While no one is disputing whether Dee Milliner should be starting for the Jets, the assignments he draws during the 2014 season may very well depend on what John Idzik does starting Thursday at the NFL Draft.
Anything is possible for a general manager trying to fill so many holes, with so many picks at his disposal.
The New York Jets head into the NFL draft with several needs and plenty of picks. General manager John Idzik also has loads of options with the No. 18 selection.
“I love the fact that we are going back to Cortland,” head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think it is a big part of building our team camaraderie.”
They had to. The Jets, who have been sitting on a stack of cash and cap space for reasons we can’t fathom, have finally burped a few bucks on a bona fide baller.
Ground-and-Pound? Thunder-and-Lightning? Johnson-and-Ivory? It doesn’t matter what you call it. It’s a backfield — a real, live, legitimate, threatening backfield.
It was a common refrain after Ryan signed a multi-year extension: if the Jets don’t make the playoffs, well, it was nice knowing you. But he won’t be operating under any such guillotine, according to Metro.
The former 2,000-yard running back tweeted while en route that his travels were unrelated to free agency, but it’s hard to imagine the Jets not at least reaching out to him at some point if they are truly that interested.
Just how much do the Jets want Chris Johnson? Well, at least enough to inquire about a trade. That’s apparently what they did prior to the veteran running back’s release by the Tennessee Titans on Friday.
Here we go again. The Jets have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for another highly productive veteran.
“We don’t pencil anything in right now,” Jets general manager John Idzik told WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Thursday morning. “We let things play out and so many things can happen.”
The Jets will get slots 139, 209, 210 and 213: a fourth-rounder and three sixth-rounders. They lost free agents Dustin Keller, Matt Slauson, Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene and LaRon Landry.
For all his semantic subterfuge, foibles, and faux pas, Woody Johnson was a breath of fresh, honest air on Sunday.
In a perfect world, the Jets would be equipping Geno Smith — and only Geno Smith — for the 2014 season. Only they aren’t, and I can’t say I blame them. But their plan at quarterback will end up being a wise decision.
In other words, the free-agent QB won’t be immediately typecast as a backup. But he shouldn’t expect to be handed the starting job, either.