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  1. The Roundup : Jets Talk New OC John Morton Several Members of the Offense Weigh In on Working with New Offensive Coordinator John Morton video.. >
  2. Facing a four-game suspension to start the season, a contrite Jalin Marshall knows he is not in position to look ahead."I can't really think about what's going to happen when the season starts," he said after the Jets’ first OTA of the spring. "I do have four preseason games to play. If you play well, everything else speaks for itself. They can't rid of a guy who's going to help the team win, so that's what I try to do day in and day out. Go out there and make sure they know I can help the team win."An undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, Marshall made the opening-day roster and contributed both on offense and on special teams. In 10 games, Marshall had 14 receptions and two touchdown receptions. But Marshall is learning a new offensive system under first-year coordinator John Morton."Just be that playmaker that the coach is looking for," Marshall said regarding his goals in OTAs and training camp. "We have a lot of great receivers right now and everybody is trying to solidify their role on the team. You just have to solidify that role, go out there every day and make them feel that you're ready to play."The Jets have a deep receiving corps led by veterans Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa. Robby Anderson and Charone Peake, fellow rookies in 2016, had 42 and 19 receptions respectively. The room got more crowded with the free agency acquisition of Quinton Patton and drafting of both ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen."I feel like if I can go out there every day, perform at a high level and still get somebody ready that's going to have to replace me, then maybe that'll solidify my role on the team as a leader and as a player,” Marshall said. “Right now I'm just doing what I can to help the team as best as I can." Asked about Marshall at the NFL owners meetings in March, Jets head coach Todd Bowles delivered a forthright response. "He'll get the reps early on, but obviously as a coach you understand that he's not going to be around the first four games and (other) guys are going to get more of the reps," he said. "And you open a door and give a guy a chance to play, if he takes his spot he takes his spot.”Marshall finds himself in the mix for the starting return roles yet again as special teams coordinator Brant Boyer declared an open competition earlier this week. Marshall averaged 24.9 yards per kickoff and 5.6 yards per punt return in the regular season. >
  3. The Jets this week began organized team activities — the start of their spring practices, which conclude with mid-June minicamp. As Todd Bowles, Christian Hackenberg, and the rest of the Jets return to the practice field, let's take another stab at a (very early) 53-man roster projection. (Click here to see our first projection.) Remember, things obviously will change, as the Jets move closer to post-training camp roster cuts. QUARTERBACKS (3) Retained: Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty Cut: Nobody Analysis: These are the only quarterbacks on the Jets' roster right now. An easy position to project. RUNNING BACKS (4) Retained: Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Julian Howsare (fullback) Cut: Romar Morris, Brandon Wilds Analysis: The only questions here: Will the Jets retain a fullback? And might they try to stash McGuire on the practice squad, if they want to keep Morris as a return man? Instead, we think they'll have McGuire handle returns, since Jalin Marshall is suspended for the first four games. TIGHT ENDS (2) Retained: Jordan Leggett, Eric Tomlinson Cut: Braedon Bowman, Anthony Firkser, Brian Parker, Jason Vander Laan Suspended (two games/DUI): Austin Seferian-Jenkins Analysis: Remember, without Seferian-Jenkins around to start the season, the Jets probably will have to retain another tight end besides Leggett. Bowman is also a reasonable candidate for that spot. WIDE RECEIVERS (6) Retained: Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Chad Hansen, ArDarius Stewart, Charone Peake Cut: KD Cannon, Deshon Foxx, Frankie Hammond, Gabe Marks, Quinton Patton, Myles White Injured reserve: Devin Smith Suspended (four games/PEDs): Jalin Marshall Analysis: Pretty straightforward, though maybe Patton or Marks will challenge for a roster spot. OFFENSIVE LINE (10) Retained: Kelvin Beachum, James Carpenter, Wesley Johnson, Brian Winters, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Shell, Dakota