Jets Announce Roster Cuts To Get Down to 78

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The Jets announced today their roster moves to get the club down to 78 players. They need to be at 75 by Tuesday afternoon.

Here’s the list of players released.

CB Javier Arenas, OT James Brewer, CB Curtis Brown, C Dalton Freeman, WR TJ Graham, WR/KR Saalim Hakim, WR Austin Hill, WR DeVier Posey, LB Bryan Johnson, TE Matt LaCosse and CB Keith Lewis.

Jets Backup OT Oday Aboushi Suspended for One Game

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The NFL on Thursday announced that Jets backup offensive guard Oday Aboushi has been suspended without pay for the first game of this season, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

The suspension resulted from Aboushi violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Shortly after the suspension was announced, Aboushi’s agent, Jonathan Perzley, released a statement that said Aboushi was pulled over during a Jan. 10 traffic stop in Morris Plains.

“During the stop, police recovered a very small amount of marijuana from his vehicle,” Perzley’s statement read. “Oday accepted responsibility for the traffic infraction, and all other charges were dismissed.”

Aboushi made the Jets aware of his traffic stop immediately after it happened, so Thursday’s suspension did not catch the organization by surprise. His traffic stop happened three days before the Jets hired Todd Bowles as their new coach and Mike Maccagnan as their new general manager.

Aboushi is the second Jets player to receive a substance abuse suspension from the league this offseason. Star defensive end Sheldon Richardson will miss the first four games of 2015, as a result of repeated positive marijuana tests.

Jets CB Cromartie Not Worried About Getting Beat in Practice

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Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie gets beat by teammate Eric Decker in camp on a regular basis, but he’s not concerned before Week 1, Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News reports.

“I’m not really worried about anything that’s going on right now,” he said. “I’m looking forward to when those lights turn on and you go play football from there.”

Cromartie, 31, said he felt fine and was working on his technique. He expressed a willingness to surrender big plays in practice if it meant getting his communication and tactics ready for the regular season.

“This is really not even training camp,” Cromartie said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m used to having two-a-days. . . . Two-a-days was fun. It weaned out the guys that was not mentally strong.”

Bud Light Kicks Off NFL Season With New Jets Can

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Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new Jets Bud Light can to New York. The new packaging features Jets colors, as well as a slogan every Jets fan can relate to: The perfect beer for chanting J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS.

Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.

What do you think of the Bud Light Jets can?

QB Smith Out 6-10 Weeks After Sucker Punch; LB Enemkpali Released After Incident

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One of the craziest days in Jets history has wrapped up – with a fight that is going to put starting QB Geno Smith on the shelf for 6-10 weeks.

Here’s the 4-1-1 from TMZ.com:

The Geno Smith locker room brawl went down because the Jets QB was AWOL from an event, which pissed off his teammate … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources inside the Jets locker room tell us backup linebacker IK Enemkpali — the puncher — organized a youth football camp and charity in Texas last month. He invited Geno to attend — even put his face on the flyer — but for some reason Geno didn’t make it.

We’re told IK stepped to Geno to talk about it on Tuesday, but Geno told him to back off because he wasn’t going to discuss it at that moment. Geno turned away, but IK stood his ground … and socked Geno in the jaw.

One player told us, “He straight sucker punched him.” As we reported, Jets brass immediately cut IK from the team … and Geno’s out for 6-10 weeks.

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Here’s a react piece from ESPN on the events and how players on the team are dealing with the news of the punch:

The New York Jets’ season was altered in a split second, and it left some of their veteran leaders positively fuming.

“This isn’t a UFC match,” a disgusted Willie Colon told a crowd of reporters Tuesday after practice. “We’re football players, not fighters.”

“It’s shocking,” Darrelle Revis said. “It’s devastating.”

The Jets lost their starting quarterback during a one-punch altercation in the locker room. Backup linebacker IK Enemkpali threw the punch, hitting Geno Smith in the face. He hit him with such force that it resulted in two fractures in Smith’s jaw, requiring surgery. Smith will miss at least six to 10 weeks, according to the Jets.

Enemkpali lost his cool because Smith owed him $600, sources said. As a result, Enemkpali, a former sixth-round pick on the roster bubble, lost his job. He was released soon after coach Todd Bowles met with him and Smith.

“Probably makes sense,” Nick Mangold said of the decision to fire Enemkpali.

Jets CB Revis Speaks Out on the Four-Game Suspension of RB Richardson

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One of the veteran Jets players, Darrelle Revis, is not happy about the situation with running back Sheldon Richardson, who was suspended on Thursday for four games.

The cornerback talked to ESPN about the situation, stating what a huge loss it is to the team.

Darrelle Revis is just beginning his second tour with the New York Jets, but it didn’t take him long to check on Sheldon Richardson’s state of mind.

Revis said he isn’t upset with Richardson but he described the defensive lineman’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse as “devastating.”

“It’s tough, a tough loss for the team,” Revis said on Wednesday. “I had a conversation with him. I think he understands how devastating that is for our team and it is something that he has to go through and we are still here for him and we are backing him as teammates.”

Jets players checked into camp on Wednesday, but Richardson was not made available to reporters. The Jets’ best young defensive player was suspended without pay for the first four games earlier in July, a blow that could have a big impact on the kind of start Todd Bowles wants to have in his first season as head coach.

Video: Jets Fan Site Trolls Patriots Practice

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Jets Fan Media flew this banner over New England Patriots camp today

Jets QB Smith Laughs Off Poll Naming His NFL’s Worst QB

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For the second consecutive summer, Jets quarterback Geno Smith recently was ranked as the NFL’s worst quarterback, in an ESPN.com poll of league insiders (coaches, general managers, personnel directors).

Smith, naturally, doesn’t put much stock into this poll. On Wednesday, when the Jets reported to training camp, Smith essentially mocked the poll, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I laugh at that,” he said. “I laugh at it. It’s hilarious.”

Smith was obviously being sarcastic, but why is this hilarious? (It’s not like this was a writer pulling his own rankings out of thin air. These are the opinions of knowledgeable people across the NFL.)

“It is [hilarious],” he said. “It is.”

Last summer, Smith brushed off being ranked last.

“It was hilarious last year, too,” he said. “That doesn’t matter at this point. We’ve got to work on us as a team. That’s why I hate to talk about individual stuff, because it’s a team game. No matter what they rate me, wherever we finish at the end of the year is what’s most important.”