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.


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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.


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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 to work out Josh Johnson

The Jets will work out QB Josh Johnson, who was recently cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, on Thursday, Mike Garofolo reports (Aug. 27).

Johnson, 29, has 96 completions and five touchdowns over seven NFL seasons. He most recently appeared in two games for the Bengals 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.


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Daily Links: Second Deck

– Snacks’ nickname for the Big Cat? “Little Kitty” [NJAM]

– Decker doesn’t mind no longer being a number one [Newsday]

– Cimini’s updated roster projection [ESPN New York]

– Phil Simms leaps to Geno’s defense [Daily News]

– “I’m better than 245 NFL players at catching footballs” (including seven Jets) [FiveThirtyEight]

– Wayne Chrebet is now a world class fantasy baseball player [USA Today]


BentBent, theJetsBlog.com: There’s some interesting quotes within the Newsday article from Eric Decker who, having been easily the most high-profile veteran addition of the John Idzik era, seems to be flying under the radar this year.

Decker recognizes his place as the number two receiver and might even see an increase in his production levels from no longer being covered by the other team’s best cornerback every week. His contract, for roughly $6 million per year, looks like a bargain compared to some of the deals signed this summer. However, rather than gripe about being underpaid, Decker seems to recognize the benefits of playing with Brandon Marshall, who he calls “elite”.

Decker hasn’t done much in preseason – just two catches for 16 yards – and maybe that’s deliberate on some level as opposing defensive coordinators who allocate time and resources to stopping Brandon Marshall could be overlooking the fact that Decker is a great second option. That’s what certainly what most of the Broncos’ opponents discovered in 2012 and 2013.


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Five things we learned from Todd Bowles…

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media after Wednesday’s practice. Here are five things we learned…


1.) Calvin Pace is still day-to-day and it’s not yet clear whether he’ll play on Saturday.

2.) Mo Wilkerson has been practicing this week, and he’ll play on Saturday if he gets through the rest of the week healthy.

3.) Bowles is impressed with the way the team has practiced, but they need to show improvement during the games.

4.) Matt Flynn is getting closer to playing, but it’s unlikely he’ll play on Saturday.

5.) Quincy Enunwa has been making progress, but Bowles is not yet ready to name him his third wide receiver.


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Jets contacted Osi Umenyiora before his retirement

The Jets were the team that contacted Osi Umenyiora prior to his official retirement, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported (Aug. 26).

According to Garafolo, while the Jets expressed interest, they didn’t make a formal contract offer.

Umenyiora said during his retirement press conference at the Giants’ facility on Wednesday that he didn’t want to continue playing unless it was for the Giants. He noted that a team had contacted him about playing, but wouldn’t reveal which one.

Umenyiora, 33, played the last two seasons with the Falcons after spending the first nine years of his career with the Giants.

Umenyiora racked up 75 sacks while with the Giants, which is fourth on the team’s all-time list.


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Davon Walls clears waivers, is placed on IR

DL Davon Walls cleared waivers and has been placed on IR, the Jets announced (Aug. 26).

Walls was recently waived by the team in order to make room on the roster for TE Matt LaCosse.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Walls had shown a few flashes of athleticism in the first two preseason games, but he’s also been overmatched at times. He was given an injury settlement after suffering a calf injury after practice last week at Hofstra.

When he’s healthy again, maybe the Jets will bring him in for a spell on the practice squad or consider him for a futures deal.


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