Archive for August, 2010

Source: Mangold extension could come today

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Reports have been swirling that the New York Jets are close to extending the contract of their All Pro center Nick Mangold.

JetsInsider source Tony Pauline of TFYDraftInsider.net and NFL Draft analyst for SI.com has confirmed to us that an agreement could be reached by the end of today.  Sources intimate with the negotiation have told Pauline it will be a six year extension, or a seven year contract in total as Mangold has one year left on his deal.  The total contract is expected to be in the range $55 million with $23 million guaranteed.

It was a little more than one month ago, immediately after the Jets had renegotiated the contract of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, that Pauline had reported that a contract extension for Mangold was not in the offing, a story picked up by the New York media just ten days ago.  So what changed?

Sources have told Pauline the Jets inability to renegotiate the contract of Darrelle Revis made the team switch course and concentrate on Mangold.  The source said at this point the Jets don’t feel they will have an agreement with Revis anytime soon.  The team offered Revis a contract of $12 million per year, inclusive of the final two years on his contract, worth $20 million, but the Revis camp is demanding $16 million per year.

Report: Jets, Mangold closing in on deal

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Another member of the Jets’ “Core Four” is about to cash in on a multi-year contract extension.  But it isn’t Darrelle Revis.

Pro Football Talk is reporting Sunday night that the New York Jets are close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension with veteran center Nick Mangold.

Jets center Nick Mangold is set to cash in on a long awaited contract extension. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

The 26-year-old Mangold, a two-time Pro Bowler and 2009 All-Pro selection, is expected to receive a contract of equal or greater value to that of St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown.  Brown agreed to a five-year, $37.5 million deal in February of 2009.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Mangold’s deal is set to be finalized within the next two days.  After publicly expressing his displeasure with his current contract situation throughout the offseason, Mangold decided against holding out and planned to play out the last year of his rookie contract.  The fifth-year center was set to earn a base salary of $3.3 million in 2010.

Whether this will directly impact the contract negotiations of cornerback Darrelle Revis remains to be seen at this point.  The news of an extension for Mangold broke following a Twitter report by Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News that the Jets and Revis are set to announce a new deal on Wednesday.

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Ryan unhappy with focus as Jets prepare for Monday night showdown

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The Giants claim to not be preparing for their preseason opener against the Jets.  Meanwhile, the Jets aren’t mentally prepared.  At least according to their head coach.

Rex Ryan challenged his team Saturday morning after being less than pleased with his team’s focus and specifically the production of his offensive unit.

Brad Smith might not be the only Jet taking snaps out of the Wildcat this season. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

“The focus wasn’t very good,” said Ryan Saturday.  “I wasn’t real happy with the way our offense was picking up the blitzes and different things like that.”

“With the receiving core that we have, we’re going to see more pressure.  Because the longer you give us back there, the more time we have to beat you.  So, we’ve got to understand that and we need to have those things nailed down.  Not just talking about the offensive line but the running backs, receivers, the quarterbacks got to know when to get rid of the ball.  All those type of things we still need to improve on.”

Quarterback Mark Sanchez, wearing a compression sleeve over his surgically repaired left leg, struggled most of the day in 11-on-11 drills.  Sanchez finished the day, 3 for 8, overthrowing his receivers on numerous occasions.

The second-year quarterback attributed the offense’s struggles simply to the stale, monotony of the “dog days” of training camp.  Sanchez and his teammates are raring to go Monday night and play for real.

“I can’t wait,” he said.  “I think both sides of the ball are ready to play another opponent.  The dog days of camp start to set in, (and) you’re ready to move on and play a different uniform.  We’re (looking forward to) being on a real game stage, and that’s exactly what it will be.  We’re excited to see the fans in our home stadium that first night.  It will be good for all of us.”

Ryan stated Saturday that he will play his starters one full quarter and a series, on both sides of the ball in Saturday’s preseason opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

“We’ll play past the first quarter because we’ve had such a long time off,” said Ryan. “And that second game we play in five days, so that’s the plan right now.”

Another interesting storyline from the morning’s practice included running back LaDainian Tomlinson taking direct snaps out of the backfield in the Jets’ “Tiger Cat” formation.  Receiver Brad Smith was previously believed to be the only player on the roster capable of taking snaps out of that formation because of his ability to run and throw the ball down the field.

