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Jets offensive lineman?Willie Colon?thinks?Geno Smith?was never ready to be the team's starting quarterback?(Walder, June 2).

When asked on Tuesday about the Jets offseason additions and the impact they might have on Smith, Colon answered frankly.

?We bought the Porsche,? Colon said. ?We?ve given him the keys. He can?t crash it. Bottom line, he can?t crash it. We need him to be on top of his game.?

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Ex-Jets, and current Bills, head coach Rex Ryan took a shot at his former team by pronouncing Buffalo?as the only team from New York (May 29).

Ryan is scheduled to play in the Boomer and Cartoon charity softball game next Wednesday at Yankee Stadium?that will benefit the Silver Shield Foundation, the NYC PBA Widows? and Children?s Fund, and the families of fallen NYPD officers Brian Moore, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

When asked what kind of reception he expected from the New York City crowd Ryan couldn't resist a jab?targeted at his former team.

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The Jets have promoted Matt Bazirgan to pro personnel director (Mehta, May 26).

Earlier this month GM Mike Maccagnan fired five scouts and Brendan Prophett, who served as the head of the organizations?pro personnel department for nine seasons.

Bazirgan has worked within the Jets organization since 2004. He served as an area scout for eight years before becoming the assistant pro personnel director in 2013.

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Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will not participate in OTAs, which started Tuesday?(Cimini, May 19).

Wilkerson is entering the final year of his contract and is due to earn $6.96 million in 2015. The Jets have made it clear they?d like to lock Wilkerson into a long-term deal, and with close to $50 million in cap room, they have plenty of space to work with.

However, his future with the Jets became cloudy with the selection?of defensive end Leonard Williams?sixth-overall in this years draft (April?30).

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New Jets head coach, Todd Bowles, and defensive coordinator, Kacy Rodgers, first worked together in 2005 under Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys. They went on to spend seven years working under the Hall of Fame head coach. Now that Bowles has taken over the reigns of his own team, Rodgers sees similarities between the two (Slater, May 15).

"Bill was very detailed oriented, knows what he wants, knows how to evaluate, really knew what he wanted in a player, knew how he wanted the players coached," Rodgers said in an interview with NJ Advance Media.?"Todd is very similar in a lot of ways. Bill was definitely on point. Todd is on point. They both know what they're looking for, both know what a player should look like, both know how they want the program run. I see a lot of similarities."

When Rodgers was asked about the influence Parcells had on his career he spoke highly of his former boss.

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A group of Jets fans have purchased 12 billboards across New Jersey that make light of the recently suspended Tom Brady (Walder, May 13).

The billboards make reference to Brady as "#TomShady" with the famous "J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!" chant below.

?Jets fans are very opinionated,? said Carly Zipp, the communications director for Outfront Media who own the electronic billboards. ?Because billboards are something that is seen by everyone, they knew the power of message and they wanted to it get it out.?

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Suzanne Johnson, who is the wife of Jets owner Woody Johnson, was all smiles when the news of Tom Brady's?four-game suspension was announced last night (Price, May 11).

Johnson tweeted a link of the Brady suspension story from NFL.com along with a smiley face emoji to the Patriots official twitter handle.

The tweet was deleted shortly after being posted and the Jets refrained from commenting on the matter.

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Although it is unlikely he will still be on the board with the No. 6 overall pick, Jameis Winston will make a pre-draft visit to Jets headquarters (Mehta, April 11).

General manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey were in attendance for Winston's pro-day held at Florida State University on March 31. The trio were so impressed by Winston's performance that they canceled their scheduled private?workout date a week later.

The Jets have informed Winston that his visit to Florham Park will include some classroom and film work to test his football acumen.

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The Jets will exercise the fifth-year option on?Quinton Coples rookie contract (Mehta, April 11).

Coples, 24, was taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Jets. He played defensive end at the University of North Carolina?and in his rookie season. Since then he has made the transition to the outside linebacker position for the past two years. Through his first three seasons he has recorded just 16 1/2 sacks.

His fifth year option salary, which will be worth $7.8 million, is determined by the average salaries of the 25 highest-paid players at his position, not including the two highest-paid players.

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Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested in Orlando last night on misdemeanor weapons charge. The police report states he was in violation of "open carrying of a weapons/firearms" (Esola, Jan. 10).

The birth date on the arrest record (9/25/1985) is two days off from Johnson's?actual (9/23/1985) birth date, but?the?story has been confirmed by NBC Sports (PFT, Jan 10)

Johnson signed a 2-year deal with the Jets last off season worth $4 million per year. The 29-year-old was brought in to strengthen the Jets running game. The signing didn't work out as planned.?After never failing to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, Johnson rushed for only 663 yards and had 151 receiving yards, both career lows.

