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    Jets offseason recap: Risers and fallers

    Jets offseason recap: Risers and fallers

    With the offseason in the books, let's take a step back to analyze some of the players who helped themselves the most in the offseason -- and some who didn't.

    THREE RISERS

    1. Oday Aboushi, left guard:
    The former fifth-round pick, coming off what amounted to a "redshirt" rookie year, played his way into the conversation as a possible starter. He finished minicamp as the starting left guard, replacing Brian Winters, who moved to right guard to replace the injured Willie Colon. Aboushi, who struggled last year at tackle, may benefit from the move inside because it could hide his shortcomings in pass protection. Colon expects to be ready for training camp, so there will be three players vying for two starting jobs. We'll see how Aboushi responds when the pads go on.


    2. Dexter McDougle, cornerback: Rex Ryan admitted his concerns about drafting McDougle in the third round -- injury-related worries -- but he's a believer now. After sitting out for most of the offseason to protect his surgically repaired shoulder, McDougle returned for the final two weeks, working his way up the depth chart to second team. He's smart and aggressive, not afraid to mix it up with receivers at the line of scrimmage. The coaches now believe he could push for serious playing time.

    3. Ras-I Dowling, cornerback: When the Jets were striking out in free agency, failing to land a big-time corner, Ryan kept insisting he was happy with his current personnel. He named names, always mentioning Dowling. Cynics (including me) wondered the same thing: Ras-I Dowling? He spent last season on the Jets' practice squad after being dumped by the New England Patriots, but the talent is there. He was the 33rd pick in the 2011 draft, only three spots behind Muhammad Wilkerson. It was an impressive spring for Dowling, who now has a legitimate chance to make the team.

    THREE FALLERS

    1. Caleb Schlauderaff, center:
    Only a couple of years ago, former general manager Mike Tannenbaum touted Schlauderaff as the Jets' version of Victor Cruz -- a super sleeper. He's almost asleep, all right. Schlauderaff, the Jets' only reserve lineman with regular-season experience (all of 14 snaps), was relegated to third-team duty in minicamp, falling behind Dalton Freeman as Nick Mangold's backup. Schlauderaff will have a tough time making the team if Freeman, an impressive former undrafted free agent, continues to develop.

    2. Matt Simms, quarterback: Last year's feel-good story got off to a hot start in organized team activities, but he cooled off toward the end of the offseason, including minicamp. Simms didn't get as many reps as the coaches would've liked, and reps will be hard to come by in training camp as well. Looking ahead, coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he's "looking for (Simms) to make one more big step" -- an indication he's still in the team's plans. But rookie Tajh Boyd is lurking and will provide competition. Simms needs a strong camp if he wants to claim the No. 3 job.

    3. Dawan Landry, safety: From all indications, Landry enjoyed a terrific offseason, receiving effusive praise from Ryan and earning recognition for his work in the conditioning program. But, at the same time, Landry lost ground. How is that possible? They drafted Calvin Pryor in the first round and paired him with third-year safety Antonio Allen in the starting lineup, allowing the young tandem to learn and develop chemistry. Ryan insisted that Landry still will have an important role, but things won't be the same. You can bet he won't play 98 percent of the defensive snaps, as he did last season.
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    Hopefully Aboushi turns into a stud for us. Every of the team in the league somehow hits a HR with late pick for the oline. Maybe we finally did too.

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    CB is looking better and better.



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    I would like to add Stephan Hill to the list of risers. I have read in many articles that he has a excellent camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flfan1943 View Post
    I would like to add Stephan Hill to the list of risers. I have read in many articles that he has a excellent camp.
    I was surprised that he wasn't listed.

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    Liking this McDougle pick more and more. It's hard to question Rex when they pick defensive players with other good options still left on the board.

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    Minicamp is done for the Jets, who will regroup in a month’s time in Cortland, New York for the start of training camp.

    There was a lot for the Jets to do, including assimilating several new pieces into the offense and beginning to get a look at how their 12 draft picks can potentially blend into the team.

    The team has high expectations this year, and the talent — in particular on the offensive side of the ball — appears to be better. It will come down to quarterback Geno Smith and how much he progresses in his second year as the Jets’ starter.

    The building blocks are there, as is a nice mix of veteran talent. Now it’s up to the Jets to return to the postseason after a three-year drought.

    “[An] 8-8 [record] was good, but I wasn’t satisfied, that’s for sure. We’re not satisfied unless we go further than that,” owner Woody Johnson said last week. “But our expectation is we’ll work very, very hard and diligently. This is our second year with the QB [Geno Smith]. This is the second year with [offensive coordinator Marty] Mornhinweg, so I think we’re going to be more comfortable with the playbook. That always helps the guys react faster and quicker and it’s a quick game and it’s a fast game so that helps you. You don’t want to have to think. You want to just see something and do it instinctively and instinct takes time to put in.”

    Metro New York talks the biggest surprises, disappointments and winners and losers from last week’s minicamp.

    Biggest surprise: Stephen Hill

    It isn’t a popular pick among Jets fans — many of whom want the former second round pick off the team — but Hill had a solid minicamp. He looks stronger and played that way as the bad drops of his rookie year are a thing of the past. He has no complaints of the hamstring and knee injuries that ended his first two NFL seasons prematurely; even his route running has improved. Hill could have a good role on this team, especially in the red zone. Minicamp was something for him to build off of and he did just that.

