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Jets Announce Fan Gameday Safety Protocols at MetLife Stadium 06.17.21

*June 17, 2021 – To ensure a safe and healthy guest experience for all fans, the Jets and MetLife Stadium have established the following protocols based on guidance from the CDC and pursuant to the current New Jersey executive order.
  • FACE MASKS – As permitted by current New Jersey policies on businesses and gatherings, MetLife Stadium will operate at full capacity without a face mask requirement. Fans who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces and are not required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or show a vaccination card for entry.
  • CASH FREE TRANSACTIONS – To reduce touch points, MetLife Stadium will now operate cash-free. Cash will not be accepted at concession stands and retail locations. The Jets prefer Visa as a form of payment at MetLife Stadium. Pay with a debit or credit card using Contactless Tap to Pay or Mobile Wallet, Chip or Swipe. Reverse ATM machines will be available throughout the stadium for guests to convert cash to a prepaid Visa debit card valid for in-stadium purchases and anywhere a credit card or debit card is accepted.
  • MOBILE TICKETING – To ensure contactless entry, all tickets for Jets game at MetLife Stadium will be mobile-only. Your phone is your ticket. For more information on how to access and manage your mobile tickets, visit nyjets.com/mobileticketing.
  • TAILGATING & STADIUM ENTRY – Tailgating will be permitted. Parking lots will open (5) hours prior to kickoff and entry gates will open two hours prior to kickoff.
  • ENHANCED CLEANING & SANITIZATION – Enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been implemented throughout the stadium including the use of electrostatic sprayers and hospital-grade cleaning supplies. High-touch surfaces and high-traffic areas are continuously monitored and cleaned during and after the event. Hand sanitizer dispensers are widely available throughout the stadium at entrances, concourses, and restrooms.
*Press Release

This Jets player might make Aaron Rodgers happy 06.14.21

QB Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants out of Green Bay for a number reasons.

He reportedly doesn’t like GM Brian Guntekunst.

Another reported reason is he wants a new contract.

One other issue is reportedly related to personnel decisions, perhaps one being not providing him enough weapons.

One player addition who could make him very happy is Jets slot receiver Jamison Crowder, who might be available due to a contract dispute.

The Jets reportedly want Crowder to take a pay cut from his current contract number which is $10 million this year. He did that on Monday.

Since the Jets added a talented slot receiver in Elijah Moore in the draft, and also have Braxton Berrios who works well out of the slot, maybe the Packers and Jets can make a deal for Crowder.

Rodgers would love Crowder. One thing missing the last few years in Green Bay, since the departure of Randall Cobb in 2018, is a shify slot receiver. Crowder could fill that void, and Rodgers would like his short-area quickness, and his ability to get open fast.

Maybe, just maybe, a Crowder to the Packers deal would make sense, if Green Bay makes a fair trade offer. Crowder isn’t a player you just want to give away. Over the last two years with the Jets, he produced 137 receptions and 12 touchdowns, so you would probably need to get more than a late-round pick in return.

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NFL Preseason Game Schedule 06.10.21

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5

Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00

 

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12           

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

 

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00


Huge upside, but don’t put in Canton just yet 06.10.21

Jets coach Robert Saleh knows the player still a lot of work to do.

And he’s probably aware that the hype around Zach Wilson is perhaps a little over the top, at such an early point in his development.

So maybe it’s time to pump the breaks on the effusive praise of the player, as he attempts to learn the whys and wherefores of being an NFL QB.

“There’s going to be so much more to learn, and your best learning comes through adversity and conflict,” Saleh said.

There is only so much you can glean from spring practices, playing touch football, against the same defense every day.

“Obviously OTAs have been feel good, everyone’s excited about everything that’s happening around the organization, (but) until we actually hit adversity will we be able to learn more about each other and how we handle things,” said Saleh.

In other words, they love the potential of the prospect, but chill out a little on the spring hype for a rookie QB, who arrived less than two months ago, and is still honing his skills. 

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The USFL is coming back 06.03.21

*Los Angeles – Today, the United States Football League (USFL) announced that the league will officially return in the spring of 2022.

Initially launched in 1983, the USFL originally was an upstart spring football league consisting of 12 teams which featured some of the most exciting, and recognizable young football stars in the country. When relaunched next year, the new USFL retains rights to key original team names.

The league will target a minimum of eight teams and deliver high-quality, innovative professional football to fans throughout the spring season.

