Jets vs. Redskins: What We Need To See

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First a few updates:

1. There is a ton of buzz about the Jets depth chart, which was displayed on Hard Knocks last night. What we saw is still subject to change, especially after the upcoming two pre-season games. However, a few comments :

  • It is a joke if Kellen Clemens gets cut to keep Kevin O’Connell on the roster. It is bad enough that Mark Brunell is being handed the backup job, when he doesn’t deserve it over Clemens but to keep O’Connell on the roster over Clemens is insane. O’Connell has been awful this pre-season, while Clemens has been the Jets best second quarterback.
  • It is a wise decision by the Jets to keep Tony Richardson on the roster. He is a valuable veteran to have in the offensive huddle, especially with Thomas Jones and Alan Faneca no longer around.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets changed their mind about keeping four tight ends. It makes more sense to put a guy like Jeff Cumberland on the practice squad and keep a Danny Woodhead, Chauncey Washington, David Clowney, or Lance Laury on the active roster.
  • The Jets may have to look at roster cuts from another team to fill that sixth defensive lineman spot.

Jets vs. Redskins: What We Need To See

The third pre-season game provides the most extended look at a team’s starters, while the fourth pre-season game is for sorting out the final roster spots. Unfortunately, the Jets defense won’t really be tested tomorrow considering Donovan McNabb won’t be playing, and the geriatric collection of running backs and receivers the Redskins have. However, Washington usually runs out a solid defense, which will provide a good test for a Jets offense that needs a bounce-back performance after an ugly showing in Carolina.

PhotobucketMark Sanchez needs to demonstrate the accuracy he displayed against the Giants in the pre-season opener, while continuing to spread the ball around. It appears that Brad Smith is going to primarily be the number three receiver until Santonio Holmes returns from suspension, unless Laveranues Coles can have a head turning performance tomorrow night. Sanchez and Dustin Keller have displayed good chemistry all summer and he looks in sync with Jerricho Cotchery, like he was last season. However, Sanchez hasn’t connected with Santonio Holmes yet in a pre-seaosn game. I want to see them connect a few times in August, considering they won’t be playing together again until October 11th. Finally, the Jets haven’t hit on a deep ball. How about a downfield completion to Braylon Edwards from Sanchez, and a bomb from Mark Brunell to David Clowney?

Speaking of Brunell and Clowney, they are two players who need a strong performance tomorrow night. Clowney is on the verge of being cut and of course losing his “Mr. August” title. Brunell has done nothing to inspire confidence as being the number two quarterback. Hopefully he can actually string together a few completions and move the Jets offense a little bit.

I am interested to see the division of reps between Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene has been solid this August, but I’d like to see him get 9 – 11 carries and get rolling a little bit. LT will be looking to continue to build on a strong August. Danny Woodhead and Chauncey Washington will be battling for a roster spot in the fourth quarter, while Joe McKnight continues his quest to stop every Jets fan from disliking him and wanting Leon Washington back.

I don’t buy the left guard competition anymore. Let’s just see Matt Slauson go three quarters without a holding penalty or allowing a snack.

On defense, I would like to see Kyle Wilson be tested a little bit. Yet, I don’t think Rex Grossman and Joey Galloway are up to the challenge. We can only hope that Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman build on what they did last week and aren’t beat like a drum by the Redskins reserves. Also, how about a Jason Taylor sighting? I am not sure I have heard a single word about our former enemy this August making any kind of impact on defense. Yes, Taylor is a veteran and pacing himself but at least a quarterback pressure would be nice.

Beyond that, Vernon Gholston needs to keep up his surprisingly high level of play. Kris Jenkins needs to stay healthy and I’d like to see Brodney Pool flash a little more out there.

Nick Folk…just keep pretending it is 2007.

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TV Critic: Hard Knocks Episode #3

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Thoughts on episode #3

1. I could watch Mike Westhoff coach all day. It sure looks like David Clowney is far from a lock to make the roster. I understand the guy’s frustration about not being part of the offense but he has to find a niche on special teams to stick around. Westhoff was pretty hard on Brashton Satele but coaches have no tolerance for injured players. Poor TJ Conley by the way.

