RG III Deserves the Shot to Lead the Jets as Starting QB in 2016

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Last season the Jets with new head coach Todd Bowles were on the verge of the postseason when a final game loss in the regular season combined with a Steelers win knocked them down and out for the playoffs.

This offseason, the team has moves to make and things to do in order to make a run at Super Bowl LI, a task that right now that sites like William Hill Online Betting has them at 40-to-1 to win.

The teams’ biggest decision is going to come down to who lines up under center, with plenty of saga with the team chatting with top free agent QB Robert Griffin III.

The ultimate decision on who plays quarterback could mean the difference between if this team is truly good enough to make the postseason and have a chance to play in Super Bowl 51 or not.

The club still doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to bring back veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, a player who led the team last season to nearly making the playoffs, but in the end played terribly in the final game against the Bills, and his 2015 numbers will be tough to duplicate.

In the end, Griffin has plenty of upside, is younger, and can run. You basically know what you are going to get with Fitz, and if the team pulls a sudden move and brings him back instead of going with Griffin, it could be a bigger risk than going with the young mobile free agent.

Griffin was 2-5 in seven starts last season with the Redskins, but was playing a system not made for him, and the Jets feel if he comes to the team he will put up numbers similar to his rookie year, when he was 9-6 as a starter, with 20 touchdowns throwing, five picks, and had seven more touchdowns rushing.

Negotiations between the Jets and starting quarterback Fitzpatrick have stalled, and there’s been rumblings that the Broncos could be the team that looks to get Fitzpatrick next.

If that’s the case, the team better find a QB that can lead them, and you can just about forget about Geno Smith, who never regained the trust of the team after last year’s training camp incident in which he broke his jaw taking a punch.

Give RG III a shot to be the man. With the spotlight on him with a new improved running back in Matt Forte, and two top pass catchers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, the Jets with the right QB could be postseason bound.

That quarterback clearly is Griffin, who has deserved a second shot with a new team.

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Robert Griffin III and the Jets – A Perfect Fit?

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The Jets are taking a long look at former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, a player that is getting plenty of attention on the free agent market, but thus far hasn’t gotten an offer from any team.

If the team does agree on terms with RGIII, likely it will spell the end for Ryan Fitzpatrick, as already there’s been concern about type of money he wants to come back to the team after a solid 2015.

With RGIII, it will be interesting to see if he’s the starter day one, or if the team will give Geno Smith another shot at the QB spot for the Jets.

Jets Coach Todd Bowels Had Golf Ball-Sized Mass Removed from Throat

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About a week after the Jets’ season ended in January, head coach Todd Bowles went to a New Jersey hospital and had a benign mass removed from his throat, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“It was almost the size of a golf ball,” Bowles said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Bowles emphasized that his throat will not require any post-surgery treatment — like radiation — because the mass was found to not be malignant.

“I’m OK,” Bowles said. “I’m fine.”

Bowles was initially concerned when he discovered the mass early in the regular season. He visited a doctor, who told Bowles he didn’t need to worry about the mass, and that he could wait until after the season to have it removed. So that’s what he did.

“It was just how much pain tolerance I could take,” Bowles said. “It was fine. It wasn’t a big deal. It was pressing up against the artery, and I had trouble swallowing a little bit. I didn’t want to get it done during the season, if something went wrong. So I just waited until after the season.”

Jets DE Richardson Pleads Guilty in Police Car Chase; Gets Probation

Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson on Tuesday received his punishment for speeding away from Missouri police in July, allegedly at 143 mph, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

As part of a guilty plea agreement, Richardson received two years of bench probation, which means he doesn’t have to report to a probation officer, according to his attorney, Scott Rosenblum. But Richardson avoided jail time.

Once Richardson’s probationary period is complete, provided he stays out of trouble, the misdemeanor resisting arrest charge he faced will be wiped from his record. But Richardson still faces the possibility of an NFL suspension.

Richardson also received 100 hours of community service for the resisting arrest charge, and fines totaling $1,050 for four traffic violations, including speeding and running a red light while eluding police.

