August 30, 2015

New York Jets

AFC East

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    OAK @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    NYJ @ GB


    4:30 pm

  • Week 3

    CHI @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 4

    DET @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    NYJ @ SD


    4:30 pm

  • Week 6

    DEN @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    NYJ @ NE


    8:30 pm

  • Week 8

    BUF @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    NYJ @ KC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    PIT @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11


  • Week 12

    NYJ @ BUF


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    MIA @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    NYJ @ MIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    NYJ @ TEN


    4:00 pm

  • Week 16

    NE @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NYJ @ MIA


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.


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Al Toon was a fantastic wide receiver in the late 1980’s. Toon was the main threat in the New York Jets passing attack, and dominated the NFL from 1986-1988. The University of Wisconsin product could have been one of the greatest of all-time, if concussions had not cut his career tragically short.

The New York Jets selected Al Toon, from the University of Wisconsin, with the 10th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Toon would not get much playing time in the first half of his rookie season, but he would become a full-time starter after his performance in Miami versus the Dolphins in the 10th game of the season. Al lit the Fins defense up for 156 yards on 10 catches, but the Jets lost 17-21. The following week the Jets took out their frustrations on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whipping them 62-28. Toon had six cathes for 133 yards, highlighted by a 78-yard touchdown catch. The stage was set for Toon to make a mad run.

In his second season #88 broke out. Toon proved that the third year breakout receiver was a myth all the way back in the 80’s. In 1986 Al had 85 receptions for 1,176 yards with eight touchdowns. His 85 catches were the third most in the NFL, and his was named to his first of three consecutive Pro Bowls. The Jets relied on Toon in most games, as he had at least five or more catches in eight games. The following year #88 showed the best he had to offer.

In 1987 the NFL and its players went on strike, leading to teams replacing the players for weeks 4-6 of the season, while reducing the length of the season to 15 games. The players referred to these picket line crossers as Scabs. When the strike ended the Jets went into a free fall, but Toon was just producing magic. Al had 68 catches on the season, second best total in the league. In a three week span toward the end of the season Toon had 23 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He had at least 100 yards and a score in each game. Even though the Jets finished 5-7 Toon was named to the Pro Bowl.

In 1988 Toon would complete his magic three-year run. Once again he was the main target for the Jets offense, and he would lead the league in receptions with 93. Toon had at least five catches in eight games, and never had less than three catches which happened only twice. Toon saved his best for last, as he was the most dominant wide receiver in the game over another glorious three-week span toward the end of the season. In games 13-15, Al went off for 26 catches for 386 yards and two scores. There was one game that stood out amongst the others this season, and it was against the Dolphins yet again. Toon helped the Jets move the offense down the field all day with 14 catches for 181 yards in a 38-34 shootout win over the Fins. The Jets finished with a winning record of 8-7-1, and while they missed the playoffs Toon was named to his third straight Pro Bowl.

During this three year run #88 had 246 catches for 3,219 yards, and 18 touchdowns. He finished in the top three in receptions in every season (86’ 3rd, 87’ 2nd, 88’ 1st). Toon was also in the top 10 in receiving yards in all three seasons (86’ 5th, 87’ 6th, 88’ 10th), as well as in yards per game (86’ 6th, 87’ 5th, 88’ 8th). The sky was the limit for Al, but his road got a lot tougher after 1988.

Toon would continue to play for the Jets until 1992, when he was 29 years old, but was forced into retirement due to concussions. In 2014 we are well aware of the dangers of concussions and the long-term effects, chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. During the era in which Toon played, there was not as much attention paid to them, and the possible implications of multiple concussions. Toon was diagnosed with nine concussions during his eight-year NFL career. Since those are the diagnosed numbers, I bet he sustained even more.   

It is a shame that Al Toon was not able to achieve his potential due to concussions, but in the end he made the right decision for his future. In a recent interview he was asked about the concussions.  

“I do have some residual but nothing significant,” Toon, 48, said in a phone interview from his office. “Nothing I care to talk about in public. I’m able to live a happy life.”

