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    Cool ~ ~ Preseason Game - Thu, Aug. 7 vs Indianapolis 7:00 PM ~ ~ ~

    Jets practice report : Game faces on

    A few takeaways from Tuesday's New York Jets practice:

    Game prep: The Jets open the preseason in two days, at home against the Indianapolis Colts, so this was more of a regular-season practice than training camp. The first- and second-team offenses and defenses worked against scout teams, practicing plays they might run in the game. Rex Ryan said the defense does virtually no game-plan prep for the first preseason game; the offense will have a scaled-back game plan.

    QB update: Sorry, folks, no quarterback stats, as Geno Smith and Michael Vick worked against the scout-team defense at three-quarters speed. Vick got a few reps with the starters, and he will get at least one series with the starters in the game, according to Ryan.

    Medical update: Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (illness) missed practice, but he should be fine for Thursday night. ... Rookie safety Calvin Pryor, coming off a concussion, worked with the scout team. He won't play against the the Colts, Ryan said. ... Running back Bilal Powell (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis and could play. Ditto, cornerback Johnny Patrick (hamstring). ... Tackle Brent Qvale (concussion) sat out. ... Rookie wide receiver Shaq Evans (shoulder) could be done for the season. He has a "severe" injury, Ryan said.

    Patterson Island (not): Even though it was a relatively low-key practice, Ryan wasn't happy with cornerback Dimitri Patterson, whom they're counting on to replace Antonio Cromartie. "It looked like he wasn't doing much because he gave up a bunch of completions," Ryan said. "I was like, 'Dimitri, we have to tighten up a little bit over there.'" Patterson is nursing ankle and calf injuries. Ryan suspects that Patterson, like a lot of veterans, is pacing himself through camp.

    Practice highlights: Take it with a grain of salt because it wasn't a typical practice, but ... Smith threw a 40-yard touchdown to Eric Decker, who beat rookie cornerback Brandon Dixon. ... Running back Chris Johnson was stricken with a case of the dropsies, dropping the ball on consecutive pass plays -- on the same exact route. ... Willie Colon and Brian Winters were the starting guards. It looks like they'll start against the Colts.

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    Colts Camp Report: Day 10

    ANDERSON, Ind. - - A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:

    Safety LaRon Landry and cornerback Vontae Davis continue to progress from their groin injuries that caused them to miss more than a week of training camp. Landry took part in 14 snaps during team drills, while Davis was on the field for 10 snaps. The plan is to continue to increase their practice time each day. It wouldn’t be surprising if Landry and Davis don’t play in the preseason opener against the New York Jets on Thursday.

    An interesting nugget in the Colts’ unofficial depth chart is that rookie Donte Moncrief is listed as the team’s kick returner. The rookie out of the University of Mississippi has shown enough in training camp that the Colts are going to do their best to find a way to get him on the field. “We want to win,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “If he gives us the best opportunity to win as a kick returner as well as the receiver, then we are going to put him out there. You cannot coach 6-foot-2, 220, 4.3 (40-yard dash), who can catch the ball. Guys got great skill sets. Right now he's penciled in as the number one guy back there and we'll see how he does.” Moncrief is also listed as the Colts’ fourth receiver on their depth chart.

    The Colts always talk about having players who represent the “Horseshoe” in the organization. They went outside that category when they signed receiver Nu'Keese Richardson on Monday. Richardson was at the University of Tennessee when he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. He was sentenced to three years of probation in a plea agreement. This isn’t the first time that the Colts have taken a risk with a player with a checkered past. They signed receiver Da'Rick Rogers last season. Rogers was dismissed from the University of Tennessee football team for failing drug tests. Indianapolis also signed – and released last week – running back Chris Rainey. Rainey was arrested while with the Pittsburgh Steelers in January 2013. Players like Richardson, Rogers and Rainey have no room to mess up off the field if they expect to have a chance to make the team. “We know that [Richardson] made a bad choice and you know, made a mistake five years ago as an 18-year old,” Pagano said. “We brought Nu'Keese in here about a week and a half ago and worked him out, sat him down, talked to him at length about what he's been doing and with himself and his life, this, that and the other. We just felt like we wanted to give Nu'Keese a second chance.”

