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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Jets Lose Bragging Rights Game!

Pre-season football is the time of year you thank god for the Internet and you don’t really have to watch the whole game and can live on the highlights available. But if you are an NFL geek like me you sit through the whole game even with a one hour lightning delay. Nevertheless the game was about what you would expect.Sam Darnold almost mirrored his first NFL regular season pass in that Lions game that was returned for a touchdown. This time the almost sure “pick 6” was dropped by Jabrill Peppers of East Orange NJ (by way of Don Bosco High School & the University of Michigan). Sam and the Jets lived another day and made the Giants pay as they went down the field fairly easily. After the initial drive, there was not a ton for Jet fans to get excited about but then again, these games don’t count.

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The Good
Sam Darnold continues to look the part. I’m ecstatic on the inside but tentative when talking about him. Field vision and extending plays are two attributes I love in quarterbacks. I just hope an injury is not nearby because he extends plays when he should curl up and go down like Tom Brady. But Sam Darnold is the real deal. The Chris Herndon suspension for the first 4 games is a bummer but if by some miracle the Jets are 3-1 in the first 4 games, it will be a fun season when Herndon comes back.

Jamison Crowder & Company
This is what you are going to get from a gifted player like Jamison Crowder (from Duke). If the Jet offensive line performs, Crowder will have a stellar season. He only had 2 receptions with one going for a touchdown but wait till you see this player’s YAC (yards after catch). Jet fans will see the 6’3” Darnold regularly find Crowder in crossing patterns who will get tons of extra yardage a la Wes Welker.  

Linebacker Frankie Luvu is a solid tackler who when he is on the field, mixes it up like an NBA player who specializes in getting rebounds (like Paul Silas and Dave DeBusschere). The Jets list 4 starting linebackers on their web site depth chart: Brandon Copeland, C.J. Mosley, Avery Williamson and Jordan Jenkins. Despite Jenkins having 7 sacks last year (Luvu had 3), you can make a case that Luvu should be in the starting rotation ahead of Jenkins or Copeland. We’ll have to see more of him and how he is developing covering running backs out of the backfield but I have always liked this guy since day one and he deserves to be on the field. Thanks Mike!

Greg Dortch is quick! He was a little overmatched playing wide receiver Thursday night but still caught a TD pass. This punt returner should also have kick off responsibilities once the Jets cut Trenton Cannon. He returned one punt 32 yards and fans saw a sprinkling of what he can do. If I was Adam Gase, I would also put in some packages with Dortch coming out of the backfield. Imagine this 5’7” lightning rod running hiding behind these huge NFL linemen on a screen pass? If Gase does this, the Jets have Bruce Harper 2.0.

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The Bad
Parry Nickerson was thought to be a steal by some last year but he looks like he doesn’t belong on an NFL field. He is constantly getting burned for long plays and seems to out of position. A lot of times his coverage reminds me of Devon Lee trying to cover running backs. Giant fans wondered why the Giants played Geno Smith ahead of Davis Webb a couple of years ago. Thursday night we saw why. Davis Webb is just not an NFL quarterback and one of those players I would advise to get his insurance license. With Trevor Siemian having solid game and Luke Falk getting a passing grade, I’d be surprised if Webb is a Jet after the first cut. Look for him to land in Philadelphia for part of the pre-season as the Eagles back-up QB, Nate Sudfeld got hurt. Joe Douglas might deal him to his old team for a conditional 7th round pick. Jachai Polite was lost! He and the rest of the Jets defense did not get any pressure on any Giant QB.

The Ugly
Does it get any uglier for kicker Chandler Catanzaro? Was Lucy out there pulling the football from Charlie Brown? Not just missing 2 extra points but if you saw him at Jet practices, he has not lit it up. I’m one of the few who wasn’t upset the Jets didn’t resign Jason Myers but Catanzaro has been awful. Matt Bryant is 44 but Joe Douglas has got to give him a call. I may be wrong but I think 34 year old former Jet Nick Folk is available. I’d also have him in for a tryout.

