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  1. With two of their three scheduled pre-season games in the books, the Jets have had some pretty impressive performances turned in from some unexpected players. Who are they, why have the stood out and what does it mean? QB Chris Streveler: While Streveler has only seen action against opposing third and fourth-string defenses, you can’t overlook what he has done. The QB has remained calm under pressure, made plays with his arm and legs while leading the team to a pair of come from behind wins. Streveler was a successful CFL quarterback and has thrown a handful of NFL passes. If he doesn’t make the Jets roster, he’ll almost certainly get picked up before he makes it to their practice squad. TE Lawrence Cager: Cager is quite the story. The former undrafted free agent wide receiver had cup of coffee with the Jets a few seasons ago before being cut loose. Now back after moving to tight end, Cager has shown himself to be a reliable target and a weapon in the passing game. Cager has also been better than expected as a blocker. It would be hard to imagine the Jets not keeping him around as an additional weapon. 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 DL Tanziel Smart: We said last year that a case could be made for Smart to make the final roster. This pre-season he has only made that argument stronger. Consistently disrupting opposing offenses from the defensive interior, Smart looks to be worthy of a rotational spot on the Jets D-Line. S Will Parks: Hearing Parks’ name or seeing him make a play on game day has become a regular occurrence. With so little proven depth at the safety position, Parks deserves a spot. In last night’s win against the Eagles, Parks may have had the biggest hit of the game, flatting an Atlanta ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage. Hit stick ACTIVATED @PhillyWill11 ESPN pic.twitter.com/Rpf6NFuoG3 — New York Jets (@nyjets) August 23, 2022 CB Rachad Wildgoose: Wildgoose has made some standout plays while racking up plenty of reps this pre-season. While the top of the Jets corner depth chart is dramatically improved from last season, there are jobs to be won at the bottom. While Wildgoose hasn’t been perfect, he has done enough to warrant consideration for a spot. The post Five Surprise Jets who Could Land on 53-Man Roster appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  2. Jets fans got to enjoy some longshot backups make a handful of plays in the team’s 24-16 comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons while the starters looked flat once again. In fairness to the Jets, they benched a fair number of their starters right out of the gate but failing to find the end zone in the first half against a team like the Atlanta Falcons is hardly encouraging. Gang Green finished the first half trailing 16-3 before the backups and the backups to the backups started making things happen. For the second week in a row, quarterback Chris Streveler led the comeback as he showed quick decision making, accuracy and the ability to make plays with his legs. Streveler has dramatically improved his chances to stick around in recent weeks. So who else stood out other than Streveler? Linebacker Jamien Sherwood looked solid once again after a strong debut that we mentioned here last week. Sherwood finished with four tackles in limited play, one of which was a run stuff at the line of scrimmage. Sherwood also showed up in coverage. Meanwhile, second-year defensive lineman Jonathan Marshall picked up a sack after being quiet on just 10 snaps last week. Waiver wire addition Bradlee Anae made one of the plays of the game when he forced a fumble on a sack that he picked up himself and ran back for a touchdown. Staying on the defensive side of the ball, it’s time to put Tanzel Smart on the 53-man roster. We talked quite a bit about how he deserved to make it last season and he continues to impress. May have had the single best effort of the night on a play in which he almost had a running back wrapped up in the backfield before the quarterback completed the handoff. On offense, converted tight end Lawrence Cager scored on a 34-yard catch and run from Streveler and has made a very strong case for making this roster. Along with Cager, running back LaMical Perine found the end zone on a short run but is still unlikely to stick. Wide receiver Denzel Mims had three receptions and one drop that was intercepted. The drop however, came on a ball that was batted by a defender before getting to Mims in a steady rain as another defender arrived and crashed in to Mims. Make of that what you will. Where the Jets came up short however was in the defensive secondary where they allowed at least four chunk plays to the Falcons passing game without a defender in the area. Pre-season or not, that’s a bad look and head coach Robert Saleh acknowledged as much. The head coach said the team has to do a better job of keeping their eyes in the right spot to avoid explosive plays. Losing because you’re not playing your starters is one thing. Having backups who don’t know where they’re supposed to be is another. The post Jets Backups Lead Comeback but Starters Look Flat in win Versus Falcons appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  3. Dylan Tereman is here with an update from NY Jets training camp after the joint practices between the Jets and Atlanta Falcons. There were several impressive reports this past week. Monday night brings preseason game # 2 with the Jets taking on the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Several injury updates, including what is going on with Zach Wilson. Monday night brings preseason game # 2 with the Jets taking on the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. The post Jets \ Falcons Joint Practice Update & Game Preview appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  4. For anyone who still feels Jets receiver Elijah Moore is a slot receiver who isn’t quite big enough to be a number one receiver, you may want to check in with Joe Flacco. The current Jets QB1 was asked which receiver Moore reminds him of and Flacco brought up one of the better receivers of this generation in former teammate Steve Smith. Joe Flacco, when asked who Elijah Moore