RB Mike Goodson’s short tenure with the Jets took another sharp turn today when the team announced that Goodson has been placed on its Reserve–Did Not Report list.
“We knew Mike was not going to report and we understand why he’s not here,” head coach Rex Ryan said shortly after he and the two team buses pulled up in front of their Glass Tower dorms on the SUNY Cortland campus late this afternoon. The team will have no further comment on the Goodson situation.
The Jets’ running backs position, which at least looked to be solidly stocked with the returns of Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, the trade for Chris Ivory and the signing of Goodson, was unexpectedly thinned out with Goodson’s non-reporting and word that McKnight has been placed on the Active–Non-Football Injury list.
When the Jets take the Cortland practice fields this morning, they will have only Ivory, Powell and first-year back John Griffin taking handoffs. The RBs meeting room also includes FBs Lex Hilliard and rookie Tommy Bohanon.
One player who did make the trip up I-81 to Cortland after not expecting to get the call for at least a little while longer was WR Braylon Edwards, whose signing was announced Thursday.
“It feels good. It feels like home,” Edwards said. “The people here have always made me feel welcome, and I feel like I’ve done my best work here. To be back in Cortland at the start of camp is a blessing.
“I was preparing myself as if this was going to happen, but I’d be a liar if I said I thought it was going to happen this fast,” he added. “I thought it was going to be a situation that happened later on in camp, possibly. But it happened before camp, I’m here to be able to start with them, so I was pretty surprised.”
Head coach Rex Ryan said the Jets’ coaches and trainers will have No. 17 on a “pitch count” but Edwards assured reporters it had nothing to do with his health.
“If I had an injury, I don’t think I’d be here right now,” he said. “I just think that’s a decision Rex wants to make. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older — I’m the big 3-0 now, so I think that might be having something to do with it. It’s definitely not an injury. I’m 100 percent healthy, for the first time in a while.”
Sheldon’s on Time Too
First-round rookie DL Sheldon Richardson is another Jet who wasn’t sure about being in the fold from the start of camp. He said “three or four days ago” contract negotiations weren’t progressing and he started to get worried about having to stay away until talks concluded.
“But my agent told me to keep cool and stay calm and we’ll get it done,” he said. “And we got it done.”
Richardson wasn’t shy about stating his odds for moving up the depth chart.
“I’ve got a couple of guys in front of me now,” he said, “but I’ve got a good chance to be a starter.”
Where’d that heat wave go? Cortland temperatures dipped into the upper 40s overnight and temps during the day got as high as only a breezy 74 . Today’s temps could also be around 75, with a heat index reading around 85, by the time Friday’s first practice of camp wraps up a little after noon.
Ryan said he thought WR Santonio Holmes, rehabbing his Lisfranc foot injury from last season, would be up in Cortland soon. Shortly after that, ESPN New York’s Larry Hardesty reported that he saw Tone around the SUNY Cortland campus. … Other transactions today: The Jets released two players with injury settlements: rookie DL Jake McDonough and first-year WR Thomas Mayo.
Tags: Bilal Powell, Braylon Edwards, Chris Ivory, joe McKnight, Mike Goodson, Sheldon Richardson
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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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Here are today’s first-half tweets for the Jets-Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, in case you missed them on Twitter. Follow Bob Wischusen, Eric Allen and me for our tweets during each Jets game on https://twitter.com/nyjets.
#RL Jets gameday captains: G Brandon Moore, DT Mike DeVito, T D’Brickashaw Ferguson, WR Jordan White, CB Darrin Walls
#RL Shonn Greene has 17 yards on 3 carries, has reached 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight season.
#RL Nick Folk 47-yd FG is good. Folk now 19-for-24 on season, 11-for-13 career vs BUF. Jets lead 3-0…
#RL Jets have 2 TDs, 2 FGs on 16 opening drives this season.
#EA Entering Week 17, teams averaged 5.1 a carry on the Bills D. Jets ran 9 times on that 1st drive for 42 yards — a 4.7 average.
#RL Jets lead the NFL with 27 inside-the-20 kickoffs but ex-Jet Brad Smith doesn’t cooperate, going 27 yds on KO return to BUF 31.
#RL With BUF punt, Jets opponents have gone their last 6 opening drives w/o scoring a point. (4 TDs, 2 FGs on 16 opening drives overall.)
