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Mayock weighs in on Jets at 20

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2016 – 9:22 am

The Bills have division rival Miami up ahead of them on the board at 13, but the bigger concern is the Jets, who sit right behind them at 20 in round one of the draft.

Most of the speculation surrounds whether or not the Jets would sit at 20, and whether or not they’d take a quarterback early knowing their contract negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick remain unresolved. They have a major bargaining chip in Muhammad Wilkerson, who was franchised, but is also at odds on a long-term agreement with the club.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock offered his two cents on the possible options for the Jets if they stay at 20.

“It’s interesting because I think even if they sign Fitzpatrick, I don’t know how long a term they’d be talking about,” said Mayock. “He’s 34 years old. Is he the long-term answer for Maccagnan and Bowles? So I think they’ve got to be evaluating the heck out of Paxton Lynch, and I think Paxton Lynch makes a ton of sense there, especially if they had a veteran quarterback he could sit behind for one year. So I think Paxton Lynch has to be the first consideration.

“Are we going to try to be in the ballpark or in the game for that kid? That’s to me first and foremost. After that you start to look around at 20 and say, ‘Okay, is our edge linebacker need going to — are we going to get a better player at edge linebacker or an offensive lineman? (Left tackle) Ryan Clady has had a history of injury; (Nick) Mangold is 32; (Right tackle Breno) Giacomini is 31. That offensive line needs some attention.

“I think when you get to 20, you’re looking at your board, and you’re going, ‘Okay, what do I like here? Do I like Ryan Kelly? Do I like Taylor Decker? Who’s the top edge rusher? How do I feel about Shaq Lawson or Emmanuel Ogbah? Can I go in the second round and get an offensive tackle, or do I want to get a tackle in the first round and get an edge guy?’

“If so, I think there’s a big conversation here, and I think the corners, which I haven’t even mentioned, also kind of fit into that thing, and depending on how they feel about Dee Milliner and his future.”

For what it’s worth I have the Jets taking Lynch at 20th overall a pick after Buffalo in my mock draft, but it’s likely that Lynch comes off the board prior to that point. That would necessitate a trade up for the Jets, which could happen if there’s a team interested in paying big money to Wilkerson.

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It sounds like Fitz time in NY with Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2015 – 1:35 pm

Jets QB Geno Smith was apparently the victim of a sucker punch in his own locker room and the injuries he sustained could keep him out of the lineup for 10 weeks.

That according to ESPN New York Jets reporter Rich Cimini.

If the timetable for Smith being sidelined is accurate, former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is the likely starter for New York in Week 1. The Jets host the Browns in Week 1.

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Jets get better where they’re already good

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 11:35 pm

The Bills brain trust spent round one of the draft watching names come off the board, no doubt paying particular attention to the picks by their AFC East rivals.

And when it comes to the New York Jets, it looks like they got a major influx of talent to their already talented defensive line.

The Jets chose USC DE Leonard Williams with the 6th overall pick in the draft. Some draft experts regarded him as the “safest” pick in the draft, others thought he was one of the most talented player available.

Williams doesn’t even turn 21 for another couple of months. At 6-5, 302 pounds, Williams joins a big, physical Jets defensive line that already includes Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson.  Wilkerson and Richardson were also first round picks by the Jets.

Bills GM Doug Whaley says the Bills thought highly of Leonard Williams and are sorry to see him land in the division.

“Good player. I wish he didn’t go to the Jets in the division,” Whaley said after round one ended. “Good for them.  He’s a heckuva player. We thought he was the best defensive player and probably the best player in the draft.”

Veteran Muhammad Wilkerson is entering the final year of his contract and the selection of Leonard Williams has ramped up speculation that New York might put Wilkerson on the market.

“”Right now, Muhammad is on our team,”  Jets GM Mike Maccagnan told Thursday night.  “Again, I’m not going to speculate. We’re not actively trying to shop Muhammad. Right now, he’s part of us. Obviously, at some point in time, we’re going to talk to him and his agent, and kind of proceed forward.”

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Report: Jets interested in Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 5:21 pm reporter Ian Rapaport is reporting that Eagles QB Michael Vick is drawing interest from one of Buffalo’s AFC East division rivals.

Rapaport is reporting that the Jets are interested in possibly acquiring the veteran quarterback. Here’s was what he said about it on NFL Network.

“I’m told the New York Jets are a realistic possible landing spot for Michael Vick for a couple of reasons,” said Rapaport. “One, they want someone to come in and push Geno Smith every day in practice and kind of help him be a little more professional. It doesn’t sound like they want to do it on a long term basis. Also offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Vick still have a lot of mutual respect from their Eagles days together, so a realistic possibility, but they’re not the only team interested in Vick.”

Vick is set to become an unrestricted free agent March 11th.