Adding Tomlinson to the Tiger Cat would be an interesting curveball for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to throw at opposing defenses.  Rex Ryan did not go out of his way to deny plans for Tomlinson to be worked into the formation.  In typical Rex fashion, he danced around the issue with some humor.

“I guess the cat’s out of the bag there,” joked Ryan after practice.  Tomlinson was unavailable for comment after the morning session.

Notes from the morning session

  • Kicker Nick Folk looked very impressive this morning, closing out practice by nailing 5 of 6 field goal attempts.  Folk’s longest boot was a 41-yarder.
  • The Jets announced this morning that they have signed guard Chet Cheofilo and waived injured guard Marlon Davis.  The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Teofilo played his college ball at California, where he started eight of 16 games in two seasons.  Teofilo originally signed with the Cowboys after going undrafted in April’s draft.  He was waived by Dallas in late June.  Davis had been hampered by leg injuries throughout camp, but was cut because of questions regarding his focus and attitude.
  • Linebackers Brashton Satele (ankle) and Josh Mauga (head) have already been ruled out for Monday night’s tilt against the Giants by Rex Ryan.
  • In one of the few highlights from the morning session, receiver Marcus Henry made a fantastic grab in the back of the end zone off a ball thrown by QB Kellen Clemens.  The 6-foot-4 Henry made a one-handed tip to himself to secure the pigskin.

More to come later, including notes from the evening practice.  Stick with JetsInsider.com for the latest and greatest from Cortland.  Follow us on Twitter: @JetsInsider.

No crying over spilled corners

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Ryan: Don’t be sorry for us, we’ll be fine without Revis

While the New York Jets’ organization and collective fan base holds it’s breath that All-Pro corner will eventually report to the team’s training camp grounds in Cortland, head coach Rex Ryan isn’t blinking.  In fact, he’s going all in.

“Honestly, don’t feel sorry for us, said Ryan Tuesday.  “We have everything we need right here on defense. With the addition of (Antonio) Cromartie, that was enormous for this football team and so is the fact that we drafted Kyle Wilson, who is an outstanding player.  That helps us a great deal.  Every opponent, every week, you always do what is in the best interest for your team; (with) the people that we have.”

Rex Ryan has full confidence in his defensive unit, with or without Darrelle Revis. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Ryan’s comments come a day after New York Jets owner Woody Johnson preached nothing but doom and gloom on the Revis front, proclaiming that he was not optimistic a deal would get done in time for the Sept. 13 season opener.

The impasse between Revis and Jets brass revolves around a “fundamental disagreement in total compensation”  according to a statement issued by Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum on Tuesday.  While Revis’ agent Jon Feinsod has indicated on multiple occasions that the Jets have not offered any signing bonus, the Jets organization continues to refute that report.

“As I said at the start of training camp,” said Tannenbaum in his released statement. “Our offer to Darrelle Revis conveyed that we are flexible on how the guaranteed money is structured, including the areas of signing bonus, roster bonus and option bonus.”

Ryan was his usual braggadocio self Tuesday, pointing to his past successes in Baltimore without key defensive players.  In 2005, linebacker Ray Lewis suffered a season ending hamstring injury in Week 6.  The same season, safety Ed Reed missed six games with an ankle injury.  Despite missing their two best defensive players, Baltimore’s defense finished the regular season fifth overall and tenth in points allowed, under the direction of Ryan.

“I’ve been running defenses a long time in this league, been around it,” said Ryan. “I’ve had to overcome a lot of great players not being in it.  One year Ray Lewis was out ten games.  That same year, Ed Reed was out for six games.  I’ve been around a lot of great players obviously but I’ve also had to overcome when those guys were out. Kris Jenkins last year, he’s a premier nose tackle in football, and he misses all but six games last year for us. It’s part of the business. I think the worst I’ve ever finished on defense, it might have been sixth or something like that, and that’s probably (when I coached in) college too. We’ll find a way to get it done. I can’t do much, but I know how to call a defense and we’ll take what we have.”

“We have a great collection of individual talent and these guys play great as a team, great as a unit.  That’s what we’ll do. That’s why one guy – obviously, Revis is a tremendous player, Ray Lewis (is) a tremendous player, Ed Reed (is) a tremendous player, Kris Jenkins (is) a tremendous player – but it’s about the unit and we sell that the day we walked out here. It’s about the unit. If you have the decal on the side of your helmet that says New York Jets on it, you’re a special person and we can get it done.  We know that the next guy that pops in there, we can feel good about it. Again, the proof will be in the pudding and the great thing is we get to prove it.  We’ll see what happens when we kick it off. We’re not afraid of anybody. We look forward to competing against everybody.  Our mentality hasn’t changed.”

