– Revis is still “the king” [Grantland]
– Fantasy projections for the wide receivers [NFL.com]
– Feature on Canton-bound ex-Jets executive Ron Wolf [Yahoo: Shutdown Corner]
– After Jets pass on him, Little beats out two ex-Jets to re-sign with Bengals [NJAM]
– Ravens hire former Jets executive Scott Cohen [Baltimore Sun]
– Did Lorenzo Mauldin hurt his wrist? [Jets Confidential]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Hopefully, the injury to Mauldin is nothing serious, but injuries are always a concern at this time of year. Even the most insignificant short-term injury can really set back a player’s progress at this point in the offseason, as we saw with rookies Brian Winters and Geno Smith in 2013.
Speaking of Winters, head coach Todd Bowles gave another injury update which affects him. Winters continues to split first-unit reps at right guard with youngster Brent Qvale, as Oday Aboushi remains something of an afterthought. According to Bowles, however, incumbent starter Willie Colon could be activated from the PUP list within the next few days and will presumably join the competition for that role.
Of course, the other injury news yesterday was wide receiver Devin Smith’s rib injury. That’s an unfortunate development for the rookie because, as noted above, being forced to miss time could seriously slow down his development. Smith was a good deep threat in college, but had not really shown an ability to run the full route tree, so the Jets were banking on him being a quick study if he was going to be a significant contributor this season.
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp with the latest on the Sheldon Richardson situation.
Jets rookie WR Devin Smith suffered broken ribs Friday and will miss most of training camp, the team announced via Twitter on Friday (July 31, 9:11 p.m.).
Smith left practice Friday after he collided with S Jaiquawn Jarrett while making a catch (July 31, 8:21 p.m.). He was slow to get up and trainers took him into the locker room.
The Jets said Smith will stay in the hospital overnight as a precautionary measure.
New York picked Smith, who played 15 games with Ohio State last season, in the second round of the draft.
Jets DE Sheldon Richardson spoke after training camp Friday and addressed the off-the-field issues surrounding him, including his July 14 arrest that was announced Thursday.
Richardson was arrested in Missouri on July 14 when police officers caught him racing at speeds between 122 and 143 mph, his car smelling of marijuana and found a loaded handgun beneath his seat — all with a 12-year-old child in the back seat (July 30).
Police charged Richardson with traffic violations and resisting arrest. Officers did not charge him with any marijuana-related crime because there were no drugs in the car. Prosecutors felt they did not have enough evidence to charge him with child endangerment (July 31).
“He hasn’t been smart and he hasn’t been clear in the head,” head coach Todd Bowles told reporters. “Clearly, he needs some help.”
The news of the arrest broke Thursday after training camp and after Richardson spoke to the media. He talked about his four-game suspension announced at the beginning of the month from marijuana use on Thursday, but he did not mention news of the arrest until Friday.
“I made a bad decision, not contacting them,” said Richardson, who added he couldn’t go into much detail about the incident because it is an ongoing legal matter. “I didn’t want to get in trouble as far as my own team and my own organization, who’s out here trying to lend a hand for me. I just denied it pretty much. … My parents didn’t even know. They found out on the news.”
Richardson said he has not smoked since his suspension, but still has to regain his trust with the entire organization.
“I let them down, simple as that,” Richardson said.
Bowles said he was more concerned for Richardson’s personal well-being than his football-playing abilities.
“We can win without him,” he said. “It would be more fun with him, but we’re prepared to win without him. The biggest thing is working on getting him better as a person. It’s not when he gets back on the field. It’s, can he get his life together?”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe sense around training camp from those who heard Richardson’s comments were that they were for the most part puzzling. It seems like Richardson was trying to do right by trying to say the right things, but just seems so out of context and out of place based on the unfolding events over the last month or so. It’s clear that Todd Bowles is not taking much in terms of allowing Richardson to just go ahead and play with the first team and have everything as if nothing’s happened.
He’s got to earn his way back into this organization’s good graces. That said, I really appreciated the way Bowles spoke about it. He was fair, but firm, and realizes that this is less about football right now and more about a young man’s trajectory in life.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
While there were a number of standout plays during the second day of training camp, the play of the day came from second-year corner Dexter McDougle in the back corner of the end zone in a physical pass defense of Brandon Marshall.
“Me and him were competing,” McDougle said with a smile. “I knew it was coming too, I knew it was coming.”
While McDougle’s training camp was cut short last summer due to injury, he has played the first two days of training camp like a veteran, setting himself up well against the 6-foot-4 Marshall, one of the NFL’s top 100 players for 2015.
“He’s got that big body and he got his body in front of me and I moved to the side,” said McDougle, who stands at 5-foot-11. “I jumped and I had my hand in there. [Brandon] actually pulled my arm down, he actually held it and pulled it down.”
Offensive pass interference?
“That’s never gonna get called,” McDougle laughed. “Once I got my arm down, [I said to myself] I’ve got to push this dude out, so I pushed him out and it was incomplete and we lived to fight another down.”
So what did McDougle and Marshall talk about after the play?
“I said, ‘You’re real crafty.’ He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, “You took down my deflection arm and just tried to catch it in one [hand].’ He said, ‘Oh, I know because if I went up with two you had it, so I had to do something.’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, well once you took my arm down I knew I had to push you out.'”
When asked about how it feels to be a younger guy playing against such a well-respected player, McDougle was deferential, but said as a corner in the NFL one can never back down. “It was cool it was fun … It’s good competing against him,” McDougle said. “He’s one of the best in the game, one of the top 100 players, and he can only make us better.”
It’s only two days into camp, but if McDougle is giving Marshall a run for his money, it could spell good things about how this group will fare against the rest of the league this season.
Defensive lineman T.J. Barnes played peekaboo with me during warmups.
It was a little intimidating …
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