Don’t fall for the bait, Jets fans. When it comes to Trevor Lawrence “pulling an Eli Manning,” the national media is intentionally omitting Joe Douglas from their takes to get clicks.
Pro Football Focus is the latest in a long run of national media to suggest Lawrence would consider bailing on the Jets.
They’re omitting one thing: the Joe Douglas factor.
Roddy White went on a show on the Big Lead Network to say that Lawrence should spurn the Jets, too.
What Joe Douglas Has Proven in One Year
2020 was Douglas’s first full offseason as Jets general manager. He took over for Mike Maccagnan after Maccagnan completed free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft.
When it comes to the Jets, it’s not the past but the present that Lawrence should consider. Those in the national media want to get your click, so they leave that precious information out.
What did Joe Douglas prove in his first offseason?
He signed John Franklin-Myers. Franklin-Myers has proved to be an asset on the front of the Jets defense. He’s been a quality addition to the pass rush. He’s had 10 pressures and a sack, while also being a disruptive force.
In the NFL Draft, Douglas drafted future All-Pro Mekhi Becton to be the left tackle of the future. He also added wide receiver Denzel Mims — after trading down twice — and punter Braden Mann. Another rookie — cornerback Bryce Hall — recently made his debut after injury and has shown some flashes and understanding of the NFL game quicker than expected.
When it comes to the end of the Mike Tannenbaum era, John Idzik’s time, and Maccagnan’s tenure, the Jets have had terrible GMs in the past. To omit Douglas’s clear eye for talent, however, is gross by the national media.
Don’t allow them to get in your head.
It makes no sense for Lawrence to spurn the Jets based on the failures of past regimes. It does, however, make sense to base his decision on this one.
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