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Way To Tame The Lions? Taming The Self-Mistakes

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Two straight losses and a rainy fall day in Florham Park are sure to dampen the spirits of a team looking to, at best, finish the first quarter of its season at .500, right? Well try again, as the Jets turn the page to taming the firepower of the Detroit Lions on both sides of the ball this Sunday.

A 1-3 record would not be the end of the Jets season but such a record marks an ominous sign in the midst of an increasingly difficult schedule.

“Yes definitely, you don’t want to start off with the record of one and three. Obviously we want to win every single game. We feel as though if we (made) enough plays in our previous two, (that) we (had) a shot to win them,” said quarterback Geno Smith. “We have to work on moving forward. We have a tough team coming in with the Lions. We have to go out and battle, coming off a short week.”

The biggest re-occuring theme with the Jets this year is and has been in-game execution and closing the deal. Gang Green let the Raiders, with a rookie quarterback in his first career start, hang around for far too long in week one, failing to put away an opponent they controlled for the entire game.

In week two, they relinquished an 18-point lead after a scorching start at Lambeau Field as Aaron Rodgers found his rhythm in stride connecting with Jordy Nelson on a career day, just as the offense lost their stride, and penalties combined with ill-timed mishaps sank their chances at a 2-0 start.

On an extended week of practice to prepare for Monday Night Football, the Jets started the game facing an uphill battle after gifting an early two-touchdown advantage to the Bears (pick-six and muffed punt which resulted in a Cutler touchdown pass).

Injuries are apart of the game and inevitably every NFL team has one injury which could single-handedly change the course of a game whether in the game results or with lingering impacts.

This is the reality the Jets face at the present –

The Jets No. 1 wideout and guy that they brought in from Denver to be Geno Smith’s primary safety-blanket, Eric Decker is ailing with a bum hamstring. While their top corner, Dee Milliner has been limited since training camp with re-occuring quad injuries.

Regarding Decker, Ryan does not have any regrets taking the chance in testing out the receivers ailing hamstring against the Bears, pointing out that the team did not plan to play him on a full set of snaps on Monday.

Decker plans to practice tomorrow after being not practicing today, saying to reporters “I plan on being out there, I can’t make any promises.”

As far as their second-year corner Ryan said, “(Milliner) wasn’t good enough to practice, probably doesn’t look real good but we’ll have a few more days to see.”

Efficiency is key, and for the Jets a 4/12 (A: Green Bay) and 1/6 (H: Chicago) conversion rate the past two weeks in the red zone are not going to cut it. The ground and pound nature of the offense makes for one that can’t afford self-inflicted wounds in the manner that the Jets seem to grind games out.

“Obviously you don’t take sacks down there (in the red zone), above all else you don’t turn the ball over,” Ryan said. “Not taking anything away from our opponents, but we’re hurting ourselves.”

Touchdowns instead of field goals are huge in that it pits less pressure on the Jets Defense (#2 ranked – in total defense and #1 in rushing defense) staying on the field for longer periods of time as well as quicker turnaround from rest to action.

For the second-week in a row, Gang Green has been handed a gut-wrenching defeat but there is no progress without some form of struggle along the way, Mornhinweg alluded to.

“Knowing the outcome of course you would have done things differently,” he said. “I put a little too much on Geno’s plate, specifically in the red zone I just relied a little too much on him and I have to do a better job of helping him out.”

“It seems like every play there’s a new defense up there, new front, new pressure or a new coverage so it’s very difficult to zero in on the coverage,” said Lions Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi. “You know when you’re playing the Jets your not going to get a lot of sleep because of their defensive complexities.”

The rain rendered practice indoors today at the team’s facility. Ryan felt coming off of another difficult defeat that the action with his team ramped up and felt like a Friday practice on a normal week.

“We’re close I don’t think there’s any doubt, as far as breaking out I’m less concerned with that; I’m just focused on just getting a win,” said Ryan.

Willie Colon said after practice, that the team has “a checklist of things” they need to do better before they can become a great offense but feels they aren’t far from being one as a unit.

Facing the great challenge that the NFL’s best defense presents this Sunday, when asked would there be any consideration to playing Michael Vick if Geno continues to struggle, Mornhinweg responded: “Not quite at this moment. We’re right in the middle of developing a young quarterback, we’re going to go through some ups and downs but we have to motor through it all together.

“Geno’s going to be just fine. To be great in many cases, you have to go through some failures look at Monday night. Last year he had a great Monday night in Atlanta. The more cases in players experience turmoil the better they’ll be the next time around.”

Notes

C. Johnson (Full) – ankle, W. Colon (Limited) – calf, N. Mangold (Limited) – shoulder, M. Wilkerson (Limited) – knee, E. Decker (DNP) – hamstring, D. Milliner (DNP) – quad, D. Nelson (DNP) – illness

Dalton Freeman listed as limited, was the only player to leave practice today with injury getting caught up in pile during positional drills.

Ryan did note in case of emergency regarding Nick Mangold’s status that Willie Colon and Dakota Dozier besides the starting center can also snap the ball.

More praise for Suh and the Lions defensive line – When asked about similiarites as to what makes both the Lions and Jets fronts rank at the top of the league, Ryan said, “Sometimes stats don’t tell the full story,” and added the Texans into the equation, saying “When you have (J.J.) Watt and anyone else you’re probably pretty good.”

Defensive Coordinator Dennis Thurman said that the plan for the team this year is to keep Antonio Allen at Cornerback instead of safety, saying “Moving guys back and forth is where you get into trouble.”

According to NFL.com stats, Geno Smith is 19 for 34 for 145 yards and 4 INTs and 2 sacks on 1st down through three games of 2014 the NFL season.

For all the talk surrounding the Jets weakened secondary, don’t look now but Gang Green’s ranked No. 9 in pass defense giving up an average of 213.3 Yards Per Game.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) misses practice for the second straight day, this will be a development to look out for as the week winds down into week four.

Game Preview: Bears (1-1) @ Jets (1-1)

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The immaculate timeout? Not quite what the Jets had envisioned coming into Lambeau Field against the Packers as decided underdogs and having a chance to move to an unforeseen 2-0 start to the season only to have a 37-yard touchdown catch by Jeremy Kerley that would have potentially tied the game at 34 all, negated by an apparent error in communication by Jets coaches and player (Sheldon Richardson) on the sideline.