    The Colts practiced kicking 33-yard extra points during practice. The NFL is experimenting by having the ball placed at the 15-yard line for extra points during the preseason.

    Receiver Hakeem Nicks was held out of practice for precautionary reasons. Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was taken off the field on a cart with the lower part of his right leg wrapped. The team did not have an update after practice.

    The Colts will have a walk-through practice that's closed to the public from 9:30-10:50 a.m. and an afternoon practice that is open to the public from 1:50-4:25 p.m. on Tuesday.

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    Don't expect to see much Andrew Luck (or T.Y. Hilton) Thursday

    ANDERSON — The Colts return to the field on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium in their preseason opener against the New York Jets.

    But in terms of what you'll see from the team, that's about the only certainty.

    Coach Chuck Pagano continues to closely guard his plans for playing time for key players heading into the game, including that of the core players on offense.

    Asked whether he had a firm plan for playing time for quarterback Andrew Luck and the starting offense, Pagano said things will be a bit fluid.

    "We're going to play it by ear," Pagano said. "You never know what's going to happen. We'd love to see, in a perfect world, them go out there and have a six, seven, eight-play drive and score a touchdown, kick the PAT and then make a decision whether to get them out of the game."

    Luck shared those sentiments.

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    Trent Richardson on his goal: 'A thousand is not it for me. It's higher'

    "I think you need to play," he said of the preseason. "In a perfect world, you go out and have a long drive, convert a bunch of third downs and do some other good things and score a touchdown. But the Jets are formidable. A great defense, a great team. So we'll see. Sometimes it's nice being a player. You can let coaches make the decisions for you. This is one of those decisions."

    The only definitive thing Pagano has said about playing time on Thursday is that veteran receiver Reggie Wayne won't play. Wayne, 35, is being brought back slowly coming off knee surgery after last season's torn ligament in his right knee.

    >> In other matters at Colts camp today, Pagano said receiver Hakeem Nicks will return to the field today despite a sore foot. Nicks sat out Monday's practice.

    >>Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was injured in a collision Monday, taking a shot to the shin. He is wearing a walking boot on his lower left leg. ​

    > http://www.indystar.com/story/sports...sday/13621855/

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    Colts players ready to play Thursday

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    oh ,..jets by 10







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    Trent Richardson's inability to run the ball the last season (2.9 yards a carry) and his expectations for this season will remain a hot topic. An area where Richardson will be able to help the Colts, too, this season is in the passing game. He averaged 9.5 yards a reception last season with the Colts. “We've got a lot of talented backs and can do a lot more stuff; we're not just running the ball,” Richardson said. “You get us in space, make a lot of people miss. A lot of people don't realize how fast I am. So when it comes to stuff like that, they think I'm just going to run people over or just try to square them up. I can't wait to get involved with the passing game, or even if it's pass blocking.”

    The play of the day in practice Tuesday came when tight end Weslye Saunders caught a fade touchdown in the corner of the end zone while being defended by safety LaRon Landry. Saunders then turned around and tossed the ball to Landry as he went back toward the huddle.

    The Colts are heading into Thursday's preseason opener against the New York Jets dealing with injury problems at middle linebacker. Backups Kelvin Sheppard (shin), Josh McNary (shoulder) and Andrew Jackson (hamstring) are all nicked up. “We'll trot somebody out there,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We'll get through this thing. Sometimes you get hit in certain positions more than others. We just happen to have a few guys nicked up at that spot. We'll find a way. It's good that we have guys that have versatility, smart guys that know multiple positions, so we can move them around. We'll be fine.”Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was given the day off Tuesday. Offensive lineman Xavier Nixon continues to remain out with a knee problem and receiver Hakeem Nicks was back at practice after taking Monday off.

