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    Jets news 9/1/07

    NY Post- Big series may save Mosley

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    BIG SERIES MAY SAVE JETS' MOSLEY
    By MARK CANNIZZARO
    September 1, 2007 -- The sweat was still dripping from C.J. Mosley's face when he received an unexpected phone call on the Jets' sideline during their 13-11 win over the Eagles in the preseason finale Thursday night in humid Philadelphia.

    Mosley, a 314-pound third-year nose tackle fighting for a roster spot with final cuts looming today, had completed the greatest defensive series of his life but hadn't had time to reflect on his performance.

    "Don't be satisfied with that," barked the voice on the other end of the line. "Keep going out there and playing football."

    Mosley, who has four career sacks, had sacked Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley three times in one series. On the third sack, Mosley unknowingly broke a bone in Feeley's left (non-throwing) hand, knocking the quarterback out of the game. On the series, Mosley forced two fumbles, the second of which was recovered by the Jets.

    "I've never had something like that happen in my life," Mosley said of that magical series.

    Yet there was Bryan Cox, the Jets assistant defensive line coach, on the phone from the coaches' booth in the press box, acting as a complete buzz-kill.

    "He's been on me every day," Mosley said of Cox, a former NFL linebacker. "He really has nothing nice to say, but that's him, that's his personality. He'll get you fired up.

    "Whenever you see Bryan Cox, it's business, time to go to work."

    Thus, the call.

    "It just felt good to go out there and do that," Mosley said. "Anytime that happens, you think, wow. But you've got to come back to earth . . . and Bryan Cox . . . brought me back down to earth."

    Mosley wants to believe his performance has locked up a roster spot.

    "I would hope so, but that's up to them," he said. "I looked at this as an opportunity."

    Eric Mangini said Mosley did well.

    "He's been able to provide pressure in four-man front rushes and even three-man rushes," Mangini said. "That's been a positive. He's done some nice things throughout the preseason. I'm sure he'd like to bottle [what he did against the Eagles]. It was quite a good series for him."


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    As the Jets trim their roster to 53 players today, among the most intriguing bubble players is QB Marques Tuiasosopo. He has performed well enough to make the team, but Mangini could roll the dice and use Brad Smith as the No. 3, which would save a roster spot, because Smith, also a WR, RB and kick returner, is going to make the team anyway.

    The question becomes whether GM Mike Tannenbaum was spooked enough by the debacle of 2005, when Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler went down in Week 3 and were lost for the season. If the Jets keep Tuiasosopo, it'll be all about insurance, because the team is comfortable with Kellen Clemens at No. 2 after his terrific summer.

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    Hutchinson- 5 Questions for Jets

    Hutchinson- 5 questions for Jets

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    Five Questions for the Jets
    Saturday, September 01, 2007
    BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
    Star-Ledger Staff
    Will second-year QB Kellen Clemens continue to turn the up heat on Chad Pennington?

    Clemens had a quiet night against the Eagles, completing his only two passes for 12 yards in one series and one play worth of action. But he has already made his point and the leash has shortened on Pennington, who'll start vs. the Pats.

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    Can LB David Harris keep it up?

    Yes. Harris was made for the 3-4 defense and he continues to make plays that Jonathan Vilma is not. The Jets won't be able to keep him out of the lineup too much longer. The question is, will Vilma or Eric Barton sit?

    Can rookie G Jacob Bender bounce back?

    Bender absolutely smoked Eagles rookie free agent DT Jeremy Clark. Bender is a sensational run blocker but still needs to improve on pass protection. He has promise but he's not ready for the Patriots just yet.

    Will the run defense finally show up?

    The Jets' reserves held the Eagles' backups to 77 yards rushing on 23 carries, but we're not excited. Let's see what they do next week when the Patriots come storming into town.

    How did Rutgers rookie free agent CB Manny Collins do?

    He had three tackles and a near interception on a pass breakup, and on special teams he had a tackle and a key block on Chansi Stuckey's 38-yard punt return. He's a candidate for the practice squad.

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    HUTCH- Wadsworth a likely cut

    Hutchinson- Wadsworth a likely cut

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    Wadsworth a likely cut
    Comeback ends when Jets trim down to 53-man roster
    Saturday, September 01, 2007
    BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
    Star-Ledger Staff
    The dream of a storybook comeback ended on a sour note for Jets linebacker/defensive end Andre Wadsworth yesterday.

    Though the Jets won't officially announce their cuts until this afternoon, Wadsworth is one of several players the club has released to get down to the mandatory 53-player roster by 6 p.m., according to someone in regular contact with the club. That person requested anonymity because he's not authorized to speak publicly.