                                  

2019 New York Jets Updated Training Camp Schedule
Here is the Jets’ updated training camp schedule, in terms of all publicly open practices and preseason games:

• Sunday Aug. 11, 8:25 a.m. — open to public, with ticket

• Tuesday Aug. 13, 8:25 a.m. — open to summer camps only

• Thursday Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. — Week 2 preseason game, at Falcons

• Sunday Aug. 18, 7 p.m. — Green and White scrimmage/practice (at MetLife Stadium)

• Saturday Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. — Week 3 preseason game, vs. Saints

• Thursday Aug. 29, 7 p.m. — Week 4 preseason game, vs. Eagles

Admission and parking at all 2019 Jets Training Camp events will be free, but tickets are required. Free tickets can be downloaded by visiting newyorkjets.com/camp. Practices may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844.


Green Tidbits
…..Why in the world was Quincy Enunwa on the field Thursday night?…..Deontay Burnett 4 catches (targeted 4 times), 12 yards. Less than modest stats but he continues to catch balls thrown to him…..Elijah McGuire and everyone else did not the run the ball well but he looked good catching passes out of the backfield..... 
CB Kyron Brown who was moving up the depth chart got burned but he was active. Might have something here…..Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele came out crazed. He looked like a missile with a purpose on the first 2 plays of the game…..RB Valentine Holmes deserves another look after playing very hard. He took some licks but kept coming back for more…..Montrel Meander shows some quicks. Let’s keep an eye on #30…..

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What the Jets Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
The Jets' first-team offense was sharp, sans RB Le'Veon Bell, who was held out for precautionary reasons. "He's taken a lot of hits over his career," Adam Gase said. "The way he's been practicing, that has really been the important part for us." He said they will go week-to-week on whether to play him in the preseason. Practice is fine, but there's no substitute for game speed. He needs to get a few carries before Week 1…..The Jets have a developing problem at kicker, as Chandler Catanzaro missed two PATs. His work in practice also has been spotty. It's time to bring in some competition. Adam Gase didn't dismiss that possibility, but he refused to sound the alarm. He said there was an issue with one of the snaps/hold. "We have to look at the whole operation," he said…..Sam Darnold was perfect in his preseason debut — a 158.3 passer rating. He completed 4 of 5 for 68 yards and a TD, leading a 75-yard drive. Darnold caught a break, almost throwing a pick on his first pass attempt. It should've been intercepted by Jabrill Peppers. Darnold rebounded with poise, sliding in the pocket on long completions to Chris Herndon and Jamison Crowder. They were wide open, as the Giants appeared confused in coverage. This was a good first step for Darnold, who didn't have Le'Veon Bell (coach's decision).

Brian Costello, NY Post
Jamison Crowder and Ty Montgomery’s Jets debuts didn’t last long.But Sam Darnold’s two new weapons made sure to introduce themselves before getting the rest of the night off. With the Jets first-team offense only playing one drive in Thursday’s preseason opener — a 31-22 loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium — Crowder and Montgomery made the most of it, showing a glimpse of the offense Adam Gase hopes to boast in his first year at the helm. Of course, the Jets’ biggest prize of the offseason, Le’Veon Bell, was held out of the game, but Crowder and Montgomery welcomed themselves to the green and white in no time, keying a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended in Crowder’s 3-yard touchdown catch for the 6-0 lead.

“That’s really as good as it can get,” Crowder said. “We got a lot of weapons in this offense. My main thing is just play my role, be as much of a viable target for [Darnold] as I can. So whenever I get the opportunity, I’m going to take full advantage of it.”

Sam Darnold's performance was so good it became forgettable
Of the seven plays the Jets ran on the way to the end zone, Crowder and Montgomery combined to touch the ball on six of them, with a Darnold pass to Chris Herndon the only outlier. Montgomery took two carries for 7 yards and caught a 5-yard pass, showing ever so briefly the Swiss Army knife he can be in Gase’s offense…..Crowder could become Darnold’s favorite receiver to throw to this fall, a veteran target in the slot who signed a three-year, $28.5 million contract. The 26-year-old is coming off a down year last season with the Redskins, when he was hampered by a nagging ankle injury, but looked strong Thursday night.

Al Iannazzone, Newsday
Adam Gase apparently can bring the best out of Sam Darnold.

The Jets’ second-year quarterback threw a perfect game in Thursday’s preseason opener at MetLife Stadium. Actually, it was only a perfect series, because that’s all Darnold played in the Jets’ 31-22 loss. But he carved up the Giants’ defense, leading the Jets on a seven-play touchdown drive. Darnold completed 4 of 5 passes for 68 yards and a score on the game’s first drive. His passer rating was a perfect 158.3.
This was Gase’s first game as the Jets’ coach. He was brought in to help develop Darnold into a franchise quarterback, make the offense explosive and lead the Jets back to the playoffs. There’s a long way to go, but the first-team offense — with Le’Veon Bell a healthy scratch, watching from the sideline — had no trouble moving the ball against the Giants.

