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  1. The Jets have been searching for a pass-rushing outside linebacker for a decade now. Since the team traded John Abraham, the role has gone unfilled despite the team throwing money and draft picks at it. Now, that search has gone north of the border. This offseason, the Jets signed Freddie Bishop III, who had 11 sacks for the Calgary Stampeders last season in the Canadian Football League. As the Jets open spring practices this week, Bishop is one of the most intriguing players on the roster.“I don’t know that you compare the number, but 11 sacks is 11 sacks,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “I was in Miami when Cameron Wake got there, and we took him from Canada. Sometimes it takes guys time to develop, and you can develop over there and come back over here and be good players or can develop over there and have a career over there. We saw some things in Freddie, not just the sacks, but as far as him playing the position and knowing how to play the position that made him appealing to us and made us want to sign him.” Last spring as he got settled into the job, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told his scouting department he wanted them to take a hard look at Canada. When Maccagnan was a young scout with the Redskins, he used to mine the CFL for overlooked talent. Pro personnel director Matt Bazirgan assigned scouts to every team in the CFL. When the Canadian season ended in November, the Jets had a list of players they wanted to work out. Bishop was on the list.The Jets were not alone in their interest in Bishop. He worked out for seven teams before signing with the Jets. Bishop impressed the Jets with his power-rush moves. Bishop went undrafted out of Western Michigan in 2013, spent a brief time with the Lions that spring, then went to Canada. At 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Bishop looks the part of an outside linebacker. “The biggest thing to me that stood out about him from Day 1 was just that this was clearly an athletic guy — one of those guys that you see in the uniform and he immediately passes that eyeball test,” said Duane Ford, a CFL analyst for TSN.The Stampeders had some good pass rushers when Bishop got there, so he spent most of his first two years in the CFL watching and learning. He became a starter last year, and his impact was felt. “He had to wait his turn, and then when he got his chance he exploded,” said Glen Suitor, another TSN analyst. He played opposite Stampeders star Charleston Hughes, a player most teams in the CFL game plan against, according to the analysts. That helped Bishop get more opportunities, but he took advantage of them.“He’s a jack of all trades,” Stampeders defensive coordinator DeVone Claybrooks said. “He can play in coverage. We asked him to do a lot of things. We asked him to play inside at the three-technique where he was powerful enough to do that, but he’s also athletic enough to drop into coverage on zone blitzes, plus he is a very powerful and skilled pass rusher.” Claybrooks played for the Cowboys in 2004 when Bowles and Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers were both position coaches there. Claybrooks told Bishop the Jets would be a great fit for him.the Jets have a room of unproven outside linebackers. They have moved on from longtime starters Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace and now have a bunch of young players trying to win the job. The 26-year-old faces a major adjustment coming back to the United States version of football. In Canada, defensive linemen line up 1 yard off the ball, so they have a running start at the offensive line. Bishop saw it as an advantage for the offense, but others disagree.Bishop inevitably will be compared to Wake, who has become a star for the Dolphins after a CFL career, but that probably is unfair.“He’s definitely not Cam Wake,” Forde said. “Cam is unique in any league he plays in. Cameron Wake up here was a guy who sort of dominated everybody he played against. Freddie, to me, in this league was a good player, but I wouldn’t describe him as a dominant Canadian Football League player.” Even if he is not Wake, he has a shot at making the Jets if he can play special teams and show some ability off the edge. The Jets sold Bishop on getting a chance to compete.They told me the chances were good,” Bishop said. “They told me it was going to be an opportunity.” >
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick: MERGED

    "10 reasons Jets won't give in to Ryan Fitzpatrick".. >
  3. @eallenjets @nyjets what defensive front will the jets play more of this year? 3-4 or 4-3? Thanks. 6:07 PM - 11 May 2016 EA: Remains to be seen.’s immensely talented Andy Benoit wrote last year of Bowles, “The labeling is mostly academic anyway. Structure doesn’t define Bowles’s system. Concepts do, especially nickel and dime sub-package concepts.” Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers are going to bring the heat and enter Darron Lee – a speedster at the linebacker position who can get to the quarterback quickly (think A gap or the edge) or help immediately in coverage. Even without Damon Harrison, the Jets will boast one of the most talented defensive fronts as Steve McLendon and Jarvis Jenkins were quality value signings in free agency. The Jets will benefit from having Sheldon Richardson to start the year and the linebacker position will be interesting to monitor this summer as a lot of youth surrounds David Harris and Erin Henderson. rest of above article : >
