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  1. By his own admission, Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't blessed with the kind of physical talent that makes scouts giddy. He has lasted 12 years in the NFL because of his heart, brain and leadership skills. His most endearing attribute is that he's a prideful competitor, but that pride led him down the wrong road on Sunday. Still peeved by his midweek benching, Fitzpatrick vented in his postgame news conference, claiming that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles stopped believing in him. He didn't rant and rave -- it was controlled emotion -- but Fitzpatrick was angry after rallying the New York Jets to a 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens. You didn't have to read between the lines to gauge his mood because he told the world, "I'm pissed off." Fitzpatrick's public defiance was surprising and disappointing. In one respect, you'd like to praise him for being brutally honest because too many athletes don't have the guts to speak their mind. So give him points for allowing us to know how he really feels. On the flip side, he's part of a team and there's no way his comments can be beneficial to the team. They could be detrimental; they could be gasoline on a smoldering quarterback controversy. It's ironic because he has always been a team leader, a galvanizing personality in the locker room.Good guys can have bad moments. Maybe the sense of redemption got the best of him. How many people out there would seize an opportunity to taunt their bosses? A lot. The difference with Fitzpatrick is, he put himself above the team, and that probably doesn't sit well with the higher-ups he called out. Geno Smith was criticized for his "antsy" comment and his bad body language on the sideline last Monday night in Arizona. If we're going to scold Smith for behaving that way -- full disclosure: I did -- we should hold Fitzpatrick to the same standard. Unlike Smith, Fitzpatrick skipped the subtle approach. He went all in. What he did was akin to buying billboard space in Times Square.If Fitzpatrick has a legitimate beef, it's that Bowles flipflopped on his quarterback decision, benching him less than 24 hours after giving a public vote of confidence. Put yourself in Fitzpatrick's position. One day your boss is saying you're the leader of the team, that you're not the problem. The next day you're on the bench, replaced by a guy with the worst touchdown-interception ratio in the league since 2013. Fitzpatrick has a right to be frosted by Bowles' about-face, but the end result -- the actual benching -- wasn't unjustified. The Jets had a four-game losing streak and Fitzpatrick's numbers during that span were brutal -- two touchdown passes, 10 interceptions, a 54.5-percent completion rate and a league-low 48.6 passer rating.Some might argue that Bowles stayed with Fitzpatrick too long. I think Bowles, out of deference to what Fitzpatrick accomplished last year, gave him an extended benefit of the doubt. Now what ? If Smith's right knee gets medical clearance, he should remain the starter this week against the Cleveland Browns. He didn't play great against the Ravens, but he also didn't do anything to lose the job. If Bowles hands the job back to Fitzpatrick, it'll be two flipflops in one week -- a bad optic for any head coach.Chances are Fitzpatrick would get another chance to start anyway. Remember, these are the Jets, and anything is possible, especially when you're talking about their quarterbacks. >
  2. — Two weeks ago, a somber Calvin Pryor sat near his locker. He had no answer for Jets' secondary miscues, defensive meltdowns, or abundance of big plays allowed. All he knew was that he and his teammates were in a funk. And to get out of it, they needed one impact play. In the Jets' 24-16 victory Sunday over the Ravens, they finally got it in the form of a Buster Skrine interception. The result? Arguably the best defensive performance by the team in a near calendar year. "About damn time," Pryor said following the game with a smile. After allowing 16 points and 203 yards of offense in the first half, Skrine's third-quarter interception ignited the defense. Baltimore was held to just 42 yards of offense in the second half, didn't score a single point, and had just one first down heading into their final drive with the game already decided.The Jets' defense finished Sunday allowing a season-low in yards allowed (245), a franchise-low in rushing yards (6), and forced nearly as many turnovers against Baltimore (2) as they had Weeks 1-6 (3). "We got that swagger back, man," Pryor said. "We got that one turnover, then that sparked everything ... I felt like that was the turning point of the game. When we got that turnover, a lot of guys got that juice flowing, confidence level going. That's why we were able to go out there and play great in the second half. "We were locked in. We were having fun. Like I said, we got that swagger back." Aiding the defense in the third and fourth quarters, of course, was the fact their offense had actually given them a lead. The Ravens were then forced to