Turn On The Jets Stock Watch 7/31 – One Week In Cortland Edition

Mike Donnelly with his weekly Stock Watch, focusing on the first week of training camp for the New York Jets

Mike Donnelly is back with his weekly Stock Watch. This week’s edition focuses on the first week of training camp in the books in Cortland. Make sure to give Mike a follow on Twitter and if you haven’t had the chance yet check out our brand new Turn On The Jets shirts

There’s a lot to get to this week with Jets Camp opening, so I won’t waste time coming up with an intro, other than to say FOOTBALL IS BACK!

BUY: Rex Ryan – Check back later in the week for my full take on Rex Ryan and why the Jets are lucky to have him, but for now I’m buying some Sexy Rexy stock. He got himself in the headlines this week by proclaiming himself the best defensive coach in the NFL (he’s right), but the more I see out of Rex this offseason the more I love it. He’s dialed back on the Super Bowl talk publicly, he’s lost a ton of weight, and the big thing is he’s holding his players accountable, as we saw with him calling out Jeremy Kerley. I also loved his comments telling Santonio Holmes to basically shut up, and that the best players will play. This is a big year for Rex and I expect him to answer the bell.

BUY: Aaron Maybin and Ricky Sapp – All of the reports out of camp so far are that Aaron Maybin looks absolutely awesome. For years now the Jets have lacked a dominant pass rusher, and it’s looking like Maybin might step into that role this year and finally give us a double digit sack man. There’s even talk that his role in the base defense will grow, which will give him even more opportunity to rush the passer. Maybin stock is on the rise. Big time.

As for Sapp, I would say he’s almost guaranteed a roster spot if he keeps up the good work like he has this week, which would really justify my Buy of him way back in the inaugural Stock Watch. According to the beat writers (Check back tomorrow for our new rankings) he racked up several nice tackles and even a few sacks. With Bryan Thomas up there in age and Calvin Pace seemingly entering his last year, the opportunity is there for Sapp to earn himself a spot on the team not just this year, but going forward as well.

BUY: Bilal Powell – The Running Back Who Was Left For Dead a few weeks ago (I had him in my initial Sell list as well) has been turning heads so far in camp and is a legit threat to Joe McKnight to take over the 3rd down back role. While he may not have the speed or elusiveness of the shifty McKnight, Powell has the ability to handle a bigger workload and could end up as one of the biggest sleepers on the entire roster.

SELL: Jeremy Kerley – Camp couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for the man many expected would be the slot receiver in 2012. As if things weren’t bad enough when he injured himself and had to sit out for a week to start camp, they sure did get a whole lot worse when Rex Ryan — REX RYAN! — called him out publicly, and Rex NEVER has a bad word to say about his guys to the media. He said he was disappointed in Jeremy the whole offseason, and that’s definitely not a good sign. Now there’s talk that Holmes could be the predominant slot receiver with Hill and Schilens on the outside. Not a good start to 2012 for Mr. Kerley

SELL: Brian Schottenheimer Era – Plenty has been said about the pitiful former offensive coordinator, but Santonio Holmes had even more to say this week, and he really brought the laughs. During a radio interview with ESPN, Holmes was praising new OC Tony Sparano and pretty much threw Schotty directly under the proverbial bus when he said that the new coach actually “knows how to coach players”. Ouch. And you wonder why I’m so high on Sanchez now that he’s been freed from that buffoon’s shackles.

No Huddle – Early Jets Training Camp News

TJ Rosenthal breaks down some early trends in New York Jets training camp

TJ Rosenthal is back with his weekly No Huddle, looking at some early trends from New York Jets training camp in Cortland, New York. Make sure to give TJ a follow on Twitter and check back later in the day for a feature on running back Bilal Powell. We will also resume our Beat Writers Power Rankings this Wednesday, so send suggestions to myself, Chris Gross or Mike Donnelly

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ESPN covered the Jets practice from Cortland today. PRACTICE? Yes, practice. For three hours. ‘Whose town is this” we ask in New York? Never mind that. ‘Whose country is this?’ may be the more appropriate question. Especially odd when you consider the insanity of showing anyone’s late July practice in full. Not to mention choosing to do it with a team that’s coming off an 8-8 year and is entering the new campaign with a host of question marks. And oh yeah, one that also happens to be owners of some guy named Tim Tebow.

