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  1. The NY Jets have announced a movie night at Metlife Stadium. You can watch Ant-Man and take a tour of the stadium on Tuesday July 10th. Doors open for season ticket holders at 5:30pm. The general public will be allowed in at 6:30pm and the movie will start at 8:00pm. You can get your free, mobile entry, tickets here. Jets season ticket holders should use their existing Jets rewards card. Jets Movie Night at Metlife Stadium The post Metlife Stadium Movie Night (Ant-Man) 07/10/18 appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  2. The Jets have released the 2018 training camp schedule. There are fewer practices that are open to fans, so make sure you reserve your free tickets as soon as possible: https://www.newyorkjets.com/camp Here is the full press release from the team, along with the dates that are open to the public. The New York Jets 2018 Training Camp will provide fans with opportunities to watch practice, including four open practices specifically designed to host large crowds. These practices will be at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, except for the Green & White Practice Scrimmage at Rutgers University on Saturday, August 4. Additionally, there will be three days of joint sessions with the Washington Redskins open to the public in Richmond, VA from August 12-14. The team will break camp prior to the Week Three preseason game against the Giants. The Jets 2018 Training Camp is now presented by M&T Bank, which entered a multi-year agreement last year as the Official Community Bank of the New York Jets and is supported by Atlantic Health Systems, BASF, Dell-EMC, JetBlue, MetLife, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, SAP and Toyota. Players will continue the Jets tradition of signing autographs for fans after practice along the fence line. However, autographs are not guaranteed for every fan in attendance. Admission and parking at all Jets Training Camp events will be free, but tickets are required. Beginning now, fans can register and download tickets by visiting newyorkjets.com/camp. For the first time, ticketing for all events – including the Green & White Scrimmage – will be mobile-only. Print-at-home PDF tickets will no longer be available. Fans can manage their tickets by visiting Ticketmaster.com or downloading the official Ticketmaster mobile app. Tickets will also be available to manage in the Official Jets Mobile App prior to the event. Beginning this season, as part of a League-wide initiative, all ticketing for Jets games at MetLife Stadium will be mobile-only. For information on Open Practices, parking and directions visit newyorkjets.com/camp. Fans attending Training Camp are encouraged to check the website for security and carry-in procedures. Practices may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844 or visit newyorkjets.com for the most up-to-date news regarding practice schedules. Updates are also available on Twitter (@nyjets) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Jets). Green & White Practice Scrimmage at Rutgers University Presented by M&T Bank On Saturday, August 4, the Jets Green & White Practice Scrimmage will be held at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. This event is free and open to the public and will feature a gameday-like atmosphere, along with fan entertainment and family-friendly events. Starting at 3:00 p.m. near the Rutgers Block R Party area, autographs from Jets Legends, an appearance by the Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders, Jets Fest, Jets Experience and the Jets Shop. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and practice will begin at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will take place at the conclusion of practice. Green and White Practice Scrimmage is presented by M&T Bank. Fan Experience Amenities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center For Open Practices, fans can take advantage of bleachers for enhanced viewing (up to 1,000 fans), a shuttle service to and from the parking lot, water stations close to the field, cooling zones, a food court provided by Village Supermarkets and a fan zone fully equipped with family-friendly activities. Fans will also enjoy Training Camp staples including Jets Fest, featuring skills challenges, music, inflatable rides, virtual reality and the Jets Shop tent filled with new merchandise for the 2018 season. Season Ticket Holders are encouraged to bring their Jets Rewards cards and earn 250 bonus points when attending any open practice date. In addition to the 250 Jets Rewards points that Season Ticket Holders will receive, there will also be a discount on merchandise. Club/PSL Holders will receive a 25% discount while Non-PSL Holders will receive a 15% discount. Exclusive Jets Club and PSL Season Ticket Holder Day On Saturday, July 28th, Jets Club and PSL Season Ticket Holders will be invited to join a private day at camp. In addition to being the first group to see the 2018 Jets practice, fans will receive a free water bottle. Joint Training Camp Practice with the Washington Redskins Leading into their preseason game at FedEx Field on August 16, the New York Jets and Washington Redskins will participate in joint practices at Washington’s Bon Secours Training Center from August 12-14. This will be the first time the Jets have participated in joint practices with another club since holding joint sessions with the New York Giants in SUNY Albany in 2005. These practices will be free and open to the public. Online registration will be open in late June and is required for entry to Camp. Available parking lots provided by the City of Richmond can be found at www.redskinsrva.bonsecours.com/parking Gen Jets Kids Club Presented by M&T Bank At all Open Practices and the Green & White Practice Scrimmage, members of the Gen Jets Kids Club presented by M&T Bank, will have a kids-only player autograph area. Space is limited to the first 125 kids each day on a first-come, first-served basis, so parents are encouraged to check in their children at the Gen Jets tent upon arrival. Fun activities for kids will be announced at practice all throughout the summer. 