forget the run for the pass, which set up third-and-long situations.And those third-and-long situations meant quarterback Joe Flacco needed to hold the ball a second longer to allow his receivers to reach the first-down markers. That gave the Jets' defensive line time to get to him. The front pressured Flacco four times. While they didn't necessarily bring him down (just one official sack), the constant rush disrupted timing. Flacco finished 24 of 44 for 248 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 54."I'm not going to say we made a statement," defensive end Leonard Williams said. "We played a complete four quarters of defense for the first time, I think. The energy, you could just feel it in everybody. "We were excited to go on the field when the offense turned the ball over. We were excited to go out there, instead of saying, 'Damn, we've got to go back out there one more time.' Everybody was excited." Now that the defense has gotten the monkey off their backs, the unit believes they're ready to thrive, and the schedule makers have given them a helping hand.With that brutal six-game stretch to start the season now a thing of the past, the Jets face cakewalk opponents the rest of the way. Up next? The Browns. After that? The Dolphins. Then? The Rams. Oh, the Jets also have battles against the Colts and 49ers in the coming weeks. "Once you break down the schedule, it looks pretty different," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "It looks like we have a window there where we can definitely win games and definitely be in a good position."That's something we know that we can get to to help ourselves. We just have to put in the work and the time." >
  3. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: "I probably play better as an underdog, pissed off." >
  4. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer The Jets set a franchise record by allowing only six rushing yards to the Ravens. The previous low was 12 yards, set last November against the Dolphins. In fact, the three lowest single-game rushing totals have come under Todd Bowles. >
  5. " ..Maybe tomorrow with a QB who can stretch the field the running game will open up. "... cheers ~ ~
  6. One of the steadiest performers in this so far unsteady Jets season has been kicker Nick Folk , who takes a streak of 11 consecutive field goals into Sunday's home game against the Ravens. I asked Nick this week if he feels like he's "in the zone" now."Not really," he said. "I take it one week at a time, one kick at a time, try to get better each week, each kick. ... I'm just trying to make them all to put this team in the best situation to win."Folk's focus is exceptional. It didn't waver when he got off to, for him, a rocky start this season with a 22-yard blocked field goal and the first missed extra point of his career in the opener against the Bengals. And it's not wavering now that he's on another one of his rolls. If he hits his next try, it will mark the 11th time in franchise history that a kicker has converted 12 field goals in a row in-season. Folk tops that list with his 23 straight to start 2013.Another element of Folk's game is his kickoffs. His hangtime unofficially is 4.18 seconds, his best since 2011, and the opponents' average drive start after kickoffs of the 23.6-yard line is seventh-best in the NFL."I'm just trying to get back to where I was kicking a couple of years ago," he said. "My kickoff groove last year wasn't what I wanted it to be. There was a little tempo thing, body-position thing, so I tried to get that corrected to where I can feel comfortable and I can hit a good ball warm, cold, inside, outside."And when we haven't gotten touchbacks, we've covered real well. A lot of guys are taking knees now because of, a, the 25-yard-line rule, and b, our guys are covering so well that they're not going to get close to the 25."Here are the top 10 in-season field goal streaks in franchise history : Streak Kicker Season Streak Kicker Season 23 Nick Folk 2013 13 Nick Lowery 1994 21 Mike Nugent 2006 13 Nick Folk 2014 17 Pat Leahy 1990 12 Pat Leahy 1991 15 Mike Nugent 2007 12 Pat Leahy 1985 14 Jay Feely 2008 12 John Hall 2002 Mo's Contributions Jon Gruden had a good analysis of Muhammad Wilkerson on ESPN's MNF telecast : "Wilkerson only has 1½ sacks. That bothers some people, but this man shows up. He rarely comes off the field, he diagnoses screens as well as anyone, and he's got great hand/eye coordination — he can bat down balls."Gruden gave that scouting report after Wilkerson swatted down a Carson Palmer pass on first-and-goal. It was the 20th PD behind the line of scrimmage for Wilk in his career and his third this season, all coming in the last three games. He also drew his second holding penalty of the season when Larry Fitzgerald grabbed him on a running play. Numbers Notes Following up on last week's Inside the Numbers lead note, the Elias Sports Bureau reviewed the third-quarter pass that Lee knocked down at Pittsburgh and changed the ruling from no pass defense to a PD. Hopefully that will help Lee as he rehabs the ankle he sprained at Arizona. ... Rookie CB Juston Burris picked up 20 yards of field position for the Jets when the gunner was illegally blocked once and held once on punt coverage vs. the Cards. >
