- Jets on verge of signing Winslow [USA Today]
- More on the “Cro Workout Regiment” [Star Ledger]
- At least one receiver stood out at mini camp [All For Tennessee]
- Sanchez headband linked to a good cause [WSJ]
- Idzik defends Goodson signing [North Jersey]
- Rex: Santonio won’t be rushed back [NFL.com]
- Jets work on the wildcat at practice [NY Post]
Obviously, (mini-camp), we conclude that today. I’m happy (with) where the team’s at. Clearly, we have a long way to go in a lot of areas but we threw so much at our guys. I’m really proud of the preparation that our guys showed and obviously I think we made a lot of strides in our strength and conditioning, that we had guys working out and all that kind of stuff. So I’m happy with that. With that said, we’ve got a ton of stuff to improve on. We know that. So this is just the beginning of the process. But again, I’m happy with how we went through the OTA’s and mandatory camp, really all the phase one, two, and three of the offseason program. So I’m happy with that. I am excited about having a little time away for the players. I think that’s good (to) get away from the building because I think they’ll need some down time. And then in six weeks we’ll come back and have at it. Then it just builds and builds and builds. Again, I’m happy where we’re at right now.
On whether he reminded players to stay in shape to avoid injuries during training camp… To read more of this story, click here
Photo via SNY’s Ricky Recchia.
Interesting scoop here from Kristian Dyer of Metro New York, who reveals that Antonio Cromartie will be inviting several of his defensive backfield colleagues for workouts in California in between mini-camp and training camp:
The players will live and train together, hopefully accelerating their understanding on and off the field … Cromartie will have his personal trainer there to run the conditioning and the schedule has already been set for a month now. Monday will be the endurance session, including workouts such as pulling sleds and flipping tires. Tuesday is slotted for agility and field work day. Wednesday combines boxing with yoga. Thursday is on the field and Friday is running in the mountains or canyons of California … The unit is hoping to build a camaraderie that can help them jell in training camp a month later. Part of that will be establishing leaders among the group.
Cromartie’s emergence as a player the rest of his teammates look up to has been an unexpected silver lining from the Darrelle Revis injury and subsequent trade. Now his own version of “Jets West” should ensure that the defense is ready for Cortland and beyond.
If the NFL season were to start tomorrow, Geno Smith would not be ready to start.
Both Rex Ryan and quarterback coach David Lee agreed that Smith couldn’t start if the season started tomorrow, according to SNY’s Ricky Recchia.
Ryan also said that even though he’s not ready to start, “his stock is rising.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comGood thing the season doesn’t start on June 14th. Rex Ryan is likely on the hot seat and this is not a position he’s willing to make a call on right now, because there’s absolutely no need to. Rex Ryan will take as long as he needs to make his decision and it might not come until well into the preseason, or just about two months from today.
Minicamp coverage from last night’s SportsNite.
As we’ve done in years past, we’re going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.
Background: Barnes has spent the last three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, mostly as a pass-rush specialist, something the Jets were keen to find during free agency after not re-signing the retiring Bryan Thomas. Barnes was a fourth-round draft pick for Baltimore in 2007, and and played two of his three years with the Ravens under Rex Ryan before he left Baltimore for New York. Barnes best season came in 2011 when the Chargers needed as much defensive help as possible and Barnes played by far the most snaps of his career — more than double any other season. In that season, Barnes tallied 11 sacks and was effective in hurrying the passer.
2013 Projection: Barnes can fill in in a pinch against the run, but expect that will be the domain of the Pace, Sapp and McIntyre grouping in the team’s base defense. With as much as the Jets play out of their Nickel packages, Barnes might see a large amount of time on the field, but it will likely still be less than the snap count (483) he had back in 2011. With the personnel that the Jets will have this year, Barnes will fit in with the the nickel substitution group nicely. Expect Barnes to be used most often as the team’s bookend rusher with Quinton Coples while Wilkerson and either his old Charger teammate Antonio Garay or rookie Sheldon Richardson man the interior in an attempt to squeeze the pocket. Barnes won’t likely see 11 sacks with the Jets this season, but his ability to provide exterior pressure and to hurry the quarterback might lead to 5-8 sacks on the season for him.
