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  1. It says "... training and even competition...". To me, that means games are included.
  2. I like where you are going with this, Jets Voice. There is a definite problem with the lack of hiring minorities. The problem I have with this idea is it is potentially unfair to the the teams who get leapfrogged and drop down the draft order. It could encourage teams to hire minority coaches for the sole purpose of maintaining their draft position. There must be a better way and I have no idea what it is.
  3. It's human nature. You will see it every year on every team's forums.
  4. I know how you guys love Yahoo Sports, but this is an Associated Press report that may be of interest... https://sports.yahoo.com/basketball-helped-power-jets-fant-football-success-063255396--nfl.html Basketball helped power Jets' Fant to football success DENNIS WASZAK Jr. (AP Pro Football Writer) The Associated PressMay 8, 2020, 2:32 AM FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2019, file photo, Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle George Fant (74) plays against Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland. Fant, who is now with the New York Jets, spent most of his college days at Western Kentucky shooting basketballs and grabbing rebounds as a physical power forward with big-time hoop dreams. He had no idea then that football would ultimately be his path to stardom. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) NEW YORK (AP) -- George Fant spent most of his college days at Western Kentucky shooting basketballs and grabbing rebounds as a physical power forward with big-time hoop dreams. He had no idea then that football would ultimately be his path to stardom. Heck, Fant didn't even play the sport until his fifth year of college. Yet, here he is with the New York Jets with a hefty contract and a likely starting gig at offensive tackle as one of Sam Darnold's newest protectors. ''My love for basketball has kind of changed to my love for football,'' Fant said Thursday during a Zoom call with reporters. ''I kind of got burned out with basketball. And now I'm, like, freshly in love with a new sport.'' After four seasons in Seattle as a backup and sometime starter, Fant signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Jets in March. It was one of the first major offseason moves by general manager Joe Douglas and signaled the beginning of an overhaul of New York's offensive line. ''I'm excited about his athleticism,'' Douglas said. ''I think he's going to be a good fit into our scheme. The things he can do, his lateral quickness, he's going to have a great opportunity to come in and compete for a starting spot.'' The Jets also selected massive Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton with the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, and Fant is looking forward to working with the youngster. With the 6-foot-7, 364-pound Becton's arrival, though, it's uncertain if the 27-year-old Fant will man the left tackle spot or the rookie. ''I'm not really getting that deep into that thing,'' Fant said. ''It's not even about the position. It's about just getting on the field.'' That said, Fant had very specific intentions when he signed with the Jets. ''I'll say that, you know, that was my thing for leaving Seattle: I wanted to play left tackle,'' Fant said. ''I feel really comfortable at the position. I think that's where I offer the best abilities and be able to help the team the most. I'm versatile, I can play both sides. I've played the right tackle spot as well and I've done a pretty good job with that side.'' Wherever he ends up, Fant has set lofty goals. And, he fully intends to meet them. ''An All-Pro level, that's what I feel I'm capable of getting to,'' he said. ''I've just got to go out and prove that now.'' It's difficult to believe he won't do exactly that. Not after all he has already accomplished. Fant grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with basketball all around him. His mother, Kim, played at Western Kentucky and his father, George, served as a men's basketball manager for Hilltoppers coaches Clem Haskins and Murray Arnold. So, it seemed only natural that Fant would also end up on a court. And, it turned out, he was really good. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, he was a force, leading Western Kentucky in rebounding in each of his last three seasons and placing eighth on the school's career list. Fant averaged a career-high 13.8 points as a senior, and finished 13th in school history in points. With an extra year of eligibility remaining after his final basketball season, but realizing his pro aspirations might take him overseas instead of the NBA, Fant finally gave football a try - after not having played it since eighth grade. He was initially slotted as a tight end - following a path set by fellow basketball-turned-football stars Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas. Fant played in 12 games, mostly on special teams, and had one catch for 7 yards. ''I wasn't able to lift weights in basketball because I would get too big,'' said Fant, who now weighs 322 pounds. ''I couldn't jump or move like I wanted to. So, once I got to football and started lifting weights, I immediately went from like 250 to like 280. It was kind of getting rough to be a tight end, so I moved positions a lot.'' Despite Fant's football inexperience, Seattle liked his athleticism and signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He was moved to offensive tackle, won a backup job - and made his first career start in Week 8 of his rookie season. And, he believes his basketball skills helped him make a successful jump to football. ''I feel like when I'm on the field, I'm probably the most athletic person on the field,'' he said. ''That plays out great for me, especially in pass (protection). I look at it like I'm playing defense, just moving my feet, standing in front of the defender. I'm just adding my hand placements and stuff in there now.'' Fant has played in 46 NFL games with 24 starts, showing consistent promise as he continues to learn the game. And, he looks forward to powering his way to success. Just as he once did on the basketball court. ''I'm just ready for another opportunity to go out there and start,'' Fant said, ''and show the NFL and everybody - and prove to myself as well - that I know that I can play at a high caliber and really show what I can do.''