reminds him of, compares his explosiveness to Steve Smith pic.twitter.com/vbluGOPaNk — Jets Videos (@snyjets) August 19, 2022 Smith, who posted 8 seasons of 1,000 yards or more spent time in Baltimore with Flacco where the two teamed up to put up 1,065 yards in 2014. While some detractors still view Moore as only a slot receiver who lacks the height to be a top receiver in the NFL, it’s clear on tape from both college and the NFL that he can absolutely get open on the boundary or in the slot. The rare combination of speed and agility processed by Moore give him the potential to rack up plenty of 1,000 yard seasons himself. Flacco and Moore hooked up for a big 42-yard completion in today’s joint practice with the Falcons. The post Flacco has High Praise for Receiver Elijah Moore appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  5. Some tempers flared early on but cooler heads prevailed as the Jets and Falcons got together in Florham Park for the first of two joint practices. Plenty of rookies and youngsters flashed for the Jets with a handful of key veterans also making some plays. Current number one quarterback Joe Flacco lit up the Falcons secondary during an unscripted team period, that ended with a TD to Braxton Berrios. Flacco also hit Elijah Moore for 42-yard completion according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. Flacco leads an eight-play, 60-yard TD drive in unscripted period. Big play a 42-yard pass to a wide-open Moore. Moore then beat Hayward on a third-and-13 conversion. TD a 5-yard pass to Berrios on third down. Masterful drive by Flacco. #Jets — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 19, 2022 The Jets saw some more fireworks on offense as rookie running back Breece Hall went for what would been a 75-yard touchdown without a defender getting a hand on him. OH MY @BreeceH pic.twitter.com/Of2pAT0dbq — New York Jets (@nyjets) August 19, 2022 There were some other standouts on offense as Denzel Mims picked up some contested catches while rookie Irvin Charles had his name called out by multiple writers who were in attendance. Denzel Mims goes up high to snare a throw from Mike White. Another terrific grab by Mims. #Jets — Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 19, 2022 On defense, the young draft picks on defense made some big time plays. Cornerback Sauce Gardner had his first INT of camp and Jermaine Johnson picked up a sack on what would have been fourth down for the Falcons. Jermaine Johnson on the board, got what I think would’ve been a sack of Mariota in a game. #Jets — Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 19, 2022 Head coach Robert Saleh highlighted the Hall run as the play of the day and will undoubtedly be looking forward to seeing how his team responds tomorrow after a strong showing today. The post Jets Impressive in Joint Practice With Falcons appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  6. When Joe Douglas decided to draft a pair of college safeties in 2021 before making it clear that neither player would in fact play safety, it opened some eyes. After selecting Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen out of Auburn and Florida State respectively, the Jets made it clear that both players would be moving. Linebacker would be the new position for both players as the Jets looked to get faster and more athletic on defense. The journey has been a bumpy one for both players. Nasirildeen was handed the starting job at outside linebacker last season. That lasted all of six quarters. Nasirildeen was nailed to the bench after week two as Sherwood looked to be ascending. Impressing coaches early on, he was given his first NFL start. It would be a week 5 game at inside linebacker in place of the injured CJ Mosley. But it was over before it really began. It took just a few plays before Sherwood found himself injured and out for the rest of the season. A torn achilles tendon ended Sherwood’s season prematurely. But if this past weekend’s performance was any indications, Sherwood is back to 100%. Because he was injured so early on, Jets fans have seen very little of Sherwood at linebacker. So while the sample size may be small, it’s fair to say he looked like a much improved player against the Eagles. Nice game for second-year linebacker Jamien Sherwood who probably looked better than he did at any point last season. Comes up with the big run stuff here on 3rd down and 1. pic.twitter.com/nDpBKR115s — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) August 14, 2022 Sherwood finished the game with six tackles and was consistently around the ball while on defense. He has plus coverage skills as a converted safety and hasn’t shown any signs of hesitating to stick his face in the fan around the line of scrimmage. Should Sherwood emerge as a dependable linebacker, it will have come at a perfect time. As it stands, the Jets have very few options at the linebacker spot. And of the options they have, CJ Mosley is no spring chicken, Kwon Alexander is on just a one-year deal and Quincy Williams still runs hot and cold. A young, versatile linebacker who has some years left on his contract is exactly what the Jets can use. Will Sherwood be able to fit the bill? The post Young Jets Linebacker Shows Progress in Pre-Season Debut appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  7. Brant Boyer spoke to the media on Tuesday and he gave updates on several special teams players. Denzel Mims Yeah, he’s learning just like everybody all the young guys that haven’t had to do it much or even some older guys that we’re asking to do it. It’s different when you get out there and you’re not used to doing all those things and that’s something that any three, four, five receiver has to play any three, four, five running back, safety, corner, any of them, they all have to contribute because you only have such a little number of guys on gameday. I do think he’s trying, he’s getting better every day and that’s what we ask of him. Jermaine Johnson We’ll see how it plays out and what his defensive role is, but I think that what’s really good about this whole entire draft class, they’ve came in and bought into anything we’ve asked them to do and Jermaine specifically, he’s getting better every day. He’s working his