Gallery: 2015 Camp Preview – Cornerbacks

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The calendar has flipped over to July, which means we are just weeks away (!!) from training camp. This series will be a quick crash course on who will be competing for spots at each position on the roster.

Up next, the cornerbacks …

Overview: Thanks to the re-introduction of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie this secondary took a major step forward after a disastrous 2014.  Adding Buster Skrine as a slot corner with the ability to play the boundary could be the move that sets this secondary above every other in the league.  The group also has solid depth who with some extra work and time with coaches could be excellent fill-ins and package players as necessary. 

Click the gallery to read the blurbs on each player.


 

 

 

 


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Daily Links: ‘Murrica!

  • How AMERICA are the Jets? [KSK]
  • Mailbag: On the Sheldon fall-out and first half schedule [NJAM]
  • Three Jets offseason moves in AFC East Top 10 [Boston Globe]
  • Which QB is the Jets’ biggest all-time nemesis? [Football Perspective]
  • Colon interviews Mangold at Brick function [Jets Official Site]
  • Film Room: Comprehensive look at Buster Skrine [EndzoneScore]
  • Ex-Jets QB Sanchez to compete for Eagles starting job [ESPN]
  • Amaro saw the lowest percentage of off-target throws in the NFL [PFF Fantasy]

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Jace Amaro

BGA: Who knows what Amaro brings?

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: There’s been a lot of discussion around second year tight end Jace Amaro and what the Jets can expect from him as he enters that often tricky sophomore season.

There’s been talking of a change in role, but he wasn’t helped by missing time after he got hurt during the offseason. Still, his spot in the rotation became a lot more secure when Zach Sudfeld was lost for the season to a knee injury. This all comes after a rookie season which had its ups and downs, but ultimately generated what historically represents pretty good production for a rookie tight end.

After the jump, I’m going to evaluate what we can expect from him, focusing on one comparison in particular.

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TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET

Join us at 2:00pm ET for our weekly TJB chat.

In order to access the room, you must now sign up for a chatzy account at chatzy.com – click where it says log in/sign up in the top right hand corner. Obviously if you registered already, you can log into your existing account. You will then be able to access the room at the usual address – Chatzy.com/TJB where this week’s password is holidayweekend.

Apologies for this extra requirement, but it will allow us to moderate the chat more effectively and prevent any abuse or vulgarity. The action gets underway at 2:00pm ET.

Gallery: 2015 Camp Preview – Wide Receivers

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The calendar has flipped over to July, which means we are just weeks away (!!) from training camp. This series will be quick crash course on who will be competing for spots at each position on the roster. Click the gallery to read the blurbs on each player.

Up next, the wide receivers.


 


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GEICO SportsNite: Ray Lucas on Sheldon Richardson’s suspension

Chris Carlin chats with SNY analyst and former Jet Ray Lucas about the suspension of Sheldon Richardson.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Some excellent questions and points made here.  With the suspension of Richardson, it is going to put more pressure on Muhammad Wilkerson in terms of leadership and production.  With Richardson not there for four games this could only inflate Wilkerson’s numbers further this season so as Ray Lucas says, the time to do a deal with Wilkerson might be right now.

To Lucas’s point that Richardson has said that he expects to get paid among the best players in the game? Richardson isn’t wrong to expect that, but any compunction that the Jets have to get a long-term deal done with Richardson in the next 12 months probably flew out the window when they learned the that Richardson was going to be suspended.  The Jets are going to monitor his situation closely and drag out a long-term deal with him (maybe moreso than with Wilkerson now) because they want to see if he can keep his nose clean. 


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Sheldon Richardson suspended first four games of NFL season

Sheldon Richardson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the league said.

“This is disappointing for Sheldon and the team,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said. “We’re going to support Sheldon and welcome him back upon his return. We will keep moving forward with our preparations for the upcoming season.”

According the the Daily News, Richardson was suspended due to marijuana use (July 2).

Shortly after the suspension was announced, Richardson posted a statement on Twitter (July 2).

“I apologize for my mistake and for disappointing the people who mean everything to me,” Richardson said. “I vow to you, this will not happen again.  My team will continue to push forward without me to start the season.”

Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, October 5 following the team’s October 4 game against the Miami Dolphins.

“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans. However, words aren’t enough,” Richardson said in a statement. “This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don’t want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won’t be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I’m able to return to the field.”

Richardson is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Well, that sucks.  Richardson is one of the league’s best players and he is arguably the best playmaker that the Jets have on defense.  It is not like the Jets haven’t had to deal with injuries to key defensive linemen before.  Calvin Pace was suspended four games in 2009 for a performance enhancer violation.  Quinton Coples broke his leg in 2013 and missed games early in the season.  Muhammad Wilkerson missed three games last season due to a knee injury. Shaun Ellis missed at least one game a season from 2009-2011.  The Jets will find a way to make it work, but it certainly would work better with Richardson on the field.

The NFL revamped their drug policy last fall and marijuana was one of the main concessions by the league in terms of allowable levels but seemingly not in terms of penalties.  This would have been Richardson’s second violation according to the protocol.  While no timeframe was given, it might shed light on the nature of Richardson’s spring schedule with the team.

Hopefully this is a lesson learned by Richardson and this doesn’t escalate further, but the Jets will have to monitor Richardson’s status over the next few years very closely before being willing to offer him the big payday he should get if he can keep on the straight and narrow.


Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

In recent years, the Jets have had to deal with the likes of Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace and Shaun Ellis being unavailable at the start of the regular season, whether that be due to injury or suspension, but this hits especially hard.

Richardson is a big loss, but at least the Jets have the depth to still put a strong defensive line out there. This does put added pressure on rookie Leonard Williams to be ready to go right at the start of the season, though. It also raises the stakes in the battle for playing time between the veterans Kevin Vickerson, Leger Douzable and Stephen Bowen.

This will also free up an extra roster spot until after the bye but then they’ll have to cut someone to make room for him. They’ll save some money on his salary, although he’s still on his rookie deal so this will only be a $310K cash/cap saving, some of which will be needed to pay his replacement on the 90-man roster. Richardson, who will also forfeit $334,823 in bonus money, will be able to play in preseason and practice throughout training camp with no restrictions.

It’s extremely disappointing that Richardson made this mistake.  I guess the one silver lining is that he should definitely be motivated to make it up to the Jets fanbase over the remainder of the season. I just hope the Jets don’t dig themselves into a hole over those first four games.


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Revis checks in at No. 17 on NFL Network’s Top 100 list

Jets CB Darrelle Revis checked in at No. 17 on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list (July 1).

Last season, Revis was ranked 37th on the NFL Top 100.

Revis, who spent 2014 with the Patriots and 2013 with the Buccaneers, signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets in March for his second stint with the club.

Revis joins DE Mo Wilkerson (No. 74), WR Brandon Marshall (No. 57), and DE Sheldon Richardson (No. 55) as Jets on the list.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Fully recovered from his ACL tear, Revis put in an excellent 2014 season en route to helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl.  Quarterbacks feared throwing his way and when they did they were almost never successful.  With the upgrades to the defense, Revis should be well ensconced among the best players in the NFL when the 2015 season concludes.

I am surprised that Nick Mangold didn’t make the list; he clearly deserves to be on this list and was left off.  Even though Mangold put in spectacular performances in 2014, the output of the whole group might have been the cause on him being left off this list.


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