Newest Jets quarterback Matt Flynn met with the New York media for the first time on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say about his journeyman career, his hamstring injury and more…
On if he sometimes forgets where he is (joking)…
(Laughter) Yeah, sometimes I have to look at the map app on my phone and figure it out. But no, I’m happy to be here, happy for the opportunity. Trying to get acclimated. It’s kind of been a whirlwind the last couple of days.
On how his injuries are…
Good. It’s getting better, not 100 percent yet but, it’s getting better.
On how long until he will be able to practice…
I don’t know. I haven’t heard a time or a time frame. I’m happy that I got the chance to come here and get the opportunity. And get into the rehabilitation program and hopefully fast-track it.
On if he had two injuries before coming into camp…
Two things? It’s just one thing, it’s the hamstring. No (it’s not the ankle). Yes, I did (have the injury before training camp). Yeah, it was right before training camp. Unfortunately, just one of those things, training, working out back home, trying to get ready and things happen. To read more of this story, click here
Geno Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks of action, meaning he will likely miss up to five weeks or so of the regular season. To replace Smith, the Jets are turning the offense over to Ryan Fitzpatrick. …
Once Smith returns to the lineup, it’s unclear where the Jets will go from there. He was the nominal starter before his injury, but once the Jets realize Fitzpatrick is probably the better option, it’s possible Geno will stay on the bench or play on a very short leash. Of course, it’s also possible Fitzpatrick only plays one game all season.
However, there’s also a very plausible scenario where he ends up as the team’s starter for the majority of the season and plays 10 or more games >> Read more at numberFire.com.
Geno Smith will not press charges against I.K. Enemkpali, according to reporter Kristian Dyer (August 20).
Smith has yet to file charges, and according to Dyer’s source, will not do so.
Smith is expected to miss the first four games of the season after undergoing jaw surgery after getting punched by Enemkpali over $600.
Enemkpali was released by the Jets and claimed off waivers by Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.
– If “crazy is normal” for Fitzpatrick, that makes him a good fit [NY Post]
– Mornhinweg says Jets underachieved in 2014 [NJAM]
– Jets deny that there’s a camp competition…for best beard [Metro]
– Calvin Pace is Lorenzo Mauldin’s not-so-secret sensei [ESPN New York]
– Ex-Jet Chris Johnson happy to play with a QB who can “get it down the field” [NFL.com]
– EA’s Q&A: Who are the two most pleasant camp surprises? [Jets Official Site]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: When asked to name his top two camp surprises, Eric Allen from the Jets Official Site selects James Carpenter and Buster Skrine. That bodes well for Mike Maccagnan because those second-tier moves could make or break his first free agency class.
Skrine and Carpenter are both players who’ve struggled when they were younger, but each played the best football of their career for about half a season during their contract year. In each case, the Jets are gambling that the level of play they attained at that time is something they’ll be able to sustain as they enter their prime, rather than just a temporary hot streak. So, how much should we read into their apparent strong start to training camp?
Not much, according to Antonio Cromartie, who when questioned about some ongoing camp struggles channelled Allen Iverson and simply said, “It’s practice”. Head coach Todd Bowles and defensive backs coach Joe Danna have each said they’re happy with Cromartie’s performance so far too. Of course, this would suggest that perhaps preseason performance is more critical. In that case, we’d all better hope for a much better display tomorrow night than we saw against the Lions last week.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles says he expects his team to show more polish in their second preseason game Friday vs. the Falcons.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media after Wednesday’s practice. Here are five things we learned…
1.) Even after acquiring Matt Flynn, it’s conceivable the Jets will add another QB if one becomes available.
2.) The starting players will play mostly an entire half during Friday’s preseason game.
3.) There is no timetable for the return of Calvin Pryor.
4.) The defense is coming along, and the past two days are the first time Bowles has seen the unit gel.
5.) Geno Smith is not expected to be on the sideline during Friday’s game.
Muhammad Wilkerson is not practicing on Wednesday and won’t be playing in the Jets’ preseason game against the Falcons on Friday, Manish Mehta of the Daily News Reports (Aug. 19).
Wilkerson, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, has been limited in practices throughout training camp.
Wilkerson also did not play in the first preseason game against the Lions.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: The Jets have just announced the signing of quarterback Matt Flynn to provide them with some veteran depth with Geno Smith out. I’ve been watching game film to try and assess what Flynn brings to the table.
The 30-year old Flynn is listed at 6’2″ and 230 pounds and has spent most of his six-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. He has started six games with the Packers, including four in his second stint with them in 2013 and one game with the Raiders, also in 2013. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks and been on the roster of the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of Flynn in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.