While many feel the Jets and Bills are the two teams that have done the most in free agency, the Jets still have a glaring question as they start to prepare for the 2015 season. Who will be under center opening day? Get your free football betting odds analysis here at Mybookie.ag.
With the QB question in flux, enter high-profile QB Marcus Mariota, who produced out of this world numbers as quarterback at Oregon, won the Heisman Trophy and then dominated combine workouts.
Mariota is going to have a private workout for the Jets, and the coaches are reported to have their eyes on him already as an option as their first-round draft pick, and someone that could right away help the Jets compete in 2015 with new coach Todd Bowles.
The Jets already grabbed a quarterback this offseason, that being Ryan Fitzpatrick, whom they got from the Houston Texans. Fitzpatrick though is going to be behind the 8-ball as he recovers from a broken leg, and likely won’t be ready to go till the start of training camp, missing all of the mini-camps.
Bowles admitted during his time in Phoenix at the owners meetings that he and the team are spending plenty of time looking at the QB spot and the teams options.
“We’re spending a lot of time on it, and we’ve still got to work the two guys out,” Bowles said.
“We’re going to do our homework on those guys at the top of the draft, but then we’re going to do our diligence on all the guys that could possibly go at [No.] 6. It’s not just the quarterbacks, it’s all of them. But, yes, we are going to look at [Mariota and Winston].”
With the 6th overall pick, the Jets may also look to make a deal with the Eagles, who are reported to be in love with Mariota, a player that Chip Kelly would love to have on his roster as the future long term QB.
For now though, there’s no doubt that the Jets have to make some tough decisions at the quarterback position. They can’t count long term on Fitzpatrick, and drafting a high profile player seems like the best option at the spot.
Bowles knows just how good Mariota is, and how quickly he can help the team as their long term answer at QB.
“He had a great career. He can throw it, he can run it. He’s a very athletic guy.”
The Jets can’t let all the good vibes of this offseason go away with not making a big splash at the QB spot. Drafting Mariota with the 6th pick may just be the option they need to put them right back in the thick of things in the competitive AFC East.