New York Jets get GM’s message after James Robinson deal – New York Jets Blog
FLORHAM PARK, NJ — A look at what’s going on around here New York Jets:
1. Big Boy Trading: James Robinson she was dozing off in her Jacksonville apartment Monday evening when she got the call with news of his trade to the Jets. Talk about a wake-up call. The reverberations were felt 900 miles north in the Jets locker room. For the players, it was a call to win now.
“It doesn’t look like a rebuild anymore,” center Connor McGovern he told ESPN. “It feels like a moment to win.”
General manager Joe Douglas has made 17 player trades in his three-year tenure, but this one felt different from the others because of the aggressiveness. Twenty-four hours after losing the star rookie Breece Room to a season-ending knee injury, Douglas traded a conditional 2023 sixth-round pick for a starting-caliber running back.
A blockbuster deal? Not exactly, but it sent a message: At 5-2, with the possibility of competing for a playoff spot, Douglas snapped out of “build for the future” mode and told his locker room that there’s no time like the present . The trade, McGovern said, is “a telltale sign” that the organization is focused on winning. In recent years, some players complained when the front office traded players for draft picks with in-season trades.
This year, it’s a different atmosphere.
“It is a team that is designed to win and [the front office] he has incredibly high expectations for us to do that,” McGovern said.
Robinson, 24, will be a restricted free agent after the season. The lowest bid for 2023 is projected at $2.6 million, according to overthecap.com, expensive for a backup. Maybe they can negotiate a cheaper contract. Or maybe it just turns out to be a 10-game rental. Either way, the trade was important for an aging team that appreciated the validation from its general manager.
2. The need for speed: Robinson is no Hall, there is no comparison in terms of speed, but he is a solid inside runner who relies more on quickness and power than pure speed. He’s averaging a respectable 4.2 yards per carry, but just 9.9 percent of his runs have gone for more than 10 yards, down from 12.4 percent in 2020 and 2021, according to NFL Stats Next Gen. Maybe it’s a sign that his explosiveness hasn’t fully returned yet due to Achilles surgery last December.
The smart move would be to pose You Johnson in the rotation. He’s the fastest back on the team, and without Hall, they need someone to threaten the boundaries. The running game would be too predictable without perimeter speed.
3. Broadway Zach? In an indirect way, Hall’s injury will put more pressure on the quarterback Zach Wilson. Without Hall’s playmaking ability, the offense may have to lean more heavily on the passing game, which has been missing in recent weeks.
The Jets have gone three games in a row without a touchdown pass, all wins. Previously, the last team to win three straight without an assist was in 2016 Houston Texans, which captured the AFC Sud. Four in a row? This will surprise you: You have to go all the way back to the 1968 Jets to find the last team to go four straight without a touchdown pass, according to research by ESPN Stats & Info.
That year, Joe Namath, coming off the first ever 4,000-yard season, learned to appreciate his running game, and the result was a Super Bowl championship. Football has changed. It’s a passing league, and Wilson needs to be more efficient and decisive. His average time to throw is a league-high 3.16 seconds, per NFL Next Gen Stats, not what you want in a time-based passing attack.
Coaches quickly notice the last two opponents, Green Bay Packers i Denver Broncos, ranks first and second in pass defense, respectively. The following are the New England Patriots (12th), who intercepted Wilson four times in the first meeting last season.
Two words: litmus test.
4. Did you know? Hall averaged 6.8 rushing yards per touch, just behind the league leader Travis Etienne Jr. (7.0) from the Jaguars. You can’t replace a player like that.
5. Music players: The Jets hope for a successful inning George Fant (knee), still on injured reserve even though he was eligible to return this week, will return in Week 11, after the bye. He spent some time away from the facility, getting therapy on his previously repaired knee, which was re-injured in Week 3. Rookie right tackle Max Mitchell (knee) can come back next week. For now, they will start Cedric Ogbuehi, which has only five starters in the past four years or more. (Fingers are crossed.)
A trade can’t be ruled out, but teams aren’t in the habit of dealing starting-caliber linemen. The trading deadline is Tuesday.
6. Wanted: iron men: Hall’s injury, the Robinson trade and the Elijah Moore drama have eclipsed Alijah Vera-Tuckerthe season-ending triceps injury. It’s a crushing loss because it’s such a valuable chess piece, able to move to different places on the offensive line. He became the second former first-rounder to go down for the season. At the training camp, Mekhi Becton he had knee surgery.
Durability is so important in the NFL, and the Jets will celebrate one of the most durable players in their history on Sunday. Former tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who didn’t miss a game, practice or snap due to injury during his 10-year career, will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at the break.
7. Moore or less: Moore, inactive last week after requesting a trade, is expected to play Sunday. But will he return to a full-time position? Where will he play? There is talk on the team that Moore, the starting split end (X position), will get more time in the slot, the position he played in college. That would be a smart move. It would also mean more outside work for newbies Garrett Wilsonwho has played just over 50% of his snaps in the slot.
Remember that heated exchange? After the Jets allowed a touchdown on a blitz, Williams got into it with defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton. The root of his anger: He wanted coaches to lean on the four-man line for the pass rush, not extra blitzers.
The coaches listened, changing their philosophy dramatically.
“Since that time, things have changed,” said former Jets defensive lineman-turned-analyst Leger Douzable. ESPN’s “Flight Deck” Podcast.
In Weeks 1-3, including the Cincinnati game, the Jets sent more than four running backs on 20 percent of the carries, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. In Weeks 4-7, it dropped to 9.7% (lowest in the league).
Not only have they generated more pressure with a four-man run, but the pass coverage has improved significantly. Takeaways are up, while completions and scoring are down a lot. The difference between seven players in coverage, as opposed to five or six, is huge.
Call it the Q factor.
Williams downplayed his impact, insisting his outburst had nothing to do with the change. I was being modest; the numbers don’t lie.
9. Goodbye, Basement: Robinson called his trade to the Jets a “very exciting” opportunity. Can you blame him for being excited?
In more than two seasons with the Jaguars, Robinson went 6-34. So, yes, it’s refreshing to be on a team three games over .500 in late October. In Jacksonville, he went over .500 just twice: 1-0 in 2020, 2-1 this season.
10. The last word: “Everybody has their personal thoughts. I have my personal thoughts, and I can’t wait to show my thoughts on Sunday instead of talking about them now. So I can’t wait to show how I felt about this game.” — special teams captain Justin Hardee on whether the team is looking for revenge after last season’s 54-13 loss to New England
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