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    Donít expect much from Jets' offense

    According to New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, his wide receivers could barely catch a cold in this weekís minicamp.

    Is anyone surprised by this revelation?

    Ryan is coming to the realization of what most people outside the Jets already knew: the offense is a train wreck.There are too many holes on that side of the football. The quarterback competition has been lukewarm at best, there are off-the-field issues with Mike Goodson at running back, and the wide receivers are either banged up (Santonio Holmes) or experiencing butter fingers in practice (Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley).

    Let's be frank :
    New York's offense desperately lacks playmakers. The Jets better fix it ASAP if they want to score enough points to be competitive this season. Two ideas I can think of off the top of the my head would be to add former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow, who had a terrific tryout this week, as well as former Jets receiver Braylon Edwards. These are two proven playmakers who will make life easier for quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.

    Ryan is in a must-win situation in 2013. Waiting on Holmes (foot) to get healthy or for Hill to come around are dangerous propositions for New Yorkís head coach. Hill, in particular, is a raw prospect with a lot of measurables. Yet he struggled with drops, injuries and adjusting to the NFL last season. Itís fair to give a rookie a pass, but so far itís been more of the same for Hill in Year 2.

    New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is a solid coach. His schemes have worked in the past, but it doesnít matter if you donít have the proper personnel. Right now, the Jets are running thin on offensive talent in what amounts to a rebuilding year. However, New York can do a little more this offseason to at least avoid a weekly embarrassment on offense in the fall.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post...m-jets-offense

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly View Post
    Donít expect much from Jets' offense

    According to New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, his wide receivers could barely catch a cold in this weekís minicamp.

    Is anyone surprised by this revelation?

    Ryan is coming to the realization of what most people outside the Jets already knew: the offense is a train wreck.There are too many holes on that side of the football. The quarterback competition has been lukewarm at best, there are off-the-field issues with Mike Goodson at running back, and the wide receivers are either banged up (Santonio Holmes) or experiencing butter fingers in practice (Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley).

    Let's be frank :
    New York's offense desperately lacks playmakers. The Jets better fix it ASAP if they want to score enough points to be competitive this season. Two ideas I can think of off the top of the my head would be to add former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow, who had a terrific tryout this week, as well as former Jets receiver Braylon Edwards. These are two proven playmakers who will make life easier for quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.

    Ryan is in a must-win situation in 2013. Waiting on Holmes (foot) to get healthy or for Hill to come around are dangerous propositions for New Yorkís head coach. Hill, in particular, is a raw prospect with a lot of measurables. Yet he struggled with drops, injuries and adjusting to the NFL last season. Itís fair to give a rookie a pass, but so far itís been more of the same for Hill in Year 2.

    New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is a solid coach. His schemes have worked in the past, but it doesnít matter if you donít have the proper personnel. Right now, the Jets are running thin on offensive talent in what amounts to a rebuilding year. However, New York can do a little more this offseason to at least avoid a weekly embarrassment on offense in the fall.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post...m-jets-offense
    You know that everyone plays small at mini-camp.



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    If the Jets already know who their starting running back for this upcoming season is going to be, it's news to Joe McKnight."We got to get to camp and then you find out who the No. 1 running back is," McKnight said on Thursday. "We don't have no pads on, you can't really tell."McKnight is one of four candidates to be the starter this season, although he appears to be the longshot. The team used a fourth-round pick to acquire Chris Ivory (the favorite to become the starter), and, legal problems aside, gave Mike Goodson a three-year, $6.9 million deal. Bilal Powell also returns after tallying more than three times the amount of carries McKnight had last year.

    "Still got to put the pads on," McKnight said. "You don't play football games in no pads."McKnight is entering what could be a make-or-break year for him in his fourth season. After being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft, McKnight hasn't lived up to expectations. He has just 112 career carries for 502 yards and no touchdowns, although he has excelled as a return man. McKnight had 30 carries for 179 yards last season, but averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return and even returned one for a score.At the moment, McKnight appears to be fourth on the team's depth chart, behind the three aforementioned backs.While Goodson's legal situation could change the dynamics of the backfield, as he has pleaded not guilty to five drug and weapon charges stemming from a May arrest, McKnight has some work to do if he wants to receive carries in the fall.