Moving on is the difficult part and one Gang Green has to face on Monday Night Football against a Chicago Bears (1-1) team coming off a potential season-changing win in primetime on the road against the San Fransisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. After practice on Thursday this week, Jets Head Coach, Rex Ryan said “You wish you had a game on Thursday. Anytime you lose, you can’t wait to get back on that field. Now the fact that it pushes to Monday, that is typical of us.”

“Lose a game and then you have to wait. And when you have a Thursday game you probably win that one, so you can’t enjoy it. But you do, you can’t wait to get back on the field. We would have loved to have played yesterday, that’s just the way it is,” he continued.

This week another NFC North foe stands in the way led by a hot Jay Cutler. There’s good Cutler and then bad Cutler, and the 4 touchdown performance was reminiscent of Cutler’s final season in Denver in 2009, where he had his best season with the Broncos, throwing 25 touchdown passes, mostly to his partner in crime now Brandon Marshall. That was good Cutler. The Cutler on NFL Kickoff weekend against the Buffalo Bills who threw 2 interceptions was the turnover prone quarterback who has often been criticized for being a ‘gunslinger’.

It’s also a reunion game with the former MVP of Super Bowl XLIII and former Jets receiver of two and a half plus years with Gang Green, Santonio Holmes who signed with the Bears this offseason. Holmes proved his worth after the Jets gave him a chance, trading a 5th round pick for him in 2010. Holmes provided immediate dividends helping the team to the AFC Championship game in 2011, and signed a 5 year, 50 million dollar extension to stay with the Jets in the 2011 offseason after the NFL lockout. He ended his tenure on a sour note in Miami as a perceived malcontent with former starting quarterback Mark Sanchez marring the final part of his tenure.

A ‘Monday Night Football’ game on the big stage can be the launching point which transcends the Jets season into the right direction. 2-1 just has a better feel then 1-2 (and a second straight loss) especially finishing their NFC North triumvirate with another pro-bowl quarterback in Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions next week and moving toward what’s been dubbed the ‘Missiles of October’ portion of the schedule in October where the Jets defense will see Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive weeks.

Needless to say every game in the 16-game NFL slate is important, and many team often view their season in 4-game intervals and a win here would at least ensure that the Jets conclude the first quarter of their 2014 campaign at .500.

When: Monday, September 22nd, @8:30pm EST (TV- (MNF) ESPN, Radio- ESPN)

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Injury report:

Jets:

DNP: E. Decker, N. Bellore, A. Edds. Full: J. Bush (quad) Limited: C. Johnson (ankle), N. Mangold (shoulder)

Bears:

Center Roberto Garza (ankle), left guard Matt Slauson (ankle), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad), defensive end Trevor Scott (foot), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion), wide receiver Brandon Marshall (ankle) and defensive end Jared Allen (back)

Keys to the game

Good Geno not Bad Geno – Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well proof’s in the pudding. When quarterback Geno Smith is more efficient the results follow as in the first half last week he was potent, completing 10 of 14 passes thrown for 103 yards and a touchdown. In the second half? 6/18 with just 72 yards through the air. On the year Geno is still completing an impressive 65 percent of his attempts but has to cut down on the turnovers: just three in two games.

InjuriesAs my colleague wrote earlier this week, if Eric Decker can’t go after injuring his hamstring in the final minutes of the Green Bay game the injury is vital to the Jets plans because the likely fill-in starters would be Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson. Kerley is a small, shifty wide receiver who does his work best in the slot, while Nelson is a bigger wideout on the outside. Ultimately if Decker can’t go on Monday Night Football, the Bears will attempt to duplicate what they did in San Fransisco having an easier time stacking the box against the combination of Chris Ivory and Johnson in trying to shut down the run like they did against the 49ers and Frank Gore.

In the trenches – Football games are usually won on the basis of what happens in the trenches between the offensive and defensive lines. The Jets have a talented front seven at their disposal which features two of the best young Defensive linemen in the NFL, in 2013 All-Pro Muhammad Wilkerson and last year’s defensive rookie of the year Sheldon Richardson.  How injury has devastated their secondary and this week brings a tall task against arguably the best receiving duo in the NFL. With injuries hurting the Bears’ offensive line and the run game struggling thus far, the final outcome may come down to whether or not Jay Cutler has enough time to throw. If the Jets can gain an early advantage as they did in Green Bay and force the Bears to abandon the run game can be their best form of defense.

Overcoming adversity – Both teams have had their ups and downs thus far in two games without showing enough consistency. How both teams bounce back will tilt their direction to a 2-1 start. The Jets gave the Packers a run for their money and the Bears are coming off a stunning victory on Sunday night. Can the Bears have a complete game without hiccups? or will the Jets stop the self-inflicted wounds and keep an early lead?

X-factors

If Eric Decker is unable to go or is hampered in anyway on Monday Night Football against the Bears, all eyes will be on slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to fill the void (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Eric Decker – Whether or not he’s healthy will play in a key role in Monday night’s outcome. Geno Smith with the team’s key offseason acquisition simply put is a different quarterback. Smith, is completing 65.0 percent of his passes this season after connecting on 55.8 percent as a rookie. In two games thus far, Decker is averaging 15.2 yards per reception, including a 29-yard touchdown in week 2 against Green Bay. Decker’s presence on the outside has also helped bolster a potent Jets rushing attack, which leads the NFL this season, averaging 179 yards a contest (led by the duo of Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson) during the first two weeks of the year.

Dee Milliner – The last time Jay Cutler faced off against the Jets secondary, he threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in a 2010 win over the Jets at Soldier Field. 4 years later, Cutler remains as dangerous as ever with more weapons surrounding him at his disposal. Milliner did not have a welcomed return in Green Bay, struggling to keep up with Jordy Nelson being beat for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Packers the lead for good.

Muhammad Wilkerson – The Jets run defense is the best in the NFL at this point, holding opposing halfbacks to a mere 52.5 yards per game on the ground. Wilkerson was ejected on Sunday, so he’ll need to keep his composure as a leader on the Jet defense and lead the stout front four against all-pro back Matt Forte and in pressuring a potential mistake-prone Jay Cutler.

My Pick

The Jets did most things right to start the 2014 NFL season 2-0 but failed to make the critical decisions and keep composure after racing out to a big lead in Lambeau. The key for the second consecutive week will be the ability of the Jets secondary to match-up against a dynamic receiving corp duo in Brandon Marshall who caught 3 touchdowns in San Fransisco and Alshon Jeffrey (who Jet fans infamously remember being drafted after disappointing ex-Jet Stephen Hill in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft). This is after both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb shredded the Jets primarily in the Packers second half comeback in last week’s action to the tune of 14 receptions, 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. I think Gang Green will have a valiant effort in keeping the game close into the 4th by controlling the time of possession, but ultimately have trouble containing the threat of Matt Forte on the ground combined with Jay Cutler’s arsenal of pass catchers.

Bears 24, Jets 16

Jets Get Second Crack At The NFC North

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Antonio Allen will have his hands full at corner for the second straight week, facing off against another top-notch duo at receiver from the NFC North in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey on Monday Night Football (JetsInsider.com Photo)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It was two results of stark contrats for both the Jets and the team that they”ll face on Monday Night Football, the Chicago Bears. For the Jets an early 18-point advantage dissipated painfully on the road in Green Bay while the Bears fought off a 17-point deficit in San Fransisco.

Both teams fought against the odds against favored teams and now find themselves at 1-1 in a pivotal week three matchup.

Coming off a heartbreaking loss, the Jets can look to what their fellow AFC East rival Buffalo Bills did in their week one matchup against the Bears, running the ball 33 times for a total of 193 yards between C.J. Spiller (15 carries, 53 yards: long – 13 yards), Fred Jackson (7 carries, 61 yards: long – 38 yards) and Anthony Dixon (5 carries, 60 yards: long – 47 yards).

Gang Green has the personnel in their own form to implement a three-headed monster at halfback with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory and Johnson (as they lead the league averaging 179 yards per game).

The health of both Eric Decker and Dee Milliner will be the key points of emphasis for Monday as the week progresses. Today, Decker was not wearing cleats and did not practice. He came out to practice but ended up more a bystander to the action, nursing his hamstring injury by sitting out positional drills for the second consecutive day. Decker did participate in the team stretch and worked in the rehab area during the 30-minute portion of practice that was open to the media.

Decker’s status for Monday night’s game against the Bears remains a mystery at this point. On Wednesday, Rex Ryan expressed cautious optimism that Decker would be able to play. The team still has practices on Friday and Saturday this week because of the Monday night game.

“He’s a veteran player obviously, but you’d like to see him test it a bit,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to say he has to practice on Saturday, but really for his own mentality and mindset you want him to say yeah I can do this, I feel fine.”

Milliner (ankle), after sitting out yesterday, returned to positional drills. Milliner, played 40 total snaps last week against the Packers and is expected to play on Monday.

“He looked okay… with that high ankle you know its never really looks 100 percent… but it was okay,” said Ryan.

When asked about Geno’s three turnovers in just two games into his second year at the helm as starter, Ryan emphasized patience and not to overreact to certain occurrences within the game.

“You never dismiss them, but sometimes those happen, but I think he’s done a good job of protecting the football overall,” Ryan said. “The thing I’ve been proud of is his presence in the pocket, the way he puts the ball on his front shoulder when he moves… Overall you wish you had one or two throws back but overall I’m happy with how he’s handled himself.”

The key for the second consecutive week will be the ability of the Jets secondary to match-up against a dynamic receiving corp duo in Brandon Marshall who caught three of four Jay Cutler touchdown passes in San Fransisco and Alshon Jeffrey (who Jet fans infamously remember being drafted after disappointing ex-Jet Stephen Hill in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft). This is after both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb shredded the Jets primarily in the second half of last week’s action to the tune of 14 receptions, 248 yards and three touchdowns.

“They came off a big win against the Niners, obviously Brandon Marshall is a beast. They look like a team ready to shake off the woes off last year and are on the rise,” said Guard Willie Colon.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talked to the media on a conference call Thursday afternoon and here are some highlights of his thoughts on going up against the Jets on Monday night:

On what Santonio Holmes has brought to the Bears roster – “After Alshon and B (Marshall) we’re pretty young in that deparment, so just to get an experienced guy that’s been in big games and knows how to run routes its helped out a lot.”

On Martellus Bennett’s Added dimension to the offense — “He’s really been the best of both worlds, being a tough cover for linebackers and safeties while being able to stay in and block defensive ends.” “He’s an unbelievable run-blocker so we use him in as many different facets as possible.”

On Holmes’ as a teammate and his reputation for being a troublemaker around the league — “He hasn’t said anything to ruffle anyone’s feathers yet, he’s been in early and leaves late. He’s had to catch-up in learning this offense behind everyone else and I think he’s done an incredible job… He also communicates with me of what he likes and doesn’t like.”

On his success against the Jets despite the many different coordinators throughout his career — “I enjoy going against the Jets… even with the Ryan brothers, they do a great job of showing different looks, giving pressure and dropping eight at times to confuse the quarterback.”

Bears Head Coach Mark Trestman, says Santonio Holmes has brought a needed skillset and has done nothing of what has been said of his reputation preceding him, except work hard to simulate himself to the offense.

“In this world where perception is reality, we’d like to find out for ourselves in getting to know each other and draw our conclusion on day-to-day hands on interaction,” said Trestman.

Extended time and a shorter preparation week the following week did not deter Ryan from holding Monday Night Football games in a high regard.

“For the fanbase and the country, there’s some fans that don’t get to watch or see the Jets or Bears every week… that’s big,” said Ryan. “Your the only show going and its a huge deal still, for players they know that their peers are watching and I think that’s big.”

The last time the Jets had a nationally televised home night game: The “Butt Fumble” game in which the Jets had the fiasco against the Patriots on 2012 Thanksgiving when quarterback Mark Sanchez ran into his lineman — Ryan humorously responded “Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again, yikes!”

“It won’t be hard to show better than that I can tell you that, I will guarantee we play better than that… Talk about going out on a limb,” he continued.

The wait between a devastating loss and the next game can feel like an eternity but for Ryan the action cannot come soon enough.

“You wish you had a game Thursday anytime you lose you can’t wait to get back on that field. Now the fact that it pushes to Monday, that is typical of us. Lose a game and then you have to wait,” said Ryan.

Notes

DNP: E. Decker, Bellore, Edds (hamstring). Full: J. Bush (quad) Limited: W. Colon (calf), C. Johnson (ankle), N. Mangold (shoulder), D. Milliner (ankle)

David Harris and Demario Davis got every snap in practice

WR Eric Decker (hamstring) was in helmet and uniform but without shoulder pads for team stretches

LB Nick Bellore (hip) was not in positional drills and did not (practice)

Per @Bears, the Chicago Bears are 11-3 on Monday Night Football dating back to 2006 after losing 14 of previous 18 appearances dating back to 1991

Bears lead all-time series vs. Jets 7-3 and have won 3 straight in the series; Bears are also 3-1 all-time vs. the Jets on the road

Former Jets draft pick Tajh Boyd has signed with the Florida Blacktips (@FLBlacktips) of the FXFL

Per ESPNnewyork.com, the Jets are honoring 200 first responders from 9/11 on Monday Night Football representing Suffolk, Nassau, Bergen and Morris Counties

Preparing For The ‘Pack Attack’

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — We hear it all the time in sports. A team comes into action a decided underdog, with absolutely no shot to win, right?

Defensive Line Coach Karl Dunbar look to make things uncomfortable for Aaron Rodgers come Sunday Afternoon in Lambeau Field (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Well that’s the circumstance that the New York Jets come into week 2 with. Facing an angry and talented Green Bay Packers team on the road coming off a humbling week 1 mauling at the hands of the defending Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks.

“The goal is to go out there and put together some long drives and especially against a good quarterback like Aaron.” Geno Smith said, “You want to keep him on the sideline, so it’s going to be critical for us to do well in the first and second battle.

“We run the ball well and we play defense (well), so I think those things travel.”

If the notion of public forecast holds true, all signs point to the Jets not being 2-0 come Sunday night.

Going off conventional thought and how Gang Green performed last season, it’s hard to predict which Jets team will show up or how the final outcome will emerge. Last year the team essentially alternated winning and losing for the first nine weeks of the season en route to an 8-8 record.

This year? The overall offensive talent level is up around Geno Smith but now the state of the secondary as talked about throughout camp and into the season is the biggest question mark and mystery on the team.

In week 1, the Jets were the better team and were expected to win but survived a Raiders team starting a rookie quarterback in his first career start by failing to deliver the trademark ‘knockout blow’ until late in the contest.

The thought is, if the Jets play in a similar fashion as they did on Sunday against an explosive Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay team it would be a rough outing out at Lambeau.

“I wish there was just one thing about him so we’d be able to target it,” Ryan joked. “It’s tough to sleep this week as a coach…having home-field advantage with the noise would be a great equalizer.”

But under Ryan’s tenure, the team is no stranger to being counted out. But if they play like they did against the Patriots as an underdog in week 7, who knows?

“Excellent practice today, so we’ll see what that all means on Sunday.” Ryan said, “But really communication was good and competition outstanding with guys getting after it, a few brush-ups and very spirited”

Despite there being no sign of tight end, Jeff Cumberland, earlier this week, who has been dealing with an achilles’ issue and cornerback, Dee Milliner, doing positional drills with the rest of the defensive backs backpedaling with breaking, turning and catching; both had signs of progress today stretching and doing conditioning drills at practice today.

“I’m very optimistic. (I) just have to get out there and, like I said, do what they tell me to do, just keep working… and if I feel good, I’ll be out there,” Milliner said regarding his status for Sunday’s game.

“It’s an injury, you have to take it easy, be cautious. Be careful with it because if you rush it and come back too fast you can hurt it again and just cause more pain and heartache on the injury you already have.”

After practice Ryan said he felt “pretty confident” that Milliner will play on Sunday afternoon.

Ryan alluded to tackling well, awareness on screens and for the deep ball as points of emphasis for the team heading into their first road test of the year.

A unique technique at practice with the Jets using music to simulate potential crowd noise that they’ll face at Lambeau. Defensively Ryan said, a lot of the task to being prepared for what’s to come will be on the shoulders of David Harris and Laron Landry.

The duo is expected to quarterback the defense against the uptempo onslaught that comes with Green Bay’s no huddle on Sunday.

“We have to be prepared for it you know, making sure with the communication everyone’s getting the calls and we read the plays because they line up quick and snap the ball up quick,” said Safety Dawan Landry. “We have to be on our p’s and q’s.”

And don’t think for one second the Jets have banked on Aaron Rodgers only using on side of the field as he did in the NFL kickoff to avoid Richard Sherman.

“We know they have a pair of very capable receiving corp in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb… They have big play potential so we’re going to have to execute and play our style of football,” Landry said.

Reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, Eddie Lacy, is set to return after leaving the Packers opener in Seattle with a concussion. The Jets held the Raiders to a mere 25 yards on the ground and seek to established their mark as one of the league’s top run-stuffing units.

“Each week presents it’s own challenges. (Lacy’s) a hard guy to bring down and combined with that passing offense brings its fair share of problems,” said Linebacker Calvin Pace.

“He’s a good power back but he’s a spinner too, so a lot of times he’ll spin great tackles and you have to work that,” said Ryan.

“Most big backs are just boom straight ahead and they don’t dodge it, not only will he finish runs but he doesn’t dodge contact.”

Bottom line for Sunday’s tough task –

“On the road you have to start fast and don’t give up big plays that lets there crowd gets into it,” quipped Pace.

Notes

The Jets worked out free agents this week including two veteran guards — Doug Legursky (most recently of fellow divisional rival Bills and Jeff Baca of the Vikings)

Legursky has been in the NFL for five-years and started 11 games in the 2013 season for the Bills

Baca was a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft: both may be backup options in the event of an injury at the guard spot behind Brian Winters and Oday Aboushi

Limited in practice: D. Milliner (Ankle), J. Bush (Quad), W. Colon (Calf)

DNP: A. Edds (Hamstring)

Practiced full: I. Enemkpali, J. Cumberland

Coach Ryan was disappointed in some of the practice’s squad performance saying that some of they guys weren’t quite prepared and need to prepare as if they are going to start each week

On rookie tight end Jace Amaro – Ryan responded he’s going to be a major part of our offense and fairly soon

Week 1 – Jets Survive Turnovers and Penalties To Defeat Raiders 19-14

Monday, September 8th, 2014

East Rutherford, N.J. —  An electric atmosphere filled Metlife Stadium for “WHITEOUT!” Rally Towel Day as the New York Jets hosted the Oakland Raiders to open their 2014 campaign.

