July 9th, 2014
Posted in News
Despite a rocky rookie season, Jets cornerback Dee Milliner is upbeat about how he finished the year, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.
“It’s always going to be tougher than you expected,” Miller acknowledged at his football camp in Alabama. “All the places, even in high school, it was tougher than I expected because you expected to just go out and play. It takes hard work, getting up early in the morning or staying up late at night to do the extra things while everybody else is in the house.
“My first year in the NFL. Yeah, I never thought it would go like it went. But it was great, it just started off rough. I expected to have a better year but I finished the way that I wanted to play the whole year so I felt great about that. Coming into this year, that’s what I’m trying to do. The way I finished, I want it to be like that the whole year, be consistent in my play.”
Drafted ninth overall, Milliner was limited by shoulder, calf and hamstring injuries. He was also benched three times by coach Rex Ryan.
“I look at it sometimes, most of the time I don’t,” he said. “People around me will tell me what they’re saying in the media or what fans are saying, but I don’t take it as a bad thing. I just keep trying to work and do what I can do and control my part. But I know it can be rough because fans are fans – they want to see you play great, they want to see touchdowns, they want to see great plays. But I still love the fans. They’re what make the game fun. We’ve got fans that are crazy about the game.”
June 26th, 2014
Posted in News
, Police Blotter
Former Jets running back Mike Goodson did not show up for a court appearance at the Morris County Superior Court on Thursday on charges related to drug and weapons possession, Jane McManus of ESPN New York reports.
Goodson, who was released by the Jets last week with the designation “left squad,” could be arrested if he fails to appear in court for a July 24 hearing before Judge Mary G. Whipple.
Goodson’s attorney was in court Thursday morning, as was Goodson’s co-defendant, Garant Evans.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Goodson’s acting attorney, Alfred Gellene, said that Goodson was unable to secure a flight from Texas, where he has been since the end of the Jets’ season. The reason for the difficulty was “financial issues” Gellene said, according to the report.
Anthony Fusco, Goodson’s attorney of record, had no further comment.
Goodson was arrested in May 2013 after being found unresponsive in a vehicle found stopped in the left lane of Route 80. Police found an unregistered gun with a hollow-point bullet in the car, and in November both Goodson and Evans were indicted on possession charges.
New Jersey has some of the strictest weapons laws in the country, and Goodson faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
June 19th, 2014
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Bill Belichick once got busted for illegally spying on the Jets. Now there’s a story that says the New England Patriots coach may have obtained a copy of the Jets’ playbook from Alabama coach Nick Saban, a close friend — and an acquaintance of Rex Ryan, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.
The latest chapter of skullduggery between the two rivals was hatched by Browns coach Mike Pettine, the Jets defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s themmqb.com, Pettine suggests that Belichick might have obtained the Jets’ playbook through Saban.
At Wes Welker’s wedding, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady bragged to Mike Smith, another former Jets assistant, that they may have a copy of the Jets’ playbook, according to Pettine. Smith and Welker were college roommates at Texas Tech; Smith is now a member of Pettine’s staff.
“It didn’t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine told the website. “He gave one out to Saban, and I was like, ‘Don’t you know Saban and Bill are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’s going to end up in New England.’”
June 16th, 2014
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June 3rd, 2014
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, Roster Moves
The Jets signed first round draft pick safety Calvin Pryor to a four year deal on Monday.
Pryor is the eleventh of the Jets twelve draft picks to sign with the team. The only remaining unsigned player is second round pick, CB Dexter McDougle.
According to Jason Belzer’s predictions on Forbes.com, Pryor stands to make a total of roughly $8.5 million ($8,565,253 to be exact) with his initial four-year rookie contract — all players must be signed to a four year contract initially if they are drafted.
Over the Cap.com predicts that Pryor will receive a signing bonus of $4,547,820, and he will count $1,556,955 towards the salary cap in 2014.
Pryor, nicknamed the “Lousiville Slugger” in college, became the sixth straight defensive player selected by the Jets under Rex Ryan’s tutelage, and the rookie already carries the same swagger and confidence, that his head coach has exuded throughout his career.
“I’m very confident in my ability, first and foremost. I feel like I have the complete package as a safety,” Pryor said during last week’s OTA’s. “Most people know me as a hard-hitting safety because I had a few hard hits in college. But when you watch my film, you see that playmaking ability that jumps out at you, a guy that’s flying around and has passion for the game.”
May 31st, 2014
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It appears that everyone apart from the head coach believes that Geno Smith is the New York Jets starting quarterback.
Rookie sixth round draft pick, quarterback Tajh Boyd, told NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus at the NFL Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles, that he believes the job is Smith’s to lose.
“Geno has been pretty much … he’s been the offense,” Boyd said. “You know, right now, it’s his team. But, I mean, at the end of the day, you want to go out there and do everything that’s possible to win.”
Boyd joins backup quarterback Michael Vick, and offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg who have spoken the truth about the teams current quarterback situation. Whereas head coach Rex Ryan has continually toed the company line and maintained that the two quarterbacks are in an open competition.
It’s still early in the off-season, however, at this point, as expected, Geno Smith is the New York Jets starting quarterback.
May 30th, 2014
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One day after Rex Ryan and Michael Vick contradicted each other over whether the Jets have a real quarterback competition or not, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg weighed in and landed somewhere in the middle, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports.
“There is competition,” Mornhinweg said Thursday on a conference call with season ticket holders. “Now it may not quite be like the competition we had last year where (it was) 50-50.”
A year ago, Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez were part of an open quarterback competition through training camp and the preseason until Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that gave Smith the job.
This isn’t the first time Mornhinweg has indicated Smith might have the edge in the competition: the coordinator had previously said he doesn’t want anything to impede Smith’s development.
Though the Jets have said Vick would compete for the starting quarterback job since the team signed him, Vick has now twice said that it is not an open competition. Vick believes Smith will start the season as the team’s quarterback.
“We’re trying to continue the progression with Geno and then have Mike ready to go,” Mornhinweg said. “It’s just that simple and Mike knows exactly what the expectations of roles that he has and Geno knows the exact expectations as does Matt (Simms) and Tajh (Boyd).”
May 29th, 2014
Posted in Main
The Jets are convinced that Eric Decker is a legitimate number one wide receiver and not just a product of future hall of famer, Peyton Manning.
“Clearly, he is going to be a go-to guy,” Ryan told Newsday’s Kimberly Martin. “We know what we’re getting. This is going to be a guy that you can get him the ball in critical situations.”
Decker had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013, numbers that many feel were inflated due to playing with Manning. However, Rex Ryan pointed out that Decker also caught eight touchdowns from Tim Tebow in 2011.
“Hey, that’s pretty impressive,” Ryan said.
Clearly, in Ryan’s opinion, if Decker can be productive with Tim Tebow at QB, he certainly can with Geno Smith and Michael Vick throwing him the ball.