Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Pre-Season Watch List Edition

The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack previews the New York Jets pre-season

New York Jets football is back. Make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout tonight and the entire season. Let’s crack open the 12 Pack, which focuses on what to watch for tonight and throughout the entire pre-season…

1. That Sanchez Guy – Who will be starting tonight. Sanchez needs to protect the football, display a short memory after negative plays and push the football down the field. He isn’t showing anything as a fifth year veteran by going 4/4 for 14 yards tonight because he checked it down every time. Play aggressive and play to win, #6.

2. GENO – Hey, new quarterbacks are fun! Smith is physically superior to Sanchez and can’t be shy or jittery about flashing his gifts. If there is a crack in the defense and everybody is covered, take off for 15 yards instead of throwing it away. If there is a small window open for a hole shot against Cover 2, take it over the checkdown and show off that arm strength. Smith will have chances with the starters tonight and next week. He needs to act like he has been there before.

3. Young Pups – Get ready for the John Griffin and Chad Spann show tonight and maybe moving forward in August. Chris Ivory is going to get limited work all pre-season. Nobody knows where Mike Goodson is and if Joe McKnight will ever get healthy. The Jets are risking overworking Bilal Powell. Both Griffin and Spann have a real opportunity to make an impression and steal a roster spot. Both should receive no shortage of carries.

4. Continuity – Let’s hope Stephen Hill, Ryan Spadola and Clyde Gates can carry over strong training camps and ease some of the concern about the wide receiver position.

5. Sacks, Sacks, Sacks – We are all SO exhausted of watching this defense struggle to get sacks on a consistent basis. With Quinton Coples a year wiser and Antwan Barnes and Sheldon Richardson now in the mix…hopefully that won’t remain an issue. Also keep an eye on Ricky Sapp who is having a strong training camp rushing the passer.

6. A NFL Offense – No more Tony Sparano 8th grade hijinks. Marty Mornhinweg will at least have the Jets organized and with some semblance of a plan. Could we finally see a successfully operated screen pass?

7. NO SPECIAL TEAMS MISTAKES – It is easy to forget how many muffed punts, blocked kicks and coverage breakdowns the Jets had last year. No more of that, eh? This is also where younger players can make an impression and grab one of the final roster spots.

8. Tight Ends? – It has been a quiet camp for this group. Kellen Winslow Jr still needs to show he still has some explosiveness and Jeff Cumberland has hopefully improved his field awareness from last year. We know Konrad Reuland is good for 1 catch for 2 yards at some point.

9. Big Uglies – No Brian Winters tonight, which is a bummer. He was starting to push Stephen Peterman for a starting Guard spot. Peterman will be going against his former team tonight and trying to hold off the rookie, who should be back in action next week. It will also be exciting to see the Willie Colon and Nick Mangold combo blocking upfront.

10. Safety Concerns – Jaiquwan Jarrett? Antonio Allen? Kyle WIlson? Somebody grab the free safety spot.

11. A Healthy Dee? – Will Dee Milliner look 100% and can he handle the amount of targets that come opposite Antonio Cromartie?

12. No More Madbacker – Demario Davis has taken over at inside linebacker. He struggled with assignments and in space last season. Hopefully with another year of mastering the playbook he can utilize his natural physical gifts.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Danish Jes

    I can’t wait!! GO JETS

  • kc.

    seriously tho……WHERE in the WORLD is Mike Goodson???

  • twoshady

    Mike Goodson is hanging out with Waldo and Carmen Sandiego near where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

  • Viguy007

    There is every reason to believe Mike Goodson is in Rehab. The team knows where he is, and have no problem with it. They do not talk about it, since as his employer it is illegal to do so. The media is also quiet about this, there are no “where is he” investigations. Mike Goodson of the New York Jets is just not that big, so there is no money in it for gossip tabloids who are willing to pay reporters and paparazzi. While a bona fide journalist has protection under the constitution, from the non-disclosure laws, the person who leaks a story or provides information to the reporter does not have this protection. Whoever gave the reporter information is doing something illegal. They are at risk for punishment by the state, their employer or whoever.

    It seems that the case for the gun charges against Goodson is weak, since the driver, who is also the owner, of the car told the police the gun was his. So if Goodson has already completed Rehab it is likely there will be no jail time for the Pot found on him. Goodson is being proactive rather than reactive, the team knows this, that is why Rex is not frustrated. Completing Rehab also means the NFL is less likely to suspend him for more then one game, if that.

    I use to make referrals to Rehab programs in my job so I would like to explain some things about Rehab programs. You did not have to be an “addict” to go to rehab. All you had to do was feel that your abuse of a substance was causing a problem in your life and you wanted help to stop using it. In theory, addiction only occurs when there is a physical dependency like heroin or alcohol. But a person could have a psychological dependency, and not be considered an addict. Yet they are having problems because of the abuse. That person should also go into a rehab program, although not an addict.

    The problem may be getting drunk once a week on Saturday nights. But if you missed work on Sunday, to this extent it was causing problems in your life. If you can not stop this behavior on your own, you should go to rehab. But rehab is very, very expensive since you are an inpatient, so self-help programs, such as AA, exist for problems with a dependency. But these programs can not work with a true addiction, since the body has a physical need for the substance and will exhibit symptoms of withdrawal. Self-help programs rate of success are not as high for a dependency as are formal Rehab programs.

    A program can be as short as 28 days and as long as a year. It depends on the type and severity of the problem. In Goodson’s case there is an indication that it is for both pot and alcohol with alcohol being the greater problem. By law, the Jets can not say he is in rehab, it is a medical problem. The Rehab programs can be modified for special situations, a trainer can be brought in, in fact some type of physical activity is a part of most programs. Goodson has a lot of time for reading and studying the playbook. A program is not prison, and it is not meant to punish, but is client-centric and meant to improve the quality of life. Including running the ball since that is Goodson’s job.

    People think Rehab is a bad thing, it is not. Rehab is short for rehabilitation and is vindication of a person’s character and the re-establishment of that person’s reputation. It is a good thing not a bad thing. Rehab is nothing more then a period of time for isolation from the people and triggers that cause you to abuse the substance. It is also a chance for the substance to drain from your body and your body to adjust to once again being substance free. Doctors are there so that if you have a physical addiction, not just a dependency, they can treat the side effects of withdrawal (DT’s or “delirium tremens in the case of alcohol). These are combined with psychological counseling and an education program in order to learn how to avoid the abuse of substance in the future. When completed it is followed by an outpatient self-help program for support and reinforcement.

    The most important thing is the client wants to change their behavior, it can not be forced on someone and be successful. Goodson wanted to change, because of the character defects his usage caused, and that is a good thing. It is possible, except for the classroom work with the team, Goodson is doing the exact same things as Ivory is doing. I would not be amazed if I saw both of them standing side by side on the training field next week.