2017 Season Recaps

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  1. ttati1213

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    After a 2017 Season that saw the Jets finish 6-10 and missing the playoffs for a second straight year fans everywhere new that changes were going to be coming. Some of those changes were unplanned and unwanted however as both starting CB's from last season retired in 1st ballot Hall of Famer Darrelle Revis, who didn't make his decision until after the Rookie Draft, and under appreciated veteran Antonio Cromartie. Ownership also decided to let Brandon Marshall walk after contract talks never reached a realistic agreement at 34 years old Marshall wouldn't budge off his wanted contract of 3 years $33 million. So going into the offseason free agency stages there were some glaring holes to fill in the roster.

    In Free Agency the Jets wanted to be smart with their money only offering small contracts to some proven players. Re-signing MLB David Harris, then signing MLB's Jon Beason (1yr/$1.09M) and D'Qwell Jackson (1yr/$1.64M), Lovie Smith is hoping the latter two can help guide the way for the younger players on the team as both of them have been members of championship caliber teams. The Jets also took a chance on 26 year old ROLB Adrian Hubbard (3yrs/$2.43M) adding depth and bringing in someone who experienced collegiate success under the tutelage of Nick Saban at Alabama. In the secondary they were also able to sign CB Patrick Robinson (2yrs/$4.41M) who is expected to step into Cromarties old spot. The last signing was that of WR Rishard Matthews (4yrs/$5.78M) originally expected to be a WR 2 but the draft may have shuffled the Jets plans.

    Going into the draft the Jets had 4 picks in the first 2 rounds the question was whether all 4 would be staying in New York. Before the draft I received a call from Gonzo612 the Carolina owner was hoping to get into the 1st round and had a CB by the name of Bene Benwikere. After a few calls back and forth the Jets agreed to acquire Benwikere (pending he passed a physical) and sent Carolina picks number 29 and 62 (both acquired in last years draft from Jacksonville.) This trade originally looked like an ideal pairing of Revis and Benwikere. However with Revis now retiring Benwikere has had a few meetings with Lovie and I and says he's ready to step up and lead the secondary.

    Once the Jets were on the clock everything seemed to be falling into place as the most coveted WR Aundre Farmer was still available when pick 10 came up however New York had pick 11. After Farmer came off the board the Jets went to plan B in WR Mathew Jackson out of Oklahoma originally projected to go in the 2nd round after seeing Jackson's pro day and his combine results he shot up New York's draft board. The Jets may be happy having Jackson over Farmer as it appears Jackson is more NFL ready at this time and Farmer may need a little more time getting acclimated to professional football. In the 2nd Round the Jets knew they needed to get a QB for the future with Sam going #1 and Kedarius Lewis going to Dallas, QB Griffin Hart from Texas becoming a Jet seemed to be a forgone conclusion. Although last season Geno Smith was more than servicable, throwing for 4,197 yards 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions (8 of those coming in sim games), in Hart the Jets picked the most NFL ready QB in the draft already rating out at an overall 81. Jets fans are hoping to see a lot of touchdowns between Hart and Jackson, the former Red River Rivals have seen a lot of each other in the Big 12 and already appear to have chemistry with each other. In the 3rd round New York added 6'2" WR Damien Sims who has great hands and the ability to go up and get it, Sims is shaping out to be a red zone target for Hart.

    So after a season with a roster full of question marks the Jets did a great job of filling out the roster without spending all their cap. For this years Jets being led by Griffin Hart with Eric Decker and Mathew Jackson in the slot and the returning line of Wilkerson, Richardson, Harrison and Williams the sky may be the limit after all.

