It’s a new start for the athletic pass catcher. After being selected in the second-round of the 2014 draft, ASJ has flashed talent in the passing game, but has been inconsistent on the field and injury prone.
The DUI arrest was the final straw for Bucs management. Seferian-Jenkins was kicked out of a Bucs practice in August by coach Dirk Koetter for not knowing where to line up, an incident the player called a “wake-up call.”
Despite the tin foil hat levels of confusion and hysteria displayed by fellow Around The NFL crew members over my most recent power rankings, I think there is a legitimate argument to be made for the Steelers as the No. 1 team in football. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries and caught nine balls for 88 yards, easily leaving a 100-yard game on the table after Roethlisberger sailed a check down throw under pressure midway through Sunday’s contest. His arrival and offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s creative placement of the dynamic running back adds a different dynamic to a team that was already expected to finish in the top five offensively this year. While the Patriots are an easier choice and are far more systematic, is it possible that Pittsburgh has a higher ceiling given the star power?
Without Eric Decker in the fold and cheap jerseys and with Brandon Marshall still clearly working his way back to 100 percent, the charm of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s gunslinger campaign from a year ago seems to be fading quickly. He used the term to brush off his six-interception farce from a few weeks ago, but the truth is that he is not the cog in Chan Gailey’s system that he was a year ago without the talent from 2015. The Jets can continue to run veteran Matt Forte into the ground (12 carries for 53 yards, though 28 of them came on one run) or spread out their able bodied receivers and try to show the defense something different.
Revis got regularly torched last season. While still physical at the line of scrimmage, the 31-year-old lost a step allowing younger, sprier receivers to easily separate. Openings that were once mere cracks for quarterbacks to thread versus Revis became French casement windows.
For reference — if you don’t believe your own eyes — Pro Football Focus ranked Revis their No. 66 corner in 2016, just behind the like of Bryce Callahan and Sterling Moore.
Ryan Fitzpatrick avoided the humiliation of last week’s six-INT meltdown in Kansas City, but the Jets passer looked tentative against Seattle’s swarming defense on Sunday. With Matt Forte completely neutralized, Fitzpatrick struggled to carry the offense on his own. His first fourth-quarter interception — he got fooled by Richard Sherman on a back-shoulder throw — was the turning point of the game. Fitzpatrick — who now has nine interceptions in his past two games — is at a crossroads with back-to-back road trips to Pittsburgh and Arizona on tap.
Jimmy Graham is proving you can still be a game-changer after suffering a torn patellar tendon. The Seahawks tight end had his second straight 100-yard receiving day and displayed scary-good chemistry with Wilson on two expert touch passes. The Jets, meanwhile, cannot cover tight ends. We’re seeing it every week.
It’s been jarring to see a perennial All-Pro playing at less than peak shape, his short-burst quickness and recovery speed a distant memory. Quarterbacks have completed 46-of-68 passes for 636 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 117.0 passer rating against Revis’ coverage this season, per NFL Research.
Revis is guaranteed $6 million next year. The Jets could simply cut their losses, shell out the $6 million and move on. They could also request that Revis accept a pay cut, which is unprecedented for a player who has angled for every last cent throughout his career. From Revis’ point of view, he could come back more motivated, reinvent himself as a safety and continue playing in 2017.
Perhaps taking advantage of a cathartic moment, Revis spoke at the tail end of a season that has undoubtedly been his worst. The Jets’ secondary has been routinely torched and the 31-year-old is carrying a salary-cap number of more than $15 million for the 2017 season. The Jets will almost certainly need to do something to address the problem. Revis and coach Todd Bowles have been asked many times about a potential move to safety.
This is an unorthodox way for a player to pipeline his opinions to management heading into an offseason where he is a massive cap casualty. Revis has brilliantly leveraged his services into financial gain for years and is now in a different place — one which will at least force him to take a pay cut if he is intent on remaining with his current team. Do the Jets value the nostalgia of having Revis around above the savings getting rid of him would generate?