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  • What is your favorite Jets related memory? When the Jets won the Super Bowl in 2012. Oh sorry, forgot that you can't see the future.
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  1. By Glenn Naughton Well, it just wouldn’t be the New York Jets if an off-field story didn’t grab a headline during OTA’s. A time that should be spent basking in the optimism of a new season being just around the corner, a camp already overshadowed by Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract status is now completely overshadowed by one of Gang Green’s best players. Star Wide Receiver Eric Decker was absent from today’s workout for reasons that were unknown at the time of head coach Todd Bowles’ press conference, but now we know why. Or, at least somebody is telling us they know why. Brian Costello of the New York Post sent out a tweet earlier tonight, saying that Decker’s absence is a direct result of not having Fitzpatrick under contract. These are of course voluntary workouts, so Decker won’t face any fines or other type of disciplinary action. The question now is, how does this impact the team as a whole? If players start choosing sides, is there a risk of dividing a locker room that had seemingly grown so close last season? Of course a player skipping voluntary workouts in support of a teammate isn’t going to make waves the way knocking out the starting QB would, but it’s not exactly the type of start the Jets and their fans envisioned. It’s something the front office will have to consider in their negotiations with Fitzpatrick and whether or not they allow it to impact the offer they currently have on the table. With nobody knowing for sure how much the Jets are offering or Fitzpatrick is demanding, one thing we know for sure is that the Jets themselves have said that both sides will have to find “middle ground” if a deal is going to be struck, implying that there is some wiggle room to up their offer. Also absent from today’s workouts, Decker’s fellow-receiver, Brandon Marshall and center Nick Mangold whose wife gave birth yesterday. However, Marshall’s absence was unexplained, but would it come as that much of a surprise if he and Decker were showing their joint support for Fitzpatrick? With Todd Bowles in charge, there’s no chance of the team dissolving into the chaos they experienced during the Rex Ryan era (and the early Bowles era), but with several young quarterbacks on the roster, a protest by one of their top targets in the name of the player they’re all hoping to unseat, isn’t an ideal start to a season that many will hope ends with a Jets playoff berth. Never a dull moment. Click here to read the full story...
  2. By Glenn Naughton In an interesting twist in the team’s contract negotiations with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, multiple sources are reporting that Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is skipping voluntary workouts in protest. After throwing a team-record 31 touchdowns last season, Fitzpatrick galvanized a previously divided locker room and won over several veterans on the roster. Fellow receiver Brandon Marshall was also absent from today’s workouts, but no reason has yet been given. Click here to read the full story...
  3. On this week’s episode of Joe, Vinny, & the Jets, we will be covering a variety of topics! As OTA’s have started, there are many things to keep an eye on such as: How has Bryce Petty developed? What will Jace Amaro’s role be? How good is the Jets running back group? We will be looking at some of the top positional battles to watch! Also, what would a Jets talk show be without a little friendly QB debate? Click here to read the full story...
  4. By Glenn Naughton At this point, we’re all too familiar with the seemingly never-ending contract impasse between the New York Jets and free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. As one would expect, neither side has publicly discussed the terms of the deal in regards to what the team is offering, or what Fitzpatrick is demanding. Even if you log on to the forums at JetNation.com to read and discuss hundreds of pages of fan speculation, it sounds as if somebody may have let the cat out of the bag today according to Pat Kirwin of Sirius XM NFL radio. During his afternoon drive-time show, “Movin’ the Chains”, Kirwin and co-host Jim Miller discussed Fitzpatrick’s contract talks, saying at one point “I spoke to a player (about the contract) today, and the number he used a couple of times was $11 million and he said it like he knew that was the number”. If accurate, that would top previous reports that initially had the Jets offering Fitzpatrick somewhere in the neighborhood of $7.5 million, before Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reported that the Jets offer has in fact topped that threshold. If the Jet’s offer were to gradually increase, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as GM Mike Maccagnan said just weeks ago that the two sides would have to find a way to “find middle ground” in order to come to terms. Without Fitzpatrick under contract, Geno Smith is the most experienced starter on New York’s roster, with second-year project Bryce Petty and this year’s second-round draft choice, Christian Hackenberg on the depth chart. Click here to read the full story...
  5. Geno Smith was one of the first to walk to red carpet at the Gridiron Gala presented by the United Way NYC. He was asked by many about his position with the New York Jets. Geno kept his statements simple and made it a point he was supporting Eric Decker being honored as the Hometown Hero. Click here to read the full story...
