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NY JETS MUHAMMAD WILKERSON RAISES MONEY FOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
WHO: Muhammad Wilkerson of the New York Jets
WHAT: Wilkerson and NY Jets teammates will serve as waiters at T.G.I.Friday’s
WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2013; 6:30PM
WHERE: T.G.I.Friday’s, 400 S Park Ave, Linden, NJ 07036
WHY: To raise money for student-athlete scholarships for students in Union County public schools
The impact of Kerley’s return 12.05.13
Florham Park – The Jets will get Jeremy Kerley back in the lineup against the Oakland Raiders.
The wide receiver missed the last three games with a hyper-extended elbow.
“Jeremy Kerley looks outstanding in practice,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan.
With Kerley’s top-shelf quickness, he sometimes creates match-up issues for opposing secondaries.
“He has great separation, quickness,” Ryan said. “When Jeremy is out there, that’s a tough match-up for anybody.”
Interesting statement by Rich Gannon 12.04.13
Late in the second quarter of the Jets loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, CBS color commentator Rich Gannon made an interesting statement.
“I don’t think the starting quarterback of the 2014 New York Jets is currently on the roster,” Gannon said.
It’s unclear if Gannon is in the know on this, or it’s strictly an opinion.
Chicago’s Jay Cutler heads up the 2014 quarterback free agent class.
Two of the top three receivers for the Seattle Seahawks, perhaps the best team in football, are undrafted free agents Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.
Russell Wilson has turned into one of the best quarterbacks in football. He reads defenses well, is accurate and has good pocket presence.
Quarterbacks make receivers, receivers don’t make quarterbacks.
The 2014 NFL draft takes place from May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall.
The Jets could use an edge pass rusher at outside linebacker to held compliment their outstanding defensive line.
And while it’s early in the scouting process, there are quite a few edge pass rushers who fit into the first round area.
Obviously, South Carolina OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney is the considered the top prospect in the draft, and the Jets would have to trade up to get him.
The same is likely true with UCLA’s stud OLB Anthony Barr.
A player who could be available when the pick is University of Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack.
Former Jets QB on current one 12.02.13
What does former Jets QB Boomer Esiason, now with CBS, think of the play of the team’s current signal-caller?
“I see a guy that is looking at one guy the whole time,” Esiason said. “The game is moving too fast. There is no (vision from) side-of-the-field to side-of-the-field. I bet if you asked any defensive coordinator about whether or not you would worry about defending Geno Smith in the passing game, they’d laugh at you. There’s no threat on the outside and there’s no worry about going from one side, reading the defense, all the way to the other side of the field.”
It’s a mantra and mindset 12.02.13
On October 9, New York Post reporter Brian Costello wrote, “The Jets quarterback’s emotions came out in a behind-the-scenes fit in the immediate aftermath of being hurt in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Giants. Sanchez shouted at general manager John Idzik in the trainer’s room after the game, according to witnesses.”
Surely some Jets fans, many paying big money for tickets and PSL’s, might want to shout at the GM just about now as well.
Players have reached wit’s end 12.01.13
The always media-friendly Willie Colon stormed out of the locker room, refusing all interview requests.
The same with Sheldon Richardson.
Competitors like this want to win so bad, and with the Jets’ plan right now at a certain position, it’s hard for them to do that.
For the second straight game, the Jets scored three points.
If the Jets’ passing game continues the way it’s going, John Idzik’s plan at the sports most important position, will likely lose the locker room for Rex.
At the very least, quarterback David Garrard needs to be active next week.
He has yet to be active for a game.
Because Rex Ryan could end up losing the team if he continues to get the quarterback play he’s gotten the last three games.
It’s demoralizing the roster.
This isn’t NFL Europe.
This isn’t a developmental league.
You owe it to your roster to try to win each and every Sunday.
The Jets need a win in the worst way.
So if they start a young guy next week, and the anemic quarterback play continues, Garrard needs to be an option.
