Throughout the afternoon (as I watch the Mets close Shea and hopefully clinch the wild card and the J-E-T-S), I will be sharing my insights on Gang Green and Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. So log on to www.jetsinsider.com/blogs for coverage all day.
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While many people think that their is no such thing as a must win game in September, for the Jets this Sunday when the Cardinals visit the Meadowlands it is a must win! After a poor showing on Monday Night Football last week, the Jets and their secondary will be put to the test on Sunday.
To me whether the Jets win or lose, falls into the hands of rookie CB Dwight Lowery. In his first year of duty CB Darrelle Revis has shown he has answered every challenge thrown his way. But after Lowery received his official welcoming to the NFL, how he rebounds from last week is important. Lowery, who will probably be on Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, will have his hands full as Fitzgerald is four catches away from 350 for his career.
If Lowery and Revis can contain Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin (who tweaked his hamstring in practice on Friday) and NT Kris Jenkins plays like he did the first two weeks the Jets should go into the bye week at 2-2. I see the final score being Jets 27, Cardinals 20.
P.S. My sources told me that QB Brett Favre will play and keep his iron-man streak alive.
Hey Jets Fans, I want to start this blog by apologizing for my absence. The reason why I have been gone from the Blog for the past week is because I was away celebrating my 23rd birthday at Atlantic City. But now I am back (with less money), so back on with the football talk.
Boy am I disappointed with Gang Green. After playing a terrible game at home against the longtime rival New England Patriots, the Jets followed that up with an embarrassing loss against San Diego on Monday Night Football. But as bad as the Jets have played over the past two weeks, they are still in good position for a possible run at the AFC East title.
But if Gang Green can even think about an AFC title run, they MUST win their next six games, starting Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals. After starting 2-0, the Cardinals dropped a tough one to Washington last Sunday. And now having to spend their second consecutive week in the Eastern time zone, Sunday’s game is very winable for Gang Green.
Now after the Cardinals comes a string of games against some of the leagues weaker opponents. After the Cardinals (then a week 5 bye) the Jets face Cincinnati, at Oakland, Kansas City, at Buffalo and St. Louis. In that five game stretch the Jets face four teams at the bottom of the NFL. The Cincinnati, Oakland, Kansas City and St. Louis games should all be wins for the Jets. And if the Jets can find ways to beat Arizona and Buffalo, their could be a good possiblity that they could 7-2 when they travel to Foxborough for their annual visit.
According to an ESPN Chris Mortensen report the Jets have officially signed placekicker Jay Feely. Feely, a journeyman kicker, spent training camp with the Miami Dolphins before losing his job to rookie kicker Dan Carpenter. It is still unknown the severity of Nugent’s injury, but the signing of Feely probably means that Nugent won’t be ready in time for Sunday’s game against New England.
It is not known who the Jets cut to make room for Feely. (I am thinking OL Wayne Hunter but time will tell)
Despite being stuck in traffic on the L.I.E at 6:30 in the morning and making a wrong turn (in which I had to go through Newark Airport to turn around) I made it to the Jets new facility in about an hour and 45 min. From first impressions this place is exactly what everyone has said it is which is Big and Beautiful.
The only problem is the press room is much smaller than the press room the Jets had while the team was at Hofstra (more about that in a later blog). As for whats on tap today, Mangini will hold his presser at 10:15-10:35 then around 11:15 the media will be allowed to watch the Jets stretch. After practice we will talk to the players then speak to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
For the most part my prediction of Jets 53-man roster is pretty close to the actual roster. Minus OL Wayne Hunter instead of OL Nate Garner and CB David Barrett instead of CB Hank Poteat it was pretty close.
Here are some tidbits on what the Jets might have been thinking when they made their decisions on some of the players.
-They must really like QB Erik Ainge. Ainge, who will probably be inactive all season, never got a chance to prove himself until the final preseason game. And with not knowing how long Brett Favre will be a Jet, if Ainge spends a year learning the system under QB coach Brian Daboll, he could challenge for the starter’s next season.
-RB Jesse Chatman must have showed the coaching staff something behind closed doors. Despite being impressive against the Eagles, Chatman still got suspended for 4 games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. And in the back of head coach Eric Mangini’s head he must be irate as one of his pet peeves is discipline.
-WR Wallace Wright will have to show something to this coaching staff. With WR David Clowney having a monster preseason, Wright might be the wide receiver to go when Clowney returns (which might be in a month). Clowney performed very well in the preseason and will get an opportunity to earn playing time once he is healthy. That opportunity might come to the expense of Wright, who is more know for his contributions on special teams.