butt off and he’ll do anything I ask him and that just shows you a testament of how he works and everything and how he’s blocking out there is from him paying attention in meetings and his willingness to do it is good to see. That’s what a team does and it’s not about a bunch of individuals, it’s about the team. Lawrence Cager (does his role change on special teams after moving to TE) No, not necessarily, I think it goes back to the same thing I said earlier. Any position that’s a three, four, five guy or whatever it is, they’re going to be asked to play special teams and the guys that have the most value on offense and defense and on special teams combined will be here. That’s how this league goes and Cager has done a nice job, he’s working just like everybody else and his willingness to do it has been good, so I think you know we’ll see how it all shapes out at the end. Kicking Competition It’s going really, I think that both of them kicked well. Obviously, they made all their kicks the other night. I have no concerns about either of them kicking out of the back of the endzone at any time. Both of them plenty of leg strength, so it’s going to be really interesting to see how it falls out. The post Mims on Special Teams; Boyer Gives Update appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  8. The Jets had to get the roster down to 85 players by Tuesday afternoon and the team announced several roster moves. Headlining the list was Mekhi Becton to IR. Here is the full list of players that were released. Becton (6-7, 363) sustained a season-ending right knee injury on Aug, 8. It is the same knee that caused him to miss 16 games in 2021 after taking 48 snaps in Week 1 at Carolina, but it is a different injury. Becton, who was moving to right tackle while working his way back into the lineup, played in 14 games (13 starts) at left tackle as a rookie in 2020. The No. 11 overall pick out of Louisville was Joe Douglas’ first draft pick as general manager of the team. Ward (6-6, 255) was claimed by the Jets last September and played in 11 games. He signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2019 draft by the Chiefs and spent his rookie season on Reserve/NFI with a knee injury. He spent most of the 2020 season on the Kansas City’s practice squad and played in 1 game. Barcoo (6-1, 175) signed with the Green & White on July 27. He signed with Jacksonville after going undrafted out of San Diego State in 2020. He’s also has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals (2021), the San Francisco 49ers (2021-22) and most recently the Kansas City Chiefs this past spring. Kelly (6-5, 320) signed with the Jets in May after trying out during rookie minicamp. He first signed Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2019 and spent his rookie season on the practice squad. He played 6 games in 2020 for New Orleans and spent most of last season with the Giants’ practice squad. Davis (5-9, 175) signed with the team on July 26 and after a stint in the USFL with the Tampa Bay Bandits. He first signed with the Eagles (where he won a Super Bowl as an undrafted free agent in 2017 out of James Madison. Davis has also been with the Raiders (2018), the Chiefs (2019) and the Titans (2019-20) before joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. The post Becton Officially Placed on I.R. — Other Roster Moves appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  9. Here is a quick injury update that head coach Robert Saleh gave today at Florham Park. Quinnen Williams: Sat out practice He’s dealing with an ankle, he’ll be fine. Eddy Pineiro He’s dealing with a back tightness. Just a little tight on him. Duane Brown Status They go through all the physicals and all the different things, all the checklists, but he’s only a year removed from football, he played football last year and he looked fantastic doing it. It’s just a matter of clearing him of all the medical hurdles and then just watching him in individual today with the trainers, he’s fine. When will he get in? We’ll talk about it tonight. I’m not sure if it will be tomorrow or the next block but it will be soon. This one isn’t injury related but Saleh was asked about the late hit from Quincy Williams on Jalen Hurts. I’m trying to word this the right way. In that moment, I think everyone recognizes he messed up, he knows he messed up, the team knows he messed up, I don’t think he needs to be talked to anymore it’s just get out there and go next play, let’s play, let’s go, let’s pick it up, we don’t have time to do all of that. Quincy is a big part of our defense, he’s an asset to this defense especially when he’s playing with the right head on his shoulder and he’s playing fast and physical like we’ve all seen and having him off the field for a play obviously isn’t good for anybody. I know the second it happened he knew that he made a mistake and it’s a matter for him to get back on the field drop the play, move on, all of us to move on and we’ll address it when we address it, but for Quincy when these guys make mistakes like that it’s not a discipline thing, you know Quincy’s not known as a cheap shot guy some guys are deliberate some guys aren’t and I think Quincy’s not a guy who’s deliberate or a cheap shot guy, so it’s (expletive), excuse my language. He made a mistake, get him on the field, let’s talk about it. We’ll talk about it in between series and talk about it in the film room afterwards, but he knows better. The post Quinnen Williams (Ankle), Duane Brown (Status) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  10. As the New York Jets started training camp, the announcement was made that George Fant would be playing left tackle. After the injury to Mekhi Becton, Fant is sliding over to right tackle and Duane Brown will play left tackle. Coach Saleh was asked what the conversation was like when they told Fant. For George, his curse is also a blessing in that he is extremely versatile, very athletic. He is a team guy, tremendously talented, so to give him the opportunity to go play right tackle, obviously, he is a competitor. He just wants a home, but at the same time he’s the ultimate team guy. I know he is going to put in the work and he’s going to do everything he can to be the best right tackle he