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Strain, no ligament damage for Williams

Jets defensive end Leonard Williams has a muscle strain behind his knee and no ligament damage. Williams had an MRI Sunday after leaving Saturday’s exhibition against the Giants in the second quarter.

It is not believed to be a long-term injury. The team had suspected Williams had a bone bruise.

Williams, the Jets first-round draft choice out of Southern California, limped to the Jets’ locker room after the Giants kicked off following Rashad Jennings’ 1-yard touchdown run with 3:53 left in the first half.

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson told reporters after the game that Williams texted him. “(Williams) said he’s good.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

When the Jets drafted Williams sixth overall, the move seemed strange, but in light of the Jets slow-playing the Mo Wilkerson contracts and Sheldon Richardson’s recent problems, adding a player like Williams — arguably the best overall talent in the draft — was the right play.

It’s been a tumultuous offseason and preseason for the Jets defensive line and a serious injury to their first round draft pick was the last thing this team needed. A few days or weeks rest should set Williams right … now that the results of the MRI are in I can fully exhale.


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Jets cut 12 ahead of 75-man deadline

The Jets cut 12 players, including five wide receivers, as they trimmed their roster ahead of Tuesday’s deadline when rosters must be down to 75 (Aug. 30).

The Jets need to cut three more players before Tuesday; rosters must be down to 53 by next Sunday before the regular season begins.

The released players:
WR: T.J. Graham; Saalim Hakim; Austin Hill; DeVier Posey; Jonathon Rumph
TE: Matt LaCosse
OL: James Brewer; Dalton Freeman
LB: Bryan Johnson
DB: Javier Arenas; Curtis Brown; Keith Lewis

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

DeVier Posey was a known commodity to Mike Maccagnan from their time together in Houston. At the time the Jets moved back to allow the Texans to grab Jaelen Strong, I was dubious of his ability to stick on this roster. Brewer was a veteran who brought some insurance to the line group, but not enough for the Jets to extend his tenure into the season, which is trouble considering the group of recently drafted Jets who are struggling as well to find a place.

LaCosse was a late addition who provided some roster insurance while Jace Amaro gets healthy, but seems like his short stay is over. Hakim was beloved by Rex Ryan for his speed, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him wind up in Buffalo at some point this season.   Some of the most recognizable names are Freeman and Graham. Freeman was apprenticing as a reserve center (up until recently when he was relegated to the third string) and this might bode well for Dakota Dozier’s chances at winning a spoke as an guard/center.  Graham had a shot to make this team with some injuries to the receivers and did flash early in camp, but the team’s clear preference for larger targets in the passing game (and as blockers) is starting to shine through.


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BGA: Blue the doors off


BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part two of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Giants with detailed analysis of the offense including some poor blocking from the tight end position, a look at some of the play design and an update on how the offensive line is gelling. Here’s the link to the defense and special teams analysis in part one.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. It’s good to be back! To read more of this story, click here


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UPDATES: Cuts as Jets approach 75-man roster limit

The Jets will be releasing wide receivers DeVier Posey and T.J. Graham and offensive lineman James Brewer, according to multiple media reports.

The Jets need to trim the roster to 75 by Tuesday and to 53 before the start of the regular season.

Tight end Matt LaCosse, center Dalton Freeman, wide receiver Saalim Hakim, and cornerback Keith Lewis also will be cut, according to reports.

BGA: Standing on the shoulders of Giants


BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of Saturday night’s 28-18 win over the Giants with detailed analysis of the defense and special teams including the Revis-Beckham duel, Muhammad Wilkerson’s return and some linebacking struggles. We’ll move on to the offensive review in part two.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. It’s good to be back! To read more of this story, click here


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Williams to have MRI on knee Sunday

After X-rays showed no damage, Jets defensive end Leonard Williams will have an MRI Sunday on the knee he injured in the first half of Saturday’s 28-18 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium according to reporter Adam Schefter (Aug. 29).

The team believes Williams has only a bone bruise.

Williams, the Jets first-round draft choice out of Southern California, limped to the Jets’ locker room after the Giants kicked off following Rashad Jennings’ 1-yard touchdown run with 3:53 left in the first half.

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson told reporters after the game that Williams texted him. “(Williams) said he’s good.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

When the Jets drafted Leonard Williams sixth overall the move seemed strange, but in light of the Jets slow-playing the Mo Wilkerson contracts and Sheldon Richardson’s recent problems, adding a player like Williams — arguably the best overall talent in the draft — was the right play.

It’s been a tumultuous offseason and preseason for the Jets defensive line and a serious injury to their first round draft pick was the last thing this team needed.  It is good to hear that his injury is not all that serious and a few days or weeks rest should set Williams right … of course I’ll wait for the results of the MRI before fully exhaling.


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Game Recap: Jets 28 — Giants 18

Result: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two TD passes and the Jets returned an interception and a punt for scores as they handled the Giants 28-18 Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.