Toon was an amazing wide receiver, and one of the league’s best for a three-year span. It was unfortunate that his career was cut short, but at least we were able to enjoy his greatness during that run in the late 80’s, and he is still living a happy life today. As far as the New York Jets and their fans are concerned, he is still one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game. 

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Al Toon: cool & the one-handed catch

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I'll keep this short and sweet, when it comes to cool and style and the NFL athlete, Al Toon is probably second only behind Jerry Rice. He was the first guy to wear cut-off sleeves, he was the first wideout to wear scuba gloves, he was just really fluid and amazing to watch. Here is an awesome training camp shot of THE TOON trying to haul in a one-handed catch. It's should be stated that he was the second best one handed catch WR in the history of the league, behind only Cris Carter.


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Al Toon career stats

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Sets Franchise Record

Fitzpatrick was back in the starting saddle after Ryan Mallett was injured and out for the season last week. Fitz threw for a career-high and franchise record six touchdown passes in the Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans. He finished 24 of 33 with 358 yards, the six touchdowns came with zero interceptions.

Pyro's take: Fitzpatrick has a way of cutting up bad teams, and that was shown on Sunday. This up coming game he has the Jaguars and then the Colts, Ravens and Jags in week 17. Fitz could easily be a valid in two-quarterback leagues or for streaming purposes.

12/01/14, 06:41 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Back in the Saddle

Due to the torn pectoral muscle of Ryan Mallett it appears that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back in the saddle for the Houston Texans. According to John McClain Texans beat writer "If the MRI shows a tear in Mallett's pectoral muscle, he could miss several games. The bottom line is that Ryan Fitzpatrick is likely back."

Pyro's take: There is little doubt that Fitzpatrick is going to be the starter, as the Texans are still in the playoff hunt, but if eliminated, look for their rookie draft choice Tom Savage.

11/24/14, 04:34 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Not Practice Participating

Brandon Marshall did not participate in practice today

Pyro's take: We will see how they come up on Friday, it may very well be the fact he may miss this week, but stay alert for him later this week.

11/13/14, 01:46 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Decker Still No GO

Dennis Waszak has reported via twitter that Eric Decker, among others "Didn't practice: Reilly (knee). Limited: Salas, Harris, Decker, Colon, Adams, Aboushi."

Pyro's take: Eric Decker hamstring has been lingering all-season, Rest and play, repeat.

10/23/14, 12:47 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Kerley Signed

Jeremy Kerley has signed with the New York Jets for a four-year $16 million extension., $5.4 million guaranteed. He has he has 22 receptions for 201 yards and one touchdown on the season.

Pyro's take: The Jets are trying to set the pieces before they get the quarterback they need to get these guys the ball, until then expect inconsistent results from all of them. This is a good signing for the Jets.

10/21/14, 08:10 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Out for Season

Stevan Ridley tore his ACL and MCL and will be out for the season. Ridley was New England’s top rusher with 340 yards in six games, running for two touchdowns and was averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

With Ridley now out, Shane Vereen will step up to the number one, while Brandon Boldin will see his role expand.

Pyro's take: Stevan Ridley was having a below average season, and now he can safely be dropped in most leagues. Brandon Boldin, might be the safest bet to fill the Ridley role, while Vereen will continue to be the PPR specialist.

10/13/14, 09:12 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Should of Rested

Brandon Marshall has stated that he feels his week one injury should have kept him out of the lineup for four weeks, but was able to convince Bears officials that he could play. “I can’t just sit on the sideline and was the guys have fun and battle together,” he said. “It’s just not in my blood.” This would attest to his poor performances over the last three weeks, as he has only caught six receptions in three games since his three touchdowns against the 49ers. “So last week was the first week where we really had a chance to get me involved,” Marshall said. “The first two weeks, the doctors ruled me out. they said I wasn’t going to play and I went to them and said, ‘Just make it a game-time decision’
“I thought that with some adrenaline I’d be able to go. I was able to help the team out, pull some coverage and get Martellus (Bennett) and Alshon (Jeffery) 1-on-1 matchups. Get Matt Forte some seven-man boxes.”