He’s played in 84 NFL games. He knows what he’s doing out there.
And the current QB play is sucking the life out of the locker room.
Ryan owes it to his team to at least have Garrard active next week.
This was probably a must-win year for Rex Ryan with a new GM.
The new GM, John Idzik, has him starting five rookies, and four of them aren’t ready to start.
Idzik seems to be looking to the future.
And Ryan seems to be concerned about the present.
This is the inherent problem you encounter when a GM comes in, and is forced to keep the old coach.
They have two different agendas.
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have promoted safety D.J. Campbell from the teams practice squad to the active roster, the team announced. To make room for Campbell the team has placed tackle Jonathan Martin on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness List.
This is the second promotion to the active roster for Campbell. He was originally signed to the team’s practice squad on October 7, 2013, where he spent the next four weeks prior to be promoted on November 11, 2013. While on the active roster Campbell recorded three special teams tackles. Campbell was waived on November 25, 2013 and signed back to the practice squad on November 27, 2013.
The 6-0, 205-pound Campbell entered the NFL as a seventh round pick (216th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2012 NFL Draft. Campbell spent the entire 2012 season on the Panthers active roster, appearing in five games and registering 12 tackles and one pass defensed. He was placed on the Reserve/Injured list by Carolina on September 1, 2013 and released eight days later on September 9, 2013.
A four-year letterman at California (2008-11), Campbell complied 110 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven passes defensed for the Golden Bears. As a senior he earned All-Pac 23 honorable mention after starting 13 games and recording 71 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Born on July 24, 1989, Campbell attended Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nev.
Whenever the Jets are struggling on offense, their offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, generally takes all the blame.
Why does he do that?
“If you don’t take responsibility, you’re not going to get better,” Mornhinweg said. ”There’s a lot of deflection experts and you don’t get any better, period, you can’t. It’s almost impossible, if you can’t admit where you’re at and where you need to be and what it’s going to take to get there.”
Cromartie and the hip 11.27.13
Jets #1 cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn’t practice today due to a hip injury.
Will he play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins?
“That’s tough to call right now,” said Rex Ryan. “That one truly could be a game-timer. He’s a durable guy. He plays. So, we’ll see. I hope he does, obviously. But again, we’ll see how he feels.
“He’s had some things that I thought he wouldn’t play through but he did. We’ll give him some time and see how he comes back from it.
“Cro’s one of the better corners in the league, so obviously we’d make adjustments (if he can’t play). We have some good players and we’re deep. But again, hopefully we don’t have to find that out.”
Thoughts on new tight end 11.27.13
The Jets promoted practice squad tight end Chris Pantale to their regular roster.
He certainly looks the part of an NFL tight end at 6-5, 254 pounds.
Pantale doesn’t have great speed (4.9 forty), but he is smart, consistent player, who has soft hands, and is a very good blocker.
He should be able to help the Jets’ kickoff return blocking, which has been substandard.
Pantale is from Wayne, New Jersey, which is very close to MetLife Stadium.
Jets Owner, Robert “Woody” Johnson IV has been nominated for the third annual Salute to Service Award, presented by the NFL and USAA, the NFL’s official Military Appreciation sponsor.
Johnson was nominated because he has been a strong supporter of the military and has carried that passion since becoming owner of the Jets 12 years ago. He has been the driving force in making sure the organization does it part to recognize the sacrifices military personnel took and continue to take to serve this country to ensure the protection of our freedoms.
The New York Jets have been on the forefront of saluting the men and women of the armed forces with a Military Appreciation Day, instituted 12 seasons ago when Woody bought the team. This has provided the military with free promotional and recruiting opportunities during one of the eight regular season home games. He has allowed fans and the viewing public to see the military up close in a way that’s ordinarily not possible.
Woody’s had over 1500 troops as guests to enjoy and participate in Jets games during his tenure as owner of the team. He’s made sure members of the military are a part of the gameday festivities. Woody helped raise $500,000 for an education donation dedicated to the USS New York.