“I’m extremely passionate about football and the opportunity to work with FOX Sports and to bring back the USFL in 2022 was an endeavor worth pursuing,” said Brian Woods, co-founder of the new USFL and founder and CEO of The Spring League (TSL). “We look forward to providing players a new opportunity to compete in a professional football league and giving fans everywhere the best football viewing product possible during what is typically a period devoid of professional football.”

FOX Sports will serve as the official broadcast partner for the USFL. FOX Sports also owns a minority equity stake in the company that owns the USFL.

“The relaunch of the USFL is a landmark day for football fans and FOX Sports,” said Eric Shanks, CEO and Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “Football is in our DNA and the return of this innovative and iconic league is a fantastic addition to our robust slate of football programming.”

More information on the USFL, including cities, teams, head coaches, and game schedules, will be announced at a later date.

*Press Release


With so much to learn, every rep valuable 05.28.21

Some teams have cut back on CBA-approved spring work due to pressure. Will the Jets?

“No,” said Jets coach Robert Saleh on Thursday.

A couple of teams, like the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, have cancelled their mandatory minicamps to assuage some veteran players. Saleh has no intention of doing that.

“The plan is to go as scheduled,” said Saleh about the Jets’ minicamp, scheduled for June 15-17.

Saleh feels he’s had productive talks with veteran players on this hot-button issue.

“We have been in constant communication with the veteran leadership here and our player (union) rep,” Saleh said. “We are already cognizant of our players and what they need to get themselves prepared, so there has always been communication, and the same time, they also want to work. It’s been a good collaboration on both sides.”

Attendance for the Jets’ off-season program has been “great” according to Saleh.

“We are well over 80 (players),” Saleh said. “It’s been fantastic. Guys who are here are working. They want to be here. ”

With a new coaching staff in town, Jets players have a lot of work to do, so every rep they can get is important.

“Guys understand, they want to put in the work,” Saleh said. “That is a long time to go without football. At least here, these guy have the right mindset. We’ve had great collaboration between the coaching staff and player representatives, and everything up to date has been very productive.”

The Jets have had four OTA practices so far, and the following dates to come:

OTA 4 – June 1
OTA 5 – June 3
OTA 6 – June 4
OTA 7 – June 7
OTA 8 – June 8
OTA 9 – June 10
OTA 10 – June 11

And then the mandatory minicamp.

With a new staff, installing new playbooks on offense and defense, the Jets’ players know they have a lot of work to do, and this CBA-approved spring work is extremely valuable to them.

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Three observations watching Zach Wilson today 05.27.21

Florham Park – On Thursday, the Jets had their first OTA practice open to the media.

So how did QB Zach Wilson look?

While you don’t want to make too many judgments off a spring practice because this time of year is about teaching and learning, here are a three takeaways after watching Wilson’s work on Thursday:

His arm talent is rare.

On back-to-back plays, in a 7-on-7 drill, he hit tight ends on crossing routes with absolute rockets over the middle. A few plays later, he did the same on a pass to WR Braxton Berrios.

The second observation is he’s a quick decision-maker, who surveys the field fast, and gets rid of the ball quickly.

The third observation is he looked very accurate, generally delivering the ball in ideal sports for the receivers to make plays.

Obviously, he still has a lot of work to do, but he clearly has some very good tools.

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Ball hawk on Jets coaching staff 05.26.21

Jets need more of these, and this guy knows a thing or two about getting them.

The Jets need more picks than the last few seasons.

They have a highly-regarded cornerback coach in Tony Oden, who should help, but don’t there’s also a man assisting him, who has PhD in intercepting that ball, and that’s Jets defensive assistant Ricky Manning Jr.

During his NFL playing days (2003-09), Manning was quite the ball hawk, with 14 interceptions over the first four years of his career, the first three with the Bears, and then with Carolina. Over that time, he also had 32 passes defensed.

And by the way, he also had 13 interceptions at UCLA.

The Jets need more plays on the ball from their corners, so the Fresno-native is a good guy to have on the practice field, working with the young corners, like Jason Pinnock (pictured above), along with Oden.

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Jersey Guy Leading The Way 05.25.21

Born in Summit, minutes from Jets camp, and a graduate of Garfield HS in Bergen County, along with Monmouth University of the Jersey Shore, true Jersey guy Miles Austin, is now lording over the Jets’ wide receivers.

And he obviously has a very important job in Jets-Land, working with the likes of Denzel Mims and Elijah Moore, two young Jets receivers with big upsides.

