Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: August 27, 2010 4:32 pm

Friday's preseason action: what/why to watch

Posted by Andy Benoit

Four preseason games on the docket tonight – all considered “dress rehearsals” for Week 1. Here’s what/why to watch.

Falcons @ Dolphins

You have brothers Peria and John Jerry squaring off. You have cornerback Benny Sapp’s highly-anticipated Dolphins debut. You have a forecast for rain (which, in Miami this time of year, usually means a downpour).

Strictly football-wise, Dolphins young cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith have struggled this preseason. If they have another rough night, you may start to here serious whispers of concern coming out of South Beach.

Redskins @ Jets

There’s always the Haynesworth watch (which is a reason to tune in for the postgame coverage, as well). There’s also the Hard Knocks drinking/gambling game (predicting which plays make it on next week’s episode of Hard Knocks – the payout from this obviously has to wait until Wednesday night, but you can lay the groundwork for it now).

Donovan McNabb is not playing, which means you get to see Rex Grossman square off against Rex Ryan’s defense. Watching Grossman at the line of scrimmage against the swarming Jets will be like watching a rattled foreigner ask for directions in the middle of oncoming traffic. Should be entertaining.

Chargers @ Saints (8:00 ET, CBS)

We’d play the “Drew Brees versus his former team” angle here, but one has to assume Brees’s Super Bowl ring – and San Diego’s lack of Super Bowl rings – makes that rivalry somewhat of a dead issue. Especially in the preseason.

So, instead, we’ll watch this game to once again see how the Charger offense performs without star left tackle Marcus McNeil and wide receiver Vincent Jackson. For most fans, this will also be the first glimpse of first-round rookie running back Ryan Mathews.

Eagles @ Chiefs

Some are saying Matt Cassel has something to prove and a chip on the shoulder and whatever else it is that athletes supposedly find for motivation. Tonight will be Cassel’s truest test thus far in Charlie Weis’ system.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2010 1:10 pm

Hard Knocks episode 3 review

Posted by Andy Benoit

Episode 3 of Hard Knocks embodied everything we love about the HBO/NFL Films hit drama. First off, the box score: 24 S-bombs (including a few with the word “bull” before it, which is always funny) and 26 F-bombs. The first F-bomb came from special teams coach Paul Westhoff six minutes in. Best of all, that particular F-bomb was part of a package of vitriolic sarcasm. (When interior linemen were slow off the snap in rushing the punter, Westhoff told them “Take your time – f*** around a little bit more.”). P. Westhoff (US Presswire)

Westhoff wound up being the star of the show – and not just because he finished first in the final F-bomb count. He was brutally honest about wide receiver/special teams gunner David Clowney, essentially saying the fourth-year pro can be a star but that he hasn’t shown anything yet. Of backup punter Timothy Conley, an undrafted second-year player from Idaho who is just trying to make the NFL, Westhoff said, “This time last year, I would have traded him for a night off.” Coaches were impressed with Conley’s improvement this season, but before the episode ended, the young punter joined the list of guys who are now famous for having been cut on Hard Knocks.
A few more highlights from Wednesday night’s show…

---Kris Jenkins gave a speech in the locker room prior to the Panthers game in which he pointed out that the Panthers were his former team and told the second unit players “Don’t embarrass us”. Is that motivating?

---It’s surprising how willing the coaches are to differentiate between the first-string and second-string players. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine didn’t make the first unit watch film of the second half of the Giants game because he didn’t want what they saw to “rub off”. Pettine ripped the second unit throughout the first 10 minutes of the show; Rex Ryan joined in and also ripped the third unit late in the show.

---After a quiet Episode 2, we finally got more Revis jokes. Rex Ryan had his assistant negotiate a fee paid to a magician who was brought in to entertain the players. The magician wanted $3,500. Ryan told his assistant to negotiate down to $2,500. When the assistant reported back that the magician had agreed to $2,500, Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum told her to call Revis.

---We hear that rookie hazing in the NFL is all in good fun. But what was that powder that the veterans were dumping in the face of Brian Jackson?

---Ropati Pitoitua ruptured his Achilles, giving us a fantastic glimpse of the emotional roller coaster that injuries lead to. When Ryan found out about the injury, he dejectedly informed the other coaches and snapped at players. Minutes later, he was jubilant again after Chauncey Washington lit it up on special teams.

---Finally, the treadmill scene: nothing shocking happened, but it was odd to see, from left to right, Mike Tannenbaum, Braylon Edwards, Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson working out on a treadmill. All four were walking. This makes sense with Tannenbaum, Ryan and Johnson…but Braylon Edwards?

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 12:07 pm

Cowlishaw fully backs off Revis report

Posted by Will Brinson

As we noted yesterday , Tim Cowlishaw was doing his best Darrelle Revis impersonation (quickly backpeddling to get into coverage, natch) on his Darrelle Revis report.

Today, Cowlishaw penned a mea culpa at the Dallas Morning-News indicating that at this point, he "can't say for sure where [the deal] stands for this weekend."D. Revis (US Presswire)

Don't be fooled into thinking anything too mean about Cowlishaw on this one: he admitted that it was him -- and, importantly, not his source -- that was wrong in this instance. There's still a possibility, though, that the deal could go down sometime this weekend, which Cowlishaw hinted at when he wrote that he wished he "could take those 15 words I sent out on Twitter ... Sunday afternoon" and change them to this:

"I think Revis and Jets get contract done sooner rather than later -- probably this week, maybe even Wednesday."

That is, of course, a VASTLY different statement from the scoop-ish manner in which Cowlishaw dropped the original news on Sunday.

Not all of Cowlishaw's post is completely apologetic, though: he spends the last few paragraphs pointing out that he wasn't the "worst kind of wrong" -- as someone who has "missed" a scoop before because something that was supposed to happen didn't happen, I get where he's going there.

There was no fabrication of a story, no lying, and no, Cowlishaw didn't report something insane like "Darrelle Revis traded to the Patriots for Logan Mankins" and completely whiff on the story.

But he's still wrong ; there's no two ways about it. The good thing is that he was willing to admit it, which means we can all go back to putting our full attention behