Jets sign veteran DE Babin

July 23rd, 2014

CORTLAND, NY – As the Jets check in to training camp today at SUNY Cortland, multiple sources have confirmed that the team has inked DE Jason Babin.  According to ESPN, the deal is for two years.

The Jets added more depth to an already loaded defensive line by signing veteran DE Jason Babin. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Babin, entering his 11th season in the NFL had 40 tackles and 7.5 sacks for the Jaguars last season. He was released by Jacksonville not long after he signed a 3 year $7MM extension. The well travelled veteran has also played for Houston, Kansas City, Tennessee and Seattle.  His best year as a pro was in 2011 when he recorded 18 sacks for the Eagles. His signing adds more depth to an already talented defensive line.

As a pro, he has 62 sacks. CB Lowell Rose was released to make room for Babin. Also, the team announced that Veteran G Willie Colon and LB Antwan Barnes will start camp on the PUP as they both continue to rehab after off -season knee surgeries.

Jets announce 2014 Training Camp schedule

June 30th, 2014

Information and Schedule, courtesy: NY Jets.

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The New York Jets begin the 2014 NFL season when the team arrives at SUNY Cortland on Wednesday, July 23. Head Coach Rex Ryan, in his sixth season, will conduct his first public practice on Thursday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. The Jets 2014 Training Camp is presented by Atlantic Health, JetBlue, MetLife, SAP/EMC, SNY, Toyota, and Luvo.

Key Dates for 2014 Training Camp:

SUNY Cortland will host the first 16 practices of training camp, all open to the public. The team will break camp prior to their Week Three preseason game against the Giants, then return to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center for the remainder of preseason.

The team will hold an exclusive practice for Season Ticket Holders on Monday, Aug. 18. Two open practices will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug 19-20. At each Training Camp location, fans can enjoy Jets Fest, featuring skills challenges, music, face painting, inflatable rides, and the Jets Shop tent filled with new merchandise for the 2014 season.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, SUNY Cortland will host the annual Green & White practice beginning at 7 p.m.  This event will feature gameday-like festivities including player introductions, National Anthem, fan contests, Jets Fest, and the Jets Shop. Practice will also be broadcasted on 98.7 FM ESPN New York.

The Jets officially kick of their season on Thurs July 24 in Cortland, NY. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

On Thursday, Aug. 21, the team will travel to Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island for Jets Family Night, presented by JetBlue. Family Night gives fans special access to a walkthrough practice beginning at 5:30 p.m. Long Island fans will have the opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes access to a team walk-through the night before the Jets take on the New York Giants in the Annual MetLife Bowl. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature Jets Fest, Jets Shop, food, music and entertainment. At the conclusion of practice, selected fans will participate in a field goal kicking contest for the chance to win a free roundtrip flight on JetBlue.

Players will continue the great Jets Tradition of signing autographs for fans after practice along the fence line. However, autographs are not guaranteed for every fan in attendance. In addition, at all practices Gen Jets Kids Club members will have a kids-only player autograph area.  Space is limited to the first 100 kids each day, so fans are encouraged to check in their children upon arrival at the Gen Jets tent.

Admission to all Jets Training Camp events are free, but tickets are required.  Fans can register and print tickets, as well as find information on parking and directions in the coming weeks on newyorkjets.com/camp.

While the Jets invite all fans to attend open practices, please note that practice may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844 or visit newyorkjets.com/camp for the most up-to-date news regarding practice schedules. Updates are also available on Twitter (@nyjets) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Jets).

2014 NEW YORK JETS TRAINING CAMP PUBLIC PRACTICE SCHEDULE

In Cortland, for every practice listed below, the gates, Jets Fest and Jets Shop will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily. For the Green and White practice, the gates, Jets Fest and Jets Shop will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  For the Jets Family Night at Hofstra, Jets Fest will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the Jets Shop will remain open until the conclusion of practice. All dates and times are subject to change.

SUNY Cortland practices:


Thursday, July 24
— 10:00 a.m.

