to worry about in the end? what if it was just your typical paralysis by overlansysis? we see this all the time, how teams find reasons to talk themselves out of the correct pick because they overthink it. 1. It would be impossible for him to repeat his amazing freshman performance. 2. Was he just trying to do too much, that he developed bad habits that could easily be fixed? 3. Was his coaching and personnel around him was just so poor?
So there were the two camps: there was the Darnold’s sophomore year was more what you would get from him, and there was Darnold’s Freshman year was more what you would get from him. The right thing to do would be to stay another year in college, he was still so young and show everyone that the Freshman year was not a fluke…but he came out and though he was on most boards as #1, on many he was behind one or more of the others. So here we are: Darnold is showing now that his long release is not an issue. He is showing the nice touch. He is showing the accuracy. He has already shown the athleticism with some of the most amazing scrambles you will ever see. He can extend plays. And he is one terrific kid who works his ass off and who you would let your daughter date.
Baker is still the same Baker: brash. He is less of an athlete. he is smaller. He is not as mobile. But he can throw with pinpoint accuracy. But if scouts knew that freshman year Darnold would prevail, there is no doubt in my mind he would have remained #1 on everyone’s board. In conclusion, the celling is higher for Darnold because if can make the throws Baker makes, if he continues to show all those college concerns were nothing, well, he wins in every other category. When Darnold reaches Baker’s age, he will be one of the top QBs in the league. I think he will turn it over more than we like, but in this NFL, that won’t hurt him.


Top GIF/Photo:

On Edoga winning some reps against Polite in practice


So there you have it, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel. Want to be featured next week? Just keep doing what you do, and more importantly, keep being who you are—after all, YOU’RE what makes Gang Green Nation so great!


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