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Folk Music as Nick Rebounds with 4-for-4 Day

Posted by Randy Lange on May 27, 2010 – 3:55 pm

A week ago, Rex Ryan led off his post-OTA news conference with some semi-humorous words for his kickers, Nick Folk and Clint Stitser, who struggled with their practice-closing field goal tries.

Today Folk responded with an impressive 4-for-4 finish to his day.

"I feel a little better today than I did the other day," the coach said. "Nick made all his kicks. I feel a little better about that."

"Oh, yeah. That’s all right," Folk said about last week’s remarks from his boss. "It’s a learning curve right now. We’re still learning, getting together and working out the kinks. It’s a slow process, but today I think we showed a great deal of confidence in our operation and it showed pretty well in the results."

There is a lot of learning to do even for the kickers at this time of year. The operation Folk talked about was Tanner Purdum snapping and punter Steve Weatherford as his holder. But Kellen Clemens also has held and Matt Mulligan has also been snapping, so there has been some adapting to different parts in the assembly line as well as to some persistent breezes at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center fields.

Needless to say, all kickers will have to deal with such contingencies during the summer and into the season. Today Folk dealt with them by laying down a four-of-a-kind. He finished the first offense’s two-minute drive with Clemens at the controls by punching through a 47-yarder for the "game-winner." Then on three final kicks, Nick was true from 33, 36 and 43.

Stitser, however, missed all three of his tries from those last three distances. No transaction was immediately announced, but Ryan said, "That young man, I don’t think he’s ready right now. Will he be ready in the future? Maybe so. Right now, we’ll move on."

Update, 6 p.m. — The Jets have announced that Stitser has been released.

One Magic Night Out

Being the big man on the Jets campus, Ryan occasionally gets to rub elbows and break bread with the greats. And recently that meant that the Jets head coach, along with owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum, dined in New York City with Magic Johnson.

"You try to surround yourself with great people," Rex said. "At least that’s what he told me."

The occasion came about because the Jets brass met up with the former Los Angeles Lakers great at the Mayweather-Mosley fight in Las Vegas. Ryan, knowing Johnson was in New York, extended the dinner invite.

"You know it wasn’t Mike because he’s a Celtics fan," Ryan said.

Magic entered this conversation at today’s post-practice news conference at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center because the point Rex was making in dropping one of the biggest NBA names was that his team, with its collection of talented players trying to make it all the way to the Lombardi Trophy by next February, is having some spirited sessions already, and it’s only OTA season.

"Magic was telling me about when he was on the Dream Team," Ryan said. "I asked him what those practices were like. He said they were the most intense things, the fiercest competition he’s ever been in, more than games, more than anything else, because you’re with the greatest players in the world and that’s probably why those guys were like that.

"Special guys love competing. And that’s what you see on the practice field."

Praise for the Smith Brothers

Ryan repeated his thinking at safety that if the season started tomorrow, Eric Smith would be starting alongside Jim Leonhard. But he’d like to see that change for a lot of reasons.

"We’re trying to get Brodney Pool caught up," Rex said. "Ideally, Brodney would be the starter and Eric would play his role. But Eric and Brad Smith are as valuable to our team as anybody. They’re on every special team and they can do special things on offense, in Brad’s case, and on defense, with Eric. Sometimes you start one of those guys and they play every snap and they’re not as effective in their other roles. We feel Brodney’s going to catch up and be [the starter] and we can afford to keep Eric in his role."

Jenkins Roars into the Lead

The Great Weight Chase’s next check-in is Friday morning, and Kris Jenkins is feeling feisty.

"I still have a little jiggle, but it’s going away," the big nose tackle said. "I’m a pound ahead of [Damien] Woody and five pounds ahead of Rex. I’m confident that if I don’t do anything crazy, I’ll be at 85 tomorrow."

That’s five pounds in the two weeks of the competitions, a rate that get him to his goal of being under last year’s 360 playing weight by the time training camp starts at the start of August.