can possibly be, but it was a very good, productive conversation. But again, sometimes a players greatest blessing is also a curse, but I think he’s going to be great out there. Was this a tough decision since Fant played so well at left tackle last season? It is because you still want to put your best five forward. That is the number one responsibility for all of us is to protect the quarterback and you can argue that George’s left tackle production was better than when he played right tackle but that was a different scheme. We think he’ll be fine playing right tackle in our scheme. He hasn’t had a chance to play right tackle in our scheme, he played left tackle last year. His right tackle production numbers came from two completely different schemes. We think he’s going to be fine. We think he’s a very gifted athlete, he’s very smart, he’s got the right mindset to him, so we think his production is not going to drop off at all. Is there a concern at all that Duane didn’t really practice much last year in Seattle because of his age? Yeah, we had really good talks with Duane. A lot of their time off was because they had to play on the turf because of all the rain and all that stuff, so they practiced on the indoor a lot more, so there’s a lot more take it easy on the knee. We play on grass and we practice on grass a heck of a lot more and with our performance staff and the way we have our practice schedules, we feel like we’ll be able to get the work in that we need, especially from a protection standpoint and all the different walkthroughs we have to get him the work that he needs. What is the plan for Duane when he gets here? Are you going to do the same conditioning like you did with Kwon (Alexander)? Same, we’re going to see where he’s at. I have a feeling he’ll be just fine and he’ll laugh off the conditioning measures that we have, but we just want him to go through that hurdle. The post Fant to Right Tackle appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  11. Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Sunday and he gave this update on Zach Wilson and the time frame for his return to the field. He’s on his way to L.A. to have his procedure, and then we wait. They’ll know more once they get in there. We’re optimistic, but he’s not out of the woods until they get in there and make the decision. Saleh was asked if he is feeling a little better about the injury but Saleh said, “I feel good. But, again, as I’m learning, you never know.” He wouldn’t speculate on Zach’s potential availability to play in the week one opener vs the Ravens. Surgery Details Date: Tuesday Location: Out in L.A. With the Rams doctor? I think so. Same doctor for Mekhi Becton? So, Mekhi is also going to the same doctor, but it’s more of a consultation before they make a decision on whether or not they are going to do surgery. How come Mekhi isn’t on the injured reserve list yet? We’re anticipating that he’s done for the season, but until that’s official, official, official, he won’t go on IR. The post Saleh: Zach’s Surgery Scheduled for Tuesday appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  12. Joe Flacco spoke to the media on Sunday. So much has changed after the first preseason game, and Flacco was asked about the transition along with how big the next two preseason games are for him. Yeah, obviously when you’re the backup, your emotions are up and down during the course of a game things like that, but it’s a transition, it’s a difference a little bit, but I think definitely because I’ve had the ability to play so much football that you fall back into sync and get back into rhythm pretty quickly. Well, we’ll see. You always like to get out there and get reps and get in sync with everybody, but at the same time, your practices probably end up being the bulk of the importance, the preseason stuff is usually just to go there and makes sure everything is clean and that you can feel good about where you’re at mentally and stuff like that heading into the opener. I think that’s mostly what that’s about, getting your confidence going, allowing the group to feel a certain amount of swagger that they have and go into week one ready to take off. How much are you looking forward to getting first team reps? Yeah, it’s obviously a lot better mentally when you’re the guy taking all the reps and you know what your situation is heading into Sunday, you can lock in on certain things and prepare a certain way, not that it’s different other ways, but it’s just not as much of a roller coaster with your emotions and confidence and things like that, you’re able to go out there and feel like you’ve got the confidence that you need during the week to go there and do all those things, so obviously that’s why whoever is starting the week gets the bulk of the reps and they make you feel as comfortable as possible. It’s obviously a little bit better to play a game that way. Do you allow yourself to think about the potential of playing against the Ravens? I mean obviously people are going to bring it up to me and you think about that. I’ve been in a bunch of games where guys have played their old teams and coaches have played their past teams and usually the emotions are definitely crazy. I mean guys try to act like they’re so cool during the week and it doesn’t mean anything, so I know. I’ve probably thought about it a tiny bit, but it’s so far away and who knows what’s going to happen at this point, but I’ve definitely thought about that a little bit like, ‘Oh, yeah it’s not going to be a big deal’, but I know deep down like, ‘Oh, ok I’m going to try to make sure it’s not the biggest deal in the world,’ but at the same time I’ve been through it enough, I’ve seen guys go through it. It’s a different thing, I mean Steve Smith played Carolina maybe the first year he was in Baltimore and it’s comical looking back on it that he was trying to act like he was all cool about it and he was already super emotional and next level and intense when it comes to gameday, but I’ll never forget that day, he was on another planet and it worked out good for him, so it could probably go both ways. When you started your career, did you ever envision that you would still be playing at age 37? Yeah, I think you envision that. Yeah, when you