-Defensively, Congrats to LB Kenwin Cummings for making the roster. Cummings, who played his college football at Wingate must have really showed the Jets coaching staff a lot as he was the only rookie free agent the Jets kept. The only surprises defensively was the cutting of CB Hank Poteat. I would rather have Poteat instead of CB David Barrett. The other surprise was the keeping of CB/KR Ahmad Carroll. He definately made the team because of what he does on special teams.
I can tell you this, Eric Mangini did move his 1 p.m. conference call to 6 p.m. With the final 53-man roster having to be done by 4 p.m., many things rosterwise have become possible. It could be a trade in the works (Kellen Clemens-Vikings, Jesse Chatman-Ravens)? Or is Mangini planning to cut a veteran like Hank Poteat or David Barrett.
When I find out more you will too! That should be within the next two hours.
As we get ready to embark on the 2008 regular season, questions may arise about the Jets (personnel decision or play call) or any other NFL topic. Don’t hesitate to ask those questions as a comment on this blog as I will have no problems answering them.
Enjoy the season and let’s go Jets.
After watching the Jets go through OTA’s, Rookie Mini-camp, training camp and four preseason games I myself have gathered together a list of 53 names that could easily be a possible opening week roster. My prediction has the Jets cutting defensive veterans such as LB Matt Chatham and CB David Barrett. While players like CB Ahmad Carroll and S James Ihedigbo make the cut.
And I also have QB Brett Favre just making the roster. (just being sarcastic). So without further delay here is my version of the 2008 New York Jets. Don’t be afraid to tell me what you think about the list.
1. Brett Favre
2. Kellen Clemens
3. Brett Ratliff
4. Erik Ainge
5. Mike Hugent
6. Ben Graham
7. James Dearth
8. Thomas Jones
9. Leon Washington
10. Jesse Chatman
11. Tony Richardson
12. Laveranues Coles
13. Jerricho Cotchery
14. Brad Smith
15. Wallace Wright
16. Chansi Stuckey
17. Marcus Henry
18. Chris Baker
19. Bubba Franks
20. Dustin Keller
21. Damien Woody
22. Alan Faneca
23. Nick Mangold
24. Brandon Moore
25. D’Brickashaw Ferguson
26. Will Montgomery
27. Rob Turner
28. Nate Garner
29. Shaun Ellis
30. Kris Jenkins
31. Sione Pouha
32. Kenyon Coleman
33. C.J. Mosley
34. Kareem Brown
35. Calvin Pace
36. David Harris
37. Vernon Gholston
38. Eric Barton
39. David Bowens
40. Cody Spencer
41. Marques Murrell
42. Bryan Thomas
43. Mike DeVito
44. Darrelle Revis
45. Dwight Lowery
46. Hank Poteat
47. Drew Coleman
48. Kerry Rhodes
49. Eric Smith
50. Abram Elam
51. David Barrett
52. Ahmad Carroll
53. James Ihedigbo
CB Justin Miller
WR David Clowney
LB Jason Trusnik
WR Paul Raymond
LB Kenwin Cummings
OL Wayne Hunter
OL Kyle DeVan
OL Stanley Daniels
DE Bryan Mattison
FB Jehuu Caulcrick
The Jets take a 7-0 lead into the start of the second quarter but the Redskins are trying to ruin Favre’s Jets debut as they are driving deep into Jets territory. On a drive that started on their own 19 yard line, has now moved to the Jets 12-yard line. JETS 7, REDSKINS 0. End of the 1st Quarter
Redskins K Shaun Suisham kicked a 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 Jets. Brett Favre exits the game after two series. His final line is 5-for-6, 48 yards and one touchdown pass. Kellen Clemens comes into the game at quarterback.JETS 7, REDSKINS 3. 14:39 left in the 2nd Quarter
Clemens replaces Favre and goes three and out. Redskins have the ball inside Jets Territory. JETS 7, REDSKINS 3. 14:17 left in the second quarter.
WR David Clowney continues to impress as he just caught a 29 yard pass from Clemens. Clemens then follows that up by getting sacked twice by Redskin defenders. After the second sack, Jets fans start booing the third year pro. So far Clemens’ line does not look well as he is 1-for-6, 29 yards.
The Jets lead is now in danger as Redskins RB Rock Cartwright ran 73 yards, all the way to the Jets 11 yard line. JETS 7, REDSKINS 3. 3:50 left in the second quarter.
With the Redskins knocking on the door S James Ihedigbo intercepts a Derek Devine pass. Devine had just entered the game as QB Rob Collins left with an undisclosed injury. JETS 7, REDSKINS 3. 2:00 left in the 2nd quarter.