Jets at Bills NFL Week 17 Inactives

Jets inactives: RB Bilal Powell, QB Bryce Petty, G Dakota Dozier, CB Dee Milliner, S Dion Bailey, LB Taiwan Jones and LB Josh Martin

Bills inactives: RB LeSean McCoy, LB Nigel Bradham, WR Dezmin Lewis, QB Josh Johnson, LB Max Valles, DT T.J. Barnes, DE Lavar Edwards

Patriots at Jets NFL Week 16 Inactives

Patriots inactives: CB Troy Hill, G Josh Kline, S Devin McCourty, S Patrick Chung, WR Danny Amendola, WR Julian Edelman, LB Jonathan Freeny

Jets inactives: QB Bryce Petty, CB Dee Milliner, S Dion Bailey, LB Taiwan Jones, G Dakota Dozier, T Ben Ijalana and LB Josh Martin

Bills at Jets NFL Wednesday Injury Report

BUFFALO BILLS
 
Status Report
  OUT DT Kyle Williams (knee)
 
  QUESTIONABLE T Seantrel Henderson (illness), T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee)
 
  PROBABLE RB LeSean McCoy (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (ankle), DE Mario Williams (calf)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday T Seantrel Henderson (not injury related), RB LeSean McCoy (shoulder), DT Kyle Williams (knee)
  Tuesday T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee), DT Kyle Williams (knee)
  Wednesday DT Kyle Williams (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee), WR Sammy Watkins (ankle)
  Tuesday T Seantrel Henderson (illness), RB LeSean McCoy (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (ankle), DE Mario Williams (calf)
  Wednesday T Seantrel Henderson (illness), T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee), RB LeSean McCoy (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (ankle), DE Mario Williams (calf)
 
NEW YORK JETS
 
Status Report
  OUT S Dion Bailey (ankle), S Calvin Pryor (ankle)
 
  DOUBTFUL CB Antonio Cromartie (quadricep), RB Bilal Powell (ankle)
 
  QUESTIONABLE CB Buster Skrine (shoulder, hand)
 
  PROBABLE RB Tommy Bohanon (shoulder), TE Kellen Davis (hand), WR Eric Decker (knee), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), C Nick Mangold (neck), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe), CB Dexter McDougle (hand, ankle), CB Dee Milliner (wrist), RB Stevan Ridley (knee), QB Geno Smith (left shoulder)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday S Dion Bailey (ankle), CB Antonio Cromartie (quadricep), K Nick Folk (right quadricep), S Calvin Pryor (ankle)
  Tuesday S Dion Bailey (ankle), G Willie Colon (knee), CB Antonio Cromartie (quadricep), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), S Calvin Pryor (ankle)
  Wednesday S Dion Bailey (ankle), CB Antonio Cromartie (quadricep), S Calvin Pryor (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday RB Tommy Bohanon (shoulder), G Willie Colon (knee), WR Eric Decker (knee), C Nick Mangold (neck), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe), RB Bilal Powell (ankle), CB Buster Skrine (shoulder, hand)
  Tuesday RB Bilal Powell (ankle), CB Buster Skrine (shoulder, hand)
  Wednesday RB Bilal Powell (ankle), CB Buster Skrine (shoulder, hand)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday TE Kellen Davis (hand), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), CB Dexter McDougle (hand, ankle), RB Stevan Ridley (knee), QB Geno Smith (left shoulder)
  Tuesday RB Tommy Bohanon (shoulder), TE Kellen Davis (hand), WR Eric Decker (knee), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), C Nick Mangold (neck), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe), CB Dexter McDougle (hand, ankle), RB Stevan Ridley (knee), QB Geno Smith (left shoulder)
  Wednesday RB Tommy Bohanon (shoulder), TE Kellen Davis (hand), WR Eric Decker (knee), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), C Nick Mangold (neck), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe), CB Dexter McDougle (hand, ankle), CB Dee Milliner (wrist), RB Stevan Ridley (knee), QB Geno Smith (left shoulder)

Jaguars vs Jets NFL Week 9 Inactives

Jaguars inactives: RB Toby Gerhart, WR Marqise Lee, S James Sample, DE Chris Smith, RB Joe Banyard, LB Hayes Pullard, OL Luke Bowanko

Jets inactives: RG Willie Colon, QB Bryce Petty, S Calvin Pryor, RB Bilal Powell, G Dakota Dozier, T Ben Ijalana and NT T.J. Barnes