first come in and you’re getting ready to start week one, not that you actively think about you know being 40 years old or whatever and still playing, but I do think most people and definitely I, envisioned playing for as long as I can. Do the younger guys ever say anything to you that makes you feel old? Yeah, like I was saying, I don’t view myself as an old person, but every now and then when these guys come up to you and say something to you, I’m like, “Oh, ok you think I’m like 50 years old, I got it.” That’s why it’s cool, that’s why you’re so fortunate to be able to be in the locker room and that environment because it truly does keep you young and not only that, but you get to know guys and you get to develop relationships with people and they see you different. After they interact with me for a little bit, they’re sitting at lunch and we’re chopping it up and all off a sudden they see me in a couple of minutes they might see me completely different than they did before they sat down at the table, so it’s really neat. I feel like I’m like a dad that is easy to pick on and they like laughing at me because of that so I embrace it. The post Joe Flacco on 1st Team Reps & Playing at 37 appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  13. After the Jets preseason victory over the Eagles, the questions all center around Zach Wilson & the QB Situation. Dylan Tereman takes a look at what the Jets options are while they wait for Zach to come back. The good news is that Zach will reportedly only miss a few weeks and not the entire season. Insert sigh of relief emoji here. Listen in for an update on the QBs and a breakdown of where things stand for the New York Jets right now. 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 Zach Wilson & the QB Situation appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  14. When Robert Saleh was hired by the Jets last year, he continued the Jets’ trend of hiring primarily defensive head coaches. In fact, he represented the seventh defensive head coach out of the last eight head coaching hires, a trend that consistently has moved counter to the rest of the league. Over the last few years, very few first-time head coaches have been hired from a defensive background, and the league even modified the Rooney Rule to ensure better representation among the offensive coaching staff to help future head coaching candidates get their start in the NFL. Regardless of the head coach, it has been difficult to form a consistent offensive identity for the Jets. One key factor is the constant turnover among key offensive coaches or starting quarterbacks. Only five times since 1990 has the team returned the head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and the starting quarterback from the prior season. Since league expansion in 2002, they have had six head coaches (the league average is 5), but they have burned through offensive coordinators more frequently than the other teams. Since 2002, they have only had one offensive coordinator complete more than three seasons in the role (Brian Schottenheimer). With the constant turnover in coaches, the starting quarterback and entire offense have had to adjust to consistently shifting schemes. We can hope the consistency leads to improvements from Zach Wilson and the team this season. But since the head coaching hires have been defensive in nature, how has that side of the ball faired? Slightly better, but still not great. Only six seasons since 2002 has the team finished in the top 10 of points allowed, while they have been right at league average for yards allowed. Coming off the 32nd-ranked defense from last season, the Jets are hoping for major improvements during Saleh’s second season with the Jets. The Jets continue the preseason on August 22 at home against the Atlanta Falcons. The post The Jets & Defensive Head Coaches appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  15. And some rare good news for the New York Jets as Quarterback Zach Wilson will reportedly miss just 2-4 weeks after suffering a right knee injury last night. Both Brian Costello of the New York Post and Adam Schefter of ESPN are reporting Wilson will miss very little time and will require surgery to repair the injured knee. Jets’ QB Zach Wilson has a bone bruise and a meniscus tear and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, as @BrianCoz also reported. Wilson will undergo arthroscopic surgery to address and correct the injury. Jets consider it fortunate news. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2022 As it turns out, Wilson could be ready for week 1. This is very good news for the Jets, who believe there's a chance he could be ready for Week 1. https://t.co/ZEBLjtPEM5 — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 13, 2022 This will put to bed earlier speculation that Wilson may miss the season with a torn ACL. This, according to Dr. David Chao and former Jets defensive lineman Leger Douzable who said the Jets believed it was a torn ACL. It is Believed that Zach Wilson did indeed tear his ACL — Leger Douzable (@LegerDouzable) August 13, 2022 With Wilson temporarily sidelined, expect increased reps for Mike White and Chris Streveler who was one of the stars in last night’s victory. The post Zach Wilson Update: QB Could be Ready for Week 1 appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  16. Breath a sigh of relief, Jets fans. Jeff Howe of the Athletic is reporting that quarterback Zach Wilson’s injury isn’t as bad as previously thought. Jets QB Zach Wilson suffered a bone bruise last night, per source. The ligaments are in good shape. More tests incoming on a potential meniscus injury to determine a timeline. @TheAthletic — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 13, 2022 According to Howe, Wilson suffered a bone bruise and that all ligaments are in tact. Howe says there may be some meniscus damage and that a timeline for return is pending. This would obviously be light years better than what many feared last night would be a torn ACL which would have ended Wilson’s season. Wilson injured himself during his second drive of the pre-season as he scrambled to escape pressure. Head coach Robert Saleh seemed less than thrilled with Wilson opting not to run out of bounds