Revis doesn’t feel bad for Brady

Jets CB Darrelle Revis doesn’t feel bad that Tom Brady got suspended for his role in Deflategate (Mehta, May 20).

Revis, who was on the Patriots last season, said he was unaware that anything illegal was going on and said that “New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble.”

As far as Brady is concerned, Revis said that the league was in the right.

If (the NFL) feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. (The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that…Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”

Revis also noted that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should not recuse himself from Brady’s appeal.

NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Geno named Jets starting QB

Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said that Geno Smith is the team’s starter “right now” at quarterback.

New head coach Todd Bowles has said throughout the offseason that Smith would head into training camp taking the first-team snaps over veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is recovering from a broken leg.

When asked whether Smith would be the starting quarterback when the Jets open against Cleveland, Gailey said: “Don’t make me say `yes,’ but probably.”

Gailey said it was unlikely that Smith would lose his starting job in training camp.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Wow … well that was a shocking May revelation. The Jets have been propping up the idea that Geno will be the lead man come the beginning of camp, but have also hinted at potential competition. But for the Jets to come right out and say it now? That was not expected.

Still, it could work to the Jets favor in two ways. First, it will allow the “high ceiling” and “low floored” Geno Smith the freedom to soak in as many first team reps as possible in a system that should be more familiar to him based on his college experience than what he’s used the last two seasons. After that they way he responds is up to him and the coaches will give him as much lead as necessary to either thrive or relegate himself to the bench. To read more of this story, click here


Line of scrimmage for PAT moved from two yard line to 15 yard line

The NFL has approved a rule change that will move the line of scrimmage for extra points from the two-yard line to the 15-yard line (Garafolo, May 19).

The line of scrimmage for two-point conversion attempts will remain at the two-yard line.

According to Mike Garafolo, if the defense commits a penalty during a PAT attempt, the offensive team can change course and instead attempt a two-point conversion from the one-yard line.

In 2014, 25 of the 32 teams made 100% of their PAT kicks and the other seven converted 95% or higher.

The new rule, which was the result of a proposal by the Competition Committee, allows the defense to return a turnover on a missed conversion.

The league approved the rule by a vote of 30-to-2, with both the Redskins and Raiders voting against it.


Jets OTAs begin…


Jets Nation: Todd Bowles, from defense to offense

Brian Custer, Ray Lucas and Erik Coleman share their thoughts on the challenge ahead for Todd Bowles as he switches from a defensive to an offensive mindset…

May 8, 2015; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith (84) makes a catch during rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie WR Smith won’t be return man

While the New York Jets drafted speedy wide receiver Devin Smith in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft, he is not expected to be the team’s kick or punt returner. (NJ.com, May 18)

Special Teams Coordinator Bobby April said that although Smith is fast, he lacks experience as a returner. He returned five punts and 13 kickoffs at Ohio State.

April told NJ.com he thinks Jeremy Kerley and Walter Powell will compete for the punt returner job. Kerley returned 25 punts last season, while Powell returned 12.

April said Chris OwusuSaalim Hakim and T.J. Graham are three candidates to be the team’s kickoff returner. Former Jet Percy Harvin returned 20 kickoffs last year, Hakim 13.

Last year, New York used fourth-round rookie Jalen Saunders as a punt returner. He muffed returns in back-to-back games before the Jets cut him.

Saunders was an experienced returner, having returned 31 punts and 33 kickoffs at Oklahoma.