INSIDER TIDBITS

Brunell locks down No. 2 spot

Kellen Clemens has held down the Jets’ backup quarterback position for four years but it only took seven days to replace him.  Rex Ryan said Tuesday that the 39-year-old Brunell “has pretty much got a lock on that number two spot”, just over a week after signing with the Jets.

“I think it’s a good competition,” added Ryan.  “(Kevin) O’Connell had a real nice scrimmage, and then Kellen (Clemens) has really had a couple of good days.  When he was running with the twos yesterday, he really had a good day.  We’ll see what happens.”

“Man, it’s good.  You think of where we were last year, and look at the depth that this football team has now, we’ve really made strides and really improved our football team.  ”

Injury update

TE Jeff Cumberland (head), LB Brashton Satele (leg) both sat out the morning session. G Marlon Davis missed both practices (knee).  LB Jason Taylor (groin) was limited, only participating in individual drills .  WR Braylon Edwards (knee) who was limited on Monday, practiced in full.

Lightning Bo-LT: Tomlinson shines in Green and White Scrimmage

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

LaDainian Tomlinson still has a little gas in the tank.  Maybe more than a little.

The 31-year-old running back caught two passes for 85 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown dash on the first play from scrimmage, in the Jets’ annual Green and White Scrimmage Saturday night at training camp in Cortland.

LaDainian Tomlinson ripped off a 70-yard TD reception on the first play of tonight's Green and White Scrimmage.

All went according to plan for Tomlinson, who has been faced with questions about his durability and impact since day one of camp.

“It’s pretty exciting, and that’s the point,” he said.  “Like we talked about before, that was my plan,  to show people I can still play this game.  I’ve still got a lot left in the tank.  I think coming out here, people start to see that I have a lot left in the tank.”

No one was more pleased with the former Pro Bowler’s performance than Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who referred to Tomlinson as the “best third-down back in the league.”

“”He’s outstanding as a receiver, out of the backfield and also flexed out,” said Ryan.  “We never had that last year. When Leon (Washington) went down, we lost that.”

Tomlinson’s touchdown reception was a designed go-route where the veteran running back simply beat linebacker David Harris down the left sideline.

“Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer) called the play,” said Tomlinson.  “I knew I had one-on-one coverage and I just wanted to make a play for the team.  Mark (Sanchez) threw a great ball.  I went and got it and scored a touchdown.”

“It’s something we’ve been working on…When you come out here and do it in a game type of situation,  then the coaches really see when the lights are on who’s going to step up.  So it was good to come out here and do that.  We have to continue to build on it and it was a great day today, and it was a good start.  We look forward to continue to make progress with our offense.”

The emergence of Tomlinson would be an added bonus for a Jets offense which led the league in rushing last season and bolstered their receiving core with the acquisition of Holmes this offseason.  If Tomlinson can prove to doubters that ‘09 was indeed a fluke, his playmaking ability out of the backfield, combined with the ground and pound of RB Shonn Greene could elevate the Jets offense to elite status.

“I think that’s our focus,” said Tomlinson.  “We want to be an all weather football team, to be able to go anywhere, and be able to perform at a high level.  Whether we have to run the football, whether we have to throw it, we want to be able to do both.  With the guys we have we can definitely make that happen.”

Tomlinson wasn’t the only Jet making big plays.  WR Santonio Holmes caught balls for 29 and 33 yards and rookie RB Joe McKnight busted off a 25-yard dash and hauled in a 9-yard reception.

“That scrimmage today was amazing,” said Holmes.  “For us to come out and get it done on the first play, Mark (Sanchez) found a mismatch and found LT (LaDainian Tomlinson) running down the sideline.  I think that was a great start to how we want this team to start come the first game of the season.”

Quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 3 of 7 passes for 114 yards and a TD.  K Nick Folk misfired on his only attempt of the scrimmage, a 38-yarder.  WR David Clowney, who missed both of today’s practice due to personal reasons, did not participate or attend the scrimmage.

The announced crowd for the scrimmage was 9,500.