2018 New York Jets Training Camp Schedule For all practices at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center (AHJTC), gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Fan parking will be in the BASF lot and shuttles will begin at 1:00 p.m. For the Green & White practice scrimmage at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University, gates will open at 6:00 p.m. All dates and times are subject to change including cancellations due to inclement weather. Date Location Time Event/Access Thursday, July 26, 2018 AHJTC Players Report – No Practice Saturday, July 28, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm PSL Holders/Club Holder Day Sunday, July 29, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm Public Practice with Valid Ticket Saturday, August 4, 2018 Rutgers University 7:00pm Green & White Practice Scrimmage Friday, August 10, 2018 MetLife Stadium 7:30pm New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons Sunday, August 12, 2018 Richmond, VA TBA TBA Monday, August 13, 2018 Richmond, VA TBA TBA Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Richmond, VA TBA TBA Thursday, August 16, 2018 FedEx Field 8:00pm New York Jets @ Washington Redskins Saturday, August 18, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm Public Practice with Valid Ticket Sunday, August 19, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm Public Practice with Valid Ticket Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Break Camp The post NY Jets Announce 2018 Training Camp Schedule appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  3. He’s not a big name, but he’s a man that knows the game. Brandon Copeland, a four-year NFL Journeyman has had to fight tooth and nail to earn a place on the field and now finds himself battling for a roster spot with Todd Bowles’ Jets. At 26 years of age, standing at 6 feet, 3 inches while weighing 256 pounds, Copeland has played with 3 NFL teams, along with a 3 month stint in the Arena Football League. Copeland has not been the most impactful player on the field, recording a career total of 30 tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, and just a half sack. He acknowledged with reporters that his numbers are underwhelming, but he continues to grind, hoping to catch somebody’s eye and find a niche in the NFL. His work ethic comes from his grandfather, Roy Hilton, who played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Colts, and was apart of the team that was devastated by the Jets in the legendary upset that was Super Bowl III. Ironically enough, Copeland’s career started in Baltimore,where his grandfather played nine seasons with the Colts. Copeland was signed in April, 2013 but his stay was a short one as he was cut in August of the same year before spending time on Tennessee’s practice squad. After a tough run with 2 NFL squads, Copeland joined the Arena Football League as a member of the Orlando Predators. He was signed in February 2015 but never reported and set his sights back on the NFL. Copeland would eventually get another chance with the Detroit Lions due largely in part to an impressive showing at the NFL veteran combine. While in Detroit, Copeland appeared in 32 games (1 start) in 2015 and 2016. In August of 2017 however, Copeland tore a pectoral muscle and his season was over before it started. Now healthy once again, Copeland is hoping to find a home with the Jets where Rich Cimini reported recently that he “made a few plays” while getting some rotation with the starters during OTA’s. Like so many other undrafted free agents, Copeland has already had a bumpy journey in the National Football League, but if he’s hoping to get a shot, he’s in the right spot. The Jets have no proven starter at linebacker opposite Jordan Jenkins and that’s where he would be projected. Given their need at weak-side linebacker and on special teams, where Copeland has been a quality player, he may find a way to sneak on to Gang Green’s final 53-man roster and perhaps make a Jets fan out of Roy Hilton as he continues to play with the goal of making his grandfather proud. The post Brandon Copeland’s Road to the Jets appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  4. Jets fans looking forward to watching the Green and White in action at 1 Jets drive in preparation for the 2018 season can now start marking dates on their calendars as newyorkyjets.com has posted several key dates for fans to be aware of. From the Jets official site: PUBLIC PRACTICE AT ATLANTIC HEALTH JETS TRAINING CENTER 1 Jets Drive, Florham Park, NJ 07932 Parking: 1:00 PM • Gates: 1:30 PM • Practice Starts: 2:15 PM GREEN & WHITE PRACTICE SCRIMMAGE AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS STADIUM 1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854 Fan Fest: 3:00 PM • Gates: 6:00 PM • Practice Scrimmage Starts: 7:30 PM • Post-Practice Fireworks July 29th: Practice open to public, click here to download tickets. Aug 4th: Green and White