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Details of new NFL instant replay procedure 05.24.16


Amend Rule 15, Section 2 (Instant Replay, pgs. 63-64) to reflect the following:

The League will employ a system of Instant Replay Review to aid officiating as defined below. The following procedures will be used:

Article 1. COACHES’ CHALLENGE. In each game, a team will be permitted two challenges that will initiate Instant Replay reviews. The Head Coach will initiate a challenge by throwing a red flag onto the field of play before the next legal snap or kick. Each challenge will require the use of a team timeout. If a challenge is upheld, the timeout will be restored. A challenge will only be restored if a team is successful on both of its challenges, in which case it shall be awarded a third challenge, but a fourth challenge will not be permitted under any circumstances.

A team may challenge any reviewable play identified in Article 5 below, except when the on-field ruling is:

(a) A score for either team,

(b) an interception,

(c) a fumble or backward pass that is recovered by an opponent or goes out of bounds

through an opponent’s end zone, or

(d) a muffed scrimmage kick recovered by the kicking team.

A team may not challenge a reviewable play:

(a) After the two minute warning of each half,

(b) throughout any overtime period,

(c) after committing a foul that delays the next snap, and

(d) after exhausting all of its challenges or timeouts.

If a team initiates a challenge when it is not permitted to do so, it will be charged a timeout.

Penalty: For initiating a challenge when a team has exhausted its timeouts: Loss of 15 yards.

Article 2. REPLAY OFFICIAL’S REQUEST FOR REVIEW. A Replay Review will be initiated by a Replay Official from a Replay Booth comparable to the location of the coaches’ booth or Press Box when the on-field ruling is:

(a) A score for either team,

(b) an interception,

(c) a fumble or backward pass that is recovered by an opponent or goes out of bounds

through an opponent’s end zone, or

(d) a muffed scrimmage kick recovered by the kicking team.

A Replay Review will be initiated by a Replay Official:

(e) After the two minute warning of each half, and

(f) throughout any overtime period.

There is no limit to the number of Replay Reviews that may be initiated by the Replay Official. His ability to initiate a review will be unrelated to the number of timeouts that either team has remaining, and no timeout will be charged for any review initiated by the Replay Official. The Replay Official must initiate a review before the ball is next legally put in play.

The Replay Official and designated members of the Officiating Department at the League office may consult with the on-field officials to provide information on the correct application of playing rules, including appropriate assessment of penalty yardage, proper down, and status of the game clock.

Article 3. REVIEWS BY REFEREE. All Replay Reviews will be conducted by the Referee on a field-level monitor after consultation with the covering official(s). During the review, the Referee will consult with designated members of the Officiating department at the League office. A decision will be reversed only when the Referee has clear and obvious visual evidence available to him that warrants the change.

Each review will be a maximum of 60 seconds in length, timed from when the Referee begins his review of the replay at the field-level monitor.

All reviewable aspects of the play may be examined and are subject to reversal, even if not identified in a coach’s challenge or if not the specific reason for a Replay Official’s request for review.

Article 4. NON-REVIEWABLE PLAYS. The following play situations are not reviewable:

(a) Fouls, except for Article 5 (g) below.

(b) Spot of the ball and runner:

(1) Runner ruled down by defensive contact or out of bounds (not involving

fumbles or the line to gain).

(2) The position of the ball not relating to first down or goal line.

(3) Whether a runner’s forward progress was stopped before he went out of bounds or lost

possession of the ball.

(4) Whether a runner gave himself up.

(c) Miscellaneous:

(1) Field Goal or Try attempts that cross above either upright without touching


(2) Erroneous whistle.

(3) Spot where an airborne ball crosses the sideline.

(4) Whether a player was blocked into a loose ball.

(5) Advance by a player after a valid or invalid fair catch signal.

(6) Whether a player created the impetus that put the ball into an end zone.

Article 5. REVIEWABLE PLAYS. The Replay System will cover the following play situations:

(a) Plays involving possession.

(b) Plays involving touching of either the ball or the ground.

(c) Plays governed by the goal line.

(d) Plays governed by the boundary lines.

(e) Plays governed by the line of scrimmage.

(f) Plays governed by the line to gain.

(g) Number of players on the field at the snap, even when a foul is not called.

(h) Game administration:

(1) Penalty enforcement.

(2) Proper down.

(3) Spot of a foul.

(4) Status of the game clock.

In situations in which time is deemed to have expired during or after the last play of the first or second half, or of an overtime period in the preseason or regular season, or of an overtime half in the postseason, a timing error is defined as having occurred only when the visual evidence demonstrates that more than one second should be put on the clock.

