GEICO SportsNite: Cromartie on fast start

Antonio Cromartie joins the show to discuss the Jets’ optimism after starting 3-1, how the defense can get better and Chris Ivory’s success.


Daily Links: Flying up the charts

– Ivory is the engine, Fitzpatrick the driver [NY Post]

– Jets cracking the top ten in most power rankings [NJAM]

– Jets searching for something bigger than mediocrity [ESPN New York]

– Jets are happy but not satisfied [Jets Official Site]

– Ivory makes the all-pro team (Wilkerson honorable mention) [PFF]

– Walder: Marshall is the key to the success [NY Daily News]

BentBent, With the bye week here, a lot of people are taking stock of this Jets team, which has done well to navigate what, on paper, was expected to be one of their toughest four game stretches of the season.

However, it hasn’t actually worked out that way, with the four teams they’ve faced so far being only 5-11 between them. The Jets have obviously contributed to that with three of their wins, but it’s still a situation where all four opponents have had their struggles.

I’m sure some of the games that were previously seen as easy on the schedule will prove to be tougher than expected after the bye. The Raiders, for example, are outperforming expectations. However, at this early stage of the season, the only teams with a winning record on the Jets’ schedule are the Broncos and Patriots, albeit that this represents three games against teams who are currently unbeaten. If the Jets can maintain their momentum and take care of beatable teams, they’re going to be in the postseason mix all season.


Jets Extra Point: Keys to success

The panel discusses the keys to the Jets’ victory over the Dolphins in Week 4, Chris Ivory’s physicality as a running back and the defense.


Bowles: ‘We haven’t accomplished anything’

The transformation of the New York Jets began, in large part, the day they hired Todd Bowles.

The franchise was in disarray and in search of a coach who could get back to winning on the field – and not just in the headlines. Bowles has been a perfect fit so far, a low-key and even-keeled leader who refuses to be satisfied, not even after opening 3-1.

“We understand that we’ve only played one quarter of the season and all we did was get off to a good start,” Bowles said during a conference call Monday. “We haven’t accomplished anything.”

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GEICO SportsNite: Bowles grades Jets

Jets coach Todd Bowles grades the team’s performance in London and explains his team’s mindset with Jeane Coakley.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson has been the team's starting left tackle since 2006 and has been a fixture - rarely missing a snap.  Ferguson's durability cannot be understated, but his play tends to rely on the quality of the player to his immediate right.  A quality pass protector and moderate run blocker, Brick might be in his final year with the team with a $14 million cap hit looming in 2016.

Daily Links: Back to work

– Willis: Even Brick is amped about this team [NY Post]

– Fitzpatrick flawed despite Jets win [NJAM]

– Jets not sure yet of return date for Harris, Williams [ESPN New York]

– Home comforts help Jets on transatlantic trip [CNN]

– OL helps Jets (and Giants) prosper [Wall Street Journal]

– A healthy Ivory is the Jets’ secret weapon [NY Times]

BentBent, The bye week is upon us and the Jets – who flew home immediately after the game – planned to reconvene stateside for a couple of days before giving the players the rest of the week off.

While I’m glad the bye week is here because I’m exhausted, we’ll still have plenty of content for you between now and the next game a week on Sunday. Keep coming back to TJB over the next couple of weeks and I’ll have a scouting report on the newest Jet, Dion Bailey, as well as an Expendables update and the BGA Extra from Sunday’s game. If the Jets sign any new players to the active roster, I’ll break them down too.

In case you missed it, please check out my coverage from the weekend.

– Friday practice recap and player comments [Friday]

– An in-depth chat with general manager Mike Maccagnan [Saturday]

– BGA game preview [Sunday]

– BGA game review articles, including player interviews [Monday]


Jets sign Thompkins to practice squad, release Walter Powell

The Jets have signed WR Kenbrell Thompkins to their practice squad, the team announced. To make room on the practice squad, WR Walter Powell was released (Oct. 5).

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With all the fanfare Thompkins received in his early days in New England, I’ll bite and raise half an eyebrow. With that said, the New England beat has a way of inciting the fantasy echo-chamber and if Thompkins was as talented as advertised in 2013 he wouldn’t be getting signed to the Jets practice squad four weeks into the season.

The Jets have been looking for another developmental player for a few week; not long ago they worked out Corey Washington, likely for Walt Powell’s spot. The Jets must also feel confident in their current returners to let Powell go after a solid preseason from him on special teams.


Penalties hurt Jets big time in London

As good as the Jets played on offense, it was defensive penalties that allowed the Dolphins to make a game of it.

The Jets gave away 163 yards on 14 penalties, including back-to-back pass interference calls that gifted the Dolphins 58 yards and set up Ryan Tannehill’s first of two touchdown passes.

“We practically gave them seven points with two penalties,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “We can’t have the penalties … and beat a lot teams in this league. We were fortunate today.”


Richardson due back in court as suspension ends

Just as New York Jets defensive linemanĀ Sheldon Richardson gets to return to the field after a drug suspension, he’ll also see his legal troubles reappear in court.

The former University of Missouri star is scheduled for a court appearance Monday in St. Charles County just west of St. Louis, where the Pro Bowler is charged with five misdemeanor counts that include resisting arrest. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.

The 24-year-old was arrested July 14 after a chase that began on Interstate 64, where police say he was driving his 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph with a 12-year-old relative and two other men inside the car. Police said Richardson, who lives in the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon in the offseason, appeared to be racing with another car.

Police say they found a loaded handgun under a floor mat, and a probable cause statement said officers detected a “very strong odor of burned marijuana.” No gun charges were filed because Richardson legally owned the weapon, and prosecutors declined to pursue drug possession or child endangerment counts, citing insufficient evidence.

A conviction for resisting arrest is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, though Richardson expressed confidence in August that he won’t face jail time – “I really don’t think it’ll go that far, but we’ll see.”

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