Scrimmage at Rutgers University August 18th: Practice open to public August 19th: Practice open to public If you’re a season ticket holder, you will receive 250 Jets reward points for each event you attend. The post Jets Announce Key Training Camp Dates appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  5. Jets fans looking forward to watching the Green and White in action at 1 Jets drive in preparation for the 2018 season can now start marking dates on their calendars as newyorkyjets.com has posted several key dates for fans to be aware of. From the Jets official site: PUBLIC PRACTICE AT ATLANTIC HEALTH JETS TRAINING CENTER 1 Jets Drive, Florham Park, NJ 07932 Parking: 1:00 PM • Gates: 1:30 PM • Practice Starts: 2:15 PM GREEN & WHITE PRACTICE SCRIMMAGE AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS STADIUM 1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854 Fan Fest: 3:00 PM • Gates: 6:00 PM • Practice Scrimmage Starts: 7:30 PM • Post-Practice Fireworks July 29th: Practice open to public, click here to download tickets. Aug 4th: Green and White Scrimmage at Rutgers University August 18th: Practice open to public August 19th: Practice open to public If you’re a season ticket holder, you will receive 250 Jets reward points for each event you attend. The post Jets Training Camp Key Training Camp Dates Announced appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  6. Well, it turns out that former Jets general manager John Idzik wasn’t just great at passing on quality players come draft time, but he’s also adept at passing the buck when looking back at his abhorrent drafts during his time with the Jets. In sharing some of his thoughts on the current state of the Jets and how they got where they are, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York shared a bit of inside info on Idzik’s reflections on failure. If at first you don’t succeed: Zack Martin‘s monster contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys this week served as the latest painful reminder for Jets fans on how their team botched the 2014 draft. Martin is one 13 players with multiple Pro Bowls from that talent-rich draft, one of the best in recent memory. With 12 selections, the Jets should’ve made a killing, but only one has become a productive player — wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (sixth round). Privately, former general manager John Idzik, the mastermind of the debacle, has told people his picks weren’t properly developed. That’s what you call passing the buck. So, according to Idzik, it’s not that Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Oday Aboushi, William Campbell, Tommy Bohannon, Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro, Dexter McDougle, Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, Jeremiah George, Brandon Dixon, IK Enemkpali, Tajh Boyd and Trevor Reilly aren’t quality players. That wasn’t it at all. What hurt his legacy is that the teams who have worked with these players don’t know how to develop talent. You know, teams like the Saints, Patriots, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Jaguars and Chiefs, to name a few clubs who have at one point or another employed the Idizk All-Stars after their time with Gang Green. The post Cimini: Former Jets GM Faults Others for his Failures appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  7. The NY Jets have announced a new, inside look, at training camp. Here is the information on a 6-part Facebook series called One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp. Jets Debut All-Access Facebook Watch Series – One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp Six Episode Series Will Air Every Tuesday From June 19 through July 24 June 14, 2018 – The New York Jets will debut their first-ever, all-access Facebook Watch Series on Tuesday, June 19. One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp is a six-episode series that offers an inside look at the seven months between the end of the 2017 season and the beginning of the team’s 2018 Training Camp. Airing every Tuesday through July 24, episodes will feature storylines chronicled by the Jets 360 Productions team. General Manager Mike Maccagnan will discuss his multiple plans in free agency and how a bold trade came together, while Head Coach Todd Bowles will elaborate on what he saw during a spring marked by competition and chemistry. The in-depth access and interviews will bring fans closer to some of their favorite Jets and introduce new ones. Watch as defensive lineman Leonard Williams unlocks the doors to his home and shows how the “Big Cat” coexists with his pair of Cane Corsos, while the emerging safety tandem of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye talk about what’s next in their sophomore seasons. New additions Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson discuss the free agency process and their moves to the Big Apple. Quarterback Josh McCown reflects on his career and family from his home in North Carolina, while veteran offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum will show how he is trying to make a difference in his hometown community of Mexia, TX. Rookie defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd shares his journey from working odd jobs in Canada to becoming a third-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. And rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s initial 24 hours as a Jet will be revealed for the first time. Additional player features will include offensive linemen Brian Winters and Spencer