Williams to have MRI on knee Sunday

After X-rays showed no damage, Jets defensive end Leonard Williams will have an MRI Sunday on the knee he injured in the first half of Saturday’s 28-18 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium according to reporter Adam Schefter (Aug. 29).

The team believes Williams has only a bone bruise.

Williams, the Jets first-round draft choice out of Southern California, limped to the Jets’ locker room after the Giants kicked off following Rashad Jennings’ 1-yard touchdown run with 3:53 left in the first half.

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson told reporters after the game that Williams texted him. “(Williams) said he’s good.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

When the Jets drafted Leonard Williams sixth overall the move seemed strange, but in light of the Jets slow-playing the Mo Wilkerson contracts and Sheldon Richardson’s recent problems, adding a player like Williams — arguably the best overall talent in the draft — was the right play.

It’s been a tumultuous offseason and preseason for the Jets defensive line and a serious injury to their first round draft pick was the last thing this team needed.  It is good to hear that his injury is not all that serious and a few days or weeks rest should set Williams right … of course I’ll wait for the results of the MRI before fully exhaling.


Game Recap: Jets 28 — Giants 18

Result: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two TD passes and the Jets returned an interception and a punt for scores as they handled the Giants 28-18 Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.

Need To Know: Fitzpatrick (9-for-14, 127 yards, no interceptions) threw TD passes of 18 yards to Eric Decker and 24 yards to Zac Stacy in the first half. Stacy also caught a two-point conversion pass from Fitzpatrick.

Antonio Cromartie picked off Eli Manning and returned the interception 59 yards for a touchdown with six seconds left in the first half. Manning was 12-for-15 before the pick-six, with five completions to Odell Beckham Jr.

Two of those came on the Giants’ 14-play, 85-yard TD drive that ended with Rashad Jennings 1-yard TD run. The Jets had three penalties on the drive, two by linebacker Demario Davis.

The Jets outgained the Giants 194-126 when the starters were in the game.

Walter Powell took a punt back 54 yards for a score with 5:26 left in the third quarter.

Chris Ivory ran six times for 38 yards; Stacy nine times for 36. The Jets did not have a turnover and were plus-2 on takeaways.

Nick Folk missed the extra point after Stacy’s TD in the second quarter.

Backup QB Ryan Nassib led the Giants on a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the second half, ending it with a 6-yard pass to Jerome Cunningham with 7:31 remaining.

Links: Recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Jets conclude the preseason next Thursday at home against the Eagles (7 p.m.) The regular-season opener is Sunday Sept. 13 at home against Cleveland (1 p.m.).

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While it was just a preseason game, winning the Snoopy Bowl is always an added little sumthin’-sumthin’ for the fans of the prevailing team.  The Jets defense seemed to straighten out after a tough few outings against the Lions (Ameer Abdullah) and the Falcon (Matt Ryan).  It was good to see that in the dress rehearsal for the season, the defense seems to finally be aligning with the expectations being placed upon them.  This play was the perfect embodiment of the Revis versus OBJ matchup, so seeing Revis back in a Jets uniform staving off one of the most electric receivers in football definitely warmed the iciest reaches of my heart.

As far as the offense, the phrase I’ll use is “guarded optimism.” Ryan Fitzpatrick looked solid against the Giants throwing two touchdowns on the night.  Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are settling into their Batman & Robin roles while Chris Ivory is quickly becoming a buzzworthy player in league circles for a surprise season.  Granted, this all came against a Giants defense that couldn’t stop a nosebleed a year ago did very little to improve upon the unit and which is suffering from the absence of JPP.

The good news for the start as they begin the season is that they only take on one top 10 defense from 2014 during the first four games; the Philadelphia Eagles (10th in DVOA) were the top rated group though the other three units in the Jets first month all were lying in the weeds in the 10-20 range.  My point being, the Jets might be better than expected offensively, but I’ll temper my enthusiasm until I see more of the same during the first month of the regular season against some good-not-great defensive units.

Aug 22, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s game: Jets at Giants, 7 p.m.

Game: New York Jets (1-1-0) at New York Giants (1-1-0)

Where: MetLife Stadium

Watch: WNBC-TV

When: 7 p.m.

Who: Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for the Jets. Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) will likely make his preseason debut.

InjuriesJeremy Kerley (concussion), Devin Smith (ribs) and Jace Amaro (shoulder) are likely to be out, according to the Jets’ website.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be reunited with his former coach Chan Gailey. In 2014, Fitzpatrick quietly posted the ninth-highest quarterback rating in the NFL in 2014 while Geno Smith ranked 29th. He's a capable backup ready should Geno stumble.

