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  1. On Wednesday the first NY Jets injury report of the year was released. Ahead of the week one matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, Zach Wilson and Duane Brown did not practice. We know that Zach won’t return until week 4, but Brown missing time is a concern. OT George Fant (knee), CB Justin Hardee (calf), OL Conor McDermott (ankle), CB D.J. Reed (knee) were all limited. With Fant limited and Brown not practicing the starting offensive line spent very little time together this preseason. McDermott, the backup offensive tackle, being limited definitely means all eyes will be on the tackle position when practice starts today. DJ Reed was back on the field on Wednesday according to Robert Saleh. Robert Saleh did give an update on the thought process that went into holding Zach Wilson out until week four. No, to be honest with you guys, I’m just going to lay this out. I really don’t want to talk about the situation anymore. The earliest he is going to be available is Pittsburgh. That’s going to be the earliest, just from everything we gathered over the last couple of days. Now, could it change? Sure, I’m always going to leave that door open. You guys know me, I’m the eternal optimist. We’re going to make sure that both mind and body are 110% and make sure we do right by him. We feel like, talking to the doctors and everyone, it’s going to be that Pittsburgh week. Saleh also said they didn’t want to put him on short term I.R. because they want Wilson to be able to practice as soon as he is ready. This week, he’s going to be off to the side with the trainers. Then, we will slowly, as a part of his rehab schedule, start implementing him back into practice over the next couple of weeks. The post NY Jets Injury Report (Wed) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  2. Here are our week one top 10 rankings. Los Angeles Rams – the champs hold the top spot until someone knocks them off. Stafford’s elbow is something to watch (the backup situation is not great) as is the team’s motivation for managing the grind that goes with defending the title. Buffalo Bills – will see if Von Miller pushes this team over the hump. The defense was much better in the early part of last year than they were late. If the running game can spring someone for more than 100 yards in a game more regularly – that only happened twice in 2021 – it would sure help. Kansas City Chiefs – the preseason trend toward closing KC’s window for contending is way too premature. Tyreek Hill’s departure will hurt, but KC still has one of the best offenses in the league. Green Bay Packers – speaking of teams written off after the loss of their top wideout, Green Bay is still as solid on both sides of the ball as any team. Aaron Rodgers is ageless, and he’ll help one of his receivers emerge as a star this season. Cincinnati Bengals– the Bengals spent the offseason rebuilding its offensive line to protect its young star at QB. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase will only be better in their second season playing together. That is scary. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brady’s odd offseason has the Bucs entering the season as a bit of a question mark. It does give us the feeling that he could step away from the game at any moment. Assuming Brady stays and is focused, the Bucs are a contender. How the Bucs compensate for Godwin’s health and Gronk’s retirement will go a long way to determining success this season in Tampa. San Francisco 49ers – the Niners were a factor despite missing key players for long stretches last season. Trey Lance takes over for Jimmy G and has the security of a big running game and a stud TE in George Kittle. The Niners are a decent bet to come out of the West if Lance can play like people are saying. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens cannot have horrendous luck on the injury front two years in a row, can they? 2021 was catastrophic. Lamar Jackson’s contract situation will hang over the team for as long as it is not resolved. It does not matter – if the Ravens can stay healthy, they will play into January. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert is a decent early-season bet for MVP. The Chargers may play in front of a half-filled stadium as LA’s second most popular football franchise, but they are as talented on both sides of the football as anyone and closer to giving LA two straight championships than most people think. Indianapolis Colts – the Colts have a championship-caliber quarterback for the first time since Andrew Luck. Recycling Philip Rivers did not work out. Matt Ryan cans still play and is a major upgrade. The Colts also have the league’s best back running behind one of the league’s best offensive lines. The defense played under its potential last year. If they step it up, the Colts can do some damage in the AFC. The post JetNation NFL Power Rankings (Top 10) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  3. The reports earlier this week sounded encouraging for Zach Wilson. Returning for week one always seemed like it was going to be a long shot, but there are reports today confirming that Joe Flacco will start against the Ravens. Sources: The #Jets are starting QB Joe Flacco on Sunday vs. the #Ravens, as Flacco is set to face his old team. Zach Wilson (knee) is progressing well, but not quite ready. pic.twitter.com/NET7CiF1Om — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2022 Sounds like a week two return for Zach Wilson has already been ruled out. Saleh said Zach Wilson is out until at least the Pittsburgh game. So he'll miss the first three games. Saleh said after gathering all the information that's the decision the team came to. — Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) September 7, 2022 Robert Saleh told the media that this is about the long game with Zach Wilson because he is a young man. So they are going to keep him out the first three games, with Wilson on track to return on the road vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. We are going to make sure that both mind and body are 100%. Jets fans are discussing this news and sharing their thoughts about Joe Flacco and Zach Wilson in our forums. The post Flacco to Start Week One; Zach Won’t Return Until Week 4 appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  4. With the start of the NFL season just a few days away, Jets GM Joe Douglas isn’t done tinkering with his practice squad. As expected, the GM brought back running back Zonovan “Bam” Knight. The fan favorite was let go just a couple of days ago but lands back in Green and White for the time being. We've signed RB Zonovan Knight, WR/RET Diontae Spencer and T Eric Smith to the practice squad. We've released WR Calvin Jackson and LB DQ Thomas from the practice squad. — New York Jets (@nyjets) September 6, 2022 Douglas also brought in another tackle in Eric Smith along with wide receiver Diontae Spencer. As a return man for the Broncos from 2019-2021, Spencer averaged 9.8 yards per return on punts and 21.8 YPR in the kick return game. Smith spent a short time with the Jets back in 2018 as well. He’ll join the recently re-signed Conor McDermott as depth along the offensive line. To make room on the practice squad, the Jets let go of wide receiver Calvin Jackson and linebacker DQ Thomas. The post Jets add Bam Knight, two Others to Practice Squad; Calvin Jackson Released Again appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  5. Zach Wilson took a step towards returning today as he hit the field for a workout. Robert Saleh said it is possible that Zach could play on Sunday and that he will announce the starting QB on Wednesday. Well, we put Zach (Wilson) through a workout today. Looked good, felt good. We’re going to see how the knee responds today and tomorrow and we’ll have an answer for everybody on Wednesday. Robert Saleh was asked about Zach having enough practice time to return. Eventually, whether it’s this week, next week, it’s going to be the same story like you’re talking about, Rich where eventually he has to get back in there and whether it’s this week, next week, the week after, it doesn’t matter, so you just have to rip the band aid off. When Zach’s ready to play and he’s healthy, like I’ve said from the beginning, when he’s healthy and he feels good, he’s going to play football. What kind of workout did Zach do today? Just putting him through some workouts, running and all that stuff. I mean whatever they do, I’d have the get you that answer from the training staff and our docs (doctors). He did do some throwing, but again, like the details of all that stuff, I couldn’t give you the details of what his rep count was and all that stuff. Most Jets fans seem convinved that Joe Flacco will be named the starter for week 1, with Zach returning for week 2. Stop by the JetNation forums and let us know what you think. The post Zach Works Out; Week 1 Starter to be Named Wednesday appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  6. The NY Jets have announced their team captains for the 2022 season. Zach Wilson, CJ Mosley, and Justin Hardee were selected by their teammates. Robert Saleh said there will be a 4th captain every week that will be picked by the coaches. Here is the official announcement from the team: After Monday’s practice, Robert Saleh announced the Jets will have three season captains as voted on by the players, two more than last season — Zach Wilson (offense), C.J. Mosley (defense) and Justin Hardee (special teams). Mosley, the Curtis Martin Team MVP last season and the longest tenured player among the captains, will don the “C” for the third time with the Green & White. He was named a Jets defensive captain in the 2019 preseason, his first with the team, before he got hurt in the opener against Buffalo. After opting out of the 2020 season, Mosley was named captain in 2021 before a career year, ranking fourth in the NFL with 168 tackles. Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, was named captain for the second year in a row. He was the only first-year player voted in as a captain by his teammates last season. He enters Year 2 recovering from a knee injury sustained in the preseason opener at Philadelphia, but Saleh said he could play in Sunday’s opener against the Ravens depending how his knee responds after a workout Monday. Saleh will announce Wednesday if Wilson will start in Sunday’s regular-season opener, against visiting Baltimore. Hardee earned his second captaincy in as many years with the Jets. He led the team in 2021 with 12 special teams tackles in his first year with the team after four seasons with the Saints. Saleh said the Jets will have a fourth captain, who will be voted on by the coaches before each game. The post Jets 2022 Captains: Zach Wilson, C.J. Mosley and Justin Hardee appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  7. Looking to add some veteran depth at offensive tackle where the Jets are sorely lacking, the Jets have re-signed veteran lineman Conor McDermott. We've signed OL Conor McDermott and released RB Zonovan Knight. — New York Jets (@nyjets) September 5, 2022 McDermott has spent the past three seasons with Gang Green, appearing in 28 games (six starts) in that time. To make room for McDermott on the roster, the Jets let go of rookie running back Zonavan Knight who is likely to land on the team’s practice squad following an impressive pre-season. That is, if another team doesn’t snap him up first. McDermott (6-8, 305) re-signed with the Jets in March and played in six games (three starts) for the Jets last season, taking 134 snaps. He also took 13 snaps on special teams and had a touchdown reception against the Jaguars in Week 16. He was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round in 2017 out of UCLA. McDermott, who dealt with an ankle injury in training camp, has played in 36 games (28 with the Jets) and has made six career starts all with the Green & White. Knight (5-10, 209) signed with the Green & White as an undrafted free agent out of N.C. State in May. He had 53 rushing yards and 1 TD on 15 carries in addition to 141 kick return yards on 5 attempts (28.2 avg). He ran for at least 745 yards in each of his three seasons at NC State, totaling 2,286 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns on 419 carries. You can read more about NY Jets Roster Moves in our forums. The post Joe Douglas Re-Signs Conor McDermott, Releases Rookie RB Zonovan Knight appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  8. NFL International Combine Returns To London The National Football League International Combine heads to London for the second consecutive year. Mirrored after the annual NFL Combine staged in the United States, the invitational scouting showcase is designed to discover and evaluate potential NFL talent globally. Forty-four athletes will be selected to participate in a series of tests in front of NFL evaluators at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 3-4. “Hosting the International Combine in London for the second year provides tremendous exposure for our great game,” said Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Football Development. “The Combine allows us to evaluate new talent globally, shine a spotlight on our sport and provide an opportunity for participants to compete at the highest level.” Athletes representing as many as 13 countries will be evaluated for a potential position in the NFL’s International Player Pathway (IPP) program. Instituted in 2017, the IPP program aims to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster. Following the International Combine, a select number of athletes who meet specific performance requirements and display the potential to play in the NFL, will be invited to train in the United States for three months. This group will be reduced yet again following the training phase in the US and a select number will be allocated to NFL clubs for the 2023 season. The International Combine is the first step in the process towards participation in the IPP program that has helped players such as EFE OBADA (UK/Washington Commanders), JAKOB JOHNSON (Germany/Las Vegas Raiders) and JORDAN MAILATA (Australia/Philadelphia Eagles) earn an NFL roster spot. This year MARCEL DABO (Germany/Indianapolis Colts), ADEDAYO ODELEYE (United Kingdom/Houston Texans) THOMAS ODUKOYA (Netherlands/Tennessee Titans) and AYO OYELOLA (United Kingdom/Jacksonville Jaguars) will join the practice squads of their AFC South teams. The 2022 International Combine will be the fourth iteration, after one in Australia in 2018 and in Germany in 2019. The NFL conducted a Combine in Mexico in October of 2021 for athletes unable to make it to London due to travel restrictions. This is the second time the event will be hosted in London; the combine will be closed to the public. Below are the players who received International Combine invitations: Name Position Country Team Lachlan Amosa, Talitiga DL Australia Berlin Rebels Oswin, Brendan OL Australia Potsdam Royals Ogbevoen, Lucky LB Austria Swarco Raiders Rodlauer, Tobias OL Austria Berlin Thunder Fortes, Kevin DB France Hamburg Sea Devils Kancel, Ludovic OL France – Saint Amand Daufour, Abel LB France Cougars de Saint-Ouen-L’Aumone Zeregbe, Stanley LB France Berlin Thunder Jokiel, Luca OL Germany Heidelburg Hunters Levi Kruse, John TE/FB Germany Hamburg Sea Devils Schroeter, Lino LB Germany Cologne Crocodiles Simon, Flamur LB/DE Germany Cologne Centurions Werthmann, Marlon OL Germany Schwabisch Hall Unicorns Wiegand, Leander OL Germany Cologne Centurions Matsui, Riki WR Japan Fujitsu Frontiers Ibarra Rodriguez, Ernesto LB/DE Mexico – Zepeda, Hector OL Mexico Tec De Monterrey Kwofie, Harlan DB Netherlands Rhein Fire Owusu-Bediako, Tyrese DL Netherlands Rhein Fire Gary Pumipi, Te Akau OL New Zealand 7T5 Sports Academy Raymond Chan-Tung, Jaylen OL New Zealand – Siaki Akiono, Jack TE New Zealand 7T5 Sports Academy Vinny Lui, Etuale Junior OL/DL New Zealand – Augustine Nwoye, Ifeanyi LB Nigeria Uprise Academy Chijioke Okoye, Basil OL Nigeria Uprise Academy Chisom Omemgboji, Chibuike OL Nigeria Uprise Academy David Agoha, Ebuka LB/DE Nigeria Uprise Academy Emmanuel Nzekwe, Ebuka DB Nigeria Uprise Academy Godrick, Jason OL Nigeria Uprise Academy Laoye, Amos OL Nigeria New Yorker Lions Odumegwu, Kenneth DL Nigeria Uprise Academy Okwuchukwu Ezeani, Johnbosco DL Nigeria Uprise Academy Osuji, Desmond DL Nigeria Uprise Academy Paul Anine, Ifeanyi DB Nigeria Uprise Academy Precious Uzuegbu, Udochukwu WR Nigeria Uprise Academy Humberto Jiron Bowles, Jaime DE/TE Panama Linces UVM Fernández Nieto, Alejandro LB/DE Spain Barcelona Dragons Rodriguez, Gabriel OL Spain Barcelona Dragons Haenni, Tim DL Switzerland Hamburg Sea Devils Falola, Emmanuel LB UK Bristol Aztecs Jackson, Jai LB/DE UK London Blitz Johnson-Fisher, Tyrese RB UK London Warriors Mbahin, Arthur LB/DE UK Tamworth Phoenix Owusu, Andy RB UK London Warriors The post NFL International Combine Returns To London appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  9. Any gamers out there? Check out this press release from the NFL about their new Tuesday Game Night collaboration. NFL players and Legends to compete alongside video gaming content creators in a first-of-its-kind, weekly programming series NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES — August 31, 2022 — Today, the National Football League (NFL) and Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (“Enthusiast Gaming”), (NASDAQ:EGLX; TSX:EGLX), announced a first-of-its-kind gaming collaboration bringing together NFL players and Legends and top gaming content creators from marquee gaming organizations including Luminosity Gaming. This multi-year partnership will see the launch of NFL Tuesday Night Gaming (“NFL TNG”), where teams will compete head-to-head across popular video game titles. NFL Tuesday Night Gaming will debut on September 13 at 6:30 PM ET, and stream live on YouTube in the United States and Canada on Tuesdays during the 2022-2023 NFL season. Fans can expect to see a rotating roster of 12 NFL players or Legends and six gaming creators competing across three game titles each week in an exciting new format. After each week’s gameplay, teams will be ranked with the top four teams qualifying for a single-elimination playoff, where one team will be crowned champion of the inaugural NFL Tuesday Night Gaming season. The first season will conclude with an All-Star Game coinciding with Super Bowl Week. Fans will choose their favorite NFL players or Legends and gaming content creators to compete in a special edition gaming night. The winning team will receive a cash prize to donate to the charity of their choice. Included in the schedule are three bye weeks, where NFL