Player News - Jets

Date: Team: Pos:

Jets signed Duke K Ross Martin.

Martin (5'9/187) was Duke's placekicker all four seasons, connecting on 78-of-93 (89.3%) career field goal tries and 8-of-10 attempts from 50-plus yards out. Although Martin was an efficient college kicker, he turned just 72-of-228 (31.6%) kickoffs into touchbacks. Martin may eventually require a kickoff specialist, but he offers ideal placekicking accuracy and therefore has a chance to carve out a lengthy NFL career.
Apr 30 - 8:47 PM

Jets signed Ohio State WR Jalin Marshall

Marshall (5'11/200) turned pro after his redshirt sophomore season, posting a two-year receiving line of 74/976/11 (13.2 YPR) with 27/175/1 (6.48 YPC) rushing. Although Marshall's forty time disappointed (4.60) in Indy, he did show some explosion with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Marshall was a terrific college punt returner, returning 35 percent of fielded punts for 15-plus yards. A developmental former high school quarterback, Marshall's NFL ticket is on returns.
Apr 30 - 7:44 PM

Jets selected Clemson WR Charone Peake with the No. 241 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Peake (6'2/209) spent one season as a full-time starter at Clemson, posting a 50-716-5 (14.3 YPR) receiving line for the national champion runner-ups. A power player who can block and create yards after catch with desire and brute strength, Peake's stock got a bump in Indy with a 4.45 forty and 35 1/2-inch vertical. Peake's college production underwhelms, but he has an NFL-level combination of build, movement skills, and physicality. He has a chance to become a better pro than college player.
Apr 30 - 6:15 PM

Jets selected Sam Houston State P Lachlan Edwards with the No. 235 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Edwards is an FCS punter, and an Australian native. He'll obviously be the odds-on favorite to start, as the Jets entered draft weekend without a punter. Edwards will have to be atrocious in camp not to get the job.
Apr 30 - 6:03 PM

Jets traded up with the Redskins to select South Carolina T Brandon Shell with the No. 158 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Redskins get a 2017 fourth round pick. Shell (6'5/324) made 48 starts for the Gamecocks, manning right tackle his first three years before protecting the blind side as a senior. He showed NFL length (34 3/4") and huge hands (10 3/4") at the Combine, also shining in the forty (5.22) and broad jump (9'4"). The great nephew of Art Shell, Brandon's tape reveals a long, meaty lineman who lacks the feet and agility for left tackle and isn't a good enough run blocker for the right side. Already 24, Shell's ceiling is probably a swing tackle.
Apr 30 - 2:55 PM

Jets selected NC State CB Juston Burris with the No. 118 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Burris (6'0/212) spent his freshman year as the Wolfpack's nickel corner before starting his final three seasons. While he managed only three career INTs, Burris held opponents to one touchdown pass and a stingy 34.1% completion rate on throws into his coverage as a senior. Burris further helped himself at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Burris is a big, physical corner with the necessary traits to function in zone or press coverage. He has an outside chance to develop into a No. 2 cornerback with a year or two of development.
Apr 30 - 1:11 PM

Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Geno Smith will enter OTAs as the Jets' starting quarterback.

The Jets haven't made progress with disgruntled free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, while GM Mike Maccagnan has failed to deal franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson, preventing Gang Green from clearing salary cap space. At present, Geno is the Jets' best and only option. "Geno is first team," Bowles said. "We're still working to get Fitzpatrick back. Geno will go into OTAs as the starter." Smith, 25, has a 57.9 percent completion rate and 27:35 TD-to-INT ratio through 31 career appearances (29 starts).
Apr 30 - 1:40 AM

Jets selected Georgia OLB Jordan Jenkins with the No. 83 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Jenkins (6'3/259) made 42 starts for the Bulldogs, compiling 40 career tackles for loss, 19 sacks and six forced fumbles. He showed adequate athleticism at the Combine, running 4.80 with impressive vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. Long armed (34 1/4") with huge hands (11 1/4"), Jenkins wins with power, toughness and length. Although his pass-rush skills are fairly ordinary, Jenkins could carve out a career as an edge-setting run defender in the Courtney Upshaw mold.
Apr 29 - 10:39 PM

Jets selected Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Hackenberg (6'4/223) looked like a future No. 1 overall NFL pick under Bill O'Brien before spending the last two seasons struggling mightily in James Franklin's offense. In 2014-2015, Hackenberg completed just 54.8% of his throws with a 6.53 YPA and 28:21 TD-to-INT ratio. As a 38-game starter, Hackenberg's career record was 21-17. Although Hackenberg is a plus athlete with NFL size and arm strength, he is a scattershot ball locator with major technical flaws and absorbed 104 career sacks. Hackenberg offers growth potential -- he turned 21 in February whereas Carson Wentz will turn 24 later this year -- but he is clearly a multi-year project. The Jets drafted another project in Bryce Petty last year and, as of now, will rely on Geno Smith as the team's starter.
Apr 29 - 8:47 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan does not "envision" trading franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Because any team trading for him would want assurances on a long-term contract, this is not the kind of deal teams can work out while on the clock. With little trade action to this point, it is unlikely the Jets find an acceptable offer before the second-round opens Friday night. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, but it feels more likely Wilkerson plays out 2016 under the tag.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 1:00 AM

Jets selected Ohio State LB Darron Lee with the No. 20 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

He is the fifth Buckeye selected in the first 20 picks. Lee (6'1/232) left Ohio State following his redshirt sophomore campaign, making 28 career starts and tallying 27.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and three interceptions. Lee eviscerated the Combine, running 4.47 with a highly explosive 11-foot-1 broad jump. A run-and-hit linebacker who even dabbled in slot coverage as a Buckeye, Lee needs to clean up his tackling efficiency and get stronger, but he possesses a three-down linebacker's skill set with difference-making potential. Lee projects as an eventual NFL tackle machine if his development stays on track. Lee should push Erin Henderson for snaps this year, and he projects as the long-term replacement for David Harris, who turned 32 in January.
Apr 28 - 10:26 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports Jets GM Mike Maccagnan "has an affinity" for Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg.

Cimini does not believe the Jets would take Hackenberg in the first round, but he could be an option on Day 2. The Bills have also been heavily linked with the former top prospect. Inaccurate and unable to handle pressure, Hackenberg does not deserve to be taken in the first round, but the lack of quality quarterbacks could cause a team to reach.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 6:54 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have "fielded calls" on franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson, but there's been "little action" and a trade is "unlikely."

Wilkerson badly wants out of New York, and the Jets want a trade just as bad, but they're not going to lower their asking price just to ship Wilkerson out of town. It's long been reported GM Mike Maccagnan wants a first-round pick in return for Wilkerson. To this point, no team is offering that.
Apr 27 - 12:44 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini said it would not be surprising if the Jets drafted two linebackers this year.

With Lorenzo Mauldin the only quality outside linebacker on the roster, the Jets absolutely have to find a starter on the outside, but they could use help inside as well. Starter David Harris is already 32, and Erin Henderson will turn 30 in July. The defensive line remains a strength, but New York has some holes to fill at the second level.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 8:22 AM

SI's Peter King reports "some in the NFL are convinced" the Bills will consider Penn State QB Chirstian Hackenberg at No. 19 overall.

According to King, "some in the [Bills'] organization" are convinced that Hackenberg can be a "good NFL player with the proper training." It's also worth mentioning that owner Terry Pegula is a Penn State alum and could be pulling for Hackenberg. Ultimately, King has the Bills passing at 19th overall and picking a defensive player. Hackenberg could be in Buffalo's crosshairs at No. 49.
Apr 25 - 10:52 AM


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