A look at Favre's impact on the Jets

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by Eric Stashin  What a perfect way to kick off our football coverage here at Rotoprofessor!  I woke up this morning to the news that the Packers have traded Brett Favre to the New York Jets for a draft pick (though, which round the pick will be is not entirely known according to espn.com).  They site NFL Network, who says:
“if Favre takes 50 percent of total snaps with the Jets in 2008, the fourth-rounder becomes a third-round pick. If he gets 70 percent of the snaps and the Jets make the playoffs, it becomes a second-round pick; and if he gets 80 percent of snaps and the Jets make the Super Bowl, it becomes a first-round pick”
Honestly, it doesn’t matter which scenario it ends up being, Favre immediately makes the Jets a better team.  They made waves this offseason improving their offensive line, picking up veteran players like Alan Faneca, to supplement youngsters Nick Mangold & D’Brickashaw Fergusen.  You don’t do that unless you want to win now, and with Chad Pennington or Kellen Clemens behind center, the Jets didn’t offer much upside.

That’s not to say that they couldn’t win with either of them, but let’s face it, Favre brings a lot more credibility to a franchise that sorely needs it.  Does Favre make them an instant playoff favorite?  I don’t think so, especially in the loaded AFC, but he certainly gives them a much better chance then they had yesterday.
I think Clemens could develop into a good NFL QB, but sitting on the sidelines watching one of the greats of NFL history is going to help him that much more.  He should learn a tremendous amount from the veteran, which in and of itself, makes the move worth it.
The Jets have solid WR in Laveranues Coles and Jericho Cotchery, who should certainly benefit some by the move at QB.  Favre is going to try and make big plays, he always does, so I could see them getting in the endzone a few more times, Cotchery especially.  You may want to move him up a few slots on your draft board, though I would leave Coles where he was.
The Jets do have a familiar name at TE for Favre to throw to in Bubba Franks, though he’s joined by Chris Baker and rookie Dustin Keller.  Who knows who is going to get the majority of the playing time, so I’m not going to endorse moving any of these guys up on draft day, but you may want to take a flyer on Keller or Baker for your bench.  I would expect them to make more waves then the veteran, Franks.
Thomas Jones and Leon Washington should get a little boost in the running game, because defenses will not be able to focus on the run anymore, having to protect against Favre and the passing game.  I’m not going to say that either are tremendous options, but Jones should be considered a solid #2 RB in all formats.
So, there you have it.  Brett Favre is a Jet, and it certainly has a major impact on all of the offensive weapons the Jets have.  Make the necessary adjustments on draft day.

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