Marc Trestman believes that Marshall is back at 100% and has done everything possible to get there “All I can tell you, from my standpoint with Brandon, is he did everything he could to get ready and get himself back,” Trestman said. “And the last 10 days or two weeks of practice, he looks to be at full strength.”

Pyro's take: A healthy Brandon Marshall means a healthy dose of stats for your fantasy ball-team. Its great to see the positive strides that Marshall has made, and maybe this could be passed down to players like Mike Wallace.

Continue to start Brandon Marshall as your number one receiver, and it doesn't matter who he plays.

10/10/14, 02:05 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Vick Not Prepared

Michael Vick stated after Sunday's game that he was not prepared to take over for Geno Smith. Vick went going 8-of-19 for 47 yards "Maybe I didn't prepare or I wasn't prepared, but I'll tell you what, it won't happen again.

"That left a bitter taste in my mouth that I wasn't able to go out and put points on the board or even help this team in any fashion."

Pyro's take: How does someone: A) Be paid millions and not care enough to be prepared, B) Know that your backing-up Geno Smith, and not be prepared, and C) Just not be prepared?

This is another low-light in Michael Vick's career, and its safe to assume he will be prepared this week, even though he wont be starting. He holds only marginal value as a starter for the Jets, and obviously zero right now.

10/09/14, 07:55 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

CJ not even ok

Chris Johnson couldn't get it going against the Bears on Monday Night Football. 34 yards on 10 carries, and no receptions is not special. Chris Ivory outplayed Johnson badly, as he has the last three games.

Johnson has 123 rushing yards in 35 carries (3.5 ypc) with six receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown, while Ivory has rushed 33 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and even though Ivory has hands of steel, he has caught just one pass shy of Johnson, but has gained 32 more yards.

Pyro's take: The Jets brought in Chris Johnson to be their main ball carrier, but it seems as though Chris Ivory has something to say about that. If Ivory continues to outshine Johnson, CJ will see his carries dissipate, while Ivory's rise. New York faces a tough match-up against the Detroit Lions this week.

09/23/14, 01:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Missed Practice

Eric Decker sat out of practice again today. because of hamstring issues, that he suffered in last Sunday's game. He spent the time stretching and doing exercises in the training room. Since, the Jets do not play until Monday night, Rex Ryan can refrain from publishing an injury report at this time.

Decker leads the team with nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Pyro's take: This doesn't sound overly serious, but more will be known when Ryan releases his activity report. Decker will take on the Bears this Monday.

09/17/14, 05:25 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Will play

Brandon Marshall is going to play and so is Alshon Jeffery. This is coming to a surprise as the Bears contracted two wide receivers, and this morning it was a 75% chance they would both be out.

Pyro's take: Both should be started.

09/14/14, 06:14 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

75% doubtful

Reporter Dave Richard of CBS sports is stating that Brandon Marshall is 75% sure NOT going to play.

Pyro's take: Jay Cutler going against the 49ers defense without his binky? Not a good sign, at this point keep Cutler and Marshall on the bench unless things change.

09/14/14, 10:30 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Marshall (Questionable: Ankle) a dicey call this weekend

The only physical activity Marshall went through at practice this week was a light jog before the rest of the team got down to business on Friday. It's looking like The Beast will be a true "Game-Time Decision" this Sunday night.

Pyro's take: This is going to be a super-tough situation for fantasy owners to handle here in Week 2, as the Bears don't play until Sunday night in San Francisco. It'll obviously be hard to bench your (presumably) WR1, but there's certainly a strong case to do so here. First of all, if Brandon DOES play, it will be at less than 100 percent. Second, with Chicago also going into this game without two of their starting offensive linemen, you can bet the 49ers will be looking to put some heavy heat on Jay Cutler throughout the game. If so, I'm guessing they'd also put some press-coverage on Marshall because Cutler would likely be forced to get rid of the ball quickly. If all this plays out the way I believe it will, Brandon could still come down with a good amount of catches and end up a nice PPR play, but it's unlikely he'd be able to turn them into much yardage. Either way, fantasy owners need to be following this situation very closely all the way up to the final second before lineups need to be put in.

