Stephen Hill left to fight for roster spot tonight

August 28th, 2014

On Monday Rex Ryan said Stephen Hill will play in the final preseason game against the Eagles on Thursday night. On Tuesday ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jets tried to trade Hill earlier in the offseason. Obviously the Jets didn’t find any takers in their quest to trade Hill, but what we don’t know is was there just no interest at all or no interest at whatever price the Jets were asking?

Add all that together and what it means is Hill is planted firmly on the bubble and his roster spot is very much in question.

Let’s just get this out of the way now. I spent most of the offseason emphatically telling fans that, “Hill is not getting cut.” I said this for a variety of reasons. Hill is only going into his third year (the year many receivers historically make a big jump in their career), he was a second-round draft pick coming out of the triple-option offense at Georgia Tech. In college Hill mostly blocked for the running game, when he did run a route it was almost always a straight go-route. Read the rest of this entry »

Jets suspend Dimitri Patterson indefinitely

August 25th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ – After disappearing before last Friday night’s game against the Giants cornerback Dimitri Patterson has finally been located.

John Idzik confirmed with reporters that Patterson got in touch with the team, through agent Drew Rosenhaus, and meet with them at their Florham Park facilities last night. This is obviously a weird situation, but all we can infer at this moment was Idzik and coach Rex Ryan weren’t completely satisfied with Patterson’s reason for going AWOL as Idzik told a group of reporters that they have suspended Patterson indefinitely.

Since the news of his disappearence speculation has, obviously, run rampant with people creating all types of possible explanations. Most of the theories revolve around the veteran cornerback’s long injury history, was he frustrated with his current injuries? Contemplating retirement? Or did he just break under the pressure? Read the rest of this entry »

Zach Sudfeld might just be the best tight end on the roster

July 29th, 2014

The 2014 New York Jets are filled with interesting position battles. Whether it’s the battle for number two receiver, the number two corner, the battle for (possibly) both guard spots or the (not really a battle) battle for starting quarterback. But one positional battle no one seems to really be focusing on is at tight end.

Maybe it’s because most people assume rookie Jace Amaro will be given the job or maybe others expect Jeff Cumberland will hold down the starting job until Amaro is ready, but a new leader has emerged and honestly maybe we all should have seen this coming sooner.

Zach Sudfeld was the talk of the Patriots training camp last year as he wowed everybody in attendance, but after three games into the season, with Aaron Hernandez in prison and Rob Gronkowski hurt, the Patriots felt that they couldn’t waste a roster spot on a tight end who couldn’t contribute immediately since they needed active bodies at tight end. So, the Patriots released him and the Jets quickly pounced on him. Read the rest of this entry »

Depth chart breakdown: OL

July 3rd, 2014

We’re three weeks away from the first day of training camp and during these three weeks we will look to examine the depth chart at each position (with the exception of special teams). We’ll look at who is locked into a starting spot, likely to get/keep a starting spot, who will just miss the starting lineup but become an important backup and guys who will likely be cut.

We start with the offensive line because honestly this is the unit that gives me the most concern for the Jets going into the season. Obviously the quarterback is the most important single position and it won’t matter much if the offensive line is great if the quarterback play is terrible but in order for the quarterback to play to the best of his ability the offensive line is going to need to prove it’s capable of protecting the quarterback and giving the running backs lanes to run through.

The secondary seems to be the unit most people are unsure of and understandably so, but with the raw talent, Rex Ryan’s system and getting to play behind a dominate front line I expect the secondary to have their rough patches, especially considering all the high-powered offenses they play this season, but still be more than adequate. With the offensive line there are two huge unknowns at both guard spots and I have some questions/cause for concern with the other three starting lineman as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Deep tight end group offers creative opportunities

June 20th, 2014

With so much attention on the quarterback competition, the new group of receivers and a talented but inexperienced secondary it seems like this tight end group has been getting overlooked.

Of course the rookie tight end, Jace Amaro, has received plenty of attention, even if his performance took a slight dip between OTA’s and minicamp before starting to trend upwards again, but it seems like the rest of the group has been an afterthought.

During Wednesday’s practice the tight end group as a whole looked to be the most impressive unit of the day (not the best we know that is the defensive line, but most impressive on that day).

