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  1. Sam Darnold is composed. Jets fans? Not so much. Having played fewer than three quarters of pre-season NFL football as a rookie quarterback out of the University of Southern California, and despite an off-season of hearing the words “patience” and “don’t overreact” uttered countless times by Jets fans, the poise displayed by Darnold has had the opposite effect on the Gang Green faithful. And in all honesty, who can blame them? Darnold looked masterful in running the team’s two-minute offense in his pre-season debut. Starved for a franchise quarterback since the days of Joe Namath, Jets fans weren’t just treated to an impressive debut from Darnold against the Atlanta Falcons in the team’s 17-0 vicotry, but it was the way Darnold went about his business that has fans hoping he’s under center when the season kicks off. It wasn’t Mark Sanchez locking on to a single target and following his receiver for the duration of a route before firing an interception. It was far from it. On several plays, Darnold was seen coming away from his primary receiver, then moving on from his second before completing a pass to his third option, staying calm, cool and collected the whole time. Nor was it Geno Smith sensing pressure up the middle and high-tailing it away from the line of scrimmage for a sack and a loss of yardage on the play. Instead, it was Darnold, calmly keeping his eyes down the field, sensing pressure, and then moving within and outside the pocket to pick up a few yards with his legs, or to complete a pass to a receiver who had come open during the scramble with a defender bearing down on him. Outside of a few fringe lunatic fans, the commentary on Darnold’s play has been effusively positive, with some of the game’s better x’s and o’s people breaking down some of his more impressive plays. So in just 2 1/2 quarters, the quarterback who turned 21 only a couple of months ago, is showing more positive attributes at the position than the last two quarterbacks were able to show even after having spent several seasons entrenched as the team’s starter. Just how things will pan out for Darnold are a complete unknown at this point, but nobody in their right mind could blame Jets fans for being excited about the (very) early returns. Will it continue this week against the Redskins where it looks as if Darnold could get the starting nod? We’ll know soon enough, and if it’s another stellar outing, we know the calls from an excited fan base to start Darnold in week 1 will only get louder. As they should. The post Darnold’s Poise not Reflected Among Jets Faithful appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  2. During last offseason, you’d have to look long and hard to find a single pundit or analyst who didn’t feel that wide receivers were not only the worst positional group on the team, but were bound to be one of the league’s worst. In fairness, from their perspective, it wasn’t all that far-fetched. Top target Quincy Enunwa had gone down early in camp with a severe neck injury that would sideline him for the entire season. Even before the injury, many questioned the Jets receiver corps as Enunwa was the only pass catcher on the roster to put up more than 600 yards the previous season. Robby Anderson was considered the only other legitimate threat, but he hadn’t proven he could be a consistent target yet. Then the 2017 season began, and the Jets wide receivers started shattering expectations. Robby Anderson proved he could be a legitimate deep threat. Jermaine Kearse had a career season and showed he can be a #2/#3 guy after being obtained from the Seattle Seahawks in the deal that sent Sheldon Richardson out West. Eununwa, Anderson, Kearse and the newly add Terrelle Pryor has the potential to be a formidable group. Yet somehow, as we head into the 2018 season, we’re hearing some of the same things as last year about the Jets wide receiver corps as they’re consistently undersold. Fair assessment? Let’s look at the Jets’ current wide receiver depth chart and who’s likely to be suited up for the Jets on September 10th when they kick off against the Detroit Lions. Lock to Make the Team Robby Anderson– Despite being a long-shot undrafted free agent out of Temple just a couple of seasons ago, Anderson caught the attention of Jets coaches as a quality deep target. He then went on to have 42 receptions for 587 yards, averaging an impressive 14 yards a catch; a very solid rookie campaign and carving out a role as the Jets deep threat with blazing 4.34 second 40 speed. Last season, he went in as the #2 behind Enunwa, until Enunwa’s devastating neck injury. This is when everyone said the Jets receiver corps would possibly be worst in the league. Robby Anderson answered the call with a breakout performance of 63 receptions for 941 yards and 7 touchdowns. He averaged almost 15 yards a reception and had 3 games over 100 yards. He proved he is not just a deep threat and a true #1 WR. To top that off, he just turned 25 in May. With his off-season issues behind him, is Anderson ready to keep his nose clean and continue his upward trend? Quincy Enunwa– Similarly to Anderson, Enunwa was a 6th round pick back when John Idzik was the team’s GM and was never expected to be a legitimate threat, let alone a top guy. He spent the majority of his rookie season on the practice squad and had a minor role in the offense in 2015 (that is the year Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker lit it up, so not a surprise). In 2016 though, after Decker went down, it opened the door for Enunwa and he proved he deserved it. He caught 58 receptions for 857 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging close to 15 yards per reception. As we know though, Enunwa missed all of last season with a severe neck injury. He says the surgery went well and he feels like he used to, and he has looked good in practice so far. Neck injuries are often very serious though, so it will be something to monitor now that pads are on. Will he be the same player he was before the inury? Is he healthy enough now that there is contact? If yes, him and Anderson could be a nasty formidable 1-2 punch. Enunwa is a lock to make the team as long as he stays healthy. Jermaine Kearse– Kearse, like Anderson, was an UDFA, though he is going into his 7th season (2nd with Jets). One interesting note that among the Jets top 3 wide receivers, none were drafted earlier than the 6th round and 2 were undrafted altogether. Kearse played his first 5 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks were he was a solid receiving option but unremarkable. As already stated, he came over in the Richardson trade. Though unremarkable in Seattle (he did win one Super Bowl there), he would be one of the Jets top guys since Enunwa went down and everyone else other than Anderson was unproven. It turns out he answered the bell. He was Gang Green’s most consistent receiver last season, setting career highs in receptions (65), yards (810), 100-yard games (2), and touchdowns (tied 2015 with 5). Because of this Kearse will have little to prove, but his position on the roster will depend on how healthy Pryor and Enunwa are, and how they look in camp and the preseason. Terrelle Pryor- For those who do not know Pryor’s story, it sure is an interesting one. He was taken in the supplemental draft of 2011 as he was accused of recruiting violations at Ohio State, where he played quarterback, not wide receiver. Pryor is one of those QB to WR stories you hear about when the QB is large and a freak athlete but not a NFL-level QB. The Raiders gave the Pryor at QB experiment 3 years before they cut him, and the Browns picked him up to try at WR. His first season he didn’t do much, but in 2016 he had a breakout season with 77 receptions for 1,007 yards, 4 touchdowns, 3 100+ yard games, and averaged 13 yards per catch. Due to his freakish athletic ability and his size, and the fact that he had only played the position for a year previous, many thought he might become a great WR. He looked to cash in last season, the Browns let him walk, and the Redskins gave him a nice sized contract. He then hurt his ankle early in the season, never fully recovered, and eventually went on injured reserve. He didn’t even put up 250 yards last season. Due to this the Redskins let him go and the Jets decided to roll the dice and see if he is healthy. He hurt the same ankle back in OTAs and didn’t participate, so only time will tell. Also, many writers attribute his breakout season to his heavy use in the Browns offense (had almost 80 receptions), but it will be interesting to see what type of player he will be for the Jets, as long as he is healthy. If he is and he regains his 2016 form, he could be as high as the #2 WR and an excellent red zone threat. His contract is for 1 year at around $4.5 mil, with $2 mil guaranteed, so it would be a real surprise to not see him make the 53 man roster. Players on the Bubble Chad Hansen– Hansen was drafted by the Jets last season in the 4th round out of Cal. He didn’t do anything in his rookie season (didn’t even break 100 yards), but has been compared to the Vikings Adam Thielen and the Patriots Chris Hogan which is encouraging. He looked very good in OTA’s but has been quiet so far in training camp and could be on the bubble with Tre McBride and Charles Johnson emerging. Charone Peake– When the Jets drafted him in the 7th round, Peake was considered a steal. He has prototypical size and top speed to be a very good WR. He played his college ball at Clemson always buried under a current top NFL wide receiver depth chart that included DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins. So he never really got a chance to shine. He fell down the depth chart however by having an unimpressive rookie campaign and missing almost all of last season with an ankle injury. Before last season however, there was talk that he was in the running for the #3 receiver spot, so it will be interesting to see if he is healthy and what he makes of his limited opportunities. Andre Roberts- Going into his 9th season already, Roberts is what he is. He will not make any crazy leaps or defy any expectations. He had some good receiving years with the Cardinals, but he hasn’t played there in 5 years. He is an excellent kick returner however. Roberts has returned over 2,000 yards of kickoff and punt returns in just the last 2 seasons. For this reason alone, Roberts has a chance to make the Jets roster as a returner. Charles Johnson- Johnson had a breakout rookie season in 2014, and that was it. He failed to live up to expectations doing next to nothing the following 2 seasons, and was out all last year with a knee injury. Already 29, and so many players ahead of him on the depth chart, the odds are against Johnson making the roster. Tre McBride- Though he is still only 25 years old, McBride has done nothing in 3 seasons to show he belongs on an NFL roster. He couldn’t even make the Bears very thin receiver corps last season but has surprisingly earned high praise early on with the Jets. With Hansen and Steward pulling a pair of disappearing acts, could McBride take advantage? Players Most Likely to Be Cut Lucky Whitehead- Brought on last season from the Cowboys, Whitehead was going to be the Jets’ main return man until he got hurt. He has not proven he is a competent WR in this league either. Even though he is a decent return man, Roberts is better and has been more productive. With rookie Cannon in the mix as well, it seems a long shot Whitehead makes the roster. Jonah Trinnaman- A burner out of BYU and an UDFA, he has Robby Anderson speed, but has Wayne Chrebet height. With Anderson looking now like he won’t be suspended for long (if at all), Trinnaman looks to be a practice squad candidate. Suspended ArDarius Stewart- A 3rd round pick out of Alabama in last year’s draft, like Hansen, Stewart did very little last season. Many thought of him as WR who could play a variety of roles, given his toughness and hard-nose playing style. He has now been suspended the first two games of the season for violating the league’s performance enhancing substances policy. Unlike Hansen however, he has not looked as impressive in OTA’s or camp. Even though he is only in his second year, with the suspension and so many receivers ahead of him, he may not make the Jets 53 man roster. The post Jet’s Positional Analysis: Wide Receivers appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  3. Arguably their deepest position, the Jets look to be loaded at the safety position entering the 2018 season. With a young core of starters and veteran backups, the unit should be a solid one for Gang Green this season. The following players are currently with the team, but some will be battling to make the cut in September when camp comes to an end. Jamal Adams The 6th overall pick in the 2017 draft, Adams has the makings of being a stud at the safety position for the Jets for years to come. Adams is coming off a nice rookie campaign in which he was given a grade of 81.2 by Pro Football Focus. He posted 63 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and defended 6 passes. Although he did not record any interceptions and did not play particularly well in coverage he still showed his versatility by lining up in multiple positions/formations all over the defense. Adams played well in run support and near the line of scrimmage recording 25 run stops which were the most by a safety, but he must improve his skills in pass coverage to progress to the next level. He has quickly become a leader for the team and should help guide the defense not only this year but in the future as well. Some prefer that he let his play do the talking rather than his mouth and the hope is that will be the case this season as he takes the next step and continues to improve on the field. Marcus Maye 2017 39th overall pick Marcus Maye looks to have finally broken the curse of the Jets’ second-round jinx. PFF’s #72 safety with a grade of 48.9 does not tell the full story of Maye’s rookie season. Although the numbers don’t look great on paper it was his play on the field that turned heads. Maye is a physical, hard-hitting safety with great instincts and play recognition. He finished the season with 56 tackles, 2 passes defended, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. Maye is more of a free safety so he played back in coverage last season and had some success in doing so. Like Adams, if he can continue his upward trajectory in his 2nd season in the NFL and improve in pass coverage he should complete the solid duo that looks to be forming with his fellow second-year safety. Terrence Brooks Brooks was acquired last off-season in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for CB Dexter McDougle. He signed a 2-year deal this off-season to remain in New York and has had a nice showing so far in training camp, but he will be on the roster bubble this summer battling for a backup role. The 5th year safety had one of his best seasons in 2017 totalling only 13 tackles but had 2 interceptions and 3 passes defended. Coincidentally both interceptions came in week 3 against the Miami Dolphins when he was named the AFC defensive player of the week. Brandon Bryant The Jets signed Bryant as an undrafted free agent after he was not selected in the supplemental draft just a few weeks ago. Bryant racked up 157 tackles and 5 interceptions during his three years at Mississippi State. The former Bulldog is a solid run defender and has decent coverage skills but it will be interesting to see how his game translates to the NFL. At 22-years-old he has plenty of room for growth but even if he were to make the team he doesn’t figure to get much playing time. The odds are slim that Bryant does, in fact, make the team with all of the depth the Jets already have at the position. His best chance at cracking the roster will come if he shows he has value playing special teams especially with the loss of special teams ace Rontez Miles. It’s also possible that he ends up on the practice squad or released come September. Doug Middleton Doug Mddleton missed all of last season due to injury, but has been very impressive through camp thus far. An undrafted free agent out of Appalachian St., Middleton did not do much during his rookie season in 2016 recording just 6 tackles and defending 1 pass. After missing all of 2017 with a torn pectoral he’ll be looking to establish himself as a backup in a crowded safety room. Middleton’s advantage is his familiarity with the defense as he has been with the team for 3 years. Reports out of camp are that Middleton has played well filling in for the injured Marcus Maye. As of now, he looks to have a good chance at cracking the final 53-man roster as a backup and special teams player. J.J. Wilcox 5th-year safety J.J. Wilcox is coming off arguably one of his worst seasons in the league recording just 12 tackles in 12 games. He was released by Pittsburgh after just one season with the team. Wilcox was signed almost immediately after it was announced that Rontez Miles would be out a few months after suffering a knee injury. Should Wilcox make the team out of camp he is a veteran safety that offers some versatility. He can play special teams, help in both coverage and in the box against the run, play in three-safety sets which Head Coach Todd Bowles uses on occasion, and can spell Adams and Maye should they need to come off the field. Wilcox is a very good signing for depth and as a situational player. Rontez Miles Miles will miss all of camp and the start of the regular season with a knee injury (torn meniscus). Miles is one of the best special teams players in the league leading the team 16 solo tackles in 2017. He will probably be eligible to return in November and if he remains with the team he will return to anchor the special teams unit. Rontez doesn’t offer much for the defense as he struggles in coverage, but he’s still a physical, run-stuffing safety that will make his presence felt with his hard tackling. Kacy Rodgers II Rodgers II joined the Jets this offseason after spending 2 years in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 2 seasons with the Roughriders, he compiled 74 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and 1 sack. Prior to playing in Canada, Rodgers played with the Miami Hurricanes but signed with Saskatchewan after going undrafted. He is the son of current Jets defensive coordinator, Kacy Rodgers which is probably why he was given an opportunity with Gang Green. Rodgers II was a decent safety in college and the CFL, but the NFL may prove to be a big jump for the 26-year-old. He’s a long shot to make the team out of camp, but time will tell if he can show that he belongs this summer. The Jets seem to be all but set at safety with the tandem of Adams and Maye locked in as starters. As long as everyone stays healthy there should be 2 or 3 spots open for the other 5 players to battle for backup positions. The post Position Group Preview: Safety appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  4. The Jets are in Richmond holding joint practices with the Redskins before their preseason game on Thursday night. After practice today Todd Bowles gave some injury updates. Isaiah Crowell: He’s back home. I told you he had a concussion, so we left him back home. He’ll be ready when we get back. Brian Winters: He’s sore. And we’re letting him play it slow, we don’t have to play him right now. He’ll probably play in the game but today we held him out. Chris Herndon and Neal Sterling: No more updates. They are day-by-day, week-by- week. Other Players that didn’t make the trip: Just Rontez (Miles) and (Steve) McLendon. These are the ones that will be out and won’t be back for a little while but McLendon could’ve came but we wanted him to get more treatment. Beachum is not here as well. Jordan Leggett and Quincy Enunwa both returned to the field for the Jets. The post Concussion for Crowell; Injury Updates appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  5. The Jets are in Richmond Virginia for a week of joint practices with the Washington Redskins. We have a longer recap, with discussion, of the JetsCamp practice in our forums. On Thursday the Jets and Skins will play a preseason game but the tempers seemed to flare up today. Here are some highlights. The biggest story of the day, the fights aside, was Sam Darnold taking first team reps. Coming off his strong showing in the preseason opener Brian Costello expects Sam Darnold to start preseason game # 2. During a joint practice with the Redskins, the rookie quarterback took more reps overall and more with the starting offense than both Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater. Is that an indication Darnold will be the Jets’ starter on Thursday night when the Jets and Redskins face off? “It’s no indication,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “Just getting him caught up on some things.” The post Jets Scuffle vs Redskins; Darnold Takes 1st Team Reps appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  6. NY Jets linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis has been suspended for the first game of the regular season. This is the result of a marijuana possession charge that he received before he signed with the Jets. STATEMENT BY AN NFL SPOKESPERSON: Kevin Pierre-Louis of the New York Jets has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He is eligible to fully participate in training camp and all of the preseason games. Be sure to check out our NY Jets forum to read more about this suspension. The post LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Suspended One Game appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
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    Game Observations (ATL)

    In the first “game” of the season it was good to see the performances/trends of practice carry over to the field. Now it is important to continue the building process as the team travels to Washington for “four games” (3 practices & 1 game). General Notes – The amount of penalties were reasonable considering the number of players shuffling in and out. There’s still more work to do but in comparison to the number of penalties that Atlanta committed they are way ahead of the curve. – Nice upgrade in the TV analyst position as Anthony Becht replaced Greg Buttle and brought good insight. Special Teams – Solid work by Taylor Bertolet and Lachlan Edwards. And good coverage by both the punt and kick units. Trenton Cannon had an impressive kick return but he has a ton of work to do as a punt returner. You can’t muff two out of four punts and expect to keep the job. Defense – Excellent overall speed and open field tackling on display by all units. And a shutout and ONE first down in the first half is impressive no matter when it happens. – The DLine stuffed the run all night, particularly effective were Nathan Shepherd and Mike Pennel. Henry Anderson and Xavier Cooper were also able to push the pocket even though they didn’t get any sacks. Cooper was responsible for the only turnover as he tipped the ball that led to an INT. – The starting and backup ILB’s were excellent as Darron Lee and Avery Williamson were all over the field in their limited reps. Then Kevin Minter and Neville Hewitt kept the good play going for the rest of the game. Hewitt was in Atlanta’s backfield numerous times and had the INT off the Xavier Cooper tip. At the OLB spot Jordan Jenkins was forceful in run support, setting the edge and delivered a huge hit in his reps. Dylan Donahue got a sack late in the game and was active on special teams. Can he produce on a consistent level and take the other spot? Because no one else “flashed” last night. – In the secondary JJ Wilcox and Terrence Brooks showed good range in the middle of the field and delivered big hits. Mentioning hits, it was good to see the team tackle properly for the most part without drawing helmet to helmet penalties. Derrick Jones didn’t have any highlight plays but showed good coverage skills as he ran step for step with WR’s in his reps. Offense – Jeremy Bates gave a first half glimpse of what the offense will look like. A lot of zone runs to take advantage of the RB’s ability to cut back. And a lot of misdirection and play action passes to take advantage of Sam Darnold’s mobility and ball handling. In the second half the ball was put into the “freezer”. – The OLine play was solid throughout as they got movement in the run game and kept the QB’s clean. The one player who stood out for negative reasons was Antonio Garcia who struggled in both phases and committed a couple of penalties. – With the play of the TE’s I wonder if Jordan Leggett will even make this team. Neal Sterling and Clive Walford made plays all over the field and Chris Herndon didn’t even play. Eric Tomlinson already has a spot sewn up because of his blocking, how many TE’s will they keep? – Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell flashed in their limited reps. Trenton Cannon struggled as a punt returner but flashed as a RB. He displayed his speed on outside runs, his toughness to run between the tackles and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. If he was able to locate the ball on a throw from Sam Darnold on a wheel route he may have had a 50+ yard TD. – Teddy Bridgewater was outstanding as showed the skills he had before the injury. His accuracy, timing and ball placement were excellent. Mike Maccagnan must’ve been smiling because he’ll be able to recoup a draft pick if Bridgewater stays healthy. – Sam Darnold showed the skills that made him the consensus #1 QB in the draft. Accuracy, mobility, ability to progress through receivers, ability to manipulate the defense with his eyes and pocket awareness to “feel” pressure and slide away from it. He also took the improvements he made in his footwork and ball security into the game. He must improve on getting the team in and out of the huddle quickly because there were a couple of times the clock almost ran out. There’s no reason he can’t be the starter in DET if he continues his development. The post The Day After; Jets Game Thoughts appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
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    Articles About Darnold's Debut Thread

    No, New York Jets fans. What you witnessed last night at MetLife Stadium was no mirage, hallucination or a figment of your imagination. It was in fact, a 21-year old quarterback in your team’s colors, making the types of plays that are usually reserved for experienced veterans. In his NFL debut, Jets third overall pick Sam Darnold showed off many of the traits that he did in college, and that he’s put on display for those who have seen at training camp this month. Entering the game after a cameo appearance from Josh McCown and some very impressive work from Teddy Bridgewater, it was Darnold time, and the kid didn’t disappoint. On two drives before the half, Darnold would go 7-9 with 74 yards and a touchdown without an interception. While there was just the one touchdown officially, Darnold actually executed three consecutive red zone plays that would have all gone for scores. One was dropped by wide receiver Charles Johnson and the next was nullified by an offensive pass interference call. Then came Darnold’s third, and best attempt. After taking the snap, he looked to his left and didn’t like what he saw, began rolling to his right to avoid pressure, didn’t like what his second target showed, and directed his third option to head toward the corner of the end zone, firing a strike to Charles Johnson, whom he’d targeted on the previous two plays. Another impressive throw came as Darnold had a defender bearing down on him as he stood tall in the pocket, kept his eyes in tight end Clive Walford, and delivered a perfect ball over the defender’s outstretched hands and completed to Walford for a first down. With no other quarterbacks on the roster and playing behind the Jets 3rd and 4th offensive linemen, the Jets played it safe in the second half, limiting Darnold to just seven pass attempts, one of which was another eye opener on 3rd and 11. Under pressure again, Darnold scrambled hard to his left, and delivered a dart on the money to wide receiver Andre Roberts to pick up the first down, as the defender who was running stride-for-stride with him, could do nothing to stop it. It may only be a handful of throws, but when Darnold was good, he was making plays Jets fans haven’t seen from a quarterback in what feels like forever. Years of young quarterbacks staring down one receiver and/or panicking under pressure look to be a thing of the past. Darnold went through his