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    Veteran defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen, defensive end Michael Haynes and linebacker Anthony Schlegel, a third-round pick in 2006, were also among those who were cut.

    Wadsworth, who hadn't played since 2000 and had undergone 13 surgeries, was trying to make the unlikeliest of comebacks. He made it through training camp but was obviously a step slow. He did, however, have a strip/sack vs. the Giants.

    Schlegel, who many said was selected too high, was quickly overtaken by rookie David Harris in training camp this summer and never really mounted a challenge. In the case of von Oelhoffen, the Jets finally admitted they made a mistake in giving the veteran a $3.2 million signing bonus last season. He was a big disappointment.

    Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and rookie cornerback Manny Collins are among those who remain on the bubble.

    Tuiasosopo, an ex-Raider who is battling Brad Smith for the third quarterback spot, made the Jets' decision more difficult be engineering a game-winning two-minute drive vs. the Eagles. Tuiasosopo is clearly the better pure quarterback. Smith affords the Jets roster flexibility.

    Collins, a Rutgers product, has been solid since he arrived as a late signee and is a candidate for the practice squad.

    "I've done my part," said Tuisasosopo, who'll likely catch on with another team if he's released. "I've worked hard and put my heart and soul in it. ... There's not much else I can do."

    Said Collins: "It's been a big-time experience, it's been a blessing and I hope my blessing continues from here. I'll read my Bible and pray a lot, just try to relax (while awaiting word)."



    Jets running back Thomas Jones, who suffered a strained right calf on Aug. 12th in practice, carried the ball only eight times for 27 yards and a touchdown in one preseason game this summer, but coach Eric Mangini expects him to be ready to go on Sept. 9 when the Jets meet the Patriots in the season opener at Giants Stadium.

    Jones, an eighth-year pro, has missed just one game the past two seasons while rushing for over 2,500 yards for the Bears.

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    The Jets return to practice on Monday and chances are Jones will do some meaningful work. The Jets have been careful not to rush him back, but the games count now.

    "Each guy is different," said Mangini when asked if Jones will be able to contribute right away. "With veteran guys who have that experience to draw from, they have got a real edge over, say, if a young guy had been hurt early in camp and then had to come back in because they haven't seen as many things. With Thomas, he's been through a lot of games. He's been through a lot of situations and he's very active in the meetings."

    QB Kellen Clemens (30-for-41 for 364 yards, four TDs and two INTs) said he didn't necessarily learn anything new about himself this preseason.

    "I just had an opportunity through an off-season of hard work to kind of reveal some of the things that were always there but never really surfaced," he said.

    NT C.J. Mosley, who had three sacks and two forced fumbles in one series vs. the Eagles, spent his rookie season with the Vikings in 2005 and was obtained by the Jets last August in a trade involving QB Brooks Bollinger.

    "I don't think I had nothing like that in my whole life," Mosley said of the series. "Anytime something like that happens, you think, 'Wow,' but you have to come back to earth."

    Rookie LG Jacob Bender, who is extremely quick off the ball, can be overpowering as a run blocker at 6-6, 315 pounds. ... Chansi Stuckey (four catches, 47 yards) earned praise from QB Chad Pennington for his ability to get open over the middle and his smarts. ... FB Stacy Tutt (12 carries, 48 yards) has the moves of a tailback. ... Stuckey and fellow rookie Darrelle Revis look like a formidable punt return tandem. ... Ex-Jets RB Cedric Houston has re-enrolled at the University of Tennessee.



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    nyjets.com- for many Jets- waiting is the hardest part


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    Tom Rock back in business

    Newsday-T.Rock- Back in Business

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    Back in business
    By Tom Rock

    Sorry for the dry spell. I was having some Internet problems in Philly and was unable to get online to update the blog. I was MIA so long I think Glauber was about to start a contest to see when I would crack.

    Anyway, we’re back from Philadelphia and back online. Just in time to post some roster speculation. The big questions seem to be whether C.J. Mosley made enough of an impression (mostly on the facemask of A.J. Feeley) to get on the team; if Tuiasosopo showed his merits with a good second half (or if the Brad Smith Quarterback Experiement should be shut down); and if the Jets will be comfortable with Bender, Clarke, Smith or Jones at left guard.

    The roster is decided at 5 p.m. Saturday. The REAL roster is decided about a week later, when the Jets have their final meetings before the Pats game.

    You’ve seen the preseason games. You’ve dropped by camp at Hofstra. You’ve read, listened to and watched all of the analysis. Which bubble players do you think deserve a shot on the 53? Will someone start a Schlegel bandwagon? Is there a Kimo Defense Fund?

