Jets Training Camp Starting To Wind Down

August 20th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ- The Jets took the practice field in front of fans for one of the last times this summer as the Jets are just about ready to break camp.  Tomorrow will be the last time the Jets have an open practice for the fans and it will be held at gang green’s old stomping grounds, Hofstra University in Long Island.  Rex Ryan told reporters after practice, “I like going there, we are looking forward to going there.  It’s tough because you try to tell your players this is our original fan base.”  It will be the first time the Jets are returning to Hofstra after a couple of years of absence. Read the rest of this entry »

Jets Come Back To Jersey

August 18th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ- After two and a half weeks at SUNY Cortland and two preseason games, the Jets finally returned home to Florham Park on Monday.  With the Snoopy Bowl on the line this weekend, the Jets will play their cross-town rivals the Giants. Practice intensity wasn’t at its best as it was a hot and muggy day at the Atlantic Jets Training Center.  Here is the breakdown of what went on the field today.

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Preseason Preview: Jets (1-0) @ Bengals (0-1)

August 15th, 2014

Cortland, New York- This Saturday night the Jets will be heading up to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in their second preseason game.  You can fully expect to see the starters play into the second quarter and possibly until halftime.  The Bengals who are coming off another playoff season will look to bounce back from a 41-39 shootout loss to the Chiefs a week ago. The Jets will have a lot to handle as the Bengals have one of the better defenses and offenses in the league, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

The Corner Back Situation Gets More Complicated

August 12th, 2014

Cortland, NY- Coming into this season the Jets were already thin at corner back, but now the Jets are down to the bare minimun at the position.  On Sunday, the Jets lost their third-round pick, Dexter McDougle, to a season ending ACL injury.  On the same day Dee Milliner suffered a high ankle sprain.  Luckily for the Jets, Milliner will only be out a couple of weeks, however do not expect him to play until the season opener.  The Jets got back to work Tuesday and here are the storylines from practice.

Antonio Allen At Corner Back?

Antonio Allen has been coming along nicely as a safety over the past few seasons.  “Double A” as Rex Ryan calls him, has been raving about his young defensive back all camp.  On Tuesday, Rex told the media some surprising news, “He’ll Start (at corner back), what the heck?” When referring to Allen. Allen is going to be thrown into the fire, as he will most likely have to cover A.J. Green this Saturday night when the Jets take on the Bengals in Cincinnati.  Allen told reporters about playing corner back on Saturday, “I’m going to get out there and make some plays. I know that. I’m going out there confident and no-holds barred.”  You have to like the way he is approaching his first start at corner back.  As Rex Ryan has said in the past you need to be confident when playing corner back because you are out there by yourself.

The Corner Back unit looks thin after the injuries to McDougle and Milliner. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Geno Has Another Solid Practice

After Geno Smith’s not so stellar performance in last Thursday’s preseason game against the Colts, Smith is looking to bounce back with a solid performance this Saturday. Tuesday was a step in the right direction.  Smith finished 5-for-11 with one touchdown.  Smith is still trying to beat out Michael Vick for the starting job.  Vick showed flashes of what he used to be as he ran around pretty well for a thirty-four-year old, however Smith is still getting 75 to 80 percent of the first team reps. Rex Ryan still will not name a quarterback for week one, but did say Smith will start Saturday against the Bengals.

Wide Receivers Have A Case Of The Dropsies

On a rainy day up in Cortland New York, the Jets held practice that was closed to the public. Don’t think the receivers got the memo, as they were almost non-existent at practice today. Stephen Hill had a number of drops most likely due to the rain, but that is no excuse.  Hill who has been notorious for dropping balls in the past is certainly on the chopping block. Now it is time for Hill to show the Jets something.  Up until this point, Hill, has had a pretty decent camp.  In the game last week against the Colts, Hill had zero catches, which is not a good way to start the preseason.  The receiver group is getting a little bit crowded and someone is going to have to step up in the next preseason game or they might not have a job in the coming weeks.

Injury Latest

Chris Ivory who left last week’s game with a rib injury will play on Saturday, Rex Ryan told the media after practice.  Jeff Cumberland left practice early with a sore Achilles, but will have a chance to play on Saturday.  Dee Milliner is scheduled to have an MRI on his ankle sometime this week, but the Jets are waiting for the swelling to go down. Do not expect to see him back for the rest of preseason.  Calvin Pryor was back in full pads running full speed and making hits Pryor will most likely get his first game action this Saturday.