Daily Links: Projector Skrine

– Decker raves about Buster Skrine [NJAM]

– Some background on new TE Art Lynch [Metro]

– Petty learns another lesson…about Pizza [ESPN New York]

– Seven points about Jets-Giants [Jets Official Site]

– Colon is back in business [AP]

– Jets or Giants: Who has the better roster? [Jets Insider]

– Miles is the safety to root for [NY Post]

– Is Fitzpatrick poised for a breakout year? [FOX Sports]

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Fitzpatrick seems optimistic about his chances of a break-out season this year, but although he will begin it as the starter, we have no idea of when or if Geno Smith will be eventually viewed as ready to take over.

Assuming he can keep the job, how realistic is it to expect a break-out year from a comparable quarterback to Fitzpatrick? Notorious late-bloomers like Alex Smith and Kurt Warner typically break through in their late-twenties. Fitzpatrick is 32, has a 38% win-loss percentage and is coming off a season in which he set his career-best in quarterback rating.

How about this for a comparison? At 32, Vinny Testaverde had a 44% win-loss percentage and had just set his career-best in quarterback rating too. That year, he demolished his career best numbers in passing yards (4,177) and touchdowns (33) and set his career-mark to that point in quarterback rating too, heading to his first pro bowl. There were some differences, principally that Testaverde didn’t move to a new team, although his Cleveland Browns did relocate to Baltimore prior to the season. Of course, Testaverde would have an even better season – ending up one game short of a Super Bowl appearance – just two years later with the Jets.


BGA: Scouting Josh Johnson

Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Thursday, the Jets signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson to provide them with even more veteran quarterback depth in the wake of the Geno Smith injury. Jets fans might not know too much about Johnson, so I’ve been reviewing film to assess what he brings to the table.

The 29-year-old Johnson is a former fifth round pick who is now entering the eighth year of his pro career. The Jets will be Johnson’s fifth NFL team. Over the years, he’s been primarily a backup, although he started four games with the Buccaneers in 2009 and another one in 2011. The Bucs went 0-5 in those five starts, and Johnson has completed just 54 percent of his passes in his career with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has been an effective scrambler, though, averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

Johnson has not thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game since 2011, although he did carry seven times for 20 yards while with the Bengals in 2013. He recently returned to the Bengals for a second stint but was released earlier this week.

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

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TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa makes a catch during NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Daily Links: The Ivory Market

– Colon appreciates Bowles’ tough camp [NJAM]

– Revis may be great, but not necessarily “the best ever” [Talk of Fame]

– Enunwa looking to win third receiver spot [ESPN New York]

– Bowles’ best 12 quotes from camp [Jets Official Site]

– Richardson waiting to find out his fate [AP]

– Ivory’s fantasy buzz increasing [NFL.com]

BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: Colon seems appreciative of what he calls a “tough camp” from Todd Bowles. He seems to be hoping that the Jets will play with better discipline this season as a result of a camp that he admits was tougher than under Rex Ryan.

Colon himself was, of course, one of the main culprits in terms of committing too many penalties last year. However, over the past couple of years in camp, he’s been placed on “a pitch count” and spent plenty of time being nursed through minor injuries and riding the exercise bike. Maybe that was smart from the old regime, for whom the loss of Colon – or any other veteran starter – would have been a bigger loss because they lacked the depth these 2015 Jets seem to have. However, perhaps being overly-cautious with Colon also contributed towards some of his mistakes and the lack of cohesion on the line early in the year.

For Colon, any special treatment likely wasn’t an option for him this year, because he risked losing reps to other players that could come and take his starting role and maybe even his roster spot away from him. He’s made it to this point healthy, but now we’ll have to wait and see if he will play with more consistency when it counts. If not, at least there are others lining up to get a shot themselves.

Aug 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson (8) warms up on the field before the start of a preseason NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jets sign QB Johnson, release Heaps

The Jets signed QB Josh Johnson, who was recently cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, on Thursday after the NFL journeyman worked out for the team earlier in the day (Aug. 27). The team released Jake Heaps as a corresponding move.

Johnson, 29, has 96 completions and five touchdowns over seven NFL seasons with the Bucs, Browns, 49ers and Bengals. He most recently appeared in two games for Cincinnati in 2013.

He appeared in the Bengals’ first preseason game this season, going 11-for-21 passing with 175 passing yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, and running for 37 yards on six attempts.

Johnson (6-foot-3, 198 pounds) was taken in the fifth round of the 2008 draft out of the University of San Diego, where he played for Jim Harbaugh.