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Joe Douglas Making Good on Press Conference Promise

Joe Douglas

Joe Douglas once told the New York media that the team would be placing on emphasis on explosive playmakers on offense, saying that “speed creates pressure” and that “pressure bursts pipes”.  Well, after an offseason in which Douglas drafted Israel Abanikanda and signed Mecole Hardman, it’s about time to say he has made good.

Yes, there were some speed merchants on the roster prior to this season, but in adding Abanikanda and Hardman, Douglas has scooped up two offensive weapons whose 40 times come in under 4.35 seconds at 4.32 and 4.33 respectively.  This is in addition to undrafted free agent receiver Xavier Gipson running a 4.41.  Free agent running back Dalvin Cook clocked in at the exact same number before being drafted by the Vikings.

Cook and Abanikanda will be joined of course by Breece Hall who ran a 4.39 at the NFL combine not that long ag.  And while Hall will undoubtedly be slowed as he recovers from an injury he suffered last season, he will likely return to full strength at some point.

In all, the Jets have six players on offense who figure to have prominent roles in Nathaniel Hackett’s offense who run a 4.41 or better.  Even Jason Brownlee, whose pedestrian 4.59 in Indy doesn’t seem to match his game speed.

So while all of the focus this offseason has been on the attention of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, it’s worth noting that the targets he’ll be working with have the ability to create explosive plays, consistently keeping defenses on their toes just as Joe Douglas envisioned.



This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.



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