    Shout it out here. We’ll post the Jets’ decisions ASAP.


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    NJ.com- Let the personnel decisions begin

    NJ.com- Bullock- Let the personnel decisions begin

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    Let the Personnel Decisions Begin
    Posted by Bob Bullock August 31, 2007 5:16PM
    Categories: Final Cuts
    The preseason finally ended last night as the Jets beat the Eagles 13-11 on a last second field goal by Mike Nugent. It certainly wasn't as exciting as it sounds, but at least the REAL games will start next week. Now comes the tough part for the Jets' Brass, cutting the roster down to 53 by late tomorrow afternoon.

    A few players made strong cases for making the team last night, while others could have very well signed their ticket out of town.

    Defensive Tackle C.J. Mosley had three sacks on one series and showed a pass rush that had yet to be seen during the preseason. Given the lack of depth at that position anyway, I believe Mosley is a safe bet to stick around. I'd much rather have him in there then Sione Pouha, who in spite of being talked up by coach Mangini, has yet to make a play since he was drafted by the team two years ago.

    Marques Tuiasosopo also played okay last night, leading the team to the game-winning field goal. I'm not sure if it was enough to make the team though. The way Brad Smith played at quarterback certainly has to make Tangini give some serious consideration to keeping Tui around for insurance. The team has a history of having 2 quarterbacks get hurt in the same game, as we all know. Do you want Smith or Tui running the show should that happen? Actually, at that point, would it really matter?

    I also expect a few players to get the axe come tomorrow, some of them may surprise you.
    I believe Drew Coleman and Rashad Washington are very much on the bubble.

    The Jets have a lot of cornerbacks with Dyson, Barrett, Revis, Miller, Poteat and Collins all ahead of Coleman on the depth chart. Coleman also had a bad game last night to boot, which could have spelled the end to his Jets career.

    Washington also didn't play well last night, he is battling the likes of Eric Smith, Raymond Ventrone and Jamie Thompson. Washington is a good special teams player, but Ventrone has shown the same ability. I believe Washington is in serious jeopardy of not making the team.

    Two players that have locked up spots on the team are WR Chansi Stuckey, who looked impressive again last night, and RB Danny Ware who flashed some good speed and quickness all throughout the preseason.

    I also wouldn't be surprised to see trader Mike make a few deals over the next couple of days either. It should be quite an eventful period as the final roster shapes up.

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    JC- Gregg Hatim- Schlegel's last hurrah as a Jet

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    Was this Schlegel's last hurrah as a Jet?

    By Gregg Hayim

    Posted Aug 31, 2007


    For 2006 third-round selection, linebacker Anthony Schlegel, things have not gone exactly according to plan.

    Schlegel, one of the hardest hitters on the team, spent the majority of the summer running with the third-team defense. With a lack of opportunity to prove his worth, Schlegel has found himself on the bubble for a roster spot.
    Finally given the opportunity to show his wares, Schlegel did not disappoint. The Ohio State alum played a key role in the Jets 13-11 come-from-behind victory against the Eagles, last night in Philadelphia. He led the team with seven tackles, including four solo and a forced fumble.

    "This was my one opportunity all camp to go out there and show what I can do" Schlegel said from his locker after the game. "I wasn't worried about anything, I just know what type of player I am and if someone gives me an opportunity, I'll give them everything I have."

    Nobody questions Schlegel's toughness or tenacity; it's usually his pass coverage skills that take the brunt of the criticism. And aside from the tremendous job he did of stuffing the run, he looked sharp in that regard as well.

    "I'll tell you what; I thought I defended the pass pretty good." Schlegel said. "Everybody always dogs me about my pass coverage, so I was pretty happy about that."

    The fourth, and final, preseason game is now in the books, and the Jets will make their final roster cuts early this weekend.

    With the majority of the first-teamers relegated to the sideline, last night's 13-11 Jets victory served as a golden opportunity for a player like Schlegel to shine.

    In training camp, it is often a lack of opportunity that becomes a player's worst enemy, and in the case of Schlegel, that may very well be the case.

    The Jets current roster sports seventy-five names. That number must be trimmed to fifty-three to meet league requirements; and the Jets brain-trust is going to have to make several very difficult decisions over the weekend.

    Last night's strong performance from Schlegel only helps bolster his case for a job.
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    Jets young linemen

    as of 7:30 AM, I have not been able to get the NY Times articles. I will keep trying.

