The weekly New York Jets mailbag focuses on a couple of hot-button issues surrounding the team:
@RichCimini why are so many people scared of J. Allen heading to the jets? Completion % means nothing. Look at Favre and Montana’s completion % in college. Absolutely comparable! I think he would be a great fit for the jets. #jetsmail
— Matt_Woodrum (@MattWoodrum3) March 29, 2018
@RichCimini: Matt, you sound like Mel Kiper Jr., who recently said “stats are for losers” when referring to Josh Allen‘s 56.2 career completion percentage at Wyoming. Mel is a huge Allen supporter, as you probably know.
For the record, Brett Favre was 52.4 in college, Joe Montana 52.0, but the game has changed a lot since then. The game is made for passing and completion percentages should be higher nowadays. So, yes, I disagree with your comparison. By the way, neither Favre nor Montana was a top draft pick. Favre was a second-rounder, Montana a third. When you’re picking as high as the Jets (No. 3), every blemish becomes magnified and deserves intense scrutiny.
Allen’s percentage is concerning. Mel believes it’s due, in part, to not having as many “layups” (short passes) as the other top prospects. I did the research via ESPN Stats & Information, and that is not true. In fact, Allen had more short passes than the others. Consider: 30 percent of his attempts traveled zero to five air yards, more than UCLA’s Josh Rosen (29 percent), USC’s Sam Darnold (28 percent) and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (18 percent).
Did Allen take more downfield shots than the others, lowering his completion percentage? Not really. The breakdown of attempts that went 25 or more air yards: Darnold (12 percent), Mayfield (12 percent), Allen (11 percent) and Rosen (five percent).
Was Allen victimized by a lot of drops? Not really. Wyoming’s drop percentage was 4.2 percent, a fraction higher than the national average (4.1). The guy who really got burned by drops was Rosen; UCLA’s drop percentage was 6.3. Oklahoma was 3.6 and USC was 3.0.
I will say this about Allen: His accuracy was sharper in the postseason, meaning the Potato Bowl, the Senior Bowl and his scouting combine/pro days workouts. He’s been working with quarterback guru Jordan Palmer, and scouts believe he has cleaned up his mechanical issues. That is encouraging for the Jets, who absolutely love his arm talent.
Oo oo pick me!!! With the contracts the free agents have signed the Jets could of had (cutting Skrine too)…. T. Johnson, M. Butler, T. Matheiu, Suh, Sheldon, Seferian, Pugh, Richburg and Jensen. So my question is why do we only have one of these players? #jetsmail
— Tanner Tripucka (@Man_Im_Tan) March 29, 2018
@RichCimini: I picked you. Happy now?
First of all, the combined 2018 cap charge for those players is $83 million, which would leave about $94 million for your other 44 players. Obviously, it would’ve been unrealistic to sign them all.
Weston Richburg would’ve been a nice add, but his price was too rich for the Jets. They got snubbed by Ndamukong Suh, they picked Morris Claiborne over Malcolm Butler, Tyrann Mathieu didn’t fit (too many safeties) and they nickel-and-dimed Austin Seferian-Jenkins. In hindsight, yeah, Sheldon Richardson might have been a good buy at one year, $8 million, considering they still have a hole on the defensive line.
Know this: You can’t survive on free agency. In most cases, you get hamburger at steak prices. Eventually, it depletes your roster. The Jets found out the hard way with past spending sprees.
Sources — Las Vegas Raiders under investigation over unauthorized locker room access
After a week when Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders received heavy fines for violating sideline COVID-19 protocols, the team is now under an NFL investigation for another protocol-related violation – allowing unauthorized locker room access, league sources tell ESPN.
The alleged violation occurred after Monday night’s win over the New Orleans Saints, when an unauthorized team employee entered the Raiders’ locker room without the credentials to do so, according to sources.
The NFL will continue to enforce this limitation and will impose discipline for violations, according to a source. The league, with the help of state and federal committees as well as the NFLPA, has established strict thresholds regarding access — meant to curb and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This season, only 40 employees in each organization are allowed to be in the locker room, based on the NFL policy distributed to all teams. The list of employees allowed in the locker room, aside from the players, are the coaching staff, the athletic training staff, the equipment staff, the general manager, one member of team security and one member of the team’s public relations/communications department.
The league believes there’s evidence that a non-credentialed person eluded the security checkpoints to enter the Raiders’ locker room Monday night, according to sources, and is now closely studying the incident and determining whether discipline is warranted.
The NFL already fined Gruden $100,000 and the Raiders $250,000 because Gruden was not consistently wearing his mask while on the sideline Monday night. Gruden, when asked after the game why he wasn’t always wearing his mask, responded that he was “doing my best.”
“I’ve had the virus,” Gruden said. “I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it. … I’m calling plays. I just want to communicate in these situations, and if I get fined, I’ll have to pay the fine. But I’m very sensitive about that and I apologize.”
Green Bay Packers consider Davante Adams a game-time decision for Sunday night game
The Green Bay Packers will give star wide receiver Davante Adams up until game time Sunday night to recover from his hamstring injury and prove that he can play against the New Orleans Saints, a team source tells ESPN.
Adams is officially listed as doubtful, and the source told ESPN that it’s “unlikely” he will play. But the source also said that if Adams can prove he can run full speed in pregame warm-ups on Sunday night, the Packers would allow him to play.
The Pro Bowl receiver did not practice Friday, marking the third straight day he worked with the rehab group. Adams tied a franchise record in Week 1 with 14 catches against the Minnesota Vikings and had three catches last Sunday against the Detroit Lions before suffering the injury.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur has stopped short of ruling out Adams completely, saying Friday that Green Bay “will give him the rest of the week to see where he’s at.”
It was during Adams’ absence last season that running back Aaron Jones emerged. In the first game without Adams, Jones had four touchdowns in a win at the Dallas Cowboys and totaled 182 total yards from scrimmage. Against the Lions last week, Jones set a personal best with 236 total yards.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.
Las Vegas Raiders expect Darren Waller, Josh Jacobs to face New England Patriots
While the Las Vegas Raiders have listed tight end Darren Waller (knee) and running back Josh Jacobs (hip) as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, both are expected to play, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Waller had 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints on Monday and drew praise from Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Waller has 18 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown on the season.
In other injury news:
It doesn’t sound overly encouraging but Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is not expected to have his final status decided until about 90 minutes before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, a source tells Schefter. “It’s nip and tuck, up in the air,” one Falcons’ source said Saturday.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown is nursing a “pretty significant knee bruise” that hasn’t responded as well or as quickly as the team had hoped, a source tells Schefter. It is a painful injury, and Brown easily could wind up missing more time with the slow-healing nature of it.
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