Sanchez vs Tebow: Media pitch counts this early were to be expected but nonetheless lead us to nowhere. The proof will be in the pudding on the field. As for what we saw this morning on ESPN, Mark Sanchez missed Stephen Hill on a deep out and Ron Jaworski called it a throw that “he has to make.” Minutes later though,Tebow tried to go deep down the middle of the field and should’ve been picked off. A play that Jaws applauded due to Tebow’s ability to “challenge himself.”

One guy gets the whip, the other gets the whip cream. With a cherry on top.

The station is calling this a competition, but is it really? We keep hearing from the Jets that it’s not. That Tebow will simply have packages designed for him. Well, THAT storyline isn’t juicy enough to keep national cameras and a crew upstate all morning so to keep hope alive, beauty will just have to be in the eye of the beholder, or analyst from snap to snap. With glass half full reports defining one or the other, even when there is no water. Just to rev things up.

Get used to it.

Tebow Shirtless: Goodness, didn’t we all just know that the Saturday Twitter explosion over Tebow in a rainstorm was headed for a guaranteed back page?

Beyond the infinite hype and attention surrounding the most famous QB2 ever, is a tough runner who gains yards even when a stadium of 80,000 know he’s carrying the rock. Shirt or no shirt, give him 5-10 shots with the ball, and line him up as a decoy as well. Please.

Don’t do it to sell tickets. Do it to win games.

Revis Hamstring: It’s a tweak. Not an excuse due to his contract drama.

In fact, 24 played during drills today, further proving that he is here to play, not to provide a sequel to his 2010 summer story. Going further though, what would a Jet defense without him actually look like? The thought of it is nightmarish isn’t it?

His lockdown skills allow Rex Ryan flexibility in so many ways. So no more tweaks please, Revis Island. Let us enjoy the last month of the summer without having to hold our breath underwater in some swimming pool or ocean by a Long Island a beach. Thank you.

Skill Position Depth On Offense: What depth? As of this moment, should Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene both be sidelined at the same time, there would not be one RB or WR with consecutive games of ten carries or five receptions in the NFL on this roster to turn to.

Is there youth and speed and power in both corps? Absolutely. Experience? Hardly any.

Red alert.

Camp Chaos” Aren’t news sources supposed to report news AFTER it happens? The NY Post doesn’t. Our favorite coffee in the morning paper, decided to jump the story of Jets camp by labeling arrival day last week the way it believed things would turn out eventually this summer.

In chaos. Of course the catch phrase took place before one Jet had even put his uniform on yet.

It’s 2012 now last time we checked. Hey Post, let the Jets help you define them by what they do from here on in. At least a little bit. Not solely by how they ended 2011. We are not asking for softball type rosy depictions, or courteous home town slants. Just reasonable paintings of the picture. That’s all.

Call it chaos if and when it becomes that. It’s not nearly there yet.

New York Jets Training Camp: 53 Man Roster Prediction

Turn On The Jets predicts the New York Jets final 53 man roster heading out of training camp

As part of Turn On The Jets ongoing training camp preview, we are going to predict the final 53 man roster of the New York Jets coming out of camp. Yesterday we went over five questions facing the team and Mike Donnelly published his weekly Stock Watch. Make sure you stay with us everyday heading into the season –

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QUARTERBACK (3) – Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy – No surprises here. Sanchez is going to be the opening day starter (and in this writer’s mind, the starter for the entire season). Tebow will be the backup/Wildcat option/do everything man (more coming on this later) and McElroy is a long term backup option who likely won’t comment on team chemistry this year.

RUNNING BACK (5) – Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight, Terrance Ganaway, John Conner, Josh Baker – Greene, McKnight and Conner are locks, while the last two spots could break a few different ways. Baker is technically a H-Back but is listed on the depth chart as a FB/TE. His versatility and receiving skills should get him a spot. Like many, I believe Ganaway will get the nod over Bilal Powell. I would not be surprised if the Jets added a veteran and if they do, it will be Baker who loses his spot.

TIGHT END (3) – Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland, Veteran Addition – Another spot the Jets will likely make an addition…so much so that I am putting an unnamed veteran here. Neither Keller or Cumberland is known for their ability to block however both are weapons in the passing game. Outside of Santonio Holmes, Keller should see the most targets from Mark Sanchez this season.

WIDE RECEIVER (5) – Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner – Holmes, Hill and Kerley are locks…unless he gets hurt in camp, Schilens is likely a lock as well. The battle for the 5th spot should be interesting. Turner has a leg up because of his experience from last year and familiarity with the offense. Keep an eye on Royce Pollard and Jordan White.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9) – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Brandon Moore, Nick Mangold, Matt Slauson, Wayne Hunter, Jeff Otah, Vladimir Ducasse, Stephon Heyer, Caleb Schlauderaff – The Otah/Hunter battle will be a highlight of camp. If Otah remains healthy he should prevail with Hunter becoming a backup swing tackle. Ducasse will be the first interior lineman off the bench and Heyer has a good amount of starting experience, so he is valuable to keep around. Schlauderaff is randomly Mike Tannebaum’s favorite player on the roster.