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The Jets will be interviewing Doug Marrone today for their head coach vacancy (Rapoport, Jan. 3).

After coaching the Buffalo Bills for the past two seasons, Marrone opted out of his contract to seek other opportunities. He led the Bills to a 9-7 record this past season and went 15-17 overall. Previously he had coached at Syracuse University for four seasons going 25-25 during that stretch.

Marrone has?a history with the Jets. He served as the teams offensive line coach under Herm Edwards from 2002-2005.

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The Jets are expected to fire general manager John Idzik after Sunday's season finale game against the Dolphins (Cimini, Dec. 26).

This will be the second time in three years the Jets will be in the market for a new general manager.

Unlike when Idzik was hired two years ago, it is assumed the new general manager will be able to hire his own coach as well.

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Last month, Jeremy Kerley suffered a rather grim dislocation of his elbow but according to the wide receiver he's ready to take the field again this Sunday against the Raiders.

https://twitter.com/HubbuchNYP/status/409025606517796864

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Kellen Winslow was back at Florham Park yesterday after the team made room for him on the roster, and he answered questions about his suspension for failing a drug test. ?Darryl Slater wrote about Winslow's return for the Star-Ledger.

Winslow said his suspension stemmed from an allergy medication, though confusion remains as to the exact substance that triggered the violation.

[...]

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After a week off, the Jets have gotten back to practice and Santonio Holmes looks as if he is ready to return to the field full time. Holmes has missed the past five games due to a hamstring injury after easing back into the lineup this year from his season-ending Lisfranc injury suffered just four games into the 2012 season.

On Monday, Holmes participated in the entire 30 minutes of practice open reporters, a good indication that he could see playing time this weekend in Buffalo. Holmes worked with the team was the first such since his injury against the Titans.

So far, Holmes has 10 receptions on 24 targets for 243 yards and one score. More than half those stats came against the Bills in Week 3 when Holmes had a career day. When healthy, Holmes production has been mercurial this season but his talent combined with Geno's progress could be a boost for the Jets during the second half of the season.

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Mike Garafolo writes for FoxSports that while JaMarcus Russell has had some extremely light interest from NFL teams since he's tried to make a comeback earlier this year, he explains why Russell hasn't had much interest around the league, despite teams like the Bills and the Jets needing some quarterback help.

... [Russell's] comeback has hit a few bumps, multiple sources told FOX Sports.

Russell hit his target weight after months of training and eating right, but he has had trouble keeping it down since dropping a total of 51 pounds. Russell has always been a big body and often eclipsed 300 pounds, so this will be a constant battle for him.

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After being cleared for participation in this week's practices, ESPN NY notes that?Chris Ivory will play in tonight's matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

... the curtain gets pulled back Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, where Ivory is expected to make his Jets debut against the?Jacksonville Jaguars.

[...]

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The Jets have re-signed linebacker Calvin Pace on a one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter.

Pace started all 16 games last season, and tallied three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. ?Pace has only accumulated 13 sacks in the last three seasons.

Pace had previously signed a six-year, $42 million ($22 million guaranteed) with the Jets in 2008. The Jets had released him in February.

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Woody Johnson and the rest of the NFL owners are in Phoenix this week for league meetings and when asked about the 2012 backup quarterback and his status with the Jets, Woody Johnson didn't give any direct answers on the matter according to Manish Mehta, "we?re looking at all possibilities with [Tebow]. We?ll see what the offseason [brings]."

I know it's seems silly, but I really think it comes down to trying to move him via trade to save cap space. ?Tebow is on the books for $2.6 million in 2013. ?Should they cut him, they save about a million dollars, should they trade him, they save most of that full cap figure. ?It doesn't seem like much, but when the Jets are pinching pennies with potential starters like OLB Antwan Barnes, then we have to expect that they are going to do everything they can to save all the cap space they can for the 2013 season.

But just because the Jets want to trade Tebow doesn't mean they will be able to do so. ?This meeting in Phoenix might represent one of the last best chances between now and the draft to move Tebow. ?The foregone conclusion is that there is zero chance that Tebow returns with the Jets in 2012. ?Based on the way Rex Ryan avoided (like the plague) playing #15 at quarterback, it's hard to imagine that they would bring him back if the team's coach doesn't think him competent to play his own position. ?Maybe the Jets will shock the world and have come up with plans to actually let him compete for the starting job in 2013, but it seems so far-fetched at this point. ?Sooner or later the team will cut him, but they sure are taking their time to do so.

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For the Jets, the situation is dire. ?On a short week against their long-time divisional rivals, the Jets need a win more than ever and this game is their biggest hurdle between now and the end of the season.

Can they get the win? ?If they do, then the "p-word" will still be bandied around, but one more loss will most likely remove the Jets from any talk of January according to Brian Costello in the Post.

