Thursday, April 28, 2005

Josh Evans

After almost entering his 10th season in the NFL, Josh Evans has decided on retirement. Evans, who is 32, was planning on playing throughout the 2005 season, but after undergoing multiple surgeries on his back decided that it was time to put the flame out.

Evans began his career when he was drafted with the Houston Oilers in 1995. He stayed with the franchise through their change to the Titans and then moved to the Jets in 2001.

"I feel like I’m going out on a good note. I played in a Super Bowl and had a great game. That was a dream of mine since I could remember dreaming. I was blessed enough to experience that. There’s 100 million people growing up wishing to experience something like that, and fortunately for me, I got that chance."
- Josh Evans

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

TARGETING:

- from FOXSports.com

Barring something unforeseen, the Jets will draft a cornerback or TE Heath Miller with the 26th pick. The candidates at cornerback are Carlos Rogers (Auburn), Justin Miller (Clemson) and Fabian Washington (Nebraska). The Jets need youth and speed at the position. They're set at right corner with David Barrett and are prepared to make Derrick Strait the nickel back, but the left corner spot needs an upgrade. Miller might be the most intriguing option because of his ability to return kicks.

At tight end, the Jets lost Anthony Becht (Bucs), and the only veteran left at the position is Chris Baker. Heath Miller has excellent hands and the speed to get downfield. The only concern is a sports hernia that prevented him from working out in the offseason. The Jets could draft a tackle in the second or third round, and N.C. State's Chris Colmer is a possibility. After losing Jason Ferguson (Cowboys), the Jets also must find a nose tackle on Day 1. Northwestern's Luis Castillo has caught the team's eye. On the second day, the Jets will address linebacker, the offensive line and, possibly, kicker.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Jets Pre-Draft Press Conference

The New York Jets just held their annual press conference this past Thursday where general manager Terry Bradway, head coach Herman Edwards & senior director of college scouting Jesse Kaye came together to discuss with the public plans for this draft.

"This is another opportunity for us in the draft to improve our football team. In the last four years, we’ve selected 28 players - 27 of which are still in the League. Not all of them are here, but the majority of them are here. Twenty of the last 22 picks are on our football team and have helped us win and made significant contributions. And we are looking forward to doing the same thing this year.”
- Terry Bradway

The Jets first pick is at 26, which is nicely later on in the first round than they typically have. The Jets staff also discussed Chad Pennington and Chris Baker during the conference.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

WR Laveranues Coles, acquired in a recent trade that sent Santana Moss to Washington, brings a physical dimension to the receiver position. His willingness to block should help the perimeter running game. Coles also runs precise routes and never uses "alligator" arms to catch a ball, a la Moss. Though his recent average yards-per-catch doesn't show it, Coles does have excellent stopwatch speed. A chronic toe injury bears watching. With Coles and Justin McCareins, the Jets have two tough-minded receivers who are not afraid to go over the middle.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

The Three Holy Running Backs

Everyone is wondering who will get their hands on the illustrious three running backs. This grouping is composed of Ronnie Brown, Carnell “Cadillac” Williams and the University of Texas’s Cedric Benson.

All three of these players have potential and every franchise is looking at putting their claws in during the first round of picks.

Brown and Williams are both coming from Auburn. Brown has the advantage by being slightly bigger build than Williams and therefore a better-rounded player. Overall, Williams has better footwork though. Benson has been UT’s workhorse for a while and put in some great stats. He is a little slower but has intense power because of his build.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Jets Re-sign Players

- from the official site of the New York Jets

The New York Jets announced Tuesday the re-signing of seven players: unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Josh Evans, unrestricted free agent linebacker Kenyatta Wright, restricted free agent wide receiver Jonathan Carter, restricted free agent guard/center Jonathan Goodwin, restricted free agent tight end Chris Baker, exclusive rights free agent guard Dave Yovanovits and exclusive rights free agent safety Oliver Celestin. The announcement was made by Jets’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Terry Bradway. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.