TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET

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Note: This being our first training camp chat of the season, attendance is mandatory.

Update on Richardson’s latest legal troubles

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TJB Podcast: Erik Coleman and Camp Questions

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by former Jets safety and current SNY analyst Erik Coleman as training camp begins, and they open up a giant mailbag to answer all your questions about the Jets as things get rolling at Florham Park.

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Leonard Williams spends opening day of camp with first team

Jets first-round draft pick DE Leonard Williams worked out with the first team on the opening day of training camp yesterday (Youngmisuk, July 31).

Although the Jets defensive line was a position of strength and depth when Williams was drafted, that has quickly changed with the suspension of Sheldon Richardson and likely further punishment due to his recent arrest.

Richardson, who was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy on July 2 for testing positive for marijuana use, was arrested on July 14 for resisting arrest and other traffic violations (July 30).

“He’ll get a bunch of snaps at it,” head coach Todd Bowles said of Williams practicing with the first team in Richardson’s absence. “I mean we have Leger Douzable, Stephen Bowen and we have Kevin Vickerson. We have a bunch of guys that will get reps. But Leonard, we’ll take a long look at him.”

Williams, 21, was taken by the Jets with the sixth overall pick. He will have the opportunity to fill a void and become a key part to the Jets defense in his rookie season.

“Whether what happened to Richardson happened or not, I was still coming to camp with the same mindset to work and see where I fit in and try to earn a spot on the field as soon as possible,” Williams said.



Quotes: What the Jets had to say on Day 1 of training camp

Todd Bowles

Opening Statement…

We’re out of pads. A couple of people fell. Everybody ran around. We’re working the kinks out and we know we have a long process. They worked hard and we will go from there.

On how Geno Smith looked today…

If I said I was watching him the whole time I’d be lying, I was looking at everybody. I’ll have to look at the film to get a better grasp of it. He looked sharp, he had some recall from what he was doing.

On his overall message during the team’s first meeting…

The biggest thing is what we’re here for, accountability. You know we’re going to work hard every day, we’re not going to look past the day. We just try to win the day and get better. We have to be accountable for each other. We have to have chemistry and we have to play as a team. We’ve got to play a lot smarter than we’ve been playing. In spring we made a lot of mistakes and (I) kind of let them know what the rules were and what I wanted, what I didn’t want and we went from there.

On his feelings about Sheldon Richardson’s suspension…

Obviously disappointed about something like that. You know, it’s been awhile since he’s been suspended, we’ve to come to grips with it and help him hopefully get help with his problem. He’ll practice every day and we’ll get him in shape. It will be a good lesson for him. I’m sure his parents are more disappointed than anybody and understands that. His actions will speak louder than his words going forward.

On if he is extra disappointed because of the type of suspension Richardson received…

You’re disappointed because one of your players got suspended regardless of the crime or whatever happened. So from that standpoint you’re disappointed, but at the same time you have to go forward with the other guys.

On his plans for Richardson during training camp knowing that he will miss games…

He’s practicing, I mean we’ve talked about it he understands. He’s running the second team right now to get his reps because he is not playing the first four games. So he understands that and we have that discussion already and that’s how we’ll use him.

On if he plans to keep Richardson on the second team all training camp…

Mostly, depending on what the guys go down and different packages he’ll get some (first team) reps here and there. But for the most part he will get his designated reps on second team.

On when he found out about Richardson’s suspension…

Sometime this summer. I don’t know because I had surgery, it was kind of on my phone a little bit and I hadn’t checked it in a few days. When I found out this summer, we called and talked about it and went from there.

On if he found out about Richardson’s suspension shortly after minicamp…

Yeah it was around that time. It was after minicamp, I can’t say the exact date

On what it means for Leonard Williams’ learning curve to get more reps…

It doesn’t accelerate (his learning. It’s a process. He gets a lot of reps, all of the defensive linemen do. We’ll see how many guys, if not one, how many guys can fill that spot.

On if Williams will the get line share that Richardson would have got…

He’ll get a bunch of snaps at it. I mean we have (Leger) Douzable, (Stephen) Bowen and we have (Kevin) Vickerson sitting over there. We have a bunch of guys that will get reps, but Leonard (Williams), we’ll take a long look at him.

On Muhammad Wilkerson coming to camp…

Mo (Wilkerson) is a good guy, he’s a competitor, obviously every player wants a better contract but he came in. He is a professional. He’s a great guy to be around and we’re happy to have him here.

On out of the guys on the PUP list, which one will be able to come off first…

We’ll see how Willie (Colon) goes, he may be the quickest off the list, but we’ll kind of go from there.