Meanwhile, there’s an interim goal of 10 more pounds, which will get him on the field with his teammates instead of rehabbing from last year’s knee surgery on the sideline. "Absolutely," he said about being ready to roll for the June 14-16 full-squad minicamp. "Everything I’m doing now is just about the conditioning."

Practice Pops

Bart Scott was a pass-defending machine at today’s practice. Early on No. 57 broke up a quick slant from Kellen Clemens to Jerricho Cotchery. Then he swatted away a Mark Sanchez 7-on-7 red zone ball for Braylon Edwards in the end zone. Finally, in 11-on-11 RZ, Scott picked off a Clemens ball for Edwards that was deflected into the air and took it the other way.

Clemens, running the first offense in team drills, had some nice rollout completions, then found Cotchery in RZ work in the end zone past rookie CB Kyle Wilson for the score. … J-Co caught another TD that got through Wilson’s hands. … Sanchez got a TD pass to J-Co over the middle vs. Dwight Lowery and another to David Clowney open on a rollout. … Kevin O’Connell worked with the second unit and hit some nice completions: skinny post to Britt Davis despite coverage in position work, TD down the middle to Larry Taylor ("the other LT"), and a down-the-middle strike to rookie TE Jeff Cumberland during his two-minute possession.

Rex on Sanchez: "He’s doing fantastic. He’s probably ahead of where we thought he’d be. Today he even snuck into a team rep. ‘Oh-oh, what’s he doing?’ ‘It’s a run.’ ‘OK.’ "

At practice today: two former Jets and current SNY Jets talkers, Greg Buttle and Ray Lucas. Lucas was impressed with LB Jason Taylor, whom, it should be remembered, Lucas not only played against as a Jet but with as a Dolphin. "Jason? He’s going to shock the world," Lucas told me. "It’d be different if I didn’t play with him in Miami. I’ve seen that work ethic. He’s going to be great. People will come around when he has seven sacks in the first half of the season.

Buttle was concerned about special teams. "Defensively, they’ll be in every game, tough vs. every team," said the one-time Green & White LB. "Offensively, they’re loaded. The only question I’d have there is the health of certain players. To me it doesn’t look like it’ll be too hard to coach the offense and defense. But it’ll be hard coaching the special teams. That’s what [Mike] Westhoff gets paid for. If I’m a Jets fan, I’m sipping some team under an umbrella and I can’t wait to see this team play. But the big question to me is going to be what they’re doing on special teams."


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29 Responses to “Folk Music as Nick Rebounds with 4-for-4 Day”

  1. By Ira on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, Glad Folk had a good day and hope it continues. But if they are so worried about all the working pieces in the kicking game then you know my stance. Re-sign Dearth. Greg is right on the money about this team. Stay healthy and improve on ST’s and the sky is the limit. Agree about Pool. Nobody is really talking about him and yes once he learns the system he is going to have a big year. Excellent p/u by Mr. T.

  2. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    So Stitser’s gone, he didn’t sound like that good a p/u in the 1st place. It’s hard to believe he was the only college K worth trying out, but it looks like Rex will do with the K’s what he did with the P’s last year, bring in one guy after another to see if anyone can beat out Folk. I liked today’s ESPN piece on the awesome sight of SH and BE going up against DR and AC in practice, nice change from the gloom-and-doom predictions on this site that we’ll be lucky to hold onto any of those guys.

  3. By BGB on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Lots of J-Co catches, he is the best. last year he had only 2 dropped passes and got out of 6 tackles. by comparison BE did 6 and 8 and holmes did 8 and 12. I’m really excited about LT and JT. I’ve been huge fans of them from a far for a while now. go pool but lead with your shoulder. Is it football season YET? GO Jets

  4. By Ira on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    Scott’s remarks in the papers are great. There is no reason this defense should not be beter then last years if they stay healthy. On paper they have better personnel and like Scott said all the players know Rex’s system. Its not like last year where Douglas, Leonhard and Scott were like coaches on the field. With the new additions i think they will be more aggressive and attack more than they did last year. See that Stitser was cut. When does Stover come in? GO JETS!!!!