2. Good to see Matt Slauson and Matt Kroul go at it with each other…a couple of hungry players who are anxious to prove themselves. Kroul is going to become a bigger part of the Jets defensive line rotation with the season ending injury to Ropati Pitoitua, which was a real shame because you got the impression he was ready to become a consistent contributor to the Jets defense.

3. “Boy, don’t get indifferent with me” — Welcome to the NFL rookie, Brian Jackson (King Ugly). You hsve to appreciate the rookie hazing when it is due. You know you aren’t getting away when Kris Jenkins has you in the bear hug.

4. If you could give some of Danny Woodhead and Larry Taylor’s attitude to Joe McKnight…the Jets would be on to something with their fourth round pick. It is hard not to root for guys like Woodhead and Taylor.

5. Rookie night? Fond memories…I had to sing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in front of the whole team my freshman year of college.

6. Where was the Jets version of “The Decision” with Darrelle Revis? I am still confident #24 will sign a new contract by the end of the week. Perhaps if I say it enough times, it will come true.

7. Good to see Schotty get going a little bit, as he should have after that ugly performance by the Jets offense. I love the passion Rex Ryan has on the sideline, especially his reaction after the hit by Chauncey Washington, who Ryan seems to be taking a liking to. The guy runs hard and all of a sudden could have a chance to sneak on the roster. Beyond that, I love how competitive he is by keeping the number twos in to make sure the Jets still won a pre-season game.

8. I was loving that ending montage with the Jets coming back to Florham Park.

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Revis, Come On Home

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1. The Jets will be on the practice field at 6 PM tonight at Hofstra University and of course Hard Knocks is on at 10 PM tonight.

2. Listen in at this exceptionally long link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/football-reporters/2010/08/26/football-reporters-online-presents-pro-football-nyc — at 8 PM, to hear TOJ talk Mangold, Revis, and every other Jets topic you could possibly imagine.

Revis, Come On Home

I am fully on the bandwagon of Darrelle Revis signing a new contract by the end of the day on Thursday. I don’t care if every Jets beat writer is reporting Revis and the team didn’t meet last night. All I know is I am seeing:

  • The TIm Cowlishaw initial report about Revis signing this week.
  • ESPN 105o’s Bill Daughtry confirming the Cowlishaw report with a separate source.
  • AOL Fanhouse confirming the report with a separate source.
  • The New York Post – Revis is close to signing a 10 year, $150 million dollar deal, with $65 million dollars guaranteed.
  • CBS New York/WFAN – Revis is close to signing the above mentioned deal.
  • Pittsburgh KDKA – Reporting the above mentioned deal.
  • Multiple sources are reporting Revis recorded a television interview last night.
  • A source from OCNN giving me a strong impression that a Revis deal is coming by the end of the week.

PhotobucketWishful thinking? I don’t know but to me, it seems like where there is smoke, there is fire. I am not expecting some type of announcement syncing up with Hard Knocks. However, whether it will be tonight, tomorrow during the day, or some time tomorrow night, Revis will sign a contract somewhat near the parameters being reported by multiple media outlets. The Jets and Revis have reached their breaking point and are going to get him in by the point where he still has a chance to play at his normal level in 2010. If we start getting late into next week or after the fourth pre-season game, Revis isn’t going to be an island, for at least the beginning part of the season. He is either going to get hurt (and he still may get hurt from missing 24 days) or struggle to maintain his high level of play. Wishful thinking? Maybe, but I think Revis is ready to get back to football and the Jets are ready to cough up the money and get their best player in.

Yes, Woody Johnson isn’t commenting on the situation and either are people around the team. They did go into a media silence over the negotiations. They probably didn’t meet last night with Revis’ representatives but that doesn’t mean this offer wasn’t floated out there by one of the two sides recently and the other side saw around this date as the time to give in.

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Change Of Perspective: Jets Training Camp

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In case you have been living under a rock…

1. The Jets officially locked down Nick Mangold today with a 7 year, 55 million dollar contract with 22.5 million dollars guaranteed. Anytime you can lock down the best center in the NFL, along with one of the best left tackles in the NFL within a few months of each other, it is a job well done.

2. The “Darrelle Revis…he says, she says” battle waged on today, with Tim Cowlishaw’s report picking up a little more support. Fanhouse is also now reporting a deal should be done in the next few days, as is Bill Daughtry of ESPN 1050 Radio, along with ESPN News. Beyond that, I get the impression from a OCNN representative I am in contact with that a deal is going to happen sometime this week (OCNN = OchcoCinco News Network, which Darrelle Revis recently became a part of). I would strongly advise Twitter users to closely monitor the following accounts @OGOochoCinco, @ocnnfeed, and @Revis24.