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Jets to kick tires on Manning?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2012 – 11:54 am

The speculation in the world of the New York media is only getting to intensify as the Colts’ big decision on March 8th draws closer, but the latest report, courtesy of the New York Post, is that the Jets will look as improving their quarterback situation with Peyton Manning a likely target should he be released by Indianapolis.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum apparently would not rule out acquiring Peyton Manning saying that the club would look “very carefully” at the quarterback position. Tannenbaum said he anticipates that Mark Sanchez will be their starting QB in 2012, but certainly left the door open with this comment on ESPN Radio.

“We don’t need to bring in another guy to make Mark Sanchez great. Mark Sanchez wants to be great because that’s who he is,” Tannenbaum said on ESPN Radio. “With that said, we’re looking at that position very carefully and I wouldn’t be surprised if at the end of the day, by September, that position group as a whole looks a little bit different than it did at the end of the 2011 season.”

Tannenbaum also said,  “When we have opportunities to improve our team that’s what we’re going to do. My philosophy is you’ve got to be aggressive, you have to know what’s going on out there, and you have to look for opportunities.”

Just a few years ago Tannenbaum was the one who pulled off the acquisition of Brett Favre from the Packers, so there’s a track record of New York pursuing top flight veteran quarterbacks before.

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Top DTs visiting Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on April 11, 2011 – 10:22 am

A couple of the top defensive tackle prospects in this year’s draft are making pre-draft visits to the Jets today (Monday).

According to the Jets official team site, Baylor DT Phil Taylor and Temple DT/DE Muhammad Wilkerson are visiting with the club in Florham Park, N.J..

Wilkerson and Taylor figure to be late first-round picks and the Jets draft pick 30th overall. With NT Kris Jenkins not expected back and DE Shaun Ellis soon to be 33-years old, New York needs an influx of youth up front, so seeing them pull the trigger on either one of these players would come as no surprise on draft day.

Watching Taylor work at the Senior Bowl all week, he was downright dominant. Wilkerson offers the versatility of playing a 3-4 end or a 3-4 nose if needed.

Other Jets visitors include Tempe S Jaiqwan Jarrett, Rutgers CB Joe Lefeged, Arkansas OL Ray Dominguez, Slippery Rock C Brandon Fusco, Central Florida OT Jah Reid.

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Jets L.T. talking Super Bowl already

Posted by Chris Brown on June 30, 2010 – 8:33 am

Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson (still sounds weird) is talking big about what he and his team will accomplish in the next year or two.

He predicted that the team will “absolutely” win an NFL title in the next two seasons.

His direct quote to ESPN was “I’ll win a Super Bowl.”

Tomlinson at age 31 is no doubt hoping that’s the case. He’s expected to serve as a complementary back to Shonn Greene in 2010.

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Bills won’t see Jets NT Jenkins in Wk 13

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2009 – 3:48 pm

The Bills likely won’t be seeing any more of Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins this season if the reports are accurate..

Jenkins, who left Sunday’s game against the Bills in the second quarter with a knee injury, is reportedly lost for the season.

NFL Network Insider Michael Lombardi is reporting that Jenkins will miss the rest of the year with a left knee injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that a team source has told him it’s a torn ACL for Jenkins.

All that Jets head coach Rex Ryan would say after the game is that his injury looked to be “severe.”

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Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2009 – 3:52 pm

The Jets will be without WR Jerricho Cotchery today as well as WR Brad Smith.

That means that David Clowney will start opposite Braylon Edwards at WR, with TE Dustin Keller lining up in the slot when the Jets go three wide.

Other inactives for the Jets are as follows.

CB Donald Strickland
CB Marquice Cole
LB Ryan Fowler
G Matt Slauson

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Running at Jenkins not productive

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2009 – 1:25 pm

This probably comes as no surprise, but Jets DT Kris Jenkins was extremely effective in stopping runs that came in his direction last season against the Bills.

According to ESPN stat guru KC Joyner, the Bills had 15 runs in the two games against the Jets last season that went up the middle at or in the general direction of the area occupied by Jenkins. On those 15 run plays the Bills gained 43 yards, less than three yards per carry.

Buffalo now has a whole new offensive front, which includes center Geoff Hangartner, a center that perhaps knows Jenkins game better than any other center in the league having been his teammate for three seasons in Carolina.

The Bills gained 187 rushing yards in their last meeting with the Jets and Jenkins was double and sometimes triple teamed by the Bills. But Jenkins also was not 100 percent healthy in that game. And as we all know the Jets still won that game.

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Jets add WR

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2009 – 4:52 pm

With the Jets likely facing the prospect of being down a pair of receivers in Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith on Sunday, they’ve added a receiver to their 53-man roster.

New York promoted WR Danny Woodhead from their practice squad, signing him to their active roster Saturday. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Jets waived DT Howard Green.

Woodhead (5’9″ 195) has been with the Jets since 2008 when he was signed by the club as an undrafted rookie free agent. But he spent all of 2008 on injured reserve. He was signed to the team’s practice squad right after he was waived as part of final cuts in early September.

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Jets injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 3:03 pm

Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) is officially listed as doubtful after failing to practice at all this week. Joining him on that doubtful list is fellow WR Brad Smith (quad).