    Key Losses:
    CB Darrelle Revis (via Retirement)
    CB Antonio Cromartie (via Retirement)
    WR Brandon Marshall (via Free Agency)
    WR Eddie Royal (via FA)

    Key Additions:
    CB Bene Benwikere (via Trade)
    MLB D'Qwell Jackson (via FA)
    CB Patrick Robinson (via FA)
    QB Griffin Hart (via Draft)
    WR Mathew Jackson (via Draft)
    WR Rishard Matthews (via FA)
     
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  2. Tyler Wilson

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    The Washington Redskins went 12-4 in 2017 and got another playoff appearance with RG3 under center. You would think that would have been good enough to please the fans and ownership group of the DC area squad. They were unable to win a division title, the first time they've come up short in that department under ownership of Bill Clinton. The Eagles ripped through the NFC East 8-0, and grabbed the bye with a 14-2 record. Thus the Redskins were forced to go on the road and take on the Panthers in the Wildcard playoff round.

    Robert Griffin III had a very up and down season this past season as it appeared he seemed to force more than usual and threw double digit interceptions for the first time. Even with the struggles within the division the Redskins pulled off some very big wins over the Raiders, Cardinals, and Seahawks. Their 4 losses came to the Eagles (x2), the Broncos, and a surprising loss to the Rams. They were playing extremely well going into Week 16 and were poised to make a run in the playoffs. RG3 got hurt late in their Week 16 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs and would be forced to miss the rest of the season.

    The Redskins were forced to get Ryan Mallett ready for his playoff debut, and even signed Nick Marshall to the squad to have some depth. While the defense held up its own against the Panthers, the offense was unable to find anything positive and lost a tough one possession game to Carolina. While you would have thought such a great season would have left the Redskins in high hopes and hanging on to what they had to make another run next season.

    Following the season the Redskins made a flurry of trades to get themselves in better shape for the long-term. With a boat load of draft picks that included 8 picks in the first 2 rounds, the Redskins were able to acquire some serious talent from Jacksonville and the Bengals. They even moved some veteran help in order to move up in the draft. Washington departed with some veteran faces around the clubhouse to free up cap room and to get younger across the field. Departures include Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed, Terrance Knighton, Jason McCourty, and Stephen Paea. Look to see plenty of new and young faces on both sides of the ball as the Redskins will look to bounce back and grab another NFC East division title.

    Key Losses
    DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan
    TE Jordan Reed
    DT Terrance Knighton
    DB/S Jason McCourty
    DE Stephen Paea
    WR Larry Fitzgerald

    Key Additions
    DE John Fitzgerald (via draft)
    DT Mike Hurd (via draft)
    DT Mike Casas (via draft)
    LB Sedrick Riley (via trade JAX)
    DB Jose Linder (via trade CIN)
    DB Shundrez Kilgore (va draft)
    S Julius Hogan (via draft)
    TE Iran Hanna (via draft)
    OL Zac Barnes (via draft)
    OL D'Andre Golden (via draft)
     
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  3. XWarriorMonk

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    The Steelers struggled and fought early season to even have a playoff spot. Losing to two divisional opponents including being swept by Baltimore. However after their 4th loss of the season in week 11, the Steelers were able to win their last six games to lock up the AFC North title and securing a first round bye as the 2nd seed in the playoffs

    The playoffs were a mad house in Pittsburgh
    A close playoff game against Miami at home in the Divisional Round. Pittsburgh was able to advance to the AFC Championship where they trounced the Jacksonville Jaguars 61-16 to advance into the Super Bowl. The rest is history. Pittsburgh was able to secure their 7th title in franchise history winning against an injured and beat up Chicago Bears team. Tebow just could not quite cut it against a Steelers defense that brought back flashes of a certain " Curtain" that Steeler fans know all too well.


    Offseason Moves:
    Pittsburgh got even stronger and only lost a few pieces on both sides of the ball.

    Offensive Departures:
    RB Ryan Matthews
    C Maurkice Pouncey

    Defensive Departures:
    DT Steve McClendon



    Offensive Additions:
    WR DaRick Blake
    Defensive Additions:
    DT Ryan Carrethers
    DT Shakir Preister
    LOLB Donovain Narcisse
    LE Tyler Jeffrey

     
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