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Adam Gase on Ryan Tannehill 10.31.18

*Q)Do you have anything on the quarterbacks for us?

Adam Gase: Yeah, Ryan (Tannehill) will be out this week. Brock (Osweiler) will be starting.

Q)Are you surprised that QB Ryan Tannehill hasn’t shown more to this point?

Gase: I think it’s just unpredictability. Some days it feels a lot better and some days he doesn’t feel as good. He’s throwing. We’ll just keep working through it, keep talking with the doctors and see if we can do anything else, anything more than what he’s doing, or if we need to do less. We just have to keep going through this process.

Q)We didn’t see QB Ryan Tannehill throw anything out there today. Did he throw anything?

Gase: He has. I mean he’s been throwing when he’s with the trainers and they do certain things. He’s being monitored closely.

Q)How much does the concern grow that this can be something that either needs to be surgically repaired or could possibly impact QB Ryan Tannehill’s career?

Gase: Surgery has not been brought up to me. This is just a rest-type thing.

*This is from Gase’s press conference today in South Florida.

Jets announce partnership with MGM 10.31.18

*The New York Jets have joined with MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) in a first-of-its-kind partnership making MGM Resorts the official gaming partner of the New York Jets. The multi-year agreement marks the most comprehensive and integrated gaming partnership in the National Football League (NFL) to date, promoting the global entertainment company’s casino resorts as well as Play MGM’s online gaming platforms and mobile apps to millions of fans.

In addition to its designation as the official gaming partner of the Jets, MGM Resorts will sponsor and receive access to the Jets 360 Production Studio at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. The Play MGM Studio will be the year-round multimedia home for Jets content across Jets 360 television, digital, and social platforms.

As part of the agreement, MGM Resorts will also provide a wide range of hospitality for Jets season ticket holders and Jets Rewards members, including premium entertainment experiences and luxury hotel rooms at its Borgata property in Atlantic City, and other MGM Resorts properties in the United States.

*Press release

Miami Dolphins place Taylor on injured reserve 10.30.18

*Miami Dolphins place Taylor on injured reserve

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have placed defensive tackle Vincent Taylor on injured reserve.

Taylor has played in eight games this season and has 27 tackles (15 solo), two sacks and one blocked field goal. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (194th overall) by Miami in the 2017 NFL draft. During his career, Taylor has played in 21 games and made 45 tackles (26 solo), two sacks, one pass defensed and three blocked kicks.

*Press release

Brandon Shell on the challenge of facing Khalil Mack 10.24.18

Q)How much of a challenge is it facing (Bears OLB) Khalil Mack?

Brandon Shell – Jets right tackle: It’s really a challenge every week. You just have to go out there and play your game. No matter who lines up in front of you, that’s how you have to look at it every week.

Q)What is Mack like as a player?

Shell: He’s a great player. He has good ball get-off, strong guy, he plays hard, he’s a great athlete.

Q)And you can’t really factor in his (ankle) injury and let your guard down . . .

Shell: No, you can’t do that, because a lot of guys play hurt around this time anyways. You can’t let that fool you and think it’s going to be an [easy] game, because it’s not. He’s that type of player that can change a game on one play.

Q)You played against him before – what was that like?

Shell: I just went out there and played – did my study on him and went out there and played, because at the end of the day, that’s what you’ve got to do.

Q)What makes him so tough?

Shell: He has a knack for the ball. He’s a great pass rusher, good against the run, good ball get-off, he’s strong. He knows how to set to you up with moves to get to the quarterback easy. There are a lot of things that make him a great player, but you still have to go out there and play.

Q)Where does he mainly line up?

Shell: You watch film and he lines up on both sides – he’s on the right, he’s on the left, him and Leonard Floyd, they swap.

Q)You played against Floyd in college (Georgia). What’s he like?

Shell: He’s a speed rusher, athlete, he is good with his hands, he’s got a spin move. He’s one of those pass rushers who can do anything. That’s what Leonard Floyd is.


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Jets need to make some changes in this area 10.22.18

This needs to change – ASAP!

There are some things going on with the Jets’ run defense that need fixing.

Even during their recent two-game winning streak, it wasn’t great. Too many gaping holes.