players and gaming creators will take a break from the NFL TNG competition for NFL Family Game Night (“FGN”). NFL Family Game Night is designed as a platform for families and younger fans to play alongside their favorite players and gamers in a fun and entertaining format. In addition to the weekly live streamed gameplay, this partnership will also produce daily, always-on content throughout the season, including, pre-and post-game analysis, highlights, plays of the week, and more, leveraging the scale of the NFL and Enthusiast Gaming’s network of gaming assets. For more information on what is to come this season, visit nfltuesdaynightgaming.com. “The NFL is excited to collaborate with Enthusiast Gaming on this first-of-its-kind content series for the League,” said Joe Ruggiero, SVP of Consumer Products at the NFL. “NFL Tuesday Night Gaming will be a unique addition to our weekly schedule that embraces the broader gaming community through an entertaining mix of NFL stars and video gaming culture.” “No one has brought together the gaming community with any sports league for a program of this scale before,” said Bill Karamouzis, President of Enthusiast Gaming. “NFL Tuesday Night Gaming is a new and exciting content platform for brands and agencies to connect with younger audiences through bespoke custom content and talent integrations, including owned moments, featured segments, social activations, and more. We are honored to have been chosen by the NFL to collaborate on this unique and important initiative that will help expand the NFL’s reach to gaming audiences.” The post Tuesday Game Night appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  10. Vinny Curry will miss at least the first four games of the NFL season, as the team placed him on I.R. today. The Jets also announced that linebacker Marcell Harris is being brought back, which makes sense because the Jets only had 4 linebackers on the roster. Harris (6-0, 215) signed with the Green & White Apr. 25 and spent the summer with the team before he was released Tuesday. He started a career-high seven games for the 49ers in the 2021 season and had 44 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack and 1 PD on 336 snaps. He also took 250 snaps on special teams. Harris was originally drafted by San Francisco as a safety in the sixth round in 2018 out of Florida. He then switched from safety to linebacker at the beginning of the 2021 season. He’s totaled 138 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 8 PDs 52 games (20 starts) in his NFL career. Curry, who will be required to miss the first four games of the season, signed with the Green & White last March and was placed on the reserve/NFI list on Aug. 24, which ended his season. He’s now entering his 11th NFL season after spending eight of his first nine years with Philadelphia and one season with Tampa Bay in 2018. Curry, who is from Neptune, NJ, has played in 123 regular-season games in his career, with 28 starts and has totaled 32.5 sacks, 92 QB hits and 194 tackles. He was drafted in the second-round in 2012 out of Marshall and has started 28 of the 123 games he’s appeared in. The first game Curry is eligible to play is Week 5 against the Dolphins on Oct. 9 at MetLife Stadium. The post Vinny Curry to I.R. appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  11. This episode of JetNation Radio was recorded on Wednesday at 7pm. The NY Jets Roster has been set at 53 the cuts are in; in this episode, we look at who made it and discuss the practice squad. Listen as Dylan Tereman breaks down all of the latest Jets news. Special thanks go out to our long-time sponsor, MILE Social a NJ Digital Marketing Agency. They help us with our online presence and social media. Our NY Jets Podcast can now be found on Spotify and Amazon Music. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play. Here is some more information on how you can find us online. NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play JetNation Radio on Amazon Music NY Jets Podcast Page NY Jets Podcast on YouTube The post Jets Roster Set at 53; Practice Squad Talk appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  12. While the Jets 53-man roster is official on paper, maybe calling it the 50-man roster would be more appropriate as a few players always get shuffled on and off of rosters in the days the follow. With other teams cutting down to 53, the Jets may scoop up somebody else’s discarded players. But until then, the first version of the 53 is official, so let’s take a look. S Tony Adams: The undrafted free agent out of Illinois is a big hitter who has some versatility (played CB and S in college) and special team’s value. What makes Adams such a surprise was the camp being had by Will Parks and Jason Pinnock. Both had far more praise heaped on them for their play than Adams, and the pair were let go while Adams stayed. Illinoins safety Tony Adams played alongside Kerby Joseph had some missed tackles but is a big hitter when he squares up on his target. pic.twitter.com/MCCHoVy6CH — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) May 1, 2022 LB Kwon Alexander: Alexander could be this year’s version of Morgan Moses. A proven veteran starter picked up during training camp who will wind up playing a ton of football. WR Braxton Berrios: Berrios had his best season as a pro last season and the Jets brought him back in free agency after seeing the chemistry he developed with Zach Wilson. One of many quality targets Wilson will have to work with this season. OT Duane Brown: Added just a week ago, Brown steps in to start for the injured Mekhi Benton who will miss all of 2022. Brown being on the market as a free agent when Benton was injured was a gift from the football gods. TE Lawrence Cager: What a story. The former Jet and former wide receiver re-joined the team with the hopes of making the transition to tight end. We heard his name all throughout camp, saw him shine in the pre-season, and now found his way back on to the roster in a new role. RB Michael Carter: The second-year back out of UNC will split carries with rookie Breece Hall. CB Michael Carter II: The impressive young slot corner wins the job again. DE Michael Clemons: The rookie edge rusher out of Texas A&M had himself a heck of a pre-season, showing why he was taken by the Jets. Clemons made plays against the run and the pass and showed a great motor. TE Tyler Conklin: We’ve said for some time now that even though CJ Uzoman signed first, it should be Conklin getting TE1 reps. We’ll see how that plays out, but the Jets depth at TE is the best it has been in years. DL Vinny Curry: A veteran mentor, Curry missed all of last season and returned with the hopes of making the 53 and did just that. S Ashtyn Davis: This one came as somewhat of a surprise as the aforementioned Will Parks and Jason Pinnock were having the better training camps. In this situation, it looks as if the Jets chose the more athletic player in Davis who has more physical tools than the safeties who were let go. Will that translate on the football field? Time will tell. WR Corey Davis: The Jets are hoping for big things from David’s after an up and down 2021 campaign that ended prematurely due to injury. Davis had a shot a a 1,000 yard season but also had several drops and fumbles. CB Brandin Echols: It was a quiet camp for Echols who missed lots of time due to injury but the 2021 starter returns as a quality depth piece. OT George Fant: Fant continues to prove his value as he flips tackle spots again to accommodate Duane Brown who has no RT experience. OL Dan Feeney: The versatile interior lineman returns for second season with the Jets after filling in admirably for a short time last season. QB Joe Flacco: Flacco started just one game for the Jets last season and there for 291 yards. He may start this season’s opener with Zach Wilson’s status up in the air. DL John Franklin-Myers: The man they call JFM will be a versatile piece this season as he’s expected to alternate from DT to DE based on pass/run situations. CB Sauce Gardner: The man they call Sauce wasn’t targeted a single time during the pre-season. The sky is the limit for the young cornerback. RB Breece Hall: As you would expect, Hall didn’t have a ton of carries in the pre-season so there wasn’t a whole lot to see as the starting O-line didn’t see much of the field either. Look for Hall to contend for offensive rookie of the year honors. CB Bryce Hall: Hall didn’t have a great camp but should still be a very nice depth piece at corner along with Echols. CB Justin Hardee: The special teams ace returns for year two. LS Thomas Hennessy: Hennessy remains the long snapper for the Jets. OL Nate Herbig: Herbig is an under the radar signing who provides valuable depth on the interior offensive line along with Dan Feeney. A former starter in Philadelphia, Herbig was snatched up off the waiver wire by Joe Douglas. DE Bryce Huff: The Jets final pre-season game encapsulated what Huff has been since his arrival. A valuable player on defense who makes life miserable for opposing quarterbacks who want to set up in the pocket, but rarely gets home for the sack. Huff won’t do much for your fantasy football team, but he’s a valuable piece for your actual football team. DE Jermaine Johnson: The first round pick out of FSU will see plenty of reps on a Jets D-line that looks to suddenly be deep along the edge. RB Ty