Friday, July 25 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 26 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 27 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 29 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, July 30 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, July 31 10:00 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 1 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2 Green & White Practice at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 4 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 5 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10 10:00 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 11 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13 10:00 a.m.

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center practices

Monday, Aug. 18 Exclusive Season Ticket Holder Practice, 11:30 a.m.

(Gates/Jets Fest at 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 19 Open practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, 12:30 p.m.

(Gates/Jets Fest at 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug. 20 Open practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, 11:15 a.m.

(Gates/Jets Fest at 10:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)

Jets Family Night at Hofstra University

Thursday, Aug. 21 5:30 p.m. (Gates/Jets Fest runs from 3:00 p.m.to 5:30 p.m.

Jets Shop will be open from 3:00 p.m. until the conclusion of practice)

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VIDEO: NY Jets Blogger Roundtable – Has the Jets secondary improved?

June 9th, 2014

JetsInsider.com's Chris Nimbley chimes in at a blogger roundtable hosted by Eric Allen.

JI's Chris Nimbley gives his take on the Jets updated secondary.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – JetsInsider.com Managing Editor Chris Nimbley was recently invited by the NY Jets to participate in a Blogger Roundtable hosted by Jets Senior Reporter Eric Allen. They chimed in on a number of subjects, including this segment on the Jets secondary where they chatted about the drafting of first round pick Safety Calvin Pryor and who they think will start opposite of second year CB Dee Milliner this season.

Here’s what they had to say: CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE VIDEO

VIDEO: NY Jets Blogger Roundtable – Who starts at QB week 1?

May 27th, 2014

Who will be the Jets QB starter in Week 1? JetsInsider.com's Chris Nimbley chimes in at a blogger roundtable hosted by Eric Allen.

JI's Chris Nimbley gives his take on who should start at QB for the Jets in week 1 of 2014.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – JetsInsider.com Managing Editor Chris Nimbley was recently invited by the NY Jets to participate in a Blogger Roundtable hosted by Jets Senior Reporter Eric Allen. They chimed in on a number of subjects, including this segment on who will be the Jets starting QB in week one of 2014. Will it be Geno Smith or Michael Vick?

Here’s what they had to say: CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE VIDEO

A tale of two safeties

May 14th, 2014

A look into the Jets’ decision to draft Louisville’s Calvin Pryor over Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

By Ari August

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL , NY – The Crimson Tide faithful thought their eyes were playing tricks on them Thursday night, as their first-team All-SEC safety was passed over by the Jets in the first round of the draft. The New York Jets drafted Pryor with the 18th pick in the first round, while Clinton-Dix was left on the board to be pilfered by Green Bay three picks later. Most of the football world (Mel Kiper and Todd McShay included) thought that Ha Ha was this year’s best safety, so what gives? It’s hard to understand what exactly went on during the decision making process for the Jets. One thing is for certain; both of these safeties will instantly upgrade any NFL defense, but for who’s actually the best? That’s a question that’s proving tricky to answer. Ha Ha and Pryor’s best attributes stacked up similarly against the competition at this years combine. However, their playing styles are universes apart, as these two are like the ying and yang of the safety position.

Looking deeper, the Jets made the right decision taking Pryor over Clinton-Dix.

Pryor is the more aggressive of the two as he played with reckless abandon on a Louisville Cardinal defense that was notorious for bone jarring hits. His and his teammates style of play at Louisville was that of brutal aggression, as they instilled fear in opponents on a regular basis similar to the legendary stylistics of the overconfident Miami Hurricane teams of previous decades. This is something that Florida has trademarked as the homegrown product Pryor brings with him to the NFL a Sean Taylor like swagger that was popularized by the U.

Ha Ha plays with his head-up and constantly on a swivel, which is in direct opposition to Pryor who loves nothing more than a good opportunity to put his head down and hit you with everything he’s got. The two contrasting styles are what really make these two players so hard to compare. No wonder there are so many mixed opinions about which is better suited for the NFL.