“It was fun out there for that first drive,” Darnold said. “Hopefully it gave Jets fans a little taste of what this season is going to be like.”

It almost was a very ugly and imperfect start for Gase and Darnold, whose first pass nearly was picked off by safety Jabril Peppers. On the very next play, Darnold showed some of the traits that have the Jets excited about the future. Darnold was on the move and fired a pass to second-year tight end Chris Herndon, who was wide open. The play went for 32 yards. Herndon is a big part of the Jets’ offense and will be missed while he serves a four-game suspension to start the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

NFL News and Rumors
…..Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has filed a grievance against the NFL to be permitted to wear his preferred helmet, league sources tell ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter. There was some recent scuttlebutt that Brown was skipping Raiders camp in response to the cryotherapy treatment that damaged his foot. Rather, it seems that Brown is staying away as he fights the league for his right to wear the headgear that he wants…..The NFL has suspended Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway for violating the league’s policy and program on substances of abuse. He’ll miss the first four games of the season, leaving the Browns without one of their most intriguing weapons until mid-October……Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld underwent surgery on Friday morning for a broken bone above his left wrist, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter) hears. The QB is expected to be out for six weeks, creative some uncertainty for the Eagles as they head into the season…..Broncos’ undrafted free agent tight end Austin Fort suffered a torn ACL in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Seahawks, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Of course, it’s a season ending injury, so Fort will have to wait until at least 2020 to make his true NFL debut…..On his first drive as a Lion, Jermaine Kearse suffered severe injuries. The recently signed wide receiver sustained a broken leg and ankle damage, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Kearse was blocking on a run play, and a defender rolled into him. The veteran wideout signed a minimum-salary Lions pact earlier this summer. He required an air cast after the injury, per the Detroit News’ Justin Rogers (on Twitter)…..The Dolphins announced that they’ve signed free agent defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche to a one-year deal and placed him on the active/physically unable to perform list. The pact is worth $1.19MM, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com…..The Chiefs have agreed to sign free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne, according to Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Claiborne will receive a one-year deal worth $1.5MM, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). The pact contains playtime incentives, tweets Tom Pelissero of NFL.com, and Paylor indicates (via Twitter) those incentives could be worth up $1.5MM. In total, Claiborne’s deal will have a maximum value around $3MM. Kansas City is bringing in Claiborne with the knowledge that he’ll be unavailable for the first quarter of the regular season. Claiborne was hit with a four-game suspension earlier this month after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy…..Michael Crabtree won’t be joining the Cardinals after all. Just hours after word of an agreement leaked, negotiations between the two parties went bust, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. With that, the wide receiver remains on the free agent market  

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Jets Are Hyping Themselves!

The Jets will play the Giants in the first pre-season game for both teams this Thursday 8/8 at Met Life Stadium with kickoff slated for 7PM. I knew the Jets would improve this season just with the coaching but the hype is starting to come in quadraphonic sound from all corners of Florham Park. First off, Sam Darnold has looked excellent with his pass completion percentage very high along with more confidence that goes with a second year quarterback. I’m as big a Sam fan as anyone but until we see him in a regular season game playing at a high level in 2 or 3 games in a row will I be convinced. I am one of those who think a talent like Sam Darnold will make the players around him better. If he plays at the level people expect, watch for comments like: “Our receiving corp is fine", or "Our offensive line is not as bad as we thought.” I am optimistic but need to see more of a track record. After the third game, fans should know exactly what type of team the Jets have. There are still major concerns with the defensive secondary and the offensive line.