Johnson: We’ve always liked Johnson but expected him to be shown the door in favour of Tevin Coleman. As it turns out, Coleman was sent packing and Johnson hung around. S Lamarcus Joyner: Clearly a player the Jets like, Joyner missed all of last season after signing a one-year deal but was brought back as a starter once again. RB Zonovan Knight: The running back/kick returner put together enough plays in both areas to hang on as the team’s fourth running back. @nyjets are likely to add a running back via draft and getting one who can catch and run is essential in this offense. One guy who did it well when given the chance was @PackFootball RB Zonovan Knight. pic.twitter.com/o9pVSdpFTU — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) April 3, 2022 DE Carl Lawson: Perhaps the player Jets fans are most excited to see on the field this season, the pass rushing specialist could be in for a career year in Robert Saleh’s defense. P Braden Mann: Mann hasn’t been the guy the Jets they’d hoped he’d be out of Texas A&M. He gets another year to elevated his game. DE Jacob Martin: Brother of former Jets DE Josh Martin, Jacob came over from the Texans as a free agent and figures to see plenty of action in the Jets heavy D-line rotation. C Connor McGovern: The steady vet is back for another season to anchor what the Jets hope will be a much improved unit. WR Denzel Mims: Mims requested a trade which the Jets tried and failed to accommodate so he’s back again for a third season. Heck of performance from Denzel Mims in what may be his final snaps as a member of the Jets. Gang Green hoping his big night (7/102/1) might drum up some interest from teams looking to add a receiver. pic.twitter.com/zVPgnqMEkN — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) August 29, 2022 OL Max Mitchell: Viewed as a project lineman after being drafted by the Jets this season, Mitchell has performed well enough for the Jets to cut ties with Chuma Edoga, Conor McDermott and Grant Hermans, the primary competitors for the backup tackle jobs. WR Elijah Moore: Look for Moore to be the top receiver on the roster this season in a deep group. His ability to get in and out of his cuts at top speed makes him a threat against any cornerback. LB CJ Mosley: In what may be his last season as a Jet due to his bloated salary next season, CJ Mosley returns as the leader of the team’s defense in the middle of it all at linebacker. DL Sheldon Rankins: A player who at times looks like an all-pro and at others does little to get your attention, Rankins is back for a second season for Gang Green. CB DJ Reed: The free agent addition from Seattle gets ready to start opposite Sauce Gardner for what should be a vastly improved secondary. TE Jeremy Ruckert: The local kid from Long Island will likely be the team’s primary blocking TE this season while looking for reps as a pass catcher in a deep group. DL Nathan Shepherd: One of just two remaining Mike Maccagnan draft choices, Shepherd comes back as a rotational piece along the defensive interior. LB Jamien Sherwood: Sherwood had himself a very good pre-season and may have positioned himself to be the team’s starting middle linebacker next season. WR Jeff Smith: Smith sticks again. Another great story as the UDFA who started his college career at quarterback keeps finding ways to impress his coaches and make the roster. DL Solomon Thomas: Thomas has bounced around a little bit after being drafted with the third overall pick in 2017. He hasn’t come close to living up to his draft status, but the Jets feel he can be a contributor on their D-line. LG Laken Tomlinson: The stud guard steps in to start on the left side where he’ll be a big part of keeping quarterback Zach Wilson upright while opening holes for the backs. TJ Uzomah: Uzomah gives Zach Wilson another huge target in the middle of the field to help move the chains. RG Alijah Vera-Tucker: The man they call AVT enters year two with hopes of taking the next step in his development to enter the pro bowl conversation. QB Mike White: White enters the season as the team’s third quarterback after and up and down pre-season. S Jordan Whitehead: Another free agent addition in the secondary, the former Buccaneer should dramatically improve the Jets defense against both the run and the pass. Just finished up watching 4 TB games on all 22 and I think Jordan Whitehead has a chance to finally help fix a Jets defense that hasn't been able to defend a screen pass for much of the past 30 years. Reads the offense well, gets through blockers and a GREAT tackler one on one. pic.twitter.com/e8HfeQpWIR — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) March 16, 2022 LB Quincy Williams: A surprise addition last year who may go from highlight reel play to boneheaded mistake, Williams has some big fans on this staff. Watch him blow up opposing ball carriers on game day and it’s easy to see why. DT Quinnen Williams: If Williams hits his ceiling this season with all of the talent the Jets have placed around him…look out. WR Garrett Wilson: The rookie receiver out of Ohio State struggled with drops in training camp but looks to start making plays once the games count. QB Zach Wilson: Wilson enters season two hobbled by a knee injury suffered in the pre-season but there’s a slight chance he could return in week one. K Greg Zeurlein: With one of the strongest legs in the NFL, Zeurlein hopes to regain the form that earned him the name “Greg the leg” several years ago. The post 53 Man Roster Contains Some Surprises on Both Sides of the Ball appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  13. We have a NY Jets practice squad speculation thread in our forums. It was started by Sarge4Tide who provides excellent roster updates for us all year long. I felt that this one was worth sharing. Check it out and let us know what you think? Who is going to be added to the practice squad; and who will be claimed by another team? 12 Most Likely Players to be Added to the Jets Practice Squad (in order of likelihood) 70 – Chuma Edoga 6’3″ 308 USC (T) 96 – Jonathan Marshall 6’3″ 310 Arkansas (DT) 41 – Jason Pinnock 6’0″ 205 Pitt (S/CB) 50 – Bradlee Anae 6’3″ 260 Utah (DL) 3 – Tarik Black 6’3″ 213 Texas (WR) 39 – Will Parks 6’0″ 200 Arizona (S) 9 – Calvin Jackson 5’9″ 193 Washington St. (WR) 66 – Ross Pierschbacher 6’4″ 315 Alabama (G/C) 15 – Chris Streveler 6’1″ 216 South Dakota (QB) 69 – Conor McDermott 6’8″ 305 UCLA (G/T) 31 – Rachard Wildgoose 5’10” 191 Wisconsin (CB) 45 – Hamsah Nasirildeen 6’3″ 215 Florida State (OLB) 3 Players Cut By the Jets Most Likely to be “Poached” (Claimed by Another Team) 70 – Chuma Edoga 6’3″ 308 USC (T) 96 – Jonathan Marshall 6’3″ 310 Arkansas (DT) 39 – Will Parks 6’0″ 200 Arizona (S) 5 Most Likely Players to be “Bumped” Off the 53 Man Roster (by waiver claims or veteran free agent signing) 22 – Tony Adams 6’0″ 185 Illinois (S) 16 – Jeff Smith 6’0″ 195 Boston College (WR) 81 – Lawrence Cager 6’5″ 220 Georgia (TE/WR) 67 – Dan Feeney 6’4″ 310 Indiana (G/C) 99 – Vinny Curry 6’3″ 279 Marshall (DE) The post Practice Squad Speculation appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  14. The NY Jets officially announced the roster moves they made today to get down to the limit. We have mentioned several moves the Jets made earlier. Here are the Jets’ 27 transactions the team made today by position. Table inside Article Player Pos Exp How Acq Transaction Javelin Guidry CB 3 UdFA-2020 Waived Rachad Wildgoose CB 2 FA-2021 Waived Isaiah Dunn CB 2 UdFA-2021 Waived Tanzel Smart DL 4 FA-2020 Waived Bradlee Anae DL 3 FA-2021 Waived Jabari Zuniga DL 2 D3b-2020 Waived Jonathan Marshall DL 2 D6c-2021 Waived Nick Bawden FB 5 FA-2021 IR Marcell Harris LB 5 UFA-2021 (SF) Released Del’Shawn Phillips LB 3 FA-2021 Waived Hamsah Nasirildeen LB 2 D6a-2021 Waived DQ Thomas LB R UdFA-2022 Waived Conor McDermott OL 6 W-2019 (BUF) Released Ross Pierschbacher OL 2 FA-2021 Waived Grant Hermanns OL 1 UdFA-2021 Waived Chris Glaser OL R FA-2022 Waived Chris Streveler QB 3 FA-2022 Waived Tevin Coleman RB 8 UFA-2021 (SF) Released La’Mical Perine RB 3 D4a-2020 Waived Will Parks S 7 W-21 (MIA) Released Jason Pinnock S 2 D5c-2021 Waived Chuma Edoga T 4 D3b-2019 Waived Trevon Wesco TE 4 D4-2019 Waived Kenny Yeboah TE 2 UdFA-2021 Waived Tarik Black WR 1 FA-2021 Waived Irvin Charles WR R UdFA-2022 Waived Calvin Jackson WR R UdFA-2022 Waived Chris Streveler, La’Mical Perine, Chuma Edoga, Jason Pinnock, Calvin Jackson and Jonathan Marshall are some of the bigger names on the list. Hopefully for the Jets, cut down day being more painful is an indication of an improved roster. What’s Next? The Jets have the 4th position when it comes to waiver claims. All claims must be made by Wednesday at noon and then the practice squad signings may begin. The practice squad is being increased from 14 to 16 players this year (10 of the 16 players can have no more than two accrued seasons and the other 6 don’t have any limitations). Other practice squad notes from the Jets. Teams are allowed to promote two players from their practice squad on gameday Each player called up will revert back to the PS. Teams can do that with a specific player up to three times, one more than in 2021. Practice squad players cannot sign with another team’s practice squad but are free to sign with another team’s 53-man roster at any time unless they are one of their team’s protected players. Teams decide on four