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February 13, 2016
 

New York Jets

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AL TOON: GREATNESS CUT SHORT

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

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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.

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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

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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
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Geno Smith likely to stay with the Jets next season

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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

Jeremy Kerley likely to be a cap casualty

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Pyro's take: Jeremy Kerley ($3.1 million), whose small role doesn't match his salary. He's only an average punt returner and he wouldn't be among the top four wide receivers in 2016, maybe not among the top five. They'd save $1.3 million by cutting him. Frankly, I think he'd welcome a change of scenery. This has been a frustrating year for Kerley, who still has the skills to play in the right situation.--Rich Cimini

01/03/16, 02:22 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Jets to release TE Jeff Cumberland this offseason.

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Pyro's take: Jeff Cumberland ($1.9 million), whose role in Chan Gailey's offense has vanished -- only six offensive snaps in the last two games. Because of Kellen Davis' foot injury, Cumberland could have a prominent role Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, but I don't see him back next year. They'd save the entire $1.9 million.--Rich Cimini

01/03/16, 02:20 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Jeremy Kerley's Week 15 status is "up in the air" due to a bruised calf.

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Pyro's take: Manish Meta via Twitter "Devin Smith isn't only banged-up Jets WR. Jeremy Kerley has a bruised calf. Status this week is up in the air, per Bowles."

12/14/15, 05:09 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

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

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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

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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

Eric Decker absorbed four of 11 targets for 81 yards

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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

Look for a good game out of Chris Ivory

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Pyro's take: RB Chris Ivory is a strong play against the Texans. He's well-rested after a mini-bye week, and he runs better when his body is fresh. The Texans' defense is 28th in yards after contact per rush (1.85), and that is Ivory's specialty. The Jets believe they busted out of their rushing slump last week and they intend to run it in Houston. Be wary of WR Brandon Marshall as a fantasy play. The Texans did a nice job last week on the Bengals' No. 1 receiver, A.J. Green. -- Rich Cimini

11/22/15, 03:32 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Excellent Stream Candidate as Always

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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
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Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) confirmed start on Sunday

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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

Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe) is not practicing Monday.

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Pyro's take: According to Brian Costello "Brandon Marshall does not look like he is practicing #nyj"

Marshall was hobbling against the Bills and will try to get as much rest as possible, but he should be ready to go. Check back for updates.

11/17/15, 03:08 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) could start on Sunday

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Pyro's take: According to the New York Jets Twitter "Bowles: Fitzpatrick not at practice today, resting from surgery, which went fine. Expectation is for him to be back on Wednesday."

He is questionable at this point, but if he plays look for him to be a low 1 to a mid 2 at the quarterback position against Houston.



11/17/15, 02:55 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Eric Decker caught 6-of-11 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown

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Pyro's take: Decker kept rolling with catches and targets, and has scored now in seven of eight games, and has caught six passes in four straight games. He now faces Houston next week.

11/12/15, 11:52 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

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