It was a first half of growth and of first half setbacks for the New York Jets as Nick Folk got things going scoring wise for the Jets with a 45-yard field goal but in between there were many moments where playcalling and jitters took away any momentum the team offense got.

Which Rex Ryan wasn’t too pleased with despite the good start to the new year.

“The 11 penalties is definitely bothersome. We have to take care of the football better. We fumbled twice and never had any takeaways. We dropped some balls (interceptions). That’s still a work in progress and it has to get better for us to do what we want to do,” Ryan said.

“Red-zone penalties absolutely kill you. This should have been a ‘rat-kill’ and it wasn’t,” said Ryan.

Geno Smith opened up the 2014 NFL Season with a 96.6 passer rating, leading the Jets to a 19-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Regarding Geno’s performance, Ryan praised Smith for the day but said he made two costly mistakes.

“Know the down and distance. We’re in field goal range, just take a sack or throw it away. He tried to make something happen and we took a big loss,” Ryan said. “That’s avoidable, but I’m proud of Geno. He bounced back. The kid can throw it. We have to protect for him. When the protection holds up, this kid can make all the throws.”

There were several themes like maximizing possessions and cutting down on turnovers which developed throughout the Jets 19-14 victory on Sunday Afternoon –

Good Geno, Bad Geno and then Good Geno:

The perfect start – Saalim Hakim taking the opening kickoff near midfield at the 40. Then even getting a chance to employ the newly minted ‘Vick-Cat’, running their first wildcat of the season on the 5th play with Geno Smith lined out right as a receiver.

The first blunder ensued shortly after as Geno aired a beauty over the defending corner to wideout Greg Salas but the Salas was unable to haul it in and was noticeably frustrated with himself after.

Then after settling for a field goal Smith threw his only interception of the day to wily veteran corner Charles Woodson, not checking off and staring him down on a pass intended for Eric Decker leaving the Raiders in Jets territory.

At the 2:43 mark in the first quarter, Derek Carr lead the Raiders to strike back by throwing his first career TD pass for 12-yards to Rod Streater.

“The three plays definitely. We are going to evaluate every single play and get better from every single one, even the good ones,” said Smith. “I have to negate that at the quarterback spot. And it is something I am working extremely hard at, and it’s the game of football. You can’t be perfect at football, you have to move on from those mistakes and keep leading and keep working and I think I did a good job of that today.”

The key turn in the eventual outcome of the game was how Geno bounced back from his mistakes in the game. Taking off with the ball 10 times for 38 yards on the ground added a dynamic element to the rushing attack.

“I think that was the biggest factor in the first half of the football game, because he was able to keep some plays alive and create some things and get out of the pocket, convert some first downs,” said Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen. “It allowed them to maintain possession of the ball a little bit longer in the first half than we would have liked.” (The Jets won the time of possession battle 34:50-23:50)

Sio Moore laid a big hit on Geno after moving the chains for 17 yards running and failing to get down in time but Smith’s shuffle to Johnson got the Jets in raiders territory at the end of the first quarter.

Although if he had cut back inside at the end of the run it would have prevented the play, with each play it seemed as if Geno learned from it and turned the page, an improvement from his inaugural season as the Jets Quarterback.

With Geno’s stat-line a razor-sharp efficiency resulting in 23/28 completions to attempts, one touchdown, one interception and a 96.6 passer rating its easy to see the progression in mindset for the second-year quarterback.

“Any time you can get points and come away with a victory you are happy with it, but we want to set the bar high for ourselves, and we want to be at our best and we want to score touchdowns,” said Smith.

“But in those situations we have penalties that back you up, you have situations that take you out of field goal range like the sack I took, you are hard on yourself and you get disappointed. But, you have to move on from those things and continue to play the game and keep focusing.”

Important to note on Smith’s first drive – he went 5-6, 44 yds, 0 tds but 1 touchdown drop by Salas, which would have made for a perfect drive if he converted on the catch in the endzone. Geno’s pocket presence has improved immensely as he showed great footwork all afternoon escaping from many rushers at a time.

The final stats of the game, do not tell the full story as the Jets primarily in the first half allowed the Raiders with a rookie Quarterback making his first career start in Derek Carr to hang around.

Oakland hung around for the majority of the game due to the Jets mishaps (a second attempt at the wildcat by the Jets resulting in a loss of 1 and fumble at the goal-line changing possession to the Raiders even after the play was reviewed) but with careful offensive game-plan fit for a rookie in his first career NFL game with mostly dink and dives by the Raiders offense.

Self-inflicting wounds with penalties and turnover’s in addition to giving a rookie confidence with each possession did not equal a good sign by the half only leading 10-7.

The Emergence of Calvin: The 2014 1st round pick out of Louisville lived up to the billing in his NFL debut – 4 tackles and 2 pass deflections. But what Pryor did from play to play that doesn’t show up in the stat sheet mattered more today — like when he stuffed Marcel Reece on a screen pass or completed a near pick six if he held onto ball prior to running off. Overall, Pryor displayed a keen eye for the pigskin.

“Ah man I don’t even wanna (laughing) I had seen the endzone before I caught the ball, I guess you can say I popped my cherry on that one, it won’t happen no more, I’ll make sure I get the next one,” Pryor (panned).

As for receiving high praise thus far Pryor feels there’s one thing to remember in order to maintain success.

“I just try to watch film as much as I can, things I see I try to take away from it and just put it out all into action,” Pryor said.

Ultimately it was a tale of two halves:

The lowlight of the first half was when some boo birds came out at Metlife Stadium at the 6:15 mark in 2nd after the Jets were just conservative running on three consecutive plays and then a short dump to Eric Decker, who was sighted for the first time in the contest.