protected players weekly. IR/PUP/NFI Players that are on PUP or NFI don’t count towards the 53-man roster. They’re eligible to return to action after the team’s sixth game. Players placed on IR before the cut to 53 are ineligible to return during the regular season. RT Mekhi Becton is the only player on injured reserve. If a player is placed on injured reserve after the roster cuts and during the regular season, they are r The post Jets Roster Moves Announced appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  15. Every year we see a surprise cut or two at this time of year but there have been several for the Jets over the past 36 hours. After letting go of DB Javelin Guidry and RB La’Mical Perine, it was the safeties today. Despite an excellent pre-season, veteran safety Will Parks was waived along with second-year man Jason Pinnock who finished up last season on a high note. Definitely a surprise here. Saleh raves about Pinnock. With @ZackBlatt reporting that Will Parks is also being cut, #Jets’ safeties – for now: Whitehead, Joyner, Ashtyn Davis and Tony Adams. https://t.co/E6ArWW0q9B — Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 30, 2022 In addition to Parks and Pinnock, defensive lineman Tanzel Smart despite a second consecutive standout pre-season. New York Jets cut defensive tackle Tanzel Smart cut after strong preseason, team would like back on practice squad, per league source. — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 30, 2022 The Jets of course could make a move to retain any of the above mentioned players after they clear waivers. The post Plenty of Surprise Cuts for Jets as Pinnock and. Parks Sent Packing appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  16. Multiple reports are coming in from various outlets claiming the Jets will be waiving former fourth-round draft choice Lamical Perine and several pre-season standouts. The Jets are releasing RB La'Mical Perine, per sources. 2020 fourth-round pick. — Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 29, 2022 Quarterback Chris Streveler and wide receiver Calvin Jackson were let go along with Bradley Anae, who stood out in the team’s final two contests. Streverler and Jackson connected on a pair of last-minute game winning TD’s in the 3 game pre-season. Jets informed QB Chris Streveler, who helped lead the team to an unbeaten preseason and also led the team in rushing yards this summer, that they plan to release him Tuesday, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2022 The Jets are reportedly hoping to bring Jackson back as a member of the practice squad. Also being let go are linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips and cornerback Javelin Guidry. The #Jets have released DB Javelin Guidry, who played all 17 games last year and had three starts. A claim possibility. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2022 Undrafted free agent Irv Charles is also expected to be let go after an underwhelming pre-season as well. The post Jets to Waive Perine, Guidry and Pre-Seson Standouts appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  17. In their third and final pre-season game, it was more of the same for the New York Jets. The starting offense couldn’t find the end zone but did show some signs of life this time around. Starting QB Joe Flacco had the offense humming on their first drive before the Jets turned it over on a Michael Carter fumble. Flacco would later throw a pick-six before exiting. On came Mike White who had his best game of the pre-season (13-17 for 170 yds and 2 TD’s) before Chris Streveler worked his magic in leading Gang Green to another win on the team’s final drive. And just as he did in the team’s first pre-season win, he hit rookie receiver Calvin Jackson for the game winner. Of more importance to the Jets however was the fact that wide receiver Denzel Mims may have boosted his trade stock just a bit with a big night. The third-year receiver hauled in seven balls for 102 yards and a 29-yard TD. Heck of performance from Denzel Mims in what may be his final snaps as a member of the Jets. Gang Green hoping his big night (7/102/1) might drum up some interest from teams looking to add a receiver. pic.twitter.com/zVPgnqMEkN — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) August 29, 2022 Mims’ agent recently let it be known that he would like the Jets to trade his client due to a lack of opportunities. Mims of course did himself no favors last season. After failing to find a way to get on the field early on, Mims struggled with drops and mindless penalties when he did get on the field. Hoping for a fresh start in 2023, that clearly wasn’t going to happen with the additions of Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson over the past two seasons along with re-signing Braxton Berrios. Simply put, Mims is the odd man out in a system that doesn’t fit his skill set. Some other notes from last night’s victory: The defensive line had some very impressive moments. It looks like this group can be as good as advertised if Quinnen Williams takes that next step and Carl Lawson stays healthy. Flacco did a nice job of spreading the ball around early on. It’s been a long time since Jets fans have been able to say this, but this offense has multiple legitimate options for the QB to choose from. Interesting to see Brandin Echols get the start over Bryce Hall. Extra reps for a guy who missed most of camp or Hall demoted after struggling last week? No word on any injuries for Hall at this point. CJ Uzomah might be the tight end the Jets signed first, but it’s been clear for quite some time that Tyler Conklin should be the team’s TE1. Pre-Season or not, it was nice to see Jeff Smith pick up his first receiving TD in an NFL game. It’s been a long journey for the college QB turned receiver. Bubble linebacker Hamsah Nasirildeen led the team with 8 tackles. The post Mims Shines in Jets Pre-Season Finale in Another Streveler-led Comeback appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  18. As the Jets prepare to play their third and final pre-season game this weekend against the Giants, here are some key players to watch in the MetLife matchup. Of Course wide receiver Denzel Mims will be interesting to watch after requesting a trade earlier this week. As some expected, the request has reportedly piqued the interest of the Carolina Panthers. With this being the case, do the Jets load up on targets for Mims in hopes of generating some interest? Who else should we be watching? QB Chris Streveler: Have to start with the QB. Pre-season or not, Streveler isn’t your average unknown QB. He’s had some experience in the CFL and it shows. He doesn’t get rattled under pressure, does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield and isn’t afraid to use his legs to make a play. Another strong outing will all but guarantee he won’t make it through waivers if the Jets are hoping to stash him. WR Calvin Jackson: Jackson’s name has come up plenty throughout training camp while also finding ways to make plays in game action. With Mims possibly on the way out, there could be some open spots on the roster. WR Irvin Charles: Charles hasn’t been as productive as Jackson in game action but he has stood out several times throughout camp and came up just short on what would have been a fantastic TD catch in the team’s first pre-season game. If Mims goes and the Jets decide to carry six receivers, Charles is a name that could stick. If not, expect the Jets to hope to stick him on the practice squad. DB Tony Adams: The versatile undrafted free agent showed up on film for the first time last week against the Giants and has earned the praise of some on the Jets beat. If the Jets feel Adams can contribute at safety in corner having played both in college, he has a shot to grab a practice squad spot. RB Zonovan Knight: Another undrafted rookie free agent, Knight has made some big plays as a return man while showing some power in the run game. A capable blocker and pass catcher, Knight’s being a multi-tool player means another strong showing could lock up a roster spot if he hasn’t already. Always believed Lawrence Cager had excellent hands. Biggest question with transition to TE was going to be his ability to block. Picks up a key block here on a Perine run late in the game. pic.twitter.com/HwV8ZorpFE — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) August 14, 2022 TE Lawrence Cager: Cager looks to have gone from long-shot to a near lock for the final 53. The converted wide receiver has packed on some bulk and found a way to consistently make plays as a pass catcher. It’s not unrealistic to think the Jets may carry four TE’s with each being better than anyone they carried last season. RB LaMical Perine: Despite scoring a touchdown last week, Perine feels like the odd man out at running back. The team will likely look to carry quicker, more explosive backs. Perine doesn’t fit the bill. DL Jabari Zuniga: Perine and Zuinga are in the same boat. They’re both out of the first draft class Joe Douglas assembled. They’ve both been largely invisible since arriving. And they’ve both looked better this pre-season than they have at any point with the Jets. While that’s unlikely to be enough for Perine to hang around, Zuinga may have an outside shot to stick in the Jets heavily rotated defensive line. The post Jets Players on the Bubble as Final Pre-Season Game