#RL LB Bryan Scott nabs Mark Sanchez pass, goes 20 yds for BUF TD. 2nd INT-return TD vs. Sanchez this season, 7th in his career.
#RL Lex Hilliard’s first catch in 6 games goes for 7 yds on 3rd-and-7 for 1st down at BUF 44 as 1st qtr comes to an end.
#EA Giveaways have been a problem the entire season. The Jets now have 36 and that was the 19th INT.
#RL Nick Folk 2-for-2 on FGs today, although his 23-yarder just got over the crossbar after tip by Alex Carrington. Folk on year: 20-for-25.
#EA Powell almost equaled a career-long with that 18-yard run. He had a 19-yarder vs. the Cards on Dec. 2.
#EA With 51 yards on the ground, Greene is up to 1,040. He needs only 15 yards to set a career-high (1,054 in 2011).
#RL Bilal Powell 33-yard reception wiped out by Austin Howard hold. So Jeremy Kerley goes 40 yds on third-and-16…
#RL Jets’ longest 3rd-down conversion on a pass play since Mark Sanchez-to-Braylon Edwards for 34 yds on 3rd-and-21 @ MIA in 2009.
#RL Nick Folk 28-yd FG gives Jets 9-7 lead. Folk’s first 3-FG first half since 2010 Game 5 vs. MIN.
#RL CJ Spiller 66-yd TD catch/run longest reception by opposing RB in road game since Fred Taylor 72 yds w/ Mark Brunell pass @ JAX ’02.
#RL Jets CB Donnie Fletcher has hamstring injury, his return to this game is questionable.
#RL Jets hold edges in yards (204-132), 1st downs (13-4), possession (23:04-6:46) but Bills have 14-9 halftime lead.
#RL Jets’ 23:14 first-half possession time is their most in 1st half since 2009 “Win and We’re In” Game 16 vs CIN (24:50).
Tags: Austin Howard, Bilal Powell, Brandon Moore, Braylon Edwards, Buffalo Bills, C.J. Spiller, Mark Sanchez, Nick Folk, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shonn Greene
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Here are today’s first-half tweets for the Jets-Chargers game at MetLife Stadium, in case you missed them on Twitter. Follow Bob Wischusen, Eric Allen and me for our tweets during each Jets game on https://twitter.com/nyjets.
#RL Jets gameday captains today: Antonio Cromartie, Greg McElroy, Garrett McIntyre, Robert Malone, Antonio Allen.
#RL Chargers win opening coin toss, will defer their choice to 2nd half. Jets are 4-0 this yr in games in which opps win toss and defer.
#RL Micheal Spurlock 63-yd punt return for SD touchdown 1:59 into game. First opponent PR TD since Phillip Buchanon @ OAK in 2003.
#RL Greg McElroy screen to Shonn Greene for 30-yd reception. Longest reception by a RB this season.
#RL Jeremy Kerley to Clyde Gates out of Wildcat for 42-yd completion to SD-11. Kerley now 2-for-2 for 83 yds passing in his career.
#EA That was Shonn Greene’s 2nd longest catch of his career. He had a 36-yarder against KC last Dec. 11.
#EA Greene sets a career-high with his 7th rushing TD.
#RL Shonn Greene goes over from 1 yd out for TD to tie score at 7-7. Greene’s 7th TD of the season.
#EA 5 of Shonn Greene’s 7 Rush TDs in 2012 have come at MetLife Stadium. He is closing in on 1,000 for the year.
#RL Jets score 1st first-half offensive TD in 5 games, 2nd first-half offensive TD in last 48 drives, 8 games.
#RL Jets KO cover team, which came into weekend 2nd in NFL in most inside-20 kickoffs, get No. 24 as Micheal Spurlock is tackled at 19.
#EA Greene has another TD – that is No. 8 on the season. 2 Trips to the Red Zone – 2 TDs.
#RL Greene from 1 yd out again, Jets lead 14-7. First time Jets are in double digits in 1st qtr since 10 pts vs JAX in 2009 Game 9…
#RL … first time Jets have had 2 1st-qtr TDs since 2009 Game 7 @ OAK, first time 2 1st-qtr TDs at home since 2009 Game 3 vs TEN.
