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Mobile – A heaping helping of Jets Whispers from the Senior Bowl . . .

I was talking to a guy who has been around the Miami Dolphins scene for a long-time and asked him what his take on the issue at Adam Gase’s press conference with the weird eyes.

And the guy said to me that Gase likes to drink a lot of Red Bull Energy Drink and Coffee, and that might have been a factor.

I spoke to another guy who knew Gase in Denver, and he had an interesting theory on the press conference.

This guy theorized, and I’m paraphrasing, that Gase is such a wise guy with the media, and often shoots back at reporters over questions he might not like, but since there was no way he could do that in his opening presser, he had to think extra hard to phrase the answers just right, and this led to his eyes jutting around.

Interesting theory . . .

I heard at the Senior Bowl the Jets coaching staff is getting close to completion . . .

One rising player at the Senior Bowl I hear the Jets have their eyes on is San Jose State tight end Josh Oliver, though tight end might not be a big need for the Jets.

Obviously they love Chris Herndon.

I saw somebody from the Jets today at the Senior Bowl, and I said to that person – the Jets got a first round quality tight end in the fourth round, and I really believe that. The guy isn’t just a really good receiver, but an excellent blocker. The DWI from last summer is obviously a problem, but I’m just talking about how he played.

Jordan Leggett looks like he can be a solid #2 tight end.

Eric Tomlinson is a very good blocking tight end, and this doesn’t manifest itself just on offense for the Jets, but on special teams, where he was a big part of their great kick return game in 2018.

And from what I hear at the Senior Bowl, they really like tight end Neal Stirling, who was playing well before suffering a couple of concussions that ended his season . . .

I heard the Jets met with Oklahoma guard Dru Samia at the Senior Bowl. The Somoan California-native was a second-team All-American this past season, and was part of a Sooner line was that voted best college offensive line in the country. He’s a smart, technically sound player who should be a solid pro. He will be on the Jets’ radar after the first round . . .

Another offensive lineman the Jets met with in Mobile was Kansas State right tackle Dalton Risner. He traveled down an unusual position path in Manhattan, Kansas, starting his freshman year at center, and then manning the right tackle spot is last three years. This is a player who some NFL teams view as an interior player and others consider him a right tackle. Like Samia, is a really smart guy who should get down the playbook fast. Risner was a first-team academic All-American this past college season. I spoke to him today and he was very cerebral and engaging . . .

January 22, 2019

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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