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Former Jets First-Round Draft Pick Mark Sanchez Retires; To Join ESPN

At one point Mark Sanchez was the King of New York. After 10 seasons and a very up and down career in the NFL, the former first-round draft choice is calling it a career.

The NY Post reports that Sanchez has officially retired from the NFL after 10 seasons.

The Jets got who they felt would be a long time franchise QB when they took him with the fifth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC.

He led the team to two AFC Title Games in his first two seasons (losing to the Colts and Steelers), and never reached the same heights after that.

After five years with the Jets, Sanchez bounced around the NFL in stints with the Eagles, Bears, Cowboys, and Redskins.

In his last NFL action, Sanchez was forced into a Week 14 spot start for the Redskins when Colt McCoy got injured last year but was so bad he was replaced in the third quarter by journeyman Josh Johnson, who had been out of the league just the week before.

He finishes his career with a 56.6 completion percentage, 15,357 yards, and an 86:89 TD/INT ratio.

The 32-year-old Sanchez is set to become a college football analyst for ESPN.

Jets Ink Former Texans Tight End Ryan Griffin

The Jets agreed to a deal with tight end Ryan Griffin on Monday, bringing the former Texans tight end to the team.

Jets starting tight end Chris Herndon is suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, creating a hole at the position. Griffin will compete with Daniel Brown, Eric Tomlinson and Trevon Wesco in training camp to take Herndon’s spot.

Griffin has more experience as a receiving tight end than any of the others. He caught 136 passes for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns over his six NFL seasons. Last year, he had 24 catches for 305 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games with Houston. His best season came in 2016 when he caught 50 passes for 442 yards and two touchdowns.

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Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Jets Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Jets player for this season is new running back Le’Veon Bell who has a ranking of 92.

Strong safety Jamal Adams has a mark of 90, while new middle linebacker C.J. Mosley comes in with a ranking of 87.

Check out all the Jets Rankings by clicking HERE.

Three Questions About the Jets as Training Camp Gets Closer

2018 was a tough year for the New York Jets, as the team wrapped up the season sitting in last in the AFC East with a mark of 4-12.

If you use a 4njbets promo you can put some dough on the Jets to have a rebound this season, as the club has added quite a bit in terms of free agency and through the draft.

The team also has a new head coach in Adam Gase who comes over from Miami, and second-year quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to take a leap forward in year two.

Today we take a look at three questions about this team as camp closes in at the end of the month.

1. Can the Jets Ring the Bell to Success

Le’Veon Bell is wearing green this season after seeing a lot of green from the Jets in free agency. The former Steeler running back is going to get plenty of chances to prove his worth, and the team is expecting him to be that back who was spectacular in Pittsburgh.

It will be interesting to see how new OC Dowell Loggains uses Bell, and if he is run as much as he was in the Steel City, which turned into a big issue in his eyes.

Bell should be a focal point of this team on offense in 2019.

2. Mosely’s Time to be a Leader

When the Jets inked free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley to a massive five-year, $85 million contract that includes $51 million in guarantees, they expected him to be the new leader on defense.

He will have every shot to do that in 2019, as this is a team that allowed 441 points (27.6 a game) last season, which ranked 29th in the league.

This team needs to be a lot better on defense, and it needs to start with a player who is getting paid a ton to be that guy.

3. Gase Has to Create a Winning Culture

The Jets won four games last season, which clearly isn’t even in this league even to be competitive. The club took what some felt was a chance with the hiring of Adam Gase this offseason, and he will need to prove quickly that he’s the best man for the job.

Gase has to start looking at the culture of the team and changing it, because last season they simply didn’t compete enough to be a good team or one that was taking steps towards a Super Bowl.

He will have that shot opening day in a winnable game against the Bills, and in the home opener in week two it’s a Monday night showdown with the Cleveland Browns.

Win the first two, and the fans will start to buy in. If not, it may be another tough season in the Big Apple.

Jets Expected to Add Phil Savage to the Team’s Front Office

The Jets have added another piece to their front office, as reports from state that Phil Savage is joining the team.

Savage’s role is not yet clear, but barring a snag, an announcement is expected this week, per Rapoport.

It’s a reunion for Savage and new Jets GM Joe Douglas. The duo worked together in Baltimore, from 2000 when Douglas joined the Ravens’ staff as a scout until 2005 when Savage left for the Browns GM job. This time around, it’s Douglas in charge.

After his stint as the Browns GM and three years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Savage worked as the Senior Bowl Executive Director from 2012-2018, where he helped select the prospects and run the event, a vital part of the pre-draft process.

Savage left the Senior Bowl last year for a chance to be the GM of the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football, which folded before the end of its first season.

Former Jets Quarterback Josh McCown Announces Retirement from the NFL

Former Jets quarterback Josh McCown has announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the NFL according to Josh Alper of Pro Football

McCown made the announcement himself in a post on The Players’ Tribune. Originally a third-round pick out of San Jose State by the Arizona Cardinals way back in 2002, McCown had a long, career that saw him mostly as a backup for 10 different NFL teams as well as the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.

His best season came as Jay Cutler’s fill-in for the 2013 Bears. That earned him a second life as a bridge-type quarterback, most recently for the New York Jets the past two seasons. McCown started 76 games over the course of his career, completed 60.2 percent of his passes and had a 98:82 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

There are players that would consider McCown’s career a failure because he never ascended to the top echelon of starting QBs in the NFL.

But McCown made it clear he that he is proud of his accomplishments and has enjoyed the entire ride.

“I guess it just goes to show that you don’t always get to choose your own path,” McCown wrote. “But looking back, I’m proud of how my career has gone. I don’t shy away from the journeyman label. I embrace it, full force. Because it’s been one heck of a journey.”

Revered everywhere he has played, McCown was pursued for coaching opportunities before he even retired. He will likely have his pick of sideline jobs if he chooses the coaching route and his chiseled blond good looks and wealth of football knowledge will undoubtedly garner broadcasting offers.

McCown will turn 40 years old on July 4.

Jets Announce Their Theme and Giveaways Schedule for the 2019 Season

In what has become somewhat of a trend in the NFL, teams announce their ‘themes’ for certain games throughout the season, and the Jets today released their schedule for their theme and giveaways games for the 2019 season.