#EA In 2012, Jets have had 44 Trips Inside the Red Zone and scored 23 TDs. That is a 52% TD% now after Greene’s 2 scores in the 1st.
#RL Quinton Coples sacks Wildcat QB Ronnie Brown at SD-2 for his 5th sack of season, taking the Jets’ team lead.
#EA In the previous 7 first halves combined, the Jets had 16 offensive points. They have 14 late in the 1st vs. San Diego.
#RL Jets have 14-7 lead at the end of 1st qtr, largest 1st-qtr lead since Game 1, when they led BUF 7-0.
#RL After timeout, Nick Novak comes out for 51-yd FG, which he hits. Equals his longest FG this season, is longest by Jets opp this season.
#EA Greene: 8-20. Needs 29 Yards to Reach 1,000.
#EA Jets 3rd Down D Dominance Continues. SD 0-for-5 in 1st Half.
#RL Jets face 3rd-and-9 at their 25 at 2-minute warning for 1st half. They’re 1-for-4 so far in converting 3rd downs.
#RL Greg McElroy to TE Hayden Smith for his first pro reception, 16 yds on third-and-9 for first down.
#EA Wow the Jets get the big Australian going on the throwback screen for Hayden Smith! His 1st career catch.
#RL Jets go into locker room with 14-10 lead, their first halftime lead in 5 games or since 13-7 at St. Louis.
#RL Besides lead on scoreboard, Jets also hold edges in 1st downs (10-5), yards (142-76), possession (17:24-12:36). No turnovers in half.
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Greg McElroy, Hayden Smith, Micheal Spurlock, Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, Shonn Greene
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It’s been a roller-coaster season of learning for second-round rookie WR Stephen Hill. Just a few weeks ago he talked about what he had planned for the last month of his first pro season.
“I just want to finish this season as hard as I can,” said the tall, fast, earnest young man from Georgia Tech. “I know a little more about what it takes to be great, or greater. I’m going to take that from today and try to build on that every day from today on into the offseason.”
Today Hill learned that he would be spending the final two weeks of the regular season on injured reserve with his knee injury.
The 6’4″, 215-pounder began the season with incredible promise, becoming the first Jet ever to debut with two touchdown catches in his first game in green and white against the Bills on opening day.
But those five catches for 89 yards and two TDs would be the high point of his inaugural season in the play-for-pay league. He had four receptions for 55 yards at New England and 5-for-40 in the 7-6 win over Arizona. But he also had several drops, two in the end zone and one late at Gillette Field that, had he caught it, likely would have iced an upset win over the Patriots.
He fought his way through calf, hamstring and ankle injuries and illness to post 21 catches for 252 yards (12.0 avg.) and three TDs. His last contribution to the cause came on the play on which he reinjured his knee, when he was pulled down by CB Derek Cox to draw a 14-yard pass interference penalty in the second quarter at Jacksonville.
Hill left EverBank Field that day limping only slightly and with an electro-stim device connected to his knee, smiling and talking optimistically about getting back quickly from this latest physical setback. But the progress had been slow, with head coach Rex Ryan saying this morning that Hill wouldn’t practice today at the Atlantic Health Training Center and adding that “He’s not going to be able to go” on Sunday against San Diego.
With the arrival off waivers last week of WR Braylon Edwards, his contribution on a week’s work at Tennessee, and the good condition of his sore hamstring, the Jets decided late today to place Hill on IR. Taking his place on the active roster is CB Donnie Fletcher, signed for the second time this season off the Jets’ practice squad.
Hill becomes the eighth player to go on IR in this painful Jets season, following CB Darrelle Revis, WR Santonio Holmes, LB Josh Mauga, CB Isaiah Trufant, TE Dedrick Epps, FB-TE Josh Baker and CB Royce Adams.
Wednesday Injury Reports
Going on IR, Hill is no longer on the Jets’ I-report, but 20 players were listed today for the Chargers game.
Four players did not practice. Ryan said of the availability of TE Dustin Keller (ankle) for Sunday, “I’m not real sure. I’ll lean on the trainers for that.” G Brandon Moore (hip/foot) is a DNP because “off a short week, I think we’re just giving him a day, pretty much.” WR Chaz Schilens (knee/calf) “did finish the game, so we’ll see about him.” And Ryan said he’s “concerned” with CB Aaron Berry (hamstring).