If the Jets lose to the rival Patriots tonight, you basically can forget about the playoffs. That is why the Jets are approaching this game like it?s a do-or-die game.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? The affable, somewhat sarcastic, always approachable Nick Bellore is a marked man in the Jets locker room.

Bellore and his beard

For 22 days now, the Jets linebacker has been the target of his teammates as part of the ?No Shave November? fad as he has been growing a beard and has refused to touch his burgeoning growth. Now itchy and thick, Bellore needs to endure a little more than a week before he can think about trimming let alone shaving the beard. It is a burden he feels he carries for the Jets team because of the sheer awesomeness of his facial hair.

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One of the big questions of the second half will be what the linebacker makeup looks like for this team. Bart Scott has been hobbled by a toe injury and he might not be able to play this weekend again, but according to Jane McManus, Scott will travel with the team.

Bart Scott?will travel to Seattle, but he is not sure whether he will be cleared to play with the turf toe that ended his streak of 119 consecutive games played.

Scott would prefer to play, but the Jets trainers want to see how much his toe swells after two straight days of practicing in a limited capacity. He will be on site either way.Playing a tough customer like Marshawn Lynch and Scott's unlikelihood activation is all the more reason why the Jets activated Ricky Sapp. They're going to need as many linebackers as possible this weekend.

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After a solid performance against the Colts last weekend, Mark Sanchez might feel a little respite from the heat he's faced over the previous two weeks, but but according to Sanchez, he's not affected by the intense scrutiny he's been under, via National Football Post.

Sanchez also insisted that he had blocked out all the speculation and talk that his starting job was in jeopardy with Tebow waiting in the wings and the Jets struggling coming into the game.

?It?s just part of the job,? Sanchez said. ?It was a victory for the team in general. As long as we?re winning, I?m happy. We just have to keep doing that and try to stay efficient. Block everything else out and just keep playing for the guys in the locker room.?For Sanchez, we're sure that the win feels best of all, but that it doesn't hurt to have the local and national media off his back for at least a week. ?Ray Lucas was insistent in the SNY Postgame show that the Jets quarterback is at his best when Shonn Greene and the running game can gain some yards on the ground. ?While New England has looked mortal this season, but one area in which they are playing extremely well is on defense against the run.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? The much awaited return of Dustin Keller appears to be nearing as the Jets tight end looks likely to make his second appearance of the season this Sunday against the Colts ? and no one is more relieved about this than Keller himself.

Keller, who hasn?t played since the Week 1 blowout win over the Bills, has been besieged by a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the last four weeks. The injury marks the first time in Keller?s five years in the league that he has missed a game, snapping his regular season games played streak at 65 games.

On Friday, Keller took a significant step forward in being able to play again.

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Earlier this season there were some reports that Tebow might request a trade at the end of the year should he not get the opportunity to start.

Earlier Woody Johnson was on CNBC to talk politics, and the topic of his QBs came up, via the Star-Ledger.

"Will we keep Tebow? Absolutely," Johnson said. "He'll be with us for three years, and I think he's going to be a real valuable asset in terms of helping us win games."

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Jets rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill went straight to the sidelines after he came up lame on Sunday afternoon trying to chase down a deep ball from quarterback Mark Sanchez, never to step foot on the field for the rest of the Jets 23-20 overtime win in Miami.

On Monday, head coach Rex Ryan told the media that Hill was ?iffy? with a right hamstring injury, casting doubt on if the Jets will have a player who could be a red zone threat against the tough San Francisco defense. Hill spent Wednesday?s practice on the stationary bike and then working with the training staff on agility and stretching exercises.

?[The] hamstring is coming along but we?ll just get the final word from the coaches and the training staff later on,? Hill said.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J.?After an injury in the first preseason game of the year, Jets fans haven?t seen Eric Smith on the field and contributing at safety. The good news is that the countdown on his return might be coming to an end.

Head coach Rex Ryan upgraded Smith on Thursday, saying that his safety is ?limited? in practice after having been relegated to working with the trainers the past couple weeks. Smith had knee and hip injuries that kept him from his normal heavy workload on the team and he sighed a bit when asked about his health and a possible return this Sunday in Miami.

?I?m tired of being asked that. Feeling better than I was, making progress,? Smith told The Jets Blog.

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Antonio Cromartie and Nick Bellore aren't the only two-way players on the Jets. ?With Darrelle Revis out for Sunday's game and Isaiah Trufant questionable, Joe McKnight might take some snaps against the Steelers Sunday. ?The?Daily News reported that McKnight practiced at cornerback?throughout the week and that?the running back also met with defensive coaches to study the team?s defensive game plan.

McKnight of course is the Jets special teams standout and had lost out as the team's third-down back role to Bilal Powell in the preseason. ?When McKnight was recruited at the college level, some coaches wanted him to play defensive back, and ?according to Sporting News, he might have been great.