progressions and used his legs to pick up a few yards when there was nobody open. No panic interceptions or deer in the headlights reactions to his first NFL action. It’s just one day, but it certainly was a good one that bodes well for the team’s future. The post Darnold Leads the way in Impressive Debut appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  9. The New York Jets open their 2018 pre-season schedule tonight at home when they take on the Atlanta Falcons in what will be Sam Darnold’s first attempt to make an impression on his coaching staff without the safety net of the read quarterback jersey. Darnold ins’t the only important part of tonight’s match-up, so here’s a look at not only the rookie QB, but the other players Jets fans should be focused on. QB Sam Darnold: As mentioned above, Darnold has had the protection of the red quarterback jersey in practice as he’s worked much of his magic against his own teammates with no real hitting. Tonight, that all changes, and we get to see if some of Darnold’s impressive traits will come through in live action. Thus far aside from struggling with deep accuracy, Darnold has impressed with many other aspects of his game. He’s been getting the ball out in a hurry while going through his progressions and keeping his eyes down field under pressure while masterfully operating in the red zone. Will that translate to live action? We’ll know in just a few hours. Teddy Bridgewater: Quite simply put, this is a great story for Bridgewater who has come all the way back from a serious knee injury a couple of seasons ago with the Vikings. Odds are he’ll be dealt before the start of the season and a strong performance tonight could help boost his stock. DE Nathan Shepherd: As has been the case with Darnold, Shepherd has been very impressive in the early going. The third-round choice out of Fort Hays State has looked the part of an NFL lineman thus far, and he’ll likely get plenty of work tonight to prove he belongs. Tight Ends: Given the way Chris Herndon, Neal Sterling and Clive Walford have performed in camp, you can’t not be intrigued by what the trio brings. Athletic tight ends who have shown great hands early on should figure to have a big role in this offense. Herndon is the most important player to watch out of the three, as he’s viewed as the team’s future at the position. O-Line: We’ve spent much of this off-season talking about how much better this unit should be with the addition of center Spencer Long and a healthy Brian Winters. If they get some run tonight, it will be interesting to see how they hold up. James Carpenter, meanwhile, has to elevate his play from last season or he’ll be a liability at left guard. Trenton Cannon gets his first shot to perform against a live defense tonight. RB Trenton Cannon: The explosive rookie has stood out for much of training camp as a runner, receiver and a blocker. Look for him to get plenty of work along with running back George Atkinson as the Jets will likely take it easy on their starters, Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell. WR Terrelle Pryor: Pryor will probably get some work tonight and he’s turned some heads in camp over the course of the past few days. Paired with Robby Anderson, the two could do some damage deep down the field and in the red zone. WR Jonah Trinnaman: Why Trinnaman? As we explained above, Darnold has struggled with his deep ball. If the Jets want to see him take some shots down the field with the back-ups, Trinnaman reportedly runs a sub 4.4 40 and has managed to get some separation during training camp. We could see him targeted on a couple of big shots down the field. CB Derrick Jones: The highly talented Jones has made a handful of highlight reel plays in practice. Now, the converted receiver gets some run with the microscope focused on him a bit more than he might be used to. Football is here folks. Enjoy. The post Jets vs Falcons; What to Look for appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  10. Under a new NFL policy, mobile tickets are now the only entry into Jets home games at MetLife Stadium. Print-at-home PDF tickets are no longer available. Details are below and more information can be found at: https://www.newyorkjets.com/faqs/mobile-tickets-faq GENERAL PUBLIC: Your phone is your ticket. Print-at-home PDF tickets are no longer available. Here’s a quick summary: Mobile tickets are the only method of entry for 2018. Print-at-home PDF’s are no longer available. To access your tickets, download the Jets Official Mobile App Tap “Tickets” in the navigation and then tap on “Access My Tickets” Login, select your event, and either add your tickets to your Apple wallet or Google Pay wallet or view barcode to display your ticket To expedite entry, please ensure your ticket is prominently displayed prior to approaching the entry gates. For questions, contact a New York Jets Representative at 800-469-JETS or email service@newyorkjets.com. SEASON TICKET HOLDERS: Jets Season Ticket holders can continue to use their physical Jets Rewards cards for entry and purchases. New this year, a virtual Jets Rewards card has been added into the official Jets Mobile App. The virtual card functions exactly like the physical card and can be used for event entry and Jets Cash. To access your virtual Jets Rewards Card, download the Jets Official Mobile App for iOS or Android. Once you’ve installed the Jets Mobile App: Open and tap “Rewards” on the lower navigation bar Login using the email address and password associated with your New York Jets Account. You will remain logged in after accessing for the first time Tap on the “Jets Rewards Virtual Card” to view your seats for the upcoming event To view additional seats to the event, swipe left Be sure your ticket