Michael Vick’s representatives said the quarterback’s relationship with Riley Cooper was “all good” and that the former teammates spoke Wednesday, a day before the Jets wrap up the preaseason against the Eagles in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 27).
Tuesday, Vick told ESPN he was unhappy that Cooper didn’t return a text during the offseason. Vick, who spent the past five seasons with the Eagles, came to Cooper’s defense last year after a video surfaced of Cooper using a racial slur at a concert.
Some Eagles were unhappy with Vick’s support of Cooper, who began camp as an outcast. But Cooper went on to have a successful season and signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Eagles, who made the playoffs after Nick Foles replaced Vick as the starting quarterback.
Rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders had to be physically restrained by three police officers the morning of Aug. 15 during a seizure after his car went off the road, according to documents obtained by NJ.com (NJ.com, Aug. 27)
“Subject suffered a medical event . . . and needed to be restrained for his safety,” the three Florham Park, N.J., officers wrote in the reports obtained by NJ.com
Saunders was driving to the Jets facility to join the team for trip to Cincinnati for a preseason game when his car crossed over the oncoming northbound lanes and stopped on the side of the road. The incident report obtained by NJ.com said one officer, whose name was redacted, was taken to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation for an injury sustained during the incident. He was later released.
No charges have been sought against Saunders, who has been medically cleared and is expected to play Thursday in the Jets final preseason game at Philadelphia.
Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters Monday that Saunders had a seizure, but wasn’t more specific. An anxious Saunders told reporters doctors warned him he could have more seizures. “Anybody that loves me should be worried,” he said (Post, Aug. 25)
SNY’s Jeane Coakley answered your New York Jets questions on SNY’s Facebook page. Here’s what she had to say…
Justin: Can the Jets make the playoffs?
Jeane: I definitely think they can. They have the talent.
Aaron: Are the Jets going to have special packages for Michael Vick?
Jeane: I wouldn’t be surprised but don’t expect what we saw a couple of years ago with Tebow/Sanchez. Geno is the starter and Vick is the backup.
Christian: Who is the favorite WR to start opposite Eric Decker?
Jeane: Right now, I think it’s David Nelson.
James: Will Decker be a big factor in the offense? It should help Geno, but will the Jets rely on the run first mentality or will they start throwing the ball like the rest of the NFL?
Jeane: I think Decker can/will be a big factor. I also think the Jets will be running the ball a lot…they have a solid backfield with Johnson, Ivory and Powell.
For the full Q&A, visit SNY on Facebook.
Make sure to see her reports on the New York Jets on GEICO SportsNite at 10:30 p.m.
He waited his whole life for this…
It was your typical early September preseason game. The starters played for a series, with backups going the rest of the way, sleepwalking through the game in a manner that confirmed the desire of coaches, players, media and fans to get it over with and get on with the season.
The Jets, coming off a 6-10 season that was basically over before it began when Chad Pennington got injured in preseason and they started 0-4 with Vinny Testaverde back at the helm, had renewed optimism for the 2004 season. However, their preparation was complete and as the Eagles scored again midway through the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 27-7, it didn’t really matter.
For many of the rest of the guys out there, though, they were still scratching and clawing. In some case, their livelihood was at stake, whether they were trying to remain with the team or just put something positive on film to find work elsewhere. For others, their job might be safe, but they still had an opportunity to prove they might deserve a shot somewhere down the line. For one man in particular, he grasped that opportunity with both hands and in the process achieved the impossible by turning the most meaningless and mundane of games into something thrilling.
You may have heard us referring to the traditional preseason finale against the Eagles as “The Bollinger Bowl” and assumed that was a reference to the typical standard of player taking part. However, this isn’t a slight on former Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger; far from it. This is a tribute. This year – September 3 to be specific – marks the 10th anniversary of the performance that earned him that tribute.
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During Jets training camp, a number of players will be sharing their thoughts and experiences from their first NFL season.
ILB Jeremiah George was a fifth-round pick by the Jets out of Iowa State in the 2014 NFL Draft. The 5 foot 11 inch, 234 pound George was named to the First Team All-Big 12- AP and named the MVP of the Cyclones while leading the the team and Big-12 in tackles. The team captain was fourth in the nation in tackles per game (11.1).
It’s been great getting my first rookie camp under my belt and coming out, trying to compete and trying to get better every single day. I want to show these older guys and coaches what I can do. It’s been a great opportunity and I’m really enjoying it.
The big change from college is how well you have to take care of your body. In college, you may be able to get away with not ice-tubbing or not stretching very well before practice. But here in the pros, everybody’s going 100 miles per hour, every single day, trying to make the team. You have to make sure your body’s well taken care of and making sure that you’re in your playbook every night, trying to understand the new concepts that’s being instilled.
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Geno Smith and QB coach David Lee discuss how Smith has progressed and matured as a player since last season.
Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who didn’t show for Friday’s exhibition against the Giants, has been suspended for the rest of the preseason, the team announced on Twitter Tuesday night (Jets, Aug. 26)
The team said it would not release more details about Patterson’s punishment, which reportedly will include a fine. He can return to the team next Monday. The Jets, who play Philadelphia Thursday in their preseason finale, open Sunday Sept. 7 at home against Oakland.
NFL teams have to make their final roster cuts by Saturday.
- Jets will go as far as Geno takes them [FOX Sports]
- Jets-Eagles: Six things to know [Jets Official Site]
- Jets starters already gameplanning for Oakland [New York Post]
- Doctors told Saunders he could suffer more seizures [SI]
- Mangold, Pryor represent in top team of preseason [PFF]
- …while Ellis and Walls also represent in the all-backups team [PFF]
Questions about wide receiver Stephen Hill‘s future with the Jets intensified Tuesday as Rex Ryan gave him less than a full endorsement. (Post, Aug. 26)
“He’s had some strong moments, but there are others where we wish maybe he had hung on to a ball or so,” Ryan said of Hill, a 2012 second-round pick by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum. “But he’s had a pretty good training camp. I don’t want to say it’s been outstanding, but it’s been pretty good. . .He’s blocked consistently, but he just hasn’t had a lot of shots at catching the ball.”
Hill, who the team said was too ill to speak to the media after practice Monday and Tuesday, has just two catches for 29 yards in the Jets’ three preseason games. Earlier Tuesday, ESPN reported the Jets tried to trade Hill in the offseason.
With Saturday’s final cutdown approaching, Hill’s position seems tenuous given his pattern of drops and injuries and the fact he doesn’t play special teams. Ryan said Hill is likely to play Thursday against Philadelphia in the Jets’ final preseason game, perhaps another sign his time in New York is ending.