Approaches appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  19. Having requested a trade out of New York, Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims is reportedly drawing interest from the Carolina Panthers. The report should come as no surprise given the way Mims played at Baylor for current Panthers head coach Matt Rhule. Panthers have called about Jets WR Denzel Mims, per league sources. Mims had a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons for Matt Rhule at Baylor. GM Scott Fitterer has said Panthers will be in on every deal. So Mims interest not surprising, esp. given his connection to Rhule. (1/2) — Joe Person (@josephperson) August 26, 2022 The Panthers have reportedly contacted the Jets who are letting it be known they will not give the wide receiver away. Despite his lack of production for Gang Green, Connor Hughes of SNY is reporting the Jets are willing to move Mims, but it won’t be for pennies on the dollar. Sources: The #Jets are open & plan to grant Denzel Mims’ trade request. They will not, though, give him away. They believe Mims has talent & like their receiving unit with him on it. Only way a trade happens is if #NYJ get what they believe is equal value. — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 26, 2022 Mims is undoubtedly a talented player who put in tons of work this off-season to get better, but it hasn’t done him much good. He has been relegated to second and third team reps thus far. Having requested a deal, it’s unlikely he’ll be a Jets when the season kicks off in a few weeks. Stay tuned. The post Report: Panthers Interested in Dealing for Jets’ Mims appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  20. This week Dylan Tereman gets us up to date on the latest Jets news. Listen to this episode of JetNation Radio, our NY Jets Podcast to find out how the joint practices with the Giants are going. The Jets will play the Giants in the final preseason game on Sunday. It is a home game for the Jets. Duane Brown was on the field on Thursday and says he will be good to go for week one. Joe Flacco has shown great chemistry with Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson. Will that translate to the field this season? Breece Hall is explosive; how will that help the running game? Denzel Mims wants to be traded or released; that was the news of the day. Is he forcing the Jets hand or doing them a favor? Listen in to hear about these topics and more. Special thanks go out to our long-time sponsor, MILE Social a NJ Digital Marketing Agency. They help us with our online presence and social media. Our NY Jets Podcast can now be found on Spotify and Amazon Music. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play. Here is some more information on how you can find us online. NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play JetNation Radio on Amazon Music NY Jets Podcast Page NY Jets Podcast on YouTube The post Denzel Mims Requests Trade, Duane Brown Takes the Field appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  21. After two preseason games, five players had to be released from the NY Jets roster as they had to cut their roster from 85 to 80 players. The next stage of roster cuts comes on August 30th, when they need to get all the way to the final 53. Unlike past years, the Jets coaching staff and front office must make tough decisions at multiple positions. That speaks to the depth and talent general manager Joe Douglas has acquired over the last seven months. Tight end, defensive line, and linebacker are three positions to watch in the coming days. Continuing our annual tradition of predicting the final 53-man roster, starting with the offense: QB (3) Zach Wilson On the shelf for roughly 2-4 weeks with a bone bruise and meniscus tear in his right knee, Wilson will be eased along in his rehab until 100% healthy, where he will then assume his role as the starter again, according to Jets head coach Robert Saleh. Joe Flacco It is like Flacco will have to start Week 1 vs his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, while Wilson is recovering from his knee injury. Expectations should be tempered, but Flacco is a veteran, so at the very least he should be able to run the offense efficiently and keep the Jets in ball games. Mike White For now, the Jets have to keep White on the roster as Flacco’s backup, at least until Wilson returns. Then, the team may try to sneak him onto the practice squad (unlikely) or look to trade him for a late-round draft pick. He didn’t have a great performance on MNF, so Chris Streveler could push him for his spot after another big game. RB/FB (4) Michael Carter Carter looks to play another integral role in this offense, but this time he will have a bit more talent around him to help him grow. Even if he is the “1B” in the backfield to Breece Hall, there’s no reason why he can’t improve on his rookie season totals. Less is more will lead to positive returns from Michael Carter. Breece Hall A rookie picked so high in the second round that the team actually thought about trading into the 1st round again to select him, Hall is already showing his dynamic playmaking ability in camp. He had a beautiful breakaway run against the Falcons in joint practice sessions, and he looks the part in the pass game as well as in pass protection. Big things are on the horizon for Hall, who is already an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Tevin Coleman Infusing some veteran leadership into the position, Coleman continues his journey with the Jets and Robert Saleh. He is familiar with the offense, and also provides a spark as the backup returner on special teams. The young backs have leaned on him immensely. Zonovan Knight A rookie UDFA out of N.C. State, Zonovan Knight flashed both in the run game and on special teams, setting up the Jets for their game-winning drive against the Eagles on a great kick return to the -42. If he continues to stack good days that result in productive games, he should be able to push past La’Mical Perine and Ty Johnson, even Coleman, on the depth chart as the legitimate RB3/4. WR (5) Elijah Moore A player who can’t stop generating buzz in training camp, Moore has made play after play in practice, making it look easy against the Falcons star cornerback A.J. Terrell. He is on track to be the Jets leading receiver, and there’s no doubt from the coaching staff that he will become everything they want him to be, and more. Corey Davis After an admitted down year from both a performance and mental standpoint in 2021, Davis is primed for a bounce back season. He worked on his conditioning this offseason and his stamina and route running ability has improved because of it. While the Jets like to lean on their smaller, shiftier players, the role for Davis could be massive if he hits the ground running. Garrett Wilson Expectations surrounding a rookie selected in the top 10 are generally high, but it seems as though Wilson is the forgotten man. He has already shown that he was worth the investment, making highlight catches and creating tons of separation in the game against the Eagles. The Jets have a plethora of young talent at receiver, and Wilson will be a key piece to the offense. Braxton Berrios After inking a new 2-year/$12M contract back in the spring, Berrios is locked in as the team’s primary kick and punt returner, as well as a “gadget” player on offense. His chemistry with Zach Wilson is palpable, and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur loved to use him in the redzone on his beloved trick plays. Jeff Smith While I think many fans would prefer the Jets keep Denzel Mims, Smith has shown more versatility with a skill set that better matches what the offense asks from their receivers. There’s a reason he has survived 3 regime changes by the organization. TE (4) C.J. Uzomah The former Cincinnati Bengal coming off an injury, Uzomah brings veteran leadership to one of the youngest teams in the league. He will be a consistently reliable target over the middle for either Joe Flacco or Zach Wilson. Tyler Conklin Another incoming free agent at the tight end position, Conklin already has shown why the Jets had interest. He developed an instant chemistry with Zach Wilson and he will likely be the tight end OC Mike LaFleur will use the most in the pass game. Jeremy Ruckert A rookie from Ohio State and a lifelong Jets fan, Ruckert has been playing catch up all summer after suffering a foot injury in February. He scored a touchdown against the Eagles and looked the part in limited blocking opportunities. Lawrence Cager A converted wide receiver turned tight end, Cager brings athleticism to the position and can excel in the passing game. If he can develop in the run game as a blocker, he has a chance to be a great depth piece. Cager had a nice 34-yard TD from Streveler on a crossing route against the Falcons. OT (4) Duane Brown The newest veteran addition to the Jets, Brown comes in with an immediate familiarity with both Saleh and the scheme. At 37 years old, it’s unsure exactly what you will get, but the staff is confident that the team won’t take a step back with Brown in the lineup. He was a Pro Bowler for the Seahawks in 2021. George Fant The ultimate definition of a team player, Fant has long deserved a contract extension from Joe Douglas and the Jets. He has switched positions multiple times, and despite playing better last