  4. @eallenjets @nyjets do you think the cornerback that will play opposite @Revis24 is currently on the roster ? 12:30 PM - 11 May 2016 EA: We are still four months out from the regular season, so there is a long way to go. I think the Jets will allow their current group of corners to compete on the outside and then go from there. Buster Skrine will get the first crack at CB2 although he certainly can move back inside as well. Marcus Williams had a team-leading six interceptions in limited duty last season and Dee Milliner , the No. 9 overall selection in the 2013 draft, is still 24 years old. Juston Burris , an NC State product taken in Round 4, has intriguing size and could eventually become a factor down the line. rest of above article : >
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick: MERGED

    Ryan Fitzpatrick has a problem. He has forgotten a rather large fact. Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to remember he's Ryan Fitzpatrick. The New York Jets are beginning OTAs, and mandatory minicamp is right around the corner -- yet Fitz and the team still don't have a deal. It's rather unfathomable. And there is only one person to blame. That's Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick talked to SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday from Willie Colon's charity golf outing. The 33-year-old quarterback made it clear that he's playing football next year -- retirement is not an option. And he made it crystal clear that he wants to be back with the Jets. So, Ryan ... What's the holdup? Sign the deal! Fitzpatrick and the Jets remain worlds apart on the value of a new contract.Our Ian Rapoport has reported for quite some time that the two parties just donot see eye-to-eye in terms of proper compensation. According to NFL Media reports, the Jets have offered $7 million a season (on a three-year, $21 million deal), while Fitzpatrick is seeking more than double that on a per-year basis. The Jets are in the right here.You don't overpay Ryan Fitzpatrick because Sam Bradford cashed in ($36 million over two years) on Philly needing a veteran starting quarterback. In no universe is Fitzpatrick worth that kind of money. Fitzpatrick is a journeyman, a guy who bounces around and holds the fort until a team inevitably determines it can do better. OK, to be fair, Fitzpatrick brilliantly seized his opportunity last year after Geno Smith was slugged in the face by a teammate. Fitz helped the Jets win 10 games and personally enjoyed a career year, with nearly 4,000 yards passing and 31 TD passes (a franchise record). Now, predictably, the quarterback wants to get paid. Unfortunately for him, the Jets' evaluation of his season -- like my own -- goes beyond a few glossy surface numbers.In this "career year," Fitzpatrick completely blew it in a huge spot: Week 17. With the Jets facing a win-and-in situation at Buffalo, the quarterback completed just 16 of his 37 passes and threw three picks ina 22-17 loss. Had the Jets made the playoffs, I think they could've gone to Cincy and beaten theBengals. And who knows? Maybe the defense would've had a shot against Peyton Manning's Broncosin the Divisional Round.Fitz playing his worst in Week 17 is a huge deal. It definitely left a bad taste on the season. And it wasn't the only disconcerting effort, either. The first game against the Bills -- another 22-17 loss, on Thursday Night Football -- was a total dud for No. 14. And the game Fitzpatrick played against his old Texans team set football back to the stone ages. Here's another thing going against Fitzpatrick: Apparently, the rest of the NFL agrees with the Jets on the quarterback's ultimate value. His current market as a starting quarterback is ... nonexistent.Cleveland, desperate for a quarterback, picked up Robert Griffin III, who didn't play a down last year. On the veteran front, Denver opted for Mark Sanchez, who turned it over three more times as you were reading this. Philly could've signed Fitzpatrick, but Bradford clearly is more talented (albeit injury-prone). Re-do with the Texans? Bills? Rams? Please. They know the deal. And Fitzpatrick wouldn't be the starter on those teams anyway.In New York last year, Fitzpatrick had Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker -- arguably the top duo in the NFL in 2015 -- at his disposal. The chemistry was incredible. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey maximized Fitz, just like he did when the pair was together in Buffalo. And this offseason, versatile running back Matt Forte joined the Jets party. So, what is Fitz waiting for? Hoping for bad reviews of Geno in OTAs? For Christian Hackenberg to look like a rookie? For Bryce Petty to appear overwhelmed again?The Jets don't want to have to go to Plan B. They don't think Geno is the answer. They don't want to rush Hackenberg. They don't want to trade for Josh McCown.The Jets want Fitzpatrick. But they are smart not to overpay, smart not to bust the cap and give in to the demands. I don't think the Jets are playing with fire. How can Fitzpatrick find receivers better than Marshall and Decker and a coaching staff he knows? What other team would actually pay Ryan Fitzpatrick $7 million a year. I don't buy the potential desperation following a QB injury in the coming months. The educated guess is Fitzpatrick signs with the Jets before training camp in July. But that won't endear him to fans, especially once he throws the first of many interceptions. (Remember, even in his career year, Fitz tossed 15 picks.)Sure, the Jets are better with Fitzpatrick, but they also know that he could turn into a pumpkin, morphing back into the quarterback who hasn't been able to stick anywhere in his 11-year pro career. Truth be told, I'm not convinced the Jets are a playoff team even withFitzpatrick.It's easy to yell and scream about theJets and their quarterbacks through the years. They've earned it. But in this particular case, they've handled the situation the right way. Now, we all wait for Ryan Fitzpatrick to remember he's Ryan Fitzpatrick. >
  6. It seems pretty clear rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg is the team’s backup — at least — for the 2016 season. His future starting ability will depend on the work he puts in starting now. The Jets begin OTAs today with three practices scheduled for this week. Here’s a look at Hackenberg during rookie minicamp held earlier this month. video.. >
  7. How the Jets Can Plot a Course to Salary Cap Flexibility By extending contracts of some older veterans or cutting some expendable players, Jets could trim $11 million from current cap figure The Jets begin organized team activities Tuesday without their starting quarterback from last year’s 10-6 season and pressed up so tightly against the NFL’s salary cap that they barely can find room to sign their draft picks. General manager Mike Maccagnan’s standing offer to free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is reportedly worth about $8 million. And since he ideally needs a few million for emergency moves once training camp kicks off in August, the Jets could stand to trim about $11 million from their current cap number.As difficult as that may sound, there are two ways to do this. The Jets can either extend the contracts of some older veterans or cut some of their expendable players.If Fitzpatrick does return to the team, that would make Geno Smith a prime candidate to be released because Bryce Petty and especially rookie Christian Hackenberg need practice reps. Cutting Smith would save a little over $1 million, according to OverTheCap. Kicker Nick Folk was easily replaced in the lineup last year after a groin injury and cutting him would save $2.75 million. Disappointing tight end Jace Amaro, who missed all of last year, and little-used cornerback Dexter McDougle could be jettisoned for about $1.4 million more of savings. Running back Zac Stacy averaged just 2.9 yards on 31 carries last year and is fourth on the depth chart. He’s also paid relatively little money, however. Those cuts would leave the team about $5 million short, which is where starting right tackle Breno Giacomini comes in. Ranked 69th out of 76 offensive tackles graded by ProFootballFocus last season, releasing Giacomini after June 1 saves exactly $5 million. The question is whether one of Giacomini’s backups would be even worse. Of course, the reported $8 million offer to Fitzpatrick wasn’t enough to bring him back as yet. Plus the Jets have to pay minimum salaries to whoever replaces any cuts. So the team may also have to extend older, high-priced players like wide receiver Brandon Marshall ($9.5 million cap hit this year) or center Nick Mangold ($8.6 million), both 32. A long-term deal with defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson would dramatically lower his current $15.7 million charge as a franchise player, but that looks unlikely given the way negotiations have gone over the last two offseasons. >
  8. CB Juston Burris.. our 4th Round Selection video.. >
  9. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Email print comment The New York Jets return to the field on Tuesday for the first time since their crushing loss to the Buffalo Bills. Yep, it's that time of the offseason -- organized team activities, better known as OTAs.The Jets have 10 non-contact practices over the next three weeks, followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp (June 14-16). The first practice open to the media is Wednesday. A look at the top storylines : ~ ~ 3. Building chemistry on D : Bowles has four new starters to break in, so these offseason practices are important from a communication standpoint. The good news is that three of them were backups last season and have experience in the system -- linebackers Erin Henderson and Lorenzo Mauldin and cornerback Buster Skrine. The only newcomer is McLendon, who replacesDamon Harrison. With Darrelle Revis out, Skrine and Marcus Williams -- both battling for Antonio Cromartie's old job -- figure to get most of the reps. Assuming he's healthy, Dee Milliner begins his last-chance season. rest of above article : >
  10. Ryan Fitzpatrick: MERGED

    Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, in his first comments of the offseason, told two reporters, "I would like to be back" with the Jets. Later, he told SiriusXM NFL Radio, he's not considering retirement. >
