Owner Woody Johnson Just Fine with a Youth Movement for the Jets

Jets owner Woody Johnson is well aware that 2017 could be a loss-filled season for his organization, which has one of the NFL’s least-talented rosters, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

But Johnson wants fans to take a bigger-picture view of the Jets’ get-younger, full-on rebuilding process. Because that’s what Johnson is doing.

“Really, the way I want to be judged this year, hopefully, from the fans’ standpoint is just watch how we improve during the year,” he said Tuesday on ESPN New York radio. “And look at each individual on the team and see how they’re getting better. And if they’re getting better, that’s a mark of progress. That’s what we’re looking for.”

He was asked, then, if fans should judge 2017 not so much on wins and losses, but rather, on how younger players improve throughout the season.

“Exactly,” Johnson said. “If you want to go to the promised land, you’ve got to go in a certain direction. I think this a direction that we’ve never tried in 17 years that I’ve been involved with the Jets. We’ve never gone this way — build through the draft, build through young free agents that a lot of guys don’t even pay attention to.”

It was suggested to Johnson that fans should be “patient” this year.

“Don’t use the word patient,” he said. “They’re not patient. I think judge it by progress. So pay close attention to what’s going on.

“We’ve tried various things over the years that I’ve been involved with the New York Jets, and what we haven’t done is really concentrate on younger players, and making sure the coaching staff is capable of teaching those players and getting them better.”

“Because we’ve tried a lot of different things, and we’ve got to find a quarterback,” he said. “That’s a goal. I think what we’ve done over the years is traded picks away, and we’ve gone and we’ve had too big of an emphasis on free agency — and not enough emphasis on developing our own. I think you’re better off with a home-grown guy.”

Jets Won’t Pick Up Fifth-Year Option on Safety Calvin Pryor

The Jets have determined that they are not going to pick up the fifth-year option on safety Calvin Pryor, a 2014 first-round draft pick taken 18th overall.

Pryor has appeared in 44 games in his Jets career, pulling in two interceptions and 191 total tackles.

A Rundown of All the New York Jets 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Jets 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 6 (No. 6 overall)

Jamal Adams, S, LSU: The start of the draft worked out like a dream for the Jets (unless they secretly had their sights set on Trubisky)—a QB and a RB went in the top five, meaning they had their choice of Adams and O.J. Howard, among others. Adams is the right pick. Only the NFL’s aversion to taking safeties in the top five kept Adams from being a lock in a spot higher than this. He has all the makings of a defensive centerpiece at the next level. His arrival in New York might signal that Calvin Pryor’s days are numbered, because Adams should spend most of his time in the box and over the slot. Regardless, Jets coach Todd Bowles will max out the ways in which Adams can be useful. GRADE: A?

Round 2, Pick 7 (No. 39)

Marcus Maye, S, Florida: Two picks, two safeties for the Jets, who just remade the back end of their secondary by adding Jamal Adams and Maye. That’s a lot of physicality and versatility paired together, and it’s obvious Todd Bowles helped drive those picks. But back-to-back safeties when there are so many other needs here?? Grade: B-

Round 3, Pick 15 (No. 79)

ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama: Stewart is a lightning bolt with the ball in his hands—a raw receiver in his technique, but an exciting playmaker who can be used in myriad ways. He’s also something of a luxury pick, for a team with no room for one. There’s already speed in the Jets’ receiving corps.? Grade: C

Round 4, Pick 35 (No. 141) Chad Hansen, WR, Cal

Round 5, Pick 6 (No. 150) Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

Round 5, Pick 38 (No. 181) Dylan Donahue, DL, West Georgia

Round 6, Pick 4 (No. 188) Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

Round 6, Pick 13 (No. 197) Jeremy Clark, DB, Michigan

Round 6, Pick 20 (No. 204) Derrick Jones, DB, Ole Miss

Jets Go Defensive in Round One; Take LSU Safety Jamal Adams with 6th Pick in Draft

The Jets on Thursday got help in the defensive backfield, as the team picked LSU safety Jamal Adams with the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Adams, a 6-foot, 214-pounder from Lewisville, Texas, was considered by many the top safety prospect available. His father was the No. 1 pick — No. 19 overall — by the New York Giants in 1985 as a running back out of Kentucky. He played five seasons with the Giants and two with New England. They are the eighth father-son duo to share first-round status in NFL history.

