Player News - Jets

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Jets S Calvin Pryor is participating in voluntary OTAs.

Pryor didn't report to Day 1 of OTAs. There was speculation he could hold out after the Jets declined his fifth-year option and drafted safeties with their first two picks. Owed a fully guaranteed $1.6 million salary, the Jets wouldn't save any money from releasing Pryor.
Source: SNY.tv
May 24 - 5:01 PM

Matt Forte said he hopes new Jets OC John Morton uses a more favorable rotation in the backfield this season.

Forte called out ex-OC Chan Gailey's "odd" rotation last season, saying he wasn't sure why Gailey pulled him off the field on third downs. Forte has long been one of the better pass catchers out of the backfield and wants Morton to give him that opportunity. At 31, Forte knows he's on his last legs and realizes Bilal Powell is going to have a role, but he hopes they'll rotate series, not downs.
May 24 - 9:32 AM

Jets signed second-round S Marcus Maye and fifth-round LB Dylan Donahue to four-year contracts.

The No. 39 overall pick of the draft, Maye should be paired with first-rounder Jamal Adams, and likely make Calvin Pryor expendable. A true playmaker at Florida, Maye occasionally lined up in the slot, and contributed on special teams. He should see plenty of rookie snaps.
May 23 - 6:27 PM

ESPN New York believes Jets S Calvin Pryor might be a candidate for release.

Pryor is skipping voluntary OTAs, and coach Todd Bowles said he didn't want to discuss Pryor's absence. The Jets clearly do not have Pryor in their long-term plans after they spent first- and second-round picks on safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. The Jets also declined Pryor's fifth-year option.
May 23 - 4:54 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jets OC John Morton said he's planning to use a backfield-by-committee in 2017.

Morton said it will vary week to week whether Bilal Powell or Matt Forte takes the lead. Morton is mostly just confirming the obvious, but it's our strong suspicion that Powell will lead in touches more often than not. He was the far more dynamic player in 2016, making plays on all three downs. Now 31, Forte has lost a step or three. It could be a frustrating situation, but Powell is definitely the preferred own.
May 23 - 1:19 PM

Jets OC John Morton said each quarterback will get equal reps with the first-team offense during OTAs.

That was not the case on the first day of OTAs when Christian Hackenberg worked exclusively on the second field with Josh McCown running the ones and Bryce Petty switching between the two. Hackenberg will get his chance at some point, however, and Morton said all three have a "great opportunity."
May 23 - 1:04 PM

Christian Hackenberg is working behind both Josh McCown and Bryce Petty during OTAs.

Considering it is the first practice of OTAs and the calendar has yet to flip to June, this means next to nothing. Still, this will be one of the most written about battles of the offseason, and it is good to know where each player stands at the beginning. For now, it looks like Hackenberg is bringing up the rear.
May 23 - 11:22 AM

Jets walk-year S Calvin Pryor was not spotted at the beginning of OTAs.

Pryor has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, and the Jets declined his fifth-year option after selecting two safeties with their first two picks in the draft. Pryor can certainly see the writing on the wall, and he may look to force the issue by holding out. That said, these workouts are voluntary.
May 23 - 11:05 AM

Eric Decker (hip, shoulder) is participating in OTAs.

He is sporting a non-contact jersey, but he did participate in team drills. Even getting on the field is a great sign considering some speculated Decker would not be ready for training camp following offseason surgeries to his hip and shoulder. As Decker himself said earlier this month, he should be fully ready for training camp.
May 23 - 10:44 AM

Jets waived/injured WR Devin Smith.

Smith tore his ACL in late April and will spend all of his third NFL season on injured reserve. The 37th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Smith will enter 2018 having appeared in just 14-of-48 possible games. If it makes Jets fans feel any better, Smith was taken just ahead of fellow receiver disappointments Dorial Green-Beckham (No. 40) and Devin Funchess (No. 41).
May 22 - 4:59 PM

Jets OLB Jordan Jenkins spent more than two months in Atlanta training with former NFL DE Chuck Smith this offseason.

An All-Pro with the Falcons in 1997, Smith is known as the "sack whisperer." Jenkins entered the league as more of a run-stopper but is trying to broaden his horizons as a pass-rusher. "I was never really taught pass-rushing at any level, high school on up," said Jenkins. "I didn't realize how much I was missing until I started working with Chuck." Jenkins accumulated just 2.5 sacks as a rookie with all of them coming over his final four games.
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 9:11 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini spoke to a scout who was "taken aback" by how many "off-target" passes Christian Hackenberg threw in pregame warmups last season.

Hackenberg didn't see the field as a rookie, telling given his second-round draft status and the miserable play of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty. The Jets are having an open competition at quarterback, but Hackenberg is a long shot to overtake Josh McCown and Petty. New York's decision to draft Hackenberg 51st overall was one of the worst picks in recent memory.
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 8:58 AM

Jets signed fifth-round TE Jordan Leggett to a four-year contract.

Leggett is not a particularly good blocker or athlete and reportedly struggled at rookie camp, but he has a shot at early playing time with Austin Seferian-Jenkins facing a two-game suspension to begin the year and not much else on the depth chart. Even so, he is only a factor in Dynasty formats.
May 18 - 12:47 PM

Matt Forte is participating in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.

This is the 10th annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp held at NFL Films. It gives exclusive opportunities for players to learn the business. Forte split work with Bilal Powell last season, but Powell is expected to take the lead in 2017. Now 32 and headed into his ninth season, Forte's best days appear to be behind him. Forte is under contract with the Jets until 2018.
May 16 - 4:37 PM

Jets signed fourth-round WR Chad Hansen to a four-year contract.

A right-side perimeter receiver at Cal, Hansen may transition to the slot for the Jets. He will be competing against Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall (suspended) and ArDarius Stewart for snaps behind Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa. With Josh McCown and Christian Hackenburg at quarterback, Hansen will almost certainly be a non-factor as a rookie.
May 16 - 2:23 PM


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