Davis to Saints; Cantanzaro to Bucs

The Jets had three of their own free agents sign with other teams today. Demario Davis (Saints), Chandler Catanzaro (Tampa Bay Bucs) and Julian Stanford (Bills).

According to Mike Rodak of ESPN, Stanford’s contract is a two-year deal worth up to $3 million but only $550,000 of that money is guaranteed.

The Jets seemed the most interest in bringing back Demario Davis but they weren’t able to agree to contract terms. Davis became expendable with the reported signing of Avery Williamson.

Marcus Williams Signs Tender, Jets re-sign LB Stanford

By Glenn Naughton

 

A pair of roster moves for the Jets today who have announced that cornerback Marcus Williams signed his second-round tender as expected, paying him $2.75 million this season.

 

The team also re-signed linebacker Julian Stanford

Stanford made a few headlines the other day when the Jets had to cut him on his wedding day due to league deadlines, but he was told by the team that he would be brought back, and he was.

Jets Waive Injured Stanford, Sign Former Jaguar Arthur Brown

By Glenn Naughton

 

After suffering in injury in Monday night’s 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Jets linebacker Julian Stanford has been waived according the team’s official site.

To replace Stanford, the Jets added the versatile yet underachieving Arthur Brown, a former second-round pick by respected Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome.

After finding it difficult to get on the field at the University of Miami, Brown transferred to Kansas State where he would rack up 201 tackles (16 for loss) to go along with 3 sacks and 3 interceptions in two full seasons.  His play earned Brown a pre-draft grade of 90.3 from NFL.com.

Showing a skill set that led some to believe he could play either inside or outside in the pro’s, Brown was chosen with the 56th overall pick by the Ravens but he has still yet to start a single game in four years, playing mostly special teams before landing with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he played just six snaps on defense this season.

 

Inactives Report: Fitzpatrick Active, Mangold and Smith Out

While Ryan Fitzpatrick is active for today’s game, Bryce Petty will indeed get his first NFL start. Petty and Fitzpatrick split reps with the starters this week in practice, so Bowles likely knew his decision well before news broke last night. Fitzpatrick will backup Petty, and Hackenberg will remain on the bench. It’s a wise move to keep Hackenberg out, even with Fitzpatrick banged up. Nick Mangold will be out again after missing practice all week, leaving the offensive line hurting. Devin Smith was activated off the PUP list this week, but will have to wait to get his chance to contribute.

Other inactives include: Marcus Williams, Bruce Carter, Josh Martin, and Brandon Shell

After injuring his ankle last week, Marcus Williams is expected to miss multiple weeks. To replenish the roster the Jets signed corner Dexter McDougle from the practice squad. McDougle, a former third round pick, has only played in 14 games since being drafted and only has three total tackles and a pass defended. To make room for McDougle, the Jets waived tight end Kellen Davis.

Both linebackers Bruce Carter and Josh Martin are inactive this week, but Darron Lee will return to the lineup. Lee will start next to David Harris, with Julian Stanford likely getting some reps as well.

Brandon Shell will remain inactive, even with all of the injuries on the offensive line. Ryan Clady was recently sent to IR, making Ben Ijalana the starting left tackle. Nick Mangold is out as well with Wesley Johnson starting in his place.

The fan base is reinvigorated with the news that Bryce Petty will receive his first regular season start. It will be no easy task though against a stout Los Angeles Rams defensive line, not to mention with a banged up offensive line. Petty will get a chance to capture the starting gig with a floundering Fitzpatrick banged up. If Petty can play composed and lead the Jets to a win, they’ll enter the bye at 4-6. If not, the Jets will enter the bye at 3-7. This is the Jets last stand.

Inactives Report: Mangold Out, Clady and Wilkerson Active

Nick Mangold will sit out once again this week. Mangold is still recovering from an ankle sprain, and will be replaced by Wesley Johnson who has done well in his place. Both Ryan Clady and Muhammad Wilkerson will play today. Wilkerson and Clady didn’t participate in practice this week and were listed as questionable. Newly signed running back C.J. Spiller will make his debut for the Jets, while tight end Eric Tomlinson will not. The Jets signed C.J. Spiller after he was released from the Seattle Seahawks. Tomlinson was signed from the Texans’ practice squad.

Other inactives include: Darron Lee, Bruce Carter, Kellen Davis, Brent Qvale, and Christian Hackenberg

Both Darron Lee and Bruce Carter remain inactive. Lee is dealing with an ankle injury and Carter has a quad injury. This means that it will likely be David Harris and Julian Stanford again in the base defense. The Jets are pretty banged up at linebacker.

