Jets sign TE LaCosse

The Jets have signed tight end Matt LaCosse, the team announced.

LaCosse (6’6″, 240) is a rookie free agent who first signed with the Giants on May 7. The Giants waived him on Aug. 1.

LaCosse played four seasons for Illinois. His best receiving season can in his junior year, when he caught 20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 14 passes for 117 yards and three more TDs.

Over his four seasons, he had 38 receptions for 397 yards (10.4 yards/catch) and six TDs.

To make room for LaCosse, the Jets waived lineman Davon Walls.


LaCosse is a player who was doing really well with the Giants at minicamp, with many fans thinking they got themselves a UDFA steal. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring at the start of camp and was released.

Like Arthur Lynch, who signed last week, LaCosse is probably a project rather than an immediate contributor, but he does look like a fluid athlete for his size and he was apparently a good blocker with excellent intangibles in college.

As for Walls, he had shown a few flashes of athleticism in the first two preseason games, but he’s also been overmatched at times. He was given an injury settlement after suffering a calf injury at last night’s practice in Hofstra. When he’s healthy again, maybe the Jets will bring him in for a spell on the practice squad or consider him for a futures deal if he’s still on the street when the season ends.


Injury Updates: Mauldin, Pace, Amaro, Smith

OLB Lorenzo Mauldin suffered a knee sprain in the team’s second preseason game, head coach Todd Bowles confirmed on Monday.

Mauldin will miss the team’s third preseason game, Bowles said.

OLB Calvin Pace strained his groin during practice on Monday.

He left practice due to the injury.

TE Jace Amaro is still unable to play due to his shoulder injury.

When asked what was wrong with Amaro’s shoulder, Bowles replied, “He can’t use it.”

Amaro will not practice anytime soon, Bowles said.

WR Devin Smith will likely miss the entire preseason, and probably Week 1, due to his rib injury, the head coach said.


Geno Smith is at Jets practice

Brian Bassett,

It’s good to see Geno Smith back out on the field doing some work with the team.

I don’t think this means that Geno’s recovery timeline has been vastly accelerated in any way, but rather that he can begin resuming practice on a small basis and then ramp up his work with the team over the next month. Of course that is just a guess until we see what Todd  Bowles and Geno say to the media.

However, I don’t expect this in any way changes Geno’s status for Week 1. Given the whole situation, Geno could still wrestle the job away from Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he is going to have to be fully healthy first and Fitzpatrick will need to be playing in such a way that he makes himself replaceable.


Wilkerson hopeful to play against Giants

Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson returned to practice Sunday after dealing with a sore hamstring the past few weeks, and hopes to play against the Giants on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.

“Of course it felt good, just to be out here with my teammates and just getting out there to get some reps,” Wilkerson said after the team’s annual practice at Hofstra University.

Wilkerson hasn’t practiced much since tweaking his left hamstring on Aug. 2. He tried to participate in team drills a week later before having a “minor setback” on Aug. 11. Wilkerson had an MRI exam that revealed no tears, but had been limited to mostly just rehabilitation in the trainer’s area until Sunday.

He participated in positional drills with the other defensive linemen Sunday, and then eventually got work with the backups in 11-on-11 team drills.

“He’s feeling a lot better,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He was moving pretty good.”

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Aug 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) gets past Detroit Lions tackle Michael Williams (73) during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Mauldin suffers knee injury

The Jets lost rookie OLB Lorenzo Mauldin to a knee injury Sunday at Hofstra University (Aug. 23). Coach Todd Bowles did not have a timetable for how much time Mauldin could miss.

Mauldin, the Jets’ third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, played four seasons at Louisville, where he had 61 tackles and 6.5 sacks his senior season.


Hopefully this is another short-term thing, but even if it is, this could add to the logjam of players who will be taking up a roster spot on opening day, but unavailable for the first game of the season.  The rookie Mauldin has been a stand-out in camp, but hadn’t really hit his stride yet in preseason action, despite some flashes here and there.

If this was to prove a more serious injury, it would create an opportunity for second-year OLB Trevor Reilly and also rookie Deion Barnes, who had been showing some promise against third-teamers in preseason.  If Mauldin needed to go onto injured reserve, he would count against the 90-man roster until the first cutdown after which he could be placed on injured reserve without needing to clear waivers.  For the time being, we await confirmation of his status.


Rontez Miles has been finding a way to stay part of this team for over two years and his story of overcoming adversity is admirable.  Miles was prepared to be activated off the practice squad last season when a leg contusion in practice threatened him with possible amputation.  Miles returns healthy to compete for a backup and core special teamer spot this season.

Daily Links: Miles better

– Brewer hopes to bounce back from injury [NY Post]

– Ijalana’s injury not as bad as initially feared [NJAM]

– Despite 3rd most yards, Jets’ 2014 running game was only middle of the pack [Football Perspective]

– Cimini’s Sunday Dispatch: On Amaro, Flynn, Decker, more… [ESPN New York]

– Leonard Williams says his break-out performance “felt great” [Jets Insider]

– Miles relives great performance but thinks he can still do more [Jets Official Site]

BentBent, The prognosis for Ijalana’s injury is that he won’t need surgery and will be out for a couple of weeks. Like so many other Jets, this makes him likely to return in September, but not certain to be available on opening day.

Everyone is quick to point out the D’Brickashaw Ferguson hasn’t missed a snap, but that was the case with Nick Mangold too when the Jets had shaky short-term depth at center in 2011 due to Rob Turner’s injury and we all know how that ended. (Ferguson has actually missed a snap, on the last play of the week 17 Dolphins game in 2008, but it wasn’t injury-related. Rather it was when the Jets put a bunch of fast guys on the line for a last-second desperation “schoolyard” play and his replacement at left tackle was one Darrelle Revis).

Ijalana would also fill in if right tackle Breno Giacomini was hurt and although he played every snap last year, Giacomini has missed time with injuries over the years. If an emergency back-up was needed on opening day, where would the Jets turn? Brent Qvale struggled at tackle in the last game, James Brewer has been injured and Charles Brown has only worked on the third unit so far. They do have some interior linemen that have played tackle in the past – including Brian Winters, Wesley Johnson and Oday Aboushi – but Aboushi is suspended and the other two moved inside for a reason. Would they consider kicking Willie Colon out to tackle and moving one of the back-ups to right guard? Or keeping former tackle Steve Maneri on the roster and using him there in an emergency? It may be a short term problem, but the Jets can’t afford to overlook it, so it will be interesting to see if we get any clues as to their thinking in the upcoming Slinky Bowl.


TJB Podcast: Unit Previews Begin

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are kicking off the “Unit Previews” as the preseason wears on, first up – wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs.

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Unit Preview: Wide Receivers (11:00)
Unit Preview: Tight Ends (20:20)
Unit Preview: Running Backs (28:25)

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