  11. Veteran Mike 'Backer, Entering Season 10, Remains Focused on "The Job" Harris Is the Mainstay in the Middle Posted May 19, 2016 Eric AllenSr. Reporter/Director, Internet ProgrammingEmail @eallenjets On the Inside Veteran Mike 'Backer, Entering Season 10, Remains Focused on "The Job David Harris has never basked in the spotlight. While polite and friendly, one of the top defenders in Jets history grudgingly accepts interviews. During an on-camera catch-up this week, Harris was asked about the 85 tackles he needs to become the second most prolific tackler in franchise history. “It may cross my mind every once in a while. But at the end of the day, I just know if I go out there and just do my job, that will come,” says Harris, who should pass Mo Lewis (1,231) on the team’s all-list in 2016. “So I’m not going to go out there pressing… No I’m not going to go out like that. I’m just going to go out there and do my job and if I pass it, I pass it this year. But that’s not in my mind right now.”Harris, who again paced the Jets with 128 tackles last season, has led the club in stops and reached the 100-mark in eight of his nine professional seasons. He again will be counted on heavily as the Todd Bowles era reaches Year 2. Last season, the Jets finished 4th overall defensively including 2nd against the run, 3rd on third down and T3 in takeaways.“We’re way further ahead because we have guys who played in it last year,” Harris said of the unit coordinated by Kacy Rodgers. “Last season, Bowles had to install it and we were all first-year players. It was a new system, nobody really had played in this defense except one guy (Antonio Cromartie). So we had to learn it a little bit slower, but everything’s going good. We are out here, going through walk-throughs and making all the checks and corrections that need to be made to make sure everybody is on top of their things.” While Harris remains a mainstay at the Mike, the Jets will have a new opening day starter at their “Mo” position on the inside. Erin Henderson, who played in a rotation late last season with Demario Davis, moved atop the depth chart when the former singed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns.“Sometimes it can be hard if you’re not the starter, coming off the bench in spot roles because you’re not really adjusted to the flow of the game as a starter. But he came in and we never missed a beat,” Harris said of Henderson. “He made a lot of plays and he made a lot of tackles for the amount of snaps he was in there. He didn’t have any mental errors, he knew what to do and he’s a very physical linebacker. He comes downhill and he’s a vet, he knows football, which is a huge plus.”And the Jets have high hopes for Darron Lee, a first-round pick out of Ohio State who is initially expected to back up Henderson at the “Mo” spot. While Harris — a long-time admirer of Michael Jordan — gives Lee some grief about his hoops preferences, he does like the rookie’s approach to football.“It’s going good. Right now, it’s the NBA playoffs and he’s a huge LeBron James fan,” Harris said of Lee. “We go back and forth about that, but as far as football it’s good. He’s a fast learner, he’s very wide-eyed and he’s eager to learn. And he’s spent a little bit more time with the coaches, trying to make sure he’s 100% with what he’s doing.” In addition to the landscape change at linebacker, the Jets defensive front has undergone some alterations as well. After nose tackle Damon Harrison departed to the Giants in free agency, the Jets rebounded with a pair of quality value moves in NT Steve McLendon and DL Jarvis Jenkins.“If you know Steve, he’s always doing extra. If it’s before or after the walk-throughs or lifting, he’s always doing something extra to try to improve himself,” Harris said. “He’s a vet as well, he played a lot of ball and Jarvis is pretty much the same way. He’s very athletic. They both are very athletic, they can move up front, they can play interchangeably along the defensive line, which is a huge plus for us.” Next week, the Jets will start Phase 3 of the their offseason program. The club will be permitted to have 10 OTAs over a four week-span, which means NFL rules permit teams to be on the field for 3.5 hours during those day sessions.“It’s picking up, the workload. We’ve pretty much installed the playbook thus far for this part of the season,” Harris said. “And we’re just hanging out, working, working out, trying to get as strong as possible and looking to maintain our gains and improvements throughout the summer.” >
  12. Muhammad Wilkerson ~ ~ ~

    An ex-Patriots star recently said some very kind things about Jets defensive endMuhammad Wilkerson. According to Willie McGinest, the former Pro Bowl pass rusher for New England, Wilkerson is among the NFL's five best defensive players. McGinest said so on the NFL Network, in fact.McGinest also included Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly in his "no particular order" list. Here's what McGinest, who played for the Patriots from 1994-2005, had to say about Wilkerson : "He's one of the best defensive players in the league. I struggled with this one. You had [Ndamukong] Suh and a couple other players I could've put in there. But when you look at players that impact the football game, it always starts for me at the line of scrimmage. Here's a player that's dominant against the run. He's always being double