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NFL Capsule: Jets at Titans

NFL Capsule: Jets at Titans

NEW YORK JETS (6-7) At TENNESSEE (4-9)

Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE - Titans by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 7-6; Tennessee 5-8

SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 22-17-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jets No. 20; Titans, No. 28

LAST MEETING - Jets beat Titans 24-17, Sept. 27, 2009

LAST WEEK - Jets beat Jaguars 17-10; Titans lost to Colts 27-23

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (11T), PASS (30)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (29), PASS (3)

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (23), PASS (18)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (27), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jets looking for third straight win, have won three of four at Tennessee. ... Mark Sanchez had two TDs and 81.4 passer rating in last game against Titans. ... Jets 10-2 when Sanchez has passer rating of 100 or better. ... Jets 6-0 when Shonn Greene runs for 100 yards or more. He had 77 yards rushing, one TD last week. ... Greene has six TDs rushing in past seven December games. ... LB Bart Scott had his first interception last week. ... CB Antonio Cromartie has four interceptions in his past eight Monday night games. ... DE Muhammad Wilkerson has three sacks in past four games. ... Titans have won four of past five Monday night games. ... Jake Locker averaging 305.3 yards passing at home this season. Locker ran for career-best 51 yards last week. ... Chris Johnson became eighth player to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of first five seasons. Johnson has 24 career games with 125 yards rushing or more, second in first five seasons to Eric Dickerson (27). ... Kenny Britt had season-high eight catches for 143 yards last week. ... Kendall Wright leads NFL rookies with 59 catches. ... LB Akeem Ayers has a team-best 85 tackles. ... DT Karl Klug tied his career-high with two sacks last week.

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Redspears or not these uniform designs are a great option for Washington

Redspears or not these uniform designs are a great option for Washington

When looking at the endless amounts of fan concepts and designs out there for the Washington Football Team's next name and logo, it's important to remember that not every idea belongs to the name suggestion of the designer. 

Once Washington makes its final decision, you can bet they'll be looking at a number of different options, and if they want to take a look at the fans' work, they could take a Red Wolves logo and match it up with a Red Tails uniform concept and tweak both to match whatever name they choose. 

In that case, whatever name and logo they choose should have these uniforms, plain and simple. 

 

Mike Joseph created these uniforms as part of his Washington Redspears project and did an exceptional job mocking up a number of different modern uniform designs.

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Redspears isn't a likely name change due to reports saying the franchise plans to stay away from Native American imagery, but that doesn't mean we should ignore these designs.

 

These use the burgundy and gold really well and have a unique number font that has worked for NFL teams like the Ravens, Broncos, Bears, Titans and Steelers in the past. 

The great part about this design is it could be easily rebranded to a different. All the franchise would have to do is lose the spear logo and use whatever logo they settle upon. They could even keep the numbers on the helmet as they have currently. Everything else is versatile. 

Between the sleek design, use of colors and the unique number fonts, this has to be one of, if not the best fan-generated uniform mock-up out there. If the Washington Football team uses these but with a different team name and logo, it'd be hard to complain about that decision. 

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Recent numbers indicate just how hard it could be for Antonio Gandy-Golden to help as a rookie

Recent numbers indicate just how hard it could be for Antonio Gandy-Golden to help as a rookie

There were already some decent expectations placed on Antonio Gandy-Golden for 2020 — and then Kelvin Harmon went down. Now, the Day 3 selection is being labeled as someone who needs to really contribute to the Washington Football Team.

But is that too much to ask for a rookie who went on Saturday in the draft? Recent numbers indicate that answer may be yes.

From 2015 to 2019, 25 wide receivers were chosen in the fourth round, which is where Washington nabbed Gandy-Golden a few months ago. Here are some takeaways from looking back on how all of those guys performed in their first professional seasons:

  • Only one target topped 50 catches and 600 yards, and coincidentally enough, it was Jamison Crowder. Crowder caught 59 passes for 604 yards and two scores as a rookie for the Burgundy and Gold in 2015. The only other guy who came close to either of those marks was Antonio Callaway, who had 43 grabs for 586 yards and five touchdowns for Cleveland in 2018. Those are easily the two best performances by a fourth-round rookie wideout since 2015, so keep that in mind when discussing Gandy-Golden.
  • Out of that group of 25, 15 suited up for double-digit games for their teams during their first taste of the league. The average stat line for those 15 rookies was 17 receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown in about 14 contests. That's meager. 
  • Just nine out of the 25 recorded a touchdown catch as a rookie, and only four (Crowder, Callaway, DaeSean Hamilton and Malcom Mitchell) visited the end zone multiple times.

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So, judging solely off of that data, it would appear that Washington shouldn't be prepared to lean heavily Gandy-Golden. And once you combine that history with other factors, such as the huge transition he's about to make from Libery to the NFL and the very limited offseason he's had thus far, then the outlook for Gandy-Golden becomes even dimmer.

There is a super simple counter argument, however, at least when it comes to comparing him to his past fourth-round peers, and it has to do with his potential playing time.

While the 22-year-old has to fight through a pandemic, something none of the above rookies can relate to and something that could be detrimental to his early career, he also may be in line for a massive share of snaps right away. Most players who go off the board where Gandy-Golden did are usually worried about simply making the team; he, on the other hand, very well could be a starter across from Terry McLaurin in Week 1.

That alone means Gandy-Golden could end up having enough involvement in the offense to come up with a Crowder-like, impactful debut. In 2019, McLaurin far surpassed other third-round rookie receivers due largely to the amount of opportunity he got with Washington (his ridiculous talent was a bonus of course, too). Gandy-Golden is tracking on a similar path. 

A fairly general rule for any franchise is that it's not exactly prudent to need a Day 3 pass catcher to immediately act as one of your primary weapons. Stats from 2015 to 2019 seem to back up that general rule.

Every rule has an exception here or there, though. Maybe Gandy-Golden, with his outstanding physical traits and possibly featured role in 2020, will be that next exception and make all this math and comparing a totally moot issue. 

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