Episode 5: NFC East Stock Report

Dan Essien previews the NFC East with a “Stock Report” in episode 5 of Buck The Trend.

Buck The Trend episode 5 previews the 2018 NFL season with a closer look at the NFC East in this week’s “Stock Report.” We look at which direction each team is trending in and give a prediction on how the division will stack up by the end of the season. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

New York Jets vs. Giants – Film Observations

Joe Caporoso with film room observations on the New York Jets vs. New York Giants, including on Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quinton Coples and Jeff Cumberland…

The New York Jets took strides in the right direction against the New York Giants in their third pre-season game. Let’s take a closer look at the positives and negatives in their biggest regular season dress rehearsal…

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Hurricane Sandy Relief – Tailgate 4 Tri-State

Learn how to donate to the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund at your next Jets or Giants Tailgate

David Levy is a local filmmaker and New York Jets fan, who we have previously worked with at Pro Football NYC and Football Reporters Present – We are happy to help him publicize this event to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. 

Last Monday was the worst hurricane or “superstorm” to be seen by the east coast. New Jersey’s shore line devastated.  Fires rage in New York City boros and burn homes to the ground. Manhattan darkened. Possessions lost, homes destroyed, and lives changed forever. A recovery and clean up seems eternal. Gas lines may be getting shorter but so are people’s patience. Power has yet to be restored in many locations while families suffering their worst heart break have yet to receive help of any kind.

My family has roots in Belmar, NJ.  One of the shore towns hit hard by Sandy. My grandparents ran Levy’s Bakery on F Street for many years. My Aunt Norma and Uncle Herbie lived down there until the mid 90’s.

I practically grew up in Belmar. I can remember not just being on the beach and enjoying the ocean, but the holidays with family, spending hours upon hours at Rooftop Golf and Arcade, Zelbe’s, Siderhoff’s hot dogs, Klein’s, Djai’s, Bar A, and so much more of my life happened in Belmar.

Sandy removed the entire boardwalk and dropped it off three blocks from the beach.  A town devastated along with many communities that seek assistance in rebuilding the Jersey shore. Like many Jersey natives my heart sank lower and lower watching the destruction. Not just here in New Jersey, but Staten IslandLong Island, and every area in new York ravaged by Sandy.

I felt the need to do something. I am not sure what exactly, but I wanted to do something for those that had their lives disrupted and still looking for the pieces to get it back together. So many individuals, companies, Government groups, and so many more are doing what they can to raise funds and material items for those displaced by Hurricane Sandy.   did not want to carbon copy anyone and wanted an effort to be fun and unique while supporting a great cause.

I thought about the Jets fans I had met while filming my documentary about the Jets and their fans. Here you have thousands upon thousands already in one location and many would be willing to support a great cause.

But why just limit it to the Jets?

Giants fans are very passionate and dedicated.  They bleed red and blue as much as a Jets fan bleeds green. So extending an opportunity to donate to a cause that affected us all seemed only natural.

But the catalyst. The concept to bring it all together to make it a worthy event where fans could give their time and donate to Hurricane Sandy relief. Then it hit me.

Tailgating!

Every Jets and Giants fan likes to party and celebrate before any game. Getting friends and family together to throw back some cold ones, grill up our meaty feast, and yell at those fans who wear the jerseys of the opposing team. Ahh, yes….tailgating!

On behalf of Football Reporters Online, I am organizing Tailgate 4 The Tri-State. We are looking for any and all New York Jets and Giants tailgaters to support T4T as all proceeds will go to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Myself and others not just lost power, but many lost food, belongings, and homes as well.  As New York area fans, we want to provide support for those who need to start over.  That is why we are organizing this relief effort to cover both the Jets and Giants tailgating.

Tailgate 4 The Tri-State will take place Sunday, November 25th at the Giants/Green Bay Packers game & Sunday, December 2nd at the Jets/Arizona Cardinals game.

It is very easy to participate.  Just do what one normally does before any home game, tailgate!!  Have fun!  Invite friends and family to make it a t rue game worth remembering. That is 90% of what we would like to accomplish. There are three options to do your part for Tailgate 4 The TriState:

1 – Many tailgating groups charge a fee to be able to partake in their tailgate.  We ask if these tailgate groups could donate a portion of those fees towards the Tailgate 4 The Tri-State effort

2 – A group could also make one lump sum donation from everyone in that tailgate as well

3 – The CELEBRITY APPRENTICE donation.  This is for very few willing to make the kind of donation that speaks volumes.

Many will laugh at Number 3, but you never know how generous someone will be.

