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Florham Park, New Jersey – No shortage of things to talk about in Florham Park today, so let’s get it started, let’s get it started . . .
Nick Bellore says his left shoulder is much better than it was a few weeks ago. The injury is to his AC joint. It is the joint between the scapula and clavicle, and it allows you to raise your arm above your head . . .
Last Friday, Jeff Cumberland was cleared to continue football.
He has missed a couple of weeks with a concussion.
He probably could have played in the Philadelphia preseason game, but the medical people didn’t want to risk it.
Based on often he was thrown the ball this summer, the Jets have big plans for the 6-4, 260 pounder with 4.5 speed . . .
Antonio Cromartie dropped two punts in a row today. I know this guy fashions himself a jack-of-all-trades (WR, KR, CB, PR), but punt returner shouldn’t be one those jobs . . .
Robert Malone had a number of tremendous punts today. The guy has a rocket leg. He did have a couple of clunkers. So he had a total of 15 punts today, and just two bad ones.
After one of his bad punts, Bart Scott threw some trash talk at him. Is it helpful to be dogging the new punter, I don’t know. It seemed strange to me.
During some down time for the punter, I saw Malone putting in extra work on holding with assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwika . . .
Early in practice, Chaz Schilens had a drop over the middle.
I will take the word of Rex and company on this one because the Jets have yet to play a game, but I have to admit I’m not overly impressed thus far.
He didn’t beat out Eron Riley this summer. This was a case of anointing. We will see how it works out . . .
The Jets are a little thin at running back. They don’t have one on the practice squad.
So rookie linebacker Marcus Dowtin is playing the part of Fred Jackson on the scout team . . .
What a sad story involving Isaako Aaitui – he signed a waiver that precluded the Jets from giving him an injury settlement, so now he’s on his own for his knee rehab . . .
The Jets are livid at the New York Post for portraying Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Rex Ryan as trio of clowns on the cover of their football preview section today. The reason for that theme is that so many people perceive the Jets are a three-ring circus.
Both Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan said today that the Jets aren’t a circus.
Why even respond publicly to such stupidity? Maybe you can call the sports editor privately, but a public response brings more attention to the Post, and the whole circus angle.
But the Post had a good retort when singled out for what they did. They pointed out that a Bob Raissman column in the New York Daily News had a circus tent picture accompanying it earlier this summer. So it wasn’t just them.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – the reason all these papers and broadcasters trash the Jets, is there is no price to pay. The continue to treat the perpetrators royally (like Gary Myers and Stephen A. Smith), and that sends the wrong message . . .
Secondary coach Dennis Thurman, and his star pupil Darrelle Revis, had a long chat early in practice today (pictured above).
September 6, 2012
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