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Tensions High in Jets/Redskins Joint Practices Involving Former Redskins Now Jets WR Terrelle Pryor

There’s no love lost between Terrelle Pryor and the Redskins, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ Advance Media reports.

The Jets’ wide receiver and his former team came into this week’s joint practices surrounded by controversy. But for the most part, they’ve stayed out of trouble.

That changed Tuesday, though.

After Pryor went one-on-one with Redskins’ safety D.J. Swearinger, the two started jawing back and forth. That led to Swearinger throwing a fake punch, which Pryor fell for – and flinched in a major way.

That incident was just one of a few during the teams’ final joint practice on Tuesday.

Jets defensive end Nathan Shepherd got into a shoving and wrestling match with Shawn Lauvao during team drills, drawing a crowd. A little earlier, a full-team skirmish broke out between the Jets’ offense and Redskins’ defense, though no punches were thrown. Jets’ defensive back Rashard Robinson got into a verbal war with Redskins’ tight end Cam Sims during 7-on-7 drills, too.

That was tame compared to Sunday’s practice, though. The first joint workout between the two teams devolved into chaos with a handful of large fights, which Todd Bowles later admonished.

Jets QB Josh McCown Getting No Love in Recent QB Rankings

It’s not a big secret that Jets QB Josh McCown is not going to be the QB of the future after the team went out and drafted Sam Darnold from USC this past Draft.

For now though he’s not getting a lot of love from the website Newarena.com, which is ranking all 32 starting QB’s around the NFL.

McCown is ranked ahead of just four other QB’s of all the starters in the league. Here’s what they had to say about him.

2017 stats: 267-for-397 (67.3%), 2,926 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

It’s safe to say Josh McCown and the Jets were one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season. Not only did many think the Jets would go 0-16, but McCown was expected to be nothing more than a body to help guide New York to the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft. Instead, the 38-year-old completed 67.3 percent of his passes and guided the Jets to a 5-8 record in the games he started. He doesn’t possess elite arm strength or accuracy, and obviously isn’t the longterm solution for New York, but he has proven to be more than capable of putting his team in a position to win. It’s only a matter of time until Sam Darnold takes over this spot, but McCown serves as a respectable place holder and a perfect role model for the young QB from USC.

Report: Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater Available in a Deal if the Price is Right

Teddy Bridgewater’s audition for prospective employers will begin in earnest in the Jets preseason opener Friday night, prompting inquiring minds to wonder whether it’s only a matter of time before the former first-round pick is traded, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

The Jets don’t quite have an embarrassment of riches at the game’s most pivotal position, but they do have flexibility thanks to Bridgewater, who has designs on being an NFL starter after a grievous knee injury two summers ago nearly derailed his promising career.

The team will weigh the benefits of keeping a one-year rental versus acquiring an asset that could help them in the future (draft pick) or right now (player).

The Jets agreed to terms one one-year deals with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater this offseason, but the 25-year-old Bridgewater potentially holds real trade value over the 17-year-old veteran.

“I know that’s a question that comes up,” general manager Mike Maccagnan recently said about whether he’d be willing to trade one of his three signal-callers. “Any time you have a number of players that you like at a position, it’s a natural thing (to think), ‘Hey, they may have a — I’m not saying we have a surplus… but some teams carry two quarterbacks. (So) you have the ability to potentially (think), ‘Oh, hypothetically we could do that.’

“But our big thing, quite frankly, is to see how all these players develop,” Maccagnan continued. “We like a lot of things that Teddy’s done this offseason. We obviously know Josh from having him last year and what he brings to the table. But I would say from that standpoint, it’s very early. We kind of want to see how these guys still grow and develop.”

Truth be told, the Jets want to fully evaluate Sam Darnold in the preseason before pulling the trigger on any potential trade involving Bridgewater. If Darnold impresses this month, the Jets would absolutely be open to trading Bridgewater, who’s scheduled to count $6 million against the cap. My understanding is that if Darnold needs more seasoning, then the Jets would hesitate to keep and start Bridgewater in the Monday night season opener against the Lions next month.

