Chris Ivory, Linden Gaydosh, Greg Hardy

Ivory expected to be short-yardage back

“If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Running Backs Coach Anthony Lynn said on Monday (Walder, July 28).

Chris Johnson will likely be the team’s primary back, but Ivory would get the short-yardage call due to being “the best power runner in the game,” Lynn said.

“Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on,” Lynn said.

Brian Bassett,

We think that Ivory will certainly get the chance to be the team’s lead back for a series at a time, but we expect that with Chris Johnson on the team and healthy Ivory will be best used as Lynn outlines … in short yardage and goal line situations.

The reason for this is that Ivory doesn’t offer the versatility out of the backfield that Chris Johnson or even Bilal Powell does.  Since 2010, Ivory has only caught five passes, two of which came in 2013 with the Jets.  Ivory is a powerful runner, but a dual threat like Johnson makes more sense on more downs based on the rest of the Jets offense.

Calvin Pryor on practice field, not in pads

Calvin Pryor, who was diagnosed with a concussion over the weekend, is on the practice field on Tuesday morning. He is not wearing pads.

Pryor suffered the concussion during drills on Saturday and went through the league concussion protocols.

Later, Pryor tweeted “I’m fine everyone, no worries.” He also posted a photo on Instagram late Sunday with the caption “Minor setback… no concussion & I’ll be back in no time.”

The Jets, though, thought otherwise.

“Pryor now will go through the protocol, so it is a concussion,” head coach Rex Ryan told reporters. “Apparently it was on a kick when we were doing a kick return drill and he was blocking and the returner kind of got knocked into him and kind of just hit him right. It’s one of those things. One of those heavyweights hit you in the chin, the lights go out I guess.”

Brian Bassett,

The Jets aren’t going to put a timetable on it yet so we’ll just have to wait it out and hope for the best.

Come September Pryor will be learning on the job in one way or another.  so it is good that Pryor can at least watch practice from the sidelines.  The Jets need him to pick up as much of this defense as possible over the next month.


Amaro, Green both on the field on Tuesday

Rookie tight end Jace Amaro is in pads and on the practice field on Tuesday morning.

Amaro left Sunday’s practice with a knee injury. He was later diagnosed with tendinitis in his right knee.

Running back Alex Green, who missed all of Sunday’s practice with a chest injury, is also on the field and practicing in pads.

Brian Bassett,

Amaro and Ryan fully expected to return to the field today and all it seems was some ice was in order.  This is good news as it will allow Amaro to keep him on pace picking up a much more intricate offense than what he’s used to running during his college days.

Projecting the Jets 2014 final roster: Defense & Special Teams

Brian Bassett,

After four practices and thinking about the Jets for almost all my waking hours over the last five days, here’s what I see of this roster as training camp moves into it’s second phase of practices in Cortland, New York. Next, defense and special teams…

DSC_0208Defensive Line [5]
DE: Muhammad Wilkerson
DE: Sheldon Richardson
DT: Damon Harrison
DT: Kenrick Ellis
DE: Leger Douzable

Expect more of the same from one of the best defensive lines in the league. The team has the luxury of having two excellent backups — in Leger Douzable and Kenrick Ellis — who work heavily in rotational work and provide little drop-off, while giving the starters a breather. TJ Barnes and Tevita Finau have shots at making this team if the roster falls right, but we get the feeling an emphasis will be made on linebackers and corners this year. Look for rookie UDFA Anthony Grady to challenge for a practice squad spot with Barnes and Finau.

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Projecting the Jets 2014 final roster: Offense

Brian Bassett,

After four practices and thinking about the Jets for almost all my waking hours over the last five days, here’s what I see of this roster as training camp moves into it’s second phase of practices in Cortland, New York. First up, the offense…

geno-smith2Quarterback [3]
1. Geno Smith
2. Michael Vick
3. Tajh Boyd

With such a crowded roster, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets go to the season with just two quarterbacks and practice squad their third man. Either way, I think the Jets will gamble with their third stringer on Tajh Boyd. Boyd had a rough practice Sunday with some mental lapses and has room for improvement. Simms has been more settled but has made his share of mistakes and has struggled to get the ball out quickly when required. There’s more upside with Boyd for the future.

Offensive Line [8]
LT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
LG: Brian Winters
C: Nick Mangold
RG: Willie Colon
RT: Breno Giacomini
Swing Guard: Oday Aboushi
Swing Tackle: Ben Ijalana
Backup Center: Dalton Freeman

It’s fascinating to watch this group solidifying before our eyes and almost have too many options. Some of the players the Jets can’t sign will undoubtedly get picked up elsewhere, but the backups are quickly coming into focus.  Will Campbell and Dakota Dozier are on the outside looking in at this group, but to their credit they have shown some excellent progression. Last year the team took nine linemen into the season and didn’t play three of them (Aboushi, Ijalana and Campbell) at any point. With a much more robust roster, that’s not going to be possible. This group might even need to squeeze to seven. D’Brickashaw Ferguson has been spending much of his time before, during and after practices coaching up Ijalana. That hasn’t gone unnoticed by me. Aboushi is getting praise heaped on him from Rex Ryan after having a tough transition in the preseason of 2013. Aboushi might become the team’s extra blocker … but that hasn’t been made clear yet in camp.  The Jets have long needed a backup center and Freeman seems to be their man, he can double as a backup guard.

eric-deckerWide Receivers [7]
1. Eric Decker
2. Jeremy Kerley
3. David Nelson
4. Stephen Hill
5. Jacoby Ford
6. Jalen Saunders
7. Shaq Evans

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Calvin Pace praises Jets’ defense

The New York Jets are certainly confident in their defense – linebacker Calvin Pace was the latest in a string of Jets players and coaches to claim the Jets as a postseason team (CBS, July 28).

“(Compared to) the rest of the defenses in the NFL? S***, man, we’re the best,” Pace said.

Pace isn’t the only one singing the Jets praises as second-year cornerback Dee Miller told the Daily News on Saturday he’s the best in the league in his position.

“You ask anybody around the league, we’re not the team you want to see coming in, even in a down year,” he said.

As the Jets defense come off an 11th-overall finish in 2013 – the unit’s worst ranking ever under Ryan – Pace is excited about their potential this year. As he should be with Muhammad Wilkerson and Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richarson back in the defensive line.

“We’re the benchmark when we’re doing well,” said Pace. “I’ll take these guys and Rex and this system any day.”

Brian Bassett,

There’s no question that this defensive line is going to be one of if not the best unit in the league.  There are more questions around what sort of secondary this group will wind up being.

Between the solid coverage I saw in camp from linebackers like Demario Davis and the rise in play from Dee Milliner, the back-end of this unit has the potential to be put in a good position to succeed.  What makes it hard for many analysts is that we don’t have the historical evidence with the lack of proven players like Revis and Cromartie in recent years.  This is without question an “under the radar” group.

All eyes on on Dee Milliner, but I’ll be watching Dimitri Patterson.  Patterson is a very physical playmaker and will be a good addition to this defense, but it will come down to his ability to stay healthy.  As Rex said Sunday about Patterson, “sometimes he might be a little too physical for his own body.”