The Jets’ five limited players are all working through previous injuries: WR Braylon Edwards (hamstring), S LaRon Landry (heel), DT Sione Po‘uha (low back), LB Ricky Sapp (ankle) and LB Bryan Thomas (chest). The other 11 players were all full-go today.
The Chargers listed eight players: Did Not Practice — DT Aubrayo Franklin (knee), LB Takeo Spikes (hamstring). Limited — RB Ronnie Brown (hamstring), LB Donald Butler (groin), LB Demorrio Williams (ankle). Full — T Jeromey Clary (knee), G Tyronne Green (hamstring), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring).
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Darrelle Revis, Derek Cox, Donnie Fletcher, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill
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Here are today’s first-half tweets for the Jets-Titans game at LP Field in Nashville, in case you missed them on Twitter. Follow Bob Wischusen, Eric Allen and me for our tweets during each Jets game on https://twitter.com/nyjets.
#RL Jets gameday captains today: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, C Nick Mangold, S Yeremiah Bell, S Josh Bush, WR Braylon Edwards.
#RL Rob Bironas comes out late to try 46-yd FG, Mo Wilkerson blocks at the line, no good. Bironas now 4-for-5 career vs Jets.
#RL Wilkerson gets Jets’ first FG block since Kris Jenkins vs ARZ in ’08, first road FG block since Shane Burton @ BUF in 2000.
#RL Jets 3rd-and-1 at TEN 25, Tim Tebow first action in 4 games runs forward to get the first down.
#EA TEN helping the Jets on this drive – 3 penalties. Edwards getting in the mix right away on this opening march.
#EA Sanchez has all day to throw the rock right now. Great job by the O-line. TEN was all over Luck last week.
#RL TE Jeff Cumberland appeared to grab 4-yd TD pass from Mark Sanchez, his 3rd TD of yr. But ref Walt Coleman reverses call to no catch…
#RL Nick Folk comes on for 22-yd FG. Good, making Folk 17-for-22 on FGs for the year. Jets lead 3-0 with 4:17 left in 1st qtr.
#RL Kyle Wilson nice third-down tackle on Nate Washington for a 5-yd reception on 3rd-and-8 as 1st quarter comes to an end…
#RL TEN continues as only NFL team not to have scored a 1st-qtr offensive TDs at home. Titans’ only 1st-qtr home TD came on PR in Game 3.
#RL Kyle Wilson nice third-down tackle on Nate Washington for a 5-yd reception on 3rd-and-8 as 1st quarter comes to an end…
#EA This is the Jets’ first lead entering the 2nd Quarter since Week 2 vs. PIT.
#RL Another nifty Robert Malone punt bounces backward from TEN-2 for 53-yd punt gross and net. 14th consec game for Malone with 50-yd punt.
#RL Chris Johnson bursts off RT, goes 94 yds for TD. Longest run vs. Jets since Garrison Hearst went 96 in OT in ’98 opener @ SF.
#RL Johnson 94-yd run is 2nd-longest by opponent in franchise history. Previous 2nd-longest: Sid Blanks, @ HOU Oilers, 12/13/64.
#RL Tim Tebow gets his first full drive as Jets QB, 7 snaps, 6 plays and pen, 22 yards. Has to throw 3rd-and-16 pass away.
#RL Calvin Pace gets his 3rd sack of the season, touching Jake Locker as he scrambles OB for a 2-yd loss on 3rd-and-7. TEN punts.
#RL Garrett McIntyre, starting for LB Bryan Thomas, gets 3rd sack of yr and 2nd big defensive play in 2 games w/ sack of Jake Locker.
#RL Jets go into halftime trailing 3-0. It’s 4th straight game they haven’t scored 1st-half TD, but they won their last 2, over ARZ, JAX.
#RL Jets lead in 1st downs (10-6), possession (15:52-14:08), but Titans lead in yards (198-99), takeaways (1-0) and score, 7-3.
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Calvin Pace, Chris Johnson, Garrett McIntyre, Garrison Hearst, Jake Locker, Kyle Wilson, Mark Sanchez, Sid Blanks, Tennessee Titans, Tim Tebow
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There may be a perception among NFL watchers and fantasy players that Chris Johnson is having a down year. But then again, everything after his 2,006-yard sophomore season as the Titans’ tailback would pale in comparison.
