Affording Jadeveon Clowney isn’t the problem

You ask, we reply. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s greatest professional sports activities groups and getting our beat writers to reply them in a collection of recurrently revealed mailbags. In immediately’s installment: the Jets.

Do you assume Chris Herndon can have eight or extra touchdowns and can he be the No. 1 tight finish? — Michael Sanders

The two elements of this query are very completely different to me. Yes, I do assume Herndon shall be the No. 1 tight finish, and I believe he can have a serious affect on the offense. However, eight touchdowns is so much. The solely tight finish in Jets historical past with eight landing catches is Rich Caster in 1972, and that was earlier than my time so I must depend on a couple of of the older followers to inform me if Caster did that as a real tight finish or as a receiver. Only Mark Andrews (10) of the Ravens and Jared Cook (9) of the Saints had that many final 12 months, and so they had been a part of two of the greatest offenses in the sport.

Just as a result of I don’t see Herndon hauling in eight touchdowns, although, doesn’t imply I believe he gained’t be efficient. I believe a wholesome Herndon shall be enormous for Sam Darnold and Adam Gase. We noticed what Herndon was able to as a rookie. It was an enormous blow to solely have him for one sport final 12 months. Don’t low cost how a lot he can assist the working sport together with his blocking both.

Can the Jets afford to signal (Jadeveon) Clowney, and in that case, how does (Gregg) Williams alter his system to make use of him? — Neal Jennison

The Jets can afford him. It is a query of what they see as his worth. They have about $15 million in salary-cap house with $11 million extra coming subsequent month when Trumaine Johnson comes off the books. Draft picks will account for about $9 million of that, however there’s nonetheless room.

I simply don’t see the Jets committing large cash to Clowney. It will not be how GM Joe Douglas has accomplished enterprise this offseason. There are additionally well being questions, which is hard this offseason with the guidelines proscribing group docs from doing physicals. If they did signal him, I don’t assume Williams would have any problem determining easy methods to use him.

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Now that Frank Gore has signed on, do you see Gase deploying a two-back set maybe splitting out both Bell or Gore in movement, and even splitting each to open some passing lanes? — Jim Coley

I’m very curious to see what adjustments Gase makes to the working sport this 12 months. I’m undecided a two-back set shall be the method he goes, however I do assume he’ll attempt to get Bell extra concerned in the passing sport, and that can embrace splitting him out. I don’t assume Gore can have an enormous function in the passing sport. He had simply 12 catches beneath Gase in 2018 and had 13 final 12 months with Buffalo.

The key to me to opening the passing lanes goes to be the velocity on the exterior with Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims. If these two can scare defenses with the risk of taking the prime off, then there ought to be openings in the center of the area for Bell, Herndon, Jamison Crowder and Ryan Griffin to do some harm.

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Denzel Mims dropped 24 passes over three seasons at Baylor, 11 (coming) in his junior 12 months as he performed via a damaged hand. He lower that to five his senior 12 months on 66 receptions and 12 TDs. Did the remainder of the league miss a possibility earlier in the draft and does Mims mission as doubtlessly a steal for the Jets? — Paul Lawrence

I do assume he might be a steal, Paul. “Could be” is the key a part of that sentence. I’m not going to foretell it. But Mims has nice bodily instruments, and if they’ll refine his sport, he might be a very good receiver. From asking round, I don’t assume NFL groups had been as scared about his arms as they had been about him coming from the Baylor system and never having expertise working a full route tree. One different factor I heard led to his drop: Teams questioned why his faculty coach Matt Rhule didn’t take him in the second spherical with the No. 38 choose. There was a query of what Rhule could have recognized. I believe that is foolish. The Panthers clearly needed to improve their protection. I don’t see it as a slight towards Mims.

Will the Jets signal a veteran deal with like Donald Penn earlier than the season begins? — Murph Dawg

I believe the Jets are accomplished at deal with. I count on Mekhi Becton and George Fant to be the starters with Cameron Clark and Chuma Edoga as the backups.