I asked safety Jamal Adams, after the Jets’ loss to Minnesota, what they must do to fix their run defense.

“Just do our jobs,” Adams said.

I followed with a question asking for specifics on what needs to improve.

And he repeated, “Just do our jobs.”

He certainly does his job. He had nine tackles against the Vikings, including three for losses.

You know you have a run defense problem when your top three tacklers are defensive backs – Darryl Roberts, Adams and Parry Nickerson. That was the case against Minnesota. This means a lot of plays are getting past the first line of defense. That’s far from ideal.

Christopher Johnson should demand answers and changes.


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Boyer Pays Tribute to Josh Martin 10.18.18

On October 1, the Jets put linebacker Josh Martin on injured reserve with a concussion.

Martin was one of the Jets’ best special teams’ players the last couple of years, and the coordinator of that unit got a little emotional talking about his loss.

“Josh has been here with me since I’ve been here,” Brant Boyer said on Thursday in Florham Park. “He’s one of those guys that does everything right. You tell him one time, you don’t have to tell him twice. And that’s pretty rare sometimes. Josh has been a leader, he’s been fantastic to deal with, he is a professional. I think he’s been top one or two in production points for two years that I’ve been here. He was on his way to being (that again for the third time). You lose a guy like that it’s a huge loss. He’s an outstanding person and it’s a huge loss when you lose a guy like that.”

Martin’s career is likely over after suffering four concussions the last three years.

Jets giving back to Todd’s hometown of Elizabeth 10.18.18

*Over 4,000 students will begin a PLAY 60 program featuring Taneka Bowles, wife of Jets Head Coach, former Jet Tony Richardson, Flight Crew Cheerleaders and a special video from Head Coach Todd Bowles.

The New York Jets will kickoff their PLAY 60 program with over 4,000 fourth and fifth-grade students from Elizabeth Public Schools. Led by Taneka Bowles, wife of Elizabeth, N.J., native, Todd Bowles, students will be treated to a fun presentation introducing them to the PLAY 60 program. Participants will receive a Jets backpack and a game planner at their schools to track their fitness. Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson and Flight Crew Cheerleaders will also appear to discuss the importance of getting 60 minutes of activity every day. The presentation will feature a special video message from Coach Bowles encouraging students to take part in the program and strive to be their best. Top performing students from each grade will be entered in a drawing for tickets provided by Todd and Taneka to attend a Jets game this season.

*Press Release

Pepsi Tailgate Coming to MetLife 10.11.18

*The Pepsi Tailgate Tour is swinging through MetLife Stadium with a massive party ahead of the Colts vs. Jets game on 10/14.

The celebration, taking place in Lot F outside the stadium, is completely free to all fans and will include a performance from country duo LOCASH (featuring their new single, “Feels Like a Party”), a full gaming zone with classics like cornhole and ladder ball, free Pepsi drinks, snacks and more.

Tailgate opens- 8:00 AM EST

LOCASH performance- 10:30 AM EST

Kickoff- 1:00 PM EST

Where: The Tailgate Tour stop will take place in Lot F of MetLife Stadium- 1 MetLife Stadium Drive East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Additional Information: Entry to Pepsi Tailgate Tour celebrations is FREE. Please visit PepsiTailgate.com for more details and join the party on social using #PepsiTailgateTour


Creating a sound that fuses modern Country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend, Wheelhouse Records’ LOCASH is the Country music duo made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust; natives of Baltimore, Maryland, and Kokomo, Indiana, respectively. With two albums and eight charting singles to their credit, LOCASH broke out in 2015 with their gracious GOLD-certified hit, “I Love This Life,” followed by the flirtatious GOLD-certified #1 smash, “I Know Somebody” – their first trip to the top of the Country radio airplay charts – and 2017’s fun-loving romantic anthem “Ring on Every Finger.” All three singles were part of their album, THE FIGHTERS, which was released in the summer of 2016 to Top 15 success. In 2017, they earned their first round of awards show recognition, nominated at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year (“I Know Somebody”), and the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their latest single “Feels Like A Party,” is the pair’s first release with their new label, BBR Music Group/BMG.

