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Jets-Jaguars: 1st-Half Tweets

Posted by Randy Lange on December 9, 2012 – 2:24 pm

Here are today’s first-half tweets for the Jets-Jaguars game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, 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: Tim Tebow and LaRon Landry.

#RL JAX won opening coin toss, deferred. It’s 4th time opponents have won toss, deferred this yr. Jets record in first 3 games: 3-0.

#RL Mardy Gilyard makes catch on 3rd down, comes up inches short of 1st down. Gilyard’s first NFL reception since 2010.

#EA Antonio Cromartie was in there at WR on the first play from scrimmage.

#RL Jags in RZ, but Garrett McIntyre hits Chad Henne as he throws, Bart Scott picks off. Jets’ 1st takeaway in 4 games all-time at JAX.

#RL Jags in RZ, but Garrett McIntyre hits Chad Henne as he throws, Bart Scott picks off. Jets’ 1st takeaway in 4 games all-time at JAX.

#RL That’s the first time this season JAX has been prevented from scoring in the red zone after 25 successful chance (14 TDs, 11 FGs).

#RL Bart Scott’s INT was his first since 2006 with Baltimore.

#RL Robert Malone gets off 50-yd punt (49-yd net), 13th consec game he’s had at least one 50-yd punt, longest streak by Jets P since ’91.

#EA That was Bart Scott’s first regular season pick as a Jet. He now has 4 INTs in his career.

#EA Stephen Hill, who stepped up last week with 5 catches, getting looked at on the sideline. Hopefully the rookie’s right leg is OK.

#RL Jets WR Stephen Hill has a knee injury, his return to this game is questionable.

#RL Josh Scobee hits 31-yd FG to give JAX 3-0 lead over Jets. Scobee FG-kicking career vs Jets: 7-for-8. Scobee this season: 21-for-22.

#EA All turnovers are reviewed. Don’t think the TD will stand, but the Jets have 2 turnovers in +territory now.

#RL Jets D has no sacks of Chad Henne but pressured him into 3 incompletions for their first three-and-out series this afternoon.

#RL Josh Scobee 55-yd FG attempt to end 1st half is wide left. Scobee hit a 55-yder vs. Jets in Game 2 last season. Jets trail at half 3-0.


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3 Waiver Acquisitions ‘All Smiles’ in New Home

Posted by Andrew LeRay on September 6, 2011 – 11:30 am

Within a week of opening the 2011 season against Dallas, the Jets on Sunday added four new players via waivers to their 53-man roster, new pieces to what they hope is their championship puzzle.

While QB Kevin O’Connell begins his second tour of duty with the Jets, three of the waiver additions made their team debut at practice on Monday afternoon. C Colin Baxter is an undrafted free agent who spent training camp as a member of the San Diego Chargers. Former St. Louis Rams WR Mardy Gilyard is a young, electric offensive player with heavy experience on special teams. And S Andrew Sendejo comes to the Jets after spending part of last season and this August with the Dallas Cowboys.

As head coach Rex Ryan admits, it won’t be easy for the new Jets to quickly become acclimated to their new team.

“One of these offensive linemen is going to have to step in there and play and be our seventh guy this week,” said Ryan. “You hope you don’t have to play them, but you have to coach them up. It’s going to be a huge challenge to get them up to speed.”

Baxter was not selected in the 2011 draft after an impressive four-year career at the University of Arizona, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 offensive lineman. Signed by the Chargers after the draft, Baxter hopes to provide depth to the Jets O-Line as a backup to C Nick Mangold.

“He was helping me with some footwork stuff after practice,” said Baxter of Mangold. “Rob Turner, he’s going to help me learn all the protections and all that type of stuff, and he’s already talked to me about that. There’s been a lot of support.”

The support that Baxter has already been shown has also impressed Gilyard, a former fourth-round pick of the Rams in 2010.

“It’s all smiles, man,” said Gilyard. “My teammates are great. Everybody here is just perfect. It’s like you’re home. You come into the locker room and you have 53 brothers.”

Gilyard steps into a veteran receiving corps after catching six passes for 63 yards in his rookie campaign. Used primarily as a kick returner, he is ready to embrace any role bestowed upon him in New York.

“I haven’t met with Coach Westhoff to see what’s going on, but if I had to guess, I played a lot of special teams in St. Louis for me not to be on special teams here in New York,” he said. “I’m going to help out the best way I can, contribute the best I can, and hopefully I’m here for a while.”

To further shore up the special teams group, Sendejo was added from the Cowboys, who also happen to have a date with the Jets on Sunday.

“I want to do everything I can to help this team win,” said Sendejo. “It will just make it that much better that it will be against the team that I just got released from. But it doesn’t really matter who’s across from you, you’ve just got to do your job and execute.”

While Gilyard hadn’t yet had a chance to meet with Westhoff, Sendejo had already spent time with the special teams coordinator.

“Anytime you’re a young guy new to a team, special teams is where you’re going to make your money at,” said Sendejo. “I’m looking forward to helping that unit and doing whatever I have to do to help us win, wherever it may be.”

There are only five days until the 2011 season gets under way, a short period for new players to assimilate into a new organization. But Gilyard doesn’t think the process will be difficult. Although the gracious young receiver has only had one practice with his new squad, he already feels at home.

“Football starts with an ‘F,’” said Gilyard. “In other words, football starts with ‘family.’ It’s the ultimate team game. It takes literally 11 guys on offense and 11 guys on defense to do their job right for us to be successful. You want to come to a place that’s like that. It’s like a big family that relies on each other. That’s the great thing about being here.”


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Day Later, O’Connell Back, McElroy IR’d, Maybin Waived

Posted by Eric Allen on September 4, 2011 – 2:19 pm

Updated, 2:30 p.m. ET

A day after making 28 transactions, the Green & White made eight more moves to their active roster Sunday, including the release of OLB Aaron Maybin and the addition of a No. 3 quarterback in ex-Jet Kevin O’Connell on waivers from Miami as rookie Greg McElroy was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

The Jets also claimed S Andrew Sendejo (Dallas), OL Colin Baxter (San Diego) and WR Mardy Gilyard (St. Louis) off of waivers today.

With rookie WR Jeremy Kerley as the only option at third QB heading into the season-opener against Dallas, the Jets changed their plans and claimed O’Connell off waivers from the Dolphins. The 6’5”, 250-pound O’Connell, a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2008, is familiar with Brian Schottenheimer’s system and was with the team in 2009 and ’10.

McElroy, who had a solid preseason in completing 61 percent of his passes with two scores, injured his thumb against the Eagles and will have to sit out the year.

Maybin, the 12th overall selection in the 2009 draft, led the Jets with 2.5 sacks in summer play. But he was behind Garrett McIntyre on the depth chart and what may have separated the two was special teams ability.

Sendejo (6’1”, 209) is in his second pro season and appeared in two games with the Cowboys in 2010. Baxter (6’4”, 295), a rookie from Arizona who was in the Chargers training camp, will provide insurance behind Nick Mangold. And Gilyard, a fourth-round pick of the Rams in 2010, caught six passes for 63 yards last year in St. Louis while averaging 22.3 yards on 16 kickoff returns.

To make room for the wavier claims, the Jets also released NT Martin Tevaseu and CB Isaiah Trufant.

Seven Signed to Practice Squad

The Jets also just announced the signing of seven players to their practice squad. All seven were with the Jets this training camp and were final cuts on Saturday. The P-squad signees are TE Josh Baker, LB Matt Berning, G Trevor Canfield, DT Jarron Gilbert, G Matt Kroul, CB Julian Posey and WR Patrick Turner.


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