It was the end of a very bizarre first half on both ends, which felt like the Jets should be up a lot more then what they were.

Rising to the occasion:

And then it all turned around — If you look at the irony of the Jets offseason, Chris Johnson was brought into New York to be the old ‘CJ2k’ homerun hitter but it the guy who spells Johnson (13 carries for 68 yards) on a split carry basis in Ivory (10 carries for 102 yards) who broke open the game’s biggest play scampering for 71 yards and a touchdown that put the game out of reach.

Ivory made Jets history with the score, as his run tied for the second longest in team history and longest for the team since 2009 when Thomas Jones accomplished the feat on the road against the Buffalo Bills.

For Ivory making history was not the initial thing on his mind in the moment.

“Just a great run. I was able to break one or two (tackles), I saw a cutback lane and took it, and after that, just try to see who’s the fastest to the end zone. I got caught but hey, a touchdown’s a touchdown.”

“What were were the stats? Like 200 or something like (that). 212 (as a team), yeah. That tells the story right there,” said Johnson. “The offensive line did a great job pushing those guys back, giving us an opportunity to be one-on-one with (a) safety and make plays.”

A new chapter of history was also written in the career of the Jets’ biggest offseason acquisition Eric Decker, who made his regular season debut after spending 4 years in Denver.

When asked if he felt any nerves playing in his first game as Jet, Decker responded how any new player in a new city would.

“(I have) to say I did. Yeah, I did, I was nervous, if you don’t get nervous before a game you probably shouldn’t be in the locker room because that’s just human nature,” Decker said.

“I think what added to it was (a) new team, (a) new experience. It was good though. That first drive got them (nerves) out of me, I’ve got to tell you, I love playing with these guys. This is a fun group and I look forward to doing big things with these guys.”

Even with Antonio Allen, Safety turned Corner in his first career start admitted to having trouble with the deep ball but getting deflections and three and outs helped to boost the secondary’s morale and confidence.

Credit the Jets defense overall for overcoming a sluggish start and bearing down on Derek Carr. They (Dawan Landry, Jason Babin & Co.) set the tone for the final outcome of the game early in the second half as Quinton Coples almost took off Maurice Jones Drew’s head, forcing a loss of 11 and a fumble as well as constantly swarming the rookie all day long with pressure.

It was not the prettiest of victories, but the Jets aren’t looking for style points heading into a showdown at Lambeau Field with a Green Bay Packers team with plenty of motivation to hand Gang Green their first loss of the young 2014 NFL season.

Notes

  • Geno Smith was the latest player to be introduced by the Jets through the tunnel and represented the Roc Nation Brand that he’s signed to as Jay-Z’s client, coming out to Jay-Z’s song Public Service Announcement
  • His 23/28 completion to attempt ratio ranks as the 3rd best single game percentage in Jets history
  • He also had 11 straight completions during today’s game
  • The Raiders deferred to the Jets after winning the opening coin toss
  • Officially 7 players were named on the Jets inactive list today — 1. CB Josh Bush 2. OG Dakota Dozier 3. LB IK Enemkpali 4. T Ben Ijalana 5. CB Leon McFadden 6. CB Dee Milliner (Darren Walls started in place of Milliner) 7. WR Walt Powell
  • Former Giant Justin Tuck was down on the field for what he said was landing on his ribs and he did return in today’s game
  • Former Jet Austin Howard made his debut and says the nature of the NFL business makes games like these easier to get used to
  • Eric Decker were almost exclusively featured on some drives in the third quarter with a mix of Chris Ivory but no sign of Bilal Powell (who had 1 carry for 4 yards on the day)
  • Near trickery by the Jets almost resulted in a Decker touchdown in the far left end of the endzone as CJ2k lined up in the wildcat formation, passed it off to Vick who threw in the endzone but was slightly off
  • The first touchdown of the 2014 NFL Season was completed off a Geno Smith fake off hand shuffle pass to Chris Johnson for a long overdue score
  • At one point, the Jets had 302 net yards to the Raiders 60 and the game was just a 6 point deficit
  • Nick Folk made good on both of his field goal attempts (the first from 42 yards out and the second 45)
  • Jets held the Raiders to 3/12 on third-down attempts
  • While also outrushing them a whopping 212 to 25
  • Jets need to clean up on penalties drawn (problematic in the preseason) – they accrued 11 in total for 105 yards while the Raiders only racked up 4 for 20 yards

Jets Turn Page To 2014 NFL Season

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The time for talk is over and the New York Jets are ready for the big stage: the 2014 NFL season which begins tonight in Seattle.

It’s been approximately eight months and one week since December 29, 2013 when the Jets last played an NFL game that counted in the standings, defeating the Miami Dolphins in week 17 of the 2013 NFL season.

The Jets also defeated the same Oakland team 37-27 on December 8 at home that they’ll see in just two days. But if you ask the team around Florham Park none of last year’s results matter as it’s time to turn the page and write a new chapter due to facing a revamped Raiders squad. (more…)

Jets Conclude Preseason — Raiders On Tap To Begin 2014 NFL Season

Friday, August 29th, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The New York Jets’ will now have to turn their attention to assembling the best 53-man roster that Gang Green can move forward with.

Jets Owner Woody Johnson will see his team cut down to 53-men once the NFL deadline of Saturday at 6 p.m. passes (JetsInsider.com Photo)

That is with Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik having 22 spots to clear in two days by Saturday August 30, to officially abide the league wide mandate to cut rosters down by 6 p.m. on the deadline date.

Thursday night was a reunion fest of sorts for the backups as the Jets never got reacquainted with former starter, the much maligned Mark Sanchez and former Eagle, Michael Vick, was literally pulled after one handoff snap — a classy move by Rex Ryan, which allowed Vick to get a standing ovation by the crowd in Lincoln Financial Field.

It was a fitting tribute by fans for Vick’s five years of service to the team which gave him his second shot at an NFL career. But for all the catching up and good sentiment with finally being done with the preseason, the Jets must shift its focus with only ten days remaining from tonight’s 37-7 loss and a date with the Oakland Raiders on September 7.

“It’s kind of tough to say because it’s week to week,” said Linebacker Demario Davis on the state of the Jets defense. “Were improving but we feel confident about our identity.”