    With extra points being pushed back to the 15-yard line to make it a 33-yard attempt in the preseason, don't be surprised if you see the Colts and other teams use this experimental period to go for two points rather than kick the extra point. “It gives you an opportunity to trial and error your 2-point plays, get your defense ready when it doesn't count defending 2-point plays,” Pagano said. “I think you might see a little bit more of that.” As far as extra points being pushed back to the 15-yard line, Pagano said it doesn't make much of a difference to him. “You look at the numbers, I had our guys look up over the last five years, the success rate is like 96 percent from 33 yards,” he said. “Whether it's at the 2 or the 15, not much difference.”

    The Colts play the Jets at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at MetLife Stadium.

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    Jets' QBs in spotlight as preseason opens

    ESPN.com New York Jets reporter Rich Cimini says all eyes will be on quarterbacks Geno Smith and Michael Vick when the team plays its preseason opener Thursday night against the Colts.

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    GAMEDAY GUIDE: 8/7 Jets vs. Colts

    New York Jets football is back! We look forward to seeing you at MetLife Stadium for the first preseason game of the 2014 season. Thursday night’s game features Kids Night. To celebrate, come visit the Kids Zone between the Verizon and SAP Gates. Activities will include Jets Fest, free face painting, juggler, sidewalk chalk, bubble wands and much more!

    GAMEDAY INFORMATION

    ■ Parking lots open at 2 p.m. (See Parking FAQ)

    ■ Will Call opens at 4 p.m. (See Will Call on Stadium Map)

    ■ Stadium gates open at 5 p.m. and player warmups start at about 6 p.m.

    ■ This week the players will be wearing green jerseys and white pants.

    ■ Youth field goal kicking contest will be featured at halftime.

    ■ National Anthem by Raymond Luke Jr. from Motown the Musical

    WHAT'S HAPPENING ON GAMEDAY

    ■ Look for the new Jets Launch Crew, presented by Seasonal World. This fan patrol will be working the parking lots and stands inside the stadium handing out giveaways and shooting T-shirts and giveaways into the crowd.

    ■ Check out the new Jet Plane and Runway tunnel that will welcome the players into the bowl during player introductions.

    ■ NRG charging stations are located around the stadium in the following places: Lexus Club, Sections 235 & 245; Toyota Coaches Club, Section 112; Chase Club, Sections 216 & 209; MetLife 50 Club, Section 139; 300-level Concourse, Section 345; 100-level Concourse, Section 118.

    ■ There will be more street food options such as gyros and wings, and some old favorites will be expanded to the 300-level and Chase & Lexus Clubs.

    ■ Share your gameday Tweets and Instagrams using #nyjets for a chance to see yourself on the videoboards.

    ■ Have questions about Jets Rewards? Staff will be stationed around the stadium to answer any questions. The staff members will be located in the following locations: MetLife 50 Plaza, Pepsi Gate, Verizon Gate, SAP Gate, 100-level adjacent to Captain Morgan Bar, 100-level behind Section 116, 300-level near section 343

    FREE AND SPECIAL OFFERS

    ■ Jets Shop Item of the Week: All Youth Apparel and Jerseys 20% off.

    ■ Home Food Advantage: All candy $4, available at all FRANKS locations (normally $5).

    ■ Free Face Painting: Kids, come get your face painted for free! Visit us pregame from 4–7 p.m. in Parking Lot L and the island outside of MetLife Gate. Plus, face painters will be available starting at 5 p.m. at the Gen Jets Kids Zone, in between the Bud Light and Pepsi corners on the 100-, 200- and 300-level concourses and the West and East Side Clubs.

    ■ MasterCard Cardholders: Use your New York Jets Debit MasterCard® from Chase at the Jets Shop Flagship Store and get 15% off.

