Jets add Corner Brian Poole to Bolster Secondary

Continuing to round out their roster, the Jets have come to terms with cornerback Brian Poole, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons. The 26 year old Poole was an undrafted free agent in 2016 out of Florida. He is 5’10” and is listed at 205 lbs.

Andy Vasquez provides a little more insight into Poole on NJ.com.

The deal is for one year at $3.5 million.  Poole is expected to take over the role left vacant by the departed Buster Skrine.

The 5-foot-10 corner is particularly good at getting to the quarterback — he had three sacks last season, fifth among all NFL defensive backs. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams likes to send pressure at the quarterback from all over his defense, so Poole should be a good fit. 

Poole also had tree interceptions, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries, but the Falcons decided not to tender the restricted free agent who went undrafted out of Florida in 2016. 

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Jets Head to Buffalo: Who’s Dinged Up, Who Can Step Up?

In a disappointing and lost season for both the Jets and the Bills, today’s game has little meaning. The Jets will be looking for revenge after their matchup earlier this season may be remembered as one of the ugliest and most embarrassing losses in Jets history as they got blown out by a sub par team led by a quarterback who hadn’t thrown an NFL pass in 2 years. All that said, lets take a look at who could step up in injured players absences’ this week.

WR Robby Anderson was limited in practice Thursday and Friday so he is questionable. Without him, the Jets have been non existent on deep ball throws and it has taken an entire dynamic out of the offense.  If Anderson can’t go, it could mean more targets for Jermaine Kearse who hasn’t built as much of a rapport with Sam Darnold as fans had hoped.

RB Isaiah Crowell did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, and was limited on Friday so he is listed as questionable as well, but it feels there is less of a chance he plays. Elijah McGuire would get the majority of carries with Trenton Cannon mixing in if Crowell doesn’t play. It would be nice if McGuire could be more productive the next few weeks, showing he could be a nice #2 compliment to lets say, Le’Veon Bell…

TE Jordan Leggett was limited all week and is questionable, but he has been a non-factor all season so he will only be missed on special teams. CB Buster Skrine was a full participant Wednesday and Thursday, but was limited Friday so he is also questionable. If he doesn’t play, Parry Nickerson would get slot duties which would be nice in a lost season to, you know, see if your young players have it or not. It would actually be good if Skrine doesn’t play, considering how Todd Bowles has little interest in getting a look at some of his young players.

Jets vs Bears: Who’s Dinged Up, Who Can Step Up?

Sam Darnold and Mitch Trubisky will take the field tomorrow at 1pm on CBS as the 3-4 Jets hope to get back to .500 while sporting a lengthy injury report.  As we know, this means an opportunity for some guys who are a bit lower on the depth chart to step up and make some plays.  Let’s take a look.

Quincy Enunwa is OUT

UPDATE: Long was upgraded to questionable after the Jets submitted their final injury report at 4 p.m. Earlier in the day, on the report given to the media and seen above, Long was listed as doubtful.

Robby Anderson has missed 3 straight practices so he probably won’t play this week. With Quincy Enunwa still out, the Jets receiver corps are woefully thin. Behind Jermaine Kearse, the Jets have plenty of question marks. Recently signed Rishard Matthews could see some extended playing time with all the injuries, but he is still new to the team and learning the offense. He and Darnold have been working together a lot this week, but it’s unlikely they’ll be on the same page. Behind Matthews, Andre Roberts, Charone Peake, and Deontay Burnett are all that remains. Roberts and Peake showed last week they aren’t very good options to throw to. Roberts at 30 years old is already all he is at receiver, though he has proven to be one of the best return men in the league this season. Peake and Burnett are still young and relatively unproven, but the chances of them coming on big Sunday is unlikely. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ best option  might be getting tight ends Chris Herndon and Jordan Leggett heavily involved or it could be another long day for Darnold.

Spencer Long being switched from doubtful to questionable is a good sign, but as we saw last week his bad finger makes it hard for him to snap the ball, and in shotgun you have to hold you breath. Jonnotthan Harrison could still get the nod over him tomorrow. Have to wait and see.

Trumaine Johnson also did not practice all week so he most likely will not play either. Best news from Jets camp this week though, Buster Skrine is out of concussion protocol and will play Sunday. Since Skrine was dealing with his fourth concussion in three years, it is a great sign that he is ready to play again. Morris Claiborne, along with Kelvin Beachum, will most likely play as well. Claiborne has been one of the top corners in the league this season, and Darryl Roberts had a career game last week, so with both of them manning the outside and Skrine back in the slot, the Jets secondary again is a strength of the team and should make life hard for Mitch Trubisky.