Dozier, Brent Qvale, Jonotthan Harrison, Craig Watts Cut: Jeff Adams, Javarius Leamon, Alex Balducci, Chris Bordelon, Ben Braden Analysis: Watts is a roster-fringe guy. The Jets this week waived receiver/return man Brisly Estime with an injury designation. Before that transaction, we thought maybe the Jets would keep Estime as a returner, which would've bumped Watts to the cut line. Expect the Jets to keep nine or 10 offensive linemen. DEFENSIVE LINE (6) Retained: Steve McLendon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Deon Simon, Sheldon Richardson, Lawrence Thomas Cut: Brandin Bryant, Patrick Gamble, Anthony Johnson, Claude Pelon, Mike Pennel Analysis: Now that it looks like the Jets won't trade Richardson before the season, this is the group they'll roll with. Pennel could make a push for Thomas' spot, however. LINEBACKERS (9) Retained: David Harris, Jordan Jenkins, Darron Lee, Josh Martin, Corey Lemonier, Lorenzo Mauldin, Dylan Donahue, Freddie Bishop, Bruce Carter Cut: Frank Beltre, Connor Harris, Randell Johnson, Jevaris Jones, Julian Stanford Analysis: Now that Carter is back with the Jets, we have him making the team as a backup inside linebacker over Stanford. SAFETIES (4) Retained: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Calvin Pryor, Rontez Miles Cut: Doug Middleton, Ronald Martin Analysis: Miles, who has special teams value, will battle with Martin and Middleton for the final spot. CORNERBACKS (6) Retained: Juston Burris, Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams, Jeremy Clark, Darryl Roberts Cut: Xavier Coleman, Derrick Jones, Bryson Keeton, Dexter McDougle, Corey White Analysis: Jones, a sixth-round draft pick, could land on the practice squad. And don't count him out in terms of challenging Roberts for that roster spot, either. SPECIAL TEAMS (3) Retained: Chandler Catanzaro, Tanner Purdum, Lachlan Edwards Cut: Ross Martin Analysis: Does Martin have a legit shot of winning a kicking competition with Catanzaro? At this point, we don't think so. But things change quickly in kicking competitions. >
  4. Our New York Jets question of the week focuses on -- what else? -- the quarterback position. Technically, yes, it's an open competition because you have three quarterbacks taking an equal amount of practice reps, and that's the way it should be. There's no incumbent and no one whose credentials demand that he start, so coach Todd Bowles is doing the right thing by trying to sell everyone that it's open. Plus, it's good for the team. After last season's disaster, the more competition, the better. Now let's talk reality. We all know how this will turn out, and I think the Jets do, too: Josh McCown will prevail over Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. McCown doesn't have a glittering résumé, but he knows how to manage a game, and the two young quarterbacks aren't there yet. Some people might call it a charade. I don't know if I'd go that far, only because McCown will be 38 and has lost 20 of his past 22 starts, but I'd install him as a heavy favorite. Here's how I see it playing out: By the end of minicamp in mid-June, McCown will be the clear-cut front-runner. The depth chart at the start of training camp will be McCown, Hackenberg and Petty, in that order, with little separation between Hackenberg and Petty. I think Bowles must pare the competition to two by the start of camp. With practice restrictions, there's simply not enough reps to have a three-way battle. Even a two-man rotation can be cumbersome, especially when it comes to splitting playing time in preseason games. They'll extend the competition as long as they can, giving Hackenberg some quality time in the first two preseason games to gain experience and build his confidence for down the road. In the end, Bowles will opt for the grizzled veteran because McCown gives the Jets the best chance to win. That might be unpopular among fans already thinking beyond 2017, but Bowles, on the hot seat, isn't about to turn the regular season into a 16-game preseason. At some point, they will turn to Hackenberg. To quote Ryan Fitzpatrick, it'll be a game of musical quarterbacks. This time, they hope the right guy ends up with a chair. >