  6. By Glenn Naughton New York Jets director of player personnel, Brian Heimerdinger recently addressed the still unsettled New York Jets quarterback situation but added little to what has already been reported. According to Newsday, In discussing last year’s franchise touchdown record-setting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who threw for 31 scores, Heimerdinger said “You hope to find some middle ground somewhere, I think we’ve said all along as an organization that we want him back. I don’t think that’s changed at all. We’ll see how it plays out over the next couple of months. We’re hoping to get him back in.” Heimerdinger’s comments were nearly identical to those of General Manager Mike Maccagnan in the weeks leading up to the draft when he said Fitzpatrick was still the team’s top priority. As far as second-round pick, quarterback Christian Hackenberg is concerned, Heimerdinger expressed optimism, describing Hackenberg as a “smart kid” who has impressed the Jets in the early going since being drafted just a few weeks ago. Until the Fitzpatrick and the Jets come to terms, fans will continue to ponder the team’s fate without the immensely popular signal caller in the locker room despite pleas from the likes of Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Eric Decker who was recently quoted as saying Fitzpatrick is the Jets best option “for this team right now”. Click here to read the full story...
  7. On this week’s episode of Joe, Vinny & the Jets, we’re having a little fun rehashing some our favorite Jet moments and players, as well as some of the unfortunate times. Who is on your Mount Rushmore of Jet players? What was your best and worst moment as a fan? Anything you want to talk about regarding the Jet’s past and present, the boys want to talk with you about it! Of course the guys will also be discussing the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation, but with a little twist this week, as we present the very first JetNation Radio Caller Contest! We asked everyone to call in with their plan on how to handle #14 if you were the Jet’s brass. To re-sign or not, for how long and how much? Click here to read the full story...
  8. By Glenn Naughton When the New York Jets chose Penn State Quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the NFL draft, the reactions were predictably mixed among the Gang Green faithful. Some chose to focus on his early results, his 20 touchdown 10 interception freshman season under Head Coach Bill O’ Brien in his pro-style offense. The skeptics dismissed his inaugural college season and put his regression over the next two campaigns under the microscope. Seeing his completion percentage dwindle from 58.9% in year one, to 55.8% in year two, before posting a paltry 53.5% rate last season paired with taking over 100 sacks during hist time at Penn State had some fans shaking their heads in disbelief over the selection. The two sides remain split. The optimists and the pessimists, but there was one thing that was almost unanimous among Jets fans, and that was that year-one should be a redshirt season for Hackenberg. Keeping him on the bench to learn the nuances of an NFL offense behind whatever quarterback lines up under center on Sunday’s seemed to be the general consensus. In fairness, you can’t blame Jets fans for wanting to take it slow. Some are still shell-shocked from the nauseating performances turned in by Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith over their first two pro seasons as both were thrust in to starting roles immediately and combined for 89 turnovers while producing just 54 touchdowns. An average of 13 touchdowns and 22 turnovers per season. Good luck winning with numbers like that in today’s NFL. Aaron Rodgers, the poster boy for letting a quarterback sit and learn as he did behind Brett Favre for so many years appears to be a popular reference point in how to go about developing Hackenberg. However, there are multiple examples of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks as well as a few highly regarded youngsters who played early and often despite being viewed as “unprepared” by many: Ben Roethlisberger: The two-time Super Bowl winner and future Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steeler was chosen in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft out of the University of Miami, Ohio. A small school that rarely lined up against big time defenses. As a result, the Steelers plan was to sit the rookie behind veteran quarterback Tommy Maddox who was subsequently injured in week 3. With Maddox out, “Big Ben” was forced in to action and all he did was go 13-0 while earning a trip to the AFC Championship game. Pittsburgh relied heavily on their defense and running game as Roethlisberger threw 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 66.4% of his passes. Russell Wilson: A fourth round choice of the Seattle Seahawks out of the University of Wisconsin, Wilson was described on his NFL.com draft profile as a player that a team might “take a late flier on” despite an otherwise glowing report. The Seahawks had just signed free agent Matt Flynn to a three-year $26 million contract but Wilson wowed the Seahawks coaching staff from the minute training camp started, and with an excellent defense and running game led Seattle to an 11-5 record and a first-round playoff win before winning the Super Bowl one year later. Joe Flacco: Like Roethlisberger, Flacco was a small school product out of the University of Delaware where the level of competition was nowhere near what he would see in the pro’s (or what Hackenberg would have seen at Penn State). Even still, he got the nod as a rookie and led the Ravens to an 11-5 finish. While Flacco undoubtedly benefited from Rex Ryan’s 3rd ranked scoring defense, he held his own, piloting what would be the 11th highest scoring