The Jets will host the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife stadium on Thursday night in the pre-season finale, but the starting quarterback for the game remains a mystery.
Head coach Rex Ryan refused to name a starter during his press conference on Tuesday, simply stating “We’ll get you that information when we’ve had those discussions….I’m not ready to tell you that yet.” Ryan also said that the team may not name a starter until the day of the game.
Beyond Thursday’s game Ryan is still hesitant to name the team’s starting quarterback for the regular season. His delay is an obvious indication that the job is Mark Sanchez’s, providing he’s healthy. If the rookie, Geno Smith, was going to win the competition the team would’ve named him the starter already. The Jets may think they are being cryptic by holding off on their decision, but their tactics are transparent, and serve no purpose.
Suspended running back Mike Goodson returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since he rejoined the team. Goodson did not report to training camp, and has not practiced since before the team left for Cortland. In his first media appearance, the embattled player said he was “embarrassed” by his recent arrest on drug and weapons charges, and he was “pretty disappointed” in the way he has started his career as a New York Jets player. But Goodson’s suspension might be a blessing in disguise. Providing he dedicates himself to his physical conditioning, and buries his head in the playbook, he should be able to hit the ground running when he returns from his suspension in week five.
Jets Cut Cundiff; Sign Carpenter
The Jets signed kicker Billy Cundiff in the off-season to compete with current Jets kicker Nick Folk. Cundiff made all his field goals in the pre-season but it wasn’t enough to earn him a roster spot. The Jets released Cundiff on Monday, signing Dan Carpenter in his place. Carpenter has played for three teams during the pre-season including the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals. He will have just over a week to try and beat out Nick Folk.