Even though Clinton-Dix has that same Miami swagger (he was also born and raised in Florida), he doesn’t quite have the same type of powerful tackling ability that Pryor does. This forces Ha Ha to go after the ball on defense instead of the tackle. He often lets a linebacker or bigger teammate make the hit while he tries to pry at the ball in hopes of forcing a turnover. This can work out beautifully at times, and horribly at others, as it allows ball carries to chew up valuable unearned yardage. The biggest difference between Pryor and Dix is that Dix shies away from contact when he takes on a running back in the open field. His biggest problem in his tackling technique is that he’ll often ether hit and not wrap or wrap and not hit when trying to bring down a ball carrier.

He often gets blocked too easily and has had some of his worst games against the better SEC schools. He picks bad angles of pursuit at times and like Pryor he continually falls victim to the read option. He’s at times overly aggressive when jumping routes of slower pass catchers like tend ends. The problem with him going in the first round is that nothing on his tape really wowed me. He makes solid decisions on a more consistent basis than Pryor, however he doesn’t have nearly the amount of jaw dropping plays on his game tape. Clinton-Dix can make some big hits at times, but the ones that come in the middle of the field against bigger players are few and far between. Instead, most are against ball carriers that are already going out of bounds or near the sideline. His hands are pretty exceptional for someone on the defensive side of the ball but sometimes he drops balls thrown directly to him, which can lead you to scratch your head.

Even though Clinton Dix isn’t the run thumper that you get with Pryor there are still tasks that he does better. Man to man coverage is one of those. As mentioned before, Ha Ha constantly has his head up and on a swivel to help him better track the ball when it’s being thrown. That, his slightly superior ball skills and his smooth and effortless transitions out of breaks in coverage give him the leg up over Pryor in defending against the pass.

In the end,  Pryor was too unique and versatile for the Jet’s to pass on; he’s that human wrecking-ball safety that can compare to the all-mighty Cam Chancelor. He can ball hawk or blow up an oncoming running back or wide receiver in the open field. He plays with the type of attitude you want in a defensive player, as he’s one of those safeties that comes with bad intentions, and when he’s running at you, it’s always at full speed. The words stop, slow down, and breaks were never in Calvin Pryor’s football vocabulary. He plays so fast that it actually results in one of his fundamental weaknesses as a defender. Pryor consistently over pursues to the ball which results him to ether A: lose track of the ball on a read-option, B: take a bad angle of pursuit on a ball carrier or C: take too many steps up on play action which allows receivers to beat him over the top. Another problem with the aggressive playing style Pryor has adopted is that it doesn’t exactly lend itself to long-term durability.

The rewards far outweigh the risk when it comes to Pryor as an overall player as he has great hands, a nose for the ball, and rarely gives you anything less than 100%. Coordinators also benefit because they can line him up in the box (as an extra linebacker or at the nine technique) just like Chancelor of the Seattle Seahawks (there were a lot of similarities in the Seahawks and Louisville defense as both disguise and hit you with odd formations). Pryor also comes after the quarterback with terrorizing speed when he goes untouched off the edge. What impresses the most, though, is his ability to stop the run and understand blocking schemes; he does things that interior defensive lineman are asked to do, things and you don’t expect from a safety. The video below shows Pryor coming of the edge and taking out the fullback while he is still in the backfield. This creates a roadblock and closes up the hole.

This seems to be what the Jets and their front office figured out what the rest didn’t. In this day and age of the NFL you need players who can rotate in and out of a variety of different defensive schemes. His versatility, overall prowess as a run stopping safety, and his hard-knock style of play is why he’s a perfect fit in Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman’s defense. Based on the facts, it looks like Calvin Pryor was really the best safety in this years draft. The Jets smartly sidestepped the majority opinion on this one and came a way with one heck of a player.

Jets sign eight undrafted free agents

May 12th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – After selecting 12 players in this weekend’s NFL draft, the Jets announced Sunday that they have added 8 more players to the roster by signing the following undrafted free agents. The new players will get introduced to the team later this week as the Jets will conduct their rookie mini-camp this coming Friday and Saturday.