Jets sign ex-Panthers center Ryan Kalil out of retirement!
This is a great move! With the Jets lack of depth, a player like Ryan Kalil will only help with the development of Sam Darnold. In his press conference, Kalil stated he started getting itchy to come back last March. His weight dropped from 295 to 265. He started working out and got his weight up to 297 lbs. New Jet GM Joe Douglas began calling his agent and convinced the two-time AP All-Pro pick and five time Pro Bowler to sign with the Jets. The fact that Kalil and Sam Darnold both played at USC helped his decision. How can a 34-year old player help Sam Darnold? The center is the one who calls the blocking schemes and helps recognize which players may be blitzing. He is like another coach on the field and if he can play like he did with Carolina, this is a big signing. The NFL Network reported the deal is one year worth $8.4 million. I would consider this a situation where a quality veteran is holding the fort at the center position until the Jets can secure the next Nick Mangold. The early rankings at the center position for the 2020 draft are :

Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
Cohl Cabral, Arizona State
Jake Hansen, Oregon
Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Darryl Williams, Mississippi State

Jets RB Cut Will Come Down To Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire or Trenton Cannon!

In addition to the 3 above mentioned running backs, the Jets have Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery. I don’t think the Jets will carry all 5 so who will be the odd man out? I’m a huge Bilal Powell and think that if he is okay from his injury, he can help this year’s team. He can do everything Le'Veon Bell can do but just not as well. He is one of the better blocking running backs. At 31 years old he is only 2 years removed (2016) from averaging 5.5 yards per carry (722 yards) and 58 receptions (388 yds., 6.7 ave.). Powell has not been overused in his career and has a lot of tread left on his tires. Hopefully he is healthy and stays healthy. Plus he is an excellent locker room guy. Elijah McGuire showed some streaks of excellent potential but he hesitates too much when he is trying to hit a hole. He is only 24 years old and he played only 8 games last year. I keep remembering his rookie year when he broke that run for a 69 yard TD against Jacksonville. I think Trenton Cannon should be the one to go. He did not show me enough last year to take up a roster spot. His best quality last year was catching the ball out of the backfield where he showed some flashes of speed. His running ability was horrible. If he has improved as a return man, this may give him a leg up. But I think with rookies Greg Dortch and Tim White and veteran Quadree Henderson, the Jets are set with return men. If the Jets cut him, they may look to resign him to the practice squad but he will probably be picked up by another team.
  
                       
Mike Maccagnan’s Last Stand
How are former Jet GM Mike Maccagnan’s draft picks doing in training camp?
This is from my peeps:

First Round, Pick #3: Quinnen Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Everything we all heard about him. After a brief holdout, he has been outstanding working with the second team defense and should move up to the first team after this week.

Third Round, Pick #68: Jachai Polite, Edge, University of Florida
Struggling! I thought this might be a steal but he is closer to getting the Vernon Gholston rookie award than making a difference with the Jets defense. But during Saturday's scrimmage he came through with 2 sacks. Maybe he is a "game player" and not a "practice player."

Third Round, Pick #93: Chuma Edoga, Offensive Tackle, USC
He is penciled in as Kelvin Beachum’s back-up but was working with the first unit when Beachum went down with an ankle. His block help spring Bell on a long running play. Stay tuned. This could be interesting!  

Fourth Round, Pick #121: Trevon Wesco, Tight End, West Virginia
Has a great attitude. May benefit from Herndon’s 4 game suspension. Should see extensive playing time on Thursday.

Fifth Round, Pick #157: Blake Cashman, Linebacker, Minnesota
Surprisingly was seeing a lot of action with the first team when training camp started. But look for him on mostly special teams. He should secure a roster spot.

Sixth Round, Pick #196: Blessuan Austin, Cornerback, Rutgers
The cornerback has undergone ACL surgeries in back-to-back seasons, so it's expected he still needs time to heal. He is a long shot and the Jets might put him on the IR list as soon as the season starts. Supposedly had an incredible skills set before the injuries. Notice to college football prospects who want to play in the NFL. Get your degree. Have a back-up plan.

2019 New York Jets Training Camp Schedule
Here is the Jets’ updated training camp schedule, in terms of all publicly open practices and preseason games:

• Thursday Aug. 8, 7 p.m. — Week 1 preseason game, at Giants

• Sunday Aug. 11, 8:25 a.m. — open to public, with ticket

• Tuesday Aug. 13, 8:25 a.m. — open to summer camps only

• Thursday Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. — Week 2 preseason game, at Falcons

• Sunday Aug. 18, 7 p.m. — Green and White scrimmage/practice (at MetLife Stadium)

• Saturday Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. — Week 3 preseason game, vs. Saints

• Thursday Aug. 29, 7 p.m. — Week 4 preseason game, vs. Eagles

Admission and parking at all 2019 Jets Training Camp events will be free, but tickets are required. Free tickets can be downloaded by visiting newyorkjets.com/camp. Practices may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844.