    ■ Jets Rewards: If you attend and scan in with your Jets Rewards Card at all 10 home games, you will receive a total bonus of 16,000 extra points and be eligible for a Priceless Surprise courtesy of MasterCard, so make sure to start at the Colts game.

    Meet members of the Flight Crew Cheerleaders from 5:30–6:15 p.m. at the ESPN Radio Tent.

    JETS AVIATORS DRUMLINE

    Listen for the Aviators during the game. They will be positioned on the field in the Verizon Corner!

    JETS FEST ACTIVITIES ON THE PLAZA

    Gen Jets Kids Zone: It’s Kids Night, so let’s have some fun! Come play on the inflatable rides, get your face painted for free, draw with sidewalk chalk, blow bubbles and dance with the DJ, playing all the fun kid-friendly tunes. Visit the Gen Jets Kids Zone area between the Verizon and SAP Gates. Kids 4-12 can sign up for the free Gen Jets Kids Club for exclusive access, opportunities and a surprise gift!

    MetLife Central: Come test your football skills on the turf! Items included will be speed and agility drills along with kicking field goals!

    ESPN Radio: ESPN Radio will be broadcasting pregame on the plaza from 6–7 p.m.

    Lexus: Check out the plaza in front of the West VIP Lobby to see the latest vehicles from Lexus and learn how to enter for a chance to win two Lexus Club tickets and pregame field passes to an upcoming home game.

    Verizon: Start your Jets season in the Verizon Studio at MetLife Stadium where you can learn how the combined power of NFL Mobile and FiOS Quantum TV and Internet keeps you connected to the Jets all season long. Season Ticket Holders, don’t forget to bring your Verizon coupon to redeem your free Jets/Verizon T-Shirt in the Verizon Studio!

    FANS FIRST

    We are always on the lookout to keep your gameday safe and intercept bad behavior but we can use your help! To report an issue anonymously on gameday, text the word JETS to 78247 or call the Jets Guest Service Hotline at 201-559-1515.

    UPDATE: You can now bring in and keep the caps on plastic bottles. Just make sure it is a factory-sealed soft drink, 20 oz. or less. Stadium staff will review your bottle but not open it. Also, keep the cap when you purchase a non-alcoholic beverage at concessions stands.

    ENHANCED PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

    The NFL’s carry-in bag policy will be in effect for the 2014 season to ensure a safe and secure game environment. Make sure you share this information with your family and friends attending the game! Fans may bring only the following style and size bag into the stadium:

    ■ Bags that are CLEAR plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” in size.

    ■ One-gallon clear plastic food storage bag.

    ■ Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5”), with or without a handle or strap — this can be carried separately or within a clear bag.

    Prohibited bags include but are not limited to: all purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, and camera bags. Seat cushions are also prohibited. For more information visit nfl.com/allclear.

    JETS APP

    Make your smart phone the command center for your Jets gameday experience. Download the Free Official Mobile App of the New York Jets to experience:

    ■ Live in-stadium video from multiple camera angles (only in-stadium)

    ■ Replays of every play seconds after it happens from live camera angles (only in-stadium)

    ■ Live Red Zone Channel to keep up with the action from around the league (only in-stadium)

    ■ Real-time statistics and scores from the official NFL stats engine, head-to-head stats of the matchup, player stats, drive-by-drive stats, boxscore and out-of-town scores around the league are available everywhere.

    Plus, your Jets App will have an interactive stadium map with searchable concessions stands and amenities and it allows you to report any gameday issues.

    NFL TICKET EXCHANGE

    Can't miss it? Can't make it? NFL Ticket Exchange is the only Official Ticket Exchange of the NFL where 100% of tickets are verified by Ticketmaster. Buyers get in guaranteed and sellers enjoy automatic payment. Buy or sell tickets the NFL-approved way at NFL Ticket Exchange.

