Newly acquired Jets WR Brandon Marshall has vowed to turn the team into winners (Cimini, July 29).
Marshall, who is now playing for his fourth different team, spoke about his desire to win in New York and that he has no intentions of playing for any other organization to finish out his career.
“I’m only going to play a couple of more years. I’m not not going to be one of those guys where you have to rip the jersey off my back,” Marshall said. “I have other things I want to do. Before I leave, I want to be a winner. I will be a winner. I want to do that right here. I’m never going to play for another team.”
He went on to stress the importance of the offense gelling together during camp.
“If we do that, we’ll bridge the gap with all the other successful offenses out there,” Marshall said. “Right now, we have to make a huge jump in this camp to get where we need to be if we want to compete.”
A lot has been made that Marshall might be the missing piece to solidify the Jets offense. But Marshall feels that pressure lies on the shoulders of QB Geno Smith to utilize all of the weapons around him.
“It’s on Geno,” he said. “It’s on him to take advantage of the opportunity of having [Eric] Decker, [Jeremy] Kerley, the offensive line, the Four Horsemen at the running-back position. It’s on him, No. 1. It’s on us, too. It’s not just a one-man show. We have to be able to support him, we have to be able to support each other.
Marshall, 31, was traded to the Jets along with a seventh-round draft pick from the Bears in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft. Last season he had 61 receptions for 721 yards. Both of which were his lowest career totals since his rookie season in 2006.
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Brandon Marshall is holding firm on his desire to play out his days in New York, which is endearing. As Marshall noted, for the Jets to win in New York a lot of it could come down to Geno and his play for the team this season. As Todd Bowles said the other day, his goal is not to finish 8-8 with this team and so if he feels like he needs to make the change at quarterback early then that would make sense. Geno has to have a great August and September to cement his role this season with this team and to thus help the team be relevant in the playoff picture.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed rookie wide receiver Austin Hill to a contract. Jets fans might not know too much about Hill, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to get a sense of what he brings to the table.
Hill is listed as 6’3″ and 212 pounds and turned 24 earlier this month. After a breakout campaign in 2012 saw him catch 81 passes for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns, Hill suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season. Last season, he returned but wasn’t as effective as in the past, although he still caught 49 passes and scored four touchdowns.
After going undrafted, Hill was initially picked up by the Seahawks, only to fail his physical. He then signed with Oakland, but they cut him in May during their second set of OTA’s.
After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of Hill in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses…
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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe calendar has flipped over to July, which means we are just a day away (!!) from training camp. This series will be a quick crash course on who will be competing for spots at each position on the roster.
Up next, the interior linemen …
Overview: This is a tough group to figure out and other than quarterback could be the pivotal component to the team’s success or failure. We know that Nick Mangold will be the steadily fantastic player he’s always been … but can the rest of the group increase their effectiveness from a season ago? The guards have been a problem for this team dating back to 2013. Could this year’s mix of veterans and promising younger players be the group to get the job done?
Click the gallery to read the blurbs on each player.
The leader of the interior, if not the whole line has to be Nick Mangold. Mangold heads into his 10th season with the team and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. This line could easily revolve around him for another 3-5 years.
Another starter imported from Seattle, James Carpenter brings first round pedigree but concerns about health and production to the left guard spot. Carpenter was the top prize once players like Mike Iupati found new homes and the Jets payed for the privilege. Carpenter brings stability to a guard spot in need of it, but this isn’t an Alan Faneca type signing for the Jets.
A former tackle at UVA, Oday Aboushi has demonstrated the athleticism and ferocity necessary to become a starting lineman and should be the most likely player to win the starting battle at right guard.
Willie Colon was the starter at RG much of last year and it didn’t go well. Between the penalties and struggles in run blocking, Colon doesn’t look like a lock to make the initial 53-man roster.
Brian Winters was the first man asked to be a starter from the class of 2013 linemen and it didn’t go well for him. While tough and nasty, he struggled with athleticism at the NFL level and could be on the bubble if he doesn’t win the starting RG job outright.
