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ESPN New York describes Geno Smith as "more assertive" this summer.

"It's gotten away from me telling him exactly what to do," were the words of C Nick Mangold. "It's a two-way discussion." Per reporter Rich Cimini, Smith "acts like a starter now." Smith certainly looked more assertive on the preseason field, completing 23-of-33 passes for 268 yards (8.12 YPA), one touchdown and one interception. He dropped dimes into tight coverage. Smith flashed as a rookie, but consistency eluded him. He has the talent to take a big step forward this season.
Aug 28 - 3:22 PM

The New York Daily News believes suspended Jets CB Dimitri Patterson's roster spot is in danger.

Patterson's suspension is of the token variety — it covers only the fourth preseason game — but he's apparently wearing out his welcome in the Big Apple. Per reporter Manish Mehta, Patterson "won't be missed ... if/when he's cut." The Jets no longer appear to be counting on Patterson as a starter, but they're still not in a position where they can be shedding bodies at cornerback.
Aug 28 - 1:48 PM

Jets CB Dimitri Patterson said his absence from the team last week had nothing to do with his place on the depth chart.

Patterson denies that he went AWOL ahead of the third preseason game, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Even though agent Drew Rosenhaus said his client was dealing with a "personal issue," Patterson was still suspended until September 1. The reserve corner's strange statement released to the media Thursday still doesn't explain why he left the team.
Aug 28 - 10:46 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes Stephen Hill "could be in his final days" with the Jets.

It's not a new thought, just further confirmation of the budding consensus amongst the Jets media. Coach Rex Ryan has already said Hill will play in Thursday's preseason finale, something he likely wouldn't be doing were his roster spot sewn up. Hill has had an erratic summer, turning in inconsistent practices while catching only two passes for 29 yards through three preseason games. A trade is a possibility. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, that's something the Jets tried to do earlier this summer.
Aug 26 - 7:24 PM

The Jets have suspended CB Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason, but made him eligible for reinstatement on September 1.

In other words, he's not suspended. Patterson likely wouldn't have played in Thursday's preseason finale to begin with. Patterson would have been released were he a less-important player, but the Jets can't afford to shed any bodies at cornerback. What remains unclear is Patterson's status as a starter, but he's more likely than not to be in the Week 1 lineup.
Aug 26 - 7:01 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini believes the Jets should and will try and trade WR Stephen Hill.

We doubt Hill would fetch more than a late-round pick, but he has all the measurables at 6'4/215 with 4.36 wheels. Unfortunately, Hill's hands are made of stone, while his body has yet to hold up in the NFL. Ex-GM Mike Tannenbaum made Hill the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 draft. Hill has missed nine games in two seasons, and has just 45 career grabs for 594 yards and four scores to his name. He has just two catches for 29 yards this preseason. If the Jets can't unload Hill via trade, there's a very real chance he's part of their final cuts.
Aug 25 - 10:36 PM

The New York Daily News reports suspended Jets CB Dimitri Patterson's decision to skip Friday's preseason game was prompted by frustration with the team's "cornerback pecking order."

Patterson was believed to be the Jets' No. 2 cornerback, but had apparently fallen down the depth chart as he battled an assortment of minor injuries. Now he'll have to prove he's still committed to the team to even earn a reserve role.
Aug 25 - 5:16 PM

Jets CB/S Antonio Allen (concussion) will sit out Thursday's preseason finale.

Even with the Jets scrambling for bodies, this will likely end the experimentation with Allen at cornerback.
Aug 25 - 3:36 PM

The "medical event" that caused Jets fourth-round WR Jalen Saunders' August 15 car accident was a seizure.

Scary stuff, but Saunders has already been declared "ready to roll" by coach Rex Ryan. His career is not in danger. Saunders will serve as a return man and reserve wideout as a rookie.
Aug 25 - 3:12 PM

The Jets remain "noncommittal" on CB Dee Milliner's (high-ankle sprain) status for Week 1.

Milliner has yet to resume running full speed, and will sit out Thursday's preseason finale. It's a major concern with fellow starter Dimitri Patterson suspended indefinitely after blowing off last week's regular-season dress rehearsal. The Jets have a severe lack of depth behind their projected starting corners. Their front seven will be effective, but the back line can be exploited.
Aug 25 - 3:08 PM

Jets suspended CB Dimitri Patterson indefinitely.

For reasons still unknown, Patterson skipped Friday's preseason game against the Giants. "(An indefinite suspension) will allow us to gather more information as to what led to his behavior," were the words of GM John Idzik. Going by the depth chart, the Jets can ill-afford to release a presumptive starter, but Patterson's commitment is now a huge question mark. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini believes his future with the team is "shaky at best."
Aug 25 - 1:04 PM

Jets rookie WR/PR Jalen Saunders (illness) will resume practicing in full this week.

He'll also play extensively in New York's preseason finale. "He's ready to roll," coach Rex Ryan said. "We expect to see a great deal of him in this game." Saunders will be a reserve wideout and punt returner as a rookie.
Aug 24 - 6:54 PM

The agent for Jets CB Dimitri Patterson says his client will report to the team on Monday after going "AWOL" on Friday and Saturday.

The Jets didn't know where Patterson was, and according to reporters he refused to reply to phone calls and text messages. It appears he plans to continue playing football. The Jets need Patterson, particularly with Dee Milliner battling a high ankle sprain. Patterson is a projected starter.
Aug 24 - 4:40 PM

Coach Rex Ryan named Saalim Hakim the Jets' kickoff primary returner.

Rookie Jalen Saunders will presumably return punts. A Tarleton State alum, Hakim clocked forty times in the 4.2s at his 2012 Pro Day. 24 years old, Saalim is the younger brother of former Rams star Az-Zahir Hakim.
Aug 24 - 3:29 PM

Starting Jets CB Dimitri Patterson has gone "AWOL," and did not show up for Friday's preseason game against the Giants.

The team has "no idea" why Patterson didn't show up against the Giants. He's reportedly fine physically. According to reporter Rich Cimini, Patterson's agent is "also in the dark." With fellow starter Dee Milliner dealing with a high-ankle sprain, the Jets are shockingly thin at cornerback. If Patterson is gone for good, the Jets will be looking at a crisis situation for Week 1. Reserves Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls are not starting-quality corners.
Aug 24 - 3:27 PM


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