In the first half, time shall be restored only if the additional play will be a snap from scrimmage. In the second half, time shall be restored only if it is a one-score game (eight points or less), and the additional play will be a snap from scrimmage by the team that is behind in the score, or by either team if the score is tied. A correction of a timing error for a team timeout may be made only if there is visual evidence of an official’s signal.

If an on-field ruling of a dead ball (down by contact, out of bounds, or incomplete forward pass) is changed, the ball belongs to the recovering player at the spot of the recovery, and any advance is nullified. The recovery must occur in the continuing action following the loss of possession. If the ball goes out of bounds in an end zone, the result of the play will be either a touchback or a safety. If the Referee does not have clear and obvious visual evidence as to which player recovered the loose ball, or that the ball went out of bounds, the ruling on the field will stand.

These reviewable play situations are explained in further detail in the Instant Replay Casebook.

Submitted by Competition Committee

Effect: Reorganizes rule, and expands reviewable plays to include administrative items.

Reason: Provides for more extensive use of Instant Replay system.

QB stats in the spring are reckless 05.24.16

Charlotte – Word out of Buffalo is the Bills are clamping down on what the media can report from spring practices.

The days of Rex Ryan being media-friendly seem to be coming to a close.

“Media cannot report who is on the 1st team, 2nd team, who is ‘rushing the passer, dropped passes, INT’s, QB completion percentage, etc,’ tweeted Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News.

I don’t agree with some of these new rules, but I do support disallowing the reporting of QB completion percentage.

That is reckless and irresponsible.

The spring is about teaching, learning, developing chemistry, things of that nature. To report a quarterback was, let’s say, “8-16 passing” in this sort of practice, is unfair. Often quarterbacks are working for the first time with new passing targets, like recently-acquired wide receivers and tight ends. In the spring, they are looking to get on the same page and work out the kinks.

So to report completion percentage is spring practices is devoid of context.

I’m glad the Bills are cracking down on that.

And I hope other teams follow suit.

As for some of the other new rules, a number of them are superfluous.

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NFLPA Statement on Tom Brady’s Legal Situation 05.23.16


The NFLPA has officially filed its petition with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals requesting the court rehear the Tom Brady matter En Banc.

Comment from NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith:

“This Union has always stood for protecting the rights of our members. Our filing of this appeal today on behalf of Tom Brady and all NFL players is no different. He was not afforded fundamental fairness and due process as guaranteed by the collective bargaining agreement and case law. We also know that the NFL propped up a now completely de-bunked “independent” report with a made-up standard as the basis for his suspension. For sixty years we have affirmed the right to seek redress for our members and we will always hold the NFL accountable.”

Comment from Former US Solicitor General and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner Theodore Olson:

“The divided panel of the Second Circuit reached erroneous legal conclusions under an unfair and unjust standard. The decision and the standards it imposes are damaging and unfair — not only to Tom Brady — but to all parties to collective bargaining agreements everywhere. Commissioner Goodell cannot sit as an appellate arbitrator and then affirm the league’s initial disciplinary decision based upon a new theory and imagined evidence and pretend to be an unbiased decision-maker.”

Fitzpatrick does have a leg to stand on 05.23.16

I don’t agree with the premise Ryan Fitzpatrick “doesn’t have a leg to stand on” in his contract battle with the Jets.

He might not be an elite QB, but the Jets need him in 2016; he’s their best option right now.

Fitzpatrick has his warts, but also had the best QB season for the Jets in a really long time in 2015, and helped lead them to a 10-6 record.

So he has “a leg to stand on.”

Does he have a $15 million-a-year leg to stand on? No, but he has more than a $8 million-a-year leg to stand on.

I’ve always been of the opinion that NFL quarterbacks in their 30’s, if they are healthy, can often do their best work. They have seen and experienced so much, and are high on the growth curve, at perhaps the most difficult job in sports.

So Fitzpatrick does have some leverage, because anybody else the Jets turn to now, whether it’s in-house, on the street or via trade, is probably a downgrade.

I’m not putting Fitzpatrick in Canton, but I think there is some leverage here.

Perhaps not $15 million-a-year leverage, but maybe $10-11 million-a-year leverage.

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Who’d a thunk Revis would ever fire these cats? 05.20.16

One of the last things you’d expect to hear – “Darrelle Revis has fired his agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod.”

When ESPN reported this yesterday, I checked my calendar to see if it was April Fool’s Day.