*Press Release

Jets/Marvel Digital Comic Book This Week 10.10.18

Through their partnership, the New York Jets and Marvel will release a digital comic book with the primary storyline following Super Bowl III to the present-day team. Released in four chapters, the first one will be made available on Wednesday, October 9th through newyorkjets.com, the Official New York Jets App and Jets social channels. The next three chapters will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week with the complete book posting on Sunday prior. To check out this series, go to https://nyj.social/marvelch1

Crowell Nominated For Fed-Ex Ground Player of the Week 10.09.18

Ground Nominees:

·New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell rushed for a franchise-record 219 yards on 15 attempts (14.6 avg.) and a touchdown in the Jets’ 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

·Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner rushed for 110 yards on 21 attempts (5.2 avg.) and 2 touchdowns in the Steelers’ 41-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

·New England Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel rushed for 98 yards on 18 attempts (5.4 avg) and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 38-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Air Nominees:

·Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns for a 143.4 passer rating in the Chargers’ 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders.

·Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 33 of 44 passes (75 percent) for 375 yards and a touchdown for a 98.2 passer rating in the Texans’ 19-16 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys.

·New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 26 of 29 attempts (89.7 percent) for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns for a 153.2 passer rating in the Saints’ 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins.

Every week, following the Monday Night Football game, through Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, fans can visit NFL.com/FedEx to cast their vote.

Vance Joseph Tuesday Press Conference Quotes 10.02.18

Q)Any injuries from Monday night’s game?

Vance Joseph – Broncos coach – We had one injury from the football game. [T] Jared Veldheer is still being evaluated for a knee. We should know more today or tomorrow, so I’ll keep you guys informed on that issfor more of an explanation on the potential delay of game in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game.

Q)Did you get a further explanation from the league on why there was no delay of game call at the end of the Kansas City game?

Joseph: I did, but it was the same explanation. That’s their operation. His eyes go from the clock right to the snap. If he deems a snap is in progress, he doesn’t make the call. If it’s not in progress, he makes the call. That’s one play that obviously hurt us, but that doesn’t win or lose the game. But, that was a huge play for us.

Q)Will you have a tough time motivating the team this week?

Joseph: No, I don’t think so. Our team is different. We have a lot of guys on this team that have put a lot of work in, even after the game last night. We’re all disappointed we didn’t win that football game because they played their hearts out. The facts are that we’ve been in four tough football games and we’re 2-2. It’s the first quarter, we have a lot of football left.

Q)What went into the decision to call the hook-and-ladder on the final offensive snap?

Joseph: It’s a good play call because of the clock and because of the play itself. It was a good play call by Billy (Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave), and that corner made a nice play. Most corners in that play would back off because a field goal won’t beat you, so you tackle the ball [carrier] in the grass, you’re all good. Most corners will be a little bit soft, but the kid made a play. If he’s soft there, we’ve got a blocker for the corner, we’re going to toss the ball to [WR] Emmanuel [Sanders] and see what happens. That was a good play call. That play, we practice all the time because of those situations. We didn’t have any more timeouts, so time is always an issue when you don’t have timeouts. I liked the play call.

Q)Would you like to get RB Royce Freeman more snaps?

Joseph: Royce the last two week is hitting his stride. He is playing at a high level. To watch him last night, obviously we’re blocking well up front, but he turned nothing into something. That’s Royce. That’s what he was in college. I’m looking forward to getting him more touches. He played about 16 or 17 plays last night, but he needs more opportunities because he is playing good football.

Q)How did he feel the tight ends played in TE Jake Butt’s absence?

Joseph: I thought Jeff [Heuerman] did a nice job. I thought [Matt] LaCosse made a couple of plays also. Not having Jake is a huge deal for us, especially on third downs because he creates a matchup problem. I thought Heuerman blocked well, caught the ball well and made two or three plays in the pass game. LaCosse played well on [special] teams and caught a ball in the flat and got 12 yards. I was please with those guys.

Q)What did KC defensively to limit QB Case Keenum in the second half?

Joseph:In the second half they won first down more often than we won first down. That put us in second-and-long, and now you’re in a bind between throwing it and going third-and-10 or running it and going third-and-six or seven. I thought they won first down in the second half. They kind of pushed us back and we had some long fields.

