ESPN’s Jaworski Likes Jets Future with Geno Smith as Their QB

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ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski says he “likes the future of the Jets with Geno Smith at quarterback” according to an article written by Eric Allen for newyorkjets.com.

Smith has not exactly set the league on fire in his first two seasons with the Jets but, in his defense, the Jets put him in an offensive system which was unfriendly to quarterbacks and gave him the likes of Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland as his top targets. Now Smith has excellent weapons (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Devin Smith) to fit the Chan Gailey’s spread scheme that’s similar to the one he excelled in at West Virginia.

Smith showed some glimmers of promise during the final four games of the 2014 season, completing 65.1 percent of his throws with a 6:2 TD-to-INT ration en route to a 105.3 passer rating. A big improvement in his third year in the league is not out of the question.

“When you watch Geno Smith, you see a lot of incredible plays, some amazing plays, some great reads, some great throws and what you have to do is do more of that,” Jaworksi said. “And I also see some inconsistent throws, some bad decisions. You have to have less of those.”

Geno Smith Booed at Yankees Game; Won’t Comment on Colon Comments

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Embattled Jets quarterback Geno Smith turned down a chance on Sunday at the Yankee game to discuss recent critical comments made by veteran guard Willie Colon, who said it’s on Smith this season to play a much bigger role in the team’s success and to mature in order to lead the team, Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News reports.

“We bought the Porsche; we’ve given him the keys; he can’t crash it,” Colon said during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. “Bottom line, he can’t crash it. We need him to be on top of his game. We’re doing everything we can as an offensive line to make him comfortable back there.”

Smith was greeted with boos when he was shown on the jumbotron as he attended the Yankees’ 6-2 win over the Angels in the Bronx. He offered a terse “no comment” when asked about Colon’s remarks during the seventh inning.

When asked if he felt any added pressure because of the remarks, the signal-caller just shook his head.

Coming off a 4-12 season, the Jets have added more weapons on offense this year, primarily with the signing of former Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to help him reach his potential.

Now, his teammates, led by Colon, are expecting Smith, the probable starter, to make big strides this season.

Jets Release QB Matt Simms

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The Jets on Thursday announced that they have released quarterback Matt Simms, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star Ledger reports.

He was their third-stringer last season, having beaten out underwhelming rookie Tajh Boyd in training camp. But the Jets picked quarterback Bryce Petty in the fourth round this year, which was a bad sign for Simms.

Knowing his time with the Jets was likely up, Simms asked the organization to release him. He wanted a chance to land with another team as soon as possible. NFL teams will hold their mandatory minicamps next month.

Simms’ release leaves Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Petty and Jake Heaps (a recent undrafted free agent signing) as the Jets’ four quarterbacks. Petty, who is a long-term project player, figures to enter the season as the Jets’ third-stringer.

Simms, 26, is the son of former Giants star quarterback Phil Simms.

DE Sheldon Richardson Says He’s Not at OTA’s Because He ‘Has a Life’

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Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson wasn’t at organized team activities on Tuesday and Wednesday, and head coach Todd Bowles said Richardson has only been at One Jets Drive for about half of the team’s offseason program, which began more than a month ago but is still voluntary at this point, Dom Cosentino of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Richardson took to Twitter on Friday morning to let anyone who’s been rapping him for his absences know he was at Thursday’s practice, which was closed to the media.

“All I’m hearing from ppl is get to OTA’s etc. like I jus wasn’t at practice yesterday putting in wrk tho.”

“I have a life outside of football n I chose to enjoy my family a little longer so to u fans that know everything please worry bout yourself.”

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Jets Make Deal with Rams for Running Back Zac Stacy

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The Jets have new legs in their backfield, as today the team made a deal with the Rams for Zac Stacy.

The pick back to the Rams for Stacy was a seventh-round pick, the 244th pick in the draft.

The Jets now have Stacy, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley in their backfield.

The Rams then used the pick to select Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager.

Stacy will get his first chance to make an impact on the field on September 13th against the Cleveland Browns.  Fans looking to attend the game but need travel accommodations should refer to Hipmunk’s detailed flights guide for cheap tickets on round trip airfare, as well as information on MetLife Stadium hotels. Tickets to the home opener on the 13th start at $48 and have an average ticket price of $246, according to TiqIQ.com.

Jets Chat with Rams About Unhappy RB Zac Stacy

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The Jets have inquired about disgruntled Rams running back Zac Stacy, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports citing sources. The Jets have not yet made a formal offer for the Rams’ 2013 fifth-round pick, according to a source.