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Brian Costello, NY Post
There has been one constant through all of them – the defense has always been better than the offense. It has been a combination of defensive coaches, high draft picks on defense and sloppy offense that has led to it. I always think back to 2012 when Rex Ryan introduced a system where whichever unit won the day wore black jerseys at the next practice. He scrapped it after a few days because the defense dominated. This year feels a little different, though. The offense is holding its own early in training camp. I would even say the offense “won” two days and played the defense evenly on another. Will this translate in the regular season? I don’t know. But here are a few factors on offense that should make Jets fans excited: A quarterback on the rise. Sam Darnold has looked good early in camp. He looks way more comfortable and assertive than he did last year. Some of his throws are hard to believe. A coach who cares about offense. It almost feels like an overcorrection, but Adam Gase is solely focused on the offense and leaves the defense to Gregg Williams. For too long, the offense has felt like an afterthought with the Jets as Ryan or Todd Bowles focused on the defense. The Jets offense will get better coaching than it has in a long time. Players who create mismatches. Le’Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder, Chris Herndon and Ty Montgomery are like chess pieces for Gase. He can move them around and force the defense to cover some of them with linebackers that will lead to mismatches. If the defense floods the field with defensive backs, they run the ball with Bell. This offense has more options than it has in a few years.

Rich Cimini, ESPN
…..(Gregg)Williams is a culture changer, and the organization expects his loud, unfiltered style of coaching to send a surge of energy through the defense, which has been in hibernation since 2015. Specifically, the hope is that he can revitalize the career of one Trumaine Johnson, who is trending toward free-agent bust after one season in New York. Johnson failed to live up to his massive contract, a disappointing season punctuated by a healthy scratch in Week 17 -- punishment for an unexcused practice absence. There were similar transgressions throughout the season, a source said. He came under heavy criticism, and it chafed him.
That was then. Now it's all about R & R -- reunion and redemption……From an intangibles standpoint, Williams will get the best out of Johnson, challenging him at every turn. As linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of Williams, "He's just loud and angry, which is my kind of guy. It's balls to the wall." Thin-skinned players won't be able to handle it. Johnson knows the Williams way, so that shouldn't be a problem. The question is whether Johnson, 29, at this stage of his career, can be the type of corner that Williams covets. In terms of scheme, it might take an adjustment. Williams' top corner last season in Cleveland, Denzel Ward, recorded a press-coverage rate of 35 percent. Johnson never was that aggressive, not even in his first go-round with the defensive guru.The Jets hope to somehow re-create the 2015-16 version of Johnson.

"He has a good look right now," Gase said. "He's focused and he wants to have a good year."to be coached."

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
The Jets’ meticulous summer-long evaluation includes bolstering their wide receiver depth beyond starters Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder. It’s an underplayed yet important pursuit given that each of the three pass catchers missed time last season due to injury, and two of them have repeatedly been nicked up. Deontay Burnett, Tim White and Deonte Thompson have each flashed in the first couple weeks of training camp, giving Adam Gase hope that perhaps at least one of them can emerge as a reliable relief pitcher if needed. “It's a young group and they're picking it up and making some plays,” Gase said. “Do we need guys that come along fast? Yes, we need those guys to be ready to go because if something happens to one of those top three guys, somebody else will have to be able to step in there and we can't have any fall off.” The 5-10, 175-pound White, undrafted out of Arizona State in 2017, has gotten the brain trust’s attention this summer. He had trouble staying healthy for parts of two seasons with the Ravens. “Tim has done a good job … just seeing him develop,” Gase said. “We [need to] keep him healthy. He is progressing, he understands what we are doing and he’s making plays. He’s showing up a lot and we have to keep challenging those second wave of guys and put them against that first group at some point to see how they do.” “Anytime that you have a guy that has good body control, good ball skills, and understands route running and how to get open, that’s what you want,” Gase continued. “It’s just can you do it when it’s Sunday? Can you do it when the lights are on? Can you do it against another team when you are not sure how he is going to play?"
Burnett, who flashed briefly last season as an undrafted rookie, has also had some good moments. Thompson, who played for Gase in Chicago in 2015, has come on strong in recent practices as well. The next step for all of them will be taking those good vibes from the practice field to the preseason to earn the coaches’ trust even more.


