Geno Smith, Todd Bowles and Antonio Cromartie discuss Smith’s progression so far in training camp and how he can protect the ball better.
The Jets signed WR Arthur Williams on Tuesday and waived WR Jarrod West, the team announced.
Williams, an undrafted free agent from Maine, had been a tryout player during the Jets’ rookie minicamp.
West, also an undrafted free agent, had been signed to the roster on Sunday.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comWilliams is a small school prospect I’m not entirely familiar with, but he has some eye-popping workout numbers. He only caught 16 passes in 2014, as his numbers actually dropped in each of his four seasons with the Black Bears, so this move appears to have more to do with his athletic potential than his statistical production. Apparently, he offers some potential and had some collegiate success as a special teams gunner — a role the Jets may have had earmarked for injured rookie Devin Smith.
As for West, he unfortunately didn’t get much of a chance to prove himself, but perhaps the Jets will bring him back if another spot becomes available.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Tuesday. Here’s five things we learned…
1.) Mo Wilkerson might practice tomorrow, but the Jets will likely err on the side of caution.
2.) When the learning curve slows down for Bryce Petty, he should become more effective.
3.) Geno Smith‘s ball-security has been fine up to this point, but he needs to get rid of the ball quicker on short passes.
4.) He has no problems with Antonio Cromartie‘s press coverage, but thinks he needs to use his hands more.
5.) None of the second or third-team players have stood out thus far in camp.
Jets QB Geno Smith spoke with the media on Tuesday. Here’s five things we learned…
1.) He’s getting more comfortable with the offense each day, and the leaders of the offense are helping it along while keeping everyone focused.
2.) He won’t be less aggressive in an effort to avoid strip-sacks, but he’ll make an effort on keeping a better grip on the ball.
3.) He thinks he can help Bryce Petty develop, but doesn’t believe Petty will need much assistance.
4.) After getting advice from Chan Gailey, he realizes he needs to get rid of the ball quicker in order to help his offensive line.
5.) He’s matured from last year to this year, and studying the playbook and staying on top of things has helped him a lot.
On Ikemefuna Enemkpali: I think he’s going to fit into a number of packages. He plays with excellent leverage. I think he’s going to be a backup guy/special team players, I think you’re going to see him in some of their packages to rush the passer.
He jumped out at me with his abilities. He’s very, very quick off the ball, with an explosive, high-leverage technique.
On James Carpenter: He has excellent technique. I was impressed with what I saw in him. I think they’ve got a real rock in him at their left guard spot.
On the quarterbacks: Geno Smith is the guy. He’s the guy. We know the mistakes he’s made. I’m looking for small steps, and I’ve seen some progressive, small steps from him.
I also know he has a better supporting cast.
I don’t see a competition, I just haven’t seen it from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: It shouldn’t be too long
before the Jets release their first official depth chart. In fact, last year’s initial depth chart was released exactly a year ago today. We should be waiting about another week, though, because typically the Jets release it a couple of days after the Green-White scrimmage, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday. However, there’s always a chance that Todd Bowles and his staff will have a different approach, so it could be any day now.
When the first depth chart is released, it’s often a few days out of date with projected starters who have been unavailable or relegated to second string and rookies simply listed under “other”. However, it gives us our first clues as to what the team is thinking in terms of some of those positional battles. Until then, we need to piece together reports from the on-site media, who are forbidden from revealing too much about formations, play calling and personnel groupings during the team portion of any training camp practice.
Bowles has already said that he’s yet to get a handle on many of the position battles, saying that the priority right now is to ensure that everyone gets enough reps. Still, from what we’ve seen, most of the reps are being allocated pretty much as we expected at every position apart from offensive line, which has been a lot more unpredictable.