Austin reunited with Jets coach Robert Saleh, who he worked with on the 2019 San Francisco 49ers staff, as an offensive quality control coach.

Austin left the 49ers after that one season, but stayed busy after being named to the Monmouth University Board of Trustees.

There is something in the water in Garfield when it comes to long shot receivers. First that town produced Jets great Wayne Chrebet, and then Austin, both undrafted free agents from 1-AA football programs, who went on to terrific careers.

During his career, mostly in Dallas, Austin had 301 catches and 34 touchdowns. He joined the Cowboys in 2006, but mainly played on special teams his first three seasons, but then due to an injury, he got a chance to start, and had one of the greatest receiver games in Dallas history in a win over Kansas City, with 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Talk about taking advantage of your opportunity!

Late in his career, during a one-year stint in Cleveland, Austin played under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who really took a liking to him, and ended up hiring him in San Francisco in 2019.

“Miles is one of my favorite players that I’ve ever coached, just in terms of how on it he was,” 49ers head coach Shanahan said. “Whether it was the run game or the pass game, he really enjoyed football. He was descending (as a player) at that time in his career, so I wasn’t sure I was going to like him as much. But then when I got there and I saw the person, you can see why he was so successful. A guy like that, you’re always like, ‘Hey, if you’re ever interested in a coach, you’d be a hell of a one.’”

The Jets think Shanahan is right
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Jets off-season workout schedule 05.24.21

Jets Phase III Workouts:

OTA 1 – May 24
OTA 2 – May 26
OTA 3 – May 27
OTA 4 – June 1
OTA 5 – June 3
OTA 6 – June 4
OTA 7 – June 7
OTA 8 – June 8
OTA 9 – June 10
OTA 10 – June 11
Mandatory Minicamp 1 – June 15
Mandatory Minicamp 2 – June 16
Mandatory Minicamp 3 – June 17


Joe D’s pursuit will never stop 05.21.21

The Jets have added a lot of new blood.

In 2021, they’ve added 10 draft picks, 12 undrafted free agents, 11 veteran free agents, along with some recent waiver claims, like WR Matt Cole and RB Austin Walter.

But Jets GM Joe Douglas isn’t done adding players leading into the season, by any stretch of the imagination.

“There’s more opportunities to improve this team, improve this roster – we’re going to take it,” said Douglas said.

Douglas is excited about how the team’s improved depth will also improve the competition in camp.

“We’re excited about the competition we’re going to create,” Douglas said. “We’re excited about the depth that we added. So, I do feel like we improved ourselves throughout this offseason and the offseason.”

But expect more players to be added, especially via the waiver wire during training camp, and especially guys who are let go by San Francisco, players familiar with the Jets’ new systems, and many of their new coaches.

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Jets and Ravens form strategic partnership with Sportradar 05.20.21

*NEW YORK, NY and BALTIMORE, MD – May 20, 2021 – Sportradar, a leading global provider of sports betting and sports entertainment products and services, today announced strategic partnerships with the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens to support their efforts in maximizing sponsor performance and unlocking new opportunities for their partners in the rapidly growing legal sports betting category. These new alliances mark the first-time major U.S. professional sports teams have partnered with a sports technology company to address these types of marketing needs in such an innovative manner.
Sportradar will utilize ad:s, its full service, data-driven marketing solution, to help each team enhance and refine their sponsorship and affiliate marketing strategies for legal sports betting partners. Specifically, Sportradar is delivering technology that will inform dynamic creative assets and produce data-driven content to be featured in programmatic advertising campaigns, in the interest of personalizing the fan experience and deepening the degree of engagement. This disruptive approach will also create efficiencies in sponsorship activations and increase the effectiveness of customer acquisition initiatives.
With the continued expansion of legal sports betting in the U.S., finding an innovative technology partner that knows how to navigate the fragmented marketplace and uncover potential areas for growth is paramount. Sportradar, which has deep expertise in these areas and strong relationships across the sports betting and sports entertainment ecosystem, is uniquely positioned to help businesses maximize the wide range of opportunities brought about by legalized sports betting.
“This innovative relationship with Sportradar will allow the New York Jets to optimize the overall performance of our legal sports betting partners, both inside and outside of our ecosystem,” said Jeff Fernandez, New York Jets Vice President, Business Development + Ventures. “The ability to engage, acquire, convert and retain customers in this super competitive and rapidly growing space is of the highest priority for operators. Sportradar’s proprietary technology and expertise in reaching sports bettors via predictive analytics will be extraordinarily valuable to Official LSB Sponsors of the Jets.”
*Press Release

Former Jets coach on a key for Saleh to have success 05.19.21

Herman Edwards is absolutely right.