The younger Adams finished his career with 209 tackles, 17.5 for loss, six interceptions and 23 pass breakups. He started 26 of 37 games in three seasons.

It’s the second time in 11 years that LSU has had two players selected within the top 6 picks. In 2007, JaMarcus Russell and LaRon Landry were chosen No. 1 and No. 6, respectively.

And it’s been 40 years since the New York Jets selected an LSU player. They took Dan Alexander in the 8th round of the 1977 NFL Draft and he went on to have a 13-year NFL career as an offensive guard.

A Look at the 2017 Jets Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 New York Jets Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Sep. 17 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 PM

Sep. 24 Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM

Oct. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Oct. 8 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM

Oct. 15 New England Patriots 1:00 PM

Oct. 22 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM

Oct. 29 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM

Nov. 2 Buffalo Bills (Thu) 8:25 PM

Nov. 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 BYE

Nov. 26 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM

Dec. 3 Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Denver Broncos 4:05 PM

Dec. 17 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM

Dec. 24 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM

Dec. 31 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: Following the bye on November 19th the team will have two in a row at home playing the Panthers and Chiefs, and if this club is in the mix for a playoff spot, having two home games after the bye will be a good way to get back into the mix after the break.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Two tough road games to start the season, at the Bills and Raiders, and for a young team that needs a quick start, it’s not going to be easy going to Buffalo and then Oakland to try and find a way to get off to a 2-0 start. Plus they have 3 of the last four on the road too.

Jets Announce CB/KR Nick Marshall Suspended for First Four Games

The Jets announced Friday that reserve cornerback/returner Nick Marshall has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Marshall is the third Jets player to be suspended this offseason. Wide receiver Jalin Marshall was suspended for four games for violating the performance enhancing substance policy.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season stemming from a DUI when he was playing for the Buccaneers.

Jets Feel Muhammad Wilkerson Will be Back to Form in 2017

The Jets expect to see the 2015 version of Muhammad Wilkerson this season, not the slow-Mo who labored through a pedestrian 2016, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports. Reputations are riding on it, mainly those of Wilkerson and general manager Mike Maccagnan, who signed him to that monster contract last July.

“Hopefully, if he’s healthy, I expect him to be back to the Muhammad that he normally is,” coach Todd Bowles said last week at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Wilkerson’s health was a matter of debate last season. He played in 15 games and 81 percent of the defensive snaps, yet there was constant speculation on whether he was affected by his surgically repaired fibula. He managed only 4.5 sacks, his fewest since his rookie season (2011). Bowles, who downplayed the injury throughout the season, offered a revised take last week.

“I’m sure he played hurt most of the year,” he said. “We had to give him some off-days. Usually, those things take about a year-and-a-half to come back from. He came back early and gutted it out. It shows the kind of warrior he is. Hopefully, he’s gotten better and he can go back to being himself.”

Jets Offer Contract to Former Browns CB K’Waun Williams

The Jets have offered a contract to free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams, a league source told Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger.

The source said Williams has contract offers from three other unidentified teams. It is not clear how the offers measure up against one another, or what exactly the Jets offered Williams.

A decision from Williams is expected later this week, the source said.

In addition to known free agent visits last week with the Jets and Lions, Williams reportedly visited the 49ers, Vikings, and Dolphins, or at least had arrangements to make those visits.

Between 2014 and 2015, Williams played in 26 games, with 10 starts. His career stats: zero interceptions, 10 passes defended, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles, and two sacks. Williams didn’t play last season, following an ankle injury.