Archive for August, 2013

Braylon Edwards, Joe McKnight Among 15 Jets’ Cuts

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- With teams forced to trim their rosters down to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET tomorrow the Jets officially released 15 players. Leaving them with 77 players left on the roster (at least by my calculations) and two more players left wondering when their names will be called to turn in their play-books.

Headlining this group of cuts are veteran receiver Braylon Edwards and running back Joe McKnight. Edwards was signed right before camp, but his body wasn’t able to hold up. The Jets signed him with the intention of keeping him on a pitch count to keep his knee healthy, but that wasn’t enough as the Jets decided they needed a healthy body to fill that roster spot.

Joe McKnight was cut after a disappointing and underwhelming career with the Jets, McKnight was an electric kick returner, when he held onto the ball, but that ultimately wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster. McKnight got off to camp on the wrong foot, failing his conditioning test before passing it the next day, suffered from cramps and migraines, and was never able to recover enough to prove that he deserved a roster spot. (more…)

Lex Hilliard Out for Season, Tommy Bohanon to Start

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- Lex Hilliard went down hard in yesterday’s practice and it was immediately apparent he suffered a serious injury once reporters saw his legs flailing around in pain. ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini is reporting that Hilliard will undergo season-ending surgery on a fractured shoulder blade.

With Hilliard out for the season the starting fullback job now belongs to seventh-round pick, from Wake Forest, Tommy Bohanon. Bohanon has officially won the starting job with Hilliard’s injury, but all this really did was speed up the timeline.

Lex Hilliard will undergo season-ending surgery on a fractured shoulder blade, officially giving the starting fullback job to rookie Tommy Bohanon.

Bohanon has had a strong camp performance and has impressed his coaches and teammates, even if Hilliard had stayed healthy he would have had trouble making the roster as teams don’t carry two fullbacks these days and Bohanon was clearly ahead on the depth chart.

Hilliard was signed during the season last year to take over for John Conner, who never quite lived up to Rex Ryan’s lofty aspirations, and signed a one-year deal to return to the Jets for this season. Luckily for the Jets they had already begun the process of moving on from Hilliard when they drafted Bohanon and this injury shouldn’t change the Jets final roster at all.

McIntyre and Barnes to Fill in for Coples

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- Quinton Coples is not your average defensive player. If an average defender gets injured they can simply be replaced by another average defender, but to replace Coples the Jets will rely on two separate players.

Rex Ryan is understandably disappointed that Coples is expected to miss, at least, three-to-four weeks with a slight hairline fracture in his ankle, but he is hoping that Garrett McIntyre plus Antwan Barnes can equal one Quinton Coples, at least on a temporary basis.

Ryan had big plans for Coples this season, including moving him to outside linebacker. Coples still spent some time at defensive end in camp and will likely do so when he returns, but Ryan wants to use Coples in the at linebacker this season and until he returns it’ll be up to McIntyre and Barnes to split his responsibilities. (more…)

Sanchez Struggles In Typical Sanchez Fashion

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

East Rutherford, NJ – It was all there for the taking and Mark Sanchez gave it right back.

Tonight was Sanchez’s big chance to wow the coaching staff, ingratiate himself to the fans and put this quarterback competition to rest and for the first two drives that’s exactly what appeared to be happening.

But of course the metaphorical clock predictably struck midnight and the fifth-year quarterback turned back into a mistake making pumpkin.

Sanchez started out with a great, productive and mistake-free opening drive, six plays for 59 yards and a touchdown. He showed good composure throughout the drive and managed to find a wide open Jeff Cumberland for a 23-yard touchdown to give the Jets a 7-0 lead. After the Jaguars responded by quickly matching the Jets touchdown Sanchez lead another solid drive, this one six plays for 53 yards, before stalling and having to settle for a field goal.

Then those tricky wheels fell off that damn wagon. (more…)