year on the left side, accepted the challenge of moving back in favor of the aforementioned Brown. Fant is someone that should be locked in for the short-term at the very least. Conor McDermott Although he suffered a knee injury during training camp, McDermott is a player the coaches speak highly of. He may not be the best backup tackle option in the league, but compared to Chuma Edoga and others, he is the one they should feel most comfortable with. Max Mitchell A fourth round rookie from Louisiana, Mitchell is one of three players that was drafted by the Jets that participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. He has gotten a ton of work in the preseason with the veteran tackles sitting out, and the hope is he can be the long-term swing tackle. Hopefully neither he nor McDermott will have to start at any point this season. OG/C (5) Laken Tomlinson A Pro-Bowl free agent from the San Francisco 49ers, Tomlinson is likely the team’s best player on either side of the ball. Whether run blocking or in pass protection, he is more than reliable and will only make the players around him better. Alijah Vera-Tucker Entering his second season in the league, Vera-Tucker looks to build off a positive 2021 campaign. He made a switch from left to right guard due to the addition of Tomlinson, but he has played every spot on the offensive line except center in college, so the transition has not been tough for him. Connor McGovern After a rough 2020 season with the team, McGovern bounced back and had a solid finish to 2021. He has the ability to be an above average center, and he will only benefit from having Tomlinson playing next to him. Dan Feeney Playing on his second 1-year deal, Feeney is the backup interior lineman with the most experience. In limited action in 2021 he did a solid job, but is not someone you can rely on as a starter. Nate Herbig Another interior lineman that was acquired this offseason, Herbig will be a backup guard who will only play if an injury occurs. While not a strength, the Jets need depth with experience and Herbig fits that mold. The post Predicting the Jets Final 53-Man Roster: Offense appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  22. Here are my NY Jets roster predictions for the 2022 season. Here are the defense and special teams breakdowns. EDGE (6) Carl Lawson Coming off a torn Achilles suffered in the preseason last year, Lawson comes back looking to become a dominant pass rusher in this attacking scheme. If he can even be 85% of the player he has been in camp the last two years, Jets fans will flood the stands of MetLife Stadium with #58 jerseys. He could be the missing piece waiting to unlock the entire Robert Saleh defense. John Franklin-Myers Entering the second year of his new contract, Franklin-Myers will be a pivotal piece on the defensive line. He will play both on the edge and on the interior, so he will be relied on heavily. He is my dark horse candidate to lead the team in sacks. Bryce Huff Currently nursing an oblique injury, Huff brings a special skill set to the edge rusher position for New York. He has tremendous bend to match his speed (see: flag forced vs Eagles LT Jordan Mailata), and he isn’t a liability against the run. Huff is one of the players I’m most intrigued to see how he is used within the defense. Jermaine Johnson A rookie first-rounder that the team traded up for, Johnson will come in as a rotational player in the pass rush. Head coach Robert Saleh has touted his ability to be a speed player, but he needs to work on his power game. He has flashed in the preseason, chasing quarterbacks out of the pocket in both games. Jacob Martin A free agent acquisition from the Houston Texans, Martin comes in with a key role in defensive line coach Aaron’s Whitecotton gameplan. While he will be a rotational player like Johnson, Martin is more of a “pass rush specialist” with less upside against the run. Michael Clemons Another rookie along the defensive line for the Jets, Clemons comes in with a ferocity unlike anyone else on the team. His long arm and physicality in his hands make him stand out in the preseason, chasing down ball carriers from the opposite side of the play. He will earn more reps throughout the season, especially since he has the versatility to play on the interior like JFM. IDL (4) Quinnen Williams Entering his 4th season and seeking a potential contract extension, Williams looked good vs the Eagles in preseason before suffering an ankle injury. It is unknown how much, if any, of the game the starters will play in the finale against the Giants, but Williams should be healthy enough to compete if they need him. Sheldon Rankins After a relatively quiet training camp and preseason, Rankins plays a big part in filling the void left behind by Foley Fatukasi. Can he be more effective in the run game in 2022 and help the defense finish better than 32nd? Nathan Shepherd One of the few holdovers left from the Mike Maccagnan era, Shepherd’s maturity has been praised by Saleh this summer, specifically in terms of his ability to de-escalate in a heated moment at practice. If he can harness that tenacity and avoid making penalties on gameday, Shepherd could be in line for an expanded role in 2022. Jonathan Marshall A second-year player who bounced back and forth from the practice squad last season, Marshall has impressed this summer, including a sack against the Falcons in the second half. He has the athleticism and strength to be a capable player on the interior for the Jets. LB (5) C.J. Mosley The team MVP in 2021 after two seasons away from football, Mosley proved everyone wrong about his ability following a long hiatus. He led the team in tackles with 168, falling just short of Johnathan Vilma’s franchise record. He will now have a bit more talent around him in Kwon Alexander, so it’s likely that Mosley can still produce at high-level in his age 30 season. Kwon Alexander A late summer addition on a one-year deal, Alexander came in and immediately made his presence felt. He was running with the first team within his first week, and it’s likely he will be heavily involved early for Jeff Ulbrich’s defense. His energy is also unmatched whether at practice or in a game atmosphere. Quincy Williams Perhaps the biggest question mark on the second level of the defense, Williams has had an up and down career for the Jets. He has tremendous speed to make plays on either sideline, but he was a liability at times in coverage. He will need to play his best football yet to keep up with Alexander if he wants to be the every down linebacker alongside Mosley. Hamsah Nasirildeen After a summer of positive reports and health, Nasirildeen enters his second year at his new position in a much better place than he left it last year. Coaches said he has put on weight, and his unique size for the position has always been an advantage for him, even at safety. If he can put it all together in 2022, he has a chance to go from a special teams ace to a staple in the defense. Jamien Sherwood After missing essentially his entire rookie season with an ankle injury in 2021, Sherwood looked very sharp in the preseason. He had multiple run stops, and a critical third down pass deflection. He has made plays on both defense and special teams, and he looks to be the immediate backup to the veteran Mosley at MIKE linebacker. CB (6) D.J. Reed A veteran free agent addition from the Seattle Seahawks, Robert Saleh can’t stop gushing about Reed. He has not played yet in the preseason, but he has flashed in practice, including a 100-yard pick 6 against Zach Wilson. He will be the starter on the perimeter opposite Ahmad Gardner. Ahmad Gardner The fourth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, “Sauce” Gardner has come into camp and immediately looked the part. His preseason film, while limited, has shown that he is not letting the mental aspect get the better of him. He will inevitably let up plays throughout the season, but he will swim more than will sink in his rookie campaign. Brandin Echols A somewhat forgotten name on the roster after missing training camp with a shoulder injury, Echols has the opportunity to solidify his CB3 status, especially while Bryce Hall struggles. He tied for the most interceptions on the team last year as a rookie, so his ball skills are adequate enough to play outside corner in this scheme. Health will be his biggest hurdle in 2022. Michael Carter II The starting nickel corner for the second straight season, Carter II took over as a rookie in 2021 and never looked back. He has been tested by a lot of good players that match up well against him, Kyle Pitts, Mike Gesicki, and has held his own. He is a great communicator as well, which is an important trait to possess on the backend of a defense. Javelin Guidry The backup nickel corner, and perhaps the fastest player on the team, Guidry brings a ton to both the defense and special teams. He is a sure tackler and his speed can be used in multiple ways, whether as a blitzer off the edge or as a player to run in man with crossing routes designed to put stress on defenders. Justin Hardee A core special teams player and a veteran voice in the locker room. He will not give you much at all on defense, but his abilities on punt and kick teams are exceptional. Brant Boyer will likely be pounding the table to keep Hardee around as long as possible. S (4) Jordan Whitehead Another veteran