Patriots castoff Zach Sudfeld has looked pretty good running routes and catching passes, he uses his frame really well and presents a big target for his quarterback, but what’s been most impressive about him has been his blocking. Sudfeld has greatly improved his blocking technique and it shows as he did a really impressive job of protecting the edge of the line and stuffing oncoming pass rushers. He even had to diagnose the defensive coverage and pick and choose who to block on a couple of occasions and both times he choose right. Read the rest of this entry »

Final minicamp practice: Spy games and secondary progress

June 19th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ – Hockey season has ended and the World Cup is in the middle of group stages, but ex-Jet defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, just managed to pull off one of the most unique and oddly impressive hat tricks ever by managing to anger Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick and Nick Saban all in one interview.

Pettine was doing an interview with the MMQB.SI.com’s Greg Bedard when he began to talk about installing the defensive system in Cleveland and took the first swipe at Belichick. “I don’t put a lot of graduate-level information in it.” Pettine said, “We know in places like New England, it’s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”

So, did Pettine just accuse Belichick and the Patriots of spying and/or cheating? Well yeah, pretty much. Read the rest of this entry »

Day one minicamp recap: Geno’s comfort level grows

June 17th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ – It was a hot and humid day as the Jets kicked off their 2014 minicamp, the players made sure they were well hydrated as they drank a bit more water than normal during warmups and it’s a good thing they did because of all the pushups they had to do.

The Jets have continued a practice they started last season, hoping to correct all the penalty issues they were having, that involves everyone doing pushups any time there’s a penalty except the person who committed the penalty. Otherwise it’s literally everybody, all the players, the coaching and public relations staff. Woody Johnson and John Idzik have joined in when in attendance and today even some fans decided to play along.

Of course Rex Ryan wasn’t pleased with all the penalties, something he expects we won’t see again tomorrow saying,”It got ugly out there. We’re really harping on defensive holding. I know the league is trying to get restive jerseys and all that kind of stuff, but guys are running out there with the jerseys that we used to play in and it’s like you make contact and you really can’t touch them anymore. But yeah, I have to fix that one. Tomorrow, I promise there won’t be half of those penalties, because I’m going to have them wave the flag instead of throw it. That was ugly.” Read the rest of this entry »

McDougle impresses in first full practice

June 12th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ – Last year, on September 14th, Dexter McDougle had two interceptions to help the Terrapins beat Connecticut 32-21. Later in that same game McDougle suffered a season-ending shoulder injury when he went to make a tackle.

“Dexter was playing as good as he’s played since I’ve been here.” Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said after the game according to ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson, “It’s just sad that this happened to him.”

After nine long months of healing, rehabbing and simultaneously training for the NFL McDougle finally got clearance to ditch the red non-contact jersey for the first time with the Jets and he was absolutely giddy with delight. Read the rest of this entry »

OTA’s: First impressions

May 28th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ – The Jets kicked off OTA’s yesterday, but today was the media’s first chance to get a look at the whole team together and as they say, ‘you never get a second chance at a first impression.’ Of course that puts too much pressure and/or emphasis on the first impression especially in a scenario such as this.

Yes, today was the media’s chance to get a first impression of the newly signed free agents, but what you see in OTA’s doesn’t necessarily translate to anything meaningful during the season. Still OTA’s are all we have for now and with no more media access until next Wednesday the first impressions are literally all we have to work with.

So, instead of getting ahead of ourselves and we start obsessing over quarterback competitions, who will be the number two receiver and cornerback, who will get cut and who could possibly be a breakout star let’s keep it simple and focus on today’s first impressions. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Calvin Pryor this year’s Sheldon Richardson?

May 21st, 2014

Last year Sheldon Richardson dominated the headlines in rookie camp, instantly earned the affection of the coaching staff and teammates and also became both a fan and media favorite. He continued that dominance throughout training camp and the regular season culminating with him winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Let’s travel back in time to just over a year ago.

The Jets had just drafted Dee Milliner and Richardson in the first round while also snagging Geno Smith with their second round pick. It was the first day of rookie camp and as soon as media observers glanced at the field their eyes lit up as if to say, ‘Damn, that dude is quick.’ Instantly onlookers were transfixed by his electric speed and quickness, an effortless burst and an overall giant ball of energy. It was just rookie camp though, so as impressive as his first impression was it was hard to put any stock into it, that is, until the locker room opened up. Read the rest of this entry »