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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
Kendrick Hills 10307 entertains the idea of trading with a division rival.
Charlie_IMHO discusses the term “culture”.
victormonfrey ranks the best wide receivers in the draft based on multiple categories.
On Henry Ruggs:
Just to kind of set something straight on Ruggs, he’s not Tavon Austin and he’s not John Ross. People see him as a boom-or-bust gadget guy and that’s inaccurate. The guy wasn’t catching bubble screens or just running streaks all day. He happens to be a very good route runner, who burns it up with YAC. I’m not saying we need to take him at 11, but to say it’s a waste or the guy is going to be a bust because he’s purely a speed guy is highly inaccurate.
The production wasn’t hidden it was suppressed
For instance the last time a college offense had three first round WRs on it was the 2000 Miami team here’s a look at their stats Santana Moss: 748 yards and 5 TDs he went on to be an All-Pro receiver and top 1,000 yards 4 times Reggie Wayne: 755 yards and 10 TDs he went on to be a Hall of Fame receiver Andre Johnson: 57 yards and 1 TD he went back to school for two more years because of his lack of production and became a Hall of Fame receiver. Let’s take a look at Alabama’s top three receivers Henry Ruggs: 746 yards and 7 TDs Jerry Jeudy: 1,163 yards and 10 TDs Devonta Smith: 1,256 and 12 TDs Now let’s act like Alabama was a normal college offense and Smith who was WR 3 coming into the year didn’t get to play much so let’s cut his reception in half to 34 and give the other 34 evenly split to Ruggs and Jeudy giving them each 17 more reception. Ruggs now has: 1,063 yards Jeudy now has: 1,420 yards This is why it’s absurd to say they lack production. They didn’t lack production they were put on an overly stacked offense that robbed them of chances to pad stats in ways others like Denzel Mims, Jalen Reagor, Chase Claypool and others could as the only option on their offense.
On PFF’s criticism of Noah Fant:
I’ve been watching a bunch of Fant’s (bad PFF grade) late season games, and there are so many plays where I say something like, “He did his job well, but I could see how somebody who doesn’t understand how pass protection works could watch that play and grade him negatively.”
On drafting Wide Receiver @ 11:
No to WR at 11
Drafting a WR at 11 would be a colossal mistake, especially if a stud OT is on the board. I don’t care if Tyreek Hill was on the board. You don’t make that move when A) your (hopefully) franchise QB hasn’t been able to make it through a 16-game season because he is continually getting hammered behind a trash OL, and B) your OL was so ineffective in the run game it made an all-pro RB look like Trenton freaking Cannon. An OT affects every single play on offense. Most WRs, even the best of the best, affect the running game zero or if at all, minimally / selectively on a few plays if they are asked to block on a sweep or whatever. And the target leaders at WR might be targeted on average 10 times a game and catch 6 balls. Elite WRs can do other things obviously like draw double teams and give your QB a reliable target in the red zone. But the OL affects every single offensive play. And you can’t realize the potential of the WR if your QB has no time to throw and is “seeing ghosts” as a result. The biggest reason you draft the stud OT is you don’t want Darnold to become the next David Carr or Andrew Luck. Don’t let Maccagnan’s Grigson-esque sabotage of Darnold become a reality!
On whether or not the Jets should trade down:
”If the top 4 OT’s are off the board at 11, should the Jets trade back?”
Hell no. If you trade back you pretty much take yourself out if the running for the top 4 OL and the top 3 WR in this draft, which would be a disaster. The teams that are picking directly after us are highly likely to be targeting WR or OL (Raiders, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos). Stay at 11 and pick the highest rated player on your board between OL & WR. Personally I would go WR because I think some of you honestly over-exaggerate this OL “it starts up front” thing too much. If Jamison Crowder is our #1 receiver going into next season our offense is going to get bodied with the defenses/secondaries we have to play this year. Guys on here always say how if the QB has no time to throw, it doesn’t matter how good your weapons are. It works the opposite way too. Even if Sam has time to throw, if our WRs are getting blanketed by opposing secondaries, there’s going to be a lot of coverage sacks and throwaways.
Spot on article JB
At this point, I just feel that it’s the right move to draft a WR in the 1st. Try to trade down a few picks and pick up an extra 3 if you can. Otherwise get Sam a legit weapon! Jeudy, Lamb, & Ruggs all look like Day 1 contributors. They might even turn out to be great. It won’t matter if Sam has time to throw if his best receiving option is Crowder. Heck, who knows who will even be available by the time the Jets pick in Round 2? If Joe D is truly an evaluator of OL talent, you gotta think he has a better chance of finding OL gems in the later rounds than WR gems. Stick to your strengths and take advantage of adding a premier playmaker to a team that lacks exactly that.
-The Great Bambi
On Jamal Adams:
Jamal Adams sucks
He’s just a box safety in a league where box safeties are no longer useful. He doesn’t shut his mouth and he doesn’t even deserve 10 mil per year. I’d trade him for a day 2 pick in a heartbeat
Jamal Adams is the best defensive player in the league
He’s a versatile safety who has the coverage skills of a CB. He’s a great locker room presence and a great leader of the team. Give him a 6×20 and call it a day.
On CeeDee Lamb:
The more film I watch of Lamb
The more I’m convinced this guy is going to a great WR. In my opinion, he’s Hopkins 2.0 Such good footwork, routinely makes the first couple defenders miss. His route running isn’t even as good as it could be yet and he’s still capable of consistently getting open at all 3 levels. He’s also a very willing blocker and not afraid of contact In the end, I won’t be disappointed if Joe goes OT. But Lamb is a special talent. I’d love to see him catch passes from Sam for the next decade
-The Great Bambi
When he has the Jets getting Thomas but more importantly Bryan Edwards who in fact is a Gamecock!!!
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