AFC East Podcast Ep. 1 Preseason Week 1

The New York Jets are preparing to take positive steps forward this season. The AFC East is full of improving defenses. The Jets drafted two young safeties this year. First, Jamal Adams from LSU with the 6th pick in the first round then Marcus May from Florida with their 2nd round pick. While the Jets won their first preseason game against the Tennesee Titans, that’s not the biggest story here. This is the only team in the AFC East still having quarterback battles. Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, and Bryce Petty are all fighting for the starting spot. We have a few more weeks to see who can win the job and fight off AFC East defenses this season.

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The Feud Continues Between Jets DL Sheldon Richardson and Former Teammate Brandon Marshall

Newsday.com

Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson re-ignited his personal feud with former teammate Brandon Marshall, likening his behavior to a drama queen’s and accusing Marshall of quitting on the team last season, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

“That man knows what he did to the locker room,” Richardson said Monday on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7. “I was the one who addressed it and I would still address it to this day. If he can’t come out (in the) media and tell ’em what he did and how he actually quit on his team way before the season over, that’s all in itself.”

Richardson and Marshall nearly came to blows in the locker room after a Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Their tense relationship became the focal point in the team’s widely publicized locker-room issues.

Marshall requested his release in March and signed with the New York Giants, later saying in a radio interview he didn’t want to stay with the Jets because he felt they have no chance to win in 2017.

“That whole situation was sticky because we were losing and then you’re doing little things that are drama queen-ish and he’s dogging out this guy and that guy,” Richardson said of Marshall. “It’s everybody’s fault except for his. … No one wanted to say something to him. Then I say something to him, the criminal, the bad guy, and the media just ran with it.”

Jets Place CB Corey White on IR with Back Injury

The Jets put cornerback Corey White on injured reserve Friday according to Eric Allen of newyorkjets.com.

White hurt his back on the first day of training camp. The 27-year-old signed with the Jets in May after spending the 2016 season with the Buffalo Bills.

He started four games for the Bills and matched his career-best with two interceptions. White was originally a fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints out of Samford in 2012. The Jets were counting on White to add veteran depth in their secondary.

Jets Rookie Safety Jamal Adams Says Ankle Injury Not Serious

NY Daily News

Jamal Adams eased the concerns of the New York Jets and their fans with one simple tweet, the Associated Press reports.

The Jets rookie safety sprained an ankle during practice Thursday and coach Todd Bowles said the severity of the injury was not immediately known — although it doesn’t appear serious.

“I’m okay,” Adams wrote on Twitter about an hour after practice concluded. “God is good.”

Bowles said that Adams, the team’s first-round draft pick out of LSU, was hurt during 7-on-7 drills and sat out for the remainder of practice. Adams remained on the field for the rest of the session and Bowles didn’t think the safety would need an MRI exam on the ankle.

“I don’t know how bad or how much he sprained it,” Bowles said. “But I know he sprained it, so we kept him out.”

Jets Coach Todd Bowles Has High Hopes for Rookie Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye

USA TODAY Sports

Based on what Jets coach Todd Bowles has seen so far — including spring practices — from rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, Bowles sounds like he has high hopes for the duo, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I can’t speak for other people’s safeties on their team,” Bowles said after Sunday’s practice. “But for rookie safeties, from the average that I’ve been around, they’re a lot farther along.”

That, Bowles said, is why he opted to go with Adams (a first-round draft pick) and Mayes (a second-rounder) as his safety duo in 2017. After drafting Adams and Maye, the Jets traded strong safety Calvin Pryor and cut free safety Marcus Gilchrist — last year’s starters.

Bowles said he won’t have to simplify his defensive scheme in order to help the rookie duo. And Pryor and Gilchrist weren’t exactly difference makers last season, so it’s not like Adams and Maye have a high bar to clear, in terms of exceeding what those two guys did in 2016.

“They can play,” Bowles said of Adams and Maye. “It’s rare that these type of things happen [two rookie safeties starting]. But those two guys showed so much in the spring — and what we brought them along with — that they could only get better. Their maturity level, as far as learning the plays, exceed what we wanted, for our expectations of rookies. We think those guys are ready to play.”

Jets Rookie Safety Jamal Adams Gives Interesting Answer in Fan Forum Regarding CTE

NY Daily News

A painfully awkward moment happened Monday during a fan forum at Jets training camp, after rookie safety Jamal Adams — the team’s first-round draft pick — said he’d prefer to die on the football field, over anywhere else, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Many — but not all — of the approximately 150 Jets fans in attendance applauded Adams after he said this.

Adams was on stage for the forum with veteran running back Matt Forte and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose league has come under fire for long-term, debilitating brain injuries caused by playing football.

Adams’ comment came up during a discussion about football-related brain damage.

This was his full quote:

“I’m all about making the game safer, but as a defensive player, I’m not a big fan of it. But I get it. I can speak for a lot of guys that play the game. We live and breathe [football]. This is what we’re so passionate about. Literally, if I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field. And that’s not a lie. There’s so much sacrifice that we go through as a team, and just connecting as one and winning ball games. There’s nothing like playing the game of football. But again, I’m all about making the game safer.”

After the fan forum, Goodell was asked about Adams’ comment, during a brief media session.

“I think what he was really making the point of is how much he loves the game,” Goodell said. “It’s just something that means a great deal to him. I get the emotion of that.”

Goodell was asked if it was uncomfortable for him when fans applauded Adams’ comments.

“I think fans understood the emotion of what he was saying,” Goodell said. “Which is: We love the game. I think they love the game. But I don’t think anyone took it as directly as that.”

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead Still Doesn’t Know Why the Cowboys Cut Him

USA Today Sports

Third-year receiver Lucky Whitehead was released by the Cowboys on Monday after police issued a warrant for his arrest on a shoplifting charge. But the ordeal ended up being a case of mistaken identity, as the man who committed the crime in Virginia gave Whitehead’s information to authorities.

Despite the error, the Cowboys didn’t reinstate Whitehead. The Jets claimed him off waivers a day later. And on Saturday at the opening day of Gang Green training camp in Florham Park, Whitehead said he still hasn’t received an explanation from his former club, Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News reports.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” a somber Whitehead said. “Things happen, and I’m excited to be here and I’m glad they gave me a chance to start over.”

Whitehead said he wasn’t aware of the arrest until he walked off the practice field Monday.

“It was a shock for me,” Whitehead said. “I didn’t expect (it).”

When asked if he still holds any animosity toward the Cowboys, Whitehead laughed before saying, “Nah.”

“I’m going to move on, try to build chemistry with these guys here,” He said. “I’m going to try to make this roster and be a playmaker.”