James Morgan Roster Profile
James Morgan was drafted by the New York Jets with the 125th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Morgan, played his college football at Bowling Green, before transferring to Florida International University.
In this series we will examine:
- Morgan’s prospect profile from our Head of College and NFL Content Simon Carroll
- his productivity in college
- his potential opportunities in the NFL in the upcoming season
PRO’S: Prototypical pocket passer with a cannon for an arm and big hands to rip the football. Master of movement within the pocket – climbs with comfort and can slide to avoid arm contact. Will stay in the pocket as long as it takes to deliver the football. Tough as nails and willing to take a hit. Arm strength is elite and effortless. Throws with good anticipation, leading his receivers. Eyes stay downfield under pressure and he works through his progressions religiously. Safe quarterback with good awareness to throw the ball away or get rid of it before surrendering a sack. Has enough athleticism and arm strength to throw on the move.
CON’S: Narrow lower body means all his juice comes from his arm. This leads to accuracy issues downfield when he really needs to rifle it. Passes float on him at times for the same reason. Preoccupied with gunning the ball in, even when unnecessary. Lack of athleticism makes him relatively low danger when he breaks contain – he’s certainly not a runner with the football. Unusual throwing motion – the ball comes out quick once he begins but arm Is more horizontal than ideal. Processing speed a tick slow.
SIMON CARROLL: “Much like Anthony Gordon, Morgan has the traits that suggest potential starter material down the line. But he’s a fair way off that yet and it will take some patience to allow him to develop his mental quickness and unorthodox mechanics. He possesses what you can’t teach – arm strength, grit and pocket awareness – and someone is going to bet on their ability to coach him up and get excellent return on an early day-three investment”.
Opportunities at the next level
The Jets desperately needed to get Sam Darnold a serviceable backup in time for the 2020 season. With Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk released, Gang Green needed a Plan B should Darnold get injured next year.
In 2019, the Jets went 7-6 with Darnold and 0-3 without him. In losses to the Browns, Patriots and Eagles in his absence, the team managed just 9 total points on offence. Luke Falk threw 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, averaging just 139 yards per game.
This is what makes Morgan a much needed option. In his time at FIU, he threw for 5,312 yards and 40 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions. Of course, there is a significant step up from college to pro level, but Jets fans will be happy that their franchise rolled the dice here.
General Manager Joe Douglas knows the importance of having a serviceable QB2. His Philadelphia Eagles won a Superbowl with one. The Tennessee Titans entered the 2019 Wildcard Round of the playoffs with a 9-7 record. I’m not saying it is likely the Jets would have made the playoffs with a decent backup in Weeks 2-5, but a lack of definitely killed off their post-season hopes.
I expect Morgan to spend his rookie year with a clipboard in hand. Darnold is younger than Morgan and still only in his third year. It would make sense to have a more experienced signal caller as QB2 for now, with Morgan a long term option at backup.
TOM WATCHED HIS FIRST EVER NFL GAME AT AN EX’S HOME IN NORTH CAROLINA IN 2013 AND “ENCOURAGED” TO SUPPORT THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS. ONE BREAK-UP AND FOUR YEARS LATER, HE SWITCHED ALLEGIANCE TO THE JETS AND HAS BEEN OBSESSED WITH THE GAME EVER SINCE. TOM CAN BE FOUND ON TWITTER AT @DOWNTHEMANNYRD