on the play. When asked by reporters if Wilson should have run out, Saleh simply responded “one hundred percent”. If Wilson has to miss time, expect the Jets to go with veteran Joe Flacco who threw for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his only start of the 2021 season. The post Report: Wilson has Bone Bruise, Ligaments in Tact appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  17. After watching their “starters” get beaten up by the Philadelphia Eagles, falling behind 14-0 early on, the Jets reserved made some late plays to come away with a 24-21 win. The obvious loser in the contest was quarterback Zach Wilson. The second-year QB threw a gimme’ interception on his first drive. On his second, he left the game with a knee injury and is awaiting MRI results. Beyond that, there was a mixed bag for Gang Green. Winners: DL Tanzel Smart: We commented on Smart’s play quite a bit last pre-season and the practice squad lineman picked up right where he left off. Smart picked up a pair of sacks in the victory. QB Chris Streveler: Despite having not taken a single team snap during camp, Streveler was very impressive. The former CFL product went 6-8 with a couple of TD’s and ran for 31 yards on two carries. TE Lawrence Cager: The converted wide receiver saw a few targets and came away with two receptions for a team-leading 40 yards. The TE group is pretty deep so Lawrence has his work cut out for him. RB Zonovan Knight: Knight had a hard fought short TD run and a huge kick return late in the game. It’s his special team’s value that gives him a great shot to make the roster and he showed that off last night. LB Jamien Sherwood: Sherwood was all over the place when he was on the field and picked up a few impressive tackles to go along with some solid pass coverage. S Will Parks: Parks played a ton of snaps and was consistently around the ball and showed the ability to get through traffic to make big stops. Parks is a name we’ve been hearing a lot lately. It’s going to be tough for the Jets to work their way down to 53 without keeping the Philly native. WR Calvin Jackson Jr.: Jackson didn’t see many chances early on but did end up catching the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter. Losers: LB Quincy Williams: Williams picked up a sack early on but also had a horrendous personal foul call on third down. This kept the Eagles drive alive and allowed them to score their first touchdown. Williams’ hit on Eagles QB Jalen Hurts as he went out of bounds enraged the Eagles sideline. If you saw that hit, you understand why. DL Nathan Shepherd: Shepherd was manhandled by rookie center Cam Jurgens on the goal line and offered little resistance up the middle. In a deep group, Shepherd will have to do more to hang around. WR Denzel Mims: Mims looked like he was on the rebound after a couple of big catches on 3rd down late in the game. However, the 2021 version showed up soon thereafter. Mims picked up a flag for illegal formation and dropped a pass soon after that. OT Chuma Edoga: Both tackles had some rough moments but Edoga really struggled at times, getting away with what appeared to be one blatant holding call. OC Connor McGovern: McGovern had a difficult time with rookie lineman Jordan Davis but in McGovern’s defense, we expect Davis to do that to A LOT of linemen. It’s not every day you’re going to face a 330lb lineman who moves like he’s 285. The post Winners and Losers From Jets win Over Eagles appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  18. Every Jets fan had that all too familiar moment on Friday night when Zach Wilson got hurt early in the first preseason game. Oh no, not again, was the though racing through everyone’s mind. Early word and speculation seemed to lend itself to a serious knee injury. The Jets are taking a wait-and-see approach and here are some of the thoughts shared late on Friday night that were more encouraging. While the Jets will wait for the MRI tomorrow to get more answers on Zach Wilson’s knee situation, sources share the early thought is it could be a PCL injury. More definitive answers coming but there’s hope among the team it could just be a few weeks of recovery. — Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 13, 2022 A source added this is the same knee Zach Wilson injured last October when he sprained his PCL, which sidelined him for a few weeks. A re-injured PCL is their concern. — Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 13, 2022 I’ve heard 2-3 weeks best case, 4-6 worst case. He will miss time. The #Jets & Zach Wilson do not believe he is missing the season. Jets spooked after Becton, which is why they’ve taken this stance. Truly awaiting the confirmation tomorrow, but fans can go to sleep with hope https://t.co/E29Y5uW21l — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 13, 2022 So to summarize: Wilson's ACL appears to be intact, per Saleh. As @diannaESPN reported earlier, and a source confirms, the early indication is that it could be PCL (same as last year). So right now the #Jets are hopeful it's not season ending. The MRI is tomorrow. — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 13, 2022 We will all wait for the MRI results, in the meantime stop by our forums and talk online with other Jets fans. The post Jets Waiting for Zach Wilson’s MRI Results appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  19. If you follow Dr. David Chao on twitter, you know one very important thing about him. Dr. Chao is almost never wrong, and that’s bad news for the Jets as Dr. Chao says the news on Zach Wilson’s injury is “not good” in sharing a headline saying Wilson would miss the season with a torn ACL. By video, the news is not good.https://t.co/kgOMHGzmiA — David J. Chao – ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) August 13, 2022 In what turned out to be a catastrophic pre-season opener, the Jets appear to have lost starting QB Zach Wilson for the year. Wilson came up lame after a first quarter scramble before falling back to the turf. Wilson would walk off under his own power but that was the last bit of good news the Jets QB had for the night. Zach Wilson comes up limping after an awkward cut while scrambling. #Jets pic.twitter.com/YkOYZ5sL6f — Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 