  5. By uncle joe on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    Ah,I’ve been screaming Cummings since he got here. I think the worst thing about the Gholston pick is the roster spot he takes up at a position that is still thin.That is gonna cost us a good player.Although I think Gholston will have a decent year this year,It will probably be just enough to keep his spot on the roster because of what is invested in him with the hopes that he will get even better.This will cost us a very good player at one of our deeper positions.

  6. By Ira on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    uncle joe,
    Good point about the roster spot. But i do think Cummings is ready to take the next step and get the chance to play in the regular rotation giving Scott or Harris a rest at times.

  7. By Stephen on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, I noticed that Sanchez, Clemens, and O’Connell, were all mentioned to be throwing passes… Was Eric Ainge there? Is there a reason he wasn’t mentioned/didn’t practice?

  8. By Randy Lange on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    Stephen, Erik Ainge was at practice and did throw during individual and position drills. I didn’t see him throw during the 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 periods.

  9. By uncle joe on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    Ira,I know it sounds crazy,I love Harris but with all these contracts coming up he might be the odd man out.If he doesn’t step up as a vocal leader this season depending on how much he wants to get paid he could become very valuable trade bait.It’s either him or Ferguson.I think they will tender Harris high and someone will jump on him.Teams will jump to get the MLB from the best Defense fresh off of a SuperBowl winning Victory!

  10. By 37 year fan on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    Man ,.. it’s gotta be tough throwing into that Defense. What a great way to get ready for the season though . If we can get by our own ” D ” then we can get by anyone. Also , No surprise to keep hearing about Clemens throwin’ picks . Stick Ainge in there for God sakes !!!

  11. By 37 year fan on May 28, 2010 | Reply

    If there is a weak link it seems like our kicking game . Looks shakey at best . Alot of big games come down to a kick .

  12. By joeyjet on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    contracts aren’t your concern this year,so far its kicking

  13. By Ira on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    uncle joe,
    You are talking crazy but i understand your concern. Harris is one of the top 3 LB’s in the game today and he is going nowhere. He leads by his play on the field. And Brick will get his deal after next season. The Big Four are here to stay. A casualty i can see is them asking Scott to re-do his deal after this year and B. Thomas not here or both. They will keep the younger group together. Mr. T will need a large calculator. Everybody a safe and happy holiday weekend.GO JETS!!!!!

  14. By Gary C on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    Not being a big fan of Bart Scott,I stated a future linebacking corp of westermann, harris, cummings and pace would be fine to me.Jets will need to start bringing younger starters into lineup unless they want to become the 64 yankees where everything fell apart at once.

  15. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    Ya think ya might be gettin’ a little ahead of yourself, uncle joe? Super Bowl berth, then a win, then Harris traded? How do you know how much money we might have to sign guys with if we get into the SB, much less win it? I know you’re just having fun speculating but I don’t think we need to worry that far in advance. Besides, like they say in football, ‘If you’re still thinking about the last play, good luck making the next play.”

  16. By 37 year fan on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    Uncle Joe …..Don’t forget Harris standing in there last season bleeding , Hurt barely able to be in there . But still gave it his all , that is pure heart . I think the blood was green.

  17. By Ira on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    Looks like Pete Carroll is getting off to a tough start back in the NFL. He trades away 2 draft picks for White and Leon. Well White gets released today and is facing a 4 game suspension and Leon right now looks like he is headed into camp on the PUP list. Think Carroll is desperate for a RB right now?

  18. By Mr. Green on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    Get used to BLACKOUTS Jet fans. There are still 10,000 of the highest priced PSL seats unsold. Mr. Johnson killed the goose that laid the golden egg. In this economy Woody has turned the clock back to the 60s with his greed. I remember driving up to Connecticut to watch the Giants in the 60s. We would get a group of 20-30 guys and make it a day. Steak & Lobster and all the trimming. You can still get that for less than a game ticket. And you don’t have to buy the preseason. THANKS WOODY.

