Updated, 10:58 p.m. ET
The last week of July brings one of the great joys for all football fans: the start of training camp. For me, it also brings one of the year’s disappointments: seeing some of the hard work of the last month become immediately outdated.
I’m talking about the Jets’ roster, of course.
With the flurry of signing activity of the past two days, those lovingly crafted rosters that appear in the 2013 Jets Yearbook and in the Daily News training camp pullout are now, well, inaccurate. Darn.
But hey, that’s football. And with this new-fangled Internet thing, we can get you up to speed just as quickly as the Jets can change the names and numbers.
The one number situation we all knew was coming was with Braylon Edwards. Not only is he back for Round 3 in green and white, but he’s back as No. 17.
I don’t recall why Braylon gravitated toward that number. He was No. 1 at Michigan, we all recall, but he’s been 17 at every stop in the pros (Browns, Jets, 49ers, Seahawks). Perhaps it had something to do with his Wolverines-record 17 career 100-yard receiving games. Maybe it was reinforced by the only 17-yard season per-catch average — his 17.1 with the Jets in 2010.
Regardless, with Edwards’ return, Jordan White’s number is up. Number 17, that is. White has worn that as a Jet except when Braylon’s been around. Late last season, White, then a rookie, shifted to 89. And he’ll be wearing 16 in the first training camp practice, which will kick off Friday at 10 a.m.
Here are the other number assignments for the new arrivals:
8 — K Billy Cundiff
68 — LS Patrick Scales
78 — DL Leger Douzable
79 — T J.B. Shugarts
I’ll leave you with one final number before heading back on campus to await the arrival of the rest of the Jets caravan this afternoon at their SUNY Cortland dorm. That number is 80.
You’ll recall Edwards’ 80-yard touchdown catch-and-run on a Mark Sanchez pass in the 2009 AFC Championship Game at Indianapolis. That 80-yarder was and remains the longest reception by a Jets WR since … Wesley Walker. Wesley reeled in an 83-yarder from Ken O’Brien at Seattle late in the 1986 season. The only longer Jets pass play since then was the 82-yard screen supreme from Vinny Testaverde to Leon Johnson against the Colts in 1998.
Can Braylon duplicate his feats of yore in his third Jets incarnation? You know what they say about stocks: Past results are no guarantee of future performance. But maybe Edwards can play like he’s 17 again. That would be outstanding.
Tags: 17, Braylon Edwards, Jordan White, Leon Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Vinny Testaverde
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Mike Devlin has a long history as a football man. Before he began his coaching career with Toledo, the Arizona Cardinals and, since 2006, the Jets, he played the game in the trenches: three years with the Bills, four more with the Cards.
Coach Dev has more than a few reminiscences about Cardinals camp at Northern Arizona U. up in the hills of Flagstaff.
“Yeah, there’s been some,” Devlin said. “My last year in Arizona , there was a car accident and offensive linemen Ernest Dye and Lester Holmes were injured. The team really didn’t bring in anybody else on the line that summer. There was eight of us and we went the whole training camp, two-a-days in pads, the whole spiel. That stood out to me, just surviving that.”
Then there was a somewhat strange former Arizona teammate from the 1998 camp.
“One day he’d be reading Tolstoy, the next day he’d be reading the Bible, the next day the Koran,” Devlin said. “I remember us saying, ‘We’ve got to get this guy. He’s out of control.’ But then you eventually learned that’s just how he us.”
That player, of course, was the idealistic young safety, Pat Tillman, who left the NFL for the U.S. Army in 2002 and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan two years later.
But perhaps the most rewarding camp story Devlin had came after what he said was the Cardinals’ equivalent of the Jets’ Green & White Scrimmage.
“I took my series, then I legitimately jumped in the car with my pads on and went down the hill two hours from Flagstaff to Phoenix. I made it on time to see my Hallie born,” he said of his daughter’s birth. “She’s my camp baby. Julie, my wife, will tell the story that once I got down there I fell asleep during the whole thing.”
Mike and Julie are the parents of four and Mike has moved back in as the Jets’ full-time offensive line coach after coaching tight ends and assisting on the OL for several years. He loves life now as a coach but he misses a few of those elements of being a player in the NFL.
“You remember the camaraderie, the time in the locker room before you’ve all got to go out there for the grind, complaining about the coaches and everything else before you go out there,” he said. “That’s what you miss when it’s all said and done, the huddle.”
Now Devlin is helping to huddle up the Jets O-linemen as they all set out to write their own training camp stories at SUNY Cortland beginning this week.
Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Hallie Devlin, Julie Devlin, Mike Devlin, Pat Tillman
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In part two of our four-part blog visiting with some of the Jets’ assistant coaches on their training camp memories, I chatted with Karl Dunbar recently. And before Dunbar was a top-notch defensive line coach, he was a decent defensive lineman himself — a standout DT at LSU and a three-year pro with one season in New Orleans and two in Arizona.
But his first NFL exposure was as an eighth-round pick by Pittsburgh, and Dunbar remembers that first training camp experience at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., like it was yesterday.
“Mean Joe Greene was my defensive line coach and Chuck Noll was my head coach,” Dunbar recalled. “At camp, we’d have to run the hills in the morning, and the strength and position coaches would be out there along the trail.
“You always knew where Mean Joe was, even if he was behind a tree, because he’d always smoke a cigar. As you were running steep hills, through trees and brush, you’d suddenly smell the cigar smoke coming from the trees and you’d say, ‘Mean Joe’s right around the corner.’ “
Even though Dunbar didn’t stay with the Steelers, he said he had no doubt that summer was an important one for him as a player and then as an NFL coach.
“I’ll never forget that first year coming out,” he said. “Running the hills, working your quads and glutes, no question that got us ready. And I’ll never forget my first year coming out of college, playing defensive line under Mean Joe. That all made us better players.”
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This week we’re assembling, with the help of our partners at the Daily News, this year’s Training Camp Pullout Section, which will appear in the News this week and will be available to fans arriving at SUNY Cortland for the first practices open to the public beginning this Friday, July 26.
In pulling together the content for this section, I spoke with several Jets assistant coaches, who gave of their time away from the Atlantic Health Training Center to discuss some of the things Jets fans can expect to see when they arrive at our upstate New York summer headquarters to watch practices.
I also asked them to go back into their personal vaults for one or two poignant memories of training camps when they were the players and not the coaches. These reminiscences will not appear in the pullout, but we’ll pop several of them up here on the Radar over the next four days to whet everyone’s appetite for the footballs that are about to fly.
Batting leadoff is Anthony Lynn, the Jets’ running backs coach who has added the title of assistant head coach this year. Lynn opened his trip down memory lane by explaining why he feels the Cortland experience is important to the current crop of Jets.
“Really, anytime you go off somewhere and get into this daily routine of dawn to dusk, it’s mentally challenging and physically challenging,” Lynn said. “You try to prepare your mind for it. You know it’s going to be hard.”
How difficult is the experience? Lynn went back to his playing days, when he and TE Shannon Sharpe and the rest of the Broncos in the late Nineties encamped at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
“I looked forward to those training camps, but I also prepared my mind mentally for them, too,” he said. “A lot of times you’d go to sleep in the dorm at night and the next morning you’d wake up and the guy next to you was not there. A lot of teams had ways to signal things like that. For us, Shannon Sharpe rang a bell that would wake everyone up. We heard the bell, we knew someone had tapped out.”
Some have argued that with the new rules in place, camp is not as tough as it was in those days. Lynn doesn’t see it that way.
“In a way the rules have made it more intense,” he said. “When I played, we were in camp for five or six weeks. You could be a little more laid back because you had time.
“Now camp is 3½, four weeks. It’s very intense. That’s why I like going away to Cortland. To me, that’s when the team is built, when the chemistry is set. You see who the leaders and who the followers are going to be. There’s nothing wrong with being a follower, but at training camp you see the leaders emerge. I always looked forward to that and I still do today.”
Grantland Celebrates Wilkerson
Grantland.com is the website started by ESPN personality Bill Simmons in 2011 that covers sports and pop culture. And recently Grantland trained its eye on Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson in Robert Mays’ story headlined The All-22 All-Star Team: Muhammad Wilkerson and the New Versatility. It’s a thoughtful study on Mo’s game complete with Xs-and-Os type analysis and a few embedded videos.
The All-22 Team, Mays explains, is an attempt to provide insight on the NFL’s 22 most underappreciated players, and Mo classifies as such, although the way he finished the second half of 2012, I don’t think he’ll continue to qualify in 2013. In a key paragraph in the piece, Mays explains why new Jets DC Dennis Thurman loves Wilkerson:
Plenty of players can shift between these two spots, but few have the strength to hold up in the 3-4 and the quickness to be truly effective in the 4-3. Fewer still can make that sack and then hold up as a nose guard just a few plays later. Outside of Justin Smith, it’s hard to think of a player who’s as useful in as many different roles. “There’s a saying that we have, ‘The more you can do,’ ” Thurman says. “The more you can do, the more you increase your value. And he has tremendous value.”