  7. Matt Forte's production dwindled during the New York Jets four-game losing streak. After opening the year with more than 100 scrimmage yards and 29.5 touches per game in the first two contests, Forte earned fewer than 65 scrimmage yards and 14.3 touches per game in Weeks 3-6. The 30-year-old running back told the New York Daily News the stat reduction has nothing to do with age."I would expect that from people who just look at stats but don't look at the game," Forte said. "If you are a real fan, and actually a fan of football, you would probably watch the film and see that as the total offense, we're not playing very well." Coach Todd Bowles pointed to blocking as the main culprit for Forte's struggles."We've got to open up some holes for him," Bowles said. "It's real simple, we've got to block better, we've got to call better plays, we've got to execute better." Bowles also noted game script as a reason he's used Forte less the past few weeks. With the Jets getting behind, Bilal Powell's reps increased. One group that Forte isn't willing to listen to is Fantasy Footballers, who have loudly lamented his swoon."Yeah, I mean, I couldn't care less. Fantasy football is the last thing on my mind when it comes to playing football," he said. "All they care about is stats anyway. Like I said, if they watched film, you would see what really goes on in the game. All they care about, 'Oh man I'm trying to win 400 bucks in my fantasy league.' Who cares about that except them?" You got that Fantasy Bro ? Only you care about you. As a card-carrying member of the Matt Forte Fan Club, this is hard for me to admit: Powell has looked like the better back the past several weeks and deserves more snaps. Forte's age might not be the reason for the struggles, but he's been outplayed by his younger teammate. >
  8. -- Fasten your seat belts real tight. The Geno Coaster is ready to depart yet again. Finished with Ryan Fitzpatrick only six weeks into a $12 million contract, the desperate New York Jets (1-5) are ready for Geno Smith 2.0, hoping he's not the same guy from 2014. First opponent: the Baltimore Ravens(3-3), who visit MetLife Stadium for the second time in seven days.Smith has the worst touchdown-interception ratio (27-36) of any quarterback since he entered the NFL in 2013 (minimum: 500 attempts), but this is a different system and a better supporting cast than '13 and '14, so maybe he has outgrown his turnover-prone ways. "I'm not concerned about anything because he didn't have that history with me," said offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who took over last year. "I don't worry about history. I worry about what's going to happen on Sunday afternoon."On Sunday, it'll be a four-game losing streak (Jets) versus a three-game losing streak (Ravens). This match-up probably won't help the NFL's TV ratings problem. Five thoughts on the game : 1. What Geno brings : Smith isn't an accomplished quarterback by any measure, but his arm strength -- greater than that of Fitzpatrick -- should allow the Jets to attack all areas of the field. The deep ball (remember that?) could be re-introduced to the offense. Smith is a 29-percent career passer on throws of at least 30 yards in the air; Fitzpatrick has hit only 11 percent (1-for-9) this season. Gailey said Smith has "a lot of talent," and he believes that skill set will allow him to introduce new wrinkles. Naturally, he wouldn't reveal any, but there could be read-option plays to capitalize on Smith's athleticism. There could be more targets to Robby Anderson, whose vertical speed was wasted with Fitzpatrick. They have to do something to stretch the defense, which would help the stagnant running game. 2. Win the crowd : The Jets, returning to MetLife for the first time in three weeks, will be greeted by an impatient crowd. The fan base is understandably frustrated by the lousy start, and the boos will come early if the team is listless. Smith, hardly a fan favorite when he was the starter, will be targeted if he makes a bad play, so a fast start is imperative. In case you're wondering, Fitzpatrick will be the No. 2 quarterback. Bryce Petty, the fair-haired No. 3, will be inactive, eliminating the possibility (I think) of the crowd chanting, "We want Bryce!" 3. Picking on somebody their own size : After facing four straight 2015 playoff teams, the Jets finally get a breather. Wait, check that: There are no breathers for the Jets, but the Ravens are a similarly wounded team. They probably will be without at least six starters, including defensive stalwarts Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and C.J. Mosley. Quarterback Joe Flacco likely will play with a banged-up shoulder. Maybe the Jets can actually record a takeaway. Maybe Muhammad Wilkerson can make a sack -- if he plays. Maybe they can score a second-half touchdown on a designed play for the first time in five weeks. The possibilities are endless. This is a big game for coach Todd Bowles. Losing to good teams on the road is one thing; losing at home to a .500 squad would be damning. 