Archive for August, 2008

Analysis: Roster Cut Down

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

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.

What I Know So Far

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Nothing.

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.

You have Questions, I have Answers

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

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.

My 53-Man Roster

Friday, August 29th, 2008

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

PUP List

                                CB Justin Miller

                                WR David Clowney

                                LB Jason Trusnik

 

                                Practice Squad

 

                                WR Paul Raymond

                                LB Kenwin Cummings

                                OL Wayne Hunter

                                OL Kyle DeVan

                                OL Stanley Daniels

                                DE Bryan Mattison

                                FB Jehuu Caulcrick

 

 

Live Blog: Favre’s Debut (Cont’d)

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

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.

Live Blog: Jets vs. Redskins (Favre’s Debut)

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

First Quarter: Favre has played both of the Jets possessions and has looked very sharp. He opened up the game with a completion to WR Jerricho Cotchery for 11 yards. On the Jets first possession, Favre went 3-4 for 25 yards, but took a took a sack for a 10 yard loss.

On his second possession Favre looked even better. On a 3rd and 3, Favre threw a 19 yard completion to Cotchery. Then on the next play he excuted a fake pass and handoff beautifully as Brad Smith ran 12 yards to set Gang Green up on the Redskins doorstep. Two plays later Favre found rookie TE Dustin Keller in the endzone for a five yard touchdown pass. JETS 7, REDSKINS 0

For those who live under a rock

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Brett Favre is now a member of the New York Jets. Gang Green acquired Favre for a conditional fourth round pick that will probably go as high as second round pick. The trade also marks the end for longtime Jets QB Chad Pennington who will be traded or released on Thursday. Favre will not be in uniform when the Jets visit the Browns tonight in Cleveland.

 

More on the Favre trade later!

Baker’s Back

Monday, August 4th, 2008

If you asked me during the mandatory mini-camp in early June, if TE Chris Baker would be a member of the Jets in early August, my answer would have been no. After Baker ripped into General Manager Mike Tannenbaum on June 5th, I thought their would be no way the seven year pro would be back for an eighth season with the team that drafted him.

But I was wrong again as today Baker came off the PUP list and put on the pads only three days before the Jets first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.

And just as I want to see Chad Pennington under center this season, I sure as hell want Baker wearing the Green and White this season. While Baker will never be considered a “great” tight end, he is more than serviceable and when he teams with new acquisition Bubba Franks and first round pick Dustin Keller, he be apart of a tight end group that will allow the Jets offense to many different things in both the running and passing games.

“I’m excited to get Chris out there,” said head coach Eric Mangini. “Having Baker, Bubba Franks, Jason Pociask and (Dustin) Keller, there’s four really good candidates and they are all intelligent guys and they are all guys that can do different things.”

The benefits of having Baker are tremendous. Baker has proved over his career he can catch, especially touchdowns as he has caught 13 in his career. He is well liked by his teammates in the locker room and he can also run block. But most importantly he and Franks can help mold Keller into a dangerous threat for the Jets for years to come.

Keller has already shown Jets coaches and fans that he has the tools to be successful on the NFL level, but if Baker and Franks can show Keller the ropes (ex: how handle the media, how to handle life as an NFLer, etc), his potential can go through the roof.

But with the preseason just getting starting, it is not a guarantee that Baker will be a Jet week 1. Last season when Pete Kendall had his falling out with the Jets, he did not get traded till midway through the preseason. But for Baker’s situation we will just wait and see. Hopefully he remains with Gang Green!