Tags: Anthony Lynn, Denver Broncos, Muhammad Wilkerson, Shannon Sharpe
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As promised, here is the next “quarter report” on the Jets’ 2013 schedule. We’re up to the fourth quarter, Games 13-16. And if the Jets can get through the first 12 games in decent shape, this quartet of December games could help them surprise, since these four foes combined for a 23-41 record (.359 winning percentage) and no playoff berths last year.
However, as we all know, the Jets had a similar stretch run last year and lost three of their last four. And the Raiders, Panthers, Browns and Dolphins have all made strides of their own to have their own successful closing kicks and playoff pushes.
Without further adieu (except to remind you that all four games’ starting times are subject to the NFL’s flex-scheduling policy), here is the Jets’ tweet-sized fourth-quarter schedule:
Game 13 — vs. OAKLAND, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
■ Jets trail all-time series 21-15-2 but lead at home 9-8-1 vs Silver & Black and have won last 3 in Meadowlands (most recent: 23-3 in ’06).
■ No Oaktown this time. Jets are home at MetLife for this one after playing 10 of last 12 games in series on West Coast.
■ Could be an interesting comparison of 1st-round rookie corners: Jets’ Dee Milliner (selected 9th overall) vs OAK’s D.J. Hayden (taken 12th).
■ RB Darren McFadden’s 70-yd TD run in ’11 is 2nd-longest run vs Jets in past 14 seasons. (Longest: TEN’s Chris Johnson, 94 yds last yr).
Game 14 — @ CAROLINA, Bank of America Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:05 p.m.
■ Jets lead all-time series 3-2. Their only road win vs Panthers in 3 tries was by 13-12 in ’01 (“the Shrek Game”).
■ Green & White also prevailed at CAR in last meeting, ’10 preseason, by 9-3. Joe McKnight had 67-yd punt return in that game.
■ Jets have faced Cam Newton just once, at home in ’12 preseason primetime game. Cam was 6-for-15 passing for 60 yds, TD in 17-12 win.
■ Jets will try to get their ground game rolling vs a defensive front that will include 1st-round DT Star Lotulelei.
Game 15 — vs. CLEVELAND, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m.
■ Jets trail overall series 12-8 and trail Browns at home by 4-2. Their last home win was by 24-21 in their 1990 home opener.
■ Rex Ryan, whose Ravens played Browns twice a year, will coach first home game as Jets HC vs CLE after winning at CLE 26-20 in OT in ’10.
■ Jets will face 1st-year HC Rob Chudzinski for first time, although Chud was Browns TEs coach in ’04 (Jets win @ CLE) and OC in ’07 (Browns win @ NYJ).
■ Green & White’s revamped OL will try to aid passing game by keeping Browns 1st-round DE Barkevious Mingo out of the pocket
Game 16 — @ MIAMI, Sun Life Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m.
■ Jets lead all-time series 49-44-1, but 1998-2008 run, when they won 17 of 21, is over. They’ve lost 2 of the last 3, 3 of 5, 6 of 9.
■ Yet they’ve fared well in South Florida. They won last yr 23-20 on Nick Folk’s 33-yd FG in OT and have taken 2 of the last 3, 5 of 7 at Sun Life.
■ Jets wrapped up their RS schedule vs Dolphins in ’96, ’03, ’08 and ’11 and lost all 4. But in ’91 they won at MIA and made the playoffs.
■ WR Clyde Gates, drafted by MIA in ’11, had best game as a pro vs ‘Fins last October: 7 catches for 82 yds, 2 KO returns for 63 yds.
Tags: Barkevious Mingo, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Clyde Gates, D.J. Hayden, Darren McFadden, Dee Milliner, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders
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We all know that Rex Ryan lives life just a little on the edge, not to mention on point, as in the point of a bull’s horn.
The New York Jets are confirming this afternoon that Ryan participated in this year’s annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. That iconic event glorified by Hemingway in 1926 and in numerous books, magazines, movies and commercial endeavors ever since now lists the Jets’ fifth-year head coach among its aficionados, not to mention one of its participantes.
Ryan, on vacation with his family, threw his hat into the ring — or more precisely into the Plaza de Toros — with a Sunday run, then he participated with the crowd again this morning in the famous north central Spanish town situated near the border with France and the Bay of Biscay.
