Archive for November, 2008

Feely to Kick Today

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Mike Nugent is inactive for the 11th consecutive game, meaning Jay Feely will kick again for the Jets today. Feely has connected on 20 of 24 field goal attempts this season.

The other Jets’ inactives include QB Brett Ratliff, WR David Clowney, RB Marcus Mason, CB Drew Coleman, S Eric Smith, LB David Harris and TE Bubba Franks.

For the Broncos, Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey, who has missed the previous four weeks with a groin injury, heads the inactives list. The Broncos’ other inactives include S Marlon McCree, RB Selvin Young, FB Andrew Pinnock, LB DJ Williams, LB Nate Webster, DT Nic Clemons and DE Tim Crowder.

Favre Will Carry Jets in a Shootout

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

The Jets run defense has been impenetrable this season, as opposing running backs have charged the middle of the defensive line but have disappeared in Kris Jenkins’ grasp. The Jets have allowed only 78 yards rushing per game (third in NFL) as the Raiders’ Justin Fargas was the only running back to run for more than 70 yards against the Jets (28 carries, 74 yards, 2.6 avg.)

However, while the run defense has been one of the league’s dominant units this season, the Jets’ pass defense has faced its struggles. JaMarcus Russell (17-for-30, 203 yards, one touchdown), Tyler Thigpen (25-for-36, 280 yards, two touchdowns) and Matt Cassel (30-for-51, 400 yards, three touchdowns) have looked more like All-Pro quarterbacks against the Jets rather than the inconsistent and unproven quarterbacks they truly are. The Gang Green defense has allowed 239 yards passing per game, as only the Chargers (265.5 yards allowed/game), Dolphins (240.6) and Chiefs (240.4) are the AFC teams to allow more.

While the struggles against the pass have been noticeable, head coach Eric Mangini believes that more than just the secondary is to blame.

“I don’t see it as a function of purely the secondary. Pass defense, defense, it’s all coordinated. The rush has to be able to get there. The lanes have to be disciplined. The plan has to be executed,” Mangini said. “If we’re going to continue to improve in that area, it’s not just the secondary, it’s the whole group.”

The secondary began the season with a youthful spark, as fourth-round draft pick Dwight Lowery started the season-opener at cornerback and defensed two key passes near the goal line. Within just a few weeks Lowery has already hit a rookie wall, while Darrelle Revis is busy turning in a Pro Bowl-calibur season. Revis, who is consistently matched with the opposition’s top receiver, is second in the AFC with four interceptions.

After grabbing 26 interceptions in just 40 games while in college, Lowery is still waiting for his first in the NFL. Mangini explained that Lowery’s struggles are not uncommon for young cornerbacks.

“There are a lot of guys that have been through exactly the same thing. Darrelle Revis struggled at different points last season,” Mangini explained. “Ty Law has struggled throughout the course of his career. David Barrett. Everybody goes through it. When you line up at that corner position, your struggles are well documented. They are highlighted.”

While the pass defense has faced better days, the Jets can smile about the end result of their 11 games. New York sits in first place in the AFC East with a 8-3 record and have their eyes on their first division title since the 2002 season. The Jets have won five in a row and seven of their last eight. Two weeks ago they defeated the rival Patriots (34-31 OT) on the road and last Sunday they traveled to Tennessee and handed the Titans their first loss of the season (34-13). Next up is a matchup with another first place team. The Jets will be squared up against one of the league’s elite passing attacks when the AFC West-leading Broncos visit the Meadowlands Sunday.

Quarterback Jay Cutler possesses one of the strongest throwing arms in the league and now in just his third season, he’s already turned into one of the league’s elite quarterbacks. Cutler currently leads the AFC in passing yards (3036 yards) and is third in the conference with 19 touchdown passes. With a running game that has uncharacteristically struggled this season (109.5 yards/game, 19th in NFL) under head coach Mike Shanahan and is down to journeyman Michael Pittman at starter, the Broncos will surely look to attack the Jets through the air. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall (67 catches, 887 yards, four touchdowns) has already grown into one of the league’s elite receivers and rookie Eddie Royal (listed as “questionable” with toe injury) will receive plenty of votes for Rookie of the Year. With the Jets struggling against the pass, Denver will force Cutler to throw early and often and force Jets quarterback Brett Favre to beat them with his own rocket arm.

