Heading into April what’s the pulse of New York Jets fans about this upcoming season? Plus some fond memories from last season.
Hello April. A new month brings new possibilities and hope — something that has been scarce in the pantry as of late.
But if you were looking for a player that will provide the right dose of what you desire, look no further than Buster Skrine. He was asked about the rebuild going on this offseason evidenced by cap casualties and free agency moves, or lack thereof.
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“You can’t rebuild in New York,” Skrine told ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
When asked what does he meant, he replied with this nugget:
“Because y’all will eat us up,” he said with a smile, alluding to the media. “Ain’t no rebuilding here. It’s getting right to the point. This is a competing team. We still have the players to compete.”
I’m not sure if Buster and I are looking at the same depth chart, but I’d love to be wrong. This team seems destined for a top-five pick in next year’s NFL Draft. It’s a harsh dose of reality for the veteran players that are left on the team like Skrine.
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The reaction by Skrine to all the cutting left and right was priceless saying, “I’ve played in Cleveland. I’ve seen this before.”
Since we’re on such happy topics, we talked about the quarterback void on the roster on yesterday’s column. We didn’t mention Bryce Petty all that much, but he’s still alive if you were wondering.
Does anyone remember that one time where the Jets‘ tanking was tangible? I’m pretty sure Petty does…
Well in case he forgot, a fan asked him about the hit from last season, here was his response:
I wouldn't say nightmares but I do pause and take a moment of silence every time I eat a sandwich ? https://t.co/i0asUtdJO1
— Bryce Petty (@b_petty14) March 31, 2017
The guy may not be a franchise quarterback, but at least he has a funny bone. Well I know he did at least before that hit …
Speaking of franchise quarterbacks, everyone seems to want to bring the topic up. Including Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints head coach. He was speaking at last week’s NFL Owners Meetings and he was probed by the New York media.
Mostly about new Jets’ offensive coordinator, John Morton. While Payton did give rave reviews for his former WR coach, he did seem to question how much success he could have considering the QB situation.
“Most importantly, it’s going to be who’s playing quarterback,” Payton said at the annual league meetings in Phoenix this week via the NY Daily News. “Has that been solved?”
Actually, Sean, it hasn’t been solved. It hasn’t for the last 50 years, but hey, I’ve got equally exciting news I’d like to discuss, my mother died when I was four … would you like to talk about that?
(Puts down the bottle of heavy sarcasm.)
So long story short, there’s a mix of optimism and sarcasm going on around the Jets over the last 24 hours. The NFL Draft is less than a month away, which is always a time for Jets fans to celebrate or swear off a potential draft pick for eternity.