BGA: The Expendables – Update #1

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, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.

We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list – which may of course grow as the preseason continues, with guys like Santonio Holmes and Ed Reed still searching for a job – of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.

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

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie only played six snaps against Houston and wasn’t targeted. However, he made headlines with an interception. This came as the pass was batted up at the line and deflected off two teammates and into his lap. This doesn’t really tell us much about whether he’s back to his old self, though.

Jojo Dickson, LB, Arizona

Dickson only played three snaps near the end of the game but made an immediate impact, coming totally unblocked on a blitz up the middle, sacking the quarterback for a safety. He’s obviously low down on the depth chart but that’s a good way to make your mark.

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Season ticket holders to lead J-E-T-S chant

Jets season ticket holders will compete for the chance to lead the J-E-T-S Chant at a home game, and fans will choose the eight winners.

Season ticket holders who wish to enter can submit a 15-second video of themselves leading the chant, along with a few sentences on why they would do a great job. Fans can also nominate another fan, if they so choose. To verify, fans posting submissions and nominations will need to input contact information and their Season Ticket Holder Account Number.

In case video creation isn’t a fan’s strong suit, there will be booths set up to help make submissions at Training Camp practice on August 18 and at Jets Family Night at Hofstra on August 21.

The video submissions will be on NewYorkJets.com/JetsChant from August 26 through August 29 for voting. Winners will be notified by September 2.

Decker, Ivory still with trainers

Eric Decker (quad) and Chris Ivory (ribs) are among those players working with trainers on Wednesday morning.

Dimitri Patterson, Jeremy Reeves and Ras-I Dowling are also working on the sidelines.

GEICO SportsNite: Jets Camp Report

SNY reports from a rainy practice at Jets training camp and hears from Michael Vick, Marty Mornhinweg, Geno Smith, Rex Ryan, and Antonio Allen.

Michael Vick

Donovan McNabb: Wildcat offense ‘garbage’

Michael Vick’s former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Donovan McNabb does not believe in the wildcat offense – using two QBs in a game – and he made that very clear, calling the system “garbage” (CBS New York, August 13).

“The Jets tried this whole garbage with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez and it got them nowhere,” McNabb said. “In the situation now, I think it takes away from what Geno Smith can do. It’s a maturity process for him to try to develop into an NFL quarterback. Now you’re taking him off the field or splitting him wide to bring in a 34-year-old quarterback? To do what?”

Rex Ryan tried the wildcat with the Tebow-Sanchez combo two seasons ago, but had previously tried to used Brad Smith as a change-of-pace QB as well.

But for McNabb, who is now an NFL analyst for Fox Sports, doesn’t have much confidence outside the added flare the play brings.

“I understand the ‘wow’ effect, but it’s not a good thing for either quarterback,” McNabb said.

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BGA: Scouting LeQuan Lewis

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Earlier Tuesday, the Jets announced that they had signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis to the active roster.  Jets fans may not know too much about Lewis, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to assess what he brings to the table. Lewis actually was with the Jets briefly in 2012, but in those days I wasn’t scouting every player added to the active roster. While ordinarily I wouldn’t do a BGA for someone who had already been with the organization, I’ll make an exception, as I did with Antonio Garay last year.

Lewis, 25,  is 5 foot 11, 190 pounds,  and has bounced round the league since going undrafted out of Arizona State in 2011. He has played in eight NFL games (all in 2012), with  five tackles, two passes defensed and one interception. He joins a Jets team that needs contributors at the cornerback position, with three of their top corners injured and a couple of guys lower down the depth chart also having missed time in the last week.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Lewis’ first two seasons in the league to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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Antonio Allen likely to start at CB

Antonio Allen will likely start at cornerback when the Jets take on the Bengals on Saturday.

“What the heck, let’s put him out there,” head coach Rex Ryan said.

Allen, a safety, filled in at cornerback due to multiple injuries at the position.

He had two interceptions on Monday.