Long, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as well as linebackers Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins. The series will also showcase the retirement celebration of Jets Legend Nick Mangold, the NFL schedule release and much more. One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp will air exclusively on the Jets Facebook Watch page. In addition, series segments will be featured on newyorkjets.com, the team’s official YouTube page and on Twitter. The trailer for One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp can be seen here. To view One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp visit facebook.com/onejetsdrive. Each episode will be promoted in a new show notification to all followers of the show page. The post One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  8. For the first time since Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie locked down the Jets secondary from 2010-2012, the New York Jets have a true #1 cornerback in Trumaine Johnson and a #2 that has played fairly well as a #1 in Morris Claiborne. As was the case with Revis and Cromartie, this tandem could be something to get excited about. However, beyond those top 2, the depth chart is pretty wide open. Contrary to popular opinion, Buster Skrine played well for the most part last season, but had a rough couple of seasons before that, and let’s not forget he is one of the most penalized cornerbacks in the league. At this point, Jets fans are hoping rookie corner Parry Nickerson will eventually slide into slot duties and take Skrine’s job sooner rather than later. Darryl Roberts had some ups and downs as a #2 CB last season, so he should play well in a #4, reserve #2 role. Juston Burris may be better suited for the CFL, and Rashard Robinson is looking like a horrible trade decision last season. This leaves the #5, #6, and possibly #7 CB slots open, depending how many the Jets choose to keep. With that being considered, let’s take a look at our three potential candidates for those positions: Xavier Coleman Out of the three, Coleman has the best chance of making the final roster as we discussed earlier this off-season right here. Coleman was active for two games last season (albeit only a special teams role) and his story is truly remarkable. The corner was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in 2009 and in 2012 had open heart surgery. He was told if the surgery was successful, he would never play contact sports again. He only got offers from Portland State due to his condition and limited high school playing time because of it. He dominated at Portland State, ending his college career with 152 tackles, 41 passes defended, and 9 interceptions, earning a shot as an UDFA with the Jets. In interviews he talks about how he viewed his successful heart surgery as another shot at life, and he would take advantage of every opportunity. This summer, he gets another chance at exactly that. Jeremy Clark Clark’s most intriguing qualities are his size and strength. He is 6’3” and 220 lbs, similar to newly acquired #1 corner Trumaine Johnson, who is 6’2” and 214 lbs. This isn’t to say they’re the same player, but possess similar physical attributes. Clark played safety in college before transitioning to cornerback in his junior year, so he has some versatility and the kind of strength and length Todd Bowles looks for in a corner. Clark also put up 20 reps on the bench press prior to the draft. There is a significant injury history as he did tear his ACL in his senior season at Michigan, which led to him not being ready last year and being on the PUP for most of the year, meaning he’s had very little opportunity to show coaches what he can do. Clark is still only 23 years old and would likely benefit from emulating Trumaine Johnson moving forward. Even if it doesn’t happen this season, should Clark develop in to a quality corner, he would have to be viewed as a sixth round steal by Mike Maccagnan after taking a flier on a converted safety to mould in to a cornerback. Derrick Jones Even though Jones was active for 3 games on special teams last season, he’s probably the longest shot of these three to crack the final roster. He played mainly receiver in college before transitioning to corner. His speed and height were enough to attract the Jets to draft him 204th overall in last year’s draft, but he is incredibly raw and with this many corners with more experience and talent ahead of him, he’ll have quite the uphill battle unless he has improved enough this off-season and it shows in minicamp and the preseason. Even without mentioning promising rookie Parry Nickerson, the Jets and their fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic about this year’s cornerback group at the top of the depth chart. Obviously, Trumaine Johnson is the #1 corner and Morris Claiborne is the #2 for as long as he can stay on the field as he has never played a full season in his entire 6-year career. Even last season, when he had arguably his best season ever, he still missed a game and a half due to a foot injury. Should Claiborne miss a significant chunk of time, it could open the door for Jeremy Clark, Derrick Jones and Xavier Coleman to join the active roster and chip in on game day. The post Trio of Second-Year Corners Ready to Battle for Roster Spots appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  9. Following their three-day minicamp, the New York Jets signed one of their seven tryout players in former Ravens defensive lineman/linebacker Courtney Upshaw. A former second-round pick out of Alabama, Upshaw has played in 90 