The Giants & Jets have already given $500,000 each for Hurricane Sandy relief.  We as Jets and Giants fans have a chance to show our support and make our contribution. We have an opportunity to be heard loud and clear.

As of now the Jets tailgate on December 2nd will get loud as Fireman Ed Anzalone is on board with T4T.  Fireman Ed will be offering his time at where we designate the central tailgate to be.

We will designate a flagship tailgating location at both games once we hear back from those wanting to participate.

We just started reaching out to fans, other companies, and former players to get involved with T4T, so updates will be coming.  They can be found on our Facebook page.

When I contacted the Jets on Monday, I added this in my letter:

I am sure you know time is of the utmost importance on this (organizing this project).  I hope the Jets organization would want to support their fans efforts in coordinating a program to raise funds for Sandy relief.  Please contact me with any questions or when a decision is reached.  Thank you for taking the time to consider this for your next home game.

After hearing back from the Jets, they regretfully can not get behind and endorse a cause that is being held on the MetLife Stadium property due to other contractual obligations.

They will be announcing their own efforts where fans can help raise funds during the New England Patriots game on Thanksgiving.  So for our effort during tailgating, we will not have the Jets support. The Jets can only support fans efforts away from MetLife Stadium.

For those Jets or Giants tailgaters looking to have their tailgate participate in Tailgate 4 The Tri-State can email us at Tailgate4TriState@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page where there is additional contact information.

New York Jets: Offensive Pre-Season From Hell Continues

Thoughts on the New York Jets after two pre-season games.

I am going to treat this article like a compliment sandwich, starting and ending with something positive about the New York Jets with all the criticism in-between. So basically everything on this team besides the offense will be the bread and the offense will be the steaming pile of crap in-between those slices of bread.

The New York Jets have a very good defense. It won’t be a great defense until they generate a more consistent pass rush but with the way Quinton Coples is developing, that could happen sooner rather than later. The run defense is rock solid. The secondary is excellent. LaRon Landry looks ready to go and play at the Pro-Bowl level he is capable of, making the Jets completely loaded on the back end of their defense. The overall speed and depth of the unit has improved substantially. If you have a very good defense, you can be competitive on a weekly basis in the NFL.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the New York Jets arguably have the worst looking offense in the league right now. Wayne Hunter could be the worst starting offensive player in the league and I am not using a hyperbole to prove a point. It remains inexcusable that Mike Tannenbaum refused to replace him this off-season and it could very well be the decision that ends his career as the Jets General Manager. The Jets need to be on the phone with every team in the league trying to swing a trade for a tackle or looking to get Vernon Carey out of retirement.

Hunter is not supported by a strong blocking end either. The Jets literally have three wide receivers at the tight end position right now in Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland and Josh Baker. This shows when the “Ground and Pound” offense tries to run the football. Last night the Jets had 65 yards on 24 carries for a pathetic 2.7 average. Their longest run of the night was 8 yards. No running back can pop a big play. They can’t even move the chains in short yardage situations, as the Jets were stuffed on a 3rd and 2, 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 last night.

The wide receivers are a mess because of injuries. Mark Sanchez is yet to complete a pass this pre-season to one of his top three projected receivers, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley. His longest completion of the pre-season has been 12 yards. What happened to those “chunk plays” Tony Sparano was referring to?

Sanchez deserves the blame for his interception last night, a poor decision and a worse throw. This is what happens when you throw 2 yard crossing patterns on 3rd and 10. The Jets allow defenses to smother their short routes because they don’t press the ball down the field. Part of that is playcalling. Part of that is protection issues. Part of that is on receivers who can’t get open down the field. And part of it is on Sanchez. All of it needs to be corrected.

Something positive to end with? Nah, just this. Get to work Mike T.

Turn On The Jets Roundtable – Jets vs. Giants Preview

The Turn On The Jets writers preview the New York Jets/New York Giants pre-season game

The Turn On The Jets writing staff breaks down what they are most looking forward to seeing in the New York Jets second pre-season game. Make sure to leave your comments below or on the Turn On The Jets Facebook Page

Joe Caporoso – I want to see the New York Jets offensive line find a way against this Giants pass rush. Give Mark Sanchez enough time to complete his drop back and get the football down the field. Beyond that, there is no reason this talked up “Ground and Pound” shouldn’t be able to grind out a productive night running the football. Shonn Green get the yards per carry over 4.0 and break a run over 5 yards for once in your life. Finally, let’s see Dustin Keller involved in the passing game. Tony Sparano needs to find a way to successfully keep him active every single week, no matter how vanilla the game plan is. And oh yeah…how about a touchdown?