The Jets can look to attack the Broncos with their dynamic pass rush, but simply reaching Cutler has been a challenge for opposing defenses this season. Cutler has been sacked a league-low seven times this season, as the tackle duo of rookie Ryan Clady and first-year starter Ryan Harris has arguably been the league’s best. According to Stats Inc., Clady and Harris are two of three 11-game starters at tackle who have yet to allow a sack this season.

 If the Jets pass rush is unable to attack Cutler, this game will likely come down to the Jets’ elite offense against a banged up Broncos defense. All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey has been slowed down by a groin injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday, while linebacker DJ Williams is doubtful with a knee injury. The Broncos’ defense has ranked near the bottom of the NFL (380.4 yards allowed/game, 29th in NFL) and is fresh off an embarassing 31-10 loss to the Raiders. With Favre and running back Thomas Jones clicking on all cylinders in recent weeks, points will surely be scored come Sunday.

Cutler and his elite receiving core will attack a struggling Jets secondary and put up points, but this game will come down to Denver’s ability to stop the Jets’ offense. After flawless performances in wins over the Patriots and Titans, Favre will continue his hot streak Sunday. Even if Bailey returns for the Broncos, it’s hard to see where the Broncos will limit Favre….Jets 37, Broncos 28

Mangini Receives Honor

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Jets head coach Eric Mangini was named the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week, the NFL announced today.

Mangini was selected by voters on NFL.com over Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants and Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders.

The selection comes five days after the first place Jets (8-3) handed the Titans (10-1) their first loss of the season with a 34-13 win at Tennessee’s LP Field.

Injury Report: Royal Limited

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Jets fans. You have a lot to be thankful for in 2008, with Brett Favre now leading the charge at quarterback and nose tackle Kris Jenkins single-handedly dominating offensive lines with his iron strength. Before the season began, I certainly didn’t have the Jets pegged at 8-3 and first place in the AFC East. There’s still a lot of football left, but the ride for this team may just be beginning.

For the Jets, linebacker David Harris (groin) and Eric Smith (head) practiced for the second consective day. Harris has not played since the Oct. 26 win against the Chiefs, when he injured his groin. After claiming the starting role at inside linebacker in Week Eight as a rookie last season, Harris proceeded to record 34 total tackles over his first two starts. However this season he has hit a sophomore slump, recording just 46 tackles and 0.5 sack.

As for the Broncos, rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe) returned to practice but remained limited in drills. With Brandon Marshall likely to draw most of the coverage from cornerback Darrelle Revis, Royal’s presence could create a mismatch for both Ty Law and Dwight Lowery. The Jets’ passing defense has been a significant weakness through the season’s first 11 games, as the Jets are allowing an average of 239 passing yards per game (26th in NFL).

Jets:

Limited Participation: WR Laveranues Coles (thigh), LB David Harris (groin), K Mike Nugent (right thigh), S Eric Smith (head)

Full Participation: WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), DE Shaun Ellis (back), TE Bubba Franks (hip), CB Dwight Lowery (thigh), WR Brad Smith (shoulder), LB Jason Trusnik (knee)

Broncos:

Did Not Participate: S Marlon McCree (ankle)

Limited Participation: CB Champ Bailey (groin), LB Nate Webster (knee), LB DJ Williams (knee), WR Eddie Royal (toe), RB Selvin Young (groin)

Full Participation: G Ben Hamilton (wrist), RB Peyton Hillis (shoulder), WR Brandon Marshall (hip), DT Kenny Peterson (achillies), RB PJ Pope (ribs), DT Dwayne Robertson (knees), DT Josh Shaw (shoulder), DT Marcus Thomas (hamstring)

Injury Report: Royal Sits Out with Toe Injury

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Both the Jets (8-3) and Broncos (6-5) enter Sunday’s showdown at the Meadowlands in first place of their respective divisions, but each team is moving in a contrasting direction. While the Jets enter Sunday bursting with confidence after road victories over the rival Patriots (7-4) and undefeated Titans (10-1), the Broncos are staggering after a 31-10 loss to the lowly Raiders (3-8).

