4:28 PM EDT, Sat August 27, 2016

Jets Roster Analysis: Can Matt Forte Hold Off Father Time for Another Year?

As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Matt Forte. Name: Matt Forte Number: 22 Year With Jets: 1st Projected Role: Number one running back and number three option in the passing game His 2015: An injury limited Forte to 13 games, and he posted career lows 898 rushing yards and 44 receptions. At the end of the season, the long-time Bear hit free agency and signed with the Jets. 2016 will be a success if: Forte can hold off father time and develop into a quality third option in the passing game. The Jets had a lot of success late in...

These Five Jets Could Use a Big Game Against the Giants

Here are five members of the Jets who could use a good outing in tonight's preseason game against the Giants. Geno Smith: Last week's effort against Washington was not pretty. Combined with a strong showing from Bryce Petty, it has led many to wonder whether Geno's hold on the backup quarterback job might be slipping. With the starters likely playing into the third quarter, Geno will probably not get a ton of work, but a good performance might put to bed the idea that he will be passed by Petty on the depth chart. Ben Ijalana: With Breno Giacomini's status for the opener against the Bengals...
Buffalo Rumblings 4 hours ago

Bills-Redskins: Quick-hit player observations

What stood out during the Bills-Redskins preseason tilt. Man, the Bills-Redskins preseason game sure was an exhibition slop fest. A severe shortage of starters. Missed tackles. Too many legitimate penalties. Too many brutal calls. Dropped passes... the works. Anyway, here are the most noteworthy observations in a player-by-player format: Reggie Bush It’s always looks weird to me when Bush gets carries between the tackles... maybe just because I’ve seen 95% of his big plays come on plays to the outside. On the few runs he did get as a “traditional” running back, he looked spry and...

Jets Roster Analysis: It Is Time for Dexter McDougle to Start Providing Value

As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Dexter McDougle. Name: Dexter McDougle Number: 23 Year With Jets: 3rd Projected Role: Competing for backup cornerback spot His 2015: McDougle returned from the torn ACL that cost him his rookie season in 2014 and worked mainly on special teams. He did get 25 snaps on defense against Washington subbing for an injured Buster Skrine and held up pretty well in that game. Aside from that and some work in a blowout win over Miami, he did not see the field much on defense. 2016 will be a success if:...

Here Are Five Things We Learned From Jets Training Camp

The Jets broke training camp this week. Here are five lessons we received from camp in 2016. 1. Breno Giacomini is injured. We all knew guys like Muhammad Wilkerson, Khiry Robinson, and Devin Smith were on the mend from serious lower body injuries entering training camp. We expected them to start camp on the physically unable to perform list. Giacomini starting camp there was a surprise. We had heard little to make it seem like Giacomini was dealing with a back problem before camp started, but now we know his status for Week 1 is very much in doubt. 2. Almost all of the other injured Jets...
Gang Green Nation 7 hours ago

New York Jets Flight Connections 8/27/16

Daily links connecting you to articles about the NFL's New York Jets. Good morning, Gang Green Gangsters! Here are your daily New York Jets links for this Saturday... Rich Cimini: The U.S. military plays flag football in Afghanistan, courtesy of the Jets. Rich Cimini: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has generated only seven points in five possession this preseason. Randy Lange: The Green & White seeks a faster start vs. Big Blue. Am I just me, or does the official site not refer to the nickname "Gang Green" as much anymore? Brian Costello: The Jets' starting offense is hoping to pass the chemistry...
Buffalo Rumblings 17 hours ago

Bills 16, Redskins 21: Buffalo loses a forgettable preseason game after bumpy two minute drill

The Bills kept it close but came up yet again at the goal line to end the game. If you didn't get to watch this game live, you could be forgiven for not seeking out a recording. In an effort to avoid injuries (possibly inspired by the stories about Washington's lousy turf), Rex Ryan took the unusual move of leaving his entire starting defense inactive during Buffalo's third preseason game. LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, and Cordy Glenn also stayed out of this one, and while Tyrod Taylor, Eric Wood, Richie Incognito, and Sammy Watkins all made appearances, they were brief. That left the backups...

Jets Roster Analysis: Can Darrelle Revis Remain One the League's Top Cornerbacks in 2016?

As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Darrelle Revis. Name: Darrelle Revis Number: 24 Year With Jets: 8th Projected Role: Number one cornerback His 2015: Revis returned to the Jets on a $70 million contract two seasons after being traded to Tampa Bay. He was elected to his seventh Pro Bowl while allowing the lowest completion percentage in the league and the third lowest passer rating against. Unlike past seasons, Revis did show some signs of being human, allowing a pair of big games, one to DeAndre Hopkins and another to Sammy...
Buffalo Rumblings 21 hours ago

Buffalo Bills vs Washington Redskins open thread

Buffalo is resting a ton of starters, but... maybe we’ll get to see Sammy Watkins catch a pass? Rex Ryan pulled a fast one on all of us. The third preseason game ordinarily sees each team play its starters for at least a full half, and often well into the third quarter. It’s a chance for coaches to take their starters through a dry run of opening possessions, two minute-drills, goal line plays, and short yardage situations. For the fans at home, it’s the closest thing to resembling a proper NFL game until the season officially starts two weeks later. The Buffalo Bills, however,...

Jets Roster Analysis: Can Calvin Pryor Build on a Solid Second Year?