When asked about the method of preparation for the team leading up to the season, during the Jets-Eagles CBS telecast Davis responded “It’s football season and its time, everyone’s ready to play.”

The contest could have been a telling sign or just smoke and mirrors with those seemingly fighting for the sacred final roster spots. Take Stephen Hill for example.

The spotlight has squarely been on the 2012 second round pick (infamously picked ahead of emerging Bears’ star Alshon Jeffrey) or his hands lack thereof. Hill caught a 13-yard reception for a first down but also dropped the first target his way causing all too familiar request of fans for Hill to extend his hands on a more consistent basis.

His night was done after appearing in five of the Jets’ six possessions in the first half raising questions as to whether this would be the swan song for the disappointing 23-year old’s career with the team.

Matt Simms, who got the majority of the snaps in tonight’s game missed Greg Salas twice in the end zone on overthrows so Salas did not do anything to warrant him not making the team.

The team is said to probably keep around five or six receivers and Hill is competing with Greg Salas and Saalim Hakim for the final one or two spots (as Decker, Kerley and Nelson are locks with Gates as the odd man out overall).

Salas and Hakim play on special teams and Hill does not which may end up counting against the third-year wideout. For the final ‘tryout’ to make the final 53-man roster, essentially Jets players just had to show what they can do, while the proverbial locks and first teamers encouraged them while also letting the backups know what they could do better.

One of those players who did not look good in his audition at all was LeQuan Lewis. Lewis noted as a key player coming into the game – struggled mightily. It was easily to see why Lewis has been a journeyman in the NFL, playing for nine professional teams in four seasons.

After being picked up by the Jets during training camp (prior to the secondary being depleted with injury) it was assumed that Lewis was acquired to help with depth.

This was before Gang Green reached full emergency status after converted safety turned corner Antonio Allen suffered a concussion last Friday against the Giants and with the status of Dimitri Patterson being up in the air.

Lewis given his shot starting opposite Ellis Lankster (who struggled in his own right with two holding penalties and being blown away on routes). While Lewis had an interception in the end zone, he did not make a case for being an option as a stop-gap starter until Dee Milliner returns, as he fell susceptible to the deep ball being beaten for a 32-yard gain and a 43-yard touchdown on the night.

Note

Special teams ace, Linebacker Nick Bellore was down on the field temporarily as trainers checked on his lower let leg but he eventually walked off the field under his own power (the team later announced it was a calf injury)

Dmitri Patterson’s status with the final 53-man roster is still up in the air especially after Patterson came out and refuted the team’s claim that he was AWOL for 48 hours prior to and after the ‘Snoopy Bowl’ against the Giants

The Eagles racked up 557 yards of total offense (292 passing and 265 rushing)

Stat of the night or Ominous sign?: 4 catches for Jalen Saunders tonight, were more than Stephen Hill had all pre-season in 5 times as many reps

After the game Rex Ryan was not pleased with the team’s overall performance, telling reporters “Its hard to really hard to pinpoint who stood stepped up. It was a poor performance by us, without question.”

Jets’ Are Now Down to 75

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — As of noon today, the New York Jets announced that they’ve reduced their roster from 81 players to 75 now by releasing the players below.

All NFL teams must reduce their roster to a maximum of 75 players by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26 so the Jets got a headstart on the process of ultimately cutting down to a 53-man roster by the league-wide mandated deadline of August 30. The following players are no longer with the Jets –

Colin Anderson (TE/6-4/240/Furman/Dallas, TX)

Mike Campbell (WR/6-2/205/Temple/Edison, NJ)

Ras-I Dowling (CB/6-1/210/Virginia/Chesapeake, VA)

Jacoby Ford is the most surprising name to appear on the cut list as he was expected to compete for starting special teams roles (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Jacoby Ford (WR/5-9/190/Clemson/West Palm Beach, FL)

Anthony Grady (DE/6-7/289/Missouri State/Texarkana, AR)

Chad Young (FB/5-10/240/San Diego State/La Verne, CA)

To recap prior to these six, seven were released to begin the final maturation process of forming the 2014-2015 Jets roster.

Bruce Campbell (T/6-6/320/Maryland/Hamden, CT)

Steele Divitto (LB/6-2/237/Boston College/Ridgefield, CT)

Patrick Ford (OL/6-6/305/Eastern Kentucky/Richmond, KY)

Andrew Furney (K/5-10/210/Washington State/Burlington, WA)

Jacob Schum (P/5-11/211/Buffalo/Hamburg, NY)

Michael Smith (RB/5-9/205/Utah State/Tucson, AZ)

Markus Zusevics (OL/6-5/300/Iowa/Arlington Heights, IL)

The biggest surprise of the names released thus far would have to be Jacoby Ford, who headlines the list of players who will no longer be with Gang Green because was expected to compete for a roster spot as the 5th/6th receiver behind Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill coming into camp.

But the despite the recent injuries to Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders, the emergence of Greg Salas and Clyde Gates have solified them as the 5th and 6th men of the receiving corps.

Ford was expected to at least compete for the starting gigs on special teams for punt and kick returns but his game against the Giants did not help his cause in that manner. Ford muffed a punt against the Giants, and despite his speed the overall competition at wideout this summer in camp made his services expendable.

The Jets’ roster stands at 75, not counting those on injured reserve — cornerback Dexter McDougle and as mentioned previously Shaq Evans. Antwan Barnes, a linebacker who’s on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, currently counts for a roster spot.

The Jets have 22 more cuts to make by next Saturday. The process to 53 will come with some very interesting, difficult and debatable decisions to come. It will be intriguing to see how the Jets move forward toward the big day of August 30.

Snoopy Bowl Fireworks to Come – Jets v. Giants

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets (2-0) and New York Giants (3-0) face off tonight at MetLife Stadium in the 4th annual ‘Snoopy Bowl’ game for citywide bragging rights. It is the only time this season that both teams will go up against one another as by NFL divisional rotations on the schedule, the Jets and Giants only draw each other once every four years. For the game Gang Green will be the ‘home team’ in hosting Big Blue.

Head Coach Rex Ryan and Off. Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg look to see positive gains from offense in benchmark preseason game against in-stadium rival Giants (Jetsinsider.com Photo)

Although both teams come into action undefeated, both sides have not played up the level that their record suggests. In fact both MetLife occupants rallied down from 20+ point deficits in week 2 preseason games on the Rose against Cincinnati (Jets) and Indianapolis (Giants) respectively.

