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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Jets Need A 10-6 Season!

We made it through another god awful pre-season with four games that were almost unwatchable. I’m always excited to watch the first game but after that the summer drags leading up to tomorrow. Kudos go out to the Jet beat writers: Rich Cimini, Manish Mehta and Brian Costello who had to sit through each game till the bitter end. I know I couldn’t do it. With that said there some players who stood out:

Sam Darnold
With very limited play (thanks) all he did when he was in was keep the Jets moving forward. I’ve said it before and I can only hope that with Sam's ability to extend plays, he knows when to cut his losses and avoid injury.

Jamal Adams
If you focus on Adams, you’ll see that he takes every play, every game like it is the Super Bowl. He played with that intensity all summer. Make no mistake Jamal Adams is a star who sometimes looks like he will play out of control but he always seems to keep his poise.

Ty Montgomery
The only blip was a fumble early in the first game. But after that when the Jets wanted him to run the ball, he looked good out of the backfield. And when they wanted him to catch the ball, he looked good as a wide receiver. His versatility works well in Adam Gase’s offense.

Blake Cashman
This fifth-round pick was flying around the ball early and often against the Eagles with five tackles, a forced fumble in addition to a special-teams stop. This linebacker has been a huge surprise this summer playing with grit and intelligence.

Chuma Edoga
Not yet in the starting lineup, tackle Chuma Edoga was one of the most impressive rookie offensive linemen this preseason. The third-rounder allowed only two pressures on 69 pass-blocking snaps across four games. This may turn out to be one of the best picks of the draft.

Greg Dortch
Jet coaches may have soured on this dynamic un-drafted 5’7” free agent WR/PR after he muffed a punt in the last game. But he excelled in training camp and the 3 games before. He can be a valuable asset and luckily landed on the Jets practice squad.

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The Jachai Polite Debacle
You and I probably work hard for living. When we hear about a player like Jachai Polite and how he abused his NFL status, it is incredible. A first round talent who fell to the third round because of his horrid NFL Combine showing,  Mike Maccagnan took a chance on him. Polite then proceeded to rack up $100,000+ in fines because of over sleeping and being late to meetings multiple times. Incredibly he was passed over by the other 31 teams, cleared waivers and landed on the Seahawks practice squad. Then we hear his college coach at the University of Florida Dan Mullen come out and say he was late numerous times in college also. Thanks for the reference coach!

Green Tidbits
…..Don’t be surprised if the Jets play a lot of 3 safety sets against the Bills…..Trenton Cannon made the team which was a surprise to me. He has got to show he can make people miss him with his speed. He has shown very little in moves…..Unlike Jachai Polite, un-drafted free agent DE Kyle Phillips out of Tennessee willed his way onto the 53-man roster. He played his heart out all pre-season. Keep an eye on #98. By the way his mother, Teresa, has been the Athletic Director at Tennessee State for some time and was the first black female athlete at Vanderbilt University. You have done a great job mom!…..The Jets Practice Squad: OL Calvin Anderson, CB Kyron Brown, OL Ben Braden, QB Luke Falk, RB Valentine Holmes, LB Jamey Mosley, WR Jeff Smith, RB Josh Adams, TE Ian Bunting, WR Greg Dortch,…..Glad Jets chose Bell over Antonio Brown…..Bills QB Josh Allen is a huge runner. Jets must stay in their lanes and contain him…..

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell will play a football game Sunday for the first time in 20 months -- 601 days, to be exact -- but he's not interested in easing into the regular-season flow. "Don't hold back," Bell told coach Adam Gase, the play caller. In other words, Bell believes he's ready for a full workload in what could be the Jets' most-anticipated debut by a veteran player since Brett Favre in 2008…

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets’ defense has to find a way to bottle up Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who has a cannon for an arm and can beat you with his feet. Allen accounted for 18 touchdowns last year as a rookie. Against Adam Gase’s Dolphins last year, Allen ran for 135 yards in one game.
“He’s maybe 240, running out there,” Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “It’s like a smaller Cam Newton that can run the ball. I’m pretty sure his 10-yard split is just as fast as anybody’s. If you let him go vertical, he’s going to make you pay. If you have bad rush integrity and bad gap integrity when it’s a pass, he’s going to make you pay for it. If his reads aren’t there, he’s going to try to make something happen.”Allen can throw the ball a mile and is very good at extending plays. This will be a test for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ unit.
…..The Jets have to hope Trumaine Johnson’s return from injury goes better than the last time. Johnson is expected to play in Sunday’s season opener against the Bills after missing three weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury. Last year, the cornerback also faced the Bills as he came back from a five-week absence with a quad injury … and the Bills went after him from the start. On the first play of the game, Matt Barkley threw a 47-yard pass over Johnson’s head to Robert Foster, and the rout was on. It was one snapshot of Johnson’s disappointing first season with the Jets.Now, they desperately need him to be the guy they thought they were getting when they signed him a five-year, $72.5 million contract last year, and not the guy who committed killer penalties and gave up several big plays. Johnson is the most important player on the defense. This defense has holes. The other starting cornerbacks are Darryl Roberts and Brian Poole. They do not have an elite edge rusher. Johnson can mask some of those holes if he can be a No. 1 shutdown cornerback. In order for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to prove that last “g” stands for “genius,” he needs Johnson to come through.