... several coaches recruiting McKnight (namely Ole Miss, according to Bruce Feldman?s book, ?Meat Market?) thought McKnight could have been a Pro Bowl cornerback if he stayed on the defensive side of the ball.
So while McKnight might have the raw skills to play corner, it's not as if he's done much of it ... so how could this work for the Jets?

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In case you might be concerned about just how the new starting Jets safeties will play tomorrow, according to Connor Orr of the Star-Ledger, they have been working hard all summer to be ready for the season so that they can be as effective as Mike Pettine and Dennis Thurman expect them to be this season.

?LaRon and Yeremiah have been doing a great job of communicating between them,? secondary coach Dennis Thurman said. ?We don?t think it?s going to be a problem. We have two new guys who learned the system, and they understand what they need to do within each call.?

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TheJetsBlog is pleased to announce that Kristian Dyer will be writing some weekly pieces for the blog this season. ?Look for his work throughout the week.?

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- During his Monday afternoon press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan dubbed massive nose tackle Damon Harrison ?Big Snacks.? The ?Big? part of that moniker certainly makes sense, with Harrison casting a giant shadow at six foot four inches and 335 pounds.

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How serious are the Jets about using Tim Tebow as their personal punt protector this season? ?Sounds like it's pretty serious according to the article Rich Cimini wrote for ESPN New York a few days back. ?In it, Cimini details how the team came up with the role for the backup quarterback and what it means for him to play special teams in such a capacity.

The Jets have had some quality protectors in past years but as Cimini notes, there's one big concern about using a guy like Tebow in such a role for the Jets.

Critics of the Tebow plan will argue that the Jets are sacrificing coverage ability by using a player with no experience as a tackler. Tebow, used extensively in the preseason, didn't make a single tackle.

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While it sounds like bad news for Josh Baker's hopes to play with the Jets this season, the Jets might dodge a bullet regarding their leading receiver from 2011, Dustin Keller. ?Keller?pulled a hamstring during the initial offensive series against the Panthers last night and remained out the rest of the game. ?Keller texted ESPNNewYork.com this morning telling Rich Cimini that?"I should be fine for the season opener [...] it's not that bad." ?ESPN also reported that Keller might not even need to get an MRI for the matter.

Hamstrings are tricky business and can be fickle to come back from -- as Darrelle Revis can attest to from two years ago. ?Expect that even if Keller plays in two weeks, he might not be at full strength for a few more weeks. ?The Jets will likley try and rest Keller as much as they can in the meantime as players playing with hamstring injuries can lead to other leg/foot related injuries if they are trying to be too cautious.

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The Giants will meet the the Jets in the second annual MetLife Bowl tonight at 7:00pm. The game can be seen locally on Ch2 and nationally on the NFL Network. The game can be heard in NYC on WCBS-FM 101.1.

GEICO SportsNite has sound from Giants and Jets players concerning Saturday's preseason game against each other.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=23989853&topic_id=6479520&tcid=vpp_copy_23989853&v=3

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When you play the Jets, you feel it for a while after the game is over. Despite the flippancy of the headline, this story is rather serious. If you'll recall, early in the 4th quarter during Sunday's game, Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman suffered a dangerous-looking concussion.

From watching the game footage, it looked Dielman, while trying to push at the line during a Mike Tolbert run up the middle, slammed helmet-first into Calvin Pace. After the play was dead (and the Chargers had lost a yard), Dielman stumbled backwards around 15 yards before losing his footing and falling onto the field. Despite this, Dielman stayed in the game and didn't undergo testing until after the game ended.

However, according to ESPN, Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure on the Chargers' chartered flight back west. Dielman has yet to take the NFL's concussion test or be cleared to play and will likely miss at least two games. According to head coach Norv Turner, the Chargers handled the situation exactly as they should have:

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The Green Bay Packers are arguably one of the best franchises in the history of football, and Business Week points out that this may be partly due to their unorthodox ownership structure:

When you talk to Packer management, you start to realize that success is a tribute to the careful, constant maintenance of two things: the product on the field and the community?s warm feelings about that product. ?It starts with football,? says Murphy. ?We structure the organization in a way that we can be successful on the field. But a big part of it is also remembering that this team has a special place in this community. We?re owned by this community. We can?t be perceived as gouging the fans.?

The Packers must constantly walk that fine line between profitability and community. Every other NFL franchise is controlled or entirely owned by one majority shareholder, and NFL rules prohibit otherwise. (The Packers? ownership structure predates current NFL rules.) Ticket prices, concessions, parking, stadium naming rights?all of that is dictated at most NFL stadiums by whatever the owner feels the market will bear, and every additional dollar is profit into the owner?s pockets.

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