Jets Open Up Preseason With A Win

August 8th, 2014

East Rutherford, NJ- The Jets opened up the 2014 preseason on Thursday night with a 13-10 win against the Indianapolis Colts. It was the first chance we got to see the Jets take the field against another opponent as they have been up at Cortland for the first two weeks of training camp.

“We won the game.” Geno Smith told reports after the game.  “We did some good things, we did some things we need to improve on but to come away with the victory is always important.”  It wasn’t the highest scoring game as both teams’ offenses struggled at times in the game. However the Jets were able to come away with the win by the slimmest of margins thanks to rookie kicker Andrew Furney, who kicked a game winning 50-yard field goal with about a minute to go. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 8 Offense Finally Shows Up

August 1st, 2014

Cortland, New York- On day eight of training camp the offense showed that they to belong.  After a couple of days in a row where the defense dominated it was the offense that ruled the day.  With only six days away from the Jets first preseason game against the Colts it was good to see some fire from the offense who has been getting beat up all camp by the defense.  Some of the wide receivers flashed a few good plays as Stephen Hill and Jacoby Ford stood out amongst the group.  Here is what happened on day eight of camp.

Offense Shows They Can Ball Too

The offense looked extremely better than previous days at camp today as there were a number of big plays that grabbed attention.  With the first-team out there Geno Smith hit Stephen Hill on a deep route that went for a 60-yard touchdown.  With the second-team Michael Vick hit Jacoby Ford for a 65-yard touchdown. “I thought Mike and Geno both looked good (today.)” Rex Ryan told reporters after practice.  Ryan also said about going deep, “whenever you have a good running game your going to be able to throw the ball vertically.” Read the rest of this entry »

Defense Has “Feeding Frenzy” On Day 6

July 30th, 2014

Cortland, New York- On day six of practice for the New York Jets the defense shined once again.  For the second day in a row the defense was dominate as the offense continues to struggle. “It was a feeding frenzy (for the defense) today,” Rex Ryan said to the media after practice. The Jets offense is going to have to start getting more consistent if they want to show the fans and the rest of the league they belong. DeMario Davis told reporters after practice, “It was a very big day for the defense… a step in the right direction.”  One thing is for sure, Rex Ryan can boast about his defense all he wants because so far this camp they have looked spectacular. Here is what happened on day six of training camp.

The Quarterback Unit Has A Bad Day

Collectively as a unit the quarterbacks had a bad day. Between the four of them they had five interceptions, three of which were pick sixes. Every single quarterback had at least one interception. A very bad day for the quarterbacks all around, but one is struggling more than others. Tajh Boyd had two interceptions by himself today and is having some rookie growing pains. Rex Ryan spoke about Boyd saying,  “yeah he is struggling there’s no question… it’s probably going to take some time.” Offensive  coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterbacks coach David Lee are probably going to have an intense film session after practice today as both are pulling their hair out over all these turnovers. Read the rest of this entry »

The High’s And Low’s From Day 4 Of Training Camp

July 27th, 2014

On day four of jets training camp physicality was a big theme.  In the second day with full pads the Jets turned up the tempo with live hitting for the first time.  Things got a little out of hand at times during practice, as there were two fights and a hit to the quarterback, which didn’t sit well the offensive line or Rex Ryan. “A lot of good things a lot of not so good things (from practice,) we have to learn to protect each other, we are only going to be at our best if we are healthy.”  Here are some of the things that stood out on day four of camp.

Geno Uses His Wheels

Geno Smith showed that he could use his legs as well as his arm on Sunday afternoon.  In one designed read option Smith took the ball back from Chris Johnson and took it up field for a huge gain. Smith also scrambled on a play where he stepped up from the rush and bursted through for a big gain. Towards the end of last season Smith started to flash his rushing abilities, which really added a new dimension to his game.  When Smith starts to run around it really takes his game to a new level.  Rex Ryan even said in his press conference, “a stat that is forgotten form last season is that Geno had the second highest quarterback rating for the second half of the season.” Read the rest of this entry »

What We Learned On Day 1

July 24th, 2014

CORTLAND, NY — The New York Jets 2014 season has officially begun as they opened up training camp on Thursday.  With high expectations coming into this season the Jets have once again made the trek up north to the quiet little town of Cortland, New York.  As any first day would go there were ups and downs but overall a productive day for the green and white.  “Today I thought was an impressive day.” Rex Ryan said to the media in his post-practice press conference.  Ryan also added “We are a zillion miles ahead of where we were last year.”  Ryan also said the day before that this is the first time every member of his team has past the conditioning test, which for one means that his squad is focused and is ready to go this season.  Here is what we learned on day 1 of camp.

