June 30, 2016

New York Jets

AFC East

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    CIN @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 1

    NYJ @ BUF


    9:30 pm

  • Week 3

    NYJ @ KC


    5:30 pm

  • Week 4

    SEA @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    NYJ @ PIT


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    NYJ @ ARI


    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    BAL @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    NYJ @ CLE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    NYJ @ MIA


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    LAR @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11


  • Week 12

    NE @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 13

    IND @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    NYJ @ SF


    4:00 pm

  • Week 15

    MIA @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 16

    NYJ @ NE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    BUF @ NYJ


    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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Brandon Marshall Asked To Lose Weight By Jets Coach

The Jets

Pyro's take: The Jets would like Brandon Marshall to lose roughly five pounds so that he's playing at 230 pounds this season. Marshall has averaged a playing weight of roughly 235 pounds. (NY Daily News)

The goal here is likely for Marshall to retain his health and overall fitness through a long season as he gets older. It's an interesting atmosphere considering the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation, and it's not clear what the team is thinking of the prospects of Geno Smith being under center. Marshall should be able to produce no matter the QB, as he's shown in the past, but he would seem to be in a better position if Fitzpatrick were to be re-signed.

06/22/16, 10:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nydailynews.com

Matt Forte Looks To Return To His Old Form With The Jets

Following an eight

Pyro's take: Following an eight-year tenure with the Chicago Bears, Matt Forte will enter the 2016 season with his new team, the New York Jets with the hopes of returning back to his old form. "That was one of the reasons for me wanting to come here because the training room is so good," Forte said to NJ.com. "At this point in your career, health is so important. You're not as young as you used to be, or recover as fast as you used to. But if you get the right (trainers) in there and work with them, you can turn back time," the running back added. The 30-year-old rusher also spoke highly on New York's offensive scheme citing that he is "looking forward to getting back into having a fullback, a lead blocker, a power-type running game."

Matt Forte is entering his ninth season in the NFL, but it will be his first with the New York Jets. Forte was signed earlier in the offseason to replace Chris Ivory as he departed via free agency to the Jaguars. Forte could benefit from a more run-friendly offense with New York and the power rushing attack could open up more holes for the aging back in 2016. Forte finished 2015 ranked ninth at his position with 170.7 fantasy points, averaging 13.1 FPPG through 13 games. With the Jets, however, Forte's numbers could easily increase this year due to the question marks that surround the team at the quarterback position. Forte will once again be one of the most coveted players in PPR formats in the upcoming fantasy football campaign and should be a safe selection in the latter part of the third round of fantasy drafts.

06/05/16, 06:21 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nj.com

Christian Hackenberg Struggling Like Typical Rookie At Jets Practices

ESPN's Rich Cimini

Pyro's take: ESPN's Rich Cimini notes about Hackenberg so far, "Right now, he looks like a typical rookie. His passes are fluttering, his footwork is robotic and he tends to miss high when he misses a receiver. In last Wednesday's practice, he sailed two consecutive 15-yard passes over the head of a tight end -- against air. That's right, there was no defense. He had a couple of nice moments later in a two-minute drill, but it wasn't a great practice."

It's way too early to pass judgment but it would be surprising if Hackenberg saw any game snaps this year.

06/05/16, 06:04 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

No Timetable for Devin Smith Return

Devin Smith

Pyro's take: Devin Smith went 9 for 115 yards, with one touchdown last year. Smith was a 2nd round pick last year and spent most of the year on the sidelines due to rib injuries.

Fantasy Goo: Smith is a late round draft pick that may slip out of your fantasy drafts because he is the projected WR3 behind Marshall, who had a monster season last year, and Decker. Not knowing who will throw from the pocket week 1, I would shy away from Smith until we get word of consistent practice participation. Another key take away is the fact that his touchdown came on a punt return, rather than a receiving touchdown week 9 against the Dolphins.

06/02/16, 11:45 AM CDT by The Archer
Source: nypost.com

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Wants To Return To The Jets

Speaking for the first time

Pyro's take: Speaking for the first time since the end of the 2015 season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told reporters that he wants to return to the Jets and has no interest in retiring.

There were rumors swirling that Fitzpatrick would rather retire than play for too little money, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Fitzpatrick was spotted at a golf tournament when he was questioned by reporters. Odds are high the two sides work out a deal that benefits both, but when that will be is anyone's guess. Fortunately, Fitzpatrick has already established a rapport with receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, so any missed practice time shouldn't be too detrimental to the teams success.

05/23/16, 05:39 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: espn.com

GM Mike Maccagnan plans to open talks with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick "in the near future."