Kevin Pierre-Louis should be back this week too, though he is more of a special teamer.

Marcus Maye is still wearing a soft cast on his thumb, so even though he is listed as questionable he is probably more doubtful. With Doug Middleton, Maye’s usual replacement, on IR now, Terrance Brooks will get the start opposite Jamal Adams. For depth, the Jets signed unproven 2015 4th round pick Ibraheim Campbell.

Final Injury Report; Jets Likely Down two Corners

The Jets released their final injury report of the week and it still contains a pair of starting cornerbacks in Trumaine Johnson and Buster Skrine.  Here’s the report in full per Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press.

If Johnson can’t go, which is likely the case, Rashard Robinson could see his first action of the year since returning from suspension.

Jets Extensive Injury Report now Includes Leonard Williams

As the Jets prepare to take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, they’re doing so without several key starters in running back Isaiah Crowell (ankle), cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps) and Buster Skrine (concussion), and the team also added defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the report with a sore back on Thursday.

Along with the aforementioned starters, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot) and wide receiver Charone Peake (hamstring) were also kept out.

Those who were limited included KR/PR Andre Roberts (elbow), C Spencer Long (knee, finger), S Marcus Maye (ankle, foot), S Doug Middleton (hamstring), TE Neal Sterling (concussion), DL Folorunso Fatukasi (hamstring), DL Nathan Shepherd (shoulder), LT Kelvin Beachum (foot).

Terrelle Pryor was excused from practice due to a family illness.

 

Broncos vs. Jets: Who’s Dinged Up, Who Can Step Up?

The Jets host the Broncos in their second home game of the season Sunday at 1pm on CBS. After starting the season with a victory over the Lions, the Jets have lost 3 straight, falling to 1-3. The season is far from over, but it will be if the Jets don’t find a way to win a few games in the coming weeks. Lets take a look at who is out for Sunday’s game, and who could step up in their absence.

Losing Trumaine Jonson will force the Jets to test the depth at cornerback. Even though he has been beaten a few times, him and Morris Claiborne make up one of the stingiest duos in passer rating allowed when targeted.

Darryl Roberts will probably play outside when Buster Skrine moves from the boundary to the slot, but neither is at Johnson’s level so expect whichever one kicks outside will be targeted heavily. It could be a rough day for the Jets cornerbacks. If Darryl Roberts’ hamstring acts up, the Jets could get some run for Parry Nickerson and Derrick Jones.

Tight end Neal Sterling is still in concussion protocol, so Chris Herndon, and Jordan Leggett should be involved.  Both have played well as of late and should look forward to having a chance to get some more reps against a quality secondary.

Marcus Maye looks to be a full go once again, but if he’s limited for any reason, Doug Middleton would be asked to step up.

Rough Around the Edges; Jets vs Broncos key Head-to-Head Battles

The 1-3 New York Jets prepare to take on the 2-2 Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday at 1pm in a game that has the Jets listed as a 1.5 point favorite, but a Broncos blowout isn’t out of the question.  How could it happen?  Take a look at our key head-to-head match ups.

OT’s Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell vs OLB’s Von Miller and Bradley Chubb:

This is probably where the game will be decided.  Along the edges of the Jets offensive line and it’s probably going to be a rough day.  The Jets have allowed Sam Darnold to be sacked 10 times through their first four games which isn’t as bad as many predicted.  Unless they want that number to climb considerably, it’ll be another heavy dose of quick screens from Jeremy Bates’ offense.  Miller and Chubb have combined for 27 quarterback pressures through four games so Darnold will have to have his head on a swivel.

WR Quincy Enunwa vs CB’s Chris Harris and Bradley Roby:

One of the better cornerback tandems in the league, Harris and Roby will match up with Enunwa throughout the day while looking to limit the Jets best playmaker so far this season.  Enunwa has been playing like a man on a mission early on and will look to continue the trend against Harris and Roby.

QB Sam Darnold vs FS Justin Simmons:

Unless Darnold drastically changes his approach, the Broncos can expect him to come out and look to force the ball to Quincy Enunwa, whom Darnold has targeted on 29% of his passes thus far.  He got away with a near interception in the red zone last week when a defender jumped the route on a pass to Enunwa that was telegraphed, and Simmons will likely have a similar plan in mind.  If the offensive tackles struggle against the aforementioned Miller and Chubb, Darnold will be rushed in to making some throws before getting an accurate read on the defense.