But CJ2K also is making a comeback of sorts. He’s already cleared 1,000 rushing yards for the fifth time in five seasons and his 4.7 yards per rush are his best since his 5.6 in 2009.
“He’s still one of the leading rushers in the league,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said today. “He’s a dangerous guy. He’s somebody, every time he touches it, you hold your breath. He’s that kind of athlete, so a dropoff in play? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily see it because he’s the same explosive guy to me on tape. You don’t get a whole lot of sleep worrying about this guy, that’s for sure. He’s a great player. Obviously, everybody knows about him. He’s no secret.
“I think when he first got into the league, you weren’t necessarily that sure. You saw a guy, ‘Hey, he’s a little undersized for a running back,’ and then he’s blowing by you and ‘Oh, man.’ You can say a guy is fast, you can read the numbers, but when you see it on the field, it’s happening right in front of you, it’s a little scary. I saw it first-hand several times when we played against him here but also in Baltimore.”
Actually, Ryan defenses have done pretty well against Johnson. In ’08, Rex’s last year with the Ravens, Johnson had 44 yards on 18 carries. The next year vs. the Jets, he had 97 yards on 22 carries. But the Titans lost both of those games.
However, while the Jets have improved in many areas and rankings on defense, is this year’s run defense improved as well? The Jets are still ranked 29th in rush yards allowed per game, not a good omen against Johnson and running QB Jake Locker. Ryan said, “I think our run defense has definitely improved,” but he was clearly unhappy with yielding that untouched 32-yard TD jaunt by Montell Owens at Jacksonville.
Yet one ranking that isn’t mentioned a lot is opponents’ rush yards per carry. The Jets after five games were allowing 4.9 yards per carry, 29th in the league. In the last eight games, the average is 4.0, which has improved their league ranking to 19th.
It will have to be good enough. As Ryan said, this week vs. Tennessee “is a bit of a challenge.”
Tebow Upon Further Review
One day after Rex Ryan said he didn’t see Tim Tebow Wildcatting and personal protecting on Monday night at Tennessee due to his still sore ribs, the Jets coach saw enough improvement at Thursday’s practice to put all the familiar TT roles back on the table today.
“I was just adamant about, well, there will be no Wildcat, but I’m like, he may be able to go back to similar roles,” Ryan said at today’s news conference. “He’s always been cleared to play, but as good as he looked to me, I don’t want to rule that out for the simple fact that this is as good as he’s looked in several weeks.”
Tebow, holding rare back-to-back locker room news conferences (he normally talks to reporters Wednesday and Friday, but before the Monday night game, Thursday was the new Wednesday this week), was encouraged.
“I try to go out there and compete like any other practice. I’m glad he felt good about it and thought highly,” Tebow said, adding about getting ready for game contact for the first time since Nov. 18 at St. Louis, “I’ll be ready for that first hit … I think I will be.”
So the ‘Cat is back in the game plan? “I guess,” Tebow said, “it could be considered.”
Cynics might say this is all a ploy to make sure Tennessee is spending extra time getting ready for the Wildcat when the Jets really aren’t planning to run it. Well, maybe, but as Titans coach Mike Munchak said Thursday, “I think it’s obviously something we would prepare for anyway.”
Friday Injury Picture
Ryan reported today that X-rays on RB Bilal Powell’s toe came back negative. Both Powell and LB Bryan Thomas (chest) went from DNPs to limited work in team drills at today’s practice at the Atlantic Health Training Center. S LaRon Landry (heel) got his usual mid-practice-week day on the sideline. The rest of the Jets report remained the same as Thursday.
WR Braylon Edwards (hamstring) was limited for a second straight day. Ryan: “We’re being cautious there. I’m going to lean on the trainers. We’re hopeful he’ll be able to go on Monday.”
Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle), who didn’t practice Thursday, and T Michael Roos (knee), who was limited, both were full-go at today’s practice in Nashville.
One Confusing Facemask
Upon reviewing the video of the Jets’ Sunday win at Jacksonville, we wanted set the record straight one more time, primarily because it involved some fans perhaps giving Muhammad Wilkerson a demerit for his latest strong performance when in fact Mo didn’t deserve the markdown.