13, 2022 The loss of Wilson would be a crushing blow to the Jets as the quarterback was hoping to make a year two leap after Joe Douglas upgraded the offense up and down the roster. What now? The Jets still have veteran Joe Flacco and Mike White as his backup so a move isn’t guaranteed, but expect the team to consider Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers. The post Zach’s Season Sacked? Jets QB Likely Done for Year With Torn ACL appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  20. Pre-season or not, NFL football is back and Jets fans should be excited to see Gang Green get the ball rolling tonight against the Philadelphia Eagles. While fans are anxious to see year two of Zach Wilson along with what is expected to be a loaded rookie class, who are the key players to keep an eye on and why? The O-Line: Yup. The whole group. This is expected to be a much improved part of the Jets offense in 2022 and pre-season or not, the starters are going to want to make a statement and get off on the right foot. WR Denzel Mims: The much maligned Mims showed up to camp in great shape. Thus far, we’ve seen that translate to results on the field as Mims made more plays through the first week of camp than he did all of last season. A strong pre-season from Mims could result in a trade just as easily as it could a roster spot. Either way, he’s got to make some plays to show he belongs on somebody’s roster and he has the physical tools to get it done. LB Kwon Alexander: After rolling out what was arguably the worst defense in franchise history last season, it came as somewhat of a surprise to see Joe Douglas do so little to improve the linebacker room. It was widely believed the Jets would start Quincy Williams in 2022. Enter Alexander, who signed after the start of training camp and has impressed early on. One of the better linebackers in the NFL just a couple of seasons ago, Alexander was derailed by injuries. If he’s all the way back, he’ll be a steal for Gang Green. Keep an eye on Alexander and see if he continues his hot start and wins himself the starting job. OT Max Mitchell: The Jets starters will probably play roughly a quarter of football, meaning Mitchell could see significant reps. The rookie has reportedly opened some eyes early on. So much so that head coach Robert Saleh has said Mitchell was in the running to start at right tackle. This, of course, was before the Duane Brown signing. Either way, Mitchell’s early results are worth watching given the uncertainty of the Jets tackle position. WR Irvin Charles: The Jets have some significant depth at wide receiver but Charles has been mentioned several times through the early portion of camp. He’ll need some big performances as an undrafted free agent if he’s hoping to stick around and is a big play candidate. Jets UDFA WR Irvin Charles with his only big plat at @PennStateFball before being dismissed. What jumps out most is the amount of space he creates between himself and chasing defenders. The guy can definitely move for a big guy. pic.twitter.com/jvRIJPnP40 — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) May 18, 2022 DT Jonathan Marshall: A second-year interior defensive lineman, Marshall has freakish athleticism. He spent last season on the bench with just a handful of reps. However, his skill set in this defense makes him a candidate to be a significant contributor. LB’s Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jamien Sherwood: A pair of converted safeties, both linebackers had nightmare rookie seasons for different reasons. Nasirildeen was basically handed the starting job out of camp and found himself on the bench for the rest of the season by the middle of week two. Meanwhile, Sherwood suffered a season-ending injury just a couple of plays in to his first NFL start. Both will look to make an impression tonight and should see plenty of reps to do so. S Will Parks: Parks played well in a couple of starts to close out the 2021 season and has had his name called several times throughout camp. If he can impress on the back end, the safety room could turn out to be much deeper than previously thought. Perfectly timed play here by Jets safety Will Parks who reads the route and breaks on the ball to knock it loose for an incomplete pass. Parks impressed in just a handful of games last season. pic.twitter.com/c1MumW4Dlf — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) May 16, 2022 S Jason Pinnock: Like Parks, Pinnock finished the season nicely after he was moved from cornerback to safety. If Pinnock can manage to develop in to a quality defender, it would only make the 2020 draft class look that much better. The post Jets Kick off Pre-Season Schedule; Players to Watch appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  21. After the recent injury news with Mekhi Becton, all eyes were on Duane Brown. The pro-bowl offensive tackle was with the team recently while he was evaluating his options. Word came down today that he is going to sign with the Jets. Sources: Five-time Pro-Bowl OT Duane Brown is signing with the New York Jets, who lost OT Mekhi Becton earlier this week to a likely season-ending knee injury. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2022 Duane Brown had options outside of the #Jets — contending teams. He picked New York knowing playoffs might be long shot. Says a lot about culture Robert Saleh is building. Brown wanted to come to New York. — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 11, 2022 He may have had options as Connor Hughes suggests, but he definitely used his leverage to get a nice pay day. Per Adam Schefter this is a two-year, 22 million dollar deal. It will be interesting to see how much of that is in year one because at his age (37) this could very well be a one year deal. Comp update: Jets are giving Duane Brown a two-year, $22 million deal, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2022 The other thing to be worked out is where does he play? He has been a left tackle his entire career. The 6’4″ 315lb veteran is a great scheme fit and the Jets had to bring in a veteran. Brown spent 10 years with the Houston Texans and 4 with the Seattle Seahawks. The post Jets Sign Duane Drown appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  