Tag:Vernon Gholston
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:45 am
Edited on: September 28, 2011 9:46 am
 

Jets sign Aaron Maybin ... again

Maybin's back with Gang Green. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Jets have signed linebacker Aaron Maybin three weeks after releasing him, the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reported Wednesday morning. Maybin, originally the Bills' ninth-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, struggled in Buffalo and was cut in July shortly before training camps opened. During his two years with the Bills, Maybin started just one game and didn't register a sack.

That the Jets showed interest in Maybin shortly after getting rid of virtually the same player in Vernon Gholston was something of a mystery, although head coach Rex Ryan has had some success with reclamation projects (particularly during his days as a defensive assistant with the Ravens).

Back on August 18, Ryan had high hopes for Maybin. "He has no clue -- he doesn't know a single defense -- but it's like, 'Hey, just turn that corner' -- and he did that pretty good," Ryan said after Maybin's first practice -- an impressive showing with the third string.

But Mehta reports that during final cutdowns, the Jets viewed Maybin as a luxury; he was released because of needs at other positions. The Jets told Maybin that they'd like to bring him back if the chance arose, and when a roster spot opened up this week after offensive lineman Rob Turner landed on injured reserve, that's just what they did.

Mehta also describes Maybin's brief stint with the Jets during the preseason as "impressive … showing his edge pass rushing skills in two preseason game appearances. He had 1 1/2 sacks in the preseason finale against the Eagles."

Maybe Ryan was able to get something out of Maybin that the Bills couldn't, but the roster math just didn't work out at the time. Now that it does, perhaps Maybin will find a permanent home in New York.

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Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: September 1, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Ryan says Maybin is going to have to do more

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Two weeks ago, the Jets signed defensive end Aaron Maybin to a one-year deal. The former 2009 11th overall pick had just been released by the team that overdrafted him, the Buffalo Bills, and there was speculation that his NFL career could be over after two unremarkable seasons that resulted in neither a start nor a sack.

Why the Jets would show interest in Maybin shortly after getting rid of virtually the same player in Vernon Gholston was something of a mystery, although head coach Rex Ryan has had some success with reclamation projects. While the Ravens defensive coordinator, Ryan had a knack for taking the undrafted and overlooked and molding them into quality football players. Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard are the two most obvious examples, and he thought so much of them that he brought them to New York in 2009.

Unfortunately, not even Ryan's motivational skills and enthusiasm could make Gholston into something he wasn't, and the Jets cut him. He signed with the Bears in July (and was subsequently released earlier this week), although he did have time to lament that Ryan never gave him a chance with the Jets.

And unless something changes in the coming days, Gholston's New York fate could also be Maybin's.

On August 18, Ryan had high hopes for Maybin. "He has no clue -- he doesn't know a single defense -- but it's like, 'Hey, just turn that corner' -- and he did that pretty good," Ryan said after Maybin's first practice -- an impressive showing with the third string.

We're now in September, 10 days from the regular season, and the reality has set in. Ryan said Maybin is "going to have to do more" to make the team. "He's going to have to show us he's that pass rusher he has a chance to be," he continued. "I think he can play in this league. We'll see if he can play for us."

Also not helping Maybin's cause: the play of Jamaal Westerman, the third-year linebacker who Ryan said was "rushing the passer as well as anyone we have."

When asked about the team signing Maybin last month, Westerman sounded unconcerned.

“This league is about competition and motivation,” he said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “I didn’t look at that as anything negative. I looked at it as they’re bringing in a guy who is working hard to learn the defense, just like I’m working hard to improve my play.”

Maybin gets one more (last?) chance to prove he deserves a roster spot when the Jets host the Eagles Thursday night at 7:30.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: August 23, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Gholston: Rex didn't give him a chance with Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets and coach Rex Ryan didn't take long to move on from 2008 draft bust Vernon Gholston, who was released shortly before the NFL lockout began, way back when at the end of February.

Since then, Ryan has even publicly blamed himself for Gholston's failure to really grow into a legit player and/or just unlock the easy-as-pie $9 million escalator clause in his contract. Gholston apparently feels the same way -- that it's Rex's fault.

