BGA: The Expendables – Update #3

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Throughout the preseason, we kept track of the progress on the guys they let go to start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move. Now we’re into the regular season, we can provide our third update on how these players are faring…

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie continues to shine now that he is clearly back to 100%. His overall numbers are skewed by his one really bad performance of the year where DeMaryius Thomas lit him up for over 200 yards. Take that game out of the equation and he’s given up just 2.4 yards per target and a 43% completion percentage.

His season has shown no signs of slowing down over the past few weeks, either. He had two interceptions against the Eagles three weeks ago and over the most recent two games, he’s surrendered just one catch for eight yards in seven targets.

Today will be a fascinating test for him with Calvin Johnson now healthy and the Lions coming to town. Cromartie probably won’t cover Johnson (as an example, when they played the Cowboys, Patrick Peterson covered Dez Bryant with Cromartie on Terrance Williams), but might therefore end up covering Golden Tate who has had some big games this year. Tate has good short area quickness, which means he’s the type of player Cromartie has struggled to cover at times in the past.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

At the exact opposite end of the scale is Santonio Holmes, another player who had a poor 2013 season due to injury. While Cromartie has worked his way back to 100% and has been effective, that hasn’t happened with Holmes who ended up with just eight catches for 67 yards. He also fielded 14 punts, with a longest return of 22 yards but an average of just 5.6 per return. After his release, Holmes did work out for the Chiefs this week, but that’s been the least productive receiving corps in the league, so if he can’t get a job with them, that might be the end of his career.

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Harvin defends reputation

Percy Harvin has been called a ‘selfish malcontent and a locker-room cancer,’ but is not worried about people questioning his character.

“I’m fine with that. Because I know the real me,” Harvin said. (Martin, Nov. 15).

The Jets (2-8) have lost two out of three games played with Harvin where he had 17 catches for 174 yards and 11 carries for 69 yards.

Harvin, the former first-round pick, was traded from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick on Oct. 18.

Five most memorable moments for 2014 Jets

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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

With the bye week upon us, here’s five of the most memorable moments so far from the Jets 2014 season.  Add yours in the comments!

Dee Milliner lost for the season — Dee Milliner has struggled with injury issues dating back to his days at Alabama and they seem to have followed him to the Jets.  Since entering the NFL Draft process last year, Milliner has undergone shoulder surgery leading up to the draft, suffered a high ankle sprain this summer’s at training camp, attempted to return to the field early (Packers) before sitting until October and then experiencing a season-ending Achilles tear against the Broncos.

Jets trade for Percy Harvin — One of the most surprising moments of the season came when the Jets gave up a fourth rounder for one of the most dynamic players in the NFL after Seattle had seen enough and faced a number of disruptions from the talented receiver.  So far, Harvin has played well for the Jets and is by far the team’s best skill position player.  We fully expect to see Harvin back in 2015 with the Jets and for the team to find interesting and innovative ways to use him. To read more of this story, click here

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Rex fined $100,000 for postgame cursing

Rex Ryan will be fined $100,000 by the NFL for his postgame profanity, according to Chris Mortensen (Nov. 14).

Ryan is a third time offender, hence the hefty fine, Mortensen said.

“Yeah, I think I was saying thank you,” Ryan joked early in the week. “Emotions run high in games, and sometimes I think its best (that) what happens on the field stays on the field. That’s where it stems from. It’s a very emotional game. Obviously, I have to do a good job of controlling my emotions and things like that. Things happen and I am sorry if I offended anybody.”

When asked if he was cursing at an official, Ryan said, “I am not going to get into that.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The height of the fine is probably due to the fact that the coach has been fined for prior events and so the league ratcheted up the price tag.  Ryan was livid after the Steelers safety launched himself into the backfield as the Jets tried to run out the clock and after eight straight losses we’re sure emotions were running pretty high for the coach.