is prominently displayed on your phone prior to approaching the entry gate To transfer tickets within the Jets Mobile App: Select “Manage Tickets” on the bottom center your card Select the event you are choosing to manage In the lower left-hand corner, tap “Send” Select the ticket you would like to transfer and tap the button in the lower right-hand corner to send Enter your guest’s contact info via text or email and send the link To manage Jets Cash Within the Rewards section of the app, tap “Jets Cash” in the upper navigation From there, you can view transactions, load and manage Jets Cash, or transfer money between Jets Rewards Cards To expedite entry, please ensure you have your Jets Virtual Reward Card prominently displayed prior to approaching MetLife Stadium gates. For questions, contact a New York Jets Representative at 800-469-JETS or email service@newyorkjets.com. The post Mobile Ticket Information for 2018 Jets Games at MetLife Stadium appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  11. It’s been a long hot training camp so far, and today Glenn Naughton and JetNation.com writer Harrison Glaser talk about their observations from #JetsCamp. Sam Darnold and the QB battle is always a topic of conversation. We also look at key camp battles and what head coach Todd Bowles has to do better in 2018. We have been at training camp every day, so be sure to check out all of our NY Jets training camp updates. Thanks also to our sponsor MILE Social. Check them out if your business needs website help or a new social media strategy. Be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play: NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play NY Jets Podcast Page The post NY Jets Training Camp Updates appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  12. Training camp is underway at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, N.J. Though the tickets for the public practice session have been sold out, the Season Ticket Holders still have a chance of witnessing their heroes up close. With the 2018 season right around the corner, the training camp would be a decisive one for many players to make a comeback and alter the course of the team, 5 of whom have been listed out below. The camp would also provide an opportunity for fans and punters to examine the performance of the players and make optimum betting strategies for the upcoming season. If you’re someone who’s just starting out with football betting, make sure that you make good use of free bets offered by premium betting portals and test the waters before investing big amounts. Sam Darnold Everyone would have their eyes on this rookie quarterback in the coming training camp. Will Sam make it into the Week 1 as the starter? Well, only time can answer this question conclusively, however, for now, all we know is that the camp would provide him enough opportunity to practice his skills and improve his performance in the pre-season games. How Sam deals with the pressure of taking on facing an NFL defense is also something that everyone is looking forward to. Teddy Bridgewater In addition to Sam, the Jets would also put Teddy Bridgewater under scrutiny. Teddy has been kept away from the fields for almost two seasons now, all thanks to his knee injury. The training camp would be a perfect chance for him to make a comeback and show his worth. Two years back, he had started to show signs of a star quarterback, and if he is able to revive that outlook, he might even sell himself better than Sam or Josh McCown. Quincy Enunwa Quiny Enunwa is another player who has been reeling under injury for a long time now. After having a successful season in 2016, Enunwa began the previous year’s season with many people counting on him. Unfortunately, while practicing in the training camp, he contacted a neck injury which led to surgery and a year’s rest. According to the player, he has regained his health and is now able to sprint to his full capacity. However, what needs to be looked at is if he can take the hits from the incoming pads. Jet’s wideouts would be immensely profited if Enunwa can make it through the camp and enter the season’s playoffs. Trumaine Johnson Trumaine is among the latest induction into the New York Jets. In March this year, he was signed by the team for a USD 72 million contract with a five-year term for cornerback. Though he would receive relatively less attention, the cornerback holds the promise of a true edge rusher. In case Trumaine passes the training camp, head coach Toff Bowles would be able to change his game plan to a more aggressive one using increased rush passes. Darron Lee Darron Lee has many people’s expectations riding on his back. The linebacker is a vital component of the Jet’s defence. Although the team as such has a strong secondary along with a secured line, the continuance of Lee in the season would lead to an enhanced defence squad of the team. His recent performance in the latter half of the previous year was quite promising, and if Lee is able to improve his coverage and block dealings, the Jets would have serious chances of becoming invincible. The post 5 Players to Watch in Training Camp appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  13. As the Jets prepare to kick off their 2018 pre-season, ,there are plenty of questions surrounding the team’s personnel. How will they generate a pass rush? Will Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye take “the next step”? When will Sam Darnold get the nod to take the reins? All of these will be answered in time, but there are also questions about head coach Todd Bowles, and left guard James Carpenter’s play could provide us with an answer. Through his first three years at the helm for the Jets, one flaw in Bowles’ style, and one that seems to be often overlooked, is his unwillingness to bench, or in some cases adjust his game plan, when dealing with an under-performing veteran starter. We saw it in year one when the Jets shocked onlookers by going 10-6, missing the playoffs by a hair. It was at 10-5 when the Jets needed to travel to Western New York and take on the Buffalo Bills whose season was over and had nothing at stake. On that day, time and again, the defensive-minded head coach had no answer for the Bills’ only real aerial target in Sammy Watkins. As former star cornerback Darrelle Revis consistently gave Watkins cushions of ten to fifteen yards, Bowles did nothing, opting to leave “Revis Island” all alone. That day, the Island was flooded with completions from Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor to Watkins who hauled in 11 balls for 136 yards. So wide open was Watkins, that his 15 targets outnumbered the rest of the Bills entire offensive roster as they saw just 13 passes come their way. The following season, it was Ryan Fitzpatrick. Bowles handed the starting job to Fitzpatrick before he was signed, opting to forego a quarterback competition of any kind. When Fitzpatrick’s early failures led to the crumbling of the locker room and rapidly lost season, Bowles waited until the team sat at 1-5 before finally pulling the plug. Last season, we saw Bowles’ unwillingness to bench a starting player once again when right guard Brian Winters struggled through what was easily his worst season as a pro. To make matters worse, we learned after the season that Bowles had been playing Winters despite his struggles being caused by a torn abdominal muscle. It was a head-scratching move if ever there was one. Especially given the fact that Winters’ play was among the worst in the NFL at the position, and the Jets had a couple of options behind him in Brent Qvale and Dakota Dozier. Neither one a superstar, but both better than what Winters offered for much of the season. Muhammad Wilkerson lack of effort was also an issue last season, but there’s really no need to re-hash that disaster. Now, we move on to 2017, where the expectation is for the Jets to transition to a heavy zone-blocking scheme up front. The same type of scheme that left guard James Carpenter has struggled with in the past as he himself acknowledged after signing with the Jets as a free agent. The Jets are in the midst of trying to build something special with a young quarterback, and if Carpenter plays as poorly as he did in Seattle and with the Jets last season, Bowles’ willingness to keep running a starter out there simply because he’s a starter will be tested. Jets fans will be watching, and along with Bowles, hoping that Carpenter finds a way to make things work and make it a non-issue. If he doesn’t, and Bowles doesn’t make a change, he could be shooting himself in the foot once again. The post James Carpenter Could Prove to be Huge Test for Todd Bowles appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  14. In a span of just a few short minutes under the hot sun in Florham Park yesterday, the New York Jets saw two of their biggest offensive weapons make a pair of plays that showed just how dangerous this team could be when turned loose against opposing defenses. It happened during a series of plays in the red zone, from about the 10-yard line, and it had jaws dropping and thumbs up and down the sideline frantically firing off tweets. First, it was Robby Anderson, the Jets third-year receiver who was on pace for his first career 1,000 season in 2017 before quarterback Josh McCown went down with an injury and former Jet Bryce Petty came in and put an abrupt end to that possibility. First up was Anderson who was lined up on the right side of the formation when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lofted a 50/50 ball toward the right side of the end zone while Anderson, matched up against the team’s top corner in Trumaine Johnson, reached up with one hand and plucked it out of the air while staying in bounds. Surely it was going to be the best play of the day, right? Not so fast. Just a few plays later, Sam Darnold was up, and this time Darnold threw a pass to nearly the exact spot with Terrelle Pryor as his target. Pryor, the freakish athlete he is, was able to use every inch of his vertical to out-leap the coverage, reach up with his right hand and snatch the ball out of the air, coming down for a score. While it may be just a couple of training camp scores, the game day performances we’ve seen from both Anderson and Pryor are proof that if healthy, the pair have the potential to not only be red zone threats, but to stretch the field vertically. As Pryor and Anderson check in at 6′ 3” and 6′ 4” respectively while both running sub-4.4 40’s, whoever is under center for the Jets this season should have plenty of opportunities to make their fair share of big plays. The post Anderson, Pryor Offer Glimpse of Playmaking Potential appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  15. In an interview from earlier this off-season that surfaced recently, Jets second-year safety says that one thing he noticed during his rookie year was that some of his teammates “wanted to do the bare minimum”. A big statement from a young player, but whose to say he wasn’t right? When asked if he thought any type of explanation or apology to his teammates might be necessary, Adams said that with the “culture change” he has seen, that the team has moved on and the situation has improved. Adams would go on to say he does not regret the comments. The post Adams Says Some ’17 Jets “Wanted to do the bare minimum” appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
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