People are injured every year in the running and one man was killed in the event in 2009. But we can also report that Ryan came out of this brush with the bull unharmed, and with more than a few stories to pass on to his coaches, his players, the media and the fans once he retakes the Jets podium at training camp in two-plus weeks.
Tags: Hemingway, Pamplona, Rex Ryan, running of the bulls, Spain
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The Radar’s been dark for a while, as you all know. Not a lot to talk about on the player front, other than the several who continue to show up at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on their own to work and sweat in advance of the late-July start of training camp. And we were preoccupied for the past several weeks with whipping the 2013 Yearbook home to the printers.
But we will have a full month of previews, reviews, features and news stories on newyorkjets.com, including new outstanding videos from my partner, Eric Allen, and the broadcasting and multimedia crew, some more EA blogs, and some preview pieces from the Yearbook.
Did I mention the Yearbook yet? As always, it’s a labor of love and a glorious print paean to the 2013 Jets, with some top-notch stories from EA, reporter John Holt and myself, along with the fantastic still photography of Al Pereira and the sharp design work of Rob Krolick and his NCG Visuals team.
The book’s theme is the New York Jets’ Golden Anniversary, as in it’s been 50 years since the Jets arose from the ashes of the Titans of New York to begin life with the 1963 AFL season. The cover is graced with a timeline of great Jets images from Joe Namath to Jumbo Elliott to David Harris, and more of those classic images appear with my feature inside.
Many of those photos are gracing this year’s ticket package that is going out to season ticket holders. One of my favorite shots in the book, one that is not on the tickets but is featured prominently in the feature, is Wesley Walker being raised to the Jets pantheon by Marty Lyons after a particularly significant achievement in September 1986. The lensman was Jerry Liebman, a frequent Jets contributor back in those days.
The 2013 Yearbook itself will be out the first week of camp (first full practice: Friday, July 26), available for non-season ticket holders at SUNY Cortland, online at jetshop.com and at the Jets Shops in Manhattan and at MetLife Stadium.
One of the things I look forward to executing every year are the factoids at the bottom of each of the full-page veteran and draft choice pages, a trading-card-like note on each player’s recent past and anticipated immediate future. I won’t spoil too much of the fun, but here for some flavor of this year’s Yearbook and to keep us all going a little while longer is a list of my Top Ten Player Nuggets:
■ Antwan Barnes, who played his first pro game as a Ravens rookie against the Jets on Sept. 16, 2007, had five sacks in his first 40 NFL games, then erupted for 18.5 sacks in 38 games as a Charger since ’10.
■ Willie Colon, as a New York City high school all-star in the early 2000s, played in the Empire Challenge and thus practiced for the game at the Jets’ fields when they were stationed at Hofstra University.
■ Demario Davis should increase his playing time this season after an active rookie campaign in which he led the Jets with 371 special teams plays and was second behind Nick Bellore with 15 ST tackles.
■ D’Brickashaw Ferguson played in every one of the Jets’ 1,074 offensive plays, and he extended his career-long ironman streaks to 112 games and starts — both the longest streaks among active NFL tackles.
■ David Harris led the Jets with 1,196 plays, including special teams, and again topped the defense in tackles — the fifth season that “the Hitman” reached 100 tackles and led the Jets in the process.
■ Chris Ivory, described as “a very physical, violent runner” by GM John Idzik, can move the chains — his 5.11 yards per carry is eighth-best in the NFL for all RBs with at least 250 career carries since 1970.
■ Jeremy Kerley, who led the Jets in receptions and receiving yards last season, has had a hand in the Green & White’s last seven 40-yard pass plays — five on the receiving end and two as the passer.
■ Joe McKnight’s 29.4-yard kickoff-return average in 2011-12 combined is the best in the NFL in back-to-back seasons since Hall of Famer-to-be Gale Sayers posted a 31.3 for the Bears in 1965-66.
■ Darrin Walls, whose only career interception came for Atlanta on New Year’s Day 2012 vs. Tampa Bay, has been reunited with Jets LBs coach Brian VanGorder, his defensive coordinator with the Falcons.
■ Kellen Winslow, signed June 14 after his tryout at the Jets’ full-squad minicamp, ranks third among all NFL tight ends since 2006 with 698 targets, fourth with 433 catches, and fourth with 4,798 yards.