Chris Gross – Is anyone going to step up and take the metaphorical bull that is the Jets Running Back job by the horns? I’d love to finally see Shonn Greene step up and put together a performance we can feel confident as we inch closer to the regular season. Bilal Powell has done well in pass protection, but his performance last week against Cincinnati (5 carries, 16 yards) certainly did not reflect the praise he has been receiving in practice. Joe McKnight showed signs of life last week with his 32 yards on only 7 carries, but it’s time that he became more consistent and reliable. The Jets seem to be holding onto hope that one of these three is suddenly going to breakout and be the answer to the ground and pound. It is certainly time for this unit to start playing to the identity of this team, otherwise Tim Tebow will be getting the majority of the carries this season. Whether Jets fans want to hear it or not, this team is built to run the football. If none of these backs can prove to do so, New York will likely turn to Tebow to carry the workload on the ground, either as a RB or by rolling out the “Wildcat” more than anyone wants to see.

Mike DonnellyWhat do I want to see? Well there are a few things I’m looking forward to seeing, such as Patrick Turner continuing to stake claim to a big role on offense, Quinton Coples and Mo Wilkerson continuing their excellent play up front against an overrated Giants offensive line, and for Demario Davis to get more reps with the first team defense. But this game is more about what I don’t want to see: I DON’T want to see the safeties struggle against Victor Cruz over the middle of the field; I DON’T want to see Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell struggle against a so-so Giants rush defense; And I mostly DON’T want to see Mark Sanchez get carted off the field as Wayne Hunter and his buddies on the offensive line struggles to block JPP, Tuck, and the rest of the Giants pass rushers. If we can avoid those three things, this game will be a success.

Jets vs. Giants: Turn On The Jets 12 Pack Of Predictions

12 Predictions for the New York Jets second pre-season game against the New York Giants

The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack is back with predictions for Jets/Giants tomorrow night. Will the New York Jets ever score a touchdown? Will Mark Sanchez leave the game in the body bag from the Giants pass rush? Read on to find out – 

In case you missed it, we had another great week of coverage. Make sure you are following the staff on Twitter – Chris Gross, Mike Donnelly, and TJ Rosenthal 

1. The New York Jets are going to be particularly run heavy with their starters. Considering four of their top six receivers won’t play, their pass protection is questionable and the Giants have the best pass rush in football…this is a logical move. Beyond that, the Jets need to get some momentum going for their running game and you can run the football on the Giants.

2. Mark Sanchez won’t turn the football over and will lead a touchdown drive in the first half. Look for Dustin Keller to be a point of emphasis in the passing game.

3. The New York Giants will rip off at least one huge play on the Jets starting defense. They have too much speed not to and even in the pre-season, they always seem to break off big ones against the Jets.

4. When Darrelle Revis is matched up on Victor Cruz, he won’t catch a single pass. However, if Cruz gets in the slot and matched up on Kyle Wilson the Jets will be in trouble.

5. Demario Davis is going to see extended time with the starting defense. The slow phase out of Bart Scott is going to begin. With his lack of speed, he simply can’t be on the field when it isn’t a likely running down.

6. Both starting defenses will record at least two sacks of the other team’s starting quarterback.

7. Stephen Hill will lead the Jets in receptions and haul in a couple from Mark Sanchez for the first time this week. Patrick Turner should also register 2-3 catches again.

8. Tim Tebow will have a rushing touchdown. The ESPN production truck will explode in response.

9. The Giants will win the game and the ridiculous Snoopy trophy that comes with it. Mike Lupica and Ian O’Connor will each write 1,500 word articles burying the Jets season and worshipping Tom Coughlin in response. Oh wait, O’Connor already did.

10. Antonio Allen is going to take another step towards leap frogging Josh Bush on the depth chart at safety.

11. Joe McKnight will have another strong pre-season game, making a few big plays as both a runner and receiver.

12. Quinton Coples will record his second sack in as many pre-season games and continue his strong pre-season.

What New York Jets Fans Should Be Rooting For Sunday

A list of what New York Jets fans should be rooting for on Sunday

The Super Bowl is just about here. As expected, it hasn’t been the greatest two weeks to be a New York Jets fan with both the Patriots and Giants getting plenty of shots in on our team while they are down. It isn’t easy to root for the Giants and it isn’t easy to root for the Patriots. There is nothing wrong with rooting for neither but here are a few things for Jets fans to root for on Sunday –

1. A huge mistake from Steve Weatherford, who thinks he has parlayed one decent season into being a media celebrity who has the right to trash one of the league’s greatest special teams coaches. Hey Weatherford, you are a punter. I don’t care if you win a Super Bowl, you are a freakin’ punter. Westhoff’s impact on the game will still outweigh yours tenfold. Jets fans should be rooting for an untimely shank, a dropped snap, or a self-inspired fake on 4th and 18.