    One defensive player on Hill: “He looks more complete now — looks like he can take the next step.”

    Biggest disappointment: Jace Amaro

    There are some whispers around Florham Park that Amaro is progressing a bit slower than expected. His blocking is better than advertised, but equally shocking is that he isn’t as solid a pass catcher as expected. He body catches and doesn’t come up with as clean of a catch as one might hope for. He has small hands — the smallest of any tight end at the NFL Combine — and he will have to better his technique over the next month if he’s to be a reliable outlet this year. The good news is Jeff Cumberland and Zak Sudfeld both had good minicamps. There seems to be some depth at the position, but a top-end tight end could take this offense to another level.

    One offensive player on Amaro: “There’s a lot there to work with. Young rook will come around.”

    Name to watch for training camp: Markus Zusevics

    While Dexter McDougle earned plenty of praise at minicamp, the most under-the-radar player so far has been Markus Zusevics. Deployed mainly at right tackle, he impressed as a tryout player at rookie minicamp and showed flashes of why the Patriots signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent two years ago. He’s looked technically solid and appears to have strengthened his lower body since entering the league. While he won’t be a starter, he’s a name to watch to make the practice squad.

    One offensive player on Zusevics: “Definitely strong and fundamentally sound.”


    Who took the next step: Ellis Lankster

    While guard Oday Aboushi earned praised from head coach Rex Ryan for his development, Lankster looked like a more complete player this minicamp. Lankster has been a special teams standout who occasionally had a role in certain defensive looks. But he showed more confidence on the field with a number of nice pass breakups. He could become an important part of the depth at cornerback for the upcoming season.

    One defensive player on Lankster: “He doesn’t get a lot of recognition but I thought [Ellis[ had a good [mini] camp.”

    Biggest loser: Michael Vick

    Vick was relatively solid and made relatively smart decisions, but it is clear the Jets want their young quarterback to start. Mornhinweg said Smith will get “70 to 75 percent of the reps with the one’s [starters].” So while Vick could make a push to start, especially if he shines in preseason, the Jets clearly don’t see him competing with Smith as the starter. They may not even give him a chance to.

    One offensive player on Vick: “He has a lot of respect in that huddle and in this locker room and we know he can help us, no matter what his role is.”

    Biggest winner 1: Rex Ryan

    The Jets head coach handled the playbook scandal perfectly on Thursday as he stuck up for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in a classy manner. “The times that they’ve beat us, they outperformed us,” Ryan said. “And it’s as simple as that.”

    He also took the high road in regard to former assistant Mike Pettine, who insinuated the Jets’ playbook was given out “like candy.” Ryan was calm, composed and obviously well-coached by the Jets media relations department. He didn’t take the bait from the press in handling a difficult situation.

    Biggest winner 2: Eric Decker

    Because a head coach can’t really be the Biggest Winner, the real on-field winner of minicamp was Decker. He showed over three days why the Jets spent big money this offseason on the wide receiver. He was dangerous in the red zone and his route running is exemplary. One young wide receiver told Metro, “He’s like having another coach out there with all the teaching he gives us.”

    One veteran defensive player on Decker: “Watch him play, Peyton Manning didn’t make him good or that offense out there. He’s just flat-out good.”
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    This what worried some of us about amaro. Hopefully they can coach him out of it.

    He was a solid pick. There is no doubt about that.

    It is good to hear that his blocking is better than advertised. That was another concern.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymation View Post
    Great post. Dissapointing about Amaro but hopefully the unnamed source will end up being correct

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    More excited to hear about McDougle than anyone else. With Amaro, give him some time and he will get things worked out.

    With Landry, he will still have a big role and is there if either Allen or Pryor struggle. The article said it best-- Just don't expect to see him on 98% of the snaps this year.
    PSD's Muhammad Wilkerson!!!

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    Just listened to the Mornhigweg interview about the offense. Had some nice things to say about the Stephen Hill.


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    I think the biggest thing is still Decker... I was very high on him - watching him grow out here in Denver and I always thought there was way too much talk about how he was only good because of Peyton. Sounds to me that Decker is proving he is the real deal and that his time with Peyton has made him a more cerebral football player. Having a big redzone target who is an excellent route runner can only help Geno and the offense as a whole get better... Now if Amaro can get up to speed soon (and count me as unsurprised that a rookie is having some growing pains) - it sounds like the Jets may be turning a lot more FG's into TD's this year.

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    Love hearing the coaches talk about Pryor. I know Rex likes to hype his guys up, but the way he talks about him is telling.

    Saying that he is a natural and picking everything up right away.

    Looking forward to seeing him play.

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    I don't know why but I hate the West Coast Offense. Only thing worse than the West Coast Offense in my opinion is the Ground & Pound offense. Everyone seems to be struggling with the West Coast Offense.

    I wish we installed a Shotgun (which plays into Geno's strengths) or Vertical scheme.

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    Well Marty wasn't a true WCO guy. And if he adds ground and pound you know that's Rex's influence.
    MM was more about strictly see up big plays. And even when doing that he'd send a guy deep just in case the defense messed up.

    I'd really like to see more attacking.

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