Jets 2018 Roster Countdown: Number 40 Brandon

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Jets 2018 Roster Countdown: Number 40 Brandon

Postautor: liny195 » 18 maja 2019, 2:21

Bryant Brandon Bryant is the next player up in our Jets roster countdown.Name: Brandon BryantNumber: 40Year with Jets: 1stProjected Role: Safety depth and special teamer; practice squad candidateHis 2017: Bryant had a relatively quiet statistical season at Mississippi State White Steve McLendon Jerseys , registering 32 tackles and 1 interception. It was his offseason that was eventful. Bryant was initially set to return to school for another year but was declared academically ineligible in the spring. It was too late for him to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, but he was able to enter the Supplemental Draft. Bryant generated enough interest for over a dozen teams to take a look but he was undrafted. The Jets signed him.2018 will be a success if: Bryant can either make the practice squad or contribute on special teams and grow as a player. His game needs some development, but the Jets are settled at safety right now. He has the luxury of time to hone his game.Odds of making the roster: The Jets being set at safety is a bit of a double edged sword. It also means there aren’t many roster spots available at the position. This leads me to believe he is Unlikely (25-50%). Welcome to the 2019 Jets Free Agency Profile series! Up until the start of the 2019 free agency period in March, I’ll be running through a bunch of names the Jets could potentially bring in with..."Welcome to the 2019 Jets Free Agency Profile series! Up until the start of the 2019 free agency period in March, I’ll be running through a bunch of names the Jets could potentially bring in with their hoard of cap space. Let’s get into it!Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith are two of the second-tier options poised to be available on the edge defender market. Let’s take a quick look at both.Name: Preston SmithBirthday/Age: November 17th, 1992 (will turn 27 mid-season)Height/Weight: 6’5, 265FA type: UnrestrictedCollege: Mississippi State (drafted 38th overall by the Redskins in the second round of the 2015 draft)Team(s): Redskins (2015-18)Position/usage: 3-4 outside linebacker2018 stats: 16 games, 53 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks Steve McLendon Jerseys 2019 , 16 QB hits, 3 passes defended, one fumble recovery (TD), one interceptionCareer stats: 64 games, 164 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, 59 QB hits, 13 passes defended, 4 interceptions White Quincy Enunwa Jerseys , 4 fumbles forced, 3 fumble recoveries (one TD)Previous salary: Signed a 4 year, $5,779,354 rookie contract. $1.8M cap hit in 2018Spotrac Market Value: $11.1M (would currently be 8th highest among 3-4 outside linebackers)Jets connections: None notableMeasurables (via Smith primarily played 3-4 outside linebacker for Washington, but his athleticism allowed him to offer a lot of versatility. Here he picks up a sack on Dak Prescott off of pure speed, lined up out wide with his hand in the turf.He ranked 24th among edge defenders in pressures this past season.Preston’s durability is perhaps the biggest plus that he offers. He’s never missed a game in his four year NFL career.Name: Za’Darius SmithBirthday/Age: September 8th, 1992 (will turn 27 near the start of the year)Height/Weight: 6’4, 272FA type: UnrestrictedCollege: Kentucky (drafted 122nd overall by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2015 draft)Team(s): Ravens (2015-18)Position/usage: 3-4 defensive end / outside linebacker2018 stats: 16 games, 45 tackles Quincy Enunwa Jerseys 2019 , 10 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 25 QB hits, 2 passes defended, one fumble recoveryCareer stats: 58 games, 119 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 52 QB hits, 5 passes defended White Ben Ijalana Jerseys , 3 fumbles forcedPrevious salary: Signed a 4 year, $2,763,152 rookie contract. $2.0M cap hit in 2018Jets connections: Kentucky teammate of Avery WilliamsonMeasurables (via Preston, Za’Darius offered unique versatility with his ability to rush the passer both as a stand-up outside linebacker or with his fingers in the ground. The 272-pound Smith was even able to get it done frequently on the interior. Here, lined up over the right tackle’s inside shoulder, he is able to swipe away the right guard’s punch to slip through and get a sack on Philip Rivers.Za’Darius isn’t necessarily the best athlete (as shown by his spider graph), but he has a good motor and is a fundamentally sound pass rusher.He had a breakout 2018 with a career-best 8.5 sacks and 61 pressures, which ranked 19th among edge defenders.Za’Darius Smith’s market value estimate isn’t available yet, but I would assume he’ll be in the same double-digit per year neighborhood as Preston Smith.The Jets will be going into the free agency period crossing their fingers in hopes that they can land an upper-tier star on the edge Ben Ijalana Jerseys 2019 , but it’s going to be a tough task. There aren’t a lot of those players to go around, and those who do become available are going to have no shortage of pursuers. Mike Maccagnan could easily find himself relegated to the second tiers and beyond at this position.Are the Smiths good enough to be among the most sought-after consolation prizes, worthy of eight figures annually? Or would the smarter fallback plan simply be to skip over the second tier and move on to the bargain bin?I do like these two players. They’re both versatile and offer solid pass rushing production. With that said, neither Smith has produced at a level substantially better than the mediocrity the Jets already have with Jordan Jenkins, Brandon Copeland and the like. $10-12M per year could be a bit rich for a slight upgrade.Both Preston and Za’Darius Smith are solid players who would certainly upgrade the Jets’ talent level on the edge, but I would have to leave it up to the Jets themselves to decide if they’re worthy of being big-ticket guys. Would the team envision a role for them where their abilities would be maximized?Nobody outside of Florham Park knows for sure yet what kind of defense the Jets will run, with reports on the defensive philosophy all over the place, so it’s hard for us to judge the potential fit quality of the more scheme-dependent defensive players.The Jets have oodles (I like that word) of money to spend and should absolutely be aggressive with it - but only to an extent. Lines still need to be drawn. It’s up to the team to decide whether a free agent target would be an overpay for a slight upgrade, or a smart investment on a player who fits their timeline and philosophies.What do you think? Should the Jets be in on Preston Smith or Za’Darius Smith as fallback options?
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