Tags: 2013 Yearbook, Al Pereira, Antwan Barnes, Chris Ivory, David Harris, Demario Davis, Eric Allen, Jeremy Kerley, joe McKnight, Willie Colon
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Another member of the Jets’ Super Bowl III team has left us with word that safety Jim Hudson, 70, died Tuesday.
Hudson was the starting left safety for the Jets in the game against the Baltimore Colts at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 12, 1969. He came up with one of the many key plays for the Jets defense on the last play of the first half.
The Colts, trailing, 7-0, tried to get on the board with a trick play from the Jets 41, a fleaflicker from Earl Morrall to Tom Matte back to Morrall, who was trying to find RB Jerry Hill near the Jets 10. Instead, he found Hudson, who returned the pick to the Jets 21 for the middle of five takeaways for the D on the day. No. 22 for the Green & White also had six tackles in the historic 16-7 triumph.
The INT was one of 15 pro interceptions for Hudson, who played in the AFL from 1965-69 and in the NFL in 1970, all six seasons with the Jets.
Hudson (6’2″, 210) came to the Jets as the result of one of the most productive scouting trips in franchise history. Jets scouts were in attendance at the 1965 Orange Bowl to watch QB Joe Namath direct Alabama. But they left the game with favorable impressions of a passing connection that lifted the Texas Longhorns over the Crimson Tide, 21-17 — a 69-yard catch-and-run from Hudson to WR George Sauer. Sauer, who passed away in May, was selected in the ’65 AFL Redshirt Draft, played that same span of 1965-70 with the Jets, and also had a starring role in SBIII. Hudson arrived as a free agent.
Although Hudson was born in Steubenville, Ohio, he made Texas his home. He played both DB and QB for the Longhorns and was inducted into the Texas Men’s Hall of Honor last year. After football, he and QB John Hadl went into real estate together in the Austin, Texas, area, and that led to his long career training quarter horses and thoroughbreds in Texas and Louisiana.
Hudson died Tuesday in Austin. He is survived by his wife, Lise. We extend our condolences to the Hudson family.
Tags: George Sauer, Jim Hudson, Joe Namath, Super Bowl III, Texas
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It’s time to kick off the third quarter. In other words, today’s the day we deliver you a blog and tweets on the third quarter of the Jets’ 2013 season, Games 9-12, which of course include a Game 11, Week 12 match with the Super Bowl champion Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
This blog comes two weeks after we bullet-pointed the tough Second Quarter of the season and four weeks since we began our preview of the season with Games 1-4. We’ll wrap up our schedule blogs with the Fourth Quarter, Games 13-16, two weeks from today. (Asterisked games below are subject to the NFL’s flex-scheduling policy.)
Game 9 — vs. NEW ORLEANS, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m.
■ Jets trail series 6-5. Their last win over Saints: 2001 @ NO by 16-9. Their last home win over Saints: 1986 by 28-23.
■ Last meeting: Game 4 of 2009, when Mark Sanchez, off 3-0 start to career, had FUM, INT returned for TDs in 24-10 loss in Superdome.
■ Jets 3-2 vs QB Drew Brees (3-1 vs SD, 0-1 vs NO). Brees career passing vs NYJ: 101-155 (65.2%), 1117 yds, 5 TDs, 6 INTs, 81.0 rating.
■ Green & White will run into former S Jim Leonhard, former TE nemesis in Benjamin Watson, and Rex Ryan’s twin bro Rob, now Saints’ DC.
Game 10 — @ BUFFALO, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.*
■ Jets trail all-time series at BUF 29-23. They lost last road game to Bills 28-9 in 2012 finale but have won 4 of last 5 at “the Ralph.”
■ Jets coming off their bye week for this game. They’ve won their last 2 after bye when playing BUF, in ’03 by 30-3, in ’11 @ BUF by 27-11.
■ DE Mario Williams has 2 career sacks in 5 games vs Jets, both with HOU. Williams had no sacks in both NYJ-BUF games in ’12.
■ This will be Jets’ first game @ BUF vs new Bills HC Doug Marrone, their O-line coach from 2002-05.
Game 11 — @ BALTIMORE, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m.*
■ Jets trail series overall 7-1, have never beaten Ravens in BAL (0-4). Last meeting: 34-17 Sunday night loss in 2011.
■ In that ’11 loss, Joe McKnight dazzled with 107-yd kickoff-return TD, longest play of any kind in Jets franchise history.
■ Jets HC Rex Ryan was Ravens asst coach 1999-08, DC 2005-08. Rex’s record vs BAL: 0-2 in regular season, 0-1 in preseason.