The Jets had a penalty filled fest when the starters were in primarily from Breno Giacomini, Willie Colon and Stephen Hill en route to their 25-17 win over the Bengals. Seven personal fouls in total were racked up costing the team several yards along the way and a 17-3 deficit before the 22-point turnaround.

The Giants were down 26-0 in Lucas Oil Stadium and on the verge of a disastrous effort in their benchmark preseason game at the halfway point of their schedule.

Eli Manning was 1-7 at one point and threw an interception drawing much concern over the state of the new West Coast offense that the team is operating under now since the departure of former Offensive Coordinator, Kevin Gilbride despite their stunning comeback led by the heroics of backup Quarterback Ryan Nassib.

Andre Williams started off the fireworks for tonight’s game by firing off the first round of bulletin board material saying that the Giants were the “real football team of New York.”

Since then Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison and Willie Colon have responded to the Boston College rookie’s claim, Willie Colon’s response to Andre (Loose Lips) Williams: “We’ll answer his remarks (tonight).” As well as Jets Head Coach, Rex Ryan, telling reporters “Last time I remember him, he was getting smacked around by Clemson.”

Damon Harrison’s repsonse – an emoji featuring a head laughing four times and a see you Friday Mr. Williams ##JetLifeeeeee response.

Don’t tell these players that the ‘Snoopy Bow’ doesn’t count — there is added juice anytime to teams which share the same stadium play, sentiments Wideout David Nelson echoed. “All week long, guys have been talking about it,” Nelson said. “This is a preseason game, but there’s definitely a different feel. It’s not just the third preseason game, it’s the Giants. Rex and a couple of coaches have made it known this is a big game for us. Even though it doesn’t count for anything, it’s still for bragging rights. To have that trophy, or whatever you want to call it, guys play for stuff like that. It adds a little extra motivation.”

For what it’s worth according to an ESPN @SportsNation poll which asked the question: Which is the real NY football team? (Courtesy of Andre Williams): the response was Giants 66%, Jets 34%. The Giants have the Lombardis and the Jets have the motivation of not wanting to be dubbed the ‘little brother’ resident of MetLife — get ready for some fireworks New York.

Whirlwind Around Jets Player Personnel

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Florham Park, NJ — On a hot and humid day in Florham Park, the Jets held day 2 of practices at the Atlantic health facility and day 27 overall.

Here’s what we learned: Receivers in the spotlight — For the Jets Tuesday ended up being a mixed bag with some positive on the field and less than ideal off it. Shaq Evans is out for the season, as the team announced today they’ve placed the rookie wideout on Injured Reserve after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

Shaq Evans is the latest Jets rookie to be afflicted with the injury bug (Jetsinsider.com photo)

“There’s more to it than that, so obviously he got hit and then he really never felt the effects until later. He had a shoulder (injury) before, but this one was worse,” said Rex Ryan.

“He recognizes these things because he’s had shoulder (injuries) before, but he said this one felt worse and it just never got better to where he could go out and play.”

While fellow rookie receiver Jalen Saunders made waves with his status, posting on Instagram (“Minor setback for a major comeback !!” #belivethat — @jet16life) The 2014 rookie class has had its fair share of bouts with the injury bug.

The Louisville Slugger, 1st round pick Safety Calvin Pryor just made his NFL debut off dealing with concussion issues, second round pick Jace Amaro, has also battled a concussion, the play book and at times his own hands, third-rounder Dexter McDougle is out for the year with a torn ACL and now Evans and Saunders being out for an extended period of time — welcome to the league rooks.

Day Two: At practice wideouts mostly worked on a ten-man teams. Of note there was a spectacular one-handed catch by Greg Salas who with his play is garnering steam toward making the #3 spot behind Eric Decker & Jeremy Kerley an intriguing competition heading into to the tail stretch of camp.

On Wide Receiver drills, with the Jets staff throwing the passes, Greg Salas made a ridiculous one-handed catch down sidelines palming the ball in aesthetic fashion. Geno did look impressive at the helm, dialed in as a signal-caller in dropping most passes with perfect placement. A perfect example of this was when Geno hit Eric Decker 40 yards down the sideline, perfectly placing on Decker’s inside shoulder with the rookie Brandon Dixon on coverage.

Snoopy Bowl Plans: Head Coach Rex Ryan after practice said that he plans to stick with his traditional philosophy of playing his starters the entire first half and for one drive into the third quarter.

“I know that’s crazy, but it kind of gets you used to coming back in, getting a little rest time at half time, and then coming back out and you have to play. That’s always what I’ve done in the past,” said Ryan.

Cincinnati Remains:

After the win in Cincinnati, some in the Bengals organization accused the Jets of ‘bush league’ play; as they referenced being thrown off by Jets’ starters blitzing late in the game. In response to such accusations Ryan said the team wasn’t aware of the chatter and certainly had no ill intentions in its play.

“No, I thought they’d probably be surprised that we played nothing but coverage early in the game. I’m trying to see what we had. Maybe that was probably the big surprise, but again, our starters they never played into the second half,” Ryan said.

“They played in the first half and that’s where we played our guys. That’s from day one. I don’t know why they would be shocked, but again, it doesn’t matter. I don’t worry about their team. We’re just trying to focus on our team and what’s best for us.”

Notes:

Ras I Dowling, Patterson, Ivory & Mangold were all back in practice despite being listed as ‘limited’

Geno Smith is slated to start Friday night, according to Coach Rex Ryan. He will play 2+ quarters possibly into 3rd with starters

Coach Ryan feels both Eric Decker (quad) & Chris Ivory (ribs) will be active for the ‘Snoopy Bowl’ vs the Giants after missing game in Cincinnati

On Santonio Holmes being signed by the Bears, Coach Ryan alluded to the Lisfranc injury, derailing a great start to his time in New York Rex says he was really impressed with Darrin Walls in Saturday’s game and that he deserves some reps with the 1st team

Cumberland was out today with the TEs, taking part in positional drills

Jalen Saunders will talk to the media tomorrow to address the growing mystery surrounding his status