2. Antrel Rolle and Brandon Jacobs eating their Rex Ryan sized words after a poor performance and a loss this Sunday.

3. Tom Brady having an awful performance, continuing his streak of playoff mediocrity since 2007.

4. Most importantly, Curtis Martin getting into the Hall of Fame this Saturday night (I know it isn’t on Sunday but whatever).

5. No PepsiMax commercials featuring Rex Ryan or Mark Sanchez.

6. The most important thing to root for and maybe you disagree with this, but a blowout one way or the other. At least if there is a blowout, you have a little ammunition for the rival fanbase next year. At least let’s hope to avoid an epically, amazing game that one of the team wins on one of the luckiest plays imaginable.

Free agency and the draft, hurry up!

New York Jets Receive Plenty Of Love At Media Day

The New York Jets received plenty of love yesterday at media day

It was a day full of sunshine and love for the New York Jets yesterday as the New York Giants and New England Patriots did everything they could to kick the Jets while they are down —

Antrel Rolle got in a few more jabs at Rex Ryan and confirmed it was the Jets who began the Giants run to the Super Bowl. Imagine if Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie could tackle? Or if Eric Smith wasn’t the slowest safety in the NFL?

Brandon Jacobs talked about Plaxico Burress wanting to be with the Giants this past year, not the Jets. Along with subliminally criticizing the Jets organization, offensive system and quarterback Mark Sanchez.

John Mara also took a shot at Rex Ryan’s personality when talking about why he liked Tom Coughlin.

Shaun Ellis talked about the Jets lack of loyalty.

Tom Brady talked about being happy for Shaun Ellis after he never went anywhere with the Jets.

It is Rex Ryan’s fault the Giants kept Victor Cruz.

Good times, right Jets fans? We will really be able to separate the bandwagoners and the real Jets fans in the coming months/season. It was easy to be a Jets fans the past two years, let’s see who sticks around after a season that is more in line with the rest of their history.

Jets vs. Giants: 12 Pack Of Predictions

TOJ with 12 predictions for Jets/Giants

1. Shonn Greene will be the leading rusher in the game, finishing with over 100 yards.

2. Jason Pierre-Paul will sack Mark Sanchez twice.

3. Eli Manning will throw for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns but will also have a pair of turnovers.

4. Mark Sanchez will throw for a little over 200 yards, a pair of touchdowns and will have one turnover.

5. Plaxico Burress will get into the end-zone.

6. Santonio Holmes will have his first 100 yard receiving game of the season and also get into the end-zone.

7. Dustin Keller will finish with 65 yards receiving and make a handful of big third down receptions.

8. Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks will beat Antonio Cromartie for a long touchdown.

9. Darrelle Revis will have an interception and completely lock down Nicks or Cruz, when matched up on them.

10. Antonio Cromartie will return a kick for a touchdown.

11. This will be a one possession game from start to finish.

12. You thought I was going to pick the Giants? C’mon man. Jets squeak one out 27-24, by making a surprising late stand on defense.

New York Giants Fans Speak Out On The Jets

New York Giants fans give TOJ their thoughts on the Jets, followed by my rebuttal

We enjoy stirring the pot on Jets/Giants trash talk here at TOJ, so in that spirit we decided to open the forum to a handful of New York Giants fans to speak on the Jets. I asked the following individuals what they hate the most about the Jets and what they respect the most about them, after their answers I will answer the same question about the Giants

Feel free to harass these people via social media, by the way…

Jay Kranjac: Honestly I can’t stand Rex Ryan. I used to have no problem with the Jets and would root for them when the Giants were done. However his outspoken comments and his attitude in general seem to have given his players and many fans of the team an undeserved sense of accomplishment.

I would say I respect LT. The guy realizes he isn’t a top caliber running back but still has accepted his role on the team. Plus you got to love Brunell, quality 90s quarterback.