As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Calvin Pryor. Name: Calvin Pryor Number: 25 Year With Jets: 3rd Projected Role: Starting safety His 2015: Pryor bounced back from a tough rookie campaign in 2014 where the Jets probably put too much on the plate of a rookie. In his second season, he developed into a quality starter and an important part of the defense. As much as anything, his role seemed to involve saving the day on the back end if things broke down. He can cover a lot of ground. It is easier for the Jets to take chances on...
Buffalo Rumblings Aug 26, 2016

Bills-Redskins: Bubble players whose roster spot hinges on tonight’s game

The third preseason game is enormous for these Bills players. This list goes in descending order, from most likely to make the team to least likely. Walt Powell My #SummerOfWaltPowell hashtag hasn’t really caught on anywhere, but I’ll still run with it until the start of the regular season. Powell has had an exceptionally productive summer, from the first few training camp practices to the preseason opener against Colts and even last week against the Giants. I’d be stunned if he’s on the outside looking in right now, however, one more strong effort, and the former Murray State Racer...

Top 10 College Football Quarterbacks To Watch In 2017

It's never too early to be looking at the future. I was taught a long time ago that the NFL is a year-round business. The season may only last from September-February, but the wheels are constantly in motion for NFL franchises. The scouts will have their assignments and they'll be delving into the tape, ready for the new college football season. Well we're doing the same thing. We're highlighting 10 college football quarterbacks that we think you should keep an eye on. Ryan Fitzpatrick has signed on for one more year. Geno Smith is in the last year of his contract. Bryce Petty still has a...

NY Jets: What Is the Waived/Injured Designation?

You probably have noticed through the preseason players being listed as waived/injured. For example, the Jets waived/injured Matthew Tucker to make room on their roster to sign Lache Seastrunk a few weeks back. It typically happens after a player suffers a serious injury. Is this a sign of how cruel the world of the NFL is that teams just waive players for getting hurt? That isn't exactly how it works. Until the first round of preseason cuts, teams cannot place certain players on Injured Reserve unless they clear waivers. The first cutdown occurs after the third set of preseason games. This...

Jets Roster Analysis: Can Darryl Morris Make the Roster?

As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Darryl Morris. Name: Darryl Morris Number: 26 Year With Jets: 1st Projected Role: Competing for cornerback depth spot/special teams His 2015: Morris appeared in 12 games for the Texans primarily as a special teamer. He also served as a backup at cornerback. After the season, Houston did not offer the restricted free agent a contract tender. He then signed with the Jets and general manager Mike Maccagnan, who was in Houston's front office when the Texans first claimed Morris off waivers in...
Buffalo Rumblings Aug 26, 2016

Five things to watch as Buffalo challenges Washington tonight

Here’s what we’re watching in the preseason dress rehearsal. The Buffalo Bills head to the nation’s capital tonight to play their third game of the 2016 NFL preseason. This is an important game for every player on the roster, and here’s what we’re looking for. The starting offense, nearly 100% As is tradition, the third game of the preseason is the tune-up for the starters, who will play more than half of the game. For an offense that has been missing some big pieces, it’s a chance for everyone to sync up. Sammy Watkins is back in action, following a play-it-safe recovery period...

Jets vs. Giants Preview With Art Stapleton

In case you missed the news yesterday, yours truly is the new host of a daily Monday through Friday podcast called Locked on Jets. It is part of the newly formed Locked On Podcast Network. We have only been around for two days but, we are already doing crossover episodes. The second edition of Locked on Jets has Art Stapleton, the Giants beat writer for The Record and the host of Locked on Giants, the network's Giants show. Usually I don't focus much on the opponent in the preseason. The games are more about evaluating what your team has, but the third game is a bit different with the...
Buffalo Rumblings Aug 26, 2016

Bills vs. Redskins, 2016 NFL preseason Week 3: game time, TV schedule, announcers, & more

The Bills visit the Redskins for their first road trip of the preseason. The Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins will square off in the third preseason game, typically known as the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. In reality, preparing for a real game involves significantly more game-planning, this is the exhibition game in which we should see starters play the most. Sammy Watkins is expected to play, and it wouldn’t be surprised to see Tyrod Taylor playing into the second quarter. Here’s how to watch, listen to, or stream the game. Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Washington...

Breno Giacomini Isn't Sure Whether He Will Be Ready for Week 1

Jets starting right tackle Breno Giacomini has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp with a back injury. Yesterday, he addressed the media and indicated he still is not sure as to when he will be ready. It might not be before Week 1. Breno Giacomini said he will play at some point this season but acknowledged missing start of season and/or PUP is possible. — Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) August 25, 2016 The Jets are not sure either. Bowles on whether RT Breno Giacomini will be available WK1: "I have no idea. It's getting close and he hasn't...
Gang Green Nation Aug 26, 2016

New York Jets Flight Connections 8/26/16

Daily links connecting you to articles about the NFL's New York Jets. Good morning, Gang Green Gangsters! Here are your daily New York Jets links for this Friday... Conor Orr: QB Christian Hackenberg's throw is a work in progress. Laura Albanese: WR Brandon Marshall is no longer scared to have QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Jets starter. Connor Hughes: WR Eric Decker will be a deep threat in 2016. Darryl Slater: WR Jalin Marshall is an intriguing undrafted rookie. Eric Allen: No timetable is set for RT Breno Giacomini's return. Dennis Waszak Jr.: LT Ryan Clady is healthy and driven to prove...

Karlos Williams Wants to Play for the Jets

The Bills let running back Karlos Williams go last weekend. The Jets had him in for a visit earlier in this week. The free agent running back made it clear today that he wants to join Gang Green. EXCLUSIVE: @Karlos_29_SR speaks on visit with the @nyjets. #jets #bills #jetsnation #billsmafia @WGR550 @ESPNNFL pic.twitter.com/kMM3OGxzbp — Richard Cumpston Jr. (@RichCumpston) August 25, 2016 Williams had 9 total touchdowns as a rookie for Buffalo a year ago and ran for 517 yards on 93 carries, a robust 5.6 yard average. It was striking that the Bills would let a productive, talented,...

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