He waited his whole life for this…

Celebrating the ‘Bollinger Bowl’

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

It was your typical early September preseason game. The starters played for a series, with backups going the rest of the way, sleepwalking through the game in a manner that confirmed the desire of coaches, players, media and fans to get it over with and get on with the season.

The Jets, coming off a 6-10 season that was basically over before it began when Chad Pennington got injured in preseason and they started 0-4 with Vinny Testaverde back at the helm, had renewed optimism for the 2004 season. However, their preparation was complete and as the Eagles scored again midway through the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 27-7, it didn’t really matter.

For many of the rest of the guys out there, though, they were still scratching and clawing. In some case, their livelihood was at stake, whether they were trying to remain with the team or just put something positive on film to find work elsewhere. For others, their job might be safe, but they still had an opportunity to prove they might deserve a shot somewhere down the line. For one man in particular, he grasped that opportunity with both hands and in the process achieved the impossible by turning the most meaningless and mundane of games into something thrilling.

You may have heard us referring to the traditional preseason finale against the Eagles as “The Bollinger Bowl” and assumed that was a reference to the typical standard of player taking part. However, this isn’t a slight on former Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger; far from it. This is a tribute. This year – September 3 to be specific – marks the 10th anniversary of the performance that earned him that tribute.

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Jets Rookie Diary: Jeremiah George

During Jets training camp, a number of players will be sharing their thoughts and experiences from their first NFL season.

ILB Jeremiah George was a fifth-round pick by the Jets out of Iowa State in the 2014 NFL Draft. The 5 foot 11 inch, 234 pound George was named to the First Team All-Big 12- AP and named the MVP of the Cyclones while leading the the team and Big-12 in tackles. The team captain was fourth in the nation in tackles per game (11.1).


It’s been great getting my first rookie camp under my belt and coming out, trying to compete and trying to get better every single day. I want to show these older guys and coaches what I can do. It’s been a great opportunity and I’m really enjoying it.

The big change from college is how well you have to take care of your body. In college, you may be able to get away with not ice-tubbing or not stretching very well before practice. But here in the pros, everybody’s going 100 miles per hour, every single day, trying to make the team. You have to make sure your body’s well taken care of and making sure that you’re in your playbook every night, trying to understand the new concepts that’s being instilled.

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GEICO SportsNite: Geno Smith

Geno Smith and QB coach David Lee discuss how Smith has progressed and matured as a player since last season.

CB Dimitri Patterson suspended for ‘remainder of preseason’

Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who didn’t show for Friday’s exhibition against the Giants, has been suspended for the rest of the preseason, the team announced on Twitter Tuesday night (Jets, Aug. 26)

The team said it would not release more details about Patterson’s punishment, which reportedly will include a fine. He can return to the team next Monday. The Jets, who play Philadelphia Thursday in their preseason finale, open Sunday Sept. 7 at home against Oakland.

NFL teams have to make their final roster cuts by Saturday.

Daily Links: All the way

  • Jets will go as far as Geno takes them [FOX Sports]
  • Jets-Eagles: Six things to know [Jets Official Site]
  • Jets starters already gameplanning for Oakland [New York Post]
  • Doctors told Saunders he could suffer more seizures [SI]
  • Mangold, Pryor represent in top team of preseason [PFF]
  • …while Ellis and Walls also represent in the all-backups team [PFF]

WR Stephen Hill on shaky ground

Questions about wide receiver Stephen Hill‘s future with the Jets intensified Tuesday as Rex Ryan gave him less than a full endorsement. (Post, Aug. 26)

“He’s had some strong moments, but there are others where we wish maybe he had hung on to a ball or so,” Ryan said of Hill, a 2012 second-round pick by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum. “But he’s had a pretty good training camp. I don’t want to say it’s been outstanding, but it’s been pretty good. . .He’s blocked consistently, but he just hasn’t had a lot of shots at catching the ball.”

Hill, who the team said was too ill to speak to the media after practice Monday and Tuesday, has just two catches for 29 yards in the Jets’ three preseason games. Earlier Tuesday, ESPN reported the Jets tried to trade Hill in the offseason.

With Saturday’s final cutdown approaching, Hill’s position seems tenuous given his pattern of drops and injuries and the fact he doesn’t play special teams. Ryan said Hill is likely to play Thursday against Philadelphia in the Jets’ final preseason game, perhaps another sign his time in New York is ending.

QB coach Lee says Michael Vick a ‘team guy’

Jets quarterback coach David Lee disputed a report last week that coaches were unhappy Michael Vick didn’t make more of an effort to win the starting job from Geno Smith. (ESPN, Aug. 26)

“Vick has been great, he’s been a great addition,” Lee said Tuesday, during his first interview since June. “He has come in here and done exactly what we asked him to do. He has pushed Geno. He’s been a tremendous competitor. The guy will compete and he’s been great in the classroom. Doesn’t talk a lot, but when he does, I listen. We all listen.

“I’m just shocked at what a team guy he’s been from the start,” Lee added. “You put him on the field and he’s a competing machine. His eyes change and he wants to go.”

Lee praised how Vick works with Smith.

“He’s been great for Geno. They get along really well. They trust each other. Mike has been dead honest. I hear those comments and he’s done nothing but enhance Geno’s chances of being a better professional quarterback,” he said.

Corner Darrin Walls sits out Tuesday practice

Cornerback Darrin Walls did not practice with the team on Tuesday due to a “minor” injury and won’t play in the final preseason game this Thursday against the Eagles. (NJ.com, August 26)

Coach Rex Ryan sounded unconcerned, saying that Walls had a minor leg injury that won’t impact his availability for for the Sept. 7 season home opener against the Oakland Raiders.

“He’s fine,” Ryan told reporters Tuesday.

Fourth on the depth chart a month ago, Walls has been thrust into an expanded role with injuries to Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle and Antonio Allen.

In Walls place, corners Ellis Lankster and LeQuan Lewis will see extended time as the team’s preseason Week 4 starters.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Walls played significant time in last week’s matchup against the Giants, starting opposite Antonio Allen who left early with a concussion. It is good to hear that Walls availability for the first week of the season is not affected, but we can only hope that the Jets will get healthy, and in the case of Patterson, get their minds right for the start of the regular season.