  5. Perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel after all. In the 13 months that Christian Hackenberg has been a member of the Jets, he has received a lot of attention. This happens when you’re a high draft pick and more so when you’re a quarterback. Unfortunately for Hackenberg and the Jets, much of that attention has been negative.After a rookie year in which he didn’t see the field, despite the dreadful play the Jets got from the QB position, many were lead to believe that New York had already given up on their second-round pick. However, in year two Hackenberg is more confident and seems to have improved on his faults. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Jets are starting to feel good about Hackenberg’s development.“They have some cautious optimism that Christian Hackenberg can develop,” Schefter told ESPN’s Mike and Mike. “Within that organization, there’s some hope that he can be salvaged.” Hackenberg is part of a three-way quarterback competition at Jets camp with Bryce Petty and veteran Josh McCown. McCown, who’s played for seven different teams and has been teammates with everyone from Johhny Manziel to Kurt Warner, believes Hackenberg has everything it takes to be a successful starting QB in the NFL.“He’s how you draw a quarterback up,” McCown said, according to ESPN. “Big, strong arm, athletic. He fits that mold, for sure. And his mindset, it’s right on. He works very hard. I think he’s a sharp kid. He’s got a lot in front of him. He’s got a great opportunity.” Despite the recent optimism about Hackenberg, he still needs to prove himself on the field. Unlike last season where he was buried on the depth chart, Hackenberg will get plenty of opportunities to play both in practice and in the preseason. It is here where he’ll begin to show if he has what it takes. For the first time since the Jets drafted him, there is a genuine optimism about Hackenberg’s future and it’s music to the ears of every Jets fan. >
  6. In 2015, it was Antonio Cromartie who became Public Enemy No. 1 for Jets' faithful; his on-field struggles the blame for many of the defense's woes. Last year, it was Darrelle Revis. Now, it may be time for the lone cornerback remaining from Mike Maccagnan's 2015 spending spree to take his place under the microscope.It's practically a forgotten fact now, but Buster Skrine was the first corner the Jets signed that March. Maccagnan doled out $25 million over four years to lure him away from a handful of other interested teams. But the Jets haven't really gotten their money's worth since. In his final season with the Browns, Skrine intercepted four passes and defended 18. He had a career-high PFF grade of 64.1. In his two years with the Jets (30 games), Skrine has just two interceptions, 13 pass breakups and an average grade of 49.5Last year, per PFF, quarterbacks threw Skrine's way 81 times. They completed 69 percent of those passes, which included three touchdowns, and had a cumulative passer rating of 94.7. Skrine's PFF grade was 53.3, which ranked 87th among qualifying cornerbacks.In 2015, Skrine was the Jets' No. 3 corner. In 2016, he was No. 2. Now, he's No. 1. The Jets desperately need him to step up and separate himself on a depth chart littered with talented-but-unproven players. Outside of Skrine, the Jets have Morris Claiborne, who's never played a full season in his five-year career. There's second- and third-year pros Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts, who were primarily special teams players in 2016. There's Marcus Williams, who allowed five passing touchdowns and an 118.3 passer rating last year. There are rookies Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones, who Maccagnan labeled "developmental projects" at his draft press conference.The Jets want Skrine, who's also the oldest corner at 28, to be a leader. It's tough for him to do that if his play doesn't warrant following (see Revis in 2016). This is Year 3 of Skrine's four-year contract. The Jets can cut him after the year and free $6 million. If they don't, he'll have an $8.5 million salary cap hit. It seems like the rightful way of passage: From heralded signing, to recipient of justifiable criticism, to release. >
  7. Giants' Damon Harrison to Jets' Sheldon Richardson: 'Get away from the damn microphone' -- So Damon Harrison, were you surprised by the fact Sheldon Richardson ripped Brandon Marshall again? "I never heard Sheldon's comments," the Giants' jolly All-Pro defensive tackle said (rather unconvincingly) when asked about what Richardson, his old Jets mate, said about Marshall, his current Giants counterpart and one-time fellow Jet.Everybody in the tri-state area heard Richardson's comments. The guy trended on Twitter, after all. But to play along, a reporter filled Harrison in about how Richardson said there were "15 reasons" why the Jets' locker room is better this season, a clear reference to his long-running beef with the veteran wide receiver. "Fifteen