The Jets signed tight end Eric Tomlinson from the Texans’ practice squad after Kellen Davis suffered an elbow injury in practice. Tomlinson wasn’t signed until late in the week, leaving him little time to prepare. the Jets will only have two active tight ends, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Bostick.

With Ryan Clady in the lineup, the Jets will have less concern over having Brent Qvale out for today’s game. Qvale is still recovering from a neck injury and will likely be out another week or two. Ben Ijalana is the next man up if Clady can’t continue to play.

Christian Hackenberg will continue to hold the clip board. Brandon Marshall was seen spending 15 minutes during warm ups running routes for Hackenberg. It seems that he’s doing all he can to absorb the playbook and stay sharp. It was the right call for Bowles to keep Hackenberg out of the game for this season, he has a lot of learning to do.

The Jets will look to win three straight today at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi can set an NFL record if he records 200 rushing yards today. No running back in the Super Bowl era has rushed for 200 yards three games in a row. the Jets haven’t allowed a running back to record 200 yards rushing since 1990. It’s likely going to be a trench war today, with both teams grinding it out of the turf. Both teams are desperate for a win. The Jets will want to head home 4-5 with the prospect of entering the bye week at 5-5 if they take care of the Los Angeles Rams. With a couple more wins, the Jets could re-enter the playoff race as fringe candidates. With a couple more losses, their season is effectively over. Every game is a big game now for the Jets.

 

Steady Stanford a Threat to Lee’s Snaps

By Glenn Naughton

 

When the New York Jets inside linebacker corps was  decimated in a matter of days due to injuries (Darron Lee, Bruce Carter) and one non-injury designation (Erin Henderson), things looked bleak for their already struggling defense.

With a recently injured David Harris left as the only proven starter on the depth chart, Gang Green turned to pre-season standout Julian Stanford who had been residing on the Jets practice squad.  Stanford made the Jets initial 53-man roster out of training camp but was demoted when he was caught up in a numbers game.

Now, after just two games, Stanford’s play has been stellar enough to lead fans to wonder what his performance will mean for Lee, the team’s first-round draft pick, when he returns.

Stanford has 12 tackles in just over 7 quarters of play.
Stanford has 12 tackles in just over 7 quarters of play.

Lee has been the Jets leading tackler up to this point, but the team has also seen him struggle in coverage where Stanford has been at least as good, if not better.

In his most extensive work of the season up to that point against Baltimore, Stanford made his presence felt up front leading all Jets linebackers with 8 tackles (6 solo) in relief of the injured Carter.  It was a record-setting performance for the Jets defense as they allowed just six yards on the ground.

In this week’s 31-28 win against the Cleveland Browns, it was a beleaguered secondary that saw most of the action on defense as Josh McCown carved the unit up for over 340 yards passing, but again, Stanford led all linebackers with 5 tackles (3 solo).

Once he returns, does Lee go back to seeing the lions share of reps, or will the Jets continue to find ways to get Stanford involved in the game plan from week-to-week?  At least for the time being, Stanford has played well enough to at least garner consideration for regular playing time, even if it means taking snaps away from Lee from time to time.

Inactives Report: Mangold and Skrine Out, Wilkerson Active

Nick Mangold will miss his fifth game in 11 seasons with the Jets. Wesley Johnson will start in place of Mangold at center. Fellow lineman Breno Giacomini recently returned from the PUP list, and will start in place of Ben Ijalana at right tackle. Marcus Williams will start for Buster Skrine at cornerback, likely moving rookie Justin Burris into the nickel. The Jets are banged up, and have a number of contributors out today against the Cleveland Browns.

Other inactives include: Brent Qvale, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bruce Carter, Darron Lee, and Christian Hackenberg

Brent Qvale will miss his second week in a row. Qvale would likely sit out today anyway with Giacomini returning to the lineup. Both Qvale and Ijalana played well while filling in for Giacomini and also playing for Brian Winters when he was out.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has played in one game since he was signed, and has two receptions for 17 yards. Seferian-Jenkins has been listed as doubtful with an ankle injury the past three weeks, even though he was a limited participant in practice last week.

Both middle linebackers Bruce Carter and Darron Lee will be out today. Julian Stanford will start in place of Lee, and recently promoted linebacker Victor Ochi will likely see a little time on the field as well.

It was pretty obvious that the right choice was to make Bryce Petty the backup quarterback, so it’s strange why Todd Bowles didn’t announce it earlier this week. Petty has a year under his belt, while the rookie Hackenberg would benefit from a red shirt season. There’s no reason for the Jets to play Hackenberg this season unless they’re forced to.