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    6 Things to Look For at Jets-Colts Opener

    QBs Will Battle On, Defense Will Get After It, Landrys Will Reunite Thursday Night

    We're two days away from the start of our first game of the preseason, and that means there are at least six things to look for when the Jets host the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

    1. Quarterbacks Battle On

    Geno Smith will be the starter, with Michael Vick coming in probably in the second quarter. The two had very similar numbers, each around 50% passing and one field goal on four drives, in the Saturday night Green & White practice.

    OC Marty Mornhinweg's general charge to his offense: "We've got to play at a high level, but we have to do it on a consistent basis, and then continue to improve every day."

    Mornhinweg knows both Vick, the NFL's all-time leading rushing QB, and Smith, who tied for QB rushing TDs last year with six, can run. But he'd surely like to see them both pull up here and there, locate a singled receiver downfield, and let the guy in green win a jumpball or two.

    2. Other Offensive Talking Points

    WR Stephen Hill has looked new and improved, with a determined visage behind his facemask every time he catches a ball and strides for YAC. Is this Hill's breakout year? Here's his first big chance to demonstrate that it is.

    RB Chris Ivory has looked better catching passes out of the backfield this summer after last season's two receptions in 15 games. If that's the case, it's one more arrow in Marty's quiver.

    Will rookie Jace Amaro and the TEs show up? Amaro's had an up-and-down camp, and Jeff Cumberland's 10-yard reception was the only one of the 17 receptions at the Green & White that went to a tight end.

    Chris Johnson, Eric Decker, Breno Giacomini, several other veterans and the Jets' rookie class (minus perhaps first pick S Calvin Pryor because he's missed so much time working through the NFL concussion protocol) are in line to make their Jets game debuts.

    3. Minister of Defense

    DE Muhammad Wilkerson was asked this week if he liked where the defense was this camp.

    "We've got a lot more to do as far as getting in shape and also communicating better," Mo said. "We have to make sure each and every player's got to be on the same page so we can get the ball back to the offense and they can make plays and put points on the board."

    The first D looked ready to roll vs. the run Saturday, holding RBs to nine carries for 19 yards (although Vick scrambled for 20). But of the seven sacks that night, only one, on a safety blitz, came in the ones vs. ones series. The pass rush spotlight will swing, ever so briefly in this first game, onto Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace, Wilkerson and Jason Babin, among others, as they pursue Andrew Luck & Co.

    4. Those Landry Brothers

    It's time for a Landry reunion. Dawan and LaRon have started against each other in four games, pre- and regular season, as pros, with each winning two.

    And if you don't think this game matters to the family, read this story in the Washington Post from five years ago. As dad Frank Landry said then, "They just love going after each other. Always have."

    A few cautions for this Landry tiebreaker bout: They're both safeties so there'll be no head-to-head matchups. And starters are likely only to play about a quarter.

    Then there is this: While Dawan appeared to bulk up this offseason and has looked sharp on the back end this camp, LaRon just started practicing with the Colts for the first time this summer after starting out with a soft-tissue issue. No word yet on if or how long he'll be able to go Thursday.

    5. Under the Dome

    The only previous preseason meeting between these teams was in the second week of the 2004 season under the old RCA Dome. The Jets rolled, 31-7, as Chad Pennington completed 10 of his 11 passes for 169 yards and a TD and rookie free agent Ian Smart, from Jamaica, NY, and C.W. Post, scored twice in the fourth quarter, including on a 59-yard punt return.

    Which old veterans and newcomers, local or otherwise, will stand out in this game? That's one of the great anticipations of getting the preseason schedule started.

    6. Wins and Losses

    As we mentioned, the Jets are 1-0 in previous preseason meetings against the Colts. They're 27-40 all-time against the Horseshoes, 17-26 after 1984 when they relocated from Baltimore to Indianapolis, 3-1 in postseason meetings.

    All of these records, of course, mean nothing.

    What could mean something is Rex Ryan's record in preseason openers. He's 0-5 in the first games of summer as Jets head coach. After that opener is in the books, he's 9-6 in all the rest of his preseason games as head coach.

