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The longest tenured Jet of the past decade is taking his talents up north to Foxborough. On Monday morning, defensive end Shaun Ellis, choose to leave the team who drafted him in 2000 for the Evil Hoodie. The 34-year-old Ellis agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots, a move that didn’t sit well with Mr. Rex Ryan…

“The fact that he chose them,” Ryan said of Ellis’ departure, “there’s no way I’m going to wish him well. There’s no chance of that.”

Can’t say that I’m surprised by Ryan’s boisterous comments. 

The Jets aren’t exactly losing an All-Pro talent. Ellis’ five sacks last year were the second lowest total of his career.

Could he benefit from suiting up with Albert Haynesworth, Jerrod Mayo, and others? Sure. But the Patriots do not need him to play every down. Ellis will use the Jets low-ball offer as his motivation.

Another classic example of a low-risk, high-reward move by New England. 

Bottom line, the Patriots have reloaded while the Jets are attempting to the fill-in the gaps. 

As always, their Week 5 match-up in Foxborough will be ‘must-see’ TV. 

ESPN’s Todd McShay released his third installment of his NFL Mock Draft today (Insider req’d). McShay had the Giants selecting USC offensive tackle, Tyron Smith with the 19th pick while McShay had the Jets selecting Baylor nose tackle, Phil Taylor with the 30th pick.

Linebacker and offensive linemen are clearly the two biggest needs for Big Blue, so Smith makes some sense. McShay had this to say about the Giants’ selection:

The Giants can use this pick to solidify QB Eli Manning‘s protection for the next several years. Current LT David Diehl can move inside to guard, Will Beatty can play either tackle position and RT Kareem McKenzie is entering his 11th season and will be a free agent after the 2012 season. Smith has great potential as a left tackle, but he started two seasons at right tackle at USC and is still a bit unpolished.

Mike profiled UCLA outside linebacker, Akeem Ayers earlier this week, who McShay had going #21 to Kansas City. Ayers is definitely another potential option for the Giants.

Given their copious amounts of free agents, the Jets have a lot of question marks concerning their roster. Over the last two seasons, nose tackle Kris Jenkins has failed to live up to expectations, playing only seven games. In addition, Shaun Ellis’ contract is up and many believe that the Jets will not bring him back. The Jets have allowed other 30-year-old players to walk in the past (Alan Fancea, Thomas Jones), so the selection of Phil Taylor makes sense. McShay added this about Taylor:

The Jets need a reliable presence in the middle of their 3-4 defense, and veteran NT Kris Jenkins has played just seven games combined in the past two seasons. Taylor has the size to anchor the middle of that three-man front and surprisingly good feet for a 350-pound prospect.

McShay had defensive end, Da’Quan Bowers going #1 to Carolina and defensive tackle, Nick Farley going #2 to Denver.

Last week, the Jets were able to effectively carry out their plan of stopping Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Outside of one 57-yard touchdown pass, the Jets gave up only 257 yards to the Colt offense. Things are going to get much more complicated for the Jets as they enter a hostile Foxborough environment. During Week 13, the Jets were torched 45-3 in Foxborough. Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns as the Patriot offense rolled up 405 total yards of offense.

However, the Jets did beat the Patriots, 28-14, during their Week 2 meeting in the Meadowlands. Will the Jets be able to jump in the time machine, re-create their Week 2 gameplan and beat the Patriots when it matters the most? How will the Jets attempt to stop the Belichick/Brady show?

Tom Brady (L) talking to Matt Ryan and Pointing At Me

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Many of the New York Jets younger core figures to receive contract extensions. However, the 32-year-old defensive end Shaun Ellis will be on the outside looking in.

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As reported earlier by columnist Matt Vereb, the New York Jets received word today that free agent defensive end Jason Taylor agreed in principle to a contract. The contract will be for two years, and reportedly very incentive-based. Check out our article to see how we think he will fit in with his new team, and what this means for Thursday’s NFL Draft.

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