"I heard how he was perceiving me before the [2008] draft, before he knew me, and I was the same way -- I wasn't hoping for him to be [my] first coach of the Jets when I was there, either," Gholston told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post recently.

Hubbuch notes that Gholston, who was drafted by Eric Mangini's regime, "still feels he didn't get a fair shot with Ryan" or the current Jets coaching staff.

"Being a first-round pick, you would have hoped for more [of a chance]," said Gholston.

The defensive end, who was signed by Chicago this offseason, apparently believes that Ryan's preconceived notions about Gholston as a player are the reason he never got a fair shake of things.

"Rex made a comment to me when he first came in that he thought I wasn't liked by the guys on the team, then once he got there he saw that wasn't the case," Gholston said. "Those perceptions kind of determine the outcome, and it's sad to say."

Oh yes, and Ryan's bias towards Ravens players.

"Whenever you have a new coach, you hope everything's fair," Gholston said. "But obviously, he was in Baltimore for a number of years and has a passion for those guys."

Look, the long-and-short of it is that Gholston's just a bust. Period. The Jets used the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 draft on him, and in three years, playing as a defensive end who was supposed to beef up their pass rush, he never recorded a single sack.

Or an interception. Or a forced fumble. Or a ... you know what? You don't need me to write this out for you. If you're on Gholston's side of things and you actually think he might not be a bust, well, you can just as easily find out about Gholston's career from our good friend and debate-ending champion Google:



/slams mic
//walks away

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Bears land Marion Barber, Amobi Okoye

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It took a couple days, but the Bears have finally gotten going in free agency.

Already, they had signed former Cowboys WR Roy Williams and taken a chance on former Jets LB Vernon Gholston, and Saturday night, the team added more pieces, announcing that it’s come to terms with former Cowboys RB Marion Barber and former Texans DT Amobi Okoye.

The team said Okoye’s contract is a one-year deal, while NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora writes Barber’s contract is for two years and $5 million.

Considering Bears RB Matt Forte isn’t happy right now and has threatened to hold out because he’s slated to make only $550,000 in base salary this year -- he has reported, by the way -- Chicago’s move seems like one that could help change Forte’s attitude. As Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune pointed out, you also have to wonder about Chester Taylor's future with the organization. 

Barber had a hard time staying healthy in Dallas, and earlier this week, he was dropped in favor of rookie DeMarco Murray. Meanwhile, Okoye, a former first-round pick, hasn’t been all that productive since he recorded 5 ½ sacks in his 2007 rookie season, recording just 5 ½ sacks since then.

Now, both get a chance to rejuvenate their careers in Chicago.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Bears sign Roy Williams, Vernon Gholston

Posted by Will Brinson

People have been wondering why the Bears didn't make a splash in free agency this year. Obviously $90 million to Julius Peppers in 2010 just isn't enough commitment.

So here's some, um, news: they've now (officially) signed both Roy Williams and Vernon Gholston.

No it's not the sexiest of offseason maneuvers, but both players do have upside. Particularly Williams -- at least if you're asking Bears' coach Lovie Smith.

"Roy Williams has number one receiver skill. Devin Hester does also," said Smith, per Zach Zaidman of the Bears Radio Network. "At least about five of the guys we have right now that I know of have that type of ability."

Williams does have No. 1 receiver ability. Otherwise he wouldn't have been a No. 1 receiver on several teams and Jerry Jones wouldn't have packaged the farm to Detroit in exchange for him. Of course, if he still was a No. 1 receiver, it's a lot less likely that he would have gotten cut by the Cowboys.

And as for Gholston, well, he's clearly got upside. After all, he was selected No. 6 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. But start to Google his name and see what the second result is (hint: it rhymes with "rust").

But it's going to take a lot for the Bears to justify to fans that his signing was their "big move" this offseason. (Though in fairness they're still working on Olin Kreutz and they did land Nick Roach and Anthony Adams. So there's that.)

The harder sell might be that Williams is the answer to their lengthy issues at wideout, even if he has played in a Mike Martz offense before.