4. Tweaking the defense : Bowles said he's planning to make personnel changes on defense. Those changes, he said, could be based on what he saw in practice this week. He held competition-style practices, hoping to generate some sparks. It's not like he has a lot of options, but you could see bigger roles for linebackers Bruce Carter and Mike Catapano and cornerback Darryl Roberts. Linebacker Erin Henderson and safety Calvin Pryor could have smaller roles. Cornerback Buster Skrine, who was awful last week, will remain a starter, according to Bowles. Curious. 5. Bad history : The Jets are 1-9 against the Ravens (their worst record against an AFC team), having lost eight straight. Remarkably, they've never -- repeat, never -- scored more than 20 points in a game. It's all yours, Geno. >
  9. @DarrylSlater With the Jets projected to be at or over the cap to start 2017, what names are you expecting to see let go ? There are several moves the Jets could make next offseason to create salary cap space. Cornerback Darrelle Revis has a $15.3 million cap number for 2017, so he could be asked to take a pay cut. His base salary next year is $13 million. Just $6 million of that is guaranteed. If the Jets cut Revis and he signs elsewhere, they would receive offset cap credit based on that $6 million, depending on how much Revis gets from his next team. Another pay-cut candidate: left tackle Ryan Clady, who has a $10.5 million cap hit and $10 million non-guaranteed base salary. The Jets would save $10 million against the cap by cutting him. Some other potential cuts the Jets could make, depending on how the rest of the season unfolds: free safety Marcus Gilchrist ($5.375 million cap savings), middle linebacker David Harris ($6.5 million savings), right tackle Breno Giacomini ($4.5 million savings), and kicker Nick Folk ($3 million savings). rest of above article : >
  10. There are so many issues to tackle on the New York Jets, this week's question focuses on the underachieving defensive line. @RichCimini #jetsmail in retrospect, have the Jets over-invested in the D Line ? @RichCimini : It certainly appears that way, based on the current results, but each so-called investment was a sound move at the time. By that, I'm referring to the re-signing of Muhammad Wilkerson and the drafting ofLeonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson. Everybody was praising the Jets for locking up Wilkerson (including me), so I'm not going to second-guess the decision. What can you say? He's playing poorly -- or "sh----," as he told me last week. His ankle injury (residual soreness from offseason surgery), which has him listed as questionable for Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, is a most curious situation. He told Newsday he has been playing in pain for two weeks, but the coaches evidently don't believe it's that big a deal because they're playing him 96 percent of the snaps. They say there has been no drop-off in his game, which is a ridiculous statement. Anybody can see he's not the same player he was last season. I have a feeling there's a lot more to the story. Bottom line : Wilkerson and Richardson, who's playing for a new contract, have combined for only two sacks. That's mind-boggling. Getting back to your original question, I don't think they over-invested, but they invested in players with the same skill sets. There's not enough diversity. Their four-man line consists of four defensive tackles, includingSteve McLendon. It's hard to rush the passer with four defensive tackles. They're using Richardson in different ways (inside and outside linebacker), but they're taking him away from what he does best -- the 3-technique position. He's a very good interior player, but JAG (just another guy) as a 300-pound outside 'backer. The question is, how do they address it going forward? They can't cut Wilkerson, who signed a five-year, $86 million contract before training camp. His 2017 base salary ($14.8 million) is fully guaranteed, so he's not going anywhere. Williams, of course, is staying put; he might be the most talented player on the team. That leaves Richardson, who has a fifth-year option for 2017. If the Jets want to move on from Richardson, they'd have to do it this offseason. There would be a market for him, although it wouldn't be as robust as you might think. Opposing GMs are concerned about his off-the-field issues, I'm told. They can't wait to trade him in 2018, when he'd be eligible for the franchise tag. As we saw with Wilkerson, it's almost impossible to trade a tagged player. I'd have no problem with it if they sell off Richardson. They need to start investing in other positions. >