09/13/14, 10:48 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå

ready to go

Brandon Marshall is set and ready to face the tough defense of the San Francisco 49ers. Marshall suffered an ankle injury and it hampered his play in the second half loss to the Bills. He mentioned on his weekly show "Inside the NFL" on Showtime. He is also looking forward to making up for the fumble he lost right before halftime that led to a 50 yard field goal.

Pyro's take: A pumped up Brandon Marshall means more pumped up points for your fantasy team. Keep him in your starting line-up in this very important match-up for the Bears. They do not to fall behind 0-2 in the standings as only 12% of the teams make the playoffs after losing the first two weeks of the season.

09/10/14, 01:32 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Amaro not impressing the New York Media

It’s not too soon for the Jets to tell Jace Amaro to get his act together.

While the big tight end is a rookie and it’s only the middle of August, Amaro is too important to their hopes this season for the Jets to let him keep practicing and playing in what too often seems like a disinterested fog.

The Jets thought they were getting the 6-foot-5, 265-pound matchup nightmare who set an NCAA record for tight ends last year with 106 catches for 1,352 yards.

What they’ve gotten so far instead is a guy with unreliable hands who comes off as both passive and overwhelmed by the transition from the Big 12 to the NFL.

The Jets were hoping for their own version of Rob Gronkowski, but that seems like a pipe dream if Amaro keeps up this aimless pace.

Pyro's take: Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post just going off on Jace Amaro. The bright lights of the big city can be tough on anyone, but a rookie who is under-performing can drown in this spotlight. The other problem for Amaro is not having the benefit of a proven quarterback that can help his development. Stay away from this rookie.

08/17/14, 09:24 PM CDT by Houdini

Johnson said the Titans were predictable

Jets running back Chris Johnson’s obviously still confident he can be a great back.

In fact, he thinks he could have been even better his last few years with the Titans except for his play-callers.

“When I was in Tennessee, a lot of the plays when the offensive coordinator was calling them, they were predictable,” Johnson told’s Rich Cimini. “Everybody could tell what was coming. With Marty [Mornhinweg], the plays aren’t predictable.”

Specifically, he was talking about the Chris Palmer and Dowell Loggains years, as he had his best seasons under former Titans coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who was fired after the 2010 season and died a few months later.

Pyro's take: To me this sounds like a guy who has struggled for a few seasons, and looking for someone else to blame. The fact is that since 2010 Chris Johnson has been a shell of the running back he was when he became CJ2K. In the years since that 2,000 yard season Johnson has looked to make the big splash play all the time, which caused him to falter. Now he is going to be seeing less carries in the Jets offense, and most likely will still be looking for the big splash play. If he hits on the big run it can lead to big weeks, but when you are always trying to hit the home run, you also strike out a lot. The other issue in New York is that he is not being pegged as the goal line back. He will still have value, but it will never be the same as it was in 2010.

08/17/14, 05:13 PM CDT by Houdini

Ridley continues to have ball security issues

When Stevan Ridley fumbled early in the second quarter of Friday night's preseason game between the Patriots and the Eagles, it was immediately recovered by fullback James Develin. It also appeared close as to whether or not the play should have technically been ruled a fumble at all since Ridley was very close to being on the ground when the ball popped loose.

Technicality or no technicality, Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained in a conference call on Saturday why the team never wants its players to loose their handle on the football.

"We always talk about ball-security," Belichick said. "Taking care of the ball, there's nothing that correlates more to winning and losing than the turnovers so that's always a high priority for us. We never want the ball out. On the other side of the ball, defensively and the kicking game, we always try to get it out. Sometimes when we get the ball out, we don't recover it. Sometimes when we recover it, they blow it dead. But we always want to try to do that.