Schwartz and Feinsod did an amazing job of making Revis one of the richest players in football. That can’t be denied. He’s made around $101 million in his career.

Some take umbrage with the premise that the agents made Revis this money.

“Who made the money?” tweeted one fan.

I understand where the fan is coming from. Of course, ultimately, it’s the player that earns the contract.

But in this case, that would be selling the agents short.

These two agents engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Jets on several occasions, and created PR firestorms that helped the player get extra money. That’s hard to deny.

And the scorched earth campaigns from past, which made the Jets look bad from a PR standpoint, probably contributed to Revis’ monster contract last spring. In a way, it was a make-up call to the fans.

While I haven’t always been a fan of their methods, there is no denying this pair did a great job of getting Revis paid well over and over and over again.

So it’s somewhat shocking he would fire them.

Then again, you could make the argument he doesn’t need an agent anymore because this is likely his last contract.

But when you consider the long history that Schwartz and Feinsod have with Revis, and his uncle, former NFL DE Sean Gilbert (who they also helped make a lot of money), this move was totally unexpected.

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Belichick not a fan of NFL analytics websites 05.18.16

Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t a big fan of NFL analytics websites which are so popular these days.

Late last year he said – “With all due respect to those websites, I don’t really know how some of that information is determined or evaluated,” Belichick said on WEEI. “I know that in the past, we’ve looked at those websites — not any one in particular — but just in general we’ve looked at those websites and said, ‘OK, here’s their top rated guy. Where are we?’ just to kind of gauge where we feel like the value of the websites are. If they’re rating them the same as we are, maybe that’s something we need to keep a close eye on so we can start to track a lot of guys. If there’s some big discrepancy, is there really any value to that? I’d say a lot of that stuff is not real accurate, so take it with a grain of salt.”

In the summer of 2013 he said – “I don’t know how you can know [fault] unless you’re really part of the team and know exactly what was supposed to happen on that play. I know there are a lot of experts out there that have it all figured out but I definitely don’t.”

Christian Hackenberg probably isn’t a fan of these sites either.

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Forte’s storied past not relevant to his new team 05.17.16

Reggie Bush said on the NFL Network that Matt Forte’s had a Hall-of-Fame career.

This created some buzz in the Jets’ Nation.

Honestly, this is irrelevant to the Jets.

When it comes to the Jets, it doesn’t matter what Forte has done in the past.

All that matters is what he does in 2016 and beyond.

His accomplishments in Chicago are a moot point in Florham Park. For instance, Forte was ranked 90th on the NFL Network’s Top 100 players, and I read somewhere he was highest rated Jet so far; the list is released incrementally.

Once again, this is meaningless to the Jets. The work that landed him in that spot is in the past. Obviously, none of it was done for the Jets.

Forte is 30. We will see if he can stave off Father Time and continue to play on a high level.

There is no question he’s had an outstanding career.

But his past accomplishments are irrelevant to the Jets in terms of fans or the organization taking pride in them.

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Dolphins extend Cam Wake 05.07.16


MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed defensive end Cameron Wake to a contract extension through the 2017 season.

“We are pleased that we were able to reach an extension with Cam,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum. “He sets the right example both on and off the field, working his way up from an undrafted college free agent to a four-time Pro Bowl selection. We are excited how he will fit in this new defense and continue to be a key contributor.”

Wake, who was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2010 and the 2012-14 seasons, joined the Dolphins as a free agent in 2009 after playing two seasons in the Canadian Football League. In his seven seasons with Miami, Wake has played in 100 career games and recorded 247 tackles (201 solo), 70 sacks, 145 quarterback hits, 74 tackles for loss, 16 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 70 sacks rank second all-time in Dolphins history and are seventh in NFL history among undrafted players. Wake also ranks 11th among active NFL players in career sacks and is one of just two NFL players (Julius Peppers) to total at least seven sacks in each of the past six seasons.

In 2015, Wake played in and started seven games before suffering a season-ending injury. During those seven contests, Wake totaled seven sacks and four forced fumbles. He recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles in the first half of the win at Tennessee on Oct. 18, which was tied for the most first-half sacks by a player in an NFL game since 1991. His seven sacks in three games during the 2015 season were the most ever by a Dolphins player in three consecutive games.

A Hyattsville, Maryland native, Wake was a four-year letterwinner at Penn State, primarily as a linebacker. He finished his collegiate career with 191 total tackles, two forced fumbles, 8.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss as well as seven blocked kicks.