Erik Stiansen (who really, really, hates the Jets and had to watch them win wild-card weekend the past two years with me gloating the whole time): 1, Rex Ryan: thinks he’s a genius & tries to come off as a tough guy. He’s a moron. Plain & simple. What’s with that stupid sweater vest every week? Is he a bloated Jim Tressel? He should just stick to the Andy Reid snow suit with the utility belt look. And someone let him know the Jets don’t have black in their colors. 2. The fans: impossible to have a legitimate football conversation with one. Most of them are fake fans anyway. Ask most who Glen Foley is and you get no response. And come on with wearing the outdated jerseys (Favre, Vilma, Abraham) 3. Fireman Ed: was a Dolphin fan. He’s your “super fan”? Pathetic. 4. Holmes: he’s a punk. Good choice for a team captain. 5. The Jet Celebration: not much to say except annoying 6. Woody Johnson: you’re not a Mara or Rooney or even a Jerry Jones. sorry 7. The entire franchise: for the sense of entitlement & fake aura of an “elite franchise”

Things I respect about the Jets: 1. They make their fans suffer. 2. Nothing else

Scott Volpe: WOW what I hate about the Jets, I hate the fans, they are all fake and honestly have no idea who even current players ares, most of them didn’t even know Jerricho Cotchery was gone! (I can ramble all day about the fans), but I’ll say there are legit realistic fans, like yourself Mr. Joe. I also hate Joe Namath he was a “terrible quarterback” and also sounds like a lunatic drunk on the radio. Rex Ryan is just a fat (expletive), who runs his fat mouth and his antics are old. Fireman Ed is a (expletive)…cool eye black you (expletive). The stupid TD celebration is obnoxious. Santonio Holmes is an overrated (expletive). They think they run New York even know they brought nothing to the area except disappointment. The outdated player jerseys are annoying too.

The thing I do respect about the Jets is their 1998 season, and Keyshawn Johnson Wayne Cherbet, Curtis Martin and the Monday night Miracle.

Andrew Fetterman: 1) I think your coach is great but his predictions and comments I feel are unprofessional / classless when discussing Jets Giants. I hate his SB predictions. Since Rex had been in town I feel like most JETS fans act as if they’re the best team in the league and act as if going to conference championships are equivalent of winning the SB. Just shut up and play the game and when you accomplish something show some class. I also hate Joe Beaf (Ringwood, Jets fan) and Fireman Ed not sure who I hate more.

2) I respect that you have cheerleaders at your home games. Honestly makes me jealous. I respect the energy at a Jets game I think if Giants fans supported their team like Jets fans we would be a much better football team. I also respect the never giving up attitude that they’ve shown since Rex has been in town.

Ron Diaz: I’m gonna start off by saying I am a Yankees fan who doesn’t hate the Mets cause were in separate leagues and barely play etc. But as a Giants fan I’m forced to hate the jets due to what I’m guessing is just straight jealousy and bitterness from Jets fans who have watched the Gmen win 3 Superbowls in the past 25 years. So it is safe to say I hate the Jets solely because of the fans… And Mark Sanchez. I respect the hell out of Revis cause the guy is the real deal and will probably br one of the best if not the best Jet behind Namath to ever play the game. Gonna be a sick Christmas eve. Bleed blue.

Dan Deighan: I hate Rex Ryan and simply the fact that the Jets talk too much. However, I do respect their ability on the field. There’s no denying they’re a good team, just act like you’ve been there before.

James Corbett: I hate that the Jets aren’t smart about their public image and they have a lack of leadership (example Santonio Holmes), however I do respect their coach and the success he has brought them.

Sean Santagato: I hate the fans that are so up and down, and obviously Rex Ryan. Yet, in a way I do respect Ryan because he is a good coach, it is just that his mouth takes away from what he has accomplished.

Thank you Giants fans.

Let me say, what I hate the most about the Giants is their fans who look down on the Jets and in particular their fans. For every “fake” Jets fan who doesn’t know all the players on the team or wears outdated jerseys, there are two Giants fans who do the same thing. Giants fans get up and down, just like Jets fans if not even worse. Consider how they are ready to run Tom Coughlin out of town, even though he won a championship in 2007. Giants fans claim to hate Rex Ryan and the Jets trash talking ways, but love it when their players start running their mouths and if Ryan was their head coach, they’d love him. Basically, what I am saying is that Giants and Jets fans act the same way most of the time, so for Giants fans to act high and mighty and like a “classier,” more knowledge brand of fan is ridiculous.

I respect Eli Manning because he is a very good quarterback who won an incredible Super Bowl. You can never take that away from him. Jason Pierre-Paul is also one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season.

All that being said, let’s let some vicious trash talk transpire the next couple of days. Don’t let it get physical and don’t let it get personal.

Go Jets.