Practice Tweets
Wednesday 7/31/19 Practice
Rich Cimini
#Jets practice report:
⭐️Sam Darnold. Best practice (12-for-15). Great outside pocket.
⛑Jamison Crowder, foot. 4 catches, 1 TD. What injury?
👎PK Chandler Catanzaro. Shaky again. Gase not concerned.
👀WR Tim White. Worth watching.
👎D-line. Jumpy. A few offsides penalties.

Thursday 8/1/19 Practice
Rich Cimini
 #Jets practice report:
🔥Sam Darnold (12-for-15, 2 drops.) Another strong day.
🔔3 carries, 2 catches for Le’Veon. Long run on “dive” play that creased.
⭐️Robby Anderson. Made plays in short and intermediate zones.
💰Quinnen Williams. Blew up 2 runs.
⛑CB Arthur Maulet, groin.

Friday 8/2/19 Practice
Rich Cimini
#Jets practice report:
⛑Kelvin Beachum (ankle), Ty Montgomery (ankle), Trumaine Johnson (groin).
⭐️Robby Anderson. 50-yard TD vs cover-zero blitz.
📉Backup QBs. Sloppy.
🔔Most active day from a rushing standpoint. Scored on 1-yard TD.

Saturday 8/4/19 Practice
Rich Cimini
#Jets scrimmage report:
⭐️Sam Darnold. Deadly accurate.
⭐️Ty Montgomery. 5 catches with starters.
🔔 2 runs, 1 catch for Le’Veon.
⛑Kelvin Beachum, ankle. Out.
👎Chandler Catanzaro. Miss from 45, miss PAT.
💥Tim White. Long TD catch.
🏉 Val Holmes. Drilled on 2 carries.

NFL News and Rumors
….Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's absence from the practice field due to a left calf injury will last at least another week, coach Frank Reich said Saturday.…..Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Brady and the Patriots have agreed to a deal that will extend his stay in New England beyond 2019. Rapoport’s colleague Tom Pelissero reported in July that no deal was on the horizon for Brady, who is set to make $14 million in salary this season…..Former wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who played 10 seasons (2008-17) in Green Bay, has informed the club of his decision to retire with the Packers. The announcement was made Sunday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst…..With less than a week before the Arizona Cardinals’ first preseason game of 2019, one of the biggest questions surrounding the team is: How much will some of the offense’s starters, most notably rookie signal caller Kyler Murray, play? Kliff Kingsbury provided some clarity as to what that may look like Saturday morning. “I think the goal is for us to get [Murray] out of the game with him feeling good about what went on out there. And so whatever that takes, if it’s three plays, it’ll be three plays. If it’s 10-12 plays, it’ll be 12…..Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is considered day-to-day after visiting a foot specialist on Saturday, according to Ian Rapaport of NFL Media. Brown was briefly on the non-football injury list when training camp opened but was cleared to practice on July 28. He has yet to be a full participant, however. The specific nature of the injury has not been revealed…..The Jaguars have added to their crowded running back room on Sunday, after reportedly signing former Minnesota Vikings back Roc Thomas. An undrafted free agent in 2018 out of Jacksonville St., Thomas spent time on and off the Vikings active roster, gaining 51 yards off 10 touches last season in limited action…..Former Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie had some harsh words for Freddie Kitchens and the Browns organization in a radio interview Saturday. He said he was shocked Freddie Kitchens was hired as head coach, claiming that quarterbacks coach Kenny Zampese was the mastermind behind the Browns’ explosive offense in the final eight weeks of the season…..Tales of Josh Rosen’s demise weren’t just premature. They were proven absurd Saturday. Too bad there’s no publicly available tape of the Dolphins’ intrasquad sort-of-scrimmage, which was closed to the public because of weather. It would show just how much has changed in a week. Rosen, with owner Stephen Ross in attendance for the first time all camp, was in command and aggressive. Fitzpatrick, named the front-runner just four days earlier, had perhaps his worst practice as a Dolphin.
Rosen had a touchdown pass and made some remarkable throws…..

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Jets Camp, Saturday 7/27

On Saturday I journeyed to Florham Park NJ to watch the Jets practice with Green Rewind reader Rob August (huge fan). The Jets do a good job for their fans at these open practices. If there was any negative it was the parking situation. In the past you were able to park near the fields and walk. But construction put that on hold and people had to park up to a mile away and take a shuttle bus to the field. This was fine but the return ride was mayhem and the Jets have got do a better job getting people onto the correct buses. If you have kids or grandkids, make an effort to get out there. The general organization was well done except for that bus ride back.







