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Posted 22 May 2015http://sny.stats.com...c&tm=20&src=NFL
QuoteBy DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Dexter McDougle took a few speedy steps toward making good on a promise he made to himself - and New York Jets fans - nearly a year ago.
The cornerback was back on the practice field this week, showing no effects of a knee injury that ended his rookie season during training camp last summer.
"I'm blessed to be out there getting reps again," McDougle said after practice Wednesday. "I got the heads up a couple of days ago, and they're going to let me get in the mix. I'm just happy to be out there."
McDougle was a third-round draft pick out of Maryland last year and expected to play a major role for the Jets - either as a starter at cornerback or as a key backup. Three days after making his NFL debut in the Jets' preseason opener against Indianapolis, McDougle was participating in a 1-on-1 drill on Aug. 10 with wide receiver Stephen Hill when he went down in a heap after getting a cleat caught in the grass.
He tore off his helmet, stayed on his back and knew his season was likely over with what was later diagnosed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A few hours later, McDougle took to Twitter to thank friends and fans for their support, and then declared:
"This is a tough blow but I promise, I will be back better than ever."
So far, so good.
McDougle was running around at full-speed during organized team activities and even stayed step-for-step at one point with wide receiver Saalim Hakim - arguably the fastest player on the Jets.
"I was just in the trainer's room and I finished up and they said, `Yeah, we saw you running with Saalim,'" McDougle said with a big smile. "I made a joke like, `Yeah, he's kind of slow.' I was just joking, though, but I trust my speed right now with all the work I've been doing."
It has been a rough two-year stretch for McDougle, who missed nearly all of his senior season at Maryland with a shoulder injury. He impressed Terrapins coach Randy Edsall so much with how dedicated he remained to his teammates while recovering that the Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award was created in his honor.
His leadership and on-field abilities made him an attractive pick for the Jets. During training camp, McDougle impressed then-coach Rex Ryan to the point he was taking snaps with the starting defense at times.
McDougle teared up when he stepped on the field at MetLife Stadium for the preseason opener, thinking back at how many hours of rehabilitation he put in to get there. A few days later, he was dealing with the harsh reality that he had to do it all over again.
"Just watching from the sideline and knowing that you probably could've contributed a lot, it (stinks)," McDougle said. "Being out there and having to watch and being limited, and knowing you could be out there making a difference, you've got to be mentally tough and trust the process."
The Virginia native likely would have gotten a chance for significant playing time. Projected starter Dee Milliner was lost for the season after tearing an Achilles in Week 6 of the regular season. Dimitri Patterson, another projected starter, was cut before the season after he left the team without contacting the organization. The Jets were forced to us several players at cornerback, including Marcus Williams, Darrin Walls, Phillip Adams and converted safety Antonio Allen, trying to find consistent starters in the bunch.
New general manager Mike Maccagnan has aggressively addressed that weakness in the offseason, bringing back both Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie as free agents, and signing Buster Skrine for new coach Todd Bowles' defense. With those three expected to get the bulk of playing time, McDougle knows his role might not be as significant to start off.
But at least he's healthy again - and ready to play.
"It's cool, man," McDougle said. "Revis and Cromartie are good to learn from. I'm in (Revis') ear all the time, and Cro as well. They're two of the best. I'm a younger guy and they take me under their wing and go from there. It's good to have guys you can look up to and learn from.
"I'm going to contribute to this team however they ask me to."
Posted 30 Apr 2015
Leonard Williams Scouting Report
By Charlie Campbell
Adept at shedding blocks
Tough at the point of attack
Can use hands and feet at the same time
Can beat tackles and guards in the pass rush
Ideal length for a 3-4 end
Closes well for a heavy end
Has speed around the corner
Can play with good leverage
Uses bull rush to push the pocket
Perfect fit as a 3-4 end
Can play 4-3 end and tackle
Experienced 3-year starter
Toughness; plays banged up
Takes plays off?
Should refine and add to his pass-rushing moves
Can have quiet stretches
Gets in trouble when he stands up too high
Summary: Williams was an impact player for USC from his freshman season on. He was the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2012 off of a fabulous debut for the Trojans. Williams totaled 64 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, four passes batted and an interception that season. USC's defense was led by Monte Kiffin that year, so the freshman gained some experience in an NFL defense.
Williams notched 74 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and five sacks in 2013. Even though his sack numbers were down, he rushed the passer well and saw extra blocking attention.
2014 was the junior's best season. He recorded 80 tackles, seven sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, three forced fumbles and three passes batted. Williams faced double-teams on a consistent basis and played with an injured ankle. While he wasn't 100 percent, he gutted it out and found a way to make some big plays to help his team pull off the upset versus Stanford. Williams seemed to be protecting himself and took his foot off the pedal in a blowout of Notre Dame, but he finished the year in impressive fashion against Nebraska.