    Earlier this offseason, McKnight said he's not going down without a fight."I don't care who they bring in. They're gonna have to kill me to take my spot," McKnight said in mid-May.He added : "I'm not angry at all. I'm just tired of people just running their mouth, just talking about [how] I'm not gonna be here."

    McKnight, 25, tweaked his ankle Wednesday, but participated fully in the final day of minicamp on Thursday and said he felt alright.While most observers aren't that high on the Jets offense, McKnight likes what he's seen out of the unit thus far. McKnight didn't offer any insight into what type of role the team could be using him in this upcoming season."We could be real dynamic. We got four good running backs, we got a lot of good receivers that came in, we just got to stay together as a team," McKnight said. "When we get to camp, we got to work hard and be together as an offensive group."

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jet...tarting-rb-yet

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    By now, nothing surprises Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith.

    He deflects trouble with a faint smile and a nod. He takes solace in the relationships heís building around the locker room, and he buries himself in a playbook binder and drill "dictionary" provided by quarterbacks coach David Lee.Other quarterbacks can attest: It is literally the size of a dictionary.Through a series of text messages and conversations with Peyton Manning and teammates of Tom Brady, Smith has learned that the most important part of his first year in the NFL is to develop a routine. Thatís what eliminates the unexpected.

    Wake up at the same time every day, and go to sleep when your body tells you to. Study at the same time, eat breakfast at the same time and fill the voids with more football."Theyíre sticklers for what they do," Smith said. "Peyton and Archie (Manning), all those guys told me to stick to that daily routine."Smith aspires to be just like them, so by the time his first mandatory minicamp ended last week, he already had crafted the day in the life of a rookie quarterback into an art form.In a recent post-practice sit-down with The Star-Ledger, Smith outlined his disciplined schedule, giving insight into how far the demands on first-year signal-callers have become. With the rise of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the bar only climbs higher every year. Expectations demand a robotic commitment.

    "You have to be that detailed to be great," Smith said.

    LONG DAY BEGINS

    Smith wakes up every morning at 5:30 a.m. and makes the short, half-mile drive from his hotel to the teamís complex in Florham Park and arrives by 6:15. Sometimes, he rides in with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who stays at the same hotel. Other times, Smith travels with his roommate, rookie guard Will Campbell.He gets breakfast, served at the Jetsí cafeteria, right after his arrival, an hour and 15 minutes before the first meeting starts. Smith uses the time to go over the practice script for the day and prepare himself for the quarterback drills and play cards ahead. If he eats quickly enough, he can get a head start on watching practice from the day before, trying to pick out mistakes.

    At 7:30, the Jets have their team meeting, where head coach Rex Ryan addresses the entire group. Sometimes there is a speech or message; other times, the gathering immediately dissolves into positional meetings. Smithís mind is still churning, trying to work ahead and prepare for the relentlessness of Lee.At 8, Smith, Lee, Mark Sanchez, Matt Simms and Greg McElroy head to the meeting room and the giant digital projector, where they further examine the tape from the previous practice.There are likely new sets of plays coming in, and Smith finds himself scribbling every word like a first-year engineering student, afraid to miss the slightest detail that can scramble the equation. Lee is meticulous about Smithís footwork and can tell by the flight pattern on a ball whether or not thereís an extra hitch in his step, so there is no margin for missteps.

    "I write every single thing," Smith said. "Thatís part of being detailed. On this level, guys move so fast and the reaction time is so quick."

    The Jetsí offense and its components have been described by Lee as a "whole new world" every day for Smith, who played in an offense with "no similarities whatsoever" to his days at West Virginia.Following the meeting, practice begins any time between 11 and noon and lasts roughly two hours. A few live team drills against a first-team defense, a daily dose of Mornhinweg and Leeís quarterback drills, some individual work with wide receivers and running backs are next. In a highly contested competition, all of it matters. All of it is filmed.Twenty minutes of autograph signing are next, and from 1:30 to 2 p.m., players come off the field to a protein shake and scheduled work in the weight room. Smith then meets the media for 15 minutes, where each portion of his six-hour day to that point is examined.

    He says he is used to that now, too.

    TEACHING THE ROOKIES

    A little after 4 p.m. is when rookie school begins.