3. Also, Turn On The Jets will be appearing on the New York Sports Exchange tonight http://www.themirl.com/nyse.html at 9:20 PM to talk Mangold, Revis and plenty of other Jets related topics.

4. The Jets have signed wide receiver Brooks Foster and safety Keith Fitzhugh, along with releasing offensive tackle Adam Tadish and receiver Vic Hall.

5. Rex Ryan strongly implied the Jets will keep both Tony Richardson and John Conner on their 53 man roster and that Jason Davis even might have a chance to stick. It is a very smart move by the Jets to keep Richardson around.

Change Of Perspective: Jets Training Camp

As the Jets head into their third pre-season game, my perspective on a few issues surrounding the team has begun to shift, while others have been reinforced —

Matt Slauson/Vladimir Ducasse – Prior to training camp it seemed like Vladimir Ducasse would basically be handed the starting left guard job. Rex Ryan has spoken before about his desire to play high draft picks and I didn’t think the Jets were about to sit their second round pick (and a guy they nearly took in the first round) for a 6th round pick from 2009 with no experience. However, it now appears the battle is all but over and Slauson will be the opening day starter at left guard. You have to give credit to Slauson, who took advantage of his knowledge of the offense and Ducasse’s difficult transition to the NFL from Division I-AA. The real question is if the Jets will now begin grooming Ducasse to take over for Damien Woody at right tackle and are comfortable with Slauson as the long term answer at guard.

Kellen Clemens/Mark Brunell – Prior to camp, I adamantly stated that Kellen Clemens should remain the number two quarterback, while Mark Brunell fills the #3/mentor to Mark Sanchez position. I still feel the exact same way, even though Rex Ryan refuses to budge on Brunell being the primary backup. Brunell hasn’t thrown a meaningful pass in three full seasons and is going to be 40 years old. Kellen Clemens knows the offensive system better, can move around better, and has easily outplayed Brunell in both pre-season games.

PhotobucketJoe McKnightI was skeptical to judge McKnight so early after his rough start in rookie minicamp. However, he hasn’t given Jets fans much to be optimistic about this summer. I don’t know about you but I already miss Leon Washington. There were signs of life from him against the Carolina Panthers, including an electric punt return but he struggled to hold on to the football. Hopefully, it will click for McKnight sooner rather than later.

LaDainian Tomlinson – I was hesitant about how much Tomlinson would be able to give the Jets offense this season. Let’s be honest, the guy looked pretty much done in 2009. Yet, Tomlinson has had a strong camp by all accounts and looked like he had plenty left in both pre-season games. It appears Tomlinson is going to get more carries and playing time than I initially expected and he looks up to it. I am thinking he can give the Jets over 900 total offensive yards and maybe 6-9 total touchdowns.

Backup Wide Receivers – I thought David Clowney would have a lock on one of the final roster spots, although Aundrae Allison would push him. However, Danny Woodhead and Larry Taylor are putting together strong summers and I wouldn’t be shocked if either made the roster over Clowney. Yes, I know Woodhead is technically a running back but he still lines up at receiver frequently and if he does make the roster, it will be at the expense of Clowney and the other backup receivers.

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Jets Take Care Of Mangold…What About That Revis Guy?

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The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting the Jets have signed All-Pro center Nick Mangold to a seven year, $55 million dollar contract, while the guaranteed money is still being negotiated, it is expected to be over $20 million dollars. Mangold now joins Pro-Bowl left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson as the second member of the Jets “core four” to receive a long term contract from the team.

First off, this is well-deserved for Mangold who chose not to holdout of camp despite his displeasure with his contract. Unlike Darrelle Revis who has three years left on his contract, Mangold was entering the final year of his deal but still showed up to work everyday. The Jets did the right thing by not waiting until after the season and fast tracking the Mangold negotiations. It is getting harder to say the Jets “don’t take care of their own” after the monster deals they have given to Ferguson and Mangold in the past few months. The Jets have been in communication with the representatives of David Harris and both sides have agreed that because of the CBA constraints, they would be better served negotiating a new contract next off-season, when Harris will be the Jets number one priority.