On if he has any reaction to Tom Brady’s suspension being upheld…

Not really, no.

On his plan with the right guard position in camp…

There will be different guys taking different reps in different drills and we’ll get a better feel when the pads come on. They are going to battle that spot out. There are some tough people in there and they are going to battle it out.

On not putting Dee Milliner on the PUP…

He did individuals today and he ran well yesterday and he’s been doing well all summer. In the next two days or so he’ll do more.

On the weather being like this on the first day of camp and having to move inside…

When I played, I don’t think we saw rain for about six years. It’s supposed to be hot but it’s a little different. When the siren goes off and the thunder, it gets a little dangerous and we have to go indoors.

On his schedule with putting practice in the middle of the day…

It’s hot. It’s not Cortland, guys need to get in shape. Some guys ran indoors all summer. We need to get in heat shape. If we practice in 70 degrees then go play a preseason game in 90-degree weather then we’re in trouble, but this helps get guys in shape and helps with curfew at night so guys have nothing to do but go to sleep. It’s just really about getting guys in football shape.

On if Stevan Ridley is close to being able to practice…

He runs well straight ahead, we’re not trying to rush him. We’re going to take it as a process and from that standpoint we’ll go forward and I’ll know more as it goes. But I can’t tell you what his timetable is. I would hope it’s short and it’s a couple of weeks, but I can’t tell you for sure.

On if he had any concern Wilkerson wouldn’t show up for training camp…

I didn’t think of it one way or the other. He came to minicamp which was a positive sign and that says a lot about him. You know the kid, you know the character. You had an idea, but you didn’t know until he showed up.

On if he gets the sense that Wilkerson is bothered that he doesn’t have a new contract…

No. He’s been fine.

On if there are any other guys, other than Milliner, that have some restrictions in practice…


On how different it seemed overseeing the whole operation as a head coach…

It didn’t seem much different. You can’t focus in on certain things or certain groups at one time. You have to go back and look at the film a few more times to see everyone. So from that standpoint it’s a little different.

On if the push-ups have replaced the wind sprints as extracurricular activities in camp…

There will be different things. That is what they came up with. We are in camp and it’s hot and there is a lot of running going on so you don’t really want to run them, temperature wise, and run them after that. So it was push-ups today.


Nick Mangold

On how it feels to be back at the facility for training camp…

We were talking about it before, that being home for camp has a different feel to it. We did it in the lockout year but that was such a crazy year, we never really counted it. But this time it’s fully implanted that we’re here. It’s definitely exciting.

On the new regime in place…

Just great optimism. We had some great work this spring and we want to build on that. I think coming in today guys were excited, guys were ready to go and that’s a good thing.

On feelings going into the night before camp…

I think that was actually last night. Even though we didn’t start practice, just everyone being back together we knocked the conditioning test out. It’s good to be back.

On his performance during the conditioning test…

I’m ready for Rio (laughter). I missed the Pan-Am games.

On the “one day at a time” approach…

You have to because if you start looking ahead you’re going to skip what’s important today. It’s very methodical and you have to do it because you want to make the most of every opportunity you get to be on the field or in the classroom. You want to focus on the moment.

On his reaction to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision on QB Tom Brady…

I haven’t even read the full ruling on it and it doesn’t affect us. We have a lot of work we have to do here and things we have to worry about. I think that’s where our focus should be and it is.

On the offense this year and his expectations…

I expect to score some points. I think we have the tools and the talent but we’ve got to put the work in. I thought we had a pretty good spring and hopefully that translates into training camp and we continue that hard work.

On whether the team can be productive and produce touchdowns…

Well it starts upfront with protection and we’ve got to get right with that and let the skill guys do their thing and make the big plays that we know they can.

On if it’s too soon to tell what kind of team they are…

You really don’t know until you put the work in and that’s what we’ve got to do. Everyone is optimistic with what we have in front of us, but it’s going to require putting that hard work in and I think we have the guys to do that.



Wilkerson says he’s focused on football

Muhammad Wilkerson is frustrated and still wants a big payday. Until then, though, the New York Jets defensive end is keeping his contract situation off the field.

Wilkerson practiced with his teammates Thursday as the Jets opened training camp – despite seeking a long-term extension.

“I’m going to focus on the season,” Wilkerson said after practice. “It’s my job to go out and be competitive with my teammates and get ready for games on Sundays. Worrying about contract situation, that’s a distraction for myself, as well as my teammates.”