reasons? Did he name them?" Harrison was then told Richardson was referring to the fact Marshall wore No. 15 with the Jets (and still does with the Giants). "Brandon's jersey number? Pretty clever, Sheldon," Harrison said to laughs. "Oh wow. You got to keep the mic away from Sheldon, man. He then hammed it up and looked directly into the assembled cameras, generating even more laughs: "Sheldon, get away from the damn microphone." End scene. It's not necessarily a joking matter for the Giants, though. Richardson may just be blowing off steam, but Marshall is no longer a Jet. He is a Giant, and what Richardson - admittedly not a guy with a sterling reputation - said may cause concern for some around here. Harrison said he didn't spend a lot of time with Marshall during their one Jets season together, but he did not seem worried though"Of course, [teammates] ask me all things New York Jets. He's a good guy and a great competitor," Harrison said of Marshall. "And at the end of the day, bottom line, the guy can help us win a Super Bowl, and that's our ultimate goal." >
  8. Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer Bolstering their secondary depth, the Jets have signed veteran DB Corey White, who can play safety and cornerback. He played both spots last season for the Bills -- a total of 391 snaps and two interceptions. He also played for the Cowboys, Cards and Saints, who made him a fifth-round pick in 2012. White, 27, has played in 66 games, including 24 starts. He has six career interceptions. They waived/injured rookie PR Brisly Estime. They also visited with free agent WR Kenbrell Thompkins, a former Jet and Patriot. >
  9. -- In Sheldon Richardson's mind, where thoughts of self-importance race at 143 mph, he expects to have a bounce-back season because ... wait for the reasons ... 1. Brandon Marshall is gone. 2. He hopes to return to his natural position on the defensive line, the 3-technique tackle. 3. It's a contract year. The first two are reaches. Let's start with the Marshall situation. First of all, Richardson's criticism Tuesday of his former New York Jets teammate was unfortunate because all he did was put his toxic relationship with Marshall back in the headlines, dredging up bad memories from last season. Coach Todd Bowles, who is trying to rebuild the locker-room culture, couldn't have been pleased with Richardson's "15 reasons" shot at Marshall. It was a setback for the team and for Richardson, who still hasn't matured into a team leader. It's one of the reasons why the Jets are trying to trade the 26-year-old. Believe me, Richardson wasn't the only player chafed by Marshall, but it doesn't say much for his mental toughness if he let the antics of one guy drive him to distraction. It smells like an excuse. You can't expect all 53 players in the locker room to be BFFs, but they should be able to overcome petty feuds.The bigger issue, at least from a football standpoint, is how Richardson will be deployed. There's a false narrative, some of it perpetrated by the team, that his production suffered because he was forced to play out of position at linebacker. Fueling that notion, defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers strongly suggested this week that Richardson's days at linebacker are over, adding, "Really, at the end of the day, he’s a true 3-technique -- and that’s where he needs to play." The 3-technique lines up on the outside shoulder of a guard, the position Warren Sapp made famous.Bowles painted a different picture of Richardson's role, saying, "He played 3-technique last year. He didn’t play outside linebacker for two years. He played his position last year." So which is it? Richardson played 618 of his 736 total snaps (84 percent) as a defensive lineman in 2016, logging only 87 snaps (12 percent) as a linebacker, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Basically, he averaged six plays a game at linebacker, down from 17 snaps in 2015. In other words, he can't blame his lack of production last season (1.5 sacks) on a radical position switch, although he seems to think that was the case."I haven't played [the 3-technique] for a whole year since I went to the Pro Bowl, so just put a light on that," he said, referring to his eight-sack season in 2014. Unfortunately, we can't track how many times he lined up as a 3-technique, but the main takeaway is that he was a lineman, not a linebacker, often lining up in an interior position. You can see there isn't a huge disparity in his linebacker snaps from 2014 (Rex Ryan's defense) and last season. The outlier is 2015, when he was used