    Dave Szott, the teamís director of player development, holds court and lectures players on the common pitfalls of a young professional athlete. Because if perfecting a cadence, memorizing a new play concept, dissecting footwork, lamenting mistakes and logging a semesterís worth of notes werenít enough, one also must worry about the flimsiness of the restaurant business and why it is a faulty investment."We all saw ĎBrokeí (an ESPN documentary on the countless athletes who squandered their millions), so the thing we do is we ask questions," Smith said. "I want to know: ĎWhat did this guy buy? How did he end up having this much money and go to having that much money ? í

    "Thatís the eye-opener, how many guys try and invest their money and end up losing it."

    On a good day, Smith is back at the hotel around 7 p.m. after dinner, where he and Campbell begin quizzing each other on audibles, each blurting out a random call and the other listing what changes for every position."Heíll walk up and say, ĎHey, Geno, Buckeye,킬ĬÖ" Smith said. "Thatís how we learn mentally. I think that helps me out a lot because when you get into the heat of the situation, I donít have time to think, ĎAw, man. Whatís Buckeye?킬ĬÖ"

    HOOPS AND REST

    Smith insists they have some fun.

    At 9 p.m., the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs tip off in the NBA Finals, and if Smith can get through the first half without passing out, he is happy. When his eyes begin to "see double," he says, itís a sure-fire sign itís time to go to sleep.Smith is from the Miami area and was a Heat fan long before the days of LeBron James,

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

    "All the old guys ó Alonzo Mourning, Jamal Mashburn, all those guys," Smith said. "Thereís a lot of LeBron fans who have transitioned to being Heat fans." On the weekends, Smithís body clock still juts him awake at 5:30, and he does his best to relax until at least 7 a.m. He studies in the morning and texts Mornhinweg if he has any questions.He usually sees the coach dining at the hotel restaurant anyway and can count on an informal conversation to tie up any loose ends.With any free time outside of the team facility, he and Campbell have discovered a common bond, an amicable way to pass the time.

    "Weíre constant moviegoers," Smith said. "So I see everything there is to be seen."

    His latest trip was to view "The Purge," a futuristic horror-thriller. Smith does not recommend it.But there is not much brain space left for a thorough movie review because back in the hotel room, a binder full of notes sits waiting to be read. An offensive coordinator lives three floors up waiting to be texted with questions. A lineman roommate stands a few feet away waiting to be quizzed.

    And 5:30 a.m. is coming sooner than he thinks.

    "Eventually," Smith said, "it will all become second nature. The one good thing about it is, itís part of being a professional. I want to be a great quarterback."

    > http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/201...e_details.html

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    Kelvin

    Seriously

    Do you ever look.at the board to see if an article has been posted long ago and discussed with pages of posts before you start another thread by copying and pasting it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Kelvin

    Seriously

    Do you ever look.at the board to see if an article has been posted long ago and discussed with pages of posts before you start another thread by copying and pasting it?
    sg3 ,

    seriously..


    why have YOU not put ME on YOUR " ignore list "...


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    All I'm saying dude is there is a thread from 24 hours ago with 17 posts that has the EXACT same title as that of the nj.com article you decided to repost today in another of your "depts"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    All I'm saying dude is there is a thread from 24 hours ago with 17 posts that has the EXACT same title as that of the nj.com article you decided to repost today in another of your "depts"
    sg3 ,

    it is clear that YOU have waaayyyyy too much ' free-time on your hands "...

    why not put some of that free-time to some good use....and put me on your " ignore list " . please.


    thank you !..sincerely,
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly View Post
    sg3 ,

    it is clear that YOU have waaayyyyy too much ' free-time on your hands "...

    why not put some of that free-time to some good use....and put me on your " ignore list " . please.


    thank you !..sincerely,
    kelly ~ ~
    Hi pot...how is kettle?

    oh by the way --10:02 yesterday -- Thanks to Broadway Ray, no dept though


    http://www.jetsinsider.com/forums/sh...62#post4912062
    Last edited by sg3; 06-17-2013 at 08:34 AM.

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    For Marty Mornhinweg, Jets job is an opportunity

    Few NFL jobs are as challenging as offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, a team whose offense was terrible last year, entering a season in which the quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith is sure to bring on withering scrutiny.