To add injury to insult, the Broncos sit brusied and battered. Rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal (58 rec., 673 yards, four touchdowns) who has paired with Brandon Marshall to form one of the league’s most explosive receiving duos, did not practice today due to a toe injury. Royal’s absence would be a significant blow to an offense that prides itself on its air attack with one of the game’s rising stars at quarterback, Jay Cutler. The Broncos rank third in the NFL in total offense (382.5 yards/game) and passing (273 yards/game).

The Broncos struggling defense may receive some help this week, as both linebacker DJ Williams and cornerback Champ Bailey returned to limited work in practice. The Broncos’ defense has allowed a staggering 27.5 points per game (28th in NFL) this season.

Jets:

Limited Participation in Practice: WR Laveranues Coles (thigh), LB David Harris (groin), K Mike Nugent (right thigh), S Eric Smith (head)

Full Participation: WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), DE Shaun Ellis (back), TE Bubba Franks (hip), CB Dwight Lowery (thigh), WR Brad Smith (shoulder), LB Jason Trusnik (knee)

*Harris has been out of the Jets’ previous four games due to a groin injury suffered in the Oct. 26 win over the Chiefs, but his possible return would be a welcomed site for the Jets’ stout defense. Ten-year veteran David Bowens (25 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles) has been impressive filling in at inside linebacker, but Harris gives the Jets more althleticism on defense.

Broncos:

Did Not Participate in Practice: S Marlon McCree (ankle), WR Eddie Royal (toe)

Limited Participation: CB Champ Bailey (groin), LB Nate Webster (knee), LB DJ Williams (knee), RB Selvin Young (groin)

Full Participation: G Ben Hamilton (wrist), RB Peyton Hillis (shoulder), WR Brandon Marshall (hip), DT Kenny Patterson (Achillies), RB PJ Pope (ribs), DT Dwayne Robertson (knees), DT Josh Shaw (shoulder), DT Marcus Thomas (hamstring)

Reviewing the Jets’ Titantic Win in Tennessee

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

 If there was any doubt over how good these New York Jets are, review yesterday’s 34-13 win over the Titans. It was hard to imagine that the Jets could upstage their overtime victory over the rival Patriots, but they did just that in knocking off the NFL’s lone unbeaten. The Jets overmatched the Titans in every asset of the game. While Eric Mangini and his players continue to dispel any thoughts about the playoffs with five games remaining, the Jets look to be in prime position come January. Their remaining schedule reads like this: vs. Denver, at San Francisco, vs. Buffalo, at Seattle, vs. Miami. Those five teams have a combined winning percentage of .418 (23-32). The Jets have to be licking their chops.

*Another week, another statement win, another dominant performance by Favre. Sense a pattern? In the last 11 days, the Jets have traveled on the road and have defeated their longtime rivals, the class of the AFC East for the past five seasons and they have knocked off the NFL’s lone remaining unbeaten. If there’s any doubt over what makes the Jets’ motor, look toward the quarterback, who is performing at an elite level. In victories over the Patriots and Titans, Favre has completed 51-of-65 attempts (78.4 completion percentage) for 482 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. After spending the previous 16 seasons in Green Bay, Favre has finally mastered the Jets’ playbook which has allowed offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to diversify the offense. He’s become the vocal leader between a mix of rookies and veterans and he gives the team a chance to score each time it steps on the field. However, most importantly for the Jets, Favre has bought into the notion of playing smart football. While Favre will retire as one of the game’s all-time greats, the one criticism centered on his play has been his fearless yet reckless decision-making. Favre just continues to deliver for the Jets now.

*Earlier this season, it sure seemed as though Schottenheimer just could not catch a break. Whenever the Jets’ offensive coordinator decided to run the football, he was questioned for not unleashing Favre, yet when Favre was allowed to throw the football downfield, the focus centered on Thomas Jones’ limited carries. However, yesterday Schottenheimer delivered his finest performance of the year. The Tennessee defense was caught off balance by a balanced (35 passes, 38 rushes) gameplan which featured an assortment of screen passes and reverses. The Jets’ neutralized Tennessee’s dominant pass rush by calling several three-step dropbacks for Favre. Schottenheimer’s only blemish came during the third quarter, when he had wide receiver Brad Smith line up in the wildcat formation. Smith gained eight yards on the play, but it also left Favre lined up as a defenseless receiver. Titans’ cornerback Cortland Finnegan wasted no time in delivering Favre a heavy hit. With the Jets at 8-3, why put Favre in a position where the Titans can hand him his shots. 