fairly extensively by Rodgers as an outside linebacker late in the season. Tracking Sheldon A look at Sheldon Richardson's snap counts by position during his past three seasons with the New York Jets. POSITION 2014 2015 2016 Right/left end 317 235 387 Right/left tackle 390 180 231 Outside linebacker 43 158 76 Inside linebacker 18 24 11 Nose tackle 9 6 27 As for the contract, Richardson will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season, and it would be an upset if the Jets invest long-term money in him. They recognize his talent, but there's too much off-the-field baggage (two suspensions) and not enough of a winning attitude. They've shopped him to teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, but haven't found a taker. "This guy -- I shouldn’t say [he has] a chip on his shoulder -- I think he kind of has something to prove," Rodgers said, perhaps trying to light a motivational fire.When that remark was relayed to Richardson, he shrugged his shoulders. "I'm proven, honestly," he said. "I just have to get more stats. It's my contract year." Sigh. >
  10. ..i believe there is MORE than one reason why we drafted 4 db's in the draft
  11. After testing the nerve-wracking free agent waters for the first time in his career, Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne said head athletic trainer John Mellody was a key part of why he signed with team.“I just fell in love with the training staff, the things that they do and the options they give you to be able to take care of your body,” he said in an interview with senior team reporter and team insider Eric Allen. “They really care about you as a person.”The six-year-veteran has battled injuries throughout his career, most of which have been described by head coach Todd Bowles as freak accidents. “It’s just been a lot of things that have happened where you ask yourself where that came from,” Claiborne said. “Even though you felt like you’ve done everything in your power to be ready for the upcoming season and stay healthy, you just have things that happen to you.”The LSU product believes he played his best ball last year in large part because of his newly regimented offseason workouts with a trainer who took him to "a whole new level of being pro-ready." In seven games in 2016, the 5’11”, 192-pounder registered five pass defenses and one interception. Unofficially, according to Pro Football Focus he allowed a 63.0 paser rating while limiting opposing receivers to a 51.9% catch rate, which ranked ninth and 11th respectively among NFL corners.Outside of the training staff, Claiborne signed with the Green & White because of his fit in Bowles’ scheme as a press corner. “It’s a lot of man-to-man,” he said. “It takes a lot of thinking out of the game. You can just play football and I like that. Ever since college, that’s the type of player that I’ve been. I feel like when I’m at my best, I’m going out there playing man-to-man. When I’m healthy, I can take a whole side of the football field away.” >
  12. A bunch of talented players weren't selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. But those guys who flew under the radar — and were signed as undrafted free agents — can still make a contribution in the NFL. The Jets signed eight undrafted rookies this year. Here are the guys from that group with the best chance of making the team, just like wide receiver Robby Anderson did last year ... CB XAVIER COLEMAN (PORTLAND STATE) He is a Division I-AA player, but remember, the Jets have found success with a cornerback from this level before — Marcus Williams of North Dakota State.Plus, the Jets have a bunch of uncertainty in their secondary, regarding depth. They're going to keep corners Juston Burris, Morris Claiborne, Williams, and Buster Skrine.Can Coleman perhaps beat out guys like Darryl Roberts, Derrick Jones, and Jeremy Clark? The latter two were sixth-round draft picks. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Coleman is a bit undersized. But he had two interceptions last season and five in 2015. Productive player. WR/PR BRISLY ESTIME (SYRACUSE) Jalin Marshall, the Jets' primary return man last season, isn't a lock to make the roster. And even if he does, he'll have to sit out the first four games (performance-enhancing drug suspension).Could this open the door for a special teams contributor like Estime to sneak onto the 53-man roster?He is a smaller, quicker guy — 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds. But he is an experienced punt and kickoff returner, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns in 2015. FB/TE ANTHONY FIRKSER (HARVARD) It's no secret that the Jets need answers at tight end, especially since Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be suspended the first two games (DUI arrest).The Jets could opt to keep draft pick Jordan Leggett and Firkser on the 53-man roster entering the season, and then Firkser could get cut to make room for Seferian-Jenkins when he comes back from suspension.Firkser definitely has practice squad potential, in this scenario. Last season, Firkser caught 45 passes for 702 yards and seven touchdowns. And as an Ivy League guy, he is surely a quick study. LB CONNOR HARRIS (LINDENWOOD) A fascinating Division II prospect who could provide depth and be an asset on special teams (as a blocker/tackler, but you never know).At 5-foot-11 and 242 pounds, he isn't the biggest guy. But Jets coach Todd Bowles doesn't mind smaller, quicker linebackers, like Darron Lee, whom the Jets drafted in Round 1 last year.As for Harris, he did it all at Lindenwood last year: 138 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and two interceptions. Plus, he chipped in with 19 punts and went 12 for 12 on extra points. He isn't going to kick for the Jets, but he is a neat story nonetheless. WR GABE MARKS (WASHINGTON STATE) He produced at a high level in a legit major conference. This isn't some small-school marvel.Now, how much of that stemmed from Washington State's pass-happy approach? Marks will have to prove he isn't just a system guy.Can he be a slot threat, at 5-foot-11 and 189 pounds? Perhaps. But he will have to demonstrate the willingness and ability to block.Last year, Marks had 89 catches for 894 yards and 13 touchdowns. The year before, he had 104 catches for 1,192 yards and 15 touchdowns. As we mentioned, he has produced. >
  13. -- Josh McCown knows quarterbacks. He could write a book on all the different quarterbacks he's played with over 15 years -- a Hall of Famer (Kurt Warner), a colossal bust (JaMarcus Russell) and a train wreck (Johnny Manziel), to name a few. This week, McCown was asked to size up Christian Hackenberg, one of his new teammates with the New York Jets. "He's how you draw a quarterback up," McCown said. "Big, strong arm, athletic. He fits that mold, for sure. And his mindset, it's right on. He works very hard. I think he's a sharp kid. He's got a lot in front of him. He's got a great opportunity."It sounded like he was reading from Mike Maccagnan's scouting report on Hackenberg. The Jets' general manager saw those same traits in Hackenberg last year, which is why he drafted him in the second round -- higher than many teams projected. That doesn't matter now because this is Year 2 of the Hackenberg Project, and the Jets are committed to finding out if he can develop into a starting quarterback. They see what McCown sees -- the arm and the measurables -- but they can't say for sure if he'll put it all together. They're hoping."Just make strides from last year," said coach Todd Bowles, explaining his 2017 expectations. "Obviously, he’s going to get a lot of reps, and we’re going to get to see him come out of his shell a little bit. He didn’t get a lot of reps last year, he gets a lot of reps this year. We'll see how he handles it going forward. ... Hopefully, he makes a step forward." The Jets wrapped up their first week of OTA practices on Thursday. Three practices down, seven to go, followed by a three-day minicamp. Don't expect a definitive conclusion by then; this will be a season-long process for Hackenberg, who is splitting reps with McCown and Bryce Petty in what the Jets are calling a three-way competition.Offensive coordinator John Morton, hired in January to replace Chan Gailey, spent part of his offseason digging into Hackenberg's past. He studied three years of game tape from Penn State and tape from his rookie season, which didn't take long. Hackenberg appeared in only two preseason games and attempted just 47 passes -- 17 completions (36 percent), one touchdown, two interceptions and 159 yards. Hackenberg didn't play in the regular season, as you may have heard. "I love the way he prepares and the way he competes," Morton said. "I'm talking about competing in the classroom, too. Guys have to learn to do that, and be a pro and be a student of the game, and learn to take notes and those things. He's doing those things, but it's too early to tell right now, football-wise." McCown believes part of his job is to help groom Hackenberg and Petty. "I want to take my experiences and be able to hand it to those guys, so, hopefully, maybe they can stay in one place for a long time," McCown said. >