teamed. As a pass rusher, you can't stop him. You can't block him one-on-one. You always have to double him. When you talk to offensive coordinators in the league, the one guy they always single out on the Jets' team that they have to game plan around and for is Muhammad Wilkerson. I just love his athleticism and everything he brings to the game." The Jets have franchise tagged Wilkerson, and they have until July 15 to give him the long-term contract he wants. It seems unlikely that'll happen at this point, though. And the Jets have said they likely won't trade Wilkerson, after being at odds with his camp about his contract value for quite a while. So expect Wilkerson to play 2016 under the one-year franchise tag (worth $15.701 million) and become a free agent next offseason. But in the meantime, he appreciated what McGinest said about him : Muhammad Wilkerson ✔‎@mowilkerson Shout out to @WillieMcGinest for showing the love I appreciate it 7:48 PM - 20 May 2016 >
  13. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Email print comment A look at what's happening around the New York Jets : 1.Tweaking the D: The Jets were a top-10 defense last season in the major statistical categories, but one area that needs work is their sub defense -- the nickel and dime packages. Everybody knows how important they are in today's game. With so many spread offenses, it's common for defenses to use their nickel personnel for at least 50 percent of the snaps.Interestingly, the Jets used their nickel and dime packages for only 440 snaps (43 percent), good for 21st in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They didn't perform particularly well with five or six defensive backs on the field, finishing 21st in yards per play (6.19), 19th in yards per rush (5.29) and 15th in yards per pass attempt (7.06). Perhaps that factored into some of their draft-day decisions. First-round pickDarron Lee, known as a blitz-and-cover linebacker, will play immediately in the nickel. Third-round pick Jordan Jenkins could start out as a pass-rushing specialist and fourth-round cornerback Juston Burris will have a chance to work his way into playing time. If nothing else, the Jets will have more speed on the field for those crucial second-and-long and third-and-long plays. ~ 4. The three wise men: The Jets have to be one of the most seasoned teams in the league when it comes to interior defense. The three men in the middle -- inside linebackers David Harris and Erin Henderson, plus nose tackle Steve McLendon -- have a combined 22 seasons of experience. The downside is you always worry about a lack of speed when you're dealing with older players. Henderson and McLendon replaced younger players, Demario Davis andDamon Harrison, respectively.Harris likes his new middle men. On Henderson: "He played better and better as the season went on. You go back and watch and the last game of the season, he played phenomenal. It all came together for him. We're all looking for great things from him this year."On McLendon: "[Harrison] was a hell of a player for us. He pretty much averaged 70 tackles a season playing nose tackle, and that's unheard of. Now Steve is here. He comes from a similar system in Pittsburgh. He knows a lot of our verbiage already. I talk to him almost every day. ... He's athletic, he's as strong as an ox and he's a veteran, so he knows how to approach it." ~ 8. Ear plugs could be an option: The neighborhood around Harris' locker has changed. Gone is the retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson, quiet and always mature beyond his years. New in that part of the locker room are Sheldon Richardson and Rontez Miles, both young and brash. "I guess I have to be the old, wise [leader]," Harris cracked. rest of above article : >
  14. @DarrylSlater what role do you see Khiry Robinson playing this year ? Is he just Forte/ Powell insurance ? 2:50 PM - 19 May 2016 He could be a bruising, short-yardage running back. He's not going to get a ton of carries, since Matt Forte and Bilal Powell will shoulder most of the workload. But I wouldn't expect Robinson to ride the pine for the entire season, either. He is a 220-pound guy, so look for his limited action (presuming Forte and Powell stay healthy) to come in situations that require a bullish runner. rest of above article : >
  15. Muhammad Wilkerson ~ ~ ~

    It's Jets mailbag time, folks. So let's get right to your questions and our answers. @DarrylSlater any chance the jets resign mo for a long term deal ? Any chance at all ? 2:01 PM - 19 May 2016 I don't see it happening. The Jets have been at odds with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and his agent, Chad Wiestling, for quite some time now, regarding Wilkerson's long-term contract value. This has been an issue essentially since the moment Mike Maccagnan became the Jets' general manager in January of 2015. Remember, Wilkerson skipped voluntary workouts last offseason, just like he is doing now. The Jets are clearly holding firm on their offer. They have franchise tagged Wilkerson, and even though he hasn't yet signed the tag's tender, I expect he'll eventually do so — and then play 2016 on a one-year contract. Then he'll (most likely) leave in free agency next offseason. Oh, and the Jets have said they almost certainly won't trade Wilkerson now. rest of above article : >