Eric Decker is the Real Deal

New Jet Eric Decker was impressive on his first day of training camp. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Eric Decker is head and shoulders this best wide receiver on this team.  The way he runs routes and catches balls is just phenomenal. It is also something the Jets have not had in a long time.  In the 7 on 7 periods he made a number of outstanding grabs but one stood out above all else.  He ran a streak down the left sideline, one on one against Dee Milliner, and adjusted his body to make the leaping catch.  However not everything came easy to Decker as he joked, “I got lost (on his way to practice) but I learned the hard way, they gave us a map but obviously that didn’t work.” Decker also mentioned, “It’s just good to get out there and get back to football.”

It’s Geno’s Team

QB Geno Smith coming into his second year is much more comfortable and confident than last year.  You can see it on and off the field.  He was barking at receivers to get lined up in the right spots, making sure everything was correct with the play calls, which is what you want to see out of a starting quarterback.  David Nelson even noticed it on the field today as he said, “This is Geno’s team and you can see that in the way he goes out, just the small stuff, him putting us in the right positions and that is what we want from him.” Smith was also on point with most of his throws as he hit a number of receivers in practice.  “We got some good work in, I like how we came out today, but there are some things we can clean up throughout the week.”

The Defensive Line is Legit

The position that has the most talent on the team is the defensive line, and they know it.  Jokingly while all walking onto the field together the entire defensive line posed for a picture with the media.  This defensive line cannot only walk the walk but they can talk the talk.  Getting after it all day in practice, the defensive line had a number of sacks and hurries as they disrupted the backfield all day.  They are really going to be a force to be reckoned with this season as they have a number of young talented guys up front not to mention the addition of former pro-bowler Jason Babin you could say this defensive line is in store for a great season to say the least.

Dexter McDougle The Third Round Wonder

When the Jets drafted CB Dexter McDougle in the 3rd round out of Maryland it was a bit of a head scratcher because he was hurt for most of last season due to a shoulder injury.  But whoever scouted him might have found a gem because McDougle is looking to prove everyone wrong in his first professional training camp.  McDougle had a number of good plays as he broke up a few passes and even had an acrobatic interception during the 11 on 11 periods.  McDougle who is coming off shoulder surgery is going to have a good camp if he wants to see some playing time this season and if today was any indication of how he is going to play this season he might just find his way into the starting lineup.

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Geno and Decker Develop Chemistry

June 17th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - In 2013 what most people around the league, including Jets fans, said about the Jets was that they had no weapons on offense.  This year is a different story.  With the addition of some veteran singings and draftees the Jets have no excuses this season about not having any one to catch the football.  The most important addition to this offense has to be the 36 million dollar man himself, Wide Receiver Eric Decker.  Decker will have to be a major focal point for Marty Mornhinweg’s offense and number 87 will have to produce if the Jets want to win some games.

The Jets free agent prize of this off-season, Eric Decker hopes to duplicate with Geno Smith, the magic he had with Peyton Manning in Denver. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Coming from a high powered offense in Denver, where he had future hall a famer Peyton Manning throwing to him, was a luxury that not many wideouts experience. On paper, his new Quarterback, second year man Geno Smith, is seemingly a major downgrade but despite Smith’s lack of experience, Decker is taking it all in stride. “Everyday I feel more comfortable and it is always easier when you get more reps under your belt.”

Despite their limited time together so far, you can start to see some flashes of brilliance between Decker and his young quarterback.  OTA’s, mini camp, and training camp, in late July, will be critical for the two to develop chemistry before this season begins.  It will also be an adjustment for Smith, as he never really had a go-to receiver last season, however this season he has a whole lot of playmakers on his side of the football.

Over the course of this off-season Smith had the pressure turned up with the acquisition of veteran QB Michael Vick. Despite Vick’s signing, Smith is still the hands on favorite to start. To be successful, one guy he will need in his corner is Decker.  You can see OTA’S that these two have the potential to  build something substantial.  As OTA’s closed out last week, Smith looked and went to Decker early and often.  In the first eleven on eleven drills Geno threw to Decker twice in a row and number 87 caught both.  Again in the redzone drill Geno scrambled around and eventually found Decker in the back of the end zone for the touchdown.  In the two minute drill on the first play Geno threw a bomb down the sideline which was grabbed by Decker with Dmitri Patterson draped all over him.  So just in about 10 plays of full team drills Decker caught three passes for about sixty yards and a touchdown.  Those numbers would be pretty good for a game on any given Sunday.  I think its safe to say Geno has found his new favorite weapon, and look for the Geno-Decker connection a lot this season.