Who is the Capital Region's most beloved sports team? I think we know but let's take a look anyhow. There are probably some major professional sports teams and leagues that we can toss immediately. The NHL is easy to toss. Besides the lack of general popularity, a direct result of Gary Bettman's reign as commissioner, the NHL fanbase in the Capital Region is too fractured.
Andy Vasquez from USA Today Sports and northjersey.com was on The Drive with Charlie and Dan today right after seeing Wilson perform at Jets mini-camp. Andy was pleasantly impressed by Wilson but noted, “no one was trying to tackle him or his receivers…” With that said, he still has to have an understanding of the Jets offense already. That is a good sign. Vasquez also dispelled the rumblings that Zach Wilson was too small to be an NFL quarterback, saying Wilson “is only an inch shorter than Sam Darnold.”
The 2021 NFL Draft was a big step back towards "normal" for the NFL as they were live on stage in Cleveland, Ohio with Commissioner Rodger Goodell and even players in attendance. So now we turn our attention from the flash to the substance. How did the New York NFL teams do adding the talent needed to get them to the next level? Director of Scouting for the Draft Network Kyle Crabbs joined Levack and Ball to share his grades for all 32 NFL franchises in this year's Draft.
With the NFL Draft about a month away we are in the heat of what Trey Wingo calls "Lying Season". Every NFL team from the owner to the GM to digital interns will say whatever they have to in an attempt to gain leverage or sew the seeds of doubt in other teams. Meanwhile, every reporter and insider is reading into every single morsel of information trying to predict what will happen from Thursday, April 29th to Saturday, May 1st in Cleveland, Ohio. I say all of that to say this, just because Jets GM Joe Douglas went to BYU QB Zach Wilson's pro-day doesn't mean they're 100% drafting him with the second overall pick of the draft.
The New York Giants and Jets have been very active in Free Agency. Even after a slow start for the Giants they've come on strong adding players like Kyle Rudolph and Kenny Golladay to name a few. Meanwhile their MetLife roommate the Jets have consistently added talent since Free Agency began. a few questions remain for both teams like are they done adding free agents and what's the plan for their drafts?