The former Jets coach, from 2001-05, appearing on the podcast of Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson, talked about the key to Robert Saleh having success with Jets.

“Well I think you guys know this. If you got a quarterback, you got a chance,” said Edwards. “You gotta have a quarterback. I was fortunate. We had Vinny [Testaverde] there my first year and then I had Chad Pennington sitting in the wings.

“It all starts with the quarterback, once you get that piece in place, you can build the rest of the team — because if you get the right one, you got a 10-year run. If you don’t have a quarterback guys, let me tell you something, that field is 150 yards long.”

So true.

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. If you don’t have an answer at the position, it’s hard to be highly successful.

So Saleh’s success could very much be tied to how Zach Wilson turns out.

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Is Zach Wilson a good leader? 05.18.21

One former BYU teammate doesn’t understand why people have questioned Zach Wilson’s leadership ability.

New Jets guard Tristen Hoge, who signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent, doesn’t understand all the criticism of Wilson’s leadership.

“I have seen all the doubters out that he doesn’t have leadership capabilities that they are looking for,” said Hoge in an exclusive interview with newyorkjets.com. “I can attest he does.”

One reason some questioned Wilson’s leadership was he wasn’t voted a BYU captain before the 2020 season. He was selected for the team’s eight man leadership council, but not a captain. The reason he wasn’t selected one of BYU’s four offensive captain, was four older BYU players returned from two-year Mormon missions, and they had been multiple year starters, so they had seniority. It wasn’t related to Wilson’s leadership ability.

The BYU offense was no-huddle, but on the occasions they did huddle, Hoge said Wilson showed strong leadership.

“You could feel [his leadership] in the huddle – [saying] ‘guys, let’s get this rolling’ when we were in a tight spot,” Hoge said. “He’s a great leader and a great man in that (leadership) aspect.”

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There could be more player steals this year 05.17.21

In such a weird year for scouting, you just never know.

With no scouting combine, no team visits for prospects, and COVID-19 limiting games in some conferences, it was a pretty challenging year for NFL scouts.

So perhaps this year, we might see more late round and undrafted free agent steals than past years, due to limited information available on so many prospects.

New Jets defensive end Hamilcar Rashed (Oregon State) could be a perfect example of this year being like the Wild, Wild West in the scouting world. He was surprisingly undrafted, and the Jets added this talented pass rusher as a UDFA.

“[I] obviously dropped and stuff like that happens,” Rashed said in an exclusive interview with the Jets’ website.

The reason he went undrafted is probably because he had no sacks in 2020 during a truncated Pac-12 season, after amassing 14 sacks in 2019. But Rashed feels he’s a good fit for what Jets coach Robert Saleh wants from his defensive ends.

“I was always an outside linebacker (at Oregon State): I always had to think and do stuff like this,” Rashed said. “Now, it’s just put your ears back (as a defensive end) and just go. [Saleh] wants us to be the most vicious defensive line in the NFL.”

So Rashed, who has a great motor, could be a very good scheme fit for the Jets.

And could be one of many late-round and undrafted free agents steals around the NFL during a very strange scouting year.

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Will be interesting to see how these two Jets turn out 05.14.21

It certainly makes sense on paper. It will be interesting to see how they turn out.

As you know by now, the Jets picked two safeties in the 2021 draft (Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen), and are moving them to linebacker.

Jets coach Robert Saleh is a big believer in the concept.

“It’s not traditional but what you can see out of those guys is the ability to read, diagnose, run, hit, play coverage, understand route concepts that are in front of them,” said Saleh. “So, we feel like they’ll be able to translate to linebacker pretty easily.”

Saleh feels Sherwood and Nasirildeen each playing a lot of box safety in college will help their transitions.

“When you’re a box safety, the reads are pretty much the same,” Saleh said.

And they won’t have to take on a lot of offensive linemen, like linebackers in a 3-4 defense often have to.

“The way they’ll learn the way we play at linebacker, it’s not a 3-4 Mike linebacker that goes and [takes on] the guard to get him off the tackle; that’s not the way we play,” Saleh said. “We play with a little more speed, fast flow. We try to put them in space and allow them to close that space as fast as possible, so those guys usually fit pretty good in our scheme.”

The Jets struggled with linebacker pass coverage in recent years, so Sherwood and Nasirildeen should help in this area.

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