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:11 am
 

Braylon Edwards' trial set for July

Posted by Andy Benoit

Braylon Edwards’ charge of driving while intoxicated back in September could be headed for trial this summer. The Jets receiveB. Edwards (US Presswire)r (and current free agent) was due in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday but did not show. According to lawyer, Peter Frankel, Edwards’ flight from L.A. was delayed (he has been in California working at Mark Sanchez’s football camp). However, Edwards tweeted Monday morning, "GoodBye Cali I'm heading back home to Michigan."

Nevertheless, a pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for July 22. The judge initially asked for a pre-trial hearing date of June 3, but Edwards’ camp asked for a later date because of availability of more than a dozen witnesses (including teammates D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Vernon Gholston, who were in the car at the time of Edwards’ arrest).

The district attorney said in November that a plea had been discussed, but according to Frankel, no offer has been made.

"We’re always talking about possible resolutions to the case, but it’s moving forward toward trial," he said, according to Jenny Ventras of the New Jersey Star Ledger. But Frankel did not dismiss the possibility of a plea deal. "I wouldn’t say anything's broken down; we’re still talking. We have somewhat different views of the evidence, but things have not been contentious at all. It’s possible we’ll work things out before the 22nd."

This case has been adjourned three times, twice because Frankel filed motions to suppress evidence collected at the police precinct and on the scene. It will be determined at the hearing whether that evidence gets admitted.

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:52 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:58 am
 

Rex ruffles some of Rhodes' feathers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Only seven more shopping days until Rex Ryan’s autobiography, “Play Like You Mean It” hits bookshelves, and in celebration, a number of tweeters and New York media put out excerpts that might entice you to buy the tome of Rex (who got help from Don Yaeger along the way).

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We point you toward the Newark Star Ledger where some of Ryan’s comments are shared on draft bust Vernon Gholston, the TripGate incident involving strength coach Sal Alosi, and the whole Ines Sainz/Jets incident.

But what got at least one of his former players upset was what Ryan wrote about Kerry Rhodes, now a DB with the Cardinals.

“He was a selfish-ass guy,” Ryan writes. “He wouldn’t work, and he was a Hollywood type, flashy and needing attention. I don’t mind flashy, but your work ethic had better back it up.”

So, how did Rhodes respond on his Twitter account? “Classless!” he wrote.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:07 am
 

Ryan: Gholston improved but others did better

Gholston Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the biggest – or, at least, most highly-publicized – draft busts in the past few years was Jets DE Vernon Gholston’s inability to turn his talent into anything resembling even a journeyman career in the NFL.

As ESPN.com’s Tim Graham points out, Gholston, a No. 6 pick in 2008, started only five games in his career and recorded exactly zero sacks. In fact, we wrote about it in Hot Routes last month when it was discovered he could have unlocked a $9 million escalator bonus by simply recording a sack, a fumble recovery or a forced fumble. He didn’t, of course.

All along, Jets coach Rex Ryan thought if anybody could develop Gholston, he could be the coach to do it. When talking with Graham a few weeks ago, Ryan apparently got a little defensive talking about the fact he couldn’t mold Gholston into the player Ryan wanted him to be.

To be fair, Gholston was a 4-3 DE at Ohio State but then moved to the 3-4 LB position under former Jets coach Eric Mangini before moving to the 3-4 DE spot in Ryan’s defense. So, yeah, he moved around a little bit. But still …

"I think Vernon improved," Ryan told Graham. "Last year, I thought he gained strides. Unfortunately, I never knew this when we picked up Trevor (Price) and he played well for us, but that took a little away from Vernon. We had Shaun Ellis, so it was kind of hard to get [Gholston] more reps.

"But the guy is an excellent teammate. He did what was asked and he got better.”

Graham then asked if Ryan had failed with Gholston.

"Well, then I failed as far as the numbers go," Ryan said. "But I thought he got better, though. We'll see what happens to him. He's not done playing.

"I think I've had a long list of guys I've developed in my coaching career. Some guys develop faster than others. But I'll put how I coach up against anybody in this league when it comes to defense and technique."

Gholston likely will get another chance in the league. But obviously it remains to be seen if someone other than Ryan can unlock the talent that apparently lies in Gholston’s body.

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