(Press Release)

Jets GM reportedly says Hackenberg might play as a rookie . . . my take 05.03.16

Headline – “Mike Maccagnan: Christian Hackenberg could play for Jets as rookie.”

Headline – “Jets GM Mike Maccagnan doesn’t rule out playing Christian Hackenberg.”

These headlines emanated from a radio interview Jets GM Mike Maccagnan did yesterday on ESPN.

“I think, with any player coming into the league, there’s definitely a maturation process, and it doesn’t matter, again, what position you play,” Maccagnan said. “I think quarterbacks are probably one of the harder positions to transition into in the NFL. I know there’s always a desire and feel to have them go out there and play right away. The reality of it is, though, it’s going to be determined by how he does. And I think my personal opinion is we’ll see where he’s at and how he is in terms of assimilating to our offense and our system. But like I said, I think it’s a natural maturation process.

“I think in a perfect world, especially with quarterbacks—some quarterbacks come in and play right away, and some do well, and some struggle, and they go through growing pains. But I think at the end of the day, in a perfect world, you like to give those guys a chance to sort of grow, develop before you have to throw them into the fire.

“Hopefully if we can re-sign Ryan, and we have Geno, and kind of go from there and see how we do. And we also have Bryce Petty, who’s another quarterback we like quite a bit. So we feel good about our group of quarterbacks right now, and hopefully we’ll see how it all comes together. Hopefully we can get Fitz back at some point in time.”

Does it sound like Hackenberg is playing this year? I guess it depends on how you interpret the quote.

Theoretically, if there are a bunch of injuries, he could play.

But I agree with my old friend Mel Kiper on this one. He said if the Jets start Hackenberg in 2016, he’ll “be a bust.”

If Hackenberg started this year, it could be a dumpster fire.

After the last two challenging years at Penn State, in a system he didn’t fit, and a bad offensive line, he needs a couple of red-shirt years in the NFL.

He needs a lot of work on his footwork, accuracy and pocket presence. He needs to leave the spotlight for a minute.

Hackenberg was the highest-rated player on the Jets’ value board, so they picked him.

He wasn’t picked to start this year.

The Jets have perhaps the toughest schedule in the league, and have missed the playoffs for five years in a row. This isn’t the time to start a rookie quarterback. I personally think you never start a rookie quarterback, but that’s just me.

You bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick, which I think will eventually happen, and he’s the guy for the next couple of years. And you train the heck out of Bryce Petty and Hackenberg the next two years, and maybe one of them emerges as the guy. May the best man win.

The Jets should sit Hackenberg for a couple of years, and develop him the right way. The old-school way. Get him back to his freshman year form when he played in pro-style offense, and looked like a potential first pick of the draft.

You’ve got to find a franchise quarterback in the NFL or your chances of winning a Super Bowl aren’t great.
So keep throwing your line in the water until you reel in a big catch.

As Ron Wolf advises, pick a quarterback every year.

But the idea that Hackenberg could be a starter this year is insane.

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Nobody knows how these QB’s will turn out – NOBODY 05.02.16

Nobody knows how ANY of the 2016 draft pick quarterbacks are going to pan out.

Whether it’s TV analysts, writers, football fans – NOBODY.

So spare me the Christian Hackenberg melodrama, all this talk about this pick being a seminal moment for Mike Maccagnan.

For goodness sake, Hackenberg was a middle second-round pick. Let’s not make this into the first or second pick of the draft.

As far as I’m concerned, the Jets need to train the heck out of Hackenberg and Bryce Petty the next two years, and hope that one of them turns into a potential starter.

If not, you look for somebody else.

And just like Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, whoever you want to name, NOBODY knows what’s going to happen with any of them, including the best personnel guys.

Honestly, most draft pick quarterbacks end up flaming out. It’s just the nature of the position.

Playing quarterback in the NFL is so much harder than in college, that it’s impossible to discern who can make this difficult quantum leap.

So let’s stop making Maccagnan’s pick of a quarterback in the second round as a make-or-break moment for him.

That is ridiculous.

Jets free agent kicker Ross Martin doesn’t lack confidence 05.01.16

****I wrote this story at the Senior Bowl in late January . . .

An NFL team looking for a new placekicker not intimidated by longer extra points should consider picking Duke’s Ross Martin in the draft.

This past season wasn’t a great year for NFL kickers.