The Jets rebounded from a four game losing streak at home last week, but if they can’t string together a few wins before the upcoming bye the season is lost. If the Jets can enter the week 11 bye at 5-5 they’d have some serious momentum heading into the home stretch. They have three relatively easy games before then, today against the Browns, then the Miami Dolphins, and then the Los Angeles Rams. If the Jets can’t win today against the 0-7 Browns, they might as well turn to one of their younger quarterbacks to look towards the future.

 

Jets Defense Dominates Despite Depleted LB Corps

By Glenn Naughton

 

It didn’t garner nearly as much attention as Geno Smith’s right knee injury simply because nothing grabs attention the way a quarterback injury does, but following Smith to the locker room just seconds after his injury, was inside linebacker Bruce Carter.  It should have been a terrible blow to the Jets defense as Carter was only seeing increased reps due to the fact that the Jets were already down two players at the position.

Julian Stanford led all Jets linebackers with six tackles.
Julian Stanford led all Jets linebackers with six tackles.

Fellow linebacker Erin Henderson was placed on the non-football injury/illness list just the night before, and only a couple of days after the Jets ruled out rookie linebacker Darron Lee.  Consider the fact that David Harris was playing, but just one week removed from missing his first game since 2008 with a hamstring injury, and the deck appeared to be stacked against the Jets.

However, a great effort Julian Stanford who was added to the 53-man roster on Saturday, may have had any casual observers thinking the Jets defense was at full strength as opposed to playing a guy who was fifth on the depth chart.

Stanford did more than just hold his own.  Despite Carter leaving in the second quarter, Stanford came in late and led all linebackers with six solo tackles, tying Sheldon Richardson for the team lead in that category.

Ironically enough, Stanford wasn’t the only defender who was put in position to succeed as a result of an injury, but Richardson was too.

With defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson ruled out with an ankle injury, there was no time to put Sheldon Richardson out of position at either of the linebacker spots as we’ve seen in weeks past.  Richardson was playing with his hand on the dirt and raised hell.  He and Stanford were a big part of the team setting a franchise record in allowing a paltry six yards rushing to the Ravens.

Sheldon Richardson was a one-man wrecking crew on Sunday.
Sheldon Richardson was a one-man wrecking crew on Sunday.

Putting Richardson on the defensive line had a domino effect, meaning significantly increased reps for linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin who turned in what may have been his best game of the season.  It may not have shown in the box score as Mauldin was credited with just one assisted tackle and zero sacks, but that didn’t tell the whole story.  Mauldin made his presence known, coming up with five hurries against the Ravens according to Connor Hughes who cites PFF.com.

Welcome back, Lorenzo Mauldin. After essentially being a non-factor in the Jets’ first six games, Mauldin played more snaps against Baltimore than he had at any other point this season. Last year’s third-round pick was on the field for 49 plays, or 84 percent of the defensive snaps. He finished with five quarterback hurries, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

As one might expect, the heavy pressure had Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco rattled, and the secondary reaped the rewards.

A defense that ranked dead last in takeaways heading in to the game was able to come away with a pair of interceptions.  One from cornerback Buster Skrine, and another from safety Marcus Gilchrist.

When all was said and done, the Jets defense didn’t allow a single touchdown and yielded only 3 field goals.  The Ravens only trip to the end zone came courtesy of a fumbled snap by rookie punter Lac Edwards who allowed the ball to roll in to the end zone before the Ravens recovered.

So while most of the talk surrounding the Jets at the moment is revolving around their messy quarterback situation, take a second to tip your cap to the defense for a historically strong performance.

Jets Defeat Ravens, 24-16

In a game with a series of bizarre twists, the New York Jets managed to convincingly defeat the Baltimore Ravens, 24-16, to improve to 2-5 on the season.

It’s hard to believe, but the Geno Smith As Starting Quarterback era began continued in New York after a 21 game and three quarter hiatus, after the Ryan Fitzpatrick As Starting Quarterback era came to a disastrous end in the third quarter on Monday night.

After starting the game with a relatively good defensive effort from the Jets, the offense managed a first down and would have had another, had wide receiver Charone Peake not dropped a relatively good pass. Punts should be pretty routine for the Jets at this point, but the Jets, who seem to be having one those truly disastrous seasons that they haven’t had in quite some time, -managed to come out of a punt down a touchdown when rookie punter Lachlan Edwards muffed a perfectly fine snap, picked it up, fumbled it again, and Baltimore recovered it in the endzone.