The best-case scenario for Gang Green, of course, is for Darnold and Bridgewater, who each will get a heavy workload against the Falcons on Friday, to impress in the preseason. That scenario would make it much more likely that Bridgewater is moved if a team comes calling for his services with an offer than makes sense.

“I live in the moment,” Bridgewater said about the possibility of being traded. “You control what you can control. For me, it is coming to work every day and putting forth my best effort, leading my group up and down the field, throwing completions and getting us in and out of the right plays. That is what I look forward to right now. Everything else will take care of itself. Right now, I have to live in the moment and trust the process.”

The league landscape will also play a role in whether the Jets ultimately keep or deal Bridgewater, who is 17-12 as a starter with playoff experience. The Jets would seemingly be the first call that any playoff-caliber team makes if it suffers an unforeseen injury to its starter this month. Remember, the Vikings ponied up a first- and conditional-fourth round pick two years ago for then-Eagles starter Sam Bradford after Bridgewater went down in practice in late August.

A team looking for a backup quarterback upgrade might also come calling. Could the Jets flip Bridgewater, who is scheduled to earn a $5 million base salary after only collecting $1 million this summer, for some draft capital?

Opinion: Veteran QB Josh McCown Looks the Best of All the Throwers in Camp So Far

Veteran Josh McCown has been “the best quarterback” in New York Jets camp and “shows no signs of losing the grip on his job” according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Sam Darnold “has a very fair shot” at Week 1 duties, but if he is going to dislodge McCown, it will probably have to be in the preseason. Regardless of who is under center for Week 1, both players should make starts in 2018.

McCown is 39 years old and has never played a full 16-game season in his 14-year NFL career and the odds of him doing so this season seem negligible. Plus top-5 QB picks rarely sit for their entire rookie season anymore.

The wild card in the whole scenario could be 25-year-old Teddy Bridgewater, who has also drawn raves this offseason and could be a factor either for the Jets of another team via trade if his knees can survive the preseason.

Jets WR Terrelle Pryor Ranked 29th in Terms of Best 2nd WR Options in the NFL

While the Jets offense is a work in progress as the 2018 season gets closer, one player who is getting no love is that of new wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

Website NumberFire.com says that Pryor, who came to the teams this offseason after a bad year with the Redskins, is ranked 29th when it comes to ranking teams’ second wide outs in the NFL.

Here’s what they had to say about Pryor.

Terrelle Pryor was a third-round pick in fantasy drafts in 2017 and fell face flat in Washington. Now with the Jets, Pryor could struggle to find targets. He will be competing with Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa for looks behind Robby Anderson, and I believe Pryor could actually be fourth on that list. We may have seen his ceiling during his time in Cleveland, but a low-upside offense with lots of competition screams stay away.

Jets CB Rashard Robinson Suspended First Four Games of 2018

Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Robinson was arrested and charged with drug possession and carelessly driving in Morris County, New Jersey, last December. Police accused Robinson of having marijuana-laced candy in his car, which they said smelled like marijuana.

The NFL announced the suspension Wednesday, a day before Jets veteran players are due to report for training camp.

Robinson will be eligible to participate in preseason practices and games. He can return to the team on Oct. 1.

The former LSU star was acquired from San Francisco last October for a fifth-round pick. He had just two tackles in limited action with New York, but made one start against Kansas City on Dec. 3.

Darrelle Revis Inks One-Day Deal with the Jets – Officially Retires

Darrelle Revis officially shut down his dominant playing career by signing one final contract.

The seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback who routinely frustrated opposing receivers with his blanket-like coverage officially retired Tuesday as a member of the New York Jets — the team with which Revis spent eight of his 11 NFL seasons.

The 33-year-old Revis inked a one-day deal with the Jets at a ceremonial news conference at the team’s facility after he announced last Thursday on social media that he was done playing.