With his combination of speed and strength, Williams looks like a first-day NFL starter. He is very strong to shed blocks and is fast off the snap. Williams consistently blows by tackles or guards on the pass rush. He is well suited for left defensive end as he gives right tackles a lot of problems. Williams is generally a tough mismatch against all offensive linemen. He is too strong for most left tackles and too fast for right tackles or interior linemen. Off the snap, Williams has a fast burst to fire his gap and achieve penetration into the backfield.
In the ground game, Williams can burst into the backfield to blow up runs and can hold his ground at the point of attack. However, there are areas that Williams can improve. He gets in trouble when he stands up too high, which allows offensive linemen to get under his pads and push him back when they run downhill at him. Williams also had some quiet games where he seemed to disappear in stretches. That could cause teams to question his motor and wonder about him taking plays off. Williams also should refine and add to his pass-rushing moves for NFL offensive linemen. It would be good to see him add a rip move and a club move, as those could be a mismatch with Williams' strength against lighter left tackles.
Those are only minor concerns though, and Williams is worthy of being drafted in the top five of the 2015 NFL Draft. He is a special defensive line prospect who has Pro Bowl potential for the next level. Williams has experience lining up in a variety of places as he can play defensive end and tackle.
Williams would fit a 3-4 or 4-3 defense in the NFL. He would be an excellent five-technique for the former since he has strength and length to set the edge while also being able to rush the passer. Williams could play three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 or be a power left end who moves inside to tackle in passing situations. Really, Williams can be lined up anywhere on the defensive line.
Williams is a safe pick with a high floor and upside to develop at the next level. There should be a lot of teams that are coveting him on draft day.
Player Comparison: Richard Seymour. There are a similarities between Seymour's game and Williams. Like Seymour, Williams is strong, quick and athletic. Seymour was an excellent defender in the Patriots' 3-4 defense during the glory years for New England in the 2000s. Seymour was the sixth-overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, and Williams could go in that range as well.
NFL Matches: Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Oakland, Chicago, Atlanta
If the Buccaneers were to acquire a veteran quarterback or decid they didn't want to go with either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, Williams could be of interest. Lovie Smith will see Williams' freshman tape and the production that Williams had in a Tampa-2 system while playing for Smith's mentor Monte Kiffin. The Bucs need to improve their defensive line, so adding Williams with Gerald McCoy could form a devastating tandem for Tampa Bay.
Many project the Titans to take Williams with the second-overall pick. Tennessee could use more help on the defensive line and in the pass rush. In Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defense, Williams could fit as a five-technique.
The Jaguars could give serious consideration to Williams. Jacksonville needs a defensive franchise player, which Williams could be for Gus Bradley. Bradley and defensive line coach Todd Wash have a coaching history with Kiffin as well. Williams would be a good fit in the Jaguars' mix of the Tampa 2 and the Seahawks' defense.
A landing spot that makes a lot of sense for Williams is in Oakland. The Raiders need to improve their defensive line, and Williams could fit a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. He would be a good player to pair with Khalil Mack rushing on the other side. Sources have told WalterFootball.com that Williams has signaled Oakland that he would like to play for the Raiders.
The Bears and Falcons could end Williams fall if he were to slip out of the top five. Both teams could deem Williams too good to pass up. In Chicago, he could replace Jared Allen, while in Atlanta, he would give the Falcons a pass-rush presence they've missed since John Abraham was let go.
Posted 30 Apr 2015
Posted 12 Apr 2015quack?
QuoteThe New York Jets have made it clear they hope to add another quarterback. Predictably, they're investigating the top passers in the draft, including one who probably won't be available when they pick -- Jameis Winston.
The former Florida State star, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick, is scheduled to visit the Jets' facility in the coming days, league sources confirmed on Saturday.
There is virtually no chance Winston falls to the Jets, who own the sixth pick, but he's highly regarded within the Jets' organization. Aggressive general manager Mike Maccagnan hasn't ruled out the possibility of trading up, sources said, although it's unclear how high he's willing to go or which player he'd be targeting. The cost to move to No. 1 or No. 2 will be enormous, but there's a sense among teams in the top 10 that the Jets are a threat to move up.
The Jets are performing their due diligence on the top-rated quarterbacks. They've conducted private workouts with Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley and they're scheduled to host Baylor's Bryce Petty next week.
This doesn't mean they're locked into taking a quarterback. They're simply doing their homework. Truth be told, it would be a bigger story if they didn't schedule private time with them.
Chances are, Mariota also will be off the board by the sixth pick. There's a huge dropoff to the next tier, meaning there might not be another quarterback picked until the second round. There's no clear-cut No. 3 prospect. Petty and Hundley are getting the most attention, but Colorado State's Garrett Grayson also is gaining momentum.
Posted 28 Feb 2015Should get this guy just to have him face off vs revis
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