So, what about that Revis guy? Tim Cowlishaw stood by his source and his report about a new deal coming Wednesday on ESPN Radio today. Everybody else who reports football for a living is adamant that nothing is about to occur, so I suppose we will just have to wait and see what happens.

Personally, I can’t fathom a scenario when a deal is not reached before the regular season starts. Is Darrelle Revis going to risk giving up two full years in the prime of his career? You can say, Revis will just wait until the Jets struggle without him (like against the Patriots in their spread formation week 2) and then use his increased leverage to get a new deal. However, what if the Jets don’t struggle? Better yet, does Revis really believe he can just walk on the field in the middle of the regular season, with no training camp, no pre-season, and missed early season games and play at his normal stellar level? If Revis does that, chances are he won’t play up to the standard he set last season and chances are even better he will get hurt. He then will likely have to deal with a lockout in 2011. The guy just arrived as an elite player in the NFL, he wants to suit up in 2010 and wants to give himself a chance to be successful.

PhotobucketDue to this line of thinking, I believe Revis is ready to take what the Jets are offering. Today was the 22nd day of his holdout. He held out 21 days in his rookie season and got through the entire year healthy. It would make sense that he would be comfortable coming back right before the third pre-season game and be confident in his ability to get through the season at a high level. Beyond that, maybe he also just took a look at what his agents have done for Vincent Jackson who was recently put on the roster-exempt list and is probably going to be shipped off to Seattle. Somehow I don’t think Revis is in a rush to leave the New York market and a legitimate Super Bowl contender or is interested in spending a year of his prime watching from a couch when $120 million dollars is out there for him to take.

So, in the words of Rex Ryan “come on home, Revis.”

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Monday Afternoon Jets Recap

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Rex Ryan press conference

  • Happy with the progress of Brodney Pool at safety and thinks he is fitting in well with the first defense.
  • Downplayed the comments by Tom Brady about hating the Jets “He knows we hate the Pariots, so what is the difference.
  • Confirmed that Mark Brunell remains the number two quarterback.
  • Confirmed they are close on the Mangold contract and talked up his importance to the team.
  • Don’t expect the Jets to sign Adalius Thomas.
  • The Ropati Pitoitua injury is a big loss…”his arrow was pointing up. I thought he would have a big year for us.”

Tim Cowlishaw ESPN Interview

  • Basically to sum it up, he remains confident in his source and still believes the deal will happen on Wednesday. He wasn’t looking for the information but when he came across it, he confirmed it with his source, who “has always been correct.” Cowlishaw heavily implied that the information came from somebody on the Revis’ side of the negotiations.  On a scale of 0 – 10, Cowlishaw put his confidence in his source at 8.5 to a 9. “This person is not going to lie or likely to be misled.” However, he seemed to protect himself slightly by saying he knows a new deal is coming, but there is small chance it could happen on a different day than Wednesday.

Jets Practice

  • Mark Sanchez – 9/10 with a TD to Braylon Edwards in 11 on 11 drills. Bryan Thomas dropped an easy interception. Edwards beat Kyle Wilson for the touchdown.
  • Nick Folk was 6/6 on field goals, with a long of 34 yards.
  • Drew Coleman signed a new 1 year deal, which locked up his spot on the 53 man roster.
  • David Harris and his representatives have accepted the Jets can’t work out a new deal for him until next off-season because of the current CBA constraints.
  • Donovan Warren is still out of practice. Brashton Satele returned to the field.


Jets About To Begin Spending Spree?

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Even when the Jets have a day off after arguably the most boring pre-season football game in modern NFL history, there is never a dull day around this team.

A little before 4 PM today, Tim Cowlishaw reported on his twitter account the following:

“Revis and the Jets announce new deal, probably Wednesday. You heard it here first “Inside Information!”

The report was subsequently denied by Jets beat writers Manish Mehta and Jenny Vrentas. Adam Schefter of ESPN also said the information was false and nothing was imminent. Peter King also commented he has heard nothing about Revis but doesn’t discount the story because “Tim is good and could have it from the horse’s mouth.” Cowlishaw has vehemently stood behind his source, including the comment:

“Yes, it’s true I just watched 5th season of the Wire. No I’m not trying to be Scott Templeton, Don’t need to, thanks.”