    But Rex on Monday gave his latest state-of-the-Jets mindset: "Of course, we want to win. Period." That applies to the playoffs and to the regular season. And to Thursday night's preseason opener.

    > http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/arti...0-5cec722283d2

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    Jets vs. Colts Game Preview

    The Green & White Start the Preseason Against Indy's Air Attack

    > http://www.newyorkjets.com/videos/vi...6-8514eb637179

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    The New York Jets (0-0) and Indianapolis Colts (0-0) open the preseason Thursday night at MetLife Stadium :

    1. Pressure on Geno Smith: The quarterback job is Smith's to lose. Now all he has to do is ... you know, not lose it. A solid performance will allow him to continue as the front-runner -- that means no silly turnovers -- and that would make life a lot easier for the Jets' decision makers. Smith will start (you knew that already) and will play into the second quarter, handing off to Michael Vick. Rex Ryan, turning up the heat just a little bit, said he wants to see production from the first-team offense, meaning at least one touchdown. If Smith stumbles and Vick provides a spark off the bench, you will see the early stages of a quarterback controversy. Remember, the plan is to give Vick at least one series with the starters. Two reasons for that: He deserves it because of his stature. He needs to stay sharp and develop chemistry with the first unit ... just in case.

    2. The Chris and Eric show: The Jets will unveil their two marquee newcomers, running back Chris Johnson and wide receiver Eric Decker. Much of the season hinges on how well they produce. Frankly, it's a little surprising that Decker will play, considering his cranky hamstring, but he wants to get some time with Smith and the starters. Save for a couple of shaky practices in recent days, the $36 million man has been spot-on in camp, displaying the ability to create separation against cornerbacks in man-to-man coverage. If you are at the game, do yourself a favor and focus on Decker for a few plays. You will see a master route runner at work. Johnson's surgically repaired knee hasn't given him any trouble, but we still haven't seen too many "wow" moments from the former 2,000-yard runner. Look for him to line up in different places; the coaches want to get him the ball in space.

    3. The Depleted Dozen: The early returns on the 12-man draft class haven't been dazzling, partly because of injuries. First-round safety Calvin Pryor (concussion) and fourth-round wide receiver Shaq Evans (shoulder) won't play; third-round cornerback Dexter McDougle (groin) is iffy. The silver lining is the Jets aren't relying on their rookies as much as last season. The spotlight will focus on two rookies in particular, second-round tight end Jace Amaro and fourth-round receiver/punt returner Jalen Saunders. Amaro, struggling with the playbook, should get plenty of snaps -- and he needs the work. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, he is straight out of central casting, but the adjustment to in-line tight end hasn't been easy. As for Saunders, the punt-returning job is his to lose.

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    Colts Release Depth Chart For Preseason Opener

    Posted Aug 4, 2014

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    Intro: The Colts have released their depth chart prior to Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Jets. What are some takeaways from the first depth chart of 2014?


    ANDERSON – With the preseason opener for the Colts just three days away, we have our first depth chart of the 2014 season.

    It didn’t take long for Chuck Pagano to get asked about the depth chart and the head coach cautioned not to read too much into it considering the season opener is more than a month away.

    “We’ve got to throw a first unit out there,” Pagano said of not reading too much into an initial depth chart.

    “It's still in pencil. One's in ink (quarterback). But the rest are in pencil right now.”

    Nevertheless, here’s a look at the depth chart with a few of the highlights below:



    Offensive Takeaways

    -As expected, rookie Jack Mewhort is listed as your starter at left guard with Khaled Holmes and Hugh Thornton at center and right guard, respectively. Lance Louis is listed behind Thornton at right guard but you could also have Louis behind Mewhort, too.

    -Dwayne Allen is listed as the No. 1 tight end with the depth chart showing a base formation of 2 receivers, 1 tight end, 1 running back and 1 fullback.