defensive back added this offseason, Whitehead comes from Tampa Bay with tons of playoff experience and a physicality that will help the Jets run defense improve. Saleh has already said he’s the type of player that usually doesn’t leave the building and team he was drafted to, so it speaks to how much responsibility they will entrust in him. Lamarcus Joyner After playing only 10 snaps before suffering a season-ending injury, Joyner comes back to New York on a one-year deal to be the starter opposite Whitehead. He had a shaky return to football in the preseason game vs the Falcons, so this will be a position to keep an eye on throughout the regular season. Will Parks After making a handful of splash plays in the preseason, Parks will get every opportunity to push the aforementioned Joyner for starting reps. While he may not be the most complete safety, he will be a steady player who won’t make detrimental mistakes. Jason Pinnock A converted cornerback turned safety, Pinnock has earned the praise of his teammates and coaches alike. He still has a long way to go, but he has expressed his comfortability in the new position, so that will only help him learn his role at a faster pace. If he catches on to the defense quickly, he could be mixed in with the starters in certain situations during the game. He is a player to watch to see if he can climb the depth chart into a predominant role for the team. Special Teams (3) K Greg Zuerlein After already winning the kicking competition between himself and Eddy Piñeiro, Zeurlein looks to return to “Greg the Leg” form in his first season in the Green & White. P Braden Mann Entering his 3rd season with the Jets, Mann had a rocky start in 2021 before suffering a leg injury. After returning from the injury, he wore a brace for the first few games, but when the brace came off, Mann started to return to form. He is also the best tackler on special teams currently. LS Thomas Hennessy The longest tenured player on the roster, Hennessy has been a mainstay for Brant Boyer’s special teams unit. He enters his 6th year with the team. The post Predicting the Jets Final 53-Man Roster: Defense/Special Teams appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  23. A long off-season, which includes the NFL draft, mini-camp end when training camp begins. Summer practices, pre-season football, and then the games count. Ultimately there is only one winner of each NFL season. While every player dreams of holding the Lombardi trophy, few have the honor. There is a small consolation prize in the form of an invitation to the Pro Bowl. Three Jets received the honor last year, and even though they were on the alternate list, it was a recognition of their performance during the season. But will the team also have an ambassador in the Pro Bowl this year? Well, at least one player is confident of that. Fans Can Start The Season Early Some may disagree, but anticipation is one of the best things about events like the start of the NFL season. How will your favorite team start? Who will shine, and who will disappoint? And at the end, who will win it all? The journey that will answer these questions is a few months away. In the meantime, American football betting platforms allow fans to start the season early. That is, at least when it comes to successfully predicting the outcomes of the upcoming battles on the football field. Quincy Williams Confident He’s Going To Pro Bowl For a particular Jets player, this season has one other ultimate goal—the Pro Bowl. Quincy Williams had played for the Jacksonville Jaguars before coming to Gang Green. However, his lack of experience on the field doesn’t hold him back when it comes to confidence. He is convinced that he is going to the Pro Bowl. Williams, who had 2 sacks and 110 tackles for the Jets last year, appears to have the complete confidence of his coaches, which likely gives him the drive he needs. The linebacker is in the Jets’ starting lineup and, in his own words, is learning and adapting quickly to the game. An interesting and probably familiar fact for Jets fans is that Quincy is the twin brother of Quinnen Williams. Last year, the two set a record by becoming the first brothers to sack players in one game for the same team. A Quick Rush To The Top While there will be time to find out if Quincy will actually be able to fulfill his promise to represent the Jets in the Pro Bowl, the upcoming star still has a lot of responsibilities ahead of him. And very quickly indeed, Quincy became a key player for the team. Coming in with little pro football experience, Williams had to promptly pick himself up after filling in for the injured Jarrad Davis last year. As it turned out, Quincy was indeed a quick learner, and his performances were good enough to earn him a repeat spot at the top of the Jets depth chart at linebacker. Jet’s 2021 Pro-Bowlers As we impatiently wait to see if Gang Green will have Pro Bowlers this year, let’s remember what happened in that regard near the end of last season. A total of three Jets players were selected for the NFL All-Star game—C.J. Mosley, Quinnen Williams and Braxton Berrios, with the first two being third alternates and Berrios—first. This was Mosley’s fourth time being invited to the Pro Bowl, with previous years making the roster while competing for the Baltimore Ravens. As of last year, when he received the invitation to the Pro Bowl, the player recorded a very good season with 132 attacks, which was one short of his personal best. At the end of the season, Mosley finished with 168 tackles—his career-best. Quinnen Williams also had a solid defensive game, finishing the season as the joint leader in sacks with 6. Being among the Pro Bowl selections is a good achievement for Williams, who has only 3 years of professional football under his belt. Braxton Berrios, the only alternate 1 of the trio, averaged 13.4 yards per punt, 2 touchdowns and 46 receptions during the season. Conclusion Participating in the Pro Bowl may not be as glamorous as playing in the Super Bowl, but it’s definitely a nice accolade for the players. The Jets, of course, have to think about moving forward on a team level, and that’s the main focus of every team member. Will Quincy Williams fulfill his prophecy to be among them? Let’s hope that he’ll keep up the good work and get recognized for it. The post Will the Jets Have a Pro-Bowler This Season? appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  24. As we mentioned earlier today, the Jets have released kicker Eddy Piñeiro, which means that Greg Zeurlein has won that competition. The team also announced four other roster moves, to get down to the limit of 80 players. S Elijah Riley, OL Isaiah Williams, OL Caleb Benenoch and LB Kai Nacua were the other players released. Here are the details from the team. Piñeiro (6-0, 185) signed with the Jets last December and made all 8 of his field goal attempts last season with a long of 51 yards. He made his one attempt in the preseason and both extra points. He connected on 9 of his 10 extra points. Piñeiro first signed with the Raiders in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Florida before joining the Bears in 2019-20 and has made 86.1% of his field goals. Riley (6-0, 205), the Army product who was signed off Philadelphia’s practice squad last November, started at safety in seven of the Jets’ last eight games last season. He had 45 tackles and 3.0 TFLs. Riley first signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2020. Benenoch (6-5, 305) signed with the Jets August 9 after spending last season with the Saints (one start). He was originally drafted by the Buccaneers in the fifth round in 2016 out of UCLA and spent three full seasons in Tampa Bay before stints with the Patriots, Panthers, Cowboys and Lions, all in 2019. Benenoch has appeared in 36 games (23 starts) and taken 1,385 career snaps. Williams (6-3, 295) spent the 2021 season on and off the team’s practice squad and appeared in 4 games. The Akron product signed as an undrafted free agent with Washington in 2016 and has had stints with five other NFL teams — Chiefs (2017), Colts (2017), Raiders (2018), Saints (2018) and Ravens (2019). Nacua (6-0, 205), a converted safety, signed with the Jets last December and played in three games. He originally signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2017 and has had stints with the Ravens (2018), Panthers (2018-19) and Colts (2019) before joining the 49ers practice squad (2020). Nacua has 19 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 QB hit in 25 games (3 starts). The post Jets Release Pineiro, Riley & Others appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  25. NFL insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Jets have let go of kicker Eddy Pineiro, meaning veteran Greg Zeurlein is Gang Green’s kicker for the time being. Jets are releasing veteran kicker Eddy Pineiro, per source. Greg Zeurlein now is the lone Jets’ kicker on their roster. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2022 Once nicknamed “legatron” for his other worldly leg strength, Zeurlein’s accuracy hasn’t always been good enough to help him stay on a roster for an extended period of time. Now he gets another shot with the Jets. The post Zeurlein is Jets new Kicker as Pinero is let go appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
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