    In other words, itís a great opportunity for Marty Mornhinweg to rebuild his reputation.Mornhinwegís reputation is, to say the least, tattered. This week, when Deadspin ranked the worst modern NFL coaches, it put Mornhinweg atop the list, noting that he went 5-27 in two seasons as head coach of the Lions, and that he infamously lost a game after choosing to take the wind ó rather than receive the kickoff ó in overtime.Itís hard to defend Mornhinwegís record as a head coach, but I would argue that itís unfair to label Mornhinweg the worst coach in recent NFL history for the simple reason that Iím not sure any coach could have won with former Lions President Matt Millen picking the players.

    Yes, Mornhinweg went 2-14 and 3-13 in his two seasons as the Lionsí coach, but the other Detroit teams that Millen built werenít much better : In the seasons after Millen fired Mornhinweg, the Lions went 5-11, 6-10, 5-11, 3-13, 7-9 and 0-16 before finally deciding that someone other than Millen should be building their roster and hiring their head coach.But even if you donít think Mornhinweg is the worst coach in recent NFL history, you probably donít think heís a very good coach, and his two years in Detroit gave you plenty of reasons to think that. And, more importantly, even though Mornhinweg has said he wants another shot at being a head coach, NFL owners havenít been interested in giving him that opportunity.

    Turning around the Jetsí offense, however, would be a truly Herculean coaching feat. If Mornhinweg solves the puzzle of how to run an effective offense around Sanchez ó or if he builds a strong offense around a rookie quarterback in Smith ó heíd get an outsized share of credit, just as everyone around the Jets has received an outsized share of blame in the past couple years.So if Mornhinweg is ever going to get a chance to prove that heís not such a bad head coach, then offensive coordinator of the Jets may just be the perfect job for him. Even if it also may be the toughest job in the NFL.

    > http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...n-opportunity/

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    It took the Miami Dolphins about half the season to figure it out, but young quarterback Ryan Tannehill is very good on the move. The Dolphins used Tannehill's mobility more often late in the season and experienced some success.Statistically, Tannehill was better then every AFC East quarterback last season when rolling out the pocket, according to ESPN Stats and Information. While on the run in 2012, Tannehill led the division in completion percentage (58), passer rating (83) and touchdowns (three). Yes, this is the one category where Tannehill even dominates over future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

    AFCE Quarterbacks On The Run

    Here are the numbers for AFC East quarterbacks when scrambling during the 2012 season.

    Rank Quarterback Team Comp. Pct. TDs Passer Rating
    1 Ryan Tannehill Dolphins 58 3 83
    2 Tom Brady Patriots 39.4 2 75.2
    3 Ryan Fitzpatrick Bills 56.8 1 73
    4 Mark Sanchez Jets 42.3 0 28.4

    ESPN Stats & Information

    As you can see, not every quarterback can throw with accuracy and strength on the move. But Tannehill does have that ability. He also played wide receiver for two years in college.Tannehill has an opportunity to make a solid jump in Year 2 now that he has better weapons around him, such as free-agent receiver Mike Wallace and tight end in Dustin Keller. The Dolphins' coaching staff would be wise to utilize all of Tannehill's strengths in 2013.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post...ide-the-pocket

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    By all accounts, veteran Mark Sanchez is winning the New York Jetsí quarterback competition over rookie Geno Smith in organized team activities and minicamp. But should Sanchez get the ball in Week 1 ?

    According to Jets center Nick Mangold, Sanchez is the answer for the Jets in 2013. But I disagree with Mangold's assessment in the AFC East blogís latest Blogger Blitz.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post...-or-geno-smith

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    Tomlinson: Sanchez will win job, but ...

    Former Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson believes Mark Sanchez will be the opening-day quarterback, but he's not offering a ringing endorsement. The future Hall of Famer has serious doubts about his former teammate.

    "Mark has to start to trust himself," Tomlinson, now an NFL Network analyst, said Thursday night on the "NFL Total Access" show. "Mark does a great job in the film room, but when he comes out on the field, he doesnít trust what he sees out there in terms of coverages and the timing with his receivers. If he starts to trust himself and not hesitate in throwing the football, then he possibly could turn his career around. I think itíll be tough at this point because rarely does a zebra change his stripes.Ē

    Tomlinson, who played with the Jets in 2010 and 2011, doesn't see Sanchez losing the job to rookie Geno Smith -- not yet, anway. He said Sanchez will win it "by default because I donít believe Geno Smith will be ready to play.