pro games (56 starts), racking up 215 tackles, 7 sacks and 5 forced fumbles as a member of both the Ravens and Atlanta Falcons. To make room for Upshaw, the Jets parted ways with recently signed lineman Chris Jones. The post Jets Sign DE Courtney Upshaw; Release Chris Jones appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  10. By Harrison Glaser For the first time since Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie locked down the Jets secondary from 2010-2012, the Jets have a true #1 cornerback in Trumaine Johnson and a #2 that has played fairly well as a #1 in Morris Claiborne. As was the case with Revis and Cromartie, this tandem could be something to get excited about. However, beyond those top 2, the depth chart is pretty wide open. Contrary to popular opinion, Buster Skrine played well for the most part last season, but had questionable seasons before that, and let’s not forget he is the most penalized cornerback in the league. At this point, Jets fans are hoping rookie corner Parry Nickerson will eventually slide into slot duties and take Skrine’s job sooner rather than later. Darryl Roberts had some ups and downs as a #2 CB last season, so he should play well in a #4, reserve #2 role. Juston Burris may be better suited for the CFL, and Rashard Robinson is looking like a horrible trade decision last season. This leaves the #5, #6, and possibly #7 CB slots open, depending how many the Jets choose to keep. With that being considered, let’s take a look at our three potential candidates for those positions: Xavier Coleman Out of the three, Coleman has the best chance of making the final roster as we discussed earlier this off-season right here. Coleman was active for two games last season (albeit only a special teams role) and his story is truly remarkable. The corner was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in 2009 and in 2012 had open heart surgery. He was told if the surgery was successful, he would never play contact sports again. He only got offers from Portland State due to his condition and limited high school playing time because of it. He dominated at Portland State, ending his college career with 152 tackles, 41 passes defended, and 9 interceptions, earning a shot as an UDFA with the Jets. In interviews he talks about how he viewed his successful heart surgery as another shot at life, and he would take advantage of every opportunity. This summer, he gets another chance at exactly that. Jeremy Clark Clark’s most intriguing qualities are his size and strength. He is 6’3” and 220 lbs, similar to newly acquired #1 corner Trumaine Johnson, who is 6’2” and 214 lbs. This isn’t to say they’re the same player, but possess similar physical attributes. Clark played safety in college before transitioning to cornerback in his junior year, so he has some versatility and the kind of strength and length Todd Bowles looks for in a corner. Clark also put up 20 reps on the bench press prior to the draft. There is a significant injury history as he did tear his ACL in his senior season at Michigan, which led to him not being ready last year and being on the PUP for most of the year, meaning he’s had very little opportunity to show coaches what he can do. Clark is still only 23 years old and would likely benefit from emulating Trumaine Johnson moving forward. Even if it doesn’t happen this season, should Clark develop in to a quality corner, he would have to be viewed as a sixth round steal by Mike Maccagnan after taking a flier on a converted safety to mould in to a cornerback. Derrick Jones Even though Jones was active for 3 games on special teams last season, he’s probably the longest shot of these three to crack the final roster. He played mainly receiver in college before transitioning to corner. His speed and height were enough to attract the Jets to draft him 204th overall in last year’s draft, but he is incredibly raw and with this many corners with more experience and talent ahead of him, he’ll have quite the uphill battle unless he has improved enough this off-season and it shows in minicamp and the preseason. Even without mentioning promising rookie Parry Nickerson, the Jets and their fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic about this year’s cornerback group at the top of the depth chart. Obviously, Trumaine Johnson is the #1 corner and Morris Claiborne is the #2 for as long as he can stay on the field as he has never played a full season in his entire 6-year career. Even last season, when he had arguably his best season ever, he still missed a game and a half due to a foot injury. Should Claiborne miss a significant chunk of time, it could open the door for Jeremy Clark, Derrick Jones and Xavier Coleman to join the active roster and chip in on game day. The post Trio of Second-Year Corners Ready to Battle for Roster Spots appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  11. Jets second-year running back Eli McGuire earned our praises last season right here, but that’s nothing compared to the praise that was heaped on him today by running backs coach Stump Mitchell according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. When asked about the versatile McGuire, Mitchell reportedly said the back reminds him of former San Diego Chargers and Jets running back Ladanian Tomlinson. Those are some strong words from a guy who has been coaching running backs in the NFL since 1999. McGuire will never be the player Tomlinson was and Mitchell isn’t really making the prediction either. It’s an accurate observation on his part, highlighting the fact that McGuire can do it