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  1. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Could this be the order of the Jets' QB depth chart? From front to back: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. In case you're wondering, Geno Smith never stretches with the QB group. Odd. > http://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets
  2. The New England Patriots releasing recent starters is newsworthy, sure, but it’s hardly shocking at this point. Even if the player in question this time plays a hard-to-fill position — center — and is still in his prime at 25.Bryan Stork, who was the starting center as a rookie for most of the Patriots’ season, will reportedly be released. He now will be subject to waivers and almost certainly will be claimed. This is now the fifth member of the team’s 2014 draft class whom the team has released, including first-rounder Dominique Easley. (Jon Halapio was cut before re-signing this offseason.) Second-round quarterback Jimmy Garappolo and fourth-round running back James White will play important fill-in roles this season, especially in the early going, that could help this class from being an almost total bust. Knowing when to cut bait on player has become a hallmark of the Bill Belichick regime, and he does it without emotional tie, which is a rare trait in this stubborn NFL. The team getting Stork will be getting a one-position player with an extremely tough and surly disposition, but also a player who has been beset by injuries in his brief career. Stork started only six games last season in the Patriots’ ever-rotating offensive line, spending a big chunk of the season on the injured list. Stork also suffered a concussion in training camp and missed a week’s action, and he has a history of them dating back to Florida State. Stork was worked over in the AFC championship game in January — a game in which the Denver Broncos might have had a big tell on Stork’s snapping, which led them to snow Tom Brady under much of the game. Stork also had a costly unnecessary roughness penalty for head-butting Broncos defensive lineman Vance Walker that cost the Patriots valuable field position and perhaps is an example of Stork’s temper boiling over. Former Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo was seen getting spoken to sternly by head coach Bill Belichick in that game, and the absence of DeGuglielmo now — he was fired in the offseason — and the return of former OL coach Dante Scarnecchia might also have had something to do with Stork’s release. Although Scarnecchia was aiding the team with scouting the offseason they drafted Stork, it’s possible that the meet-the-new-boss-same-as-the-old-boss position coach has a different idea of what he wants inside. This pushes David Andrews to the head of the line now as the starting center. By all accounts so far this training camp, Andrews had outplayed Stork. Andrews, a 2015 undrafted rookie, did a remarkable job as the primary starter last season, and he is backed up by Josh Kline, who now has a better chance of making the roster because of the Stork transaction. Stork also might not have done himself many favors with his fight last week that got himkicked out of joint practices with the Chicago Bears. Interesting to note, too: The Bears are among the handful of teams looking for help at center. > https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/patriots-release-former-starting-center-bryan-stork-135349871.html
  3. -- With the New England Patriots releasing centerBryan Stork on Wednesday, a move that comes as only a mild surprise, it clears a path for second-year man David Andrews to be the team's top player at the position. Patriots followers got an early look at Andrews in 2015 when he admirably stepped in as the team's starting center for the first 10 games when Stork was on the short-term injured reserve list because of a concussion. Andrews played well, helping the Patriots to a 10-0 start. But when Stork returned, Andrews was quickly moved to a backup role by former offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, That was a clear indication of how DeGuglielmo viewed the depth chart at the time, as it seemed like a pretty quick hook for Andrews, even though he had struggled a bit in the 10th game against some of the Buffalo Bills' challenging blitz packages.But the first sign that things were changing in 2016 came when Andrews and Stork split first-unit repetitions in spring practices. One day it was Stork, the next it was Andrews. Three factors seemed to be swinging the momentum in Andrews' direction : 1) The return of offensive-line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who had been retired the prior two seasons. 2) Andrews reportedly was an offseason award winner for his solid work in the weight room and in training. 3) Stork's concussion history and also his inconsistency, which included a wild episode at an Aug. 16 practice with the Bears in which he threw punches (that didn't connect) at linebacker John Timu. That upset Bill Belichick. Belichick and players sometimes relay word that "dependability is more important than ability" and that applies well to Andrews.Despite playing well at Georgia against some of the top players in the country, he went undrafted in 2015, in part because he was considered undersized (he's listed at 6-foot-3, 295 pounds). But since signing with the Patriots after the draft, I don't recall him missing a practice, as he's shown a steady rate of improvement. The nephew of longtime NFL head coach Dan Reeves, he has a lunch-pail mentality that seems to have endeared himself to Scarnecchia, who has worked wonders in the past with lesser-heralded linemen such as Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly.Now the path has been cleared for Andrews to be the team's starting center, which, for those who have watched closely in 2016, is far from a major surprise. > http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4794971/bryan-storks-release-clears-path-for-david-andrews-as-patriots-center