*Suddenly those doubts about Dustin Keller’s blocking have subsided. No, the criticism has not faded because Keller has turned into an elite blocker, it’s more because he’s turned into Favre’s go-to guy. Keller caught six passes for 42 yards yesterday, four of which gave the offense a first down. Keller’s athleticism has created matchup problems for defenses and has left the middle of the field open for quick slants to wide recievers such as Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery.

*Favre made one of his finest throws as a Jet on his two-yard touchdown pass to Coles. While Coles attempted to break free in the back of the endzone, Favre scrambled in the backfield and threw a strike across his body. But as impressive as Favre’s strike was, Coles has to be given credit for his toughness on the play. The Tennessee defense was ready to deliver a heavy hit on Coles, but he did not shy away from grabbing the football. A lot of wide receivers would’ve ducked out of that route.

*Last season, running back Leon Washington was awarded the Curtis Martin MVP Award by the Jets’ coaching staff. While either Favre or nose tackle Kris Jenkins may unseat Washington this season, there remains little doubt over how important Washington is to the Jets’ offense. Washington carried the football eight times for 82 yards and two touchdowns. His 61-yard touchdown run in the third quarter demonstrated how electric the Jets’ running game has become. After being pounded by Jones (27 carries, 96 yards, ten-yard touchdown catch) for a majority of the game, the tired Tennessee defense simply could not catch up to Washington. His lone misstep was his lost fumble in the first half.

*Mike Nugent seems to be recovered from his right thigh injury and is ready to kick, but why unseat Jay Feely now? Feely connected on both his field goal attempts yesterday and is now 20-of-24 on field goals as a Jet. The Giants are dealing with the same issue as John Carney replaced the injured Lawrence Tynes in the season-opener and has connected on 24-of-25 attempts this season. While Tyones replaced Carney two weeks ago, Carney was back as the Giants’ kicker yesterday. Special teams mistakes can derail a team, so why fix something that’s not broken?

*Vernon Gholston only recorded one tackle yesterday, but it was pleasing to see the first-round pick put pressure on Kerry Collins. With the Jets winning and the defense performing at a high level, Gholston can continue to take those baby steps.

*Abram Elam’s recent performance at safety leaves you wondering why he hasn’t been there all along. Elam led the team with nine tackles yesterday and also forced a key fumble which led to Coles’ touchdown reception. While Elam does not possess the playmaking abilities of Kerry Rhodes, he always seems to be making the big play. In the Jets’ 47-3 win over the Rams, Elam stripped quarterback Marc Bulger which led to Calvin Pace’s fumble return for a touchdown. In the Jets’ 26-17 win over the Bills, Elam returned a Trent Edwards interception 92 yards for a touchdown. Elam just continues to make plays.

*Linebacker Eric Barton recorded another seven tackles. He just continues to make plays for the Jets’ defense.

*LenDale White, meet Kris Jenkins. Jenkins stuffed White for a one-yard loss on a third-and-one attempt, representing the first time this season White has converted such a situation. While Jenkins’ contribution may not show up in the stat sheet (three tackles) his impact yesterday was clearly evident. Collins was repeatedly pressured and Jenkins had much to do about that.

*I know the Jets’ run defense has been stout this season, but why did Tennessee abandon the run so soon? The Titans only carried the ball 11 times (45 yards) despite being within two scores of the Jets throughout the game. Collins has enjoyed a revival with the 10-1 Titans, but there’s no reason why he should repeatedly be throwing 30-yard passes downfield in the first half. The Jets were only up 7-0 and yet Tennessee continued to unleash Collins. The plan backfired.

*LenDale White…one carry for negative yards. Only one measley carry. I feel your pain LenDale.

*After winning in both New England and Tennessee, these Jets are primed for the tough road come the playoffs. Oh wait…finish strong and enjoy your stay at the Meadowlands in January.

