The New York Jets are the leading betting favorites to land Kirk Cousins. Marcus Davenport’s stock is on the rise—is Gang Green paying attention?
The New York Jets haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010, so excuse me if it’s hard to believe the Jets are the leading favorites in anything outside of the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
No seriously, they’re the leading favorite…to land free-agent-to-be Kirk Cousins, that is.
?Breaking?: Alex Smith has been traded to the #Redskins for a third-round pick and CB Kendall Fuller, which leaves us asking: Who will Kirk Cousins sign with??#Jets: +160#Broncos: +175#Cardinals: +400#Browns: +500
— Bovada Official (@BovadaLV) January 31, 2018
It makes sense. The Jets have a ton of cap space and Cousins has some familiarity with the coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates is a disciple of Mike Shanahan, who drafted Cousins and coached him in 2012-13, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
So how much will Cousins cost? Are we buying or selling that the Jets are the favorite? Well, all of those questions were answered in my weekly interview with Jets Insider Joe Caporoso here:
.@JCaporoso of https://t.co/PXLJUDpShH talked with @BoyGreen25 as he does every week to discuss all thing #Jets including the potential of Kirk Cousins to Gang Green right here on @TheScore1260!https://t.co/iugcAv4LYG
— The Score 1260 (@TheScore1260) January 31, 2018
Speaking Of The Draft
Believe it or not, there are actually things outside of Cousins to talk about…well, barely. For example, Marcus Davenport is an intriguing name heading into the 2018 NFL Draft.
"Everyone is going to know his name by the time we get to the end of April."
— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 31, 2018
“He’s one of those players that’s not well known around the country, but everyone is going to know his name by the time we get to the end of April,” said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage via Jets reporter Ethan Greenberg. “Davenport is a supremely gifted individual at 6-foot-5, 259 pounds and he can come off the edge. He’s shown that here and hopefully now you can apply the personality, intangibles, and character with that, and they’ll (NFL teams) recognize they have the full package.”
I’ve had scouts tell me he was underwhelming at the Senior Bowl. He’s as raw as they come, but the potential is there. One scout told me he sees Davenport as a Day 2 guy on tape, but will likely go top 10 due to the measurables and workouts leading up. That’s a scary thought for a team like the Jets who have been through this song and dance many times before.
‘Combine Warriors’ like Vernon Gholston will come in and dominate the drills and make you overlook the tape. The Jets just need to make sure they do their homework either way; they can’t afford a screw-up with the sixth overall pick.