The play was the fourth-quarter penalty on the Jets (their only flag of the game) for grasping the facemask of scrambling Jaguars QB Chad Henne. Referee Al Riveron got the error parade going by announcing, “Personal foul, facemask, No. 96.” That’s Wilkerson, but No. 98, Quinton Coples, was actually the guilty party, as the CBS slow-mo replay showed.
A referee announcing the wrong number on a penalty isn’t a frequent mistake although it happens probably more than you’d think. In this case, 96 and 98 are swarming the QB, Riveron is told the wrong number by the side judge or the head linesman, he reports it to the world.
However, that’s when network analyst Solomon Wilcots compounded the error as he spoke over the replay of Coples clearly hooking Henne’s mask as Wilkerson was closing ground from the left.
“He was going down anyway,” Wilcots said. “Take a look here. Now why’d you have to grab the facemask? There it is right there, Muhammad Wilkerson. Wow.”
Monday McKnight Football
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Tags: Bilal Powell, Braylon Edwards, Chris Johnson, Rex Ryan, Tennessee Titans, Tim Tebow, Wildcat
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The Jets were clearly back in business today and Mark Sanchez said, “It’s on.”
In his first appearance at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in more than four months, the Green & White’s franchise signalcaller indicated he’s open to rework his contract in order to provide some cap relief while bracing for the possibility that either Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards will walk away in free agency.
Sanchez, who reportedly inked a five-year contract worth more than $44.5 million (including $28 million guaranteed) back in June 2009, is committed to helping his team during this all-important free agency period.
“Whatever it takes,” he said this afternoon, adding of the free agency/trading period ahead, “And that’s Mr. Tannenbaum’s and Mr. Johnson’s and Rex’s — that’s like their third-down conversion. That’s them trying to throw a touchdown pass, that’s them getting a sack. That’s what we do on the field — well, this is what they do in the offseason. I know they’ll position us and acquire the best talent we possibly can with the finances we have.”
Prepared to help the team with its financial bottom line, Sanchez is clearly open to all options.
“But whatever it takes,” he reiterated. “Whether it’s adjusting contracts, delaying payment — whatever we have to do. Our team will do it. I know that and we’ll be unselfish with that, so we’ll get it figured out.”
And Sanchez didn’t stop with himself.
“Whatever we need to do, it’s on. And I think our whole team feels that way,” he said. “Revis, me, whoever. It doesn’t matter, so we’ll do whatever we can.”
While it may not be possible to keep both Holmes and Edwards in green and white, Sanchez realizes it’s highly unlikely. He didn’t wait long to place more responsibility on his shoulders heading into his third season.
“It was such a luxury to have both of them last year and it’s almost unrealistic to have that kind of a receiving corps again,” he said. “But whichever guys we get back, it’s going to be them playing really well and me getting even better — upping my completion percentage, being more accurate, things like that, throwing less interceptions and more touchdowns. That will help us well whether we have Santonio, Braylon and Brad [Smith] or one of the three, two of the three, whatever it is. It’s a matter of both sides getting better.”
Even though Sanchez wasn’t able to work with the Jets’ offensive coaches during the offseason, his growth as a leader was noticeable. He again held a “Jets West” camp out in his native Southern California and he also was one of the ringleaders of “Camp Lockout” back here in New Jersey.
“Physically this offseason is the best I’ve worked out and prepared for a season. I’m in great shape. I feel wonderful, I feel great,” he said. “The mental side, I think that first year having all that time with coaches during my rehab really helped. And this year that lack of it, we’re going to have to squeeze some of that during the first few weeks of camp.”
Winning is on Sanchez’s mind and it is indeed on.
“Whatever it takes to win. If that’s throwing the ball left-handed and that’s going to make us win, fine, I’ll throw the ball left-handed. It doesn’t matter,” he said. “We need to win. We’ll get the right players and we’ll tell them everything we need to tell them that’s true and we’ll move on from there.”
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Mark Sanchez, Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, Woody Johnson
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Back to football. Ah, those words just feel right.