    -Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are the top two receivers with Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief behind them.

    Defensive Takeaways

    -Robert Mathis is the starter at RUSH linebacker with Bjoern Werner listed with the second team. Rookie Jonathan Newsome cracks the two-deep as he’s listed behind Erik Walden at SAM linebacker.

    -At safety, Delano Howell is listed as the starter next to LaRon Landry. Mike Adams and Sergio Brown are the second team safeties.

    -In watching the depth in the secondary, Marcus Burley and Sheldon Price are the first names listed behind the four veterans at cornerbacks (Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler and Josh Gordy).

    Special Teams Takeaways

    -At kick returner, rookie Donte Moncrief is the starter and Boom Herron is behind him.

    -At punt returner, T.Y. Hilton is the starter and Griff Whalen is the backup.

    > http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/...d-5668290df521

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    What happened to Nicks. Looked like he was about to become one of the elites in the game. Now he's backing up guys like Hilton...

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    By the end of last season, Geno Smith was down to 210 pounds, his lowest weight since his sophomore year at West Virginia. He lost his appetite, cut back on weight lifting because of a wrist injury and -- let's be honest -- the job-related stress didn't help. As his interception total grew, his waistline shrunk. He dropped almost 10 pounds, falling into a Manziel-ian weight class.

    "I was losing weight, barely eating on game day, just being so anxious and so ready," Smith recalled this week during a break at the New York Jets' training camp. "I was banged up, too, but I fought through it and was able to finish strong."

    Geno Smith is hoping that improving his conditioning in the offseason will help his fourth-quarter accuracy.
    That he did, but the second-year quarterback applied some Darwin as he plotted his NFL future: He realized the sport truly is a survival of the fittest, deciding he needed to be bigger, stronger and faster to better cope with the grind of a 16-game season.

    So Smith vacationed for only a week after the season, reporting to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, in January for a six-week program. Basically, he went to work on his body a few months before the Jets' coaches went to work on his mind in the offseason program, which began in April.

    The new Geno will be unveiled Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, where the Jets open the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts. The organization has placed its faith in Smith, and now he gets a chance to justify it. It's the start of a grueling, 20-week journey, and Smith is convinced he's in a better place, mentally and physically. He added muscle mass in the offseason, pushing his weight into the 220- to 225-pound range.

    “I’m definitely stronger and I feel a lot faster on the football field,” he said. “Maybe that’s just a bit of confidence I’m having, making me play faster. I definitely feel faster.”

    Smith said it’s the hardest he trained in two years. After his final season at West Virginia, the focus was on draft preparation -- the scouting combine, his pro day, personal workouts, etc. Like all incoming rookies, his overall conditioning probably slipped. He sprained an ankle in training camp, which also set him back. That he made it through 16 games, not losing any time to injury, was a small miracle.

    “I took a beating,” he said.

    Now the expectations are higher. Going the distance no longer is the primary objective; thriving is the goal. In the offseason, Smith concentrated on improving his leg strength. He’s squatting 50 pounds more than a year ago, which should help when he’s trying to break free from pass-rushers.

    At IMG, Smith spent several hours a day in the weight room, ran hills with a parachute attached to his back and participated in what were billed as “Fun Fridays.” But as he said, “It wasn’t really that fun.”

    With a bungee cord hooked to his waist, he pulled a 40-pound weight or a sled through a series of agility tests. There were six stations, each one lasting 30 seconds. Example: He’d sprint 10 yards, backpedal, sprint again, backpedal ... and so on -- with 40 pounds of resistance.

    And it was on to the next station, no rest.

    “It really helped me build up my lung capacity, my wind,” Smith said. “It makes me better on the football field, and I don’t get tired. I don’t feel as fatigued during practice or after practice.”

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    Smith was the fastest quarterback at the 2013 combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, so we’re not talking about a statue in the pocket here. Nevertheless, he wanted to add speed, knowing the plan is to continue what he started last December, when he turned up the aggressiveness. He ran more frequently than he did early in the season, adding another dimension to the offense. He finished with a team-high six rushing touchdowns.

