New York Jets UK Chronicles – Meet Bruce Carter

Nikki Charlesworth with a closer look at New York Jets ILB Bruce Carter

We’re another week closer to the season, so here’s the low-down on another of the Jets’ free agency signings; veteran inside linebacker Bruce Carter. Like players we’ve looked at in this series in previous weeks, Carter is another addition to add depth to a position where the Jets have significant need.

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Jets UK Chronicles – Meet Cornerback Darryl Morris

Nikki Charlesworth with a closer look at newly signed Jets defensive back Daryl Morris

Continuing the series taking a look at some of the more under the radar 2016 free agent signings by the New York Jets, this weeks it’s the turn of cornerback Darryl Morris. Added to give further depth to the secondary and support on special teams, Morris was signed to a one year deal worth $750,000. Here is the low down on the Jets’ newest defensive back…

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New York Jets UK Chronicles – Get To Know DE Jarvis Jenkins

Nikki Charlesworth with a closer look at newly signed New York Jets defensive end Jarvis Jenkins

With much of the discussion about the Jets’ offseason squarely focused on the Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammad Wilkerson Wilkerson issues, a number of free agency signings have flown under the radar. Far from standing still and waiting for the stalemate to end, Mike Maccagnan and company have been busy adding to the roster. Let’s take a closer look at a one of the new additions to the team: DE Jarvis Jenkins. (here is our look at Khiry Robinson if you missed it) Continue reading “New York Jets UK Chronicles – Get To Know DE Jarvis Jenkins”

New York Jets UK Chronicles – Meet Khiry Robinson

Nikki Charlesworth with a closer look at newly signed New York Jets running back Khiry Robinson

The New York Jets backfield underwent a rapid overhaul in the opening salvos of free agency. With Chris Ivory signed to Jacksonville, the Jets quickly sought to remodel the position by spreading the funds available. In addition to bringing in Matt Forte and re-signing Bilal Powell, Khiry Robinson was also signed from the New Orleans Saints, following a 2015 season which was ended early by injury. Robinson was signed to the Jets on a one year $1.175 million contract effectively as the third string back. Let’s take a closer look at the latest addition to the Jets’ offense…

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Jets UK Chronicles – New York Jets Quarterback Options?

Nikki Charlesworth looks through the New York Jets quarterback options in this week’s Jets UK Chronicles

A New York Jets offseason wouldn’t be complete without some sort of quarterback controversy riling up social networks and polarizing opinions. Rather than a broken jaw or a broken system, this year it’s Ryan Fitzpatrick’s impending free agency ruffling feathers. ‘Should the Jets pay Fitz?’, ‘how much is too much?’ and ‘who else could we get?’ are all questions being currently debated. Beyond all this heated discussion though, is there really a better option that re-signing Fitz?

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New York Jets UK Jets Chronicles – Goodbye Cro….

Nikki Charlesworth with a farewell to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie became the first high profile roster cut of the New York Jets 2016 off season, a move which was not entirely unexpected. To avoid another $8 million hit on the salary cap, Maccagnan had to do something with Cro and so the reunion experiment is over. Despite a performance in 2015 which didn’t live up to expectations, fans still hold a certain fondness for number 31, pouring out thanks on social media following the news that he is no longer a Jet.

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Jets UK Chronicles – The Jets and the Super Bowl

Nikki Charlesworth looks at former New York Jets linked with Super Bowl 50 and other recent links they have to the big game…

Following on from last week’s look at the Jets’ history with the Pro Bowl, this week it’s a look at links with the Super Bowl. On first glance you might assume that this would be an incredibly short article as the Jets have only made it to the World Championship game once. Super Bowl III (1968 season) was and still remains the high point of the franchise’s history. Led by Broadway Joe Namath  who came through on his guarantee, this was the first and only time the Jets could call themselves World Champions. Similarly to English soccer fans who look back longingly to the 1966 World Cup (the only time they have won it), the nostalgia has been somewhat replaced with frustration about why it’s never been repeated. The Jets have come close, making the AFC championship game four times, but have never managed to jump the final hurdle. However, through players and coaches there are some interesting links between the Jets and the biggest game in the NFL season.

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Jets UK Chronicles – New York Jets and the Pro Bowl

Nikki Charlesworth documents the Pro Bowl history of the New York Jets organization…

This weekend features the biggest non event of the football year; the Pro Bowl. All Star games are not a feature of major British sports leagues so on paper the idea of getting to see the best players in the league match up sounds exciting. Of course, the game itself resembles nothing of the sort and I definitely won’t be staying up past midnight to watch Team Irvin take on Team Rice. The players too are becoming disinterested. This year’s Pro Bowl boasts the most declined invitations in it’s history. Some are down to injury or preparing for the Super Bowl, but a record number simply were not interested in heading to Hawaii to participate in a diluted football game.

However, if you look at it another way, being voted to the Pro-Bowl roster is a still a sought after accolade for players, considering that this identifies them in the top 5% of active players. The fact it is voted for by fellow players, coaches and fans (since 1990) means the recognition is valuable though the game itself is not. Brandon Marshall, who declined his invitation this year due to injury, stated that he was “tired of the Pro Bowl” but clarified that he still appreciated the votes.  With that in mind, here are some facts and stats about Jets who have been voted to the Pro Bowl to mull over on a weekend without any real football. Continue reading “Jets UK Chronicles – New York Jets and the Pro Bowl”

Jets UK Chronicles – Mike Maccagnan, Executive of the Year

Nikki Charlesworth on New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan winning Executive of the year

The Pro Football Writers of America Executive of the Year award has been handed out since 1993. Until this week, no member of the Jets front office staff has ever won it. Exactly one year after taking up his post, Mike Maccagnan picked up this accolade Thursday. In an slightly prophetic comment last week, I suggested he might be in the running for such an award and this is certainly well deserved recognition for what he has achieved in his first year.

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Jets UK Chronicles – Taking The Positives Forward

Nikki Charlesworth on what positives the New York Jets can take into the 2016 season

It’s nearly two weeks since the final action of the New York Jets’ 2015 season and although the dust has settled, the pain has only slightly dulled. Especially considering the performances of some AFC colleagues in the wildcard round, it’s still hard to accept the sudden way that the Jets’ forward momentum was halted. I certainly overlooked how difficult the ‘win’ part of ‘win and we’re in’ was going to be. Despite that fact that not making the playoffs could be seen as failure in the context of what all teams are trying to achieve, it’s hard to write off 2015 as such. Across social and wider media, there has been a level of optimism from fans and analysts not seen in recent ‘failed’ years. With that in mind, what are some key positives that the Jets can take from this season into the next?

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