Even though the NFL league year won’t officially commence until Friday, Aug. 2, the fun will really get under way tomorrow after owners and players approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement today. The NFL announced today that teams can go to 90-man rosters and official free agent lists are being distributed to the teams this afternoon.
The Jets will have the ability to sign their own free agents — rookies and undrafted free agents — beginning at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. Teams also can reach agreements with all free agents and signed players will be able to come to team facilities. Filing for transactions won’t start until Friday at 6 p.m. The Jets can begin cutting players at 4:01 p.m. on Thursday.
The Jets’ 2011 training camp, which will take place here in Florham Park, N.J., for the first time, will welcome reporting players to the team’s Atlantic Health Training Center on Sunday, July 31.
The Jets have 16 unrestricted free agents — QB Kellen Clemens, FB Tony Richardson, WR Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, OL Wayne Hunter, D-linemen Shaun Ellis and Trevor Pryce, LB Lance Laury, DBs Drew Coleman, Antonio Cromartie, James Ihedigbo, Brodney Pool and Eric Smith, kickers Nick Folk and Steve Weatherford, and “Slash” Brad Smith — plus one restricted free agent, OL Rob Turner, and franchise player David Harris.
Not everyone will be back. The Jets will be able to keep a bunch and a few will find new addresses. Contracts could be adjusted to help the Green & White find more of a cap cushion.
Fans have wondered for months about the futures of playmakers Edwards, Holmes, Cromartie and Brad Smith. But many more questions abound. Is Hunter in their plans at RT and does Ellis, who is the longest-tenured Jet and whose 72.5 sacks rank third in team history, come back for another season? Who will kick for this team in 2011? Is there room at safety for both Eric Smith, an extremely valuable special teams player, and Brodney Pool, who excelled in the playoffs?
And you have to wonder who the Jets have eyes on externally. If Holmes and/or Edwards bolt, could Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss or even Terrell Owens be in play? Or if the above situation did occur, a lesser name such as Malcom Floyd, James Jones or Jacoby Jones could be an interesting alternative. The ultratalented Cromartie could get a bundle on the open market and the Jets may roll the dice with Kyle Wilson across from Darrelle Revis or replace Cro with a Johnathan Joseph- or Brent Grimes-type player.
The thought of pairing Nnamdi Asomugha with Revis might be dancing in some fans’ heads, but would a team be comfortable investing a ton at one position? Asomugha is a special talent, though, he and Revis are close, and he wasn’t exactly shy about the prospect of playing with the Jets back at the Pro Bowl in February 2010.
Lots of things are going to happen. Let’s get more of your thoughts on how you think the Jets should approach free agency. And when/if anything breaks, we’ll be here for all of your most complete Jets coverage throughout the 2011 campaign.
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Collective Bargaining Agreement, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Nnamdi Asomugha, Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Santonio Holmes
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You may have caught a glimpse of one familiar wide receiver on an unusual network platform as you surfed your morning TV today.
Braylon Edwards made an appearance on CNN’s “American Morning” to discuss his “Advance 100″ program, an educational initiative started by his foundation in 2007.
And an impressive program it is. A large partof it is that for the 100 Cleveland high school students who have met its requirements, each will receive $10,000 toward his or her college tuition. That’s a cool million in help for at-risk kids.
“Growing up in Detroit, I went to public high school there for three years,” Edwards, speaking from Southfield, Mich., told the CNN morning team. “A lot of these kids, they didn’t have support at all. They didn’t have the parents, the grandmothers, the guardians. They have a lot of talent, ability and smarts but no guidance, so they weren’t making the right decisions. I saw that growing up and I just always wanted to help if I could.
“With this program, we showed them somebody actually cared for them, supported them, and they could do the things asked of them in the classroom.”
The requirements set up by Braylon, his mother and father and his foundation, were for each student to achieve at least a 2.5 GPA, work 15 hours of community service a month, and attend twice-a-month workshops, some of which involved learning basic social skills such as tying a necktie, shaking hands and giving speeches.
Besides the scholarships, the students in the program also received school essentials such as laptops and other accessories. And to help them get started on the next level, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland will give each student seven college credits for work achieved in the Advance 100 Program.
“It’s a great program,” Edwards said. “We did a lot with these kids, and I’m proud of my foundation team for doing this the past four years.”
Tags: Advance 100 Program, Braylon Edwards, CNN
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