Here are some random quick hits for May 30th with my quick thoughts on each topic.
Hit 1: Soft Knocks
The Miami Dolphins will appear on “Hard Knocks” this summer.
HBO announced Tuesday that the Dolphins would be the newest subject of its popular reality series documenting NFL training camps. The seventh season premieres Aug. 7, with four more one-hour episodes airing on subsequent Tuesdays.
HBO announced yesterday that they finally settled on a team. After weeks of uncertainty, and rejections, I think the brass at HBO sports were starting to wonder if there was going to be a season. The Jets were supposedly in the mix, although Tannenbaum said they were never contacted.
I have to laugh. HBO got the consolation price. The Dolphins?! Really. SNORE. I guess the positive for the Dolphins of course is to get their fan base excited about their team, because let’s face it…. They are a MESS. Yes I’m a Jets fan, but please, you must admit that they had one of the worst offseasons in recent team history. You couldn’t land any worth while free agent, top players were jumping off the ship as fast as they could.
Reaction has been very comical and it seems that the main reason people will be watching is two fold: The guys will watch for Ryan Tannehill’s wife (how much footage do you think she’s actually going to get?) and the gals will watch for Reggie Bush.
I personally will watch to see how dysfunctional they really are as a franchise.
Ray Willis (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images), Stephon Heyer (credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
A year ago, GM Mike Tannenbaum stubbornly refused to sign any experienced backup offensive linemen — and it came back to bite him. He must be determined to avoid the same situation because the Jets signed two veteran right tackles Tuesday, Stephon Heyer and Ray Willis, a source confirmed.
Were these guys signed to push Wayne Hunter, VladimirDucasse, or both? I think I can speak for Jets nation when I say: ABOUT TIME. Now are Heyer and Willis good enough to push for a starting job? I don’t know at this time, but it’s always a good idea to have depth and with losing many offensive lineman, I was getting nervous as we didn’t draft a lineman with a high draft pick.
Wayne Hunter's Week by Week Stats - Click to Enlarge - ProFootballFocus
Hit 3: Pass Direction
I want to take a look at how both QB’s did last season as it relates to where they had the most success by pass direction. The offense this year is completely different, but I’d like to take a peek back to see where Mark and Tim did well.