Pyro's take: "We're going to talk to Ryan's people here in the very near future," general manager Mike Maccagnan said Friday morning on WFAN radio's "Boomer and Carton Show."

"We have time, obviously, before free agency, and we really would like to get Ryan back in the fold. [Head coach] Todd [Bowles] has said that. Obviously, myself and the rest of the organization feel very strongly about this.

"I think it's a good situation for all of us, and we just have to go through this process, and hopefully we can come to an agreement where it's fair and everybody's happy with it going forward."

01/23/16, 12:55 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nj.com

Broncos signed WR DeVier Posey to a reserve/future contract.


Pyro's take: Aaron Wilson via Twitter has stated that the Denver Broncos have signed DeVier Davis. Posey has made only one regular season appearance since 2013, and been racked by injury.

01/05/16, 06:45 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

BP Inactive Week 17


Pyro's take: Jets are fighting hard today. They will need Ivory to step up as Powell has been ruled out.

01/03/16, 10:50 AM CST by M O

Geno Smith likely to stay with the Jets next season


Pyro's take: Geno Smith ($1.6 million). He has one year left on his contract, at a reasonable number, and it's not easy to find experienced backups.--Rich Cimini

01/03/16, 02:24 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

WR Kenbrell Thompkins did not suffer "a major injury" Week 16


Pyro's take: Ian Rapoport via Twitter "WR Kenbrell Thompkins did not suffer "a major injury" Week 16" The injury must have looked worse live. The Jets have called it a calf injury, and at this point he is questionable for Sunday's game.

12/28/15, 04:21 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Brandon Marshall named to the Pro Bowl


Pyro's take: Brandon Marshall was named to the Pro Bowl among seven other wide receivers

12/23/15, 12:15 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com

Ryan Fitzpatrick said he'd "love to be back" with the Jets in 2016.


Pyro's take: Fitzpatrick will be a free agent, and head coach Todd Bowles said he would like to see him back for another season.

"He's playing well," Bowles said. "Obviously, you do those things after the season. You like the person, you like the player."

Fitzpatrick has passed for 3,129 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season.

"Yeah, I'd love to be back."

12/15/15, 11:48 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Jets placed WR Devin Smith on injured reserve with a torn right ACL, ending his season.


Pyro's take: Devin Smith's rookie season comes to an end and it wasn't a pretty season for him. His final stats 9-115-1 on 28 targets.

Smith has been a poor fit for Chan Gailey's west coast offense, due to him being a downfield threat. The Jets will need to figure out something for him, or he will just waste away in that system.

12/14/15, 05:16 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: newyork.cbslocal.com

Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe) was limited in Wednesday's practice.


Pyro's take: Brandon Marshall had a problem last week with his ankle, but he seems to have gotten over it. He should remain a top consideration against the Giants this week

12/02/15, 08:58 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Eric Decker has the best chance to be fruitful on Sunday


Pyro's take: The best choice this week is wide receiver Eric Decker, who will draw favorable coverage because the Dolphins (and cornerback Brent Grimes, in particular) will be focused on Brandon Marshall. Decker is tied for the team lead with seven touchdowns, and he could add to that total. -- Rich Cimini

11/28/15, 05:27 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Matt Forte (knee) is listed questionable for Thursday night


Pyro's take: He should be ready to go, but look for less touches as Jeremy Langford has proven himself. Forte is a must start especially in PPR leagues.

11/25/15, 02:33 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Eric Decker absorbed four of 11 targets for 81 yards


Pyro's take: Decker started slow as he did not have a catch in the first half. But he turned it on in the second half catching his four passes for 81-yards. He lost his streak of three straight games with a touchdown.

11/22/15, 05:16 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Excellent Stream Candidate as Always


Pyro's take: Fitzpatrick is a great stream candidate for Week `11. HE is available in over 50% of most leagues and shjould be a QB1 in Week 11. HE is throwing to Marshall and Decker who have 10 red zone targets total in the last two weeks. No single receiver has more than 5 in that time. Fitz has scored multiple TDs in every game with double digit attempts except 1. Since Week 5, their bye, he only has 3 INTs.

11/21/15, 10:09 AM CST by M O

Fox on Forte: "He spent most of the afternoon getting treatment."


Pyro's take: Rich Campbell has reported via Twitter "Fox on Forte: "He spent most of the afternoon getting treatment."

I dont see Forte playing this week, but check back over the weekend to see what his final prognosis is.

11/19/15, 09:58 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) confirmed start on Sunday


Pyro's take: Manish Meta stated via Twitter "Ryan Fitzpatrick says he will start vs Texans"

He'll slide in as a mid-range QB2 against his former Houston teammates and their defense against the pass.

11/19/15, 02:43 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com


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