That means David Clowney is expected to start opposite Braylon Edwards outside with Dustin Keller the likely third receiver when the Jets go to three wide looks.

Questionable for the Jets Sunday is LDE Shaun Ellis (knee) who was limited in practice Friday. CB Donald Strickland (ankle) was also questionable as he was limited in practice all week.

Starting RT Damien Woody (foot) is also questionable after failing to practice at all this week either.

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Jets WR not expected to play

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 12:10 pm

The Jets will be without #2 WR Jerricho Cotchery on Sunday.

That according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Cotchery re-aggravated his hamstring injury on Monday night in the loss to the Dolphins and with the short week he has not practiced at all this week.

WR Brad Smith (quad) has also not practiced this week leaving his status for Sunday in doubt as well.

If both cannot go, WR David Clowney would start opposite Braylon Edwards, with TE Dustin Keller expected to line up as the third WR in their 3 wide sets.

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Jets practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2009 – 3:52 pm

For the second straight day Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) did not practice. Starting DE Shaun Ellis (knee) also did not practice for the second day.

WR Brad Smith (quad) and RT Damien Woody (foot) also have yet to practice this week.

Limited in practice for the second straight day were cornerbacks Lito Sheppard (quad) and Donald Strickland (ankle).

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Jets still steamed over Mon. night loss

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2009 – 9:34 am

Jets head coach Rex Ryan went straight to the office after his team landed back in New Jersey following the Monday night loss to Miami to get right back to work. The defensive players were also given the riot act on Wednesday in team meetings.

As reported in the Daily News the players commented on Ryan’s rant and how motivated they are to redeem themselves this week against the Bills here are some of the player comments that appeared in the Daily News today. 

“When you see him emotional that way, you know you were pretty pathetic,” said safety Kerry Rhodes, who described Ryan’s rant as “PG-13 . “It wasn’t R-rated, but there were a few more expletives than PG-13.”

When asked if there was a greater sense of urgency LB Bart Scott had this answer.

“Damn straight, there is,” he said. “(Monday night) was the one time we had this year to show the world what type of team we are, and now they believe we’re something else…. I can’t wait to hit somebody. I can’t wait to step out there and see somebody in another jersey, so I can take all this pain and all this embarrassment I’m feeling and inflict it on someone else.”

“We got humbled,” said Calvin Pace. “Sometimes that’s not such a bad thing. We just have to take it out on Buffalo.”

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Jets not picky on origin of blitz

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 6:40 pm

The New York Jets have not been picky about where they bring their blitzes from. According to Bills offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt they bring them from just about everywhere.

“They blitz from everywhere, they overload a lot of sides, and they do enough where they bring it from both sides and you can’t just say it’s the overload pressure,” said Van Pelt. “They show it in drop out and play coverage. So it’s tough, it’s hard to figure out and I don’t know if you can figure it out. You have to act and react, try to pick up as many as you can and get the ball out of your hand.”

And while opposing quarterbacks haven’t had much success against the Jets defense, they haven’t been sacked all that much. Despite all the pressure the Jets bring they have just four sacks on the season. In fact their opponents have more than they do (10). So I guess they prove to a certain extent that it’s not all about sacks, but just hurrying throws and disrupting the timing of the offense.

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Ryan raves about Jim Leonhard

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 5:21 pm

Former Bills safety Jim Leonhard was a guy Jets head coach Rex Ryan had his eye on for a long time.

Ryan actually wanted to sign him out of college after he went undrafted, but Buffalo obviously landed him. But when Leonhard was out there and available after Buffalo released him in 2008, Ryan, then Baltimore’s defensive coordinator did a lot to get him on his roster.

“He’s smart, he’s tough, he’s durable and just a heck of a football player,” said Ryan. “When he came to our place in Baltimore it was actually on a two-day tryout. And then when I told Ozzie [Newsome, the Ravens GM] I really liked him and how much we really needed him and I wanted him to go through training camp, we had actually just drafted two safeties.

“Of course, we had Ed Reed and Duwan Landry, so we were set at our starters when we drafted two safeties, yet I still wanted Jim Leonhard because I knew he was a heck of a  football player, a special football player. Ozzie said ‘You can have him, but you’ve got to cut three players (laughing).’ So we cut those three guys and Jim’s now playing with me and the Jets and doing a great job.”

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Jets injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 4:32 pm

Three of New York’s starters did not practice on Wednesday.

WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring), DE Shaun Ellis (knee) and RT Damien Woody (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday for the Jets.

Limited in practice Wednesday was CB Lito Sheppard who is trying to return from a quad injury. CB Donald Strickland (ankle) was also limited.

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Jets practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 1:26 pm

The Jets have a few starters not practicing today.

According to the Daily News here are the non-participants.

WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring)
RT Damien Woody (foot)
WR Brad Smith (foot)
DE Shaun Ellis (undisclosed)

Back practicing off injury is CB Donald Strickland.

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