Jets-Titans First Half Analysis

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

*Brett Favre contined his flawless performance from last week’s win into the first quarter of today. On the Jets’ opening drive, Favre went 6-for-6 for 72 yards and one touchdown. He completed his first eight attempts on the day before overthrowing Laveranues Coles on a go-route. Favre did fumble after being sacked by the duo of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth, but guard Brandon Moore alertly recovered the ball.

*Favre’s lone mistake came on an interception by cornerback Cortland Finnegan. As costly as the turnover could have been for the Jets, Finnegan made an outstanding play on the pass. He was one-on-one with Coles and the two jumped simultaneously, but Finnegan tore the ball out of Coles’ grasp.

*Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has to be given credit for the gameplan. The Jets are diversifying their looks through and quick screens and wide receiver reverses. The Jets figured the Titans would put pressure on Favre and the Jets have neutralized that rush by allowing the pressure and having Favre dump the ball off to the running backs. The Jets perfectly executed the screen on the ten-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Jones.

*Fullback Tony Richardson received a carry? The 14-yard handoff to Richardson was another brilliant job of playcalling by Schottenheimer. Favre faked the pitch to Jones, but he then pivoted to the opposite direction and handed the ball off to Favre. Richardson had just one carry for three yards leading into today, but he has two carries for 15 yards in the first half.

*Running back Leon Washington is as electric as any player on the Jets’ offense, but he has to hold onto the football in the first quarter. Points are coming at a premium today and the Jets have to hope that Washington’s fumble at the Titans’ 21-yard line doesn’t come back to bite.

*Nose tackle Kris Jenkins is again putting together a dominant half of football. The Titans have only compiled 88 total yards (54 passing, 34 rushing) on offense and Jenkins has been a big reason why. On a third-and-one carry, LenDale White was stuffed behind the line by the Jets’ massive nose tackle. The negative carry represented the first time in eight attempts this season that White did not convert a third-and-one carry for a first down. Jenkins also batted down a Kerry Collins pass on third down and has provided constant pressure in the pass rush.

*Collins’ numbers look ugly (7-for-21, 54 yards) but the story lies beyond the picture. The Titans dropped five passes in the first half. In facing a defense as physical as the Jets’, dropped passes hurt even more than one incompletion.

*Anyone else surprised the Titans have thrown the football 21 times? Tennessee was within one touchdown throughout the half and Collins continued to air it out. As dominant as the Jets have been against the run this year, Chris Johnson (eight carries, 35 yards) needs to get more involved in the offense.

*The Jets have two turnovers and three penalties for 27 yards. Head coach Eric Mangini always preaches his team to avoid ”self-inflicted errors.” Those numbers won’t sit well with anyone on the team.

Favre Hopes to Notch a Win at Tennessee’s LP Field

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

In Brett Favre’s 18-year career, there are few feats the future Hall of Famer has not attained. After all, Favre holds the NFL record for touchdown passes (460) and he has been named league MVP a record three times. Favre also has won at 31 different NFL stadiums, tying Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for the all-time NFL record. One of those stadiums Favre is hoping to check off his list is Tennessee’s LP Field, in which he lost his only start.

Current NFL Stadiums Without a Win:

University of Phoenix Stadium (ARI): 0-0

Cleveland Browns Stadium (CLE): 0-0

Lucas Oil Stadium (IND): 0-0

LP Field (TEN): 0-1

M&T Bank Stadium (BAL): 0-1

Paul Brown Stadium (CIN): 0-1

*Qwest Field (SEA): 0-1 (Jets play at Seahawks Dec. 21)

Lincoln Financial Field (PHI): 0-3

Texas Stadium (DAL): 0-6

Jets Will Escape Tennessee

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Last week, the Jets washed away the painful memories of their heated rivalry with the Patriots by knocking New England down from the AFC East mountaintop. With Jay Feely’s game-winning 43-yard field goal, a franchise that was beaten in ten of their last 12 meetings with the Patriots could finally breathe. For 67 minutes, the Jets ran head to toe with their longtime nemesis and proved to both themselves and the rest of the NFL that they wouldn’t be fading into the abyss during the season’s final strech. The victory gave the Jets confidence as much as it gave them a boost to the top of the division. Running back Leon Washington, who scored two touchdowns on the night, knew the win was a statement.

