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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 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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