Bowles views QB spot as open competition

Despite offensive coordinator Chan Gailey naming Geno Smith the starter, head coach Todd Bowles said it will be more of an “open competition” for the quarterback spot.

“Come camp time, there will be competition [at QB]…[For now], the first-team reps will go to the guy that was first-team QB last year,” Bowles said, referencing Smith.

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” (May 20).

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

To date under the Maccagnan/Bowles regime, the team has been consistent, clear and measured in their comments. Gailey’s moment of candor last week, when he presumed Geno would be the team’s starting quarterback this upcoming season, was mildly surprising. In truth, it makes sense that the organization — even with no prior ties — would prefer Geno win the job. Geno has much more natural abilities and his ceiling is higher.

With that said, it’s foolish to not see the merits a game manager like Ryan Fitzpatrick could offer. Fitzy’s floor might wind up being just as attractive should Geno falter in camp or in-season.

The point that Bowles and Gailey’s comments matter is in that there is some discrepancy, even if slight, to how they are approaching the QB competition. Those are the narratives that the media in this market typically hammer at and which Bowles and company might now learn about the hard way.


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BGA: Scouting Deon Simon

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: As regular TJB readers know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail so, this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any undrafted free agent signings.

We’ve already covered the Jets’ first five picks (which you can see here), so today we wrap up this year’s draft class with a look at the Jets’ seventh round pick, defensive lineman Deon Simon.

Simon, who is listed at 6’4″ and 321 pounds, is a 24 year-old small school prospect from Northwestern State. In four seasons for the Demons, Simon recorded 93 tackles, including 13.5 for a loss. He added 6.5 sacks, five quarterback hits and three pass break-ups.

After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of Simon in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses…

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Bazirgan promoted to pro personnel director, scouting assignments announced

The Jets have promoted Matt Bazirgan to pro personnel director (Mehta, May 26).

Earlier this month GM Mike Maccagnan fired five scouts and Brendan Prophett, who served as the head of the organizations pro personnel department for nine seasons.

Bazirgan has worked within the Jets organization since 2004. He served as an area scout for eight years before becoming the assistant pro personnel director in 2013.

In addition to Bazirgan’s promotion, the Jets announced lots of additional scouting assignments.

Xavier Adibi (Plains), Bill Dekraker (Northeast), Dom Green (Southwest), and Brian Shields (West Coast) were all named Area Scouts.

Both Jay Mandelosi (Southeast) and Johnathon Stigall (Midwest) will remain with the team as Area Scouts.

Lee Gissendaner (East Coast), Jim Jauch (West Coast), and Zach Truty (Central) were all hired as National Scouts.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

One would suppose that Maccagnan’s deep ties in the scouting community from his time with the Houston and Washington have allowed him to get to know some scouts who he likes and wanted to come work for him.  Having cleared out most of his scouting staff last month, Maccagnan has been filling out his scouting department and seems to have done a good job.

Adibi might be a recognizable name due to his recent NFL career.  Adibi played at UVA before being drafting in the fourth round by the Texans in 2008 and played on a few teams before most recently scouting for the Chiefs.  Maccagnan would know him well from their shared time in Houston.  Shields is another name that people seem to say is a young talented scout and will reunite with Brian Heimerdinger in New York.  Shields is a Princeton graduate who worked in various capacities before being named an area scout two years ago by Les Snead.

Zach Truty is following Rex Hogan to New York as Truty worked for Rex Hogan in Chicago.  Maccagnan would know Dekraker from their days together in Washington.


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Going Home with Damon Harrison

In SNY’s feature profile of Damon Harrison, Jeane Coakley travels to New Iberia, La. to learn about Harrison’s background and his long road to football and the NFL…


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BGA: Scouting Jarvis Harrison

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: As regular TJB readers know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail so, this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any undrafted free agent signings.

So far, we have looked at defensive lineman Leonard Williams, wide receiver Devin Smith, outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin and quarterback Bryce Petty, but today we’re moving on to take a look at the Jets’ fifth pick, offensive lineman Jarvis Harrison.

Harrison, who is listed at 6’4″ and 330 pounds, is 23 years old and was a three year starter at Texas A&M. Harrison started a total of 38 games at four different positions over the course of his four-year collegiate career. The Aggies had a 35-17 record while Harrison was playing for them and won all four of their bowl games.

After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of Harrison in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses…

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