Dalton Freeman has been groomed as the team’s long-term backup at center over the past few years, but his role could come under fire now that Dakota Dozier was asked to take some snaps this past spring at the same spot.
Dakota Dozier was a 2014 draftee and has promise as a backup and potential long-term answer as an interior player in the NFL. Dozier was asked to take reps this spring as a center so the team might be trying to find creative ways to roster him this season for another year of development.
Jarvis Harrison was a 2015 draftee and has the physical skills to be a starting tackle or guard in the NFL but to date there are questions as to his desire. Harrison will be under close scrutiny by the coaching staff this summer to see what’s possible with this player.
An undrafted free agent last season who was picked up by the Steelers, he was claimed by the Jets after being waived last November. Johnson will have a tough fight for a roster spot.
Jets players will report to training camp at their team facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, Wednesday.
Muhammad Wilkerson, unhappy with his current contract and seeking a long-term deal, will report to camp despite his frustrations (July 28).
The Jets head into training camp with battles at several positions. We previewed the outlook for the following positions:
This will be head coach Todd Bowles’ first training camp as head coach after he replaced Rex Ryan in the offseason. He leads a team that went 4-12 last season.
New York’s quarterbacks had the fewest passing yards last season and the team was tied for the fewest interceptions.
Leading up to their Week 1 matchup vs. the Browns, the Jets have four preseason games vs. the Lions, Falcons, Giants and Eagles.
The team will host its annual Green & White practice on Aug. 8 at MetLife Stadium and Family Night at Hofstra on Aug. 23.
New York’s full training camp schedule can be accessed here.
– Marshall vows to turn Jets into winners [ESPN New York]
– Coples doesn’t mind not having a defined role [Metro]
– What’s the plan for Williams at camp? [NJAM]
– Marshall was “mostly having fun” with drug test tweets [Newsday]
– Pace/Babin sneak onto the list of potential surprise cap cuts [NFL.com]
– Marshall says Bears had talent but lacked chemistry [NY Post]
– Maynard is in the top 15 for all-time Adjusted Catch Yards [Football Perspective]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: While Brandon Marshall is all over today’s daily links, one of the more interesting things to consider from today’s selection is the possibility raised by NFL.com that Jason Babin or Calvin Pace could be cut during training camp. To clarify, this is a prediction/guess on their part rather than being based on a rumor or report.
Last season, Rex Ryan opted not to play Babin and Quinton Coples together, save for a handful of plays over the course of the season. This suggests to me that the Jets didn’t feel comfortable with either of those players being able to handle the additional coverage responsibilities that come from playing the strong-side outside linebacker position. I would anticipate that there could be a similar consideration within Todd Bowles’ defense and that now that Leonard Williams is on the team there is even less chance of the team running pass rush packages with both Coples and Babin on the field.
For this reason, unless Lorenzo Mauldin is ready to play full time right off the bat, I can’t see Pace not being on this team. Babin, however, could be surplus to requirements, especially if some other young pass rushers emerge. In either case, perhaps it would be worth pursuing a trade before making a cut. Despite both players’ advanced age, the Jets might be able to pick up a late pick for a short-term rental.
The NFL upheld their four-game suspension of Tom Brady due to ‘Deflategate,’ the league announced.
“Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL’s Official Playing Rules,” the league said. “The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs.”
Brady will miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys. He returns to the field when New England plays at Indianapolis in Week 6.
The Patriots will play the Jets in Brady’s second game back in Week 7 and in Week 16.
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Meanwhile, the league reduced their suspension
of Le’Veon Bell from three games to two today. This is far from over if Brady and the NFLPA have anything to say. Brady will now take the NFL to court over the matter and we fully suspect that Brady’s suspension will be adjudicated in a federal court. We can’t imagine that this is the sort of shroud that the NFL wants hanging over their head for Hall of Fame Weekend and the start of their Super Bowl 50 season, but expect this story to continue to play out over the month of August.