With a new rule forcing them to kick extra points from 31 yards, NFL placekickers missed 71 point-after touchdowns (PATs), the most since 1977. According to Sports Illustrated, from 2010-14, before implementation of the new rule, kickers missed just 37 PATs. Missed PATs in 2015 led to some kickers getting cut in-season, such as Houston’s Randy Bullock. And New England might have lost the AFC Championship Game due to a missed PAT by Stephen Gostkowski. A missed PAT early in the contest forced a two-point conversion late, and the attempt failed.

Martin said at the Senior Bowl that the new extra point distance does not pose a problem for him.

“As soon as our college season ended, I’ve been doing tons of PATs from the new NFL PAT [distance], getting real comfortable with that,” Martin said. “I’ve have made that my routine. I like it because I’m a very consistent kicker. A lot of guys who aren’t as consistent, it exposes them.

“There were a lot of missed PATs this year. A lot of kickers lost their job over that. Me, having that consistently repeatable motion, I think that is a feather in my cap and something I can bring to the table.”

Martin helped his draft stock by booming a 60-yard field goal in Wednesday’s practice with myriad NFL general managers, scouts, and coaches looking on.

The Solon, Ohio-native certainly doesn’t lack confidence.

“I think I’ve shown I’m an elite field goal kicker,” Martin said. “Any kick that is asked of me, from close ones, PATs – a lot of PATs were missed this year. Just the consistency from close or far. Hit a 56-yarder (Tuesday), a 60-yarder (Wednesday). We had an opportunity to do some kickoffs, and the ones I hit went out of the end zone. I’m showing coaches I can do it all. I can compete with all the other NFL starting kickers.”

Q-and-A with Mike Macagnan on Fitzpatrick possibly retiring 04.30.16

Q)Adam [Schefter] reported that Ryan Fitzpatrick might retire if the Jets don’t improve their offer. Are you concerned Ryan might retire?

Maccagnan: I will say this, and I’ve tried to be very consistent with this. We’re not going to comment, per se, on speculation with anything with any of our players that we’re currently in negotiations with. I would just leave it at that.

Q)Do you think Fitzpatrick could retire?

Maccagnan: Again, as I said, I’m not going to comment on any of that stuff. All our negotiations are with the player and the agent and we try to basically keep that between the two of us and not talk through the media in terms of weighing in on that.

Q)Would you prefer the other side didn’t negotiate though the media?

Maccagnan: Again, I think it’s been our policy with the agent and the player that we’re trying to conduct ourselves in a certain way and not negotiate this through the media. I don’t know how else I can phrase that, but at the end of the day, that’s kind of our policy.

Lee covered Braxton in practice 04.29.16

It’s no secret a big reason the Jets picked Ohio State LB Darron Lee in the first round are his coverage skills.

He can not only cover tight ends and running backs, but wide receivers as well.

Lee often covered speedy OSU wide receiver Braxton Miller in practice.

“I practiced against Braxton Miller every day, so I had a lot of experience going against somebody as shifty as he is,” Lee said.

If he can keep up with the speedy Miller, running with NFL tight ends shouldn’t be a big problem.

And dealing with the New York media shouldn’t be a problem for him either. His mother is a long-time TV news anchor (now in Columbus), and Darron grew up around news rooms. The media thing comes easy to him.

“I think it helped me,” Lee said. “I picked up things – how to speak, how to answer questions, what to you look out for.”

His mother’s work habits also rubbed off.

“Her work ethic is unbelievable – she is very respected in the news room,” Lee said. “She taught me there is nothing wrong with having pride in your work.”

And the Jets expect to have a lot of pride in how Lee covers tight end, and maybe a receiver now and then.

Lee often covered receivers in college 04.28.16

Here is an interview with Jets first round pick Darron Lee from before the draft . . .

Q)What is your ideal playing weight?

Darron Lee: Between 235, 238. That’s ample for me carrying it around.

Q)Did you play any safety at Ohio State?

Lee: No, I did not play any safety.

Q)Will your weight have an impact on your career?

Lee: I can play at that weight. I have really no concerns about it, to be honest with you. As long as I’m able to play fast, that’s all that matters to me.

Q)What do you bring to a defense?

Lee: I know a lot of teams are looking for speed. I feel that’s something I’ll be able to do.
I feel linebackers are changing in the league, to be honest – a lot smaller. There aren’t really too many bigger guys. The game is getting faster and you need guys to cover.

Q)What do you need to work on?

Lee: Consistency in technique for sure. I think if I can show being consistent in my technique and even showing that on the field, that will get you out of some tough situations and help you play fundamentally sound.

Q)What were your main responsibilities in college?