  11. Rookie OLB Jordan Jenkins has been a member of the Jets for six months, but the surreal feeling of life as a professional athlete has yet to wear off.“It’s an awesome feeling. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” Jenkins told Eric Allen and Larry Hardesty this week on Inside the Jets. “Each week we travel and go to another stadium. Walking into the Cardinals Stadium (University of Phoenix Stadium), I was just looking up at everything, thinking man this is my livelihood now. It really humbles you at times because when you really think about it, you never know what’s going to be your last snap, your last down to ball.”After missing the opening two weeks of the season with a calf injury, the Georgia product has started three games and recorded 11 total tackles. He has also been a key cog in setting the edge for a defense that ranks No. 6 against the rush.“I feel like it’s starting to slow down. I’m starting to get a little bit of confidence, play a little more aggressive and nasty,” he said. “I don’t have to think about things as much. I jumped the snap on Arizona’s tight end a couple times and it’s really all about building that confidence and your comfort level. I feel like week in and week out, I’ve been building that and pretty soon I’ll be out there talking trash to some of the vets and just getting after it.” In the Jets’ 28-3 loss to the Cardinals, the defense surrendered its first 100-yard rusher this season as David Johnson finished with 111 yards on the ground. The Jets will be in bounce-back mode this week against Terrance West, but they got back to their pressure packages in the desert. Jenkins, who is searching for his first QB sack, also had more opportunities to get up the field that at any previous point.“I probably got more rushes in one game than I’ve had probably the entire season. I’m excited about that, and I feel like we’re getting back to that,” he said. “I just hope moving forward we’ll continue to do that depending on who we have available and what the team is doing.”Jenkins has also drawn the eye of his coaching staff since being inserted into the starting lineup. Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers highlighted the 6’3”, 259-pounder’s ability to play in space last Thursday in his weekly press conference. While Jenkins possesses the physical tools to play at a high level, he is still learning the recipe on how to become a successful pro in the NFL.“The biggest challenge is really finding out if you know everything, when you know everything like this coverage or this pressure. Come game time situation, you might panic or have a slight hesitation,” he said. “You just have to really just study as much film as you think you need to and then do some more on top of that.” >
  12. — The Jets have a new starting quarterback, Geno Smith. But will they have a new approach and/or new results for their sputtering offense ? During their current four-game losing streak, the Jets have done next to nothing on offense. They have three touchdowns, and one was a fluke play fumble recovery by their offense. They have gained 305, 305, 316, and 230 yards. They have scored three, 17, 13, and three points. Can Smith bring a different dynamic to their offense ? Sure. But he must take care of the ball, first and foremost. He has 43 turnovers in 32 career games. The issue with Smith, all along, has been his decision making, and not his physical gifts — which are plentiful. Jets coach Todd Bowles said he expects "a few things" will change about the Jets' offensive approach now that Smith is starting over Ryan Fitzpatrick."We've got some different things in for Geno, and hopefully it [creates] a spark," Bowles said. Though Fitzpatrick is not a statue quarterback, Smith gives the Jets more mobility and athleticism. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey can call some roll-out or bootleg plays for Smith, in order to move the pocket and neutralize the Ravens' pass rush Sunday. Smith also has experience with option-offense plays. Don't expect the Jets to completely overhaul their offense with Smith starting. Though he is mobile, he doesn't necessarily prefer to run. He has seven rushing touchdowns, including six as a rookie in 2013, when he ran 72 times for 366 yards (5.1 per rush). In 2014, he ran 59 times for 238 yards (4 per rush).Not only is Smith a more athletic quarterback than Fitzpatrick, but Smith has a stronger arm. This could perhaps allow the Jets to better maximize the deep-threat potential of Robby Anderson, their speedy rookie wide receiver. With Eric Decker (shoulder) out for the season, Anderson is the Jets' No. 3 receiver right now, behind Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa. Anderson is much faster than Marshall or Enunwa, who are bigger-bodied receivers. But the rail-thin Anderson has been minimally involved this year — nine catches for 80 yards.However the Jets adjust their offense with Smith — more pocket movement, more deep shots, whatever — they desperately need better results, as they try to avoid falling to 1-6. Gailey and Bowles were unsurprisingly coy this week regarding how Smith replacing Fitzpatrick might change the Jets' offensive approach. Even though Smith hasn't started since the 2014 finale, he has spent the past season-plus practicing in Gailey's offense, since Gailey arrived after the 2014 season."We're never changing too much," Bowles said. "[Smith] has been in the system for a while. Fitz does things in the system well. Geno does certain things in the system well, so we'll try to concentrate on those things." Bowles said Smith had been receiving about 20 to 30 percent of the first-team reps in practice when he was the backup. Now, Bowles said, Fitzpatrick will receive that same percentage of reps, as Smith's understudy.Gailey also played it close to the vest regarding potential schematic tweaks that could happen Sunday with Smith starting for the first time under his watch. "There could be some things that are different," Gailey said. "[Fitzpatrick and Smith] both do things in some unique ways that are unique to them. You try to tailor things that fit their uniqueness. That's what we will try to do." >