Moncrief’s TD on Trumaine Johnson not lack of execution by the cornerback 10.02.18

In the third quarter of the Jets 31-12 loss to Jacksonville, Jets CB Trumaine Johnson gave up a 67-yard TD to Jaguars WR Donte Moncrief.

It wasn’t a lack of execution that allowed Moncrief to soundly beat Johnson.

It was related to speed.

Johnson timed at 4.61 when he came out of college, and Moncrief ran a 4.4

Moncrief is much faster than Johnson.

And Johnson was given no help over the top to deal with the speed disparity.

That’s what happened.

End of story.

Christopher, your team has a crisis – you need to demand that it gets fixed! 10.01.18

You’re going to lose games in sports.

Obviously, there is no way around that.

But some plays in games are inexcusable, win or lose. They just can’t happen.

And you saw too many of those with the Jets’ defense the last three games.

Like in the Jets’ loss to Miami, on 3rd-and-19, they were down 20-12, with 3:36 left, and needed a stop to get to get the ball back, and running back Frank Gore slipped out of backfield and caught a 19-yard pass for a first down.

He was uncovered. How can that EVER happen in that situation?

In the Jets’ loss to the Jags, on T.J Yeldon’s 31-yard TD reception, nobody covered him. How can that EVER happen in that situation? Two linebackers went to cover the same receiver, leaving the running back wide open.

Jags wide receiver Dede Westbrook was consistently wide open on crossing routes.

When you have plays like this, you have a defensive crisis. There is no way around it. And Christopher Johnson needs to view this as a crisis. This is no time to sugarcoat things. Fortune cookie quotes like “No panic, all resolve” aren’t going to fix this.

That is why Jets owner Johnson must demand answers and line-up changes. This is no joke.

Johnson, and his right-hand man, Ira Akselrad, need to steal that old movie line and say, “We’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore.”

Because that’s how a lot of their CUSTOMERS feel right now.

Leonard Williams after Jets-Jags 10.01.18

Q)What are your thoughts on the performance of Blake Bortles?

Williams: We knew he was a pretty good scrambling quarterback and a lot of the short dump off passes ended up being explosive plays. In the second half, we came out and did a little better, but we didn’t start off that way at the beginning. The small passes ended up being explosive.”

Q)What did you think of the defensive effort in Jacksonville?

Williams: The defense definitely picked up the slack in the second half, but overall we could have started off faster. At the beginning, we had a lot of good third down situations for the defense and some how we let them off and get the first down. It’s hard when your defense is on the field for so long and especially tough when we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

Q)What are your thoughts on the 1-3 start?

Williams: It’s really frustrating and I see the potential in this team and I still believe in these guys and it’s really hard. At the beginning of the season we started off really fast and strong and with a lot of great energy, passion and fire. I’m not saying we lost that, but three straight losses could effect that a little bit. Now we are going back home and I think if we get this next game we could pick that up a bit more.

Jets linebacker Avery Williamson post-game on the defense 10.01.18

Q)What are your thoughts about the play of the defense?

Avery Williamson: I feel like we didn’t do as well as we should have in the first half. We came out better in the second half and improved but we have to start better. We allowed 16 points in the first half and it’s just not good enough. We have to make sure we improve on that.

Q)The second half . . .

Williamson: We came out in the second half and we did a better job but the emphasis, is to start off better. That’s a thing we need to improve on.

Q)How do you explain coming out that way on defense with 10 days to prepare?

Williamson: It’s frustrating and we will go back and look at the film and see what we could do better.

Q)What were the problems on third down?

Williamson: We have to do better and we need to get off the field and hold on third and long. We let them make some big plays and that hurt us.

Fast forward Jamal Adams quote to this week 09.30.18

Jacksonville – He made news last week.

Jets safety Jamal Adam’s told WFAN a few days after the Jets loss in Cleveland, “We weren’t prepared for [Baker Mayfield].”

You can probably say the same thing about the Jets and the Jaguars’ Blake Bortles.

The Jacksonville QB, who was close to bust status a couple of years ago, completed 28-38 passes, for 388 yards, two touchdowns, and 114.8 QB rating, in the Jaguars’ blowout win over the Jets. He looked like Tom Brady on Sunday.

So clearly the Jets weren’t prepared for Blake Bortles.

And they had 10 days to prepare for him coming off a Thursday night game.

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