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Body In Woodstock, Heart With Joe Willie!
Last month everyone was celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the original Woodstock. Well I was there! Along with Green Rewind contributor Ralph Sharaga who I have known since we were both 8 years old. But unlike most rock and roll enthusiasts, Ralph & I wanted to be in New Haven Connecticut instead of the Woodstock music festival. Going to Camp Willowy for most of my youth in upstate New York (that’s where Ralph & I first met) my years as a camper were over and now Ralph and I along with a group of other 15 & 16 year olds became CITs (Counselors In Training). All CIT programs in reality are a scam to put lifelong campers to work for free learning to become counselors. Because CITs were not paid, the reward was a trip at the end of the summer. At our planning meeting to pick a destination, Ralph and I wanted to go to New Haven Connecticut but were outvoted by the rest of the group 16-2 who talked up the Woodstock festival. Why New Haven? That was where the World Champion Jets were going to play their cross town rival Giants for the first time. Well we ended up going to this historic event and in all honesty, we were like fish out of water. Nevertheless some of the music was enjoyable but we wanted to be in New Haven  Connecticut with Joe Namath and Mike Battle that weekend to witness the Jets winning 37-14.

NFL News And Rumors
…..It didn’t take long for Antonio Brown to find a new home. Brown was released by the Raiders on Saturday morning and agent Drew Rosenhaus said he’d go to work on finding his client a new place to play. Rosenhaus told PFT on Saturday afternoon that Brown has agreed to terms with the Patriots. It’s a one-year deal worth up to $15 million with a $9 million signing bonus.…..Quarterback Cardale Jones joined the Seattle practice squad on Saturday, according to the NFL’s transaction report…..With Sunday rosters locking as of 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, the two remaining holdouts are guaranteed to miss the first week of the regular season. Even if Chargers running back Melvin Gordon or Washington left tackle Trent Williams have a change of heart tonight and try to show up tomorrow, there’s no way they can be added to the roster, because there can be no transactions on Sunday…..The Patriots have signed cornerback Jonathan Jones to a contract extension through 2022. Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that the three-year extension has a base value of $21 million with another $4 million in incentives and bonuses…..The Dolphins announced that offensive lineman Jesse Davis has signed a contract extension through 2022. The extension is for three years and worth $15 million with $8.5 million guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports…..The Cardinals made a change to their roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Lions. The team has promoted tight end Darrell Daniels from their practice squad. Offensive lineman Jeremy Vujnovich was released in a corresponding move…..Buccaneers rookie linebacker Devin White may not be able to make his NFL debut on Sunday. White has been a late addition to the Bucs’ injury report with an illness. He is now listed as questionable for the opener against the 49ers. The flu has reportedly been going around the Bucs’ facility, with wide receiver Mike Evans the most notable name to be affected…..It doesn’t look like Michael Badgley will be doing the kicking for the Chargers on Sunday. Badgley was listed as questionable on Friday after injuring his groin during practice. The team downgraded his status to doubtful on Saturday, which means they do not expect him to be able to play against the Colts. Assuming there’s no last-minute upgrade to Badgley’s status, punter Ty Long will be doing double duty in the season opener. He handled both jobs for the CFL’s British Columbia Lions for the last two seasons…..The Eagles have some short-term salary cap relief and Alshon Jeffery has some long-term job security.Jeffery has restructured his contract just before the start of the season, the Eagles announced this afternoon. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal takes $11.75 million of salary for this year and converts it into a signing bonus, meaning it lowers Jeffery’s cap number for this season…..The surest sign of a return of Sunday football comes from the smattering of Saturday transactions aimed at tinkering rosters to account for injured players.Washington officially has ruled out tight end Jordan Reed, who has a concussion. They’ve also elevated tight end J.P. Holtz from the practice squad to provide depth at the position.The move resulted in the waiver of receiver Robert Davis, who if unclaimed by another team will be a candidate to be re-signed next week…..

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