offense in the NFL. Three young quarterbacks who many, including their own team’s, expected to sit and learn but who had a great deal of success early on due largely in part to a strong defense and running game with veteran playmakers. Sound familiar? The list of successful young quarterbacks isn’t limited to recent Super Bowl winners either. Oregon product Marcus Mariota impressed as a rookie. Marcus Mariota: The Tennessee Titans selected Mariota with the second overall pick in last years draft out of the University of Oregon where he ran an up-tempo offense that required little decision-making and called on quick reads and throws. With that being the case, many pundits viewed Mariota as a multi-year project who was far from NFL-ready. Despite struggling with the deep ball, Mariota was very impressive in his rookie campaign, tossing 19 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions while completing 62.2% of his passes. Derek Carr: A second-round choice of the Oakland Raiders out of Fresno State in 2014, Carr has quickly become one of the better young quarterbacks in the NFL. The strong-armed signal caller has piled up 53 TD’s through his first two pro seasons, out-performing Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles who was the 3rd overall choice in that same draft. Blake Bortles: Yes, Carr has outperformed Bortles thus far, but that’s not to say Bortles isn’t another fast riser who many franchises, the Jets included, would love to have. Much like several of the aforementioned QB’s, Bortles played mostly lower level competition as a student at the University of Central Florida and was supposed to get the same redshirt treatment that Jets fans are hoping for with Hackenberg. After being selected by Jacksonville, the Jaguars said their plan was to sit Bortles for a full season to let him develop the “right way”. Well, that full season on the bench lasted all of 3 games. Bortles was the Jaguars starter by week four of his rookie season after playing just two full seasons at UCF and he hasn’t looked back. After a promising rookie season, Bortles looked even better in year two, throwing 35 touchdowns. So while keeping a QB off the field may feel like the “safe” way to go, recent history has shown us plenty of examples of quarterbacks who have thrived in the NFL when put on the field sooner than expected wnen the supporting cast was strong enough to overcome the deficiencies that go along with a rookie quarterback. Should the Jets entertain the notion of doing the same thing with Christian Hackenberg? It may be a bit too early to rule out the possibility as offensive coordinater Chan Gailey was asked about the rookie at a recent charity event and had this to say according to newsday.com: “He retained a great deal from the pro-style type of offense that Bill [O’Brien] had,” Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said Monday of his newest quarterback. “So he’s ahead in that respect, but he’s behind in seeing what’s going to happen to him defensively in the NFL.” Maybe the Jets should try something different this time around. Don’t hand the starting quarterback job to any of the QB’s in camp. Hold a legitimate training camp competition. Geno Smith, Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, and Ryan Fitzpatrick should he return. Let the fight it out, and If Hackenberg, the rookie, is the best of the bunch, put him under center and march forward with what is hopefully, once and for all, the solution the Jets decades-old search for a franchise quarterback. Click here to read the full story...
  9. Eric Decker was honored last week at the United Way of NYC’s Gridiron Gala & received the award for Hometown Hero. We caught up with “Folk Hero” on the red carpet and briefly discussed his thoughts about the offseason, and his support for his teammate. Click here to read the full story...
  10. By Glenn Naughton There’s no way of getting around it. The close of the 2015 season for the New York Jets and their fans was a tough one to stomach as the team fell to former Head Coach Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills in week 17. The loss did eliminate them from playoff contention, but from a progression standpoint, the season had to be considered a success in going from 4-12, to 10-6 under a first-year General Manager and Head Coach in Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles. The Jets 11th ranked scoring offense was their best since placing 9th in 2008 with Brett Favre under center. Much of the reason for Gang Green’s vast improvement fell squarely on the shoulders of a pair of off-season veteran additions in wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, both of whom did their fair share of re-writing the team record books. Marshall set the franchise mark for receptions and yards at 109 and 1,502 respectively, while Fitzpatrick tossed 31 touchdown passes, also a team record. With the start of the 2016 season just around the corner, the Jets could once again rely heavily on a pair of veterans who were brought in to propel the Jets offense to a top-10 unit. The addition of offensive tackle Ryan Clady, acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos, and running back Matt Forte, addresses two key needs that Maccagnan hopes will provide similar results. While the retirement of D’Brickashaw Ferguson struck a nerve for a fan base who had grown accustomed to his presence along the offensive line for a decade, Ferguson himself acknowledged in his farewell letter to the fans that his play had slipped in recent years. So while he was clearly more durable than his replacement, Clady is the better player at this stage. Clady’s addition should mean more time to work with for whoever is under center for the Jets on September 11th when the face the Cincinnati Bengals, which should present offensive coordinator Chan Gaily with more