Jets Coach Todd Bowles Has High Hopes for Rookie Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye

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Based on what Jets coach Todd Bowles has seen so far — including spring practices — from rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, Bowles sounds like he has high hopes for the duo, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I can’t speak for other people’s safeties on their team,” Bowles said after Sunday’s practice. “But for rookie safeties, from the average that I’ve been around, they’re a lot farther along.”

That, Bowles said, is why he opted to go with Adams (a first-round draft pick) and Mayes (a second-rounder) as his safety duo in 2017. After drafting Adams and Maye, the Jets traded strong safety Calvin Pryor and cut free safety Marcus Gilchrist — last year’s starters.

Bowles said he won’t have to simplify his defensive scheme in order to help the rookie duo. And Pryor and Gilchrist weren’t exactly difference makers last season, so it’s not like Adams and Maye have a high bar to clear, in terms of exceeding what those two guys did in 2016.

“They can play,” Bowles said of Adams and Maye. “It’s rare that these type of things happen [two rookie safeties starting]. But those two guys showed so much in the spring — and what we brought them along with — that they could only get better. Their maturity level, as far as learning the plays, exceed what we wanted, for our expectations of rookies. We think those guys are ready to play.”

Jets Rookie Safety Jamal Adams Gives Interesting Answer in Fan Forum Regarding CTE

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A painfully awkward moment happened Monday during a fan forum at Jets training camp, after rookie safety Jamal Adams — the team’s first-round draft pick — said he’d prefer to die on the football field, over anywhere else, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Many — but not all — of the approximately 150 Jets fans in attendance applauded Adams after he said this.

Adams was on stage for the forum with veteran running back Matt Forte and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose league has come under fire for long-term, debilitating brain injuries caused by playing football.

Adams’ comment came up during a discussion about football-related brain damage.

This was his full quote:

“I’m all about making the game safer, but as a defensive player, I’m not a big fan of it. But I get it. I can speak for a lot of guys that play the game. We live and breathe [football]. This is what we’re so passionate about. Literally, if I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field. And that’s not a lie. There’s so much sacrifice that we go through as a team, and just connecting as one and winning ball games. There’s nothing like playing the game of football. But again, I’m all about making the game safer.”

After the fan forum, Goodell was asked about Adams’ comment, during a brief media session.

“I think what he was really making the point of is how much he loves the game,” Goodell said. “It’s just something that means a great deal to him. I get the emotion of that.”

Goodell was asked if it was uncomfortable for him when fans applauded Adams’ comments.

“I think fans understood the emotion of what he was saying,” Goodell said. “Which is: We love the game. I think they love the game. But I don’t think anyone took it as directly as that.”

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead Still Doesn’t Know Why the Cowboys Cut Him

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Third-year receiver Lucky Whitehead was released by the Cowboys on Monday after police issued a warrant for his arrest on a shoplifting charge. But the ordeal ended up being a case of mistaken identity, as the man who committed the crime in Virginia gave Whitehead’s information to authorities.

Despite the error, the Cowboys didn’t reinstate Whitehead. The Jets claimed him off waivers a day later. And on Saturday at the opening day of Gang Green training camp in Florham Park, Whitehead said he still hasn’t received an explanation from his former club, Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News reports.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” a somber Whitehead said. “Things happen, and I’m excited to be here and I’m glad they gave me a chance to start over.”

Whitehead said he wasn’t aware of the arrest until he walked off the practice field Monday.

“It was a shock for me,” Whitehead said. “I didn’t expect (it).”

When asked if he still holds any animosity toward the Cowboys, Whitehead laughed before saying, “Nah.”

“I’m going to move on, try to build chemistry with these guys here,” He said. “I’m going to try to make this roster and be a playmaker.”

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Jets Pick Up Recently Released Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead

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The Jets have claimed former Dallas Cowboys WR/KR Lucky Whitehead off waivers according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints also showed interest in Whitehead. Gang Green is an excellent landing spot after his controversial exit in Dallas, where he was cut after a shoplifting arrest despite proof that it was a case of mistaken identity.

The Jets do not have a proven kick returner in camp and also have possibly the worst wide receiver corps in the NFL. Adding Whitehead to the mix as a low-risk veteran flyer seems to be a smart move as none of his $615,000 salary is guaranteed.

Jets Guard Brian Winters Pulls Around a 3,800 Pound Truck

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Jets guard Brian Winters has a rather interesting way to get ready for training camp.

The Jets lineman has put out a video battling a truck – a truck that weighs 3,800-pounds. Yes, Winters went head to head with a Ford pick-up truck, pulling it around his alma mater, Kent State University.

Kent State recently posted a workout video of Winters – just check out the 15-second mark where the guard pushes the truck, a crazy feat that not many could pull off.

USA Today Doesn’t Give Much Hope to the Jets In Their 2017 Predictions

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Training camps around the NFL are set to open, and with it publications are already making their picks for the upcoming season, and that includes USA Today.

The newspaper online today put out their picks, and have the Jets winning just one game in 2017, this coming off an offseason in which the team clearly got younger with getting rid of some of their veteran talent.

Here’s what USA Today had to say about the Jets:

New York Jets (1-15): Some Jets fans would tell you this is a glass half-full assessment. The first two games are on the road and so are three of the last four.

The paper picks the Patriots (to no ones shock) to win the AFC East going (gulp) 16-0.

Matt Forte Not One to Think the Jets Will Be Tanking It in 2017

When some Jets fans suggest the team is tanking the upcoming season — or, should — to get a high draft pick next spring, veteran running back Matt Forte completely disagrees with the notion, the Associated Press reports.

“It’s a good thing we don’t operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks,” Forte said Wednesday before the team’s second minicamp practice. “What we think as a team, that’s what’s going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we’re going to tank.

“So all I have to say about that is: Bring it.”

The Jets are coming off a 5-11 season and parted ways with several productive and popular veterans in the offseason to cut some big salaries. Gone are the likes of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Nick Mangold, David Harris and Nick Folk.

When asked if he thinks the Jets have a competitive roster, Forte laughed.

“What kind of question is that?” he said. “This is a professional football team. We have athletes on this team. In the league, it’s not about the team that has the most talent on the roster. It’s about the guys who have a brotherhood together. They play on the field, not next to each other, they play for each other. They make sacrifices on the field so the other guys can make plays.

“That’s the kind of culture that we’ve been creating throughout the offseason here.”