    "[Smith] comes from an offense where they rarely huddle. They play from the shotgun, the spread system, so I donít know if heís ready to take over Marty Mornhinwegís offense. This is a West Coast offense, and really Mark Sanchez has that type of DNA in him because he played at USC in a West Coast offense. Early on, we probably will see Sanchez take the snaps at the starting spot. But hereís the thing: In preseason, if Mark Sanchez doesnít show the ability to improve from turning the football over and that race is close between the two, Geno Smith will be the starter.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jet...ll-win-job-but

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    New York Jets : Better or Worse on Offense Than a Year Ago ?

    Here are two simple questions. Where are the Jets stronger than they were a year ago? Where are they weaker than they were a year ago. Today we will take a look at the offense. Before we start, keep in mind what we are examining. Should Jets fans feel more confident in a position than they would have at this time last year? We all know Santonio Holmes missed three-quarters of the season in 2012, which alone might make him likely to increase his production in 2013. We did not know that at the time, though. This is a comparison of where the team was before the start of training camp last year, and what we know then against where things stand right now.

    QB: The quarterback situation looks almost identical except Geno Smith is in camp instead of Tim Tebow. This alone makes the situation look better in 2013 than it did in 2012. Geno has way more upside. The question is how much better things will be. Is Geno capable of playing quality ball as a starter, or is he just merely an upgrade on Tebow? The former would make the Jets much better. The latter would not make a significant difference in the team.

    Verdict: Better

    RB: We are going mainly on potential here, but it is tough to not feel more confident. Entering last season, Shonn Greene was the top dog in the backfield. Even most of those who defended his play would admit he was nothing special. Bilal Powell was a backup coming off an unproductive rookie year where he barely saw the field. Joe McKnight was an underutilized weapon. This year the Jets have Chris Ivory, a guy who has flashed difference-maker potential in his limited work. They have Mike Goodson, whose speed can be dangerous if utilized properly. Powell is back and more confident after a solid performance as a second banana, and McKnight is back and as underutilized as ever. The fullback change from John Conner to Lex Hilliard/Tommy Bohanon probably does not push the needle much either way.

    Verdict: Better

    WR: This is a tough call. Jeremy Kerley was an unknown last year. He emerged as the best receiver on the team in 2012, and Jets fans can be confident in his play in the slot this year. Stephen Hill is raw, just like he was last year. Jets fans are hoping he plays well, not expecting it. That sounds familiar. I think the big difference is Santonio Holmes. A year ago, Holmes was healthy. Now he is coming off a serious injury that might have robbed him of the ability to do the things he does best. A healthy Holmes can be a very productive receiver. It is tough to feel confident in the current incarnation until we see him in action. His status more than cancels out Kerley's progress in my view.

    Verdict: Worse

    TE: Dustin Keller might not be a great tight end, but I would rather have him than being forced to roll the dice on a hoblled Kellen Winslow II. Just like last year, there is not a ton of depth behind the projected starter.

    Verdict: Worse

    OL: A year ago at this time, Wayne Hunter was the starter at right tackle. After getting passable play from Austin Howard last year, Jets fans have to feel better about right tackle. How about the rest of the line? D'Brickashaw Ferguson had a nice bounceback year in 2012. Nick Mangold had a down year for him. Regardless, both inspire confidence. The guard spots are the areas for concern. As was the case for most of his career, Brandon Moore delivered excellent play from the right guard spot that went largely unnoticed. It is kind of incredible how little is made of his presumed departure in free agency when people talk about the offseason the Jets had. Willie Colon can be just as good when he is playing well, but his inability to stay on the field is a huge concern. On the other side, Matt Slauson was never specutacular, but that cuts both ways. He rarely made great plays, but he was not a liability either. The Jets are either replacing him with Stephen Peterman, a downgrade, or Brian Winters, a rookie. I like Winters' potential a lot over the long haul, but we cannot say how much he can contribute right off the bat. It might be nothing. The offensive line was the one unit on the offense that was not a glaring weakness in 2012. The unit lost both guards, and the replacements are probably a wash in a best case scenario.