play-calling options on game day. Then there’s Forte, who will be a downgrade from Chris Ivory purely from a running standpoint, but whose hands and pass-protection are a significantly better, making him an all-around upgrade. Pairing Forte with Bilal Powell in Gailey’s offense gives the Jets a pair of fundamentally sound running backs that lack elite speed, bu who Bilal Powell caught a career-high 47 passes in 2015. can do whatever is asked of them and do it well. Whether it’s splitting out wide as a receiver to take advantage of any possible mismatches on defense or to stay in and block a blitzing linebacker. While Powell displayed excellent pass-catching skills late last season when he hauled in 25 receptions for 225 yards and a pair of scores over a four-game span from weeks 13-16, Forte is in class all by himself as the only running back to ever catch 100 passes when he pulled in 104 receptions two seasons ago with the Bears. Sorely lacking a third target for much of last season, Forte and Powell’s presence not only brings an end to that issue, but should make it easier for one of the Jets’ young receivers catch on as Forte will have to be accounted for on passing downs. Explosive former seventh-round draft choice Quincy Enunwa, who made a pair of critical plays in wins against the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots late in the season is one receiver who could be ready to make the leap in year three. Then of course there’s former second-round pick Jace Amaro who the Jets planned to use in Enunwa’s H-Back role before suffering a season-ending injury, and the speedy Devin Smith who will be entering his second pro campaign after his rookie year was cut short with a torn ACL. Even without considering any of the rookie receivers who may wind up on the final 53-man roster such as seventh-round choice Charone Peake or undrafted free agents Bobby Anderson or Jalin Marshall, the presence of Forte and Clady will make the Jets a more difficult offense to defend, and with a seemingly more difficult schedule in 2016, they’ll need all the help they can get. While Maccagan and the Jets wait to watch it all unfold, they can only hope that the impact felt by the two veteran additions comes close to that of the Marshall/Fitzpatrick tandem that made the Jets the 11th highest scoring team in the NFL in 2016 after placing in the bottom-five in each of the previous three seasons with Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith under center. Click here to read the full story...
  11. The New York Jets have announced the signing of two more draft picks; 2nd round QB Christian Hackenberg and 7th round wide receiver Charone Peake. You can read more about this and see fan reaction in our New York Jets message board. Click here to read the full story...
  12. Once again the New York Jets and New York Giants teamed up with the United Way of New York City for the 23rd Annual Gridiron Gala at the Midtown Hilton, New York. Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, and Giants running back Rashad Jennings were being honored as Hometown Heroes. Their dedication to community service has earned them this prestigious title. Darryl White of BMO Capital Markets and Bob Kueppers, Retiring United Way of New York City Board Chair were also recognized. Student participants from the United Way of NYC’s ReadNYC Initiative were honored as the evening’s MVP’s. The event was emceed by W-CBS TV’s sports anchor Otis Livingston. Appearances were made by Joe Namath, Willie Colon, and Nick Folk, among many other notables. The Gala featured a silent auction that included Coaches Club tickets to the Jets-Giants preseason game and tickets to the Broadway Musical, Hamilton. All proceeds benefit the United Way of NYC and support New York City’s low-income children. United Way of New York City and the Jets and Giants have been hosting the Gridiron Gala for 23 years. During this time they had raised over $27mil (before last night). Last night’s event raised $1.8mil, which brings their 23 year total to close to $29mil. You can donate year round by visiting unitedwaynyc.org. JetNation.com was front and center Periscoping from the red carpet. As always, JetNation would like to thank Jake Oliver and Rida Bint Fozi for inviting us to this event, and help raise awareness for an important cause. Watch our interview with Eric Decker below. You can see the rest of our interviews from the red carpet by visiting our YouTube channel. Click here to read the full story...
  13. By Glenn Naughton Jets quarterback Geno Smith may have been in New York City on Tuesday night to support teammate Eric Decker, even still, the wide receiver threw his support behind free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick. When quizzed by reporters on his current status as the teams starter, Smith declined to comment, simply saying he was there for Decker. “Tonight is about Eric”, Smith said before continuing, “I’m sure we’ll get a chance to talk later” Smith. Media members pressed further, asking Smith about the choosing of Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the draft just weeks ago, but again Smith reiterated his purpose in attending the event was about Decker. The same couldn’t be said for Decker however, who was asked about the Jets chances to compete in 2016. Eric Decker is still hoping for a Ryan Fitzpatrick return in 2016. According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Decker addressed the team’s current QB situation coming off of a strong 2015, saying “Just because of the camaraderie we built and the relationship we had last year that we can build upon, I think he definitely is the right man for the type of team we have now”. A vote of confidence for the incumbent starter as the Jets front office continues a now months-long staring contest to see who blinks first. Click here to read the full story...