Observations
The first general observation is that this is one of the fastest most athletic Jet teams I’ve seen a while. With players like Richie Anderson, Trenton Cannon, Le'Veon Bell and additions Jamison Crowder, Greg Dortch and Ty Montgomery, the Jets are very fast. Hopefully this will translate into some exciting offense this year.

Sam Darnold did not look great and did not look awful. He was okay. Trumaine Johnson had one of the better plays of the day intercepting Darnold. The Jets are working with 4 QBs: Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Davis Webb and Luke Faulk. Look for the Jets to keep 3 of the 4 with Faulk landing on the practice squad. There were rumblings that Webb has looked better than Siemian. We’ll see. I’d be surprised if Davis Webb is still a Jet by the first game.

I hope that kicker Chandler Catanzaro pans out. Not only did he miss three field goals this morning but he missed them pretty badly with one hitting the cross bar. He was the Jets kicker in 2017 when he hit 83% of his field goals including going 2-2 on attempts over 50 yards. Remember, field goal kickers and baseball relief pitchers for the most part run hot and cold. Let’s hope Catanzaro is hot this year.

WR Deontay Burnett (2018, 10 Rec., 143 yds., 14.3 avg.) made one great play and another very good play. In one Patriot game last year he looked excellent. I’m not sure what the deal is with this kid but all he does is seem to get open and catch everything near him. The Jets have to give this second year 2018 un-drafted free agent from USC a strong look.

Fans are lucky that Jamal Adams is a Jet. He carries himself like a real pro and goes 100% on every drill. He is very verbalcand likes to be heard. He is incredibly competitive in practice and hopefully this will be contagious. 

QB Trevor Siemian made a nice back-shoulder throw to Eli McGuire. 

Le’Veon Bell for the second day in a row was pulled out of practice to take a league-mandated drug test. What is up with this? 

An Adam Gase run practice is crisp, upbeat and fairly tough considering the NFL CBA agreement. It is the closest I've seen to a Bill Parcells practice from a Jet coach.

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Green Tidbits
….. All throughout practice 4th string QB Luke Falk was bouncing the football just like a basketball on the turf. Would make a great NFL Network commercial…..Jets did a great job providing water for free at the tent area for everyone…..Josh McCown was at practice interacting with both Sam Darnold and Adam Gase…..I’m an ASU alumni and hope Sun Devil WR Tim White sneaks onto practice squad. Like many, he has had a tough life. Homeless, lost a brother to gun fire and he has a 3 year old kid. He was a 2 sport athlete at ASU and though he made some mistakes, he gets it now…..Ty Montgomery may be the best under the radar signing this off season….. Former Jets taking over the broadcasting world with: Mark Sanchez, hired this week as a college-football analyst for ABC/ESPN,  Others: GM Mike Tannenbaum, coach Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, LaDainian Tomlinson, Damien Woody, Jason Taylor, Bart Scott, Mark Brunell. Braylon Edwards and Mike DeVito also have dabbled in broadcasting.....
Folorunso Fatukasi-Chuma Edoga-Kelechi Osemele. Okay, close your eyes and now say these 3 Jet names fast 5 times…..

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2019 New York Jets Training Camp Schedule

Here is the Jets’ updated training camp schedule, in terms of all publicly open practices and preseason games:


• Thursday Aug. 1, 8:25 a.m. — open to summer camps only

• Saturday Aug. 3, 11 a.m. — open to public, with ticket

• Thursday Aug. 8, 7 p.m. — Week 1 preseason game, at Giants

• Sunday Aug. 11, 8:25 a.m. — open to public, with ticket

• Tuesday Aug. 13, 8:25 a.m. — open to summer camps only

• Thursday Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. — Week 2 preseason game, at Falcons

• Sunday Aug. 18, 7 p.m. — Green and White scrimmage/practice (at MetLife Stadium)

• Saturday Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. — Week 3 preseason game, vs. Saints

• Thursday Aug. 29, 7 p.m. — Week 4 preseason game, vs. Eagles

Admission and parking at all 2019 Jets Training Camp events will be free, but tickets are required. Free tickets can be downloaded by visiting newyorkjets.com/camp. Practices may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844.