“It was great for us to go out and make that statement that ‘hey we want to make a stand.’ We feel like we can compete in the division and compete in the AFC,” Washington said.

The win was a measuring stick for the Jets, as they defeated a franchise whom Washington labeled, “like a standard in the NFL on how to run an organization and how to play team football.”

While the Jets had time to savor the victory, building off their success is the next step to take in their quest to the playoffs. One win in Foxborough in November does not make a season, but a victory today in Tennessee may do just that. If there remains any doubt over how good these Jets can be, all questions can be answered today against the 10-0 Titans. The Jets now have their long-awaited spot atop the AFC East, but a victory today can begin thoughts of greater proportions. With a win over the beast of the AFC, dreams of earning a first-round bye can start to look more like reality. The Titans remain the last big measuring stick on the Jets’ 2008 schedule as their remaining five opponents aren’t exactly the 1986 Bears. However, these 10-0 Titans aren’t the 1972 Dolphins and the Jets should fare well today in Tennessee.

While the Titans sit undefeated this season, these Jets match up well. The Titans’ greatest strength is in their running game, as both Chris Johnson and LenDale White have formed a formidable “thunder and lightning” duo. Johnson has been everything the Titans hoped for when they drafted him 24th overall in April’s draft, as he sits second in the conference in rushing with 787 yards. Johnson’s blazing speed (4.25 40-yard dash at NFL combine) gives the offense a weapon in the open field, while White serves as the bruising goalline back. Along with his 470 rushing yards, White also has 11 touchdowns this season. He’s also tied with Baltimore’s LeRon McClain for the NFL lead on third-and-one rushes (7-for-7). Overall, Johnson and White have helped form the seventh-best run offense in the league (132.7 yards/game).

But while Tennessee’s duo of Johnson and White has given many teams fits in 2008, the hard-nosed style plays directly into the Jets’ strengths. With Kris Jenkins plugging up the middle of the defensive line at nose tackle, opposing run offenses have discovered that trying to penetrate the Jets’ line is like trying to penetrate a brick wall. The Jets rank fourth in the NFL in run defense (81.3 yards/game) and have not allowed a 100-yard rusher since White posted 106 on the Jets in a 10-6 victory last December.

If the Jets are able to stop the Tennessee ground game, today’s matchup will likely come down to the battle of ole’ thoroughbreds: Brett Favre v. Kerry Collins. Now in his 14th season in the league, Collins has carried Tennessee to among the league’s best. While he’s often been relied upon simply as a game manager, he’s also had to air it out. Last Sunday, Tennessee trailed the Jaguars 14-3 heading into halftime, but Collins connected with wide receiver Justin Gage for two long touchdown passes (38 yards, 56 yards).

While Collins has proven to be efficient this season (eight touchdowns, four interceptions), having to out-gun Favre is a tall order. The Titans’ secondary has a penchant for forcing turnovers, as the trio of defensive backs Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin and safety Chris Hope lead the AFC in interceptions (four), but Favre showed in last week’s overtime win that he knows how and when to tone it down. Favre knows he doesn’t have to pass for 350 yards to win today and that reassurance will carry the Jets a long way. The advantage between the ole’ gunslingers goes to the future Hall of Famer.

This is another classic hard-nosed battle, but the Titans play into the Jets’ strengths. Favre may have to win this one, and he will respond to the order….Jets 21, Titans 16

Ainge Suspended

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Jets rookie quarterback Erik Ainge has been suspended four games for violating the NFL Policy on Steroids and Related Substances, an NFL spokesperson announced in a statement.

Ainge’s suspension begins immediately and he will not be eligible to rejoin the team until Monday Dec. 15, following the Jets’ Dec. 14 matchup with the Buffalo Bills. Ainge, who was drafted in the fifth round (162nd overall) of April’s NFL Draft, was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 28 due to a right foot injury.

Ainge is the second Jet to be suspended this season for violating the Steroids and Related Substances policy. Running back Jesse Chatman was suspended for four games on Aug. 29.