CB Buster Skrine vs WR Demaryius Thomas:

Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson is going to sit this one out with a quad injury, meaning Skrine will find himself lined up on the outside.  Checking in at 6′ 3”, Thomas will likely look to take advantage of the mismatch against the 5′ 9” Skrine when he draws him in coverage.

DE Henry Andreson vs LT Garett Bolles:

Anderson leads the Jets with 2.5 sacks this season and Todd Bowles should look to get Anderson some one-on-one battles with Bolles who has already been called for four holding penalties this season according to nflpenalties.com.  The big left tackles has also allowing a 9 quarterback pressures, more than any other Broncos lineman.

Prediction:

Vegas may like the Jets in this one, but it’s hard to imagine them pulling out a win against a team with one of the best pass rush duos on the NFL.  Look for the Jets offense to sputter once again while the Broncos run away with it late in the game against a worn down defense.

Broncos: 34

Jets: 13

 

 

 

Trumaine Johnson Ruled out for Sunday

The Jets secondary will be without its top cornerback on Sunday as Trumaine Johnson has been ruled out by head coach Todd Bowles.

Johnson appeared on the injury report yesterday with a calf injury that limited his participation in practice and is apparently not well enough for him to suit up on Sunday.

With Johnson out, the Jets will likely turn to Buster Skrine or Darryl Roberts to slide in to the team’s number two spot with Morris Claiborne taking Johnson’s spot.  Bowles ruled out the possibility of activating cornerback Rashard Robinson before Monday’s deadline.

The Good, bad and Ugly From Season’s First Quarter

Well, Jets fans surely hoped for better than the 1-3 start Gang Green is off to this season, but Mike Maccagnan probably hoped he’d get better performance out of Trumaine Johnson when he handed him a bazilion dollars to be the team’s number one corner.  Johnson has been one of several disappointments thus far, but there have also been a few positive surprises as well.  Here’s our list of the good, the bad and the ugly through the first four games of the season.

The Good

WR Quincy Enunwa:

Coming in to the season there were huge question marks regarding Enunwa’s health after missing all of last season with a neck injury.  Through the first four games, we’ve seen some of Enunwa’s best football as the team’s leading receiver and a candidate to earn a hefty extension at season’s end.  The physicality that was present in Enunwa’s game prior to the injury has not diminished one bit.

DE Henry Anderson:

Acquired by the Jets during the draft in exchange for a seventh-round draft choice, Anderson leads the team with 2.5 sacks and has been the team’s best pass rusher up to now.  Like Enunwa, Anderson could be looking at a nice pay day if the Jets are looking to lock him up long-term.

OLB Jordan Jenkins:

Jenkins has quietly gotten off to a nice start.  Viewed strictly as an edge setting defender, Jenkins has two sacks through the season’s first quarter and narrowly missed a third last week against the Jaguars when QB Blake Bortels was able to escape his grasp and launch a ball out of bounds to avoid the sack.

S Jamal Adams:

Last year’s first round draft choice, Adams has had a couple of hiccups but has largely been a force in Todd Bowles’ defense.  Whether it’s been getting after the quarterback, stuffing runners in the box or dropping back in to coverage, Adams has been a force early on.

ILB Darron Lee:

It’s early, but there’s no denying that Darron Lee has looked like a different player as he enters year three.  While he was part of the problem with the Jets’ inability to cover the Jaguars many crossing routes in week four, it’s fair to say the entire defense looked lost time and again, so pinning it on one guy wouldn’t be right.  That looked to be a coaching issue.  According to PFF.com, Lee has earned an overall grade of 77.2 so far.  This, after earning grades of 45.4 and 44.2 in year’s one and two respectively.

ILB Avery Williamson:

Williamson has been making several impact plays for the Jets in several games, putting him at 30 tackles with 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass defended that led to an interception.

The Bad

CB Buster Skrine:

Skrine had his best season as a Jet in 2017 and the team had likely hoped he would build on that this season.  Unfortunately, he has regressed to his 2015/2016 form and has been beaten regularly in coverage.

Stunted O-line:  

The Jets O-line isn’t an elite group but they’re better than they get credit for.  However, teams are consistently finding a way to get pressure on Sam Darnold by using stunts and twists that, for some reason, the Jets continue to have trouble picking up.  This is something that will have to be fixed moving forward.

