Jets Nation: Maccagnan on camp

Jeane Coakley speaks with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan about the team’s start to training camp and the Sheldon Richardson situation.


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Oct 3, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Jarrod West (88) looks to hand the ball back to a referee after completing a play during the second quarter of a game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Carrier Dome. Louisville won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jets sign WR Jarrod West

The Jets have signed undrafted free agent WR Jarrod West, the team announced on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 2).

West, who played at Syracuse for four years, was part of rookie minicamp in early May.

During his senior year with Syracuse, the 6-foot-2 wide receiver caught 49 passes for 700 yards, leading the team in both categories.


BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: As we predicted yesterday, it was likely the Jets would bring a receiver in, having lost Devin Smith for the next month or so due to his rib injury.  In such circumstances, it’s common to bring in a younger player with the potential to become a developmental project, and West, who attended the Jets’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, is a player they have some familiarity with.

West is a player who played primarily on the outside last year for Syracuse, catching 49 passes but no touchdowns.  I’ll write a more detailed scouting report on West over the next day or so, but he has reasonable size (6 foot 2) and athleticism (4.58 40-yard dash at his pro day, but some other good numbers) and has shown some ability to get downfield despite the fact he only scored four touchdowns in four seasons.


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The Marshall Plan

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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

When a team adds a five-time Pro Bowler to its roster, it tends to create a natural order among a group of receivers — especially when that receivers group just two years ago was unable to provide any true threat to NFL defenses.  When you add a five-time Pro Bowler to the offense and use him as a slot receiver, it tends to create a natural disorder for the defense.

That’s just what the Jets seem to be doing, according to the team’s starting quarterback Geno Smith.  “We’re doing a great job of creating matchups,” Geno told reporters on Saturday. “We’re moving our receivers around. We’ve got (Brandon) Marshall in the slot, he can be outside. We’ve got sets where we do a bunch of things.”

Brandon Marshall?  One of the NFL’s top 100 players for 2015? Taking reps in the slot?  

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Newsday: Bowles hopes Richardson moves in right direction

In an article for Newsday, Bob Glauber details the recent off-field issues that have plagued Sheldon Richardson, and how head coach Todd Bowles hopes his defensive end approaches them.

Bowles, who has seen players deal with similar issues, said Richardson could go in one of two directions at this point.

“I’ve seen players go both ways,” Bowles said. “As a player, your stubbornness is what gets you to be successful. But it’s also the thing that makes you fail, because no one can tell you ‘no,’ not even yourself,” >> Read More.

Photo: Junior equipment managers

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The New York Jets ask children from the crowd each day if they want to help the players with their pads and jerseys after practice.  Here are two of Saturday’s junior equipment team helping TE Jeff Cumberland.


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Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Amaro confident, looking for big 2015 campaign

After he struggled as a rookie last year, Jets TE Jace Amaro is looking to make an impression during his second NFL season.

Amaro, a 2014 second-round draft pick out of Texas Tech, finished his college career with 1,352 receiving yards — second-most in school history. But in his first year with the Jets, Amaro grabbed just 38 passes for 345 yards (July 4, TheJetsBlog).

The tight end said now that he’s had a year under his belt, he feels more ready and mature for the upcoming season (Aug. 1).

“I feel more confident in myself,” Amaro said at training camp. “I feel more glued to the system. I feel ready to go. I’m not a rookie. I’m going into my second year. I’ve seen it all. I played against some pretty good teams last season. I’ve seen a lot of defenses in practice and in games. I feel like I’ve got a lot more used to the speed. I think that’s the biggest thing, just adapting to that. I feel a lot more comfortable.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Last year at this time Amaro’s head was swimming with the new concepts that were being put on him in training camp.  His role in Marty Mornhinweg‘s offense was that of the “F” tight end, a role which has its routes determined by both the offensive playcall AND the defensive alignment.

