Braylon Edwards: It’s Not All Geno’s Fault

Braylon Edwards appeared on SNY GEICO SportsNite and expressed a less than flattering opinion of Rex Ryan. Braylon said this about Rex, “He wants things to work his way so he can get the credit for it.” Braylon also says that Rex needs to simplify the game plan and go with a cover 2 defense, in order to protect the lack of defensive back talent.  Braylon sounds off on Geno Smith as well, specifically how the Jets should handle the young QB.

Here is the full segment with Braylon and you can also read more about this in our forums –> Braylon Edwards on Rex Ryan.

 

NY Jets Receiver Problem / Bills Preview (JetNation Radio)

New episode JetNation Radio: Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 8pm (Show Link)Jet Nation Radio

The New York Jets came off a 13-10 loss to their division rivals New England Patriots and the JetNation faithful were left with many questions:

  • Can the team win with there current wide receivers?
  • Will QB Geno Smith rebound from a three interception performance?
  • Why did first round draft pick Dee Milliner get benched?
  • Did the Jets get “home-jobbed” by the referees and some questionable calls?
  • Will Mark Sanchez ever play for the Jets again after being put on injured reserve designated for return?

JetNation called in live to discuss what occurred against the Patriots and the upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills with hosts Tyson Rauch and Dennis Agapito.

JetNation.com writer Ron Pickett  and Tom Helles of the Buffalo based sports variety show “Making Sense with Mike and Tom” to provided their insight into the Jets and their upcoming opponent the Bills

Next episode: Tuesday, Sept. 24th

Jets Release Braylon Edwards

The New York Jets have announced that they have released WR Braylon Edwards.

Braylon played well with the Jets upon his return late last season.  The move is somewhat of a surprise but is an indication that the Jets are happy with the young receivers, specifically Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates and possibly even Ryan Spadalo.

Other factors are the return of Santonio Holmes who is in pads and is practicing today.  As well as the signing last week of WR Mohamed Massaquoi.

Jets Move WR Holmes To Active Roster

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has been moved from the physically unable to perform list (PUP) to the team’s active roster.  Holmes was place on PUP at the start of training camp due to a Lisfranc (foot) injury suffered last season. 

By removing Holmes from active/PUP he can no longer be placed on reserve/PUP after final cuts are made on August 31st.   A player placed on reserve/PUP must sit out the first six weeks of the season but does not take a spot on the 53-man roster.  There has been no timetable for a return but moving Holmes off PUP to the active roster indicates he should be ready for game action within six weeks. 

This move also brings into question the status of WR Braylon Edwards as Holmes will now occupy a roster space and will seemingly be available early in the season.  With Edwards seeing less game and practice time along with the Jets bringing in more receivers his roster spot is looking less secure than ever. 

Jets Sign Wide Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi

According to NFL.com/NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport the Jets have signed wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi who was recently released by the Jets last preseason opponent the Jacksonville Jaguars:

Massaquoi was a second round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and played with them until 2012 having 118 receptions for 1,745 yards with 7 touchdowns.  He was in the Jacksonville Jaguars training camp before being released earlier this week.

Fan favorite WR Braylon Edwards appeared to be on the roster bubble before the Massaquoi signing and this acquisition does not bode well for Edwards chances to remain a Jet.

Thoughts From #JetsCamp 08/21

Chris IvoryI was able to attend the New York Jets practice today in Florham Park.  Here are some thoughts on the practice today and where the Jets stand right now.

Offense

Geno Smith played with the #1 offense. Since the Jets make sure JetNation stays in the stands, note taking wasn’t really possible.  So I will rely on the ever accurate Brian Costello who compiled the stats:

Not entirely sure how they compile those stats though, they are referring to the live 11 on 11 drills.  Geno is holding the ball way too long in practice.  That is fine in practice, you can’t sack the guy with the red jersey.  In games though it is a different story, but the numbers I saw were slightly different.  Both quarterbacks looked good, although it seems like Geno is going to need some more time, he simply isn’t ready right now.  It isn’t the popular opinion but I would bet they will start Mark Sanchez and let Geno continue to mature on the sidelines; if Sanchez struggles they can make the switch at any time.