Baltimore added to their lead with a 50 yard punt before the Jets did anything worth mentioning. On 2nd and 18, Smith hit wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who, on a simple route, managed to evade the defense for a 69 yard touchdown.

Baltimore kicked another field goal on their next drive, but the disaster came when the Jets had the ball. In a plot twist nobody saw coming, Smith was injured on a series ending sack, and went to the locker room.

So. It’s hard to believe, but the Ryan Fitzpatrick As Starting Quarterback era began continued in New York after taking a two quarter hiatus dating back to last week. In a surprising turn of events, Fitzpatrick went 4-4 on the drive, connecting with wide receiver Brandon Marshall for a big gain, and connecting with running back Matt Forte for the touchdown.

As is their custom, the Jets let the Ravens run though them like water through a sieve with 1:45 remaining in the half, so instead of leading at the half 14-13, they trailed 16-14 after easily allowing Baltimore into field goal range.

The teams traded possessions to start the second half until cornerback Buster Skrine intercepted Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and ran the ball back to the Baltimore three yard line. In a maddening series, the Jets couldn’t get into the end zone from nine feet away and settled for a field goal, taking the lead 17-16.

On the very next drive, Flacco was intercepted again, this time by safety Marcus Gilchrist. The Jets offense was able to get inside the five again. There was a near disaster when Forte fumbled on third down near the goal line. Forte fumbled, the Ravens recovered, and then Brandon Marshall stripped the Ravens and recovered the ball, giving the Jets a new set of downs in the red zone.

The third time was the charm. Forte ran around the edge and into the endzone for the touchdown, the Jets extending their lead to 24-16 with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.

Things went rather routinely until most of the fourth quarter until the Jets had a chance to ice it late. Kicker Nick Folk had a field goal blocked by Baltimore defensive tackle Brandon Williams, so fans had to sweat it out a bit while the Jets defense, on top of a solid effort, held off the Ravens one more drive.

With the win, the Jets improved to 2-5 on the season, snapping a four game losing streak. Geno Smith was 4 for 8 for 95 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions, and a 132.8 rating. Ryan Fitzpatrick, filling in, was 9 for 14 for 120 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions, and a 115.2 rating.

Matt Forte had a big day for the Jets against one of the league’s best running defenses, with 30 carries for 101 yards and 1 touchdown. Quincy Enunwa led Jets receivers with 2 receptions and 73 yards, followed by Forte, who had 4 receptions for 54 yards and another touchdown.

Defensive end Sheldon Richardson led the Jets defense with 8 tackles, including a sack. Linebacker Julian Stanford followed with 7 and Buster Skrine with 6. Skrine and Gilchrist had the 2 interceptions of Joe Flacco.

The Jets kickoff next Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns at 1:00 PM.

Inactives Report: Wilkerson Out, Stanford and Ochi Active

Muhammad Wilkerson will miss his first game of the season with an ankle injury. Wilkerson has had a less than stellar start to the season only recording one and a half sacks while Leonard Williams leads the team with five. Coming off a huge contract extension, Wilkerson is likely feeling the heat for his struggles. Meanwhile, with Erin Henderson out for the season with an undisclosed non-injury related issue and Darron Lee out this week, newly promoted linebackers Julian Stanford and Victor Ochi will suit up. Stanford stood out in the preseason, while Ochi is a Long Island, NY native.

Other inactives include: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jeremy Butler, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will miss his second week in a row. Seferian-Jenkins was listed with an ankle injury, and didn’t participate in practice on Friday and Thursday. Interestingly though he was limited in practice on Wednesday.

Jeremy Butler will remain inactive again this week while Nick Marshall, who was signed the same week as Butler, will be active. Marshall may get a chance to get on the field if the secondary struggles continue.

Brent Qvale, who was splitting reps with Ben Ijalana and replacing Brian Winters while he was out, is inactive today. Qvale didn’t practice all week with a neck injury, and was listed as out. This means former resident of the inactives list, Brandon Shell, will be active likely as a backup.

Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are inactive once again, perhaps not for long though. With Geno Smith starting, and Ryan Fitzpatrick on the bench, the possibility of one of the two playing this season increases significantly. It’s likely that the Jets will turn to Petty first, and let Hackenberg finish out his red shirt season.

The Jets’ are officially in panic mode, the change at quarterback has been made. If the Jets lose at home against the Baltimore Ravens the season essentially becomes garbage time. Geno Smith will get his chance, but if he falters it makes sense for the Jets to see what they have in Bryce Petty. The Jets will honor the late Dennis Byrd at home with a tribute video before kickoff.