Player News - Jets

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Coach Todd Bowles thinks Geno Smith can be the Jets’ starter.

"I think Geno can be a good starter, but he’s got to prove it in training camp like everybody else," Bowles said. "He’s been in the system a year. We’ll see what he does." It’s not more than coachspeak, but the Jets have thrown support behind Smith all offseason. Despite a standstill in contract talks, Ryan Fitzpatrick remains likely to be the Week 1 starter.
Jul 23 - 9:04 PM

Devin Smith (knee) is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP.

Smith is seven months into his ACL rehab. He’s doubtful for Week 1, and the Jets can free roster space from stashing him. Smith’s injury should lock Quincy Enunwa into three-wide sets.
Jul 23 - 2:55 PM

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa is the favorite for the No. 3 receiver job.

Enunwa played 537 snaps as a hybrid WR/TE last year. With Devin Smith (ACL) sidelined, Enunwa projects for a similar role to open this season, though Jace Amaro’s return might cut into Enunwa’s slot targets.
Jul 23 - 2:39 PM

The Steelers gave up 1.31 fewer yards per carry with NT Steve McLendon on the field last season.

The difference was the highest among defensive lineman who played at least 300 snaps. Signed by the Jets in March, McLendon will be faced with the tough task replacing Damon Harrison. While he does not have the prototypical size of Snacks, McLendon proved last season he can be a significant force in the middle. Even without Harrison, the Jets' defensive line should remain among the best in the league.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 11:52 AM

NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater believes Marcus Williams is locked in as the Jets' nickel corner.

Slater believes Buster Skrine will start opposite Darrelle Revis in base sets with Williams taking over on the outside while Skrine covers the slot in nickel, and he "wouldn't expect" that to change prior to Week 1. First-round bust Dee Milliner should push him in camp, but it sounds like Williams' spot is fairly secure. Williams recorded six interceptions in limited snaps last season.
Jul 23 - 10:20 AM

The New York Post's Brian Costello reports the Jets will give Matt Forte "plenty of rest" this season.

The implication being Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson will see their fair share of work as part of a rotation. ESPN's Rich Cimini had a similar report earlier this week, saying the Jets plan to use a "time-share system." It has become clear Forte's touches will be limited, but he is still being drafted as a top-15 running back. There is a good chance he disappoints at that draft cost.
Jul 21 - 12:15 PM

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) expects to be ready for the start of the season.

The Jets plan to move Wilkerson slowly after giving him a five-year, $86 million extension. He’ll likely open training camp on active/PUP, but his Week 1 status isn’t in doubt.
Jul 20 - 4:30 PM

ESPN New York projects TE Jace Amaro as the Week 1 starter.

Amaro drew raves for his improvement as a blocker this offseason. His upside makes him the pre-camp favorite to start, but he still needs to earn the trust of the coaching staff. Amaro’s roster spot won’t be guaranteed if he struggles.
Jul 20 - 4:21 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to use a "time-share system" in the backfield with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell mixing in.

He later suggested Khiry Robinson could emerge as a short-yardage/goal-line specialist. Powell was highly effective in his first season under OC Chan Gailey last year and certainly earned an every-week role in the Jets' offense. Powell should open the season as a flex option in both PPR and non-PPR leagues. He would offer low-end RB1 upside if 30-year-old Forte breaks down or misses time.
Jul 19 - 12:05 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini speculates Khiry Robinson could be the short-yardage and goal-line back.

Still recovering from a broken leg, Robinson will need to get healthy first, but there is no reason he cannot push for a role. Matt Forte has not been an effective short-yardage back throughout his career, and Bilal Powell does not fit the profile of a power back either. Robinson has converted 7-of-13 career attempts inside the 10 into touchdowns, a rate which is well above league average. It would not be surprising if he won the short-yardage job in camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 11:44 AM

NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater believes Jets DE Sheldon Richardson will "surely" cost more than Muhmmad Wilkerson's $54 million guaranteed.

Richardson can't become a free agent until 2018, but extension talks will almost certainly begin next offseason. After serving a four-game suspension last year and ticketed for a one-game ban to start this one, Richardson carries a lot more off-field baggage than Wilkerson, but he also will enter the negotiation period after what is expected to be another big NFL salary-cap bump. The extra money in the market will drive up Richardson's price, giving the Jets yet another tough contract decision along the defensive line.
Jul 16 - 9:41 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (broken leg) is "likely" to begin training camp on the active/PUP list.

Wilkerson was expected to be fully recovered in time for camp, but the Jets might want to take it slow with their newly-minted $85-million man. He should be ready to go well before Week 1. With Wilkerson re-signed to a long-term deal, the Jets' defensive front will remain an imposing force for the foreseeable future.
Jul 16 - 9:25 AM

Jets signed DE Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year, $85 million contract.

He gets $54 million in the first three years with $37 million fully guaranteed. Of all the deals brokered before Friday's deadline, this one is easily the most shocking. Wilkerson stayed far away from OTAs and minicamp and was expected to hold out well into camp if not the season. This contract materialized seemingly out of thin air. Because Wilkerson was previously on the books at his $15.7 million franchise number -- and the long-term contract will surely lower that -- the Wilkerson deal could potentially free up enough cap space for the Jets to make another run at re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick. GM Mike Maccagnan would do extremely well to enter training camp with Wilkerson locked up long term and Fitzpatrick back atop the quarterback depth chart.
Jul 15 - 4:34 PM

NJ.com confirms the Jets and franchise player Muhammad Wilkerson remain far apart in extension talks ahead of Friday's deadline.

"Barring a last-minute change," a deal will not be getting done. That has been the expectation all summer. Wilkerson has yet to sign his $15.7 million tender, and could skip as much of camp as he wants.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 14 - 1:36 PM

NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater said seventh-round WR Charone Peake has to "battle" for a roster spot.

The implication being Peake's spot on the roster is far from secure, and it would be surprising if he made early contributions. Quincy Enunwa is locked in as the No. 3 receiver, although he played something of an H-back role last season. Slater also mentions Kenbrell Thompkins as a name to watch, and Devin Smith (ACL) should join the mix later in the season. While the top two pass catchers are set, the Jets have several questions to answer down the depth chart.
Jul 14 - 9:13 AM


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