This comment gives me a little more faith in Cowlishaw’s report because if you have seen The Wire, then you know nobody wants to be Scott Templeton and if you haven’t seen The Wire…take my word for it…and shame on you, go rent it.

Since the Revis announcement by Cowlishaw, it is now being widely reported by all the beat writers (but first by Jenny Vrentas, I believe) that Nick Mangold is actually a day or two away from signing a monster long term extension.

First off, good to hear about Mangold. He obviously deserves the money and handled his contract displeasure by still showing up work and not getting into a public dispute with the team. Apparently David Harris’ contract won’t be looked at until after the season, but it is still a good start by getting D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold under long term contracts before the 2010 regular season kicks off.

Of course, it would be even better to see Darrelle Revis taken care of this week. Considering Tim Cowlishaw is basically “that guy who is always on Around The Horn” and a Dallas Morning News columnist, who isn’t know for breaking major stories and he went with Wednesday as the announcement date, it makes sense that his source is associated with Hard Knocks. The HBO show was with the Cowboys in 2008, when Cowlishaw covered the team and I am assuming he stays in touch with his contacts from their time with his team.

Would the suddenly media savvy Jets work a Revis announcement into this week’s episode of Hard Knocks? I suppose it isn’t out of the question but that really sounds more like wishful thinking.

It would be nice to have Revis get two pre-season games under his belt before the regular season starts and locking down Mangold and Revis in the same week would be a media gold mine for the Jets.

In the end, the Jets are doing the right thing by rewarding Mangold with a new contract. I don’t know how viable Cowlishaw’s report actually is, but it would be foolish to completely write it off or completely believe it. I guess we will see on Wednesday and I am sure if there is a Mangold press conference for a new contract, it will be filled with questions about the progress on Revis.

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Thoughts On Jets/Panthers Slopfest

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A random collection of thoughts on a game that won’t go down as one of the most fascinating nights in Jets history:

1. It is hard to make an argument that Mark Brunell deserves to be the backup quarterback over Kellen Clemens. I am aware Clemens has seen more time through the first two pre-season games but the bottom line is that he has been sharper, more accurate, and looks like he has more command of the offense. Brunell has looked like…you know a 39 year old quarterback who hasn’t thrown a meaningful pass in three seasons. I still fully advocate keeping Clemens as the #2 quarterback and Brunell as the #3/mentor for Sanchez. Kevin O’Connell can’t be cut fast enough.

2. It has been to easy to be critical of Joe McKnight since he was drafted by the team. However, he did a better job of running north and south last night, along with showing some explosiveness on his long punt return in the fourth quarter. McKnight still must protect the football and he doesn’t handle contact very well but last night was a baby step in the right direction.

3. I am not going to overreact to how poorly the starting offense played. Keep in mind how little time there was in between the Jets first two pre-season games, how little practice time they had before last night and how there was no game planning involved.

4. Vernon Gholston leading the Jets in tackles? It was hard not to be impressed with the effort our first round bust put forward last night. He was always around the ball and finally looked a little aggressive out there. Gholston’s importance has only increased with the season ending injury to defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, which was a shame to see. Pitoitua was probably going to see a big role off the bench and has demonstrated some promise for a young player. TOJ wishes him a speedy recovery.

5. Good showing from Jim Leonhard last night, with a sack and interception. It is easy to forget about the Jets smallest player on defense but his knowledge of Rex’s system and consistency is a key part to what the Jets accomplish on the defensive side of the football.

6. A better night for the rightfully maligned Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman. Antonio Cromartie also showed a little more physicality and was involved in run support.

7. Very encouraging signs from Nick Folk, going 3/3 on field goals with a long of 49 yards. I still can’t relax about the Jets kicking situation until I see Folk knock down a kick over 40 yards under the bright lights of Monday Night Football in week one.

Weekend Video Clips: Life Without Revis Edition

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A preview of Jets/Carolina coming tomorrow morning…

Almost 150,000 views already?

Run With It, Antonio

All of a sudden, a ton of pressure on the rookie

AFC Championship Game AKA The Massacre of Dwight Lowery

Why in God’s name is Drew Coleman in a photo shoot?

I mean, he couldn’t even cover Ted Ginn Jr.

Or Lee Evans

Okay, enough of my bitterness

Damn it…well at least we got this guy now