Former teammates, including D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and several current players attended, along with owner Christopher Johnson, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles.

“It’s been amazing,” Revis said of his career. “My work ethic and my study habits I feel propelled me to strive to be one of the greatest. It took a lot of work, week in and week out, to prepare and play at the highest level and covering some of the toughest receivers in the world.”

He was known for his uncanny ability to shut down receivers and the nickname “Revis Island” grew in popularity as receivers were routinely left “stranded” without being much of a factor in games because of the cornerback’s airtight coverage.

In a clever nod to the nickname, the Jets set up a makeshift “island” outside of the facility’s main entrance, complete with sand dunes and three small palm trees and had Revis pose in front of it for photos.

The team also issued green lapel pins that read “REVIS ISLAND” at the top with the Jets logo on the bottom and Revis’ familiar No. 24 featured in the middle in front of a small island.

“As I look at it now and as I take some time to really assess what I’ve done and what really happened, it’s amazing, it’s amazing,” Revis said. “You leave a legacy behind that players can follow, they can mimic and they can study your film, too.”

Revis also gained notoriety for his business savvy at the bargaining table and made more than $120 million during his career.

He had several contract squabbles during his time with the Jets after being the No. 14 overall pick in 2007 out of Pittsburgh, including a lengthy holdout that was documented on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2010. Led by then-agents Jon Feinsod and Neil Schwartz, mother Diana Gilbert and uncle Sean Gilbert, a former NFL defensive tackle, Team Revis was a force to be reckoned with.

After contentious contract negotiations in 2013, Revis was dealt to Tampa Bay for first- and fourth-round draft picks. He was a member of the Buccaneers for just one season before being released and signing with New England as a free agent — and winning the Super Bowl with the Jets’ biggest rival.

Revis became a free agent again, and returned home to the Jets by signing a five-year, $70 million contract, including $39 million guaranteed in 2015. After a solid first season back, Revis struggled with injuries and consistency in 2016 and was released. He finished up his career by playing in five games for Kansas City last season.

“I would’ve loved to play my whole career here and wear the green and white until I actually retired,” Revis said. “Things happen. Team acquisitions come in and there’s a different direction a team may want to go. You know, it happens. It really does, and that’s kind of how I can sum that up.”

Revis finished with 29 career interceptions, and returned three for touchdowns, including one for 100 yards against Miami in 2011. He was a four-time first-team All-Pro selection, including in what was his most dominant season in 2009, when he was beaten out by Charles Woodson for Defensive Player of the Year honors.

That was a rare time Revis lost out to anyone in his prime, especially that season. Randy Moss — whom Revis acknowledged was the toughest he ever covered — Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne all struggled against the Jets star.

“His dominance at the cornerback position is legendary,” Christopher Johnson said of Revis. “Forget giving up the catch. We were all shocked when quarterbacks would dare to attempt a pass in his direction.”

Revis wouldn’t reveal specifically on what the future holds for him, but acknowledged that staying around the game in some capacity is likely — perhaps in a coaching role somewhere.

“It’s a love, it’s a passion for me,” Revis said of football. “I’m surely going to miss it. … I’ll weigh my options and see.”

A trip to Canton, Ohio, and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame could also be on the agenda in the next five years or so.

“I accomplished a lot in my career and the assignments that I had to face during my career takes a lot of toll on your body, week in and week out,” Revis said of why he chose to retire now. “Every day my purpose was not to just be the best at my position, but to be the best player on the field. That was my motivation.

“I came out to practice and tried to set a tone, and game day, I tried to set a tone.”

Jets Safety Rontez Miles Undergoes Surgery for Torn Meniscus; To Miss 3-4 Months

The Jets are down a safety, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Rontez Miles underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus. According to a source, the procedure is expected to shelve the veteran backstop for three to four months.

Rapoport was told Miles remains a candidate for IR recall.

Miles was a top reserve behind a pair of stellar second-year safeties in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.