At running back it was nice to see Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight on the field.  Powell was the most impressive of this group, primarily because he had the biggest work load today.  He ran the wild cat and looked very good catching passes out of the backfield.  McKnight could really be a threat catching passes in this offense as well.  Morhinweg always seems to have a check down option for his quarterback.  Powell looked excellent today in pass protection.

I would be surprised if Tommy Bohanon wasn’t the starting day full back.  He can run, block and catch.  Not sure what else the Jets need out of that position, but he looks very promising.

On the offensive line, Willie Colon is going to be a big key.  If he is healthy the Jets line should be much improved this year.  Vladimir Ducasse saw time with the starters today at Guard as Stephen Peterman was with the 2nd team at Center. Rex Ryan was asked if Vlad was with the starters primarily because Peterman was getting a look at Center.  Here is what Rex had to say…

I think it’s a combination of both things. I think Vlad Ducasse, quite honestly, that was another guy that I was going to bring in for videos because he actually played left guard, right guard and right tackle in the game and did a tremendous job for us against Jacksonville, so I think he’s really pushing. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Vlad’s pushing for that, but we also want to see Stephen play center and that’s something that, actually I thought Stephen today, it was a better day today for him playing center than it was even yesterday, so you see him actually improving a little bit. I feel pretty good about him there.

Braylon Edwards didn’t practice and Rex Ryan indicated he wasn’t worried about that.  The plan all along has been to limit Braylon in the preseason. If there is one young player to be really excited about it is Ryan Spadola from Lehigh.  He has size, speed and seems to catch everything thrown his way.  The Jets seem to have made a very smart UDFA move with the Spadola signing.  The NJ native is having an incredible camp and barring injury seems to be a lock to be part of the final roster.

Defense

Dee Milliner did not practice and Rex Ryan said he wasn’t sure if he would practice tomorrow either.

The biggest play (not the best) was a hit that Antonio Cromartie put on Stephen Hill in the end zone.  It was hard to see from where I was standing but Hill and Clyde Gates both seemed to be hurt on the play.  Cromartie was pumped up but his coach was too pleased with his effort, “I was disappointed because we have to protect each other.  Stephen (Hill) was running full speed and all that.  Cro actually came off his coverage and made the hit, and again I don’t think he intended to certainly hurt Stephen, but still we have got to be smarter.”

It is really hard to gauge the running game or the run defense when there is no tackling.  But Demario Davis drew praise from the coaching staff from his play against the run today.

Antonio Allen seems to have regained his starting safety position.

Jets Camp Notes 08/11/13

The Jets were back on the practice field today and there is some news on the running backs.  After the loss against the Lions, and the lack of a running game, the Jets need good news at this position.  Chris Ivory was on the field and although it wasn’t a full practice he said it is a gradual process.  “I’ll just see where I am.  I’ll continue to make these steps and then go have a full practice.”

The team announced that they have waived RB John Griffin and signed Kahlil Bell.

Another huge position of concern is quarterback and Geno Smith did practice, with a heavily taped up ankle.  Rex Ryan said no decision has been made on who will start next Saturday against the Jaguars.  That is coach-speak for, we are planning on starting Geno Smith but we have to see how his ankle holds up.  A few accounts today said that Geno looked good in practice minus this…

Geno Smith was asked how his ankle felt and he gave this update, “It felt good. Obviously the ankle isn’t full strength right now, but I felt pretty good out there. I was limping a little bit. It’s just something that you’ve got to work past, you’ve got to get through. I felt pretty good.”

Rich Cimini also says that it was a tough day for Braylon Edwards:

WR Braylon Edwards dropped a pass and, earlier, incurred the wrath of Mornhinweg for not finishing two plays in a one-on-one drill. On the second one, Edwards responded, telling Mornhinweg he stopped because a flag was thrown. Mornhinweg didn’t care. Essentially, he told Edwards this wasn’t a Pro Bowl practice and that he needed to hustle for the duration of the play. Edwards declined an interview request after practice.