After the jump, I’m going to do my best to outline where how I believe the offensive line depth chart looks right now, based on these reports and intel from my spies on the ground…
– Pryor re-invigorated by role change, personnel changes [NY Post]
– Jets are handling the Richardson situation the right way [NJAM]
– DeSean calls out Revis ahead of October meeting [Newsday]
– Rontez Miles, Richardson’s housemate, provides support for his friend [Metro]
– NT Harrison drops the Snacks and raises his game [ESPN New York]
– Coles is impressed by Jets’ secondary [Jets Official Site]
– Is Owusu this year’s unsung hero? [Jets Insider]
– Bowles already in damage control mode? [Yahoo Sports]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: It’s good to know that Pryor’s confidence is high and it sounds like that comes as much as a result of the players around him as the change in his role. The Post article cites a stat from ESPN that Pryor played over 500 snaps as a free safety and less than 100 in the box, but this is somewhat misleading because the fact is that the Jets rarely employed either safety in the box. You’ll find that Dawan Landry’s splits are pretty similar, so it’s incorrect to assume he was in the box while Pryor played deep. The reality is that the secondary was so poor they both had to drop back into coverage.
One of the most interesting things about the article is that Pryor praises the leadership and communication from fellow starting safety Marcus Gilchrist, while implying that he wasn’t benefiting from any of that the previous year. Landry was a player with plenty of experience and knowledge of Rex Ryan’s system, so the fact Pryor was feeling neglected last year is surprising. I’m still waiting for a good explanation as to why the Jets didn’t bring back Ed Reed, who had such a positive influence in a mentorship role at the end of the 2013 season. Let’s not forget also that Josh Thomas ripped the team after being cut because it was hard to engage with players and coaches.
Hopefully Todd Bowles is fostering a more nurturing environment and with the upgrades to the team’s secondary during the offseason, hopefully his system will be one within which Pryor can feel comfortable and start to realize his potential.
Former Jets safety Victor Green tells Jeane Coakley what it will be like for the Jets under new head coach Todd Bowles.
OLB Julian Howsare will get some reps at fullback during training camp, but Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Howsare has not changed positions (Aug. 2).
“No, he’s just subbing in,” Bowles said when asked if Howsare was making a position change. “We’re taking a look at him. We needed another body. He’s athletic. He’s one of the more athletic guys over there. We’re just looking at him temporarily. He’s still a linebacker.”
Howsare, 22, went undrafted out of Division II Clarion before being signed by the Jets earlier this year as an undrafted free agent.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThese are the sort of nuggets that always intrigue me coming out of camp. While Howsare isn’t switching full-time, this does sound like slightly more than just needing a warm body to fill in because the backup fullback JC Copeland got cut.
In 2012, the Jets did the same thing with Nick Bellore, leading Bassett to speculate that maybe Bellore’s roster spot was in jeopardy. As it turns out, Bellore’s spot with the Jets was secure throughout his tenure with the Jets, and the fact that they were finding other ways to maximize his value was a good sign for his roster chances. Clearly with the dedication required to learn both playbooks, the versatility to play on either side of the ball, and the athleticism that Bowles mentioned in the above quotes, Howsare is displaying some valuable traits.
Around the NFL, teams are increasingly using defensive players as blocking backs in certain situations. Seattle’s Will Tukuafu played on both sides of the ball in the last Super Bowl and former-Bronco Spencer Larsen once started a 2008 game at linebacker and at fullback. For their own part, the Jets have used Sheldon Richardson as a short-yardage back a handful of times and recently released a player who has played both linebacker and fullback at the pro level in Mario Harvey.
While I think it’s probably unlikely that we’ll see or hear much more of Howsare playing fullback, I think it does bode well for his roster chances. Hopefully this won’t be the last similarity we identify between him and Bellore — the backup linebacker who left the Jets to join San Francisco in the offseason and is regarded by some as the best special teams linebacker in the NFL.
When I scouted Howsare during the offseason, I loved his film, especially on special teams. I identified Howsare as someone who had a realistic chance to make the roster and could establish himself as the new Bellore if he could impress with his athleticism. It sounds from Bowles’ comments as if that has been the case so far.
If Howsare can fill that special teams void for the Jets, he could craft a niche for himself to have a very successful career. The first step, though, will be making the team. Anything he can do to show different ways he could contribute is going to be big for him in that regard.