Player News - Jets

Date: Team: Pos:

CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora suggests RT Breno Giacomini (back) could open the season on reserve/PUP.

Giacomini has missed the entire preseason with his back issue. He's reportedly making progress, but the Jets don't have a timetable for his return. Ben Ijalana is the top in-house candidate to replace Giacomini.
Aug 26 - 5:34 PM

ESPN New York reports the Jets want Matt Forte to be a "major factor" in the passing game.

Catching the ball is one of Forte's best skills, but it's also the primary reason the Jets re-signed Bilal Powell to a three-year, $11.25 million contract. Forte caught 102 passes in the Bears' warped 2014 offense, but saw that number plummet to 44 last season. 50 seems like a reasonable over/under for his receptions.
Aug 25 - 5:58 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles admits RT Breno Giacomini (back, PUP) might not be ready for Week 1.

Bowles said the team may have to add a veteran free agent. The market is obviously barren, with Will Beatty the top option. "Retired" Eugene Monroe is also available.
Aug 25 - 4:35 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Matt Forte (hamstring) will make his debut Saturday against the Giants.

Bowles said over the weekend he hoped to get Forte "a few snaps" against the Giants, and it looks like that is still the plan. "I hope so, if he doesn’t have any setbacks," Bowles said. "I want him to get hit before our first game. I don’t want that to be the first time." Forte missed a large chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he has reportedly looked sharp since returning.
Aug 25 - 9:45 AM

Jets TE coach Jimmie Johnson said Jace Amaro is still a "work in progress" as a blocker.

"He has done a better job sustaining his blocks and trying to stay engaged," Johnson said. "All of that is promising." Amaro has also continued his struggle with drops this preseason, missing two sure catches when an injury to Quincy Enunwa afforded him extra snaps in the second preseason game. With plenty of questions left to answer, it appears unlikely Amaro grabs an early-season role.
Aug 25 - 8:51 AM

The Jets' coaching staff acknowledged that second-round QB Christian Hackenberg has flaws in his mechanics.

Despite these flaws, the Jets have been careful not to overwhelm Hackenberg while he's still learning the playbook. "It's like a golfer," said QBs coach Kevin Patullo. "You don't want to change his swing midseason." Obviously the Jets are in no rush to get Hackenberg on the field. Right now he's a distant fourth on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 7:07 PM

Jets third-round OLB Jordan Jenkins is dealing with a calf injury.

Coach Todd Bowles said he's "day to day" or "week to week," which suggests uncertainty. If it's week to week, Jenkins could be in danger of missing Week 1 against the Bengals. Jenkins has been competing with Mike Catapano for the starting job at strong side linebacker.
Aug 24 - 6:41 PM

Geno Smith will function as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

Smith has faced competition from Bryce Petty throughout camp but it appears he's still in the driver's seat for backup duties behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. It would probably make life easier for the Jets if Petty wins the job over Smith, who could easily be traded or let go. If Smith holds off Petty, there's a real chance the Jets could open the year with four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.
Aug 24 - 4:44 PM

Jets second-round QB Christian Hackenberg has gotten more snaps at practice this week.

It is difficult to develop as a quarterback without getting any practice or game reps, and yet that is exactly how Hackenberg has started his first NFL training camp. The Jets have finally started to get him some real work in practice, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it has reportedly been ugly. Hackenberg could get some run in the fourth preseason game, but he will be firmly rooted to the bench all season.
Aug 23 - 8:40 AM

Jets second-year DL Leonard Williams has spent time at nose tackle during the first two preseason games.

It looked like the Jets signed Steve McLendon to replace Damon Harrison at nose tackle, but Plan A seems to be utilizing Williams more often on the inside. "He has played more nose than defensive end or tackle [this offseason]," DL coach Pepper Johnson said of Williams. "That has been a position we've talked about him playing. We wanted to get him a few reps." Not a prototypical nose, Williams will likely cede snaps to McLendon in clear rushing situations, but putting the sophomore at nose allows the Jets to get their best three linemen on the field even in 3-4 looks.
Aug 23 - 8:33 AM

Jets RT Breno Giacomini (back, active/PUP) has yet to return to practice.

Giacomini has not seen any work in training camp, and it does not sound like he is particularly close to a return. "He’s getting better," coach Todd Bowles said, "but not this week." It does not sound like Giacomini is a lock to be ready for Week 1, which would be a disaster for one of the thinnest offensive lines in the league. Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale have worked with the first-team during camp.
Aug 22 - 9:17 AM

NJ Advance Media believes Jets QB Bryce Petty will make the final roster.

As does The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, who called Petty a lock. Petty has certainly played well so far in the preseason, and he could be pushing Geno Smith for the backup job. If Petty wins the No. 2 role, that would allow the Jets to trade or release Geno. If he can't, the Jets are looking at keeping four quarterbacks on the roster.
Aug 22 - 8:52 AM

On Sunday, coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal on Geno Smith's job security as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback.

"Until we make a change there won’t be (a change)," Bowles said. "Right now they’re all playing and we’re trying to see who sorts out what." Bryce Petty is coming off a big preseason game where he threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns in one half of action, albeit against the Redskins' backup defense. If Petty wins the No. 2 job, Smith could be placed on the trade block.
Aug 21 - 8:27 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles wants Matt Forte to "get a few snaps in" during Saturday night's regular season dress rehearsal.

The fact that Forte is scheduled to play at all is a positive after he missed a big chunk of practices with a hamstring injury. It seems the Jets were simply being cautious with their new lead running back. Forte has reportedly looked sharp in practice since returning to full-squad drills last week.
Aug 21 - 8:24 PM

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News believes Bryce Petty is a lock to make the Jets' 53-man roster.

Mehta is calling this the "Summer of Bryce." Petty has had a strong preseason, which only complicates the Jets' already muddled quarterback situation. It would have been easy to move on from Petty but his emergence means the Jets may end up keeping four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. Petty and Geno Smith are battling for the No. 2 role behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick while second-round pick Christian Hackenberg is a distant fourth on the team's depth chart.
Aug 21 - 10:07 AM


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