all. He’s a good runner, receiver and blocker. The former sixth-round pick is hoping for an expanded role in 2018. It sounds like he may get his wish if Mitchell has his way. The post Eli McGuire Earns High Praise From RB Coach Stump Mitchell appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  12. It’s one of those things that can’t be taught or coached, but you see it almost every time you take a moment to watch some of Sam Darnold’s college performances at USC. Time and again, under pressure, Darnold rolls out, spins away or steps up in the pocket to avoid oncoming defenders, before making a beautiful throw for a big completion. Often times the mechanics are off, but the result is a thing of beauty. Now as a pro, albeit only in practice, it seems that so far Darnold isn’t having any problems continuing to display the same traits that made him such a hot commodity in college, with “so far” being the operative term. After all, it’s only OTA’s and minicamp. The presumption that the Jets offensive line is going to be among the worst in the league is what’s driving a lot of the fears we’re seeing and hearing from Jets fans, but a quarterback with plus-mobility behind what should be an average offensive line shouldn’t quite the recipe for disaster that some seem to think it is. As we saw reported yesterday, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Darnold being the the starter when the season rolls around, and the number of reps he’s getting in practice suggests that could be the case. If he is the starter, Darnold should be just fine physically, but the number one thing that could put him at risk is how quickly he reacts to what he’s seeing from opposing defenses. Let’s just hope it’s not with the same fear and trepidation that some fans are showing as the positive reports of Darnold’s progress continue to roll in. The post Darnold’s Biggest Strength Could Offset Potential Jets Weakness appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  13. Just last night on our latest episode of JetNation radio, we asked Kristian Dyer of Metro if there was a real chance that rookie quarterback Sam Darnold could be under center when week 1 rolls around, and today, Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates addressed the very same question. “We’re throwing everything at him” said Bates, who didn’t rule out the possibility of the third overall pick starting the team’s Monday night opener in Detroit on September 10th. A possibility that many fans seem to be at odds with. While some may wonder why risk starting Darnold when you’ve got a pair of veterans to lean on while he sits back and learns in Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, the fact of the matter is that plenty of quarterbacks have had success early on in recent years. Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys, and going back a few years, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, have all put up some gaudy numbers after stepping in to take the starting jobs for their respective teams from day one. Is Darnold next in line to take the reins in hopes of never looking back? According to Bates, it’s not out of the question. The post Bates Says Darnold Could be Week 1 Starter appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  14. The NY Jets completed their first day of minicamp on Tuesday. Todd Bowles spoke to the media after practice. Here is the full transcript including an update on Darron Lee being the primary signal caller on defense. On if there is a different approach in minicamp compared to OTAs… No, it is the same approach. The meetings are longer, and we are probably putting more things in because we have more time to meet, but practice-wise it is the same approach. On how much of the offense will have been installed by the end of mini-camp… Maybe a third, maybe a little more than a third. On if one third of the defense will be installed by the end of mini-camp… Not a third. It is real basic right now, just teaching fundamentals and principles. Some of the things we can’t get done without pads on, so a lot of the stuff will have to wait until training camp. From a teaching standpoint, from a fundamentals standpoint and from a schematics standpoint, just teaching the basics – we’re putting that in. On what kind of strides Marcus Maye has made this offseason… Obviously from a mental standpoint, with him watching film and seeing the game from a different vantage point, you want them to get better their second year mentally, seeing some things he might have missed the first year as a rookie. He has been doing a lot of studying, so he has been doing that from a sideline approach. On what he likes about J.J. Wilcox… Obviously when ‘Tez (Rontez Miles) went down, we needed another safety. J.J. is one of those guys that have started a lot of ball games. We are looking for versatility at that spot. He can play free and strong. That is one of the reasons why we signed him. On which defensive player will call plays on the field… Darron (Lee) is the signal caller. Avery (Williamson) has some signal-calling as well. Depending on the package, it could be a different guy, but Darron and Avery will take care of most of it. On the extent that Maye’s injury has limited his growth this offseason… It doesn’t as long as he comes back. Sometimes when a player gets hurt, he can see the game from the sideline from a different vantage point, whereas if he was healthy and you told him on the field, he doesn’t catch it as quick. So he is getting a lot of mental reps on the sideline. Time will tell when he comes back how much he