What wasn’t outstanding was I think the way we caught the football yesterday and it’s always funny because you have these press conferences after the fact, a day late, you guys saw what I saw. We dropped a ton of balls. It wasn’t just one player, it was several. Obviously we will be looking for improvement in that area today. I was encouraged by the first (team) defense, when you put that much stuff in, new things in, (there are) a lot of moving parts. I was encouraged by how we came out and mentally handled it. Had one major bust, but it’s ok, we missed the opportunity to make the throw down the field for some reason. But I was encouraged by some of it. The one thing I think was great about practice was yesterday we started to put a lot of no-huddle stuff in. What you see, especially from young players, they think they’re prepared and then you change the tempo, something that hasn’t been exactly what they’ve seen, and they blow fuses all over the place. That pretty much is what happened to our third group. But I think it is a good learning thing. If you realize that, “I think I know it. No I don’t. I’ve got to spend much more time in it and have it dialed in,” because when a no-huddle situation happens, that’s when you’ve got to be calm and just play out the call. I think sometimes it’s sped up and you speed up you’re thinking. You’re not getting the personnel communicated to you, whatever it is. There’s a lot of things that happen. But I think both sides of the ball are challenging each other. I know from a defensive standpoint all the things that we’re seeing from Marty (Mornhinweg) and that offense, from four receivers into the boundary, four tailbacks on the field, we’re seeing everything. So I think that’s a good thing and certainly, our offense is seeing a lot of things from our defense. I think it’s a good mix. Nobody is backing off on each other. Just throwing it all at each other and I think sometimes that’s a good thing. With that I will open it up for questions.
On Coach Mornhinweg’s past offenses influencing this team’s offense… To read more of this story, click here
- Santonio Holmes won’t commit to playing Week 1 vs. Bucs [Newark Star-Ledger]
- What we learned on Day 2 of minicamp [ESPN NY]
- Rex Ryan Press Conference Transcript 6/12/13 [The Jets Setter]
- Jets receivers still suffering from drop issues [New York Post]
- Geno Smith says mobility is an asset [NJ]
- Santonio wants to face Revis, won’t say if he’ll be able to [Pro Football Talk]
- Dennis Thurman & What He Brings to the New York Jets Coaching Staff [Turn On The Jets]
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comHere’s some notes from today’s Jets minicamp practice at Florham Park.
Rolling Deep — It sounds as if many of the players like the style of offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg’s West Coast Offense, but one of the reasons players seem to be taking a shine to it is that there is a vertical attack element to it that seems to be more pronounced than past Jets coordinators. While he might be the fourth man on the depth chart. QB coach David Lee said that Matt Simms has the best arm in that regard, but it’s his accuracy that holds him back.
Go West, Young Man – When asked about Jets West, Mark Sanchez gave the right answer saying that “we’ll get to Jets West when we get there. Everybody’s always been invited.” Ah but will Geno attend? The rookie gave the press a “no comment” when asked if he was invited or whether or not he would attend. Uh oh … you know the media is waiting to put another nail in the “Geno is a brooding wet blanket” coffin, so what will he do? I think we all know what guiding principal will help Geno to make his decision … WWJZD?
Death Race 2013 — Who’s winning the quarterback race? No one so far. QB coach David Lee said told reporters today that Smith wasn’t close to being a starter yet while learning OC Marty Mornhinweg’s offense, but he couched that statement by allowing that Smith is learning fast and could be ready to be the top man by opening weekend.
Who’s Ready? — It might be the classic case of underpromise/overdeliver, but Santonio shocked reporters today by saying that he won’t commit to playing Week 1. He might just be playing coy, but if the Jets have to make do without him, it won’t be without precedent based on last year. Still, it will put much more emphasis on Kerley, Hill and whomever else emerges from the WRs as well as the tight ends and running backs. Hill didn’t have a good day and he heard about it from the fans in attendance. Unfortunately, when asked about Hill’s progress … Holmes said “Stephen, Stephen, Stephen … ” as the preamble to his answer, doesn’t sound like a good start.
Enlisting a Soldier – While Mike Sims-Walker likely won’t be getting a contract, Kellen Winslow is getting some rave reviews as a receiver from Rex Ryan. “Having that kind of weapon? He’s such an athlete,” Ryan told the media. “Kellen’s never been a hired killer as a blocker, he tries, but as an athlete and a receiver? Whoo. Of the .. grey hairs I have in my head .. he’s contributed to some of those.”
Running to Daylight — Jets RB Mike Goodson wasn’t at practice today as he had some meetings with his lawyer to work on his court case. Bilal Powell is fighting to claim his role in this offense with the additions to the team, but his role might be better suited in replacement if Chris Ivory as he’s less suited to competing against the speed and burst that Goodson can offer.
Where’s the Deef? — Not much chatter about the defense today. Vlad pancaked (believe it!) Sheldon Richardson It sounds like Cromartie got a little too physical with Sanchez on a reverse play where Sanchez was out blocking and Holmes got on Cromartie, buuuut … not much going on it would seem.