While we’re sure there is some situational awareness based on what the defense shows in Chan Gailey‘s scheme, the basis of his responsibilities in 2015 will be more familiar for Amaro thanks to his days in a spread-oriented offense at Texas Tech.  

Even though this regime didn’t draft Amaro, Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan are pragmatic enough to know that it is in their best interests to see if Amaro can be their long-term answer, and this year could go a long way to prove it.  Watching Amaro, I still see a player who can labor at times when he is catching and running with the ball; I’m not mistaking him for a Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates … but if he keeps at it, projecting him to become a Jason Witten or Heath Miller-type player is a real possibility.

One of the best things I’ve seen is that he is getting significantly better as a blocker.  That’s a good thing because it means it will keep him on the field for more snaps.  More snaps mean more potential for targets, more targets mean more catches and more catches means more yards and touchdowns.  And maybe that can help him with his unnamed goal for the year.


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NFL: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Daily Links: Send in the Colons

– Jets promote Davidson to Director of Football Administration [Jets Official Site]

– Milliner participates in team drills, performs well [NJAM]

– Maccagnan confirms Jets’ interest in Mathis, but nothing imminent [ESPN New York]

– Willie Colon activated off the PUP list [USA Today]

– Rex’s subtle shots at Idzik and Woody hint at “agendas” [NY Post]

– Offense, behind strong performance from Geno, wins the day [Newsday]


BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: In recent years, it seems like the defense was always ahead of the offense in early practices, so it was surprising to hear that the defense was made to do push-ups at the end of the first day in pads. On paper, both units have been upgraded since last season, but the offense seems to be doing well so far, while the defense has yet to record an interception.

When Rex Ryan started out as Jets coach he was, like Todd Bowles, another defensive-minded, first-time head coach with a first-time defensive co-ordinator. The difference there, though, was that his defense was facing off in practice against an inexperienced offensive co-ordinator in Brian Schottenheimer. By contrast, Kacy Rodgers‘ defense is facing off against the experienced Chan Gailey which may present some early challenges. The continuity of having Ryan’s system in place definitely helped the defense to dominate early camp practices in recent years though, even when Schottenheimer was replaced by some more experienced offensive minds.

In case you were wondering, the Jets are scheduled to practice again Sunday at 2:20 p.m., so we’ll get a chance to see whether the defense can come up with a counter-punch.


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GEICO SportsNite: Coakley at Jets’ camp

Jeane Coakley reports from Jets’ training camp where general manager Mike Maccagnan spoke to the media regarding Sheldon Richardson.


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Jets cut FB Copeland

The Jets have waived fullback J.C. Copeland, the team announced Saturday afternoon (Aug. 1).

Copeland was signed in May after he participated in the Jets’ rookie minicamp.

The fullback out of LSU had previously signed with the Cowboys in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, but was cut before the season began.

He had seven career touchdowns and 92 rushing yards during his time with LSU.


BentBent, theJetsBlog.com:

It sounds like Copeland had a rough day today, with the on-site beat reporters noting two rough plays he had in drills.  Apparently Lorenzo Mauldin juked him badly and Deion Barnes lit him up and knocked his helmet off.  

The 270-plus pounder Copeland, who was also in training camp last season with the Cowboys, was probably a long-shot to make the roster.  The more versatile Tommy Bohanon is now the only pure fullback on the roster, although it’s possible Chan Gailey‘s offense will operate without one.  After Devin Smith‘s injury, I would imagine the Jets will now look to bring in another receiver, although Greg Little (who recently worked out for the team) has since signed with the Bengals.


Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

My esteemed colleague Bent got it right in his reaction on Copeland.  Even though it seems like a quick hook for a guy who did have a pretty bad day, there’s also probably some larger forces at work.  
With the news about Smith’s injury I would not be surprised to see the Jets replace Copeland’s roster spot with a receiver who might stand a better chance at fighting for a spot with some flux in the receivers meeting room.

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