learned. On if it is more important for Maye to grow mentally or physically after year one… It is more important for all of them to grow mentally in year two. Physically, they can naturally lift and get stronger, but mentally you’re seeing things for the second time and you should have some experience in it and you should be a little calmer when you play. On if the MIKE linebacker would normally call plays… Not all the time, sometimes it is the safety. In different defenses, it’s the safety, some are the MIKE and some are the MO. On if he is asking Lee to be more vocal this year… He was vocal last year. With Avery just coming in and Darron having already been in it. (As) Avery learns it, we have taken some off of his plate and letting Darren do it, so we have split the duty at times. As Avery gets it, he will end up calling a lot of it as well. On Sam Darnold’s performance today at practice… It is a process. He is learning. He is studying. You make some good throws and you make some bad throws and that is what we are practicing. That is all three quarterbacks, it is not just Sam. He made some throws. In shorts and t-shirts, you can’t tell whether the ball would have been broken up or whether he would have been sacked or not, but his learning is outstanding. The process and the steps that he is taking, he is being very steady and we are very pleased with him. On if he gets excited seeing Darnold make those good throws… I get excited when a lot of the guys out there make plays, whether it is the quarterback position or not, whether it is a young or an older guy. When someone does something that I am not expecting, it kind of excites me on the inside. I know you guys don’t think so, but it happens. (smiling) On if Darnold is getting more first-team reps… No, we split them up. Like you said, you have only seen four of 11 (practices). We are happy with the process and the steps our quarterbacks are taking. I wouldn’t read anything into that. On the talent in the secondary, especially with the addition of Trumaine Johnson and Wilcox… Two guys that have played a lot of ball games brings us some experience, especially from a non-coaching aspect to help the young guys while they are out on the field. They are both true professionals, blending in well with the guys, fitting in well with the group, can’t do anything but help us. On the overall amount of talent in the secondary… We just have to keep adding pieces. We like the players we have and we like the players we had on the team last year. Talent is one thing and blending them in is a whole different animal so we just have to make sure they blend the right way and go from there. On if he remembers his initial reaction to Teddy Bridgewater’s injury in 2016… No, I knew he was a good player and from everything I heard about him, he is a great person. Him coming here and knowing him personally now, he is a great person, but you don’t want anyone to get hurt. You want to play as hard and you can and as physical as you can, but injuries in this game happen and you don’t hope that happens to anyone. All you can do is cringe. That is probably one of the worst injuries I have seen since the (Lawrence Taylor-Joe Theismann) injury on that Monday night ball game, but he seems to be bouncing back well. On if the nature of Bridgewater’s injury makes it more remarkable that he is playing now… I can’t imagine. Having not been injured like that, I can’t even relate to someone being injured like that. But just knowing Teddy’s personality and the drive he has, it doesn’t surprise me. On if he wants Maye to be ready by training camp… He is ready when he is ready. He works hard. He is doing everything that is asked of him, so we will see. On if he knows any players who will not be ready for the start of training camp… No, not until I get the final report at the end of minicamp. On if Miles will be on the PUP list throughout training camp and the season… He will be a guy that will be down. On if Miles was hurt on the second day of OTAs… I don’t recall when he actually did it. He got hurt similarly around there. On if the team planned for Quincy Enunwa to wear a helmet in minicamp before the offseason began… It has been a process and it changes gradually. Sometimes he feels better, it changes and we scheduled to put a helmet on him and let him run around in it and get a feel. On if Enunwa will get some team work in before the end of mini-camp… We will probably hold on until camp. On if there is a time-table for removing Terrelle Pryor’s boot… Not at this time. On if Pryor is still 50/50 for the start of training camp… Correct. The post Lee & Williamson To Call Plays On Defense; Todd Bowles Transcript appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  15. With New York Jets minicamp under way, Glenn Naughton covers news from the past week, all the camp invites and also talks QB’s. Sam Darnold is always a topic of conversation as he battles for the starting job with Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown. Kristian Dyer of Metro NY calls in for his weekly spot and talks about the depth at cornerback depth and tight end situation after Chris Herndon was charged with a DWI. We want to thank our sponsor, MILE Social. They help business with social media, websites and SEO. JetNation Radio is a weekly New York Jets Podcast. Be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play: NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play The post NY Jets Podcast; Minicamp Edition appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
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