"Same goes true on the offensive side of the ball. We don't want plays where they end up with the ball, whether they're ruled in our favor or not: Have an interception in their hands but drop it, or plays where the ball gets away from us, or we recover, or it goes out of bounds, or they recover it. Those are all plays that we try to avoid, obviously. They do matter. And so do the ones that we -- same thing on defense. Plays where we get it out . . . we don't get 'em all. But the more we get 'em out, the more we'll get. So they are significant."

Pyro's take: Ridley has had a case of the fumbles since he entered the NFL, and that has consistently put him in Bill Belichick's doghouse. The fact that this trend has continued in this preseason is bad news for Stevan. The Patriots have added James White to the backfield in the draft, and he is quickly moving ahead of Ridley. The other issue is that Ridley is a one dimensional running back. In his three seasons in the NFL Stevan only has 19 receptions. So if he continues to have the ball security issues then it will be a no brainer for Belichick to bench him in favor of the rookie. Ridley is not a recommended back this season.

08/17/14, 02:44 PM CDT by Houdini

Decker sits out with hamstring

The Jets’ prized free-agent signing was on the sideline Friday.

Wide receiver Eric Decker sat out most of practice with a hamstring injury.

“It’s a little bit of a hamstring,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s not like he pulled a hamstring. We took care of him.”

Ryan did not sound concerned. Decker still is expected to play in Saturday’s Green and White Scrimmage. Decker worked with the trainers early in practice, doing some agility drills.

He participated in some positional drills, but sat out all of the team drills.

Pyro's take: Decker was the big free agent prize at wide receiver this off-season, but his landing spot was not ideal for fantasy owners. The Jets only threw for 2,932 yards last season, while Denver threw for 5,444 yards. Decker had a career high 1,288 yards last season, but that number is going to dip in New York without Peyton Manning.

The hamstring injury is not a big deal at this point. If you do target Decker, realize that he is going to see a drop in his production, and is ideally suited to be a WR3.

08/02/14, 12:09 PM CDT by Houdini

Ivory in line to be the goal line back

Running backs coach Anthony Lynn said he hasn’t determined who the Jets’ short-yardage back will be, though it sounds like Chris Ivory is the early favorite.

“If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Lynn said on Monday. “Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on.”

Ivory, given his hulking 222-pound frame, looks from the outside as the clear-cut choice. Lynn, in a week when the Jets are pumping their chests, went so far as to call Ivory “the best power runner in the game.”

Pyro's take: It does make sense that the Jets would lean on Ivory in the redzone, and it is also the one thing Chris Johnson owners have feared. The Jets are going to be using a committee backfield, and if Ivory gets the touchdowns, he could be the more valuable back. Ivory is a hard nosed runner who is always moving forward. This moves Ivory up a few slots in my tiers.

07/29/14, 09:04 PM CDT by Houdini

Marshall signs extentsion with the Bears

Marshall is under contract for $9.3 million for the 2014 season — $9.1 million in base salary and a $200,000 workout bonus. So that positions him to earn $39.3 million from the Bears over the next four seasons.

Neither Marshall nor general manager Phil Emery commented after Marshall signed. But earlier Monday, Emery indicated how he values Marshall's initiative in hosting teammates for workouts and fellowship in South Florida earlier this offseason.

"He is healthy," Emery said on WSCR-AM 670. "He feels great. We have a really good relationship. He gets along very well with his teammates. Obviously, the things he did during the offseason to show leadership and to help pull the team together, they mean a lot; they mean a lot to our other players. It just shows the quality of person he is."

In two seasons since joining the Bears via trade in 2012, Marshall has 218 receptions, 2,803 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns.

Pyro's take: The Bears are locking down all of their offensive weapons, and are doing so to hold their Super Bowl window open for the next three seasons. Marshall is a key to the Bears offense, and his production since becoming a Bear has been fantastic.

Now with a contract in hand, Marshall and the Bears offense can focus on delving deeper into Marc Trestman's offense, and confounding defenses even more in 2014. A great move by Marshall and the Bears.

05/20/14, 09:57 PM CDT by Houdini


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