Archive for April, 2014

Round one wide receiver options

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

We’re just eight days away from the NFL draft, which means we are well into what is commonly called silly season.

Silly season is when the draft conversation transitions from simple speculation based on actual player evaluations into a whole lot of nonsense and misinformation. It’s when you start seeing people say Tom Savage should/could get drafted before Teddy Bridgewater. It means, since it’s Wednesday, Jadeveon Clowney will be an outright bust but, tomorrow he’ll be talked about as the next Lawrence Taylor and the obvious first overall pick.

Of course that Clowney narrative has been going on since he was seen gasping for air during his first game of the season last year, but the point remains when you see talk of A.J. McCarron saying he believes he could get drafted as high as number 16. (By the Cowboys who have numerous holes and are paying Tony Romo crazy money. I’m not doubting Jerry Jones would make a bold move at 16, maybe he would take a quarterback, but certainly not McCarron.) (more…)

2014 Schedule Released

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

After teasing us for weeks, toying with our emotions and feeding off of our desire to obsess over anything new in the world of football the NFL has finally released the full schedule for the 2014 regular season. (more…)

Training camp officially back in Cortland

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

After some posturing and questions about the Jets exploring other options for training camp the team officially announced they will be going back to Cortland this summer.

The Jets have held their training camp at the SUNY Cortland college campus for the past six years, with the one exception of the lockout year when they had to have camp in Florham Park due to the late date the league reopened for business.

Rex Ryan has always liked the idea of getting away for a few weeks to limit distractions and focus on football. Cortland offers no big city distractions and the players are away from their friends and family leaving them to concentrate on football and hoping bonds form amongst teammates from the summer camp vibe. (more…)

Chris Johnson signs two-year deal with Jets

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Chris Ivory will have some company in the backfield this year as he will be sharing the running back duties with his new teammate Chris Johnson. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

After weeks of speculation Chris Johnson is officially a New York Jet.

The Jets and Johnson agreed to a two-year deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the details of the contract are not known yet. (UPDATE: per www.profootballtalk.com the deal is for two-years and $8 million base salary with an extra million dollars of potential incentive bonus money. Some perspective, Maurice Jones-Drew just got $3.5 million per year and last year the Titans gave Shonn Greene $10 million for three-years, or just over $3 million per year.)

Running back was way down the list of the Jets needs, but Johnson adds a new dimension to this offense. A dimension that consists of receiving ability out of the backfield and a whole lot of speed. Johnson isn’t the player he once was, when he rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season, but he immediately brings a play-making ability that defenses have to respect which will open up space in the passing game.

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Idzik shows Chris Johnson his poker face

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Free agent running back Chris Johnson spent all day at the Jets practice facilities yesterday, yet he left without a deal. Johnson has been in the New York area since last week causing the entire world to speculate that he would eventually sign with the Jets, but even though the visit was said to have gone well and been productive Johnson left Florham Park without signing a contract.

So what’s the hold up? Money of course.

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Jets sign cornerback Dimitri Patterson

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

After agreeing to terms with wide receiver/return man Jacoby Ford yesterday the Jets also announced the signing of former Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson to a one-year $3 million deal. The 30-year-old cornerback entered the league in 2005 with the Redskins before bouncing around to Minnesota, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Cleveland before stint in Miami.

Patterson is the very definition of a journeyman, but over the past few years has become an effective corner when he stays healthy. Staying healthy has been a problem as he has only played in six games last year due to a groin injury he suffered in training camp that continued to nag him all season long, but when he’s healthy he can play the press-corner role on the outside or line up in the slot. In the six games Patterson played last year he had four interceptions (more than any Jet corners last year), he’s got coverage skills and play-making ability he just needs to find a way to stay healthy. (more…)