  4. When he woke up in Mount Sinai hospital nearly a year ago on that Monday morning, he saw the fear in the faces of the people that meant the most to him even if he didn't understand why, how or when he got there. It was the strangest feeling. Didn't he have a game to play ? "The last thing I remembered I was on the football field," Lorenzo Mauldin said in a quiet moment after a recent Jets practice. "The next thing I know I got needles stuck in my arm, stuff all over my head, trying to figure out what's going on with my brain. What happened?" It had been hours since Mauldin, the Jets rookie outside linebacker, who had overcome a hellish past, lay motionless on the field after his early fourth-quarter collision had forced a fumble. He had gotten up only to collapse after the first big play in his first NFL game. He had a childhood that no child should have endured, bouncing from foster home to foster home, before finalizing realizing his dream. Now, one moment threatened to take it away. The team feared neck and spinal cord injuries as medical personnel strapped him on a spinal board and carted him off. His friends feared paralysis. "They thought I was going into a coma… because I wasn't responsive," Mauldin said. "It was pretty scary." Hours later, Mauldin had feeling in his extremities. He had suffered a concussion, but cheated something much more ominous... even if he has no recollection the play or the stunned silence at MetLife Stadium when he collapsed. For once in his life, he was lucky. If you have a pulse, it's impossible not to root for him. Mauldin's past has buoyed him when it could have easily buried him. The Jets expect big things from the second-year linebacker in this win-now season. "He's going to take a big step from where he was last year to this year," Todd Bowles said. "How big? That remains to be seen. I'm not looking for him to have a breakout Reggie White-type season, but as a complete linebacker I expect him to get better." Mauldin must morph from situational pass rusher to every-down linebacker for Bowles and Kacy Rodgers' defense to evolve. For all the difference makers along the defensive line, the Jets lacked a consistent presence on the edge last season. Mauldin spent the offseason working on the nuances of playing his position with special attention on dropping into coverage. He only played one season in college at outside linebacker. He was never going to be an overnight sensation at the next level. He learned on the fly last year. Bowles limited the former third-round pick to sub packages on passing downs. He finished with four sacks and seven quarterback hits as a rookie. Now, he's expanded his understanding of the defense. The possibilities for Bowles and Rodgers' unit are frightening if Mauldin turns into the player that the brain trust believes he can be this year. "We'll be an unstoppable defense," Mauldin said. "We were close to No. 1 in run defense last year. We just hope to get up there (statistically) with pass rushing. I feel like we're a lot faster on the defense. We're going to show people…." Mauldin is more comfortable than he was in his first training camp. "I was a little confused," he admitted. So, he logged plenty of study hours after the season. He even gained weight to become a better edge setter. "I feel like I'll be good as an every-down player now, because I understand the system," Mauldin said. "Last year, I was just used as a rush specialist. I was able to just go, go, go. But now I have to drop back. I have to look at formations. I have to understand what's going on… and I have a better grasp of that." He is trying to apply all this knowledge in camp. Although he hasn't jumped out in the first two preseason games, that doesn't mean a lack of progress. "He's learned a lot of things," Bowles said. "He flashes as a pass rusher, but we're trying to get him to learn how to play the total linebacker positon and that takes some learning. We're not disappointed in him. He hasn't regressed at all." It might only be Mauldin's second year, but there's real pressure to deliver. The typically reserved Bowles and Rodgers have heaped plenty of praise on the young linebacker. The expectations are clear. The expectations are high. "All I got to do is live up to the expectations," Mauldin said. "I've been doing it my entire life. So why not now?" He needs to make a significant jump. > http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/year-major-health-scare-jets-mauldin-jump-article-1.2761292
  5. The Jets are boring. Before you think that is a knock, hear me out. This is not a bad thing. The Jets broke training camp Monday. You probably did not notice because this has been the quietest training camp the Jets have had in years. While Jets rivals like the Bills, Patriots and even the usually quiet crosstown Giants have dealt with rocky summers, the Jets have been cruising along, enjoying their Camp Quiet. The biggest stories of Jets camp have been the minor scuffle between Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall and how many quarterbacks the Jets should keep. That’s right. Jets camp is so dull that we are not debating who the starting quarterback should be. We’re debating who the backup quarterback should be! And, oh yes, whether fourth-stringer Christian Hackenberg is getting enough work in the preseason. Where have you gone, Tim Tebow ? This is just what Woody Johnson wanted when he hired the coach/general manager tandem of Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan in 2015. He wanted to hire men who would bring him wins, of course, but he also wanted leaders to quiet the noise around the team. Mission accomplished. The Jets are now as quiet as a library on a Saturday night.Up the road, old friend Rex Ryan has had a brutal training camp filled with key injuries and suspensions. In New England, the Patriots are dealing with injuries to Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer and have the Tom Brady suspension looming. In East Rutherford, the Giants are now fielding questions about how they handled kicker Josh Brown after domestic violence allegations surfaced. Meanwhile, Bowles fields another question about Hackenberg’s playing time.The quiet means fewer back pages, but does it mean more wins? Only time will tell, but having a summer like this can’t hurt. The Jets have been able to concentrate on football with no distractions popping up. When is the last time you could say that? Camp chaos even predated Rex. In the summer of 2008, the team brought in quarterback Brett Favre the day before the preseason opener, making that a crazy training camp. The following season featured the arrival of Ryan as carnival barker and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. The “Hard Knocks” cameras captured all of the fun of 2010, including the Revis holdout. In 2011, Jets players made boasts every day about how far that team would go with Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason promising to light up scoreboards. The team went 8-8.Tebow stole the show in 2012 with ESPN’s cameras seemingly everywhere to document the worst experiment since New Coke.The camps of 2013 and 2014 featured more quarterback drama with Sanchez and Geno Smith facing off in ’13 and then the great non-competition competition of 2014 between Smith and Michael Vick. Last year, in Bowles’ first season as coach, it was quiet until IK Enemkpali started throwing haymakers.But this year the drama was over before camp began. Maccagnan made sure of that when he signed Muhammad Wilkerson to a long-term dealin mid-July and then locked up Ryan Fitzpatrick just minutes before the first meeting of training camp. Since then, the Jets have been about as exciting as PBS.The problem for many of those Jets teams that had exciting summers was the disappointing falls that followed them. Maybe for these Jets a sleepy summer will lead to a fantastic fall and a winning winter. > http://nypost.com/2016/08/23/jets-new-era-is-quietly-here-the-embarrassing-circus-is-over/
  6. — Right tackle Breno Giacomini was probably the Jets' least effective offensive lineman last season.But that didn't mean they necessarily wanted to replace him. After all, the Jets' line depth was — and is — woefully inexperienced. With the Sept. 11 regular season opener fast approaching, Giacomini remains on the physically unable to perform list, with a back injury. He hasn't practiced yet in training camp. He doesn't appear ready to soon return.Though Jets coach Todd Bowles said he's still holding out hope that Giacomini can be available for Week 1, the Jets are preparing to start Ben Ijalana or Brent Qvale at right tackle, in the event that Giacomini is still ailing. It appears Ijalana is the leading contender for the replacement spot. If he starts in Week 1 against the Bengals, it would be a long time coming for Ijalana."It's definitely fulfilling," he told NJ Advance Media this week. "You might never get the opportunity. It's definitely cool to savor and take the opportunity, because you never know. Everybody has different paths, so you just can't be discouraged. As long as you're in, you always have a chance. "I'm just really happy they trust me. I'm happy I've been able to do well, and do what I thought I was always able to do." Ijalana said he's "pretty confident" in his ability to be the Jets' Week 1 starting right tackle, if he needs to step in."I've been doing well so far," he said of his 2016 training camp. "It's a good sample for myself and for others."Ijalana, a 27-year-old who grew up in Burlington County, has played in just seven games since the Colts drafted him in Round 2 in 2011. He has never started. He played in four games for the Colts in 2011, before tearing his ACL. Ijalana also missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL. The Jets claimed him off waivers just before the 2013 season. Ijalana then spent three seasons backing up left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who retired this offseason and was replaced, via trade, by Ryan Clady.Ijalana has played in three games for the Jets, all in 2014. This offseason, he re-signed with them — a one-year, $840,000 contract. Through his time as Ferguson's understudy, Ijalana tried to maintain confidence, though he knew he likely would never play, because Ferguson was so durable. "Just a humbling process," he said. "A lot of time waiting, a lot of time watching. I didn't perform poorly [in practice]. I was still performing well — at least I thought so, to my standards. It's not like I was playing bad and I was sulking. I knew I was doing well. I just understood things are what they are." With Giacomini sidelined, Ijalana had to play right tackle for the first time since his rookie year, when he got very little action there. "Me personally, it's a different position," Ijalana said of right tackle. "The assignments are the same, but it's a different position. My body feels different. Think about hundreds and thousands of reps I've probably taken on the left side, where there's not much thought about it. But now, I had to just work motor skills and relearn. It's tough, but that's why we have practice." During his three seasons as Ferguson's backup, Ijalana picked up many tips from Ferguson about how to stay healthy and available — stretch, hydrate, eat well, and go to sleep early. The last one is something Ijalana overlooked as a young player.Ferguson showed him the benefits of being "a big sleep guy," Ijalana said. Ijalana still recalls those nights at the team hotel when Ferguson would just get up during a group gathering and walk toward his room. "I'll see you guys," Ferguson would say. His teammates would look at him curiously. "You're already going to bed?" they'd ask. That's how Ijalana learned to be a pro, by watching the little things Ferguson did."It's something as simple as that — go to bed early, get the proper amount of sleep," Ijalana said. Now, during preseason practices, Ijalana is in bed by 10:15 p.m. and up at 6:30 a.m., ready to seize his long-awaited chance. > http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2016/08/with_jets_breno_giacomini_hurt_can_ben_ijalana_sei.html#incart_river_index
  7. -- In 2014, Robby Anderson scored touchdowns in his mind as he ran sprints on the sandy shore of the lake at his apartment complex in Orlando, Florida. He wanted to be in Philadelphia, catching passes for his school, Temple, but his season played out near Disney World. It was no Fantasy Land. Anderson, who flunked out of Temple because of bad grades, regained his eligibility that year by earning an associate's degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando. He went an entire season without football, focusing on school and training near the apartment he shared with his mother. If he wasn't on the beach, running, he was in the gym. "It was a humbling experience," he said this week. "I really feel like that year, that's what molded me into a man. ... Sometimes you have to lose it all to appreciate it when it comes back." Anderson has become one of the feel-good stories of the New York Jets' summer. Undrafted in April, the 6-foot-3 speedster leads the NFL in receiving yards (138) for the preseason. He exploded for six catches, 131 yards and a touchdown last Friday against the Washington Redskins, adding his name to the conversation for the final few roster spots.The Jets figured to carry six wide receivers, maybe seven, and Anderson is competing with Jeremy Ross and fellow rookies Charone Peake and Jalin Marshall for the final two or three spots. They could try to put Anderson on the practice squad, but it will be hard to slip him through waivers, especially with his gaudy numbers. When teams evaluate developmental players, they look for rare traits, stuff that can't be taught. Anderson has size and electric speed; he ran under 4.4 seconds in the 40 at his pro day. He might be the fastest player on the Jets. Asked if he is, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "I hope so." "I think he showcased that (speed) a little bit in the game; he does every day on the practice field," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "He’s got really good hands. His hands aren’t enormous, but he’s just got soft hands, he brings everything in. The (42-yard) touchdown catch that he made over the defender, I thought he made it look easy and that’s kind of what jumped out to me. He made such a difficult catch look like an easy one. He’s got a good little swagger to him that I hadn’t really seen that you see in games come out a little bit." Anderson is rail-thin at 190 pounds and his route running needs polish, but he definitely has tools. You know the hunger is there; a lot of players wouldn't have made it back from a season away from football. He was so determined to resume his career that he moved away from his hometown, Ft. Lauderdale, seeking a fresh start in Orlando. His mother, a nurse, landed a job there, too, so it seemed like the right fit."Before that happened, when I was still in school, I thought I was a young man. I thought I knew everything," he said, reflecting on the root of his academic troubles. "I'm a very intelligent person, but I wasn't applying myself. It humbled me and it taught me a lot. I feel like it made me a better person." Back at Temple last season, Anderson showed his potential, finishing with 70 receptions for 939 yards and seven touchdowns. His signature game was against Houston, a 12-catch, 150-yard performance in which he was covered by William Jackson, who would be drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals. That was big, but last week's game against the Redskins was bigger. "It's a huge accomplishment, coming from where I came from," said Anderson, who lived in Teaneck, New Jersey, until he was 3. "I've always had this dream since I was young. People are proud to see I stuck with it. I never gave up." > http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/62423/jets-long-shot-robby-anderson-finds-his-new-beach-and-its-chill
  8. ..Due diligence cheers ~ ~
  9. ~ ~ What's hot : A few injuries bear watching: Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa(concussion), linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) and tight end Jace Amaro(groin). Enunwa did radio interviews on Tuesday, so he apparently is progressing well. Jenkins left practice on Monday and didn't return. The rookie needs as many practice reps as possible, so any significant layoff would impede his progress as a potential starter. He's trying to claimCalvin Pace's old position in the base defense. Speaking of Pace, he's still not ready to retire. At 35, he wants to continue playing and he'd love an opportunity to return to the Jets, I'm told. It's unclear if the team has interest in a reunion. The Jets overhauled their linebacking corps with youth and speed, so he probably doesn't fit the profile. On the other hand, he's a savvy vet who can recite the playbook in his sleep. As for Amaro, he's fighting for a roster spot and can't afford to miss any time. rest of above article : > http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/62416/if-jets-get-into-a-pinch-at-linebacker-they-can-call-old-friend-calvin-pace
  10. The Jets are one of several teams to acquire about recently released cornerback Keenan Lewis,according to Josina Anderson of ESPN. Lewis went on to tell Anderson, "I wouldn't mind playing with (Darrelle) Revis." The cornerback appeared in only six games for New Orleans last season, making six tackles and deflecting two passes. From 2011-2014, Lewis played in all 16 games and racked up seven interceptions while forcing two fumbles. Lewis is flying to Pittsburgh tonight to visit with the Steelers, where he played his first four NFL seasons after being drafted by the team as a third-round pick in 2009. Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter It remains to be seen if the Jets are legitimately interested in bringing in Lewis - or a player like him. It may be just a case of them leaving no stone unturned or perhaps the source is an agent who is throwing the Jets' name into the mix as a plausible suitor that could make the market for his client look more impressive. If the Jets do have interest, then that might mean that they've been less than impressed with how well their cornerbacks are performing with Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams each being elevated into a more substantial role and Dee Milliner still apparently unable to remain on the field. Would Lewis represent any kind of upgrade though - and what might the cost be? Lewis signed for approximately $5 million per year a few seasons ago and initially did well, but struggled in 2014 and didn't play much in 2015 before being placed on injured reserve. He had hip surgery at the start and again at the end of the 2015 season, so his inability to remain with the Saints might have as much to do with that as anything else. When the Saints released him last week, he claimed he had never been able to get along with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who had taken over in 2015. However, it's worth emphasizing that his 2014 struggles came before Allen's arrival. > https://www.sny.tv/jets/news/jets-inquire-on-cb-keenan-lewis/197205810
  11. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Former Bills RB Karlos Williams visited the Jets today, source confirms (via WGR radio). Due diligence. No deal imminent. > http://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets
  12. Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will serve a one-game suspension to start the regular season, which makes it two years in a row that Richardson will miss the opening of the season because of league discipline. Other than injury, those off-field issues represent the biggest obstacle to Richardson’s continued success on the field. Richardson seems to recognize that, telling reporters that he “got my head right” this offseason when asked about his maturity. Words are one thing, but actions will tell the tale. One way that Richardson has tried to show a better approach has come in his dealings with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Richardson has been more open to Johnson’s coaching in their second season together. “I’m a little more compliant this year,” Richardson said, via Newsday. “Last year, I was a little more hardheaded. I felt my way worked. I felt like I knew the system. We were trying new stuff, so I just was being hardheaded. That’s all.” Richardson is signed through next season after the Jets exercised their fifth-year option on his contract and the size of the deal that will follow his rookie one will be determined in large part by how things play out over those two years. Buying in on the field while keeping things quiet off of it sounds like the best formula to making that deal a big one. > http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/08/23/sheldon-richardson-i-got-my-head-right-this-year/