With the start of training camp two days away, the Jets have signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Austin Hill from Arizona, according to Manish Mehta (July 27).
The Jets have 13 receivers on the roster with the addition of Hill (6-3, 212), who attended the Jets rookie minicamp this spring but left without a contract. Hill also attended Oakland’s rookie minicamp.
Hill missed the 2013 season after tearing an ACL during spring practice. Last year, he caught 48 passes for 630 yards and four touchdowns.
To make room on the 90-man camp roster, the Jets have released K Andrew Furney.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Despite missing his junior season at Arizona due to a knee injury, analysts marked Hill as a surprise to go undrafted and so was widely considered a priority UDFA following the 2015 NFL Draft. Hill wound up signing with the Seahawks before failing his team physical before being picked up and then subsequently cut by the Raiders. On a rather densely packed receiving corps, Hill might wind up a player that the Jets waive and then sign to their injured reserve to stash for future seasons or if he can demonstrate his health he’ll have to compete for a spot on the team’s practice squad.
Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will report to training camp tomorrow, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.
Wilkerson, 25, skipped all of the voluntary workouts this offseason with the Jets as he attempted to work out a long-term deal. However, he did attend mandatory minicamp in June.
“I’m very confident, hopefully things will work out with myself and my agent and those guys get something worked out,” Wilkerson said in June. “If I have to play under my contract, then so be it.”
Wilkerson did add he was frustrated by the progress, or lack there of, being made.
“I am frustrated, yeah,” Wilkerson added at the time. “I thought that a deal would be made, but at the end of the day, it’s a business and these things take time.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
This is no surprise that Mo would show up despite the market being set with players like Corey Liuget and Cameron Heyward recently getting sizeable contracts. Digging in Wilkerson’s heels now won’t work and at this juncture seems opposite his nature. It could very well be that the team and Wilkerson’s agents are working hard at hammering out a deal before a down is played this season. Should Wilkerson not get a deal done before the start of the season? Then with Sheldon Richardson suspended Wilkerson will get four games to soak up the stats and potentially force the team’s hand in the coming offseason. Should no deal get done before the end of the 2015 season, the next worrisome date would be the franchise tag deadline in late February.
To learn more about the Muhammad Wilkerson contract situation, listen to Corey and Brian discuss Wilkerson with NFL agent Howard Shatsky and Michael Ginntti of Sportrac on the latest in-depth episode about the topic on TheJetsBlog podcast.
– Parcells: Bowles may not be loud but he’ll get his point across [ESPN New York]
– Watch: Pennington breaks down Geno’s film [Jets Official Site]
– Camp preview: All eyes on Geno [NJAM]
– Jets, Geno have Baldinger fired up for this season [Newsday]
– Will Bowles bring back team captains this year? [ESPN New York]
– Who was the “worst player” in franchise history? [SI]
– Jets Top 25: Can Jets keep Wilkerson around for the long term? [NY Post]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: There’s a lot of focus on Geno Smith in today’s selection, something we should get used to over the next few weeks as camp gets underway. However, perhaps the most interesting topic is that of whether the Jets should bring back team captains.
The Cardinals’ players reportedly voted for their captains last year and ended up selecting Carson Palmer as the offensive captain, Calais Campbell as the defensive captain and Dave Zastudil and Lorenzo Alexander as special teams captains. Zastudil and Palmer ended up getting hurt, but Campbell, the only one of the four aged less than 30, had a great season. In previous seasons, the Cardinals had named five captains with two offensive captains, but Larry Fitzgerald stopped being a captain after 2013 (as did Darnell Dockett, who was injured).
On this basis, we can probably expect some of the older veterans such as Nick Mangold, Calvin Pace, David Harris and D’Brickashaw Ferguson to be considered, although I know there are a few younger players such as Demario Davis who are also considered to have good leadership traits. Who do you think should be the team captains in 2015?