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  14. The Jets quarterback quandary will wind through Geno Smith before the inevitable next stop during this lost season: Bryce Petty's time is coming. The second-year quarterback offers this star-crossed franchise some hope for the future. The temporary transition from Ryan Fitzpatrick to the erratic Smith is doomed to fail. Petty will be next in line to show team decision makers that he deserves serious consideration to compete for the starting job in 2017."To this point, I've been taking advantage of the checks," a candid Petty told the Daily News. "I want to contribute. I want to compete. But that's everybody in this locker room. So, I just have to continue to get better and study that book and study the gameplans and be ready to rock n' roll. That part hasn't changed since Day One…. So, definitely, yeah, I'm ready to play." Petty might have already had his chance if not for a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason finale in Philadelphia that prompted him to miss five weeks of practice. He displayed poise, pocket presence and a cannon arm during a promising preseason that opened plenty of eyes within the organization. He was far from perfect, but he flashed enough to make decision makers wonder about the possibilities.Although Todd Bowles said that Petty, who returned to practice on a full-time basis last week, needs to "practice a good bit and get reps," before becoming a serious option to start, don't be fooled. Petty will get a chance when the 1-5 Jets lose their eighth game (signaling the unofficial official end to any flickering playoff hopes), if not sooner. "Shoot, I want game action," Petty said about getting a chance to play at some point this season. "I think that's what everybody in this locker room wants… is to get an opportunity. That's all you can ask for in life in general, much less in this game. So, I definitely want an opportunity. … My plan is to go in and prepare like I am and then just wait for my number to be called and just jump on that opportunity. I've been in this league a short amount of time, but what I have learned is that when you do get your opportunity, you got to jump on it. Because they're quick and few and far between." Petty's work ethic is commendable. He is literally the first quarterback to arrive at the facility at 5:30 each morning, according to people other than Petty. He has been a willing learner for the better part of the past year and a half. He has never complained, whined or tweeted cryptic messages about a lack of playing time. He is authentically humble. He has leadership qualities that should be cultivated. The organization's decision to draft Christian Hackenberg in the second round prompted him to elevate his game. He entered the preseason unsure whether he'd even make the Week 1 roster. He responded by outplaying Smith and Hackenberg before getting hurt. The preseason success emboldened him. "The biggest thing is the confidence level," Petty said. "When I was in the game, I was so much more comfortable than I was (last year). In the last two weeks on scout team… it's a totally different feel. I've built a foundation now from OTAs this past year to camp to preseason to where it's like, 'Man, you can play. You can do this.' And that's huge for the quarterback position. You got to be confident with your abilities. Last year was a whirl-wind like 'Man, this is a lot.' Now it's like, 'I can do this.'" Petty will lean on Fitzpatrick for guidance as always. Fitzpatrick is still the team leader even though his job description has changed. He's always willing to help."Well, I still am," Fitzpatrick told The News about being the team leader. "I still am going to be looked at as that. I still have to go about my business that way, but it's hard because it's in a different capacity. But that just doesn't go away. … The respect that guys have for me just doesn't go away because I'm not out there playing."Fitzpatrick has been an invaluable resource to Petty, who's been smart enough to understand how helpful the veteran can be to his development. His time is coming. The Jets need to evaluate what they have in him. He provides hope. >
  15. Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer Jets OC Chan Gailey said new QB Geno Smith has "a lot of talent." Gailey said he's not concerned about Smith's history of turnovers because that history didn't happen on his watch. Gailey believes he can add some wrinkles to the game plan because of Smith's skill set. >