TE Eric Tomlinson:

The team’s top blocking tight end, Tomlinson has had some killer penalties while allowing several pressures on Darnold.

The Ugly

CB Trumaine Johnson:

Yes, going from a defense with one of the best front seven’s in the NFL to the Jets was bound to mean less production from Trumaine Johnson than we’d seen in the past, but he’s been beaten fairly consistently early on.  Television broadcasters went so far as to question his effort against the Jaguars when he surrendered a 67-yard touchdown pass on a play in which he appeared to give up rather early in the route.  In Johnson, the Jets are likely holding their breath, hoping they didn’t bring on a big-ticket free agent who isn’t prepared to put forth the effort that earned him the deal.

WR Robby Anderson:

Anderson is still the team’s most explosive player, but he’s been largely ignored this season and has a pair of critical fumbles when he did connect with Darnold.  The first four games weren’t kind to Anderson, but if he could get back on track, he lifts the Jets offense to another level.

WR Terrelle Pryor: 

Pryor’s ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands flashed a bit early on, but giving up on routes from time to time has cost the Jets dearly, specifically when he pulled up short on a route against the Dolphins that ended up being intercepted in the end zone.  If that doesn’t get cleaned up, Pryor may be on his way to his fourth team in four years when the season winds down.

 

 

 

 

 

Jets vs Jags: Who’s Dinged Up, Who Can Step Up?

As the Jets prepare to take on the Jags at home tomorrow, here is a list of those who will not and may not play, and an analysis of who could step up in their place.

JETS

Out: TE Neal Sterling (concussion), WR Charone Peake (hamstring)

Questionable: CB Buster Skrine (knee), S Doug Middleton (knee/finger), S Marcus Maye (ankle/foot)

Did not practice Friday: TE Neal Sterling (concussion), WR Charone Peake (hamstring)

Limited participant Friday: CB Buster Skrine (knee), S Doug Middleton (knee/finger), S Marcus Maye (ankle/foot)

Full participant Friday: OLB Josh Martin (concussion), S J.J. Wilcox (wrist), LT Kelvin Beachum (foot), C Spencer Long (shoulder/knee), WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle/groin), WR Quincy Enunwa (back), NT Steve McLendon (knee), LG James Carpenter (ankle), WR Robby Anderson (nose)

What This Means:

Neal Sterling is still in concussion protocol. He was a big factor in camp and the preseason and was really coming along, solidifying himself as a starter. He will be missed again, but like last week, expect the Jets to lean on mainly Herndon, and occasionally Tomlinson in the short and screen passing game. Jordan Leggett would be the next pass catching option behind Herndon, but he had only one target against the Browns and didn’t come down with it, so he may be a non-factor.

Charone Peake is a major loss on special teams, but otherwise he is too low on the depth chart to hurt the Jets passing game. This season so far, Quincy Enunwa is by far the top target, bringing in 1 less reception then the other three guys under him combined. After him, Terrelle Pryor has become Darnold’s second go-to guy, and then Jermaine Kearse. Robby Anderson will be a nice deep threat option when Darnold starts finding him back there.

Buster Skrine did not practice Wednesday, and was limited Thursday and Friday, so there is a chance he doesn’t play, or plays limited snaps. Sixth-round rookie Parry Nickerson will probably play in the slot. Nickerson was viewed as a draft steal in the 6th round, and is hoping to eventually take over the slot from Skrine. Nickerson was considered a ball hawk in college and was very good in coverage. In four seasons at Tulane, he had 16 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown, and 31 passes defended.

Marcus Maye and Doug Middleton were both limited this week (Maye finally returning to practice, albeit limited), which is bad news for the Jets secondary. Middleton had played well in Maye’s absence, but if both do not play it could be trouble for the Jets secondary. Jamal Adams cannot man both sides. One of them should suit up, but if both do not, expect JJ Wilcox to step in and start.

Josh Martin is finally out of concussion protocol as of Thursday and practiced fully both Thursday and Friday. He may see the field tomorrow, but they may take him slowly considering how long is concussion lingered, and how Brandon Copeland and Frankie Luvu have stepped up well in his absence. If Martin doesn’t play or plays limited, expect Copeland and Luvu to play outside linebacker opposite Jordan Jenkins, with Copeland getting the majority of reps as he has a sack on the season and as looked good so far. A very fast guy for his size, Martin is worth keeping an eye on with an improved secondary this season.