About a month before camp, Geno Smith and most of the Jets' skill players will work out in Brandon Marshall's hometown, Chicago, so Marshall can spend more time with his newborn twins. They'll work on "chemistry, talking over the playbook and things we saw at the end of camp, things that we thought we needed to improve on,'' Smith said.
It's usually not a good thing when a receiver changes teams, unless he's getting a promotion, which isn't really the case with Marshall. But it's a good sign that he and Smith are working on their chemistry, because they're going to need to be on the same page by the time training camp begins. Smith is expected to get an opportunity to start at least four games so that the franchise can decide if he’s their quarterback of the future. With the addition of Marshall, Eric Decker and receiving TE Jace Amaro in the last two years, the weapons around him are improved. He could work his way into the QB2/streaming conversation if he gets off to a good start.
“I think Geno, when I’ve looked at him now for a couple of years in the NFL, I see a quarterback that’s getting better,” said ESPN analyst Ron Jaworksi. “He’s forgotten the mistakes and I still remember going to Morgantown, West Virginia for his Pro Day and outside of Robert Griffin III – it was one of the best pro days I’ve seen. So he can make every throw, he can do everything it takes to be an NFL quarterback. It’s just about consistency.”
Smith is expected to get an opportunity to start at least four games so that the franchise can decide if he’s their quarterback of the future. With the addition of Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and receiving TE Jace Amaro in the last two years, the weapons around him are improved. He could work his way into the QB2/streaming conversation if he gets off to a good start.
Jets OC Chan Gailey on the team's quarterback situation: “Right now, Geno’s the starter…That’s the way it sits and that’s the way we expect it to be.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a safe fallback option if Geno Smith doesn't pan out. Neither player is a particularly good fantasy option at this point in the offseason, but the team has a couple of good receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and an up-and-coming tight end in Jace Amaro. It's not inconceivable that the Jets' starter is stream-worthy at some point this fall.
Raiders beat writer Jerry McDonald on expectations for WR Amari Cooper: "Anything less than 70 receptions and 1,000 yards receiving from Cooper will be a disappointment, considering his skill set, experience as a route-runner and status as the fourth pick in the draft."
Adding five touchdowns to the mix would give Cooper about 200 fantasy points in PPR formats, or about what Eric Decker scored as 2014's #26 receiver. Cooper is currently going #22 in early best ball PPR drafts.
Injuries made it a frustrating year for Marshall owners. His biggest game (5-48-3) came on Sunday night in Week 2 when it looked like he wasn't going to play against the 49ers. Then, when everyone had him back in the lineup for Week 3, he posted one catch for six yards against the Jets. He finished as the #34 PPR receiver, but had the #21 PPG. If fully healthy, he'll be a solid starter, though it's a quarterback downgrade from Jay Cutler to Geno Smith (or whomever ends up starting for the Jets). New OC Chan Gailey did throw the ball 56.6% of the time in his three seasons running the Bills, so the Jets figure to pass it much more than they have in the last few seasons. Marshall's arrival could have a negative impact on Eric Decker's targets, but given the team's relative lack of playmakers and Gailey's positive impact on the pass offense, Decker's value should hold steady.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. It’s been diagnosed as a low-ankle sprain, so Harvin has a chance to play this week, though HC Rex Ryan said that “it doesn’t look good.” Eric Decker suddenly has some appeal as a Sneaky Start. In the seven games in which Geno Smith attempted at least 15 passes, Decker has averaged 4.3-58.8-.43, or 8.5 fantasy points. That’s what Sammy Watkins has averaged this season.
What's Percy Harvin's status for Sunday's game in Tennessee? Well, it depends on whom you ask.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said it would be "a stretch" for the multifaceted receiver to play this weekend after Harvin suffered an ankle sprain against the Vikings. Though Ryan said the swelling in Harvin's ankle has gone down "quite a bit," he didn't practice Wednesday.
Harvin, however, said, "I feel pretty good. I definitely think I'll be playing this week."
This is a situation to monitor. Harvin would have a nice matchup against the Titans and is coming off a productive game. If he doesn't play. Eric Decker would be a Sneaky Start as the team's primary pass catcher. In the seven games in which Geno Smith attempted at least 15 passes, Decker has averaged 4.3-58.8-.43, or 8.5 fantasy points. That’s about what Sammy Watkins has averaged this season.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. It’s been diagnosed as a low-ankle sprain, so Harvin has a chance to play this week, though HC Rex Ryan said that “it doesn’t look good.” Eric Decker suddenly has some appeal as a Sneaky Start. In the seven games in which Geno Smith attempted at least 15 passes, Decker has averaged 4.3-58.8-.43, or 8.5 fantasy points. That’s what Sammy Watkins has averaged this season.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:10pm
LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), T Nate Garner (illness)
T Ja'Wuan James (neck)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), RB John Conner (groin), WR Eric Decker (toe), DE Leger Douzable (ankle), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (illness), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), QB Michael Vick (right wrist, illness)
With Clay unlikely to play again, Dion Sims will get the start. He had four catches for 31 yards filling in last week. The good news for Miami is RB Lamar Miller and WR Mike Wallace are both listed as probable. For the Jets, TE Jace Amaro is out as he goes through concussion protocol. Meanwhile, WR Eric Decker, RBs Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson Bilal Powell and QB Michael Vick are all probable in what could be a tough matchup against a solid Dolphins defense.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Jets WR Eric Decker (toe) took full practice reps again Friday. In the five games in which Geno Smith attempted more than 15 passes (and Decker played at least 60% of the snaps), Decker averaged 4.6 receptions for 61 yards and 0.60 TD on 8.0 targets per game.
Ryan met with Smith and Michael Vick on Wednesday morning and informed them of the decision. Ryan likes to say that all decisions are organizational decisions, but this choice suggests that General Manager John Idzik had a far greater say and it bodes poorly for Ryan’s job security.
Starting Smith on Monday – and the rest of the season, it seems – gives Idzik another, perhaps final, opportunity to evaluate the quarterback he drafted in the second round last year.
The Jets offense is a mess and Smith won't be startable in a bad matchup with the Dolphins on Monday night. It may be good news for Eric Decker long term. In the five games in which Smith attempted more than 15 passes (and Decker played at least 60% of the snaps), Decker averaged 4.6 receptions for 61 yards and 0.60 TD on 8.0 targets per game. The arrival of Percy Harvin may change this dynamic, but Decker has posted solid fantasy numbers with Smith under center. We wouldn't want to use any of the Jets players this week in a tough matchup, however.
Jets WR Eric Decker initially hurt his hamstring early in training camp. The injury then flared up in Week 2 against the Packers. Since then, Decker has been managing the pain. But after the bye week, Decker said he now feels as if he’s healthy again.
“I feel like I’m back how I felt prior to the injury in the Green Bay game,” Decker said. “I feel like I’ve got a little more bounce in my step and I’m not thinking about it every time I make a cut with my hamstring that it’s going to get aggravated. It’s back to where I’m just playing football and just having fun.”
Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Decker should be good to go for a tough matchup against the Chiefs, who are #7 in WR aFPA.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Decker should be good to go for a tough matchup against the Chiefs, who are #7 in WR aFPA.
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