The 5-9, 224-pound Stacy, who rushed for 973 yards as a rookie in 2013 before dropping on the depth chart last season (293 yards, 1 TD), wants out after St. Louis drafted Georgia RB Todd Gurley with the No. 10 pick on Thursday night.

The Rams are shopping the 24-year-old Stacy, who tweeted “yikes” after the Gurley pick. He later deleted the tweet.

Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are the top two healthy running backs on the roster. Todd Bowles didn’t put a definitive timetable on Stevan Ridley’s return after suffering an ACL injury last year.

Jets Draft USC DE Leonard Williams with Sixth Overall Pick in NFL Draft

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The Jets surprised many, going defense in the first round with USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams. He’s a beast and will add to their line from day one for new coach Todd Bowles.

Here’s a scouting report on Williams.

Williams was an impact player for USC from his freshman season on. He was the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2012 off of a fabulous debut for the Trojans. Williams totaled 64 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, four passes batted and an interception that season. USC’s defense was led by Monte Kiffin that year, so the freshman gained some experience in an NFL defense.

Williams notched 74 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and five sacks in 2013. Even though his sack numbers were down, he rushed the passer well and saw extra blocking attention.

2014 was the junior’s best season. He recorded 80 tackles, seven sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, three forced fumbles and three passes batted. Williams faced double-teams on a consistent basis and played with an injured ankle. While he wasn’t 100 percent, he gutted it out and found a way to make some big plays to help his team pull off the upset versus Stanford. Williams seemed to be protecting himself and took his foot off the pedal in a blowout of Notre Dame, but he finished the year in impressive fashion against Nebraska.

With his combination of speed and strength, Williams looks like a first-day NFL starter. He is very strong to shed blocks and is fast off the snap. Williams consistently blows by tackles or guards on the pass rush. He is well suited for left defensive end as he gives right tackles a lot of problems. Williams is generally a tough mismatch against all offensive linemen. He is too strong for most left tackles and too fast for right tackles or interior linemen. Off the snap, Williams has a fast burst to fire his gap and achieve penetration into the backfield.

In the ground game, Williams can burst into the backfield to blow up runs and can hold his ground at the point of attack. However, there are areas that Williams can improve. He gets in trouble when he stands up too high, which allows offensive linemen to get under his pads and push him back when they run downhill at him. Williams also had some quiet games where he seemed to disappear in stretches. That could cause teams to question his motor and wonder about him taking plays off. Williams also should refine and add to his pass-rushing moves for NFL offensive linemen. It would be good to see him add a rip move and a club move, as those could be a mismatch with Williams’ strength against lighter left tackles.

2015 NFL Draft: Jets schedule private workout with Marcus Mariota

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While many feel the Jets and Bills are the two teams that have done the most in free agency, the Jets still have a glaring question as they start to prepare for the 2015 season. Who will be under center opening day? Get your free football betting odds analysis here at Mybookie.ag.

With the QB question in flux, enter high-profile QB Marcus Mariota, who produced out of this world numbers as quarterback at Oregon, won the Heisman Trophy and then dominated combine workouts.

Mariota is going to have a private workout for the Jets, and the coaches are reported to have their eyes on him already as an option as their first-round draft pick, and someone that could right away help the Jets compete in 2015 with new coach Todd Bowles.

The Jets already grabbed a quarterback this offseason, that being Ryan Fitzpatrick, whom they got from the Houston Texans. Fitzpatrick though is going to be behind the 8-ball as he recovers from a broken leg, and likely won’t be ready to go till the start of training camp, missing all of the mini-camps.

Bowles admitted during his time in Phoenix at the owners meetings that he and the team are spending plenty of time looking at the QB spot and the teams options.

“We’re spending a lot of time on it, and we’ve still got to work the two guys out,” Bowles said.

“We’re going to do our homework on those guys at the top of the draft, but then we’re going to do our diligence on all the guys that could possibly go at [No.] 6. It’s not just the quarterbacks, it’s all of them. But, yes, we are going to look at [Mariota and Winston].”

With the 6th overall pick, the Jets may also look to make a deal with the Eagles, who are reported to be in love with Mariota, a player that Chip Kelly would love to have on his roster as the future long term QB.

For now though, there’s no doubt that the Jets have to make some tough decisions at the quarterback position. They can’t count long term on Fitzpatrick, and drafting a high profile player seems like the best option at the spot.

Bowles knows just how good Mariota is, and how quickly he can help the team as their long term answer at QB.

“He had a great career. He can throw it, he can run it. He’s a very athletic guy.”

The Jets can’t let all the good vibes of this offseason go away with not making a big splash at the QB spot. Drafting Mariota with the 6th pick may just be the option they need to put them right back in the thick of things in the competitive AFC East.