Cromartie was limited in practice on Wednesday due to hip

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a hip injury, the team said (Sept. 30).

Cromartie suffered a sprained knee in Week 1 that was initially feared to be a severe ACL or MCL injury, but he has been active in both games since.

The Jets will travel to London, where they’ll play the Dolphins on Sunday.


Jets release Deon Simon

The Jets released DT Deon Simon, their seventh-round selection in the NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport (Sept. 30). The team has confirmed the release.

Simon had 93 tackles, 13 1/2 for loss, in 35 games over four seasons, starting the last 19 games he played at both inside tackle positions as Northwestern State (La.) alternated 3-4 and 4-3 fronts.

>> BGA: Scouting Deon Simon (May 27)

“Coming off a knee injury that limited his senior season, he worked out hard and rose through the offseason predraft process,” the Jets official site wrote when they drafted him. “He missed the Senior Bowl but he had a strong NFL Combine, during which he ran a 5.12-second 40 and had 35 reps in the 225-pound benchpress.”


No sacks here!

The Jets are among four teams in the league who have yet to allow a sack, according to Pro Football Focus.


Daily Links: A cup of Mr. T

– Costello: Jets fans should appreciate Tannenbaum’s influence on current team [NY Post]

– Breaking down some bad run blocking from Sunday [NJAM]

– It’s all water under the bridge for Tannenbaum [ESPN New York]

– Jets bring in specialist to help with their time-zone defense [Yahoo!]

– Watch: Pennington breaks down some film [Jets Official Site]

– Lateral gaffe still haunts Marshall [Metro]

BentBent, The video from the official site is well worth a watch with Chad Pennington going into more detail about a play I specifically highlighted during preseason and one which you might recognize from Sunday’s game where it led to a Brandon Marshall catch.

Here’s what I wrote about the same play in preseason:

One nicely designed play I wanted to highlight saw the Jets run misdirection with a play-fake to the runner going left and all of the offensive linemen flowing in that direction. The other four eligible receivers all ran routes to the right side as Fitzpatrick rolled that way and had plenty of options right in front of him. From out wide, Marshall ran a go route. Decker lined up in the slot and ran an out pattern. Quincy Enunwa had motioned over to the H-Back position on the left side and ran underneath the formation and into the right flat. Finally, Jeff Cumberland ran a crossing drag route from the left tight end position.

This route combination presented Fitzpatrick with a short (Enunwa), intermediate (Decker) and long (Marshall) option, all right in his line of sight, as well as a trailing option (Cumberland) coming across the field. Fitzpatrick was not only able to weigh up all four options easily, but he could also freeze the defense by looking at the shorter option first before hitting Decker downfield.

Now go and watch the video, where Pennington goes into more specific detail about the play design and the technical aspects of actually making that throw successfully.


Jets sign Martin to practice squad, release Lyn

The Jets have signed S Ronald Martin to the practice squad and have released CB Keon Lyn from the practice squad to make room, the team announced (Sept. 29).

Jets worked out Bryce Brown and Henry Hynoski on Tuesday

The Jets worked out RB Bryce Brown and FB Henry Hynoski on Tuesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reported (Sept. 29).

Brown, 24, was released by the Bills on September 15. He played in seven games last season for Buffalo, rushing for 126 yards on 37 carries.

Brown played in all 16 games for the Eagles in both 2012 and 2013.

Hynoski, 26, was released by the Giants on September 5 after spending the last four seasons with the team.


Jets look to bounce back from ‘messy’ loss

The game film pretty much confirmed what the New York Jets already thought of their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“It was messy,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said bluntly.

“It was an ugly game,” added wide receiver Brandon Marshall. “It wasn’t good.”

Sure wasn’t, and it knocked the surprising Jets (2-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Interceptions, fumbles, missed tackles and sloppiness all played a role in the 24-17 defeat. It followed an impressive victory over the Indianapolis Colts that prompted fans and media to hype the Jets as a team to watch.

“We didn’t lose this game because we thought we were better than we are,” center Nick Mangold said. “We lost because of execution.”

Or, lack thereof.

Read more…


Daily Links: David the Goliath

– Jets teammates view David Harris as the best linebacker in the NFL [NY Post]

– Can Winters improve upon his performance in 2013 and 2014? [NJAM]

– Marshall say he’s thrown his last lateral [ESPN New York]

– Jets focused on bouncing back [AP]

– Snell and Boozer heading to the ring of honor [Jets Official Site]

– Gladys Knight surprises Bowles [Newsday]

BentBent, This isn’t the first time we’ve heard how respected David Harris is within the Jets locker room. That doesn’t seem to change no matter who his teammates are and obviously isn’t just a product of Rex Ryan’s overhyping since it’s still happening with Ryan gone.

While fans sometimes feel that Harris has lost a step and is poor in coverage he’s off to a solid start this year with PFF grading him out as the top inside linebacker in the NFL through three games in terms of overall grade and in coverage. Can Harris keep this up though? Back in 2013, he was also their top rated inside linebacker after three games, but ended up just 18th by the end of the season.

Whatever happens, he’ll retain the admiration of his teammates. Eyebrows were raised when Harris re-signed with the Jets for $7 million per season back in March, but he was obviously a priority and – much like with D’Brickashaw Ferguson on the other side of the ball – his quiet leadership and reliability is obviously more important to the team than we sometimes realize. It would be good to see the likes of Harris get a chance to play for a contender again, so hopefully the team can bounce back from Sunday’s loss and get back to the way they played in the first two games.

Sep 13, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Dion Bailey (37) brings down St. Louis Rams running back Benny Cunningham (36) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jets claim safety Dion Bailey

The New York Jets claimed safety Dion Bailey off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks and placed safety Ronald Martin on waivers.

Bailey, 23, was cut after the Seahawks reinstated safety Kam Chancellor from his holdout. Bailey, an undrafted free agent who played at Southern California, played 58 snaps on defense and made four tackles in Seattle’s first two games of the season.

The Jets cut Martin, 22, whom they also acquired from the Seahawks off waivers earlier this month. He saw action in 34 plays in New York’s first three games of the season, playing exclusively on special teams.