That means a new deal would either come before the start of the regular season or not until next offseason, when Wilkerson could become a free agent. He’s entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal, and is due to make $6.97 million this season.

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NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Daily Links: Hey, girlfriend!

– Revis’ message: Commit and compete [Jets Official Site]

– When will Dee Milliner be ready to participate? [NJAM]

– Cowboys going after Chris Johnson would “make sense” [Dallas Morning News]

– Cutler responds to Marshall comments []

– Woody: Jets’ defense better than 2009 #1 defense? It’s “not even close” [NY Post]

– No room for Klecko, Gastineau on Jets’ “Mount Rushmore” [Sports on Earth]

BentBent, It was good to hear that Milliner should be able to participate fully in camp, although the third-year cornerback was quick to point out that he told us all months ago he’d be ready in time for training camp.

While the major focus of yesterday’s tumultuous opening day of training camp will lie elsewhere, one under-the-radar story was that Antonio Cromartie seemed to get off to a slow start. Other than one pass-breakup, every time he was mentioned by the watching media it seemed to be because he had been beaten by a Jets’ receiver, including a couple of low profile back-ups. To his credit, he was showing good leadership by working on technique with youngsters Curtis Brown and Keith Lewis after practice, but if Cromartie continues to struggle, maybe Milliner will have a chance to push him for playing time.

With the Jets’ depth at cornerback, I was considering whether they would keep Milliner on the PUP list for use later in the season as a “break glass in case of emergency” fill-in, which is something the Patriots have done in the past. However, Milliner’s recovery seems right on schedule when you consider that both Jeff Cumberland and Bryan Thomas suffered the same injury early in the 2011 season and were healthy enough to start the 2012 opener. Also, as a young, developing player, he needs the practice reps. I do wonder if the Jets could use any of the three veterans currently on the list (Willie Colon, Kevin Vickerson and Stevan Ridley) in that manner though.


GEICO SportsNite: Richardson’s trouble

Kerith Burke and Manish Mehta discuss the charges facing Sheldon Richardson stemming from a high-speed car chase earlier this month.


2015 Training Camp: More human than human

Brian Bassett,

With a massive thunderstorm booming over Florham Park (fitting based on how the day turned out), Thursday’s practice was a little disjointed after players moved inside and players weren’t available as normal. Regardless, here’s some impressions we had about the Jets first day of camp.

nujetscampI think Brandon Marshall might not be human — I don’t know how else to say it so I’m just going to put it out there. Brandon Marshall is a specimen at receiver unlike any I’ve seen on the Jets. Braylon Edwards might be a close second, but Edwards was more sinewy than sculpted like Marshall. When I see “6 foot 4, 230 pounds” next to Marshall’s name on some website I think, “yeah, yeah whatever” … but when I saw him on the practice field next to other receivers? Simply put, he looks like a super hero. His height, tree-trunk legs, speed and physicality he brings to this team have already stood out to me after just one day. With the other players around him, he looks like a player who is going to have a very good year for a Jets receiver. But here’s the wild thing: like any other apex predator with astounding physical gifts, Marshall also possesses this sleepy lion-like quality which flips on just as soon as he’s done running his route or taking a scrimmage rep. I am not saying that in a bad way, it’s actually quite enthralling. After he would burst off the snap, run his crossing route and leap to catch a pass, he sauntered back to his group of receivers, took off his helmet, serenely mopped his face and crouched on the turf while he watched others take their turn. Marshall seems like a bundle of explosive energy coiled and waiting to pounce … I get the feeling he’s going to make this receiving corps so much fun to watch this season.

Yukking it up — Back in June, a lot was made about Antonio Cromartie’s microphone-stealing moment when he put the question to fellow corner Dee Milliner about his status with the team. If what I saw today on the sidelines has any bearing, I don’t get the sense that there’s a rivalry there but more of a camaraderie. Milliner, Darrelle Revis, Cromartie and Buster Skrine all knelt on the sideline laughing and joking while the twos and threes practiced. I don’t know what the fellas said, but Milliner had the biggest smile of the group and Revis and Cromartie were in stitches. I don’t see any animosity in this group, just a group of talented players happy to be together.

Quarterblahhh — While there were definitely some highlight moments for the Jets quarterbacks today, there were also a number of missed connections between quarterbacks and receivers. That’s all normal on the first day of camp. I don’t recall any interceptions but there were some passes defended and dropped balls by receivers due to concentrations issues by the receiver or placement from the quarterback. Geno is the guy taking most of the first team reps so far and it looks like it will stay that way for the foreseeable future … and based on some of the rust that Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to be knocking off from his injury recovery it’s for the best for now.