The players are:

Arizona TE Terrence Miller is one of eight undrafted free agents signed by the Jets on Sunday.

T Tevon Conrad (6′9″- 320 Lbs)  Saginaw Valley College, From Detroit, MI

LB Steele Divitto (6′2″- 237 Lbs) Boston College, From Ridgefield, CT

DE Anthony Grady (6′7″- 289 Lbs) Missouri State, From Texarkana, AR

DL Kerry Hyder (6′2″-280 Lbs) Texas Tech, From Austin, TX

TE Terrence Miller (6′4″- 234 Lbs) University of Arizona, From Moreno Valley, CA

T Brent Qvale (6′7″- 315 Lbs) University of Nebraska, from Williston, ND

LB Zach Thompson (6′5″-265 Lbs) Wake Forest, From  Ashburn, VA

FB Chad Young (5′10″- 240 Lbs) San Diego State, From La Verne, CA

Jets announce preseason opponents

April 10th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Jets today announced their pre-season opponents as will open the 2014 season at home against Indianapolis. After facing the Colts, the Jets will travel to Cincinnati for a matchup against the Bengals. Next they will face their regular annual opponents the NY Giants at home and finish on the road agains the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Jets open their 2014 preseason at home against Andrew Luck and the Colts.

The Jets play the Colts for just the second time in the preseason, while their matchup against the Bengals is the third in the last four years, and the second straight in Cincinnati. The team’s third preseason game against the Giants renews a series played every preseason since 1969. The fourth contest against the Eagles continues the Jets streak of facing Philadelphia in the each of the preseason’s final week since 2001.

The actual dates and times of the matchup will be announced at a later date. The regular season schedule is expected to be released sometime within the next two weeks.

Jets sign WR Jacoby Ford

April 1st, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -  The Jets signed a WR today and no it was not DeSean Jackson. They did though add some veteran depth by inking former Raiders WR Jacoby Ford.

Jets inked former Raider WR Jacoby Ford.

Ford, a former 4th round pick for the Raiders in 2010 who ran a 4.28 40 yard dash at the scouting combines can catch the ball and return kicks. The 5′9″ 190 Lb former Clemson product has shown flashes of talent over his five year career but has mostly been known for his time on the injury report. He has only 57 career receptions and just 3 TD’s.

Contract details were not available but based on Ford’s injury history it’s believed his deal is mostly incentive based. Ford joins fellow former AFC West alum, Eric Decker in the Jets re-vamped WR corps.

There had been reports that the team was also interested in former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson but since his release last week, it seems that interest has waned. Jackson met with the Redskins today and they seem to be the frontrunner to sign him.

The team also hosted free agent OL Rich Ohrnberger who spent time with the Patriots and most recently the Chargers. The career backup would provide much needed offensive line depth if he is signed.

Jets sign Vick, dump Sanchez

March 22nd, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Ending weeks of speculation and debate, the Jets finally clarified and secured the team’s QB situation by signing veteran QB Michael Vick and releasing 5 year veteran Mark Sanchez.

NY won't have Mark Sanchez to kick around anymore as Michael Vick is signed and Sanchez is released.

Vick, who had been rumored to be on the Jets wish list since last season ended, signed a reported 1 year $5MM deal. The team announced the deal early this evening on Twitter.

After 5 up and down seasons, the last three on the downside with deteriorating stats and a season-ending injury last year, Sanchez is now a free agent. The team had to make a decision on Sanchez’s future by next Tuesday or pay him a $2MM roster bonus. His cap number this season was an enormous $13.MM. His release adds over $8MM to this years cap space.

With the signing of Vick, he reunites with his former offensive coordinator in Philadephia, Marty Mornhinweg. Vick will compete with 2nd year QB Geno Smith for the starting job and with a similar skill set, the Jets hope he can be a mentor to the still raw Smith. Even if Smith wins the starting job, the Jets now have a viable veteran on the bench if Smith falters. Something they have not had since Ryan became head coach.

Check back often to JetsInsider.com for more on this breaking story!

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