    Verdict: Worse

    > http://www.ganggreennation.com/2013/...han-a-year-ago

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    This is where you see a persons makeup. On the one hand the WRs will be worse because Santonio was healthy last year, and we had Keller. Now they were gone for most of the year, so obviously this article is based on the roster at the start of the year...right?

    Well now the Oline will be worse, because Howard was good last year, Ferguson played better, and Colon, and Winslow might get hurt. No mention of all the injuries we had last year, but lot's of mentions of who might be injured this year.

    So we're going by the state of the roster preseason when it suits him, and by what happened during the season, and what might happen during the season this year, when it suits him.

    Also no mention of MM, and David Lee, vs Sporano, and Cavenaugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    All I'm saying dude is there is a thread from 24 hours ago with 17 posts that has the EXACT same title as that of the nj.com article you decided to repost today in another of your "depts"
    Like, seriously there has to be some cutoff period for articles esp the duplication

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    Quote Originally Posted by FijiJet View Post
    Like, seriously there has to be some cutoff period for articles esp the duplication
    Like,..Like,...Like,....

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    We continue our summer Q and A series with Jets wide receiver Marcus Davis. He was an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech. After originally signing with the Giants, Davis was cut and landed with the Jets after they claimed him off waivers in May. At 6-foot-3, Davis turned some heads with the most eye-popping catch on the first day of mini-camp.

    Do you come into this with any expectations for yourself ?

    My first expectation is to make the team. Whether it's the 53-man or it's the practice team, just do all that I can to show that them that I can help this team in a positive way. Just go out and work my butt off, whether it's in practice or it's in preseason or it's on special teams, anything that I can do, that's my first expectation.

    What are your offseason plans ?

    Go back home, be with the family and just train and work everyday. Especially conditioning-wise, keep that up and be ready to come back in July.

    Has there been anyone that you've leaned on for help ?

    Yes, Santonio (Holmes). He's given great, great help. Whether it's in film or walk-throughs or practice. He's not able to go right now but as far as another coach, that player-coach, he's been great.

    Does he pull you aside or do you go to him ?

    Both. If he sees something wrong he doesn't bite his tongue. He'll tell you about it. He'll tell you what you did, what you need to do to correct it. If it's in the film room, he'll tell coach, 'Hold on. I see this and this and that.' He'll tell you. That's something I really needed and something that I really want from someone I look up to. It kind of pushes me, when Santonio tells me to do this better, I'm going to try to do it like this and try to do it his way because obviously it's worked for him. It's great to have around.

    > http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/201...cus_davis.html

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    We continue our summer Q and A series with Jets center Nick Mangold. He has been a stalwart of the offensive line since joining the team as a first round pick in 2006. Both guards alongside Mangold have changed, and the offensive line must prove itself once again with its new composition.

    How are you entering this offseason, where thereís been more instability on the offense than any other ?

    This is the first time Iíve ever had to deal with two new guards. Thatís a new phenomenon for me. So understanding that and then, at the same time, getting into my eighth year now, you see that you canít just take a back seat or let them slide. You have to take ownership of whatís going on. The big focus is making sure that Iím out front saying ĎHey this is how weíre going to do things, this is the way itís going to be done.í and following through with that. Itís been a different offseason but a good one.

    Do you have any expectations coming into this season ?

    Itís a bunch of little steps along the way and you want to get those accomplished. The first one is get together with (Stephen) Peterman, get together with Willie (Colon) and try to build those bonds. Then when rookies came in, get to know the rookies. Work with (offensive line) coach (Mike Devlin), whoís working on keeping things the same but also making them his own, and seeing how that works out. Itís a bunch of little steps along the way. Benchmarks that you want to hit.

    What are you offseason plans ?

    Spend time with the family -- as much as I can with the little one (a two-and-a-half year old son). I have a ball with him because pretty much once the season hits I donít get to see him as much.

    Has there been any guy thatís stood out during out OTAs or minicamp that you think is primed for a breakout season ?

    I like what (Jeremy Kerley)ís been doing. Bilal Powell, heís been doing well. Joe (McKnight), I think heís really come along running the ball and taking the coach and getting better. Iím excited about them. And then the guy on defense Iím really excited about is Mo Wilkerson. I think heís going to do a fantastic job this year.

    > http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/201...k_mangold.html

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