Lee: It was a mixture. It was a mix of everything, zone coverage and man coverage. It really depended on who we were playing that week and what coaches wanted to do. So it really depended on game plan.

Q)Cover a lot of backs?

Lee: No. Sometimes it would be tight end and sometimes it would even be speed receivers. I probably have some help here and there a little bit with a safety, but there’d be sometimes I’d have to cover speed receivers.

Q)What’s the attitude when you’re out on the field?

Lee: Play with a passion and energy, that’s just my game. I like getting my guys hyped up so they can go and make a play. That’s what I’m all about. I’ve always been about that from when I was yay high and that won’t stop when I get to the league.”

Q-and-A with WR Laquon Treadwell. The next Dez Bryant? 04.27.16

Q)Do questions about your speed bother you?

Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss: The questions, they don’t really bother me. I still have to go out there and play and have the production on the field. I don’t let it get to me.

Q)Do you think it’s fair you’re pegged a possession receiver?

Treadwell: I don’t. I think I’ll only get better. I’ll just continue to push myself to get better, and my game will show eventually. Learn from guys that’s already there on the team that I’m drafted to.

Q)What is your favorite route?

Treadwell: I don’t have a favorite route honestly. I work on them all just as much as I would work on a slant or a fade. Just love playing football, love the game. Passionate for it, and just ready to get back to work.

QIs there anyone in the NFL that you model your game after?

Treadwell: I do like the way Dez Bryant plays, the way he attacks the ball and makes plays, makes the difficult plays, so there are similarities there, but I don’t like to model myself after anyone. I have learned to create my own style of play.

Q)Who is the toughest DB you ever went against in college?

Treadwell: I mean, I wouldn’t consider anyone tough in college. You had teams that had great players. I just never got a one-on-one matchup where I (thought) that guy would stop me or that guy would shut me down. There were some great guys. Cyrus Jones, the guy from Florida, not Vernon Hargreaves, the younger guy. The Mississippi State cornerback was great.

Q)How tough was it to come back from such a tough injury (broken fibula and ankle)?

Treadwell: I feel blessed for sure. Coming back from that, having the team around me, the players to push me and my family to push me to get back, to inspire me to chase my dreams and believing in me.

Q)How did you get through it?

Treadwell: The first night I just told myself I knew how I got where I was. I knew what I had to do was work. Some days I would be down and be like, “Aw man, it’s tough,” but I just stayed with it, kept my faith. I just continued to work hard. It was night and day from 6 in the morning to 11 at night. Sometimes I would sleep in the facility and just stay up there and watch film, watch myself before and just try to get that comfort level, that confidence back.

Q)What do you think of the draft being held in your hometown (Chicago)?

Treadwell: It’s amazing. They say God works in mysterious ways. Just the draft being in Chicago, me being hurt last year then being back healthy and being able to be drafted in my home city, family going to be there. It’s going to be an amazing time for me. I’ll cherish it, and that’s something I’ll never forget.

Jets Schedule 04.14.16

2016 New York Jets Schedule


8/11 Thursday Jacksonville 7:30 p.m. CBS

8/19 Friday at Washington 7:30 p.m. CBS

8/27 Saturday NY Giants 7:30 p.m. CBS

9/1 Thursday at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. CBS

Regular Season

9/11 Sunday Cincinnati 1:00 p.m. CBS

9/15 Thursday at Buffalo 8:25 p.m. CBS/NFLN/Twitter

9/25 Sunday at Kansas City 4:25 p.m. CBS

10/2 Sunday Seattle 1:00 p.m. FOX

10/9 Sunday at Pittsburgh 1:00 p.m.^ CBS

10/17 Monday at Arizona 8:30 p.m. ESPN

10/23 Sunday Baltimore 1:00 p.m.^ CBS

10/30 Sunday at Cleveland 1:00 p.m.^ CBS

11/6 Sunday at Miami 1:00 p.m.^ CBS

11/13 Sunday Los Angeles 1:00 p.m.^ FOX

11/20 Bye Week

11/27 Sunday New England 8:30 p.m.* NBC

12/5 Monday Indianapolis 8:30 p.m. ESPN

12/11 Sunday at San Francisco 4:05 p.m.* CBS

12/17 Saturday Miami 8:25 p.m. NFLN

12/24 Saturday at New England 1:00 p.m.* CBS

1/1 Sunday Buffalo 1:00 p.m.* CBS

^Subject to Week 5-10 Flex Scheduling

*Subject to Week 11-17 Flex Scheduling

Flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

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