Camp Wrap: Best Breakouts, Rookies, Redeemers
Posted 07 September 2010 - 01:38 PM
Kyle Wilson, CB, N.Y. Jets: Just my opinion, but Joe Haden wasn't the best cover corner in the draft; Wilson was. So he lasts until the 29th pick, where the Jets take him, and the rich just got richer. The club that last season had the league's best pass defense but not enough defensive backs to cover Indianapolis' receivers just added Wilson and Antonio Cromartie. Now you know why Rex Ryan is so sure he's going the extra mile this season. If you're in the same division with Tom Brady you better have quality cornerbacks, and Wilson fits the description. Consider him a steal at the 29th spot.
Mark Sanchez, QB, N.Y. Jets: He needs time to develop, but there's not much time when your head coach proclaims your team the next Super Bowl champion. Sanchez was all over the place last season, which you expect from a rookie, but he showed me something in the playoffs -- particularly the conference championship loss to Indianapolis. He was poised and effective in a difficult environment. Now he must take a giant step forward to satisfy season ticket holders expecting the club to go to the top, and, frankly, I'm just not sure he's ready.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, N.Y. Jets: I'll be honest: I don't think L.T. has much gas left in the tank, but teammates tell me I'm wrong. So do his preseason numbers. But this is September, fellas. Wait until we get to November and December, and Tomlinson's 31-year-old legs start aching and stop moving. At least, that's my expectation. I saw too much of him last season to believe he has much left. He had career low numbers, with the most compelling a 3.3 yards-per-carry average. An encore performance will have Monday morning quarterbacks wondering why letting Thomas Jones walk was such a good idea.
Antonio Cromartie, CB, N.Y. Jets: OK, I get it. He whiffed on Shonn Greene's touchdown run in last season's playoffs. But, as Rex Ryan said, the Jets aren't paying him to tackle; they're paying him to cover receivers. Cromartie is a gifted athlete who has had as much trouble weeding out his personal life as he did tackling Greene, but the Jets hope a change of scenery and a little financial help will keep him focused. If they do, they have themselves a top-shelf cornerback. If they don't, they have an unreliable player who can become a distraction.
Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:50 PM
One of the things I've loved the most about Hard Knock's is getting a REAL inside scoop and finding out how wrong these beat guys are most of the time.
Like when Greg Buttle said during one of the preseason games that Mike Westhoff loves David Clowney...right after the Hard Knock's episode where Westhoff was saying that he basically sucks. The play-by-play guy...not sure who it was...had to say, "Wait a minute...Westhoff loves him?"
This article doesn't say anything we haven't been hearing for months. I'd really like to hear some real analysis of Vernon Gholston, Jamall Westerman, Donovan Warren, Chauncey Washington, etc. other than the obligatory "the coaches like what they see from him" or "he's looked good in the preseason"
PS - Does anyone read the Jets blog on ESPNNY by Rich Cimini? Anyone else get the feeling that guy really hates the Jets? He's impossibly negative in every way.
Posted 07 September 2010 - 05:27 PM