22. Joe Douglas has his work cut out for him with Mekhi Becton likely out for entire 2022 season. He lost is big offensive tackle during the team period of practice yesterday and is now looking at Chuma Edoga as his starter. There is legitimate fear Mekhi Becton's 2022 season could be over, I'm told. #Jets — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 9, 2022 The expectation is that the Jets will pursue veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown who would be an excellent fallback option. GM Joe Douglas, on @WFANmornings, says Duane Brown is in “phenomenal shape” and “the wheels are in motion.” Translation: #Jets remain very interested. Douglas acknowledges Becton injury more concerning than initially anticipated. — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 9, 2022 However, that doesn’t solve the Jets problem. As it stands, the team doesn’t have a long-term starter at either tackle spot. George Fant is due to hit free agency and Becton can no longer be viewed as part of the team’s future. With this being the case, Douglas should explore the possibility of adding tackle Teven Jenkins. Jenkins has fallen out of favor in Chicago where the Bears drafted him in the second round (39th overall) last season. While there are reportedly some concerns about his maturity, there shouldn’t be much concern with Jenkins’ talent. Given what is expected to be weak tackle class, adding a player like Jenkins and potentially extending George Fant would give the Jets their starting tackles for the next few seasons. The post With Becton’s Future in Doubt, Jets Should be on the Phone With Bears appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  23. With the Mekhi Becton injury news front and center on the mind of Jets fans, the team is reportedly signing a veteran offensive tackle. This is a depth move and the Duane Brown watch is still on. Veteran OL Caleb Benenoch is signing one-year deal with #Jets, per source. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 8, 2022 The #Jets are signing OL Caleb Benenoch, per @TomPelissero. Started 16 games for the Bucs in 2018, one for the Saints last year. — Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 8, 2022 Conor McDermott is also injured so depth is a concern right now. Benenoch is heading into his 7th NFL season and is on the Ryan Fitzpatrick plan when it comes to teams that he has been with (Buccaneers, Patriots, Panthers, Cowboys, Lions, Bills and Saints). Benenoch has appeared in 36 games in his career with 23 starts, including starting all 16 games for the Buccaneers in 2018 and one game with the Saints in 2021. The post Report: Jets Add Veteran OL Caleb Benenoch appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  24. Here some injury injury updates and Jets training camp updates, mostly from Robert Saleh’s press conference after practice on Monday. Mekhi Becton As we mentioned earlier, he hurt his knee today. Initial reports on Becton were that he was stable. Later in the day the reports came out that Becton’s injury is more serious. Saleh was asked about the backup situation at tackle. Yeah, I don’t know about that, we really do like our backup situation. I know (Conor) McDermott hurt, he’ll be back, he’ll be fine. He’s started games for us, Chuma’s (Edoga) started games for us. Getting a guy like Duane Brown is kind of being spoiled in a sense of just having so much great talent at one position. But, we do have faith in our backup offensive linemen. Anytime you get hurt and you have to test your depth it does become scary waters, but at the same time it is why we put in all this work and do our best to prepare these guys to be able to take those spots. It doesn’t create panic at all in my mind anyway, but a guy like Duane is a bonus Connor McDermott Injury Update Yeah, dealing with an ankle. It’s going to be a week or two. It’s a low ankle. Chuma Edoga is going to be getting a lot of snaps, obviously. How do you feel like he’s done? He’s been getting a lot of snaps already. Obviously, Chuma’s got all the ability in the world. He’s just trying to find his consistency. Being consistent and the way he approaches the game and the way he executes from play to play. So, and it’s hard on him, there’s no excuses for it, for anyone, but he is going from left to right every play because he does have to swing. So, that is difficult especially in camp, but I know he’s working his tail off and as he works through and trying to find his groove, he is getting a ton of reps. Micheal Clemson He’s doing a good job; we’ll see when he gets to go against different bodies. But, he’s doing a great job, he’s proving that he can play inside and out, and we are asking him to do both. It’s like Deebo in Friday. He doesn’t flinch. Jermaine Johnson He’s coming along good. Same thing though, we’ll see when he gets to go against different bodies. Especially when we get those inner squad scrimmages with the linemen in New York. The post Injury Updates & Camp Updates appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
  25. It appears there’s some more bad news regarding Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. NFL insider Mike Garafolo is saying the injury is worse than the team originally believed. #Jets OT Mekhi Becton’s knee injury is more concerning than the team originally believed following practice today, sources tell me and @RapSheet. It’s a new injury and unrelated to his previous knee injury. Becton has additional medical appointments tomorrow to get more clarity. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 8, 2022 Per Garafolo, the injury is unrelated to Becton’s dislocated knee cap which shelved him for all but a handful of plays last season. This puts GM Joe Douglas in a position where he’ll have to get moving on sealing the deal with veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown who visited the team two days ago. If the Jets fail to land Brown, they’re leaving themselves vulnerable at the tackle position with the season now just weeks away. The post Becton Knee Injury Worse Than Jets Believed According to Insider Report appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum). Click here to read the full story...
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