  5. https://sports.yahoo.com/audit-brett-favre-paid-11-m-in-welfare-funds-for-appearances-he-didnt-make-015403643.html Audit: Brett Favre was paid $1.1M in Mississippi welfare funds for appearances he didn't make Jason Owens Yahoo SportsMay 4, 2020, 9:54 PM NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre’s name has surfaced in an alleged multimillion-dollar welfare fraud scheme in his home state of Mississippi. An audit of funds intended to assist at-need Mississippi residents alleges that the state’s Department of Human Services oversaw more than $94 million in improperly spent federal money. According to the state audit released on Monday, $1.1 million of those funds went to Favre for appearances he did not make. The Mississippi Clarion Ledger and Associated Press both analyzed the documents and report that the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) was one of multiple nonprofits tasked by the DHS with spending money through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provided by the federal government. Favre ‘did not speak nor was he present’ The audit states that the MCEC paid Favre’s company, Favre Enterprises, $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018 for appearances. According to the Clarion-Ledger, those appearances were to include promotions, autographs and speaking engagements. According to the audit conducted by State Auditor Shad White’s office, “auditors were able to determine that the individual contracted did not speak nor was he present for those events.” The Clarion-Ledger and AP both reached out to Favre and his representatives on Monday and did not immediately receive a response. Favre is not facing criminal charges. ‘Most egregious misspending’ White said in a statement that the audit “shows the most egregious misspending my staff have seen in their careers.” The audit arrived on the heels of criminal charges against former DHS director John Davis and five others who stand accused of embezzling $4 million in welfare funds. They pleaded not guilty in February. Davis is accused of directing MCEC and the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi to spend millions of dollars of TANF funds improperly. Other alleged misspent funds In addition to the funds paid to Favre, MCEC is accused of directing more than $1 million in welfare funds to Davis’ nephew and brother-in-law, paying professional wrestlers, Ted DiBiase, Ted DiBiase Jr., and Brett DiBiase for work that wasn’t performed and purchasing three cars valued at more than $50,000 each for MCEC director Nancy New and her family. New is one of the officials facing embezzlement charges. White called the case one of Mississippi’s largest public corruption cases in decades. He said an end result of the corruption could be a reduction in federal welfare funds for Mississippi, the poorest state in the country.
  6. To me, the most impressive trait that Mims has is his ability to come down with the ball in a contested catch. That is been something that has been severely lacking on the Jets.
  7. I heard that ten OT's are going in the top eight.
  8. Some of you are talking about choices and options, but I believe that will have little bearing on how Douglas drafts. Either you are not paying attention OR you don't want to face the truth. Everything I have read and heard about Douglas says he will draft the best available player. He believes drafting based on need is a recipe for failure.
  9. The makeover of the offensive line will not happen in one season.
  10. So you are saying he WILL lose the nose.
  11. You should be careful when stereotyping because not everyone fits your perceptions. I know some folks "over 50" who happen to be VERY tech savvy, while I know others under 50 who can barely navigate their way around on a computer or even... dare I say it... a smartphone.
  12. You asked: "Who embarrasses the Jets the most today?" To me, Gase is an embarrassment in play calling, game management and lack of in game adjustments. I am embarrassed at how inept he makes our team look from top to bottom. No one said anything about a new coach saving us from disaster.

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