    Former teammate Brady Quinn believes Smith’s improved conditioning, coupled with the presence of Michael Vick, will make him more dangerous as a runner.

    “There’s a knack to running, and [Vick] will give him a different perspective,” said Quinn, who spent part of last season on the Jets’ roster. “He’ll teach Geno how to see the windows when they open, and when to tuck it and run. There may be no better mentor for him.”

    Smith blew away the coaches when he showed up for the offseason program in April.

    “He’s just faster, he’s faster than he was,” quarterbacks coach David Lee said recently, adding that he received texts from Smith -- pictures from Florida of his parachute sprints. “His body is stronger. He’s been in that weight room, so physically he’s faster, stronger and he’s lost body fat. When you do all that, your mind is right -- and his mind is right.”

    Once training camp began, Lee instituted his own conditioning program for the quarterbacks. Three days a week, after practice, they stay behind and sweat -- a lot. They run gassers, sprinting around cones, and finish by throwing seven passes into a net, trying to hit a target. The idea, of course, is to overcome fatigue and maintain accuracy. Most games are won or lost in the fourth quarter. Smith threw more interceptions (seven) in the fourth than in any other quarter.

    A new season starts Thursday night, and Smith expects those “Fun Fridays” last winter to produce Fun Sundays in the fall.

    “That,” he said with a smile, “will be a good headline.”

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    Three positions to watch (besides quarterback) in Jets' preseason opener vs. Colts

    When the Jets play their first preseason game, tonight at home against the Colts, all eyes will be on second-year quarterback Geno Smith. The Jets have made the starting job his to lose this offseason. Through 10 training camp practices, excluding an intrasquad scrimmage, Smith has received 81 percent of the snaps with the starters. In addition to the performance of Smith and his likely backup, Michael Vick, here are three other positions worth monitoring tonight:

    RUNNING BACK

    This will be Chris Johnson’s first action in a Jets uniform against an opposing team. Because of his receiving skills, the Jets could use him in varied ways this season. But how much will offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg tip his hand tonight with these plays? Bilal Powell is going to be fighting for playing time in the backfield, what with Johnson and Chris Ivory in the mix. Powell has been struggling with a hamstring injury lately, but coach Rex Ryan did not rule him out of playing against the Colts. Powell needs to show this month that he deserves to continue getting carries. Last season, he split the workload with Ivory, who emerged as a more productive player.

    CORNERBACK

    Dimitri Patterson, whom the Jets signed in the offseason to play opposite Dee Milliner, has been spotty of late in training camp. He is currently dealing with a calf/ankle injury. In Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, Stephen Hill burned Patterson for a 41-yard completion. Patterson has played in just 15 games combined over the past two seasons, because of injuries. He made four interceptions in six games last year with the Dolphins. Still, he was a bargain free agent signing by the Jets, after Miami cut him. The Jets did not land any of the elite free agent corners available this year. Will they regret that? Ryan has praised Milliner’s progress, but is he ready to be a No. 1 corner? Tonight is the first step toward the Jets answering that question.

    WIDE RECEIVER

    Eric Decker and Johnson are the Jets’ two new offensive toys. Decker’s action could be limited against the Colts, because of hamstring and foot injuries that are not considered serious. Decker insists he is fine. Ryan said Decker will play tonight. But for how long? There is no sense in getting him hurt in a meaningless game. Hill and David Nelson are competing for playing time at the outside receiver spot opposite Decker. There is a lot of hope surrounding Hill, whose knees are finally healthy. In his third season, can he finally break through and show he was worthy of the Jets drafting him in the second round? Tonight also will be important for lower-profile receivers, like Greg Salas, who are battling for roster spots. Of the 12 receivers the Jets currently have, they will keep six or seven after final cuts.

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

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