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What The Jets Scribes Are Saying
Brian Costello, NY Post
A lot has been made about Bell’s impact in the passing game. But it is not just him. Montgomery is a former wide receiver who can catch the ball. Bilal Powell has been an effective receiver out of the backfield. Even Eli McGuire, who is currently fourth on the depth chart, has shown good hands and made a nice catch on Saturday. “With those guys, they’re so unique,” Darnold said. “For running backs, they have such good route-running ability. They can line up wide and run routes. In the backfield, you don’t know if they’re going to run a route or get a handoff. It makes it hard on the defense and it’s really good for us as an offense to have those weapons.”

Rich Cimini, ESPN
Ty Montgomery is a wide receiver-turned-running back, but he still wears 88. Why? "The 88 is part of my brand," he said. "The 88 speaks to what I can do as a true hybrid. You guys saw me today, lining up out at the receiver position and running a few routes as well as running up the middle and outside, being able to do everything all over the field." He also could be the kickoff returner…..Takeaways from Jets practice: 1.) It sure looks like the RBs will be a big part of the offense. The ball went to a RB on six of the first seven plays in 11-on-11 drills. Le'Veon Bell + Ty Montgomery = versatility. Eli McGuire also made a nice catch. 2.) Rookie DT Quinnen Williams didn't have any standout moments in his first practice, but he showed a quick first step and stunting ability. 3.) They might be a 3-4 base on defense, but you will see 4-3 fronts.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
While critics cite Gase’s 23-25 record in three seasons with the Dolphins as reason to question whether he’s the right guy to reverse the Jets’ fortunes, the truth is that he clearly has more talent now than in Miami last season. The Jets are hardly a finished product, but there’s enough talent on both sides of the ball to be relevant again. Relevance is marked by having a real chance to make the postseason after Thanksgiving.“You can kind of sense almost a rebirth,” Darnold said about Gase’s impact. “The whole building’s very energized. ... A lot of good vibes. For us, it’s feeding off that. It happens naturally. We can already feel it in the building. ... As long as you have that good energy, we can win with that.” Gase brings that energy every day. His strength: Communicating 1-on-1 with his players. That will be a critical trait as he tries to pull this franchise back from the margins. Gase’s ability to galvanize the offense coupled with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ swaggerlicious DNA shouldn’t be overlooked…..Gase applauded his players’ collective work ethic and attention to detail this offseason, but cautioned that spring optimism is nothing new in the NFL.“When we get going in camp, how are we going to handle adversity?” He said. “That’s really going to be the key for us. How are we going to handle it when something goes wrong? Which way are we going? Who’s going to step up? That’s what we need to know. ”Gase will have to navigate through all of it to be in the playoff hunt this season. Nothing else matters.

NFL News and Rumors
…..The Arizona Cardinals have released defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, a former first-round pick. The team announced the move following Saturday's training-camp session. The news was not surprising. On Friday, coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't mince words, saying Nkemdiche was "not in shape" when he arrived to camp…..Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are not sweating their contract negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys. "It will happen when it happens," Prescott, heading into his fourth season as Dallas' starting quarterback, said after Saturday's first training camp practice. "I know I'll be better by the time the regular season starts. That's my focus." Cooper said he was "indifferent" to the negotiations, but he admitted that when he has scrolled through social media, he has seen updates regarding the potential contracts for fellow receivers Michael Thomas and Julio Jones…..The 49ers rounded out their 90-man training camp roster Saturday, signing undrafted defensive lineman Jordan Thompson to a one-year contract…..Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III left Saturday night’s practice after hurting the thumb on his right (throwing) hand, an injury that could leave the team perilously thin under center early in the regular season. Griffin suffered a hairline fracture in the thumb, according to ESPN, and is expected to be out for four to eight weeks…..The Eagles roster is at 90 players after the team claimed cornerback Alex Brown off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, so a corresponding move will have to be made…..Former Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick will make his first free agent visit with the New Orleans Saints, as reported by Rob Demovsky of ESPN. The Lions cut Riddick Saturday after loading up their backfield with several quality runners including Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson, and Zach Zenner…..Bill Belichick plans to take a more active role in running the New England Patriots' defense, he told NFL Network Saturday. Part of his choice is out of necessity. Last season's de facto defensive coordinator, Brian Flores, is now head coach for the Miami Dolphins….. 


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