  19. By Mr. Green on May 29, 2010 | Reply

    37 year fan Said “No surprise to keep hearing about Clemens throwin’ picks . Stick Ainge in there for God sakes !!!” Give it a break, If Ainge was any better than Clemens he’d be playing. The pass was deflected, could have been the receiver.

  20. By Frank on May 30, 2010 | Reply

    Ho Hum…typical summer fare. The defense better be the best of all-time. The kicking game is going to be a disaster this year and will cost us games unless Tanwoody pulls a rabbit out of their hat.

  21. By Mike Jet Vet on May 30, 2010 | Reply

    I’m amped about these new guys and reason to be optimistic going into the season ..That said my concerns are ,its great Folk had a good day he also had more bad then good add new snapper and holder you do the math ..I have said and will again on paper we look like SB champs( BUT) that doesn’t make it so some here already crowned them ..These guys all come from different systems its going to take camp and a good part of the season to get on the same page then the hard part starts FINISHING

  22. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on May 30, 2010 | Reply

    Gary C., love the push for youth at LB and the ’64 Yanks analogy. Ira, if Scott doesn’t reach the Ray Lewis status we were hyped, I’d definitely rework his deal. Also like your comments on Carroll and RBs, especially the part about Leon, which proves more than ever that letting him go and going for McKnight was the right move. Mr. Green, agree with you on greed, especially for a stadium in the Northeast with no dome, but not on KC. They’re running him 1st now till MS is back, then he’s gone.

  23. By 37 year fan on May 30, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Green , First , take it easy on Woody . He built a new stadium and has been instrumental in the rebuilding of our Beloved Jets. He allready said there won’t be any blackouts. Second , I stand behind my opinion on Ainge He was great at Tenn. & looks great every time he’s out there. He deserves a chance too . Clemens got his chance. And a tiger doesn’t change his stripes.

  24. By Ira on May 31, 2010 | Reply

    Frank,
    Relax bro its only OTA’s. Really i am concerned too. If Folk can’t cut it Stover to the rescue or C. Brown after he gets cut.
    Mr. Green T O’Connell went ahead of Ainge this past week. What that means at this time of the year ? And there will NEVER be a Jets game black outed in this area. While it was time for Kerry to go just seemed like he and the coaching staff didn’t see eye to eye. PFC did rate out Kerry as the #2 safety by #’s in the NFL. #5 Pool and #11 Leonhard. Feely the #8 kicker.

  25. By Mr. Green on May 31, 2010 | Reply

    37 year fan Said Woody also alienated many of the Jet faithful with the PSLs. Woody didn’t build a new stadium. The fans did. And Ira, there will be BLACKOUTS and when they happen I will post your post to remind you.

  26. By Anthony on Jun 1, 2010 | Reply

    This season can’t come fast enough. I agree with 37 year fan I think Ainge would be better then Clemens as a back up and should get a shot. But the one thing is the coaches see these players everyday play so they must see something that we as fans do not when they are practicing. Thats why certain guys start and why others don’t..ANyway…J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets, and does anyone know when Hardknocks starts?

  27. By ray on Jun 1, 2010 | Reply

    With the dismissal of the extra kicker, how about them giving Tom Mante from Yale a chance trying out as a kicker. I think the Pro scouts already have been giving him the thumbs up?

  28. By Randy Lange on Jun 1, 2010 | Reply

    Anthony, Hard Knocks shows will air on HBO every Wednesday for five weeks, beginning Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. ET.

  29. By 37 year fan on Jun 1, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Green, Think of the bright side. We have a beautiful new stadium. There is hope for these next few years. No point in paranoia about Blacked out games. And I never said anything bad about Woody . Woody has done great and he’s been through alot. God bless him.

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