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.”

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson Will Report To Camp Despite Contract Frustrations

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Rich Cimini of ESPN reports that the Jets will have one of their big men in camp, that being defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who has been having major issues with his contract.

Wilkerson participated in the team’s mandatory minicamp last month, but he skipped the entire voluntary portion of the offseason program — fueling speculation of a training camp holdout.

But he never gave it serious consideration, and he will report under his existing contract. Wilkerson, 25, is scheduled to make a guaranteed $6.97 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.

Coach Todd Bowles said Monday he wasn’t concerned about a potential holdout, but he also indicated he wouldn’t be surprised one way or the other.

In mid-June, Wilkerson said he was “frustrated” but “very confident” a long-term deal could be reached. The Jets have said they’d like to re-up Wilkerson, one of their top players, but the two sides aren’t close.

The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Jets History? SI Picks an Interesting One

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Jets included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a game that most fans will always remember as the classic ‘Fake Spike’ game between the Jets and Dolphins.

New York Jets: No. 27, 1994, Dan Marino’s Fake Spike—Dolphins 28, Jets 24

The Jets were 6–5 to start Pete Carroll’s first season as an NFL head coach, but things were about to go downhill very quickly. Carroll’s team welcomed the Dolphins to Giants Stadium in Week 13, and got out to a 17–0 lead in the third quarter. But Miami stormed back with Dan Marino’s four touchdown passes to Mark Ingram. One of those four was a fake spike that the Jets thought Marino was taking to stop the clock with 22 seconds left. Instead, he threw a game-winning eight-yard touchdown pass to Ingram. It was backup quarterback Bernie Kosar who came up with the idea, and the befuddled Jets never won a game the rest of the season. Carroll was fired at the end of the season, to be replaced by… Rich Kotite. Ouch.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis Thought Seriously About Retiring After 2012 Injury

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NFLDraftDiamonds reports that there was indeed a moment when CB Darelle Revis seriously thought about walking away from the game after his injury in 2012.

Darrelle Revis almost retired from the NFL in 2012, but his uncle Sean Gilbert the former Rams defensive tackle talked him out of it. In the latest SI, Revis stated that he almost called it a career.

“I did think about retiring,” Revis said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I had never been seriously injured before, and I didn’t know how to handle it.”

Revis reveals that he also had microfracture surgery on his way back to the field, which is something that was kept quiet at the time. Revis was traded from the Jets to the Buccaneers before the 2013 season and returned to the field in time to play all 16 games in Tampa.

Good thing Sean Gilbert was able to talk him out of retirement, because he has received quite a bit of money since 2012, and a Super Bowl Ring.

LB Quinton Coples Impressing New Jets Coaching Staff

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This season is a big one for Quinton Coples, the Jets’ rush outside linebacker, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.

Yes, the Jets have picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie contract, which means they can retain him for 2016 — if they want to.

The Jets don’t have to make a decision about Coples’ 2016 contract status until next March.

At least one person in the Jets’ organization likes what he’s seen from Coples so far. That would be the Jets’ new outside linebackers coach, Mark Collins.

“He plays with very good violence,” Collins said. “He can set the edge in the run. He can finish plays in the run game. He can push the pocket. He can affect the quarterback. It doesn’t mean he’s always going to sack the quarterback, but he can affect the quarterback. I definitely think his arrow is pointing up.”

It sounds like head coach Todd Bowles and Collins envision Coples doing a bunch more pass rushing, and less coverage — especially compared to what he did last year.

“If you’re just looking at it from a common sense [standpoint], you’ve got a 280-pound guy, so naturally, you want him to rush the passer versus drop into coverage,” Collins said. “Obviously, for him, you want him rushing the passer more than you want him dropping into coverage. But in the same sense, we’re demanding, and we want him to be able to do both.”

Through three seasons, Coples has accumulated modest sack numbers — 5½ as a rookie, 4½ in 2013, and 6½ last season. Still, when Collins examined Coples’ film, the coach wasn’t discouraged by the lack of sacks.

“I think in a lot of ways, numbers sometimes can be overrated,” Collins said. “He does a lot of things. He may not have great sack production, but he does a lot of other things very well. I know he has aspirations to change that production, and I have full confidence that he will. But I think there are a lot of things that he does well.”

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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.”