■ Joe Flacco, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, in his 2 starts vs Jets: 30-for-69 passing (43.5%), 411 yds, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 51.1 rating … 2-0 record.
Game 12 — vs. MIAMI, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.*
■ Jets lead overall series 49-44-1 and series at home 27-20. But they lost last game at MetLife last year 30-9 and six of the last nine.
■ First of 2 games with Dolphins in December. Last time that happened: 1999, when Jets, Ray Lucas, beat ‘Fins, Dan Marino twice.
■ WR Santonio Holmes’ last game vs MIA: 9 catches, 147 yds, including 38-yd catch in OT to set up Nick Folk game-winning FG last Sept.
■ This could be Jets’ first meeting vs TE Dustin Keller. DK was Jets 1st-round pick in 2008 who left for Dolphins as UFA this March.
Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone, Dustin Keller, Jim Leonhard, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Santonio Holmes
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Today is the hottest day of the year in North Jersey so far, but Dennis Landolt doesn’t mind sweating his way toward August. Another year, another chance for him to make the big roster.
“It’s the best job you can get,” Landolt, the Jets’ still technically first-year tackle, told me at the close of the full-squad minicamp earlier this month. “You’re playing football, you’re making money, you’re with your friends, so you can’t beat it. You’ve got to try to stay at it as long as you can.”
Landolt’s been doing just that. He’s a first-year man because he’s never made it to any team’s active game roster. Yet he’s starting his fourth summer in an NFL uniform, and his fourth season all or in part with the Jets. Here’s how his NFL résumé has unfolded:
April 25, 2010 — Signed by Giants as undrafted free agent.
Sept. 4, 2010 — Final cut by Giants.
Sept. 15, 2010 — Signed by Giants to practice squad.
Oct. 19, 2010 — Released by Giants from practice squad.
Dec. 21, 2010 — Signed by 49ers to practice squad.
Jan. 12, 2011 — Signed by Jets to practice squad.
Jan. 26, 2011 — Signed by Jets to reserve/future contract.
Sept. 2, 2011 — Final cut by Jets.
Sept. 5, 2011 — Signed by Saints to practice squad.
Oct. 1, 2011 — Released by Saints from practice squad.
Oct. 5, 2011 — Signed by Jets to practice squad.
Oct. 18, 2011 — Released by Jets from practice squad.
Oct. 31, 2011 — Signed by Jets to practice squad.
Jan. 2, 2012 — Signed by Jets to reserve/future contract.
September 2012 — Makes Jets’ 53-man roster, inactive for first 3 games with knee injury. (Not enough time on the roster to get him a year of NFL experience.)
Sept. 24, 2012 — Released by Jets from 53-man roster.
Sept. 27, 2012 — Signed by Jets to practice squad.
Oct. 30, 2012 — Released by Jets from practice squad.
Nov. 28, 2012 — Signed by Jets to practice squad.
Dec. 31, 2012 — Signed by Jets to reserve/future contract.
For those scoring at home, that’s four offseason deals, two final cuts, eight practice-squad signings, four practice-squad releases, and three games inactive on a 53-man roster.
That timeline is a testament to Landolt’s never-give-up attitude. It also speaks to his pedigree — All-Big Ten first-teamer, All-America third-teamer as a Nittany Lions senior in ’09 — as well as to his family tree — older brother Kevin Landolt, a defensive tackle out of West Virginia, was the Jaguars’ fourth-round pick in 1999 — and to a number of coaching staffs saying, yeah, OK, let’s bring the big guy from Penn State in for training camp or for the P-squad.
And maybe this July 26, the start of Jets training camp, will be the summer Dennis’ career catches fire.
“Yeah, I think there’s an opportunity here. I think there’s always an opportunity for me,” said the 6’4″, 306-pounder, who was getting second-team reps during the minicamp earlier this month. “That’s the one thing about training camp. You can win yourself a spot.”
He also likes OC Marty Mornhinweg’s West Coast offense as far as it concerns his position.
“You’ve got some new stuff to learn, but I think everybody likes the new offense,” he said. “Marty’s a great coach and it’s exciting and it’s fun to do.”
What might be worth a glance up at SUNY Cortland beginning late next month is to take a timeout from watching the QBs, the RBs or the DBs and seeing how No. 76 is faring in his battle along the O-line. You know Landolt will be in there as long as he can.
Tags: 49ers, Dennis Landolt, Giants, Jets, Kevin Landolt, Saints
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