DEFENSIVE LINE (7) – Sione Pouha, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Mike DeVito, Marcus Dixon, Kenrick Ellis, Martin Tevaseu – The Jets like an extensive rotation on their defensive line and that should only increase this year with more four man fronts. Keep an eye on Wilkerson, who many believe is poised for a breakout year. There will be pressure on Ellis to start justifying the third round selection on him last year and Coples to answer his critics about the Jets drafting him in round one this past April.

LINEBACKER (8) – David Harris, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, Aaron Maybin, Demario Davis, Josh Mauga, Ricky Sapp – This group will have more depth than it did in recent years thanks to growth of Maybin, the selection of Davis and the playing time Mauga received last year. The coaching staff is high on Sapp’s potential as a pass rusher.

CORNERBACK (5) – Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster, Isaiah Trufant – Rex loves his corners and the Jets should have arguably the top trio in the league with Revis, Cromartie and Wilson. Lankster and Trufant are inexperienced but should be valuable special teamers. It wouldn’t be a shock if the Jets added a veteran at some point.

SAFETY (5) – LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Eric Smith, Josh Bush, Antonio Allen – The position has been completely revamped from last year with the exception of Smith. Allen is going to stick because of Landry’s injury concerns and his potential on special teams.

SPECIAL TEAMS (3) – Josh Brown, TJ Conley, Tanner Purdum – Going with Brown over Folk in the kicking competition and with Conley and Purdum keeping their jobs another year.

New York Jets: Five Training Camp Questions

Five questions for the New York Jets heading into training camp

The New York Jets first full training camp practice will take place this Saturday at 8 AM in Cortland, New York. Check back throughout the rest of week for Turn On The Jets preview by myself, Chris Gross and Mike Donnelly. Today we look at five questions facing the team that still need to be sorted out in the coming weeks –

1. How Annoying Will The Tim Tebow Coverage Be? – My guess is somewhere between very, very annoying and painstakingly annoying. It has already started today with “Jets thinking about using Tebow on kickoffs story” and we know every step he takes will be tracked in excruciating detail. There is a ton of hype about all the different uses for Tebow but ultimately look for him to be a backup quarterback with a package of plays in the Wildcat. In a perfect world, Tebow will be a needed weapon in the running game, particularly in short yardage situations. Will there be times he is used as a punt protector or field goal holder? Probably, but don’t expect it to be a regular thing. Will the Jets run a trick play here or there with him? Sure, but it isn’t going to be every week.

2. The Battle For Right Tackle – The trade for Jeff Otah yesterday threw the right tackle position into a wide open competition. Otah is physically superior to incumbent Wayne Hunter across the board but has had issues with his health and motivation. If Otah can stay on the field and is in the right mindset he should run away with the job and relegate Hunter to the role he is best suited for, a backup swing tackle. It will be interesting to see how the reps are divided up in the beginning of camp and then headed into the pre-season.

3. Tweaking The Roster – Most people disagree with the notion that the Jets need another running back. Isn’t it foolish to head into camp with no backs besides Shonn Greene on the roster who have ran for more than 150 yards in a season? If he misses a few weeks, who is going to handle the bulk of the carries? Cedric Benson is there for the veteran’s minimum. Go get him. Beyond that, the Jets still need to add a blocking tight end and will likely do so sooner rather than later.

4. LaRon Landry’s Health – Landry is starting off camp on the Active PUP list. How many practices will he miss this August and at what point does he miss enough time not to be the week one starter? The Jets will be much better served with Landry starting at strong safety and Eric Smith coming off the bench as a role player. Yet, if Landry can’t get on the field, Smith will once again be forced into the starting role.

5. Wide Receiver Reps – All eyes will be on Stephen Hill at the wide receiver position. It won’t be easy for him to walk in and perform like a starter from day one and he will have Chaz Schilens pushing him. If Schilens performs well early in camp and Hill struggles to pick up the offense, how much playing time will he earn for himself? Would the Jets actually make Schilens the starter or keep Hill the starter in name and have Schilens take a big chunk of his reps?

Later Today – New York Jets Stock Watch

Tomorrow – 53 Man Roster Prediction

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