Head coach Todd Bowles hinted that quarterback Matt Flynn could start the final preseason game for the Jets and Josh Johnson would also see some playing time when the Jets face the Eagles on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“We’re probably going to see a lot of Matt and try to see some of Josh as well,” Bowles said (Sept. 1). “I’m going to try and focus on those two guys.”
Bowles still hasn’t decided whether or not rookie QB Bryce Petty will play Thursday, but said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will not play in the preseason finale (Sept. 1).
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Even with yesterday’s shelving of Jace Amaro, the Jets have a number of injuries to backups that are impacting the ease of the decision in drawing up a final roster. An extra spot with or without Flynn on this roster might not seem like a lot, but that very spot could prove vital in protecting another player they covet elsewhere.
The Jets already know that Bryce Petty is a roster lock for this team, but it would seem they might be trying to determine whether or not they would keep four quarterbacks on this roster while Geno Smith recovers from his broken jaw. Allowing Flynn to start this game would give them a good sense of where Flynn is in picking up this offense and whether or not he would provide value to the team on the roster.
– Rex “feels bad” for Amaro, but still can’t resist a few jabs [NJAM]
– Loss of Amaro won’t be crippling for Jets [ESPN New York]
– Bowles suggests Flynn will start on Thursday [Jets Official Site]
– Jets hoping three-headed monster can pulverize opponents [NY Post]
– Colon officially named as starting right guard because he “wanted it more” [Jets Insider]
– Pats trade for 2014 Jets draft pick Saunders [NFL.com]
– Bills claim Dalton Freeman off waivers from Jets [Bills Official Site]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: In the New York Post article about the Jets’ running game, Zach Braziller focuses not just on the “three-headed-monster” in the backfield, but also on the offensive line.
If the Jets – who had the 3rd most productive running game in the NFL last year – are going to be successful again, it starts up-front. It’s therefore reassuring to see the confidence players on the offense are displaying in the five linemen. While they’ve been inconsistent with their run blocking so far, the potential was shown in the Falcons game with a couple of perfectly blocked plays, including the one on which Chris Ivory scored a 33-yard touchdown.
There’s one thing not being accounted for here though and that’s the influence of non-linemen on how well plays are blocked. While the Jets have some good blockers in their wide receiving corps, their tight ends have not been blocking well – even Kellen Davis, for whom blocking is supposed to be his speciality. In addition, Tommy Bohanon at fullback has never been one of the most consistent lead blockers around. That’s an area where the Jets must improve, otherwise they might end up having more success when they run out of the spread.
Todd Bowles, Willie Colon and Darrelle Revis comment on the progress of Jets heading into the final preseason game.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Tuesday. Here are five things we learned…
1.) Willie Colon is officially the starting RG, and he earned the position by being “more aggressive” than the other players who were vying for it.
2.) Jeremy Kerley is feeling better but hasn’t gone through any physical contact yet.
3.) At the moment, WR Quincy Enunwa is not expected to be called on to help fill the void left by injured TE Jace Amaro.
4.) Bowles is not concerned about Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s arm strength, and he would be “very comfortable” if he needs to play Fitzpatrick all season.
5.) It’s not yet clear whether or not Stevan Ridley will begin the season on the PUP list.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will not play in the Jets’ final preseason game, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
Bowles said “some” of the team’s starters will play in the preseason finale against Philadelphia on Thursday night, but not Fitzpatrick. Bowles hadn’t decided whether rookie Bryce Petty would start, saying he needs to see veterans Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson.
“We’re going to see who’s the healthiest and try to at least have them available if something happens to some of the guys out on the field,” Bowles said of his starters.
Bowles said that Flynn and Johnson should both be able to play, despite the former missing time with a hamstring injury and the latter just joining the team last week.
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Head coach Todd Bowles acknowledged it’s “possible” RB Stevan Ridley could start the season on the physically unable to perform list.
He is still recovering from torn ligaments in his right knee last October while with New England.
“You want to be better safe than sorry. There’s no need to rush him back,” Bowles said. “When he gets better in the process, then we’ll make that decision as we go. We have some quality running backs right now and they’re all playing good, so Ridley can take his time and get healthy.”
But even if Ridley doesn’t start the season on the PUP list, he’s going to need time.
“Whether we take him off PUP or whether he starts on PUP, he’s still going to need some time in pads,” Bowles said. “He’s just not going to come in and you say ‘Bam, put him out there.’ He’s still going to need some time.”
– Flynn not concerned despite limited workload [NJAM]
– Wilkerson expecting to play a few snaps in Thursday night’s game [Metro]
– Leonard Williams vows to be ready for opener [ESPN New York]
– Fitzpatrick satisfied with preseason as offense continues to come together [Jets Official Site]
– Jets happy to turn page, but still have work to do on offense [NY Post]
– Enunwa doing everything he can for Jets [Jets Insider]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: All offseason, I had been expecting Bryce Petty to get the majority of the reps in the annual “Bollinger Bowl”. However, the way things have worked out, it’s become more of a priority for Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson to get some reps in Chan Gailey’s offense. At stake, a place on the opening day roster to presumably serve as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s number two with the added bonus that any vested veteran on an opening day roster gets their entire salary for the year guaranteed.
For Petty, this would have been an excellent opportunity for an extended workload in a game where it doesn’t matter who wins and a situation where if he was to suffer an injury and miss some time, it wouldn’t be the end of the world because he likely wouldn’t be playing anyway. In addition, he’ll mostly be facing guys on the roster bubble, so it gives him a good chance of having some success in order to gain more confidence and a better understanding of how the offense operates without such a big jump from the level he was accustomed to in college.
Unfortunately, the Jets will have to sacrifice that opportunity because they need to make a decision on Flynn or Johnson. However, if neither of them play well, but Petty does, that might make the situation even more complicated than it already is. Either way, it should be interesting to watch it play out.
Jeane Coakley reports from Florham Park on the Jets’ preparing for their final preseason game against the Eagles.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Now that the Jets have played their third preseason game, the 53 man roster is starting to come into focus. While there are a number of roster spots that will need to be rectified when players come back from suspension or the short term injured reserve, this is my best guess at the team’s cutdown roster based on what we’ve seen in practice, in the preseason and knowing the team’s projected playing style this season.
Here we go!
The Rostered: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Flynn, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith
The Cut: Josh Johnson
The Turk: The Jets are going to protect their investment in Bryce Petty the best way they can — by burning a roster spot on Matt Flynn to start the season. Petty has looked good in his recent mop-up work, but he’s still a long-term play for the Jets. Geno Smith isn’t heading to the short-term injured reserve and the team wants to put a buffer between Bryce Petty and the fans’ expectations by preventing Petty from seeing any early action should a Fitzpatrick injury strike.
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