  13. Stashing Hackenberg on IR could solve the Jets’ quarterback quandary How does a team with four quarterbacks on the roster keep all of them without carrying all of them roster? By stashing one of them on injured reserve.Manish Mehta of the New York Daily Newsmakes the case for using IR as the spot for rookieChristian Hackenberg, allowing the Jets to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, andBryce Petty on the roster once the season starts. Technically, a player has to be injured to be placed on injured reserve. But if the player goes along with it, who’s to stop it from happening ? Teams misuse IR all the time. Some teams have been accused from time to time of using players on IR in practice, even though that’s never supposed to happen.With each team now allowed to permit one player per year to return from injured reserve, Hackenberg could (in theory) be brought back to the 53-man roster, if for example the Jets were to find a trade partner for Petty or Smith. If the Jets are reluctant to cut Smith or Petty, using IR as the landing spot for Hackenberg makes the most sense. Especially since they have yet to put him in either of the team’s two preseason games. > http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/08/23/stashing-hackenberg-on-ir-could-solve-the-jets-quarterback-dilemma/
  14. Hack is 2 yrs away from helping us. i think he's a " keeper ". cheers ~ ~
  15. Despite slow starts for the first-team defense in both of the Jets’ preseason games, David Harris maintains the proper perspective as the Green & White’s 2016 training camp nears to its close.“I think we’re going to be all right. I know people are saying we aren’t playing well because of the first two preseason games, but we don’t scout and we don’t watch any film,” he said after Monday’s practice. “We don’t do any preparation for the other team. We go out there and play very vanilla, basic calls. I think once we get into the season, we’re going to do good things.”Harris, who has totaled 10 tackles (8 solo) along with a sack and a QB hurry this summer, says head coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers have kept things close to the vest. But that will change just a bit when the Jets host the Giants Saturday Night at MetLife Stadium.“We play very vanilla defense in the preseason. The coaches are more focused on seeing guys play more technique and do the basics of the overall scheme of the defense,” he said. “We had a good test for a couple of weeks, but this game with the Giants will be a better test of where we are at. We do watch film before this game and we do a little bit of game-planning. We approach it as almost a regular season game even though it’s the preseason. It’s a good measuring stick for us.” The 32-year-old Harris, who is finishing his 10th training camp with the Jets, needs 85 tackles to pass Mo Lewis into second place on the franchise’s all-time list.“Consistency. It’s ridiculous,” said assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell of Harris. “I always say, ‘Dave is Dave.’ Dave is going to go out there, he’s going to work hard and he doesn’t take anything for granted. He has a standard that he wants to play at, and he goes out there every day and he works to meet that standard. What you see Dave do, you see it over and over and over. Consistency should be his middle name.”The Jets couldn’t ask for better mentors for rookie Darron Lee than Harris and fellow veteran Erin Henderson . After Henderson suffered a stinger Friday night in Washington, Lee has been working alongside Harris at the “Mo” position with the first team.“He has a rookie learning curve just like we all had, but he’s starting to turn the corner,” Harris said of Lee. “Today he had a real big day with two picks in the red zone. He adds another dimension to our defense.”That dimension of course is speed and Harris says Lee can run all day. But the first-round pick, selected No. 20 overall out of Ohio State, is making a significant transition.“It’s more the basics and fundamentals and reactions. The game is faster here, people react quicker,” Harris said. “Everybody has their own little tricks and niches that they use to get the job done. He has to work on his hands more because guys at this level people are too good to put a shoulder in on somebody and think that’s going to be enough.” While Lee continues to make strides with Harris, the latter has also enjoyed working with Henderson.“Erin has had a great camp. He brings a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy to practice,” Harris said of the eight-year pro. “We play well off of each other. He’s a veteran and he’s seen it all just like I have. He doesn’t get rattled out there. He’s just a steady player that we need on this defense.”Everything will start up front for the Jets as Harris believes that Leonard Williams will be a force and Sheldon Richardson is one of the better three-techniques in football. He also talked about a Pro Bowl performer in Muhammad Wilkerson , who is receiving more reps in team drills, and he labeled newcomer Steve McLendon as “ox strong”. Once they start running games up front, they’ll be tough to block and Harris and company can clean up from there. The heart of the Jets defense thinks good things are ahead and he is looking forward to the clash with the Giants.“We do want to go out there and start fast and be a little bit more crisp and sharp,” he said. “We want to be able to stop the run better, play tighter coverage and put pressure on the quarterback. Hopefully we can get that done this game and it will be a good test. It’s the inner city rivalry and it’s always the most fun preseason game. The crowd on both sides are into it. It’s a good atmosphere.” > http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-7/Harris-Were-Going-to-Do-Good-Things/36e4c3bb-042d-43a7-91ae-20b215f6595f