Archive for July, 2013

Breaking Down the QB Battle Through Day Four

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

After the first four days of training camp the Jets have today off, which gives us the perfect chance to check in on how the quarterback battle is unfolding. There’s enough attention being devoted to the quarterback competition that there’s no need to write about it daily, but we will continue to find logical check-points to give updates on how the battle is progressing until a starter is eventually named.

After mini-camp it appeared Mark Sanchez would be the favorite to win the starting job, but clearly Geno Smith put in a lot of work during the five week vacation as he has looked much more comfortable running the offense since they got to Cortland. We here at JetsInsider don’t get into charting passes as there’s so many variables to consider we feel training camp stats can be incredibly misleading, what we try to do is judge the quarterbacks by the type of day they had (in individual passing drills, position drills, 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s) and add the days up to see who has been better overall. (more…)

Despite Setbacks Rex Ryan Not Concerned About Cornerback Depth

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Cortland, NY – With the Jets trading Darrelle Revis during the offseason everyone knew the Jets wouldn’t be as good at the top of their cornerback depth chart, but there was reason to believe they would be deeper than they were last year. With Dee Milliner’s continued absence and Aaron Berry’s season-ending ACL injury all of a sudden the Jets aren’t quite as deep as expected.

Milliner is one of just three rookies who have yet to sign contracts, Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack are the other two. The holdup is a bit puzzling since the new CBA was designed to eliminate this exact situation and there’s not much wiggle room in the contracts, as the salaries are slotted by draft position, but it appears the issue is a disagreement in the offset language and there’s no reason to think this holdout will continue all through camp.

“Well, you know, I am frustrated by it. I’m disappointed he’s not here, I’d like for Dee to be here there’s no question.” Rex Ryan said after being asked to compare it to the Darrelle Revis holdout, “But I think with Darrelle’s contract, he was under contract and I think that was a lot of my frustration. You know we had a player that was under contract and wasn’t there, you know. A player and an organization are going to do what’s in the best interest of each other or whatever, certainly the organization is and the player will also and that’s fine. If a guy was under contract, that’s where I would have the biggest frustration. You know here, this is business it’s not the first time that a player is not here because he hasn’t signed a contract.” (more…)

Running Back Roulette

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Cortland, NY – The running back group was all set to be one of the most intriguing battles throughout camp, but they certainly didn’t get off to a good start.

Joe McKnight failed his physical on check-in day, forcing the team to put him on the physically unable to perform list until he passed the physical. McKnight passed the physical yesterday and re-joined his teammates on the practice field and he sure seemed to be in perfectly fine physical shape.

Chris Ivory felt some tightness in his hamstring and not wanting to push it this early in camp decided to take it easy and sit out the first couple of days, his hope is to get back out there on Sunday.

Then there’s the curious case of Mike Goodson. The Jets signed Goodson during the offseason hoping he would be able to compete for a starting, or at least a significant, role, then he went and got arrested on drugs and weapons charges. Goodson is conspicuously absent from training camp and while the team knows why Goodson can’t be here, they’re not letting anyone else in on the secret. (more…)

Geno Smith Skips Jets West

Friday, July 12th, 2013

This week Mark Sanchez hosts his fourth annual Jets West camp, a time where the quarterback and many young receivers get together to run drills and work on the ins-and-outs of the playbook, but the biggest news from the camp is about who isn’t in attendance and that’s rookie quarterback Geno Smith.

There was some confusion about Smith and his possible Jets West invitation at the end of mini-camp, when asked if he would attend Smith simply responded with, “no comment.” This sent some people into a a bit of a tailspin before Smith later clarified he offered the, “no comment,” because he didn’t know what Jets West was and he was told anytime he’s asked a question about something he doesn’t know to simply say “no comment.” More confusion ensued as Sanchez said, “everyone is invited,” when asked if he invited Smith only for Smith to later say he still hadn’t received an invitation. (more…)