    NY Times- Crouse- Jets Young Linemen

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    Jets’ Young Linemen Have Lessons to Learn



    By KAREN CROUSE, 8/27/07

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Aug. 26 — The Jets’ inexperienced left guards were not the only linemen exposed Saturday night.


    Nick Mangold, the second-year center, was in the locker room after the Jets’ 20-12 preseason victory against the Giants conducting a one-on-one interview in jeans and sandals but no shirt when a TV reporter and his cameraman swooped in and began taping.

    The 300-pound Mangold stopped in midsentence. Shifting his gaze to the cameraman, he said: “Oh, God, you aren’t getting film of me topless, are we? Can I get a shirt on first?”

    Mangold excused himself to finish dressing, then resumed talking about how he embraces the role of mentoring the two players, Jacob Bender and Adrien Clarke, who are taking turns lining up directly to his left.

    “I think it helps you learn the material even more when you can teach it to somebody else,” Mangold, who started 17 games last season as a rookie, said. “So it gives me a great opportunity to learn even more.”

    Against the Giants’ starting front seven, Bender, a rookie, and Clarke, a free agent who was out of the N.F.L. last season, could not cover up their inexperience.

    On his fourth snap as a starter, Bender was caught flat-footed by defensive end Justin Tuck, who spun around him and sacked quarterback Chad Pennington for a 12-yard loss.

    “I didn’t use my technique and he capitalized on it,” said Bender, the first offensive lineman to be drafted out of Division I-AA Nicholls State. “He made a great move.”

    Bender added: “I’ve been playing football for a long time. I’ve given up bad plays before. You just learn. Some good things are going to come from this game.”

    Bender could have looked at his starting debut any number of ways, but he recognized that it was not as if he was the big, quiet kid who was the last player chosen for a neighborhood game of touch football.

    There may have been 26 offensive linemen drafted before Bender in this year’s draft, but there were hundreds who were not selected at all. Bender is not so blinded by the big city’s bright lights and bold headlines that he cannot see the larger picture.

    “I keep telling myself I’m a good player,” he said. “I’m here, so obviously people think I can play. I’m thankful that I keep getting opportunities. I’ll work hard this week and take the coaching and go from there.”

    Some of the coaching came from his teammates. After Bender allowed the sack, Clarke approached him on the sideline and gave him a pep talk, followed by a quick tutorial on the finer points of body positioning. “I just wanted to make sure he kept his head up,” Clarke said. “I know how it feels after you give up a play. You just want to regroup. I’m behind him 100 percent. I believe in him.”

    Clarke, who started four games at left guard for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 before being released by the team last August, struggled in the first two preseason games, both starts. On Saturday, he was flagged for a false start in the second quarter while playing with the starting unit.

    “I got a little anxious,” Clarke said. “No excuse for that.”

    Offensive linemen are like most big men entrusted with protecting the richer and more famous. They are used to blending into the background. Clarke and Bender are not accustomed to drawing the crowd that surrounded them after the game Saturday. Pete Kendall’s contract saga, which led to his trade to the Washington Redskins last week, gave them an opportunity to swim in a fishbowl.

    “If I said it didn’t affect me, yeah, I would be lying,” Clarke said, referring to the scrutiny that comes with trying to replace a popular, proven veteran. He added: “The best thing as a player to do is to get out there constantly every day and just try to play your best. And when you mess up, try to improve from that mistake and just keep on working.”

    On the day the Jets traded Kendall for a conditional draft pick, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and Coach Eric Mangini talked about how comfortable they were with the “value” they received in return.

    One day the wisdom of jettisoning a proven veteran to make room on the line for Bender or Clarke may be accepted. In the meantime, the often-injured Pennington is taking a beating, the offense appears to be a few spokes short of a wheel and nobody — not Pennington, not his receivers, not Clarke or Bender or any of the other linemen — looks the least bit comfortable.

    “There were too many collective mistakes that were made,” Mangini said of Satruday’s game. “It’s not one person or one phase. It’s the whole unit.”

    EXTRA POINTS

    Darrelle Revis, the Jets’ first-round pick, made his debut at left cornerback in place of Andre Dyson, who is injured, and flew to the ball the way moths do to light. Revis was credited with five tackles and also battled away a pass over the middle that was intended for Sinorice Moss. He also returned a punt 13 yards.
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    It is what it is

    There are worst places to start the season than on the practice squad, or getting a chance to play in the NFL>

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    Thanks for post so early, KJ.

    Couple of cups of coffee and good reading. Nice.

    Now I can get out and play some golf on this beauuuuutiful morning.

    Fore!!

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    Thanks KJ!

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