Defense

As Rex Ryan indicated the other day, Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett will start against the Jaguars, and he practiced with the first-team today. You can read some additional thoughts on Jarrett in our Jets forum.  He talked about his approach to practice, “Just getting out there and getting better each day in practice, continuing to prepare as if I’m a starter or wherever I’m at on the depth chart, continue to prepare. (I have to) learn the defense in and out anyway, so no matter where I’m at on the depth chart, I want to make sure I continue to prepare.”

Garrett McIntyre injured his knee against the Lions but he practiced today which is good news.

 

Jets RB McKnight Arrested, Holmes Says He’ll Miss Four Weeks & More Jets News

Here is some news out of Jets training camp:

Wide Receivers:

The Jets wide receivers struggled as a group during offseason and mini-camp practices, especially with dropped passes.  It seems now the group is collectively performing much better during training camp. 

The emergence of Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates and undrafted rookie Ryan Spadola has been a pleasant surprise.  Also include Jeremy Kerley, the Jets leading receiver from last year, veteran Braylon Edwards and young Vidal Hazelton, attempting to make the roster, a position once of great concern is easing some.

The return date of receiver Santonio Holmes is the biggest question facing the Jets right now.  Currently on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) while recovering from a Lisfranc (foot) injury suffered last season Holmes’ playing status is very much up in the air.  Brian Costello of the New York Post has reported Holmes expressed to friends he’d miss four weeks of the season:

Santonio Holmes remains sidelined and he has told friends he expects to miss at least the first four games of the season.

Source: NY Post/Brian Costello

The Jets will have to decide by the final roster cut-down date (August 31) whether to place Holmes on the 53-man active roster, even if he has to miss some games, using up a roster spot or keep him on PUP, opening a roster spot while he recovers, potentially activating him by week seven at the earliest.

Running Backs:

What was once seen as a potential strength of the team the running back position has taken a downward turn.  After RB Chris Ivory was acquired via trade many felt he brought a dynamic physical element to the offense.  Unfortunately Ivory also has a history of injury and been sidelined with a hamstring issue throughout most of camp. 

RB Mike Goodson was a free agent signing by new general manager John Idzik and like Ivory was suppose to bring playmaking ability to both the running and passing game.  Unfortunately Goodson got into some legal issues during the offseason and has yet to report to camp, leaving us to wonder if he ever will?

Then there has been the odd beginning for RB Joe McKnight as he struggled to get through practice early with various illnesses and migraine headaches.  He later suffered a head injury which has kept him off the field and now it has been reported he was arrested on July 30th for unpaid fines. 

The one bright spot has been the play of third year RB Bilal Powell who had a good showing in the Jets “Green and White” scrimmage along with making impressive plays during camp.

The Jets have brought in a few players, Chad Spann and Mossis Madu, to add some depth to the running back position.

Analysis Of The NY Jets First Week Of Training Camp (JetNation Podcast)

New episode JetNation Radio: (Show Link).

New York Jets training camp is in full swing, hosts Dennis Agapito and Tyson Rauch discussed what has been going on in camp with JetNation:

  • The current analysis of the quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.
  • Who should be making the final call on the week one starting QB and how much influence will general manager John Idzik have?
  • Wide receiver Braylon Edwards was resigned along with the development of Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates and Jordan White.
  • How does the loss of Aaron Berry effect the cornerback competition?
  • What is happening with the running back position? Mike Goodson is a no-show at camp, Joe McKnight not being healthy while Chris Ivory is nursing a hamstring injury. 
  • John Idzik finally gets the Jets first round picks signed.

Next Show:  August 6th at 8pm

Jets Training Camp Photo Gallery

JetNation.com will have plenty of professional photos from NY Jets training camp.  Be sure to check out our Jets Camp photo gallery which has some players checking in to camp on Thursday.  We will update it with pictures from practice on Friday and throughout training camp.

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