Need To Know: Fitzpatrick (9-for-14, 127 yards, no interceptions) threw TD passes of 18 yards to Eric Decker and 24 yards to Zac Stacy in the first half. Stacy also caught a two-point conversion pass from Fitzpatrick.

Antonio Cromartie picked off Eli Manning and returned the interception 59 yards for a touchdown with six seconds left in the first half. Manning was 12-for-15 before the pick-six, with five completions to Odell Beckham Jr.

Two of those came on the Giants’ 14-play, 85-yard TD drive that ended with Rashad Jennings 1-yard TD run. The Jets had three penalties on the drive, two by linebacker Demario Davis.

The Jets outgained the Giants 194-126 when the starters were in the game.

Walter Powell took a punt back 54 yards for a score with 5:26 left in the third quarter.

Chris Ivory ran six times for 38 yards; Stacy nine times for 36. The Jets did not have a turnover and were plus-2 on takeaways.

Nick Folk missed the extra point after Stacy’s TD in the second quarter.

Backup QB Ryan Nassib led the Giants on a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the second half, ending it with a 6-yard pass to Jerome Cunningham with 7:31 remaining.

Links: Recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Jets conclude the preseason next Thursday at home against the Eagles (7 p.m.) The regular-season opener is Sunday Sept. 13 at home against Cleveland (1 p.m.).

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While it was just a preseason game, winning the Snoopy Bowl is always an added little sumthin’-sumthin’ for the fans of the prevailing team.  The Jets defense seemed to straighten out after a tough few outings against the Lions (Ameer Abdullah) and the Falcon (Matt Ryan).  It was good to see that in the dress rehearsal for the season, the defense seems to finally be aligning with the expectations being placed upon them.  This play was the perfect embodiment of the Revis versus OBJ matchup, so seeing Revis back in a Jets uniform staving off one of the most electric receivers in football definitely warmed the iciest reaches of my heart.

As far as the offense, the phrase I’ll use is “guarded optimism.” Ryan Fitzpatrick looked solid against the Giants throwing two touchdowns on the night.  Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are settling into their Batman & Robin roles while Chris Ivory is quickly becoming a buzzworthy player in league circles for a surprise season.  Granted, this all came against a Giants defense that couldn’t stop a nosebleed a year ago did very little to improve upon the unit and which is suffering from the absence of JPP.

The good news for the start as they begin the season is that they only take on one top 10 defense from 2014 during the first four games; the Philadelphia Eagles (10th in DVOA) were the top rated group though the other three units in the Jets first month all were lying in the weeds in the 10-20 range.  My point being, the Jets might be better than expected offensively, but I’ll temper my enthusiasm until I see more of the same during the first month of the regular season against some good-not-great defensive units.


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Aug 22, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s game: Jets at Giants, 7 p.m.

Game: New York Jets (1-1-0) at New York Giants (1-1-0)

Where: MetLife Stadium

Watch: WNBC-TV

When: 7 p.m.

Who: Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for the Jets. Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) will likely make his preseason debut.

InjuriesJeremy Kerley (concussion), Devin Smith (ribs) and Jace Amaro (shoulder) are likely to be out, according to the Jets’ website.


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Ryan Fitzpatrick will be reunited with his former coach Chan Gailey. In 2014, Fitzpatrick quietly posted the ninth-highest quarterback rating in the NFL in 2014 while Geno Smith ranked 29th. He's a capable backup ready should Geno stumble.

Daily Links: Projector Skrine

– Decker raves about Buster Skrine [NJAM]

– Some background on new TE Art Lynch [Metro]

– Petty learns another lesson…about Pizza [ESPN New York]

– Seven points about Jets-Giants [Jets Official Site]

– Colon is back in business [AP]

– Jets or Giants: Who has the better roster? [Jets Insider]

– Miles is the safety to root for [NY Post]

– Is Fitzpatrick poised for a breakout year? [FOX Sports]


BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Fitzpatrick seems optimistic about his chances of a break-out season this year, but although he will begin it as the starter, we have no idea of when or if Geno Smith will be eventually viewed as ready to take over.

Assuming he can keep the job, how realistic is it to expect a break-out year from a comparable quarterback to Fitzpatrick? Notorious late-bloomers like Alex Smith and Kurt Warner typically break through in their late-twenties. Fitzpatrick is 32, has a 38% win-loss percentage and is coming off a season in which he set his career-best in quarterback rating.

How about this for a comparison? At 32, Vinny Testaverde had a 44% win-loss percentage and had just set his career-best in quarterback rating too. That year, he demolished his career best numbers in passing yards (4,177) and touchdowns (33) and set his career-mark to that point in quarterback rating too, heading to his first pro bowl. There were some differences, principally that Testaverde didn’t move to a new team, although his Cleveland Browns did relocate to Baltimore prior to the season. Of course, Testaverde would have an even better season – ending up one game short of a Super Bowl appearance – just two years later with the Jets.


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