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Jets OLB Quinton Coples dropped about 15 pounds and is playing in the 270-275 range.

Coples entered the league as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, but made the transition to stand-up edge rusher last season. He generated just 4.5 sacks. The Jets are now looking for a breakout season from the third-year pro. He already plays above-average run defense, but Coples needs to find the quarterback more, especially with bookend Calvin Pace nearing age 34.
Jul 20 - 11:03 AM

ESPN New York considers Jacoby Ford the favorite for the Jets' kick return job.

Ford blazed a 4.22 at the 2010 Combine and scored three touchdowns on returns as a rookie for the Raiders. But it's fair to wonder if his speed is still the same after battling a Lisfranc fracture and other nagging lower-body injuries. If healthy, Ford should have no problem beating out Clyde Gates and rookie Shaq Evans for the gig. He's also in the mix for sub-package receiver work.
Jul 18 - 8:54 AM

ESPN New York reports Jets second-round TE Jace Amaro "looked lost" at minicamp.

Amaro faces a steep learning curve, as he's trying to go from Texas Tech's basic, no-huddle spread attack to Gang Green's West Coast offense. Amaro's dynasty outlook is favorable as the potential No. 2 to Eric Decker, but he's nothing more than a late-round flier in re-draft. Rookie tight ends often take a year to develop.
Jul 15 - 9:24 AM

ESPN New York expects the Jets to take a backfield-by-committee approach.

The only one surprised by this take is Chris Johnson, who still seems to be under the assumption he's an every-down workhorse. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn has already stated that Johnson's load will be monitored, an effort to keep a 29-year-old (in September) with 2,014 career touches fresh. Chris Ivory and possibly Bilal Powell will have chances to seize a hot hand, leaving CJ?K with far less volume than he saw in Tennessee.
Jul 14 - 8:42 AM

Kyle Wilson is expected to remain the Jets' nickel corner this season.

Wilson has been mentioned as a possible release candidate, but enters training camp as the favorite to return in the slot. The Newark Star-Ledger projects Dimitri Patterson to start opposite Dee Milliner, with rookie Dexter McDougle, Darrin Walls, and Ras-I Dowling competing for roles in sub packages. 27-year-old Wilson is entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Jul 12 - 8:36 PM
Tajh Boyd - QB - Jets

Sixth-round QB Tajh Boyd admitted that he's struggled to pick up the Jets' offense.

"I've got a lot of work to do as far as me understanding," he said. "The type of offense is totally different. You're running a true West Coast." Boyd didn't take any snaps under center in Clemson's Pistol Option and will need time to adjust to a pro-style offense. He's competing with Matt Simms for the Jets' No. 3 quarterback job.
Jul 11 - 6:58 PM

Jets OLB Antwan Barnes (knee) anticipates being ready for the start of training camp.

Barnes blew out his ACL in Week 5, which should be plenty of time for him to have a successful recovery. He'll compete for a reserve role behind starters Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace. Barnes has 20.5 sacks the past four seasons.
Jul 9 - 3:54 PM

Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg referred to Chris Johnson as a "first-ballot Hall of Famer."

First-ballot HOF running backs, even on the downside of their careers, don't typically share carries. So if Mornhinweg truly believes Johnson belongs in that category, he'll be a good bet to hold off Chris Ivory. Johnson recently stated he doesn't believe the Jets' backfield will be a timeshare. We suspect it's probably only a matter of time before CJ?K begins complaining about his workload.
Jul 4 - 11:25 AM

Chris Johnson believes he will not be involved in a timeshare with Chris Ivory on the Jets.

"As for the timeshare and all that, it won't be an issue I'm pretty sure," said Johnson. "... At the end of the day, if I continue to play like I've been playing, they're going to keep handing the ball off to me." It's worth noting that incumbent starter Ivory averaged 4.58 yards per carry last season. Johnson averaged 3.86. There's a good case to be made that Ivory is the Jets' best runner.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 9:56 PM

Chris Johnson (knee surgery) said he's been "pretty much cleared" by Dr. James Andrews.

Johnson underwent an offseason scope to repair a meniscus tear he sustained in Week 3 last season. "I wouldn't label myself at 100 percent, but very close," he said. "In the 90s." Johnson is expected to be a full-go at training camp, where he'll try to seize control of this hot-hand backfield in front of Chris Ivory. Given his uninspiring tape over the last three years (4.12 YPC, 16 touchdowns), we're not expecting CJ?K to earn much more than 200 carries.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 8:41 AM

Jets S Rontez Miles underwent offseason hip surgery.

A second-year UDFA out of California (PA), Miles spent the majority of 2013 on the Jets' practice squad. At 6'0/203, he's a big hitter whom ESPN New York mentions as a sleeper to "make a move in training camp" and contribute. Miles posted a 36.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump at the 2013 Combine.
Jul 1 - 12:53 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said the team hopes rookie WR Jalen Saunders emerges as the primary punt returner.

At only 165 pounds, it is unlikely Saunders ever develops into an offensive contributor. He was stellar on punt returns in college, however, and could become a special teams weapon for the Jets. Saunders averaged 15.4 yards per punt return and scored two return touchdowns for Oklahoma last season.
Jun 28 - 10:21 AM

Jets S Dawan Landry worked with the second-team defense during spring practices.

Landry will need a strong camp if he wants to crack the starting lineup. Rookie S Calvin Pryor is almost guaranteed to start, and S Antonio Allen is the clear front-runner for the other starting job. Even though Landry is unlikely to start, he should see plenty of snaps in the Jets' three-safety alignment.
Jun 28 - 10:02 AM

Jets RBs coach Anthony Lynn indicated the team will limit Chris Johnson's usage in an effort to "keep him fresh."

The Jets may believe Johnson would produce more big plays if given fewer carries. "He's got some miles on him," Lynn acknowledged. "So we're going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be." Lynn suggested Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell will all be involved. With declining volume, Johnson is going to be a dicey RB2 fantasy investment.
Jun 25 - 9:10 PM

Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg said Jace Amaro needs to make a "host" of adjustments in order to get comfortable in a pro-style system.

Amaro is coming from Texas Tech's no-huddle spread attack, in which he acted as a slot receiver and ran very simple routes. ESPN New York says he struggled in last week's minicamp, looking lost at times. Amaro is going to be the pass-catching complement to in-line option Jeff Cumberland and has a nice opportunity on a Jets team in dire need of weaponry, but there's going to be a learning curve (as there is with the vast majority of rookie tight ends). Amaro is just a late-round flier in re-draft formats.
Jun 24 - 6:12 PM


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