New York Jets Training Camp Battles: Quarterback Edition

Connor Rogers continues his look at the New York Jets training camp battles by focusing on the quarterback position

Our series of taking a deeper look at the battles going on at New York Jets training camp continues by focusing on the quarterback spot. Quarterback is certainly a position that never lacks drama with the Jets and this year it seems to be at an all time high. The former 5th overall pick from the 2009 draft Mark Sanchez is competing against this year’s second round pick Geno Smith to be the starter. Meanwhile, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms compete for the 3rd string spot. Both won’t be solved until preseason, but let’s see how things are projected and also how each look after few days of practice. Continue reading “New York Jets Training Camp Battles: Quarterback Edition”

New York Jets Training Camp Battles: Halfback Edition

Connor Rogers on the New York Jets training camp battle at running back

We continue our series on the New York Jets training camp battles, taking a look at the halfback position. After quarterback, the halfback competition seems to pack the most drama and intensity. Between the newcomers, the unproven, and those trying to save their career, this is one competition that will look much different by preseason’s end than it does at the moment. Let’s examine the current candidates – 

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New York Jets Training Camp Battles – Cornerback Edition

Connor Rogers on the New York Jets training camp battle at the cornerback position

As training camp is officially in full swing, the theme this year under new general manager John Idzik seems to be “competition.” Recently in a press conference Rex Ryan said the only guaranteed starters are Antonio Cromartie, David Harris, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Nick Mangold (not cool leaving Muhammad Wilkerson out Rex, not cool at all). After Antonio Cromartie, the Jets cornerback depth is locked into a brutal battle for the second spot.

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New York Jets Kellen Winslow Jr On The Comeback Trail

Connor Rogers breaks down New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow Jr and his comeback attempt

When the Jets signed free agent tight end and former Brown’s first round pick Kellen Winslow Jr., the fan base had a mixed reaction of excitement and skepticism. Most of the excitement stemmed from the lack of adding anyone remotely talented at the tight end position and the skepticism was due to Winslow Jr. barely playing in the NFL last season. The main concern with Winslow is how healthy his knees are, an issue only Winslow himself could detail for you. As that question will answer itself throughout training camp, I’ve also seen another issue raised by the media every time Winslow’s name is brought up: his age.

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New York Jets Forgotten Man – Dee Milliner

Connor Rogers breaks down New York Jets rookie corner Dee Milliner, who has been receiving limited buzz heading into training camp

With the 9th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama.” The crowd cheers, some roar for what they hope is the next Darrelle Revis, while the minority of the crowd realizes for once, the Jets took the most talented football player on the big board with a top ten selection. With all this hoopla, why has Dee Milliner been a quiet topic in Jets land, pre-training camp? Certainly his recovery from a torn labrum in his shoulder has a lot to do with it, but nabbing Geno Smith (possibly the 2013 draft’s most popular player) in the second round has also aided the lack of a spotlight in Milliner’s direction. While buzz is virtually meaningless before training camp unless your accused of murder, the Jets need to strike gold with DeMarcus Milliner as they look to infuse youth into a once dominant defense. Continue reading “New York Jets Forgotten Man – Dee Milliner”

New York Jets – Joe McKnight: A New Niche In A New Offense

Connor Rogers on Joe McKnight potentially finding a new niche in the New York Jets new offense

When the Jets selected Joe McKnight out of USC in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, I applauded the pick. A player formerly regarded as “the next Reggie Bush” when he arrived at USC, McKnight brought explosive play making ability whenever he stepped on the field. After early struggles and a few typical USC recruiting controversies, McKnight entered the draft foregoing his senior season. Although he had only one real productive college season at halfback, Joe’s speed and raw talent made him a lock to be drafted.

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New York Jets Defensive X-Factor – Antwan Barnes?

Connor Rogers with a closer look at New York Jets outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, who could be a x-factor on defense in 2013

Coming into the 2013 offseason, new general manager John Idzik had many holes to fill on the New York Jets roster with one of the worst salary cap situations in the NFL. With a budget that required Idzik to pursue “bargain bin” players, former San Diego Chargers pass rush specialist Antwan Barnes was signed by the Jets to a three year deal. Barnes is coming off of a year in which he was limited due to a hamstring injury and put on the injured reserve in December. Although Barnes doesn’t possess Pro Bowl caliber career numbers, there are multiple reasons he’s poised for success and a big role with the current Jet defense. Continue reading “New York Jets Defensive X-Factor – Antwan Barnes?”

Will Hayden Smith Have A Breakout Season?

Connor Rogers explores if New York Jets tight end Hayden Smith have a break out season

After spending a full year on the New York Jets roster, primarily as a practice squad player, former rugby player Hayden Smith is competing for a role in the 2013 offense. After promising performances in recent OTA’s Smith has been a popular discussion point amongst the Jets fan base, as the team is searching for signs of life at their tight end position. As training camp is around the corner one must ask: Will Hayden Smith break out in his second NFL season? Continue reading “Will Hayden Smith Have A Breakout Season?”

New York Jets UDFA Profile – Dalton Freeman C

Connor Rogers breaks down New York Jets UDFA Dalton Freeman, a center from Clemson

Connor Rogers continues our series of breaking down the New York Jets UDFAs with a look at Clemson center Dalton Freeman. Check out the rest of the series here and give Connor a follow on Twitter.

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New York Jets Building An Elite Defense From The Inside Out

Connor Rogers on the New York Jets building their defense from the inside out

When the Jets selected Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick they acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Darrelle Revis, the fan base was quite shocked. The Jets had taken defensive linemen with their first and third round picks in 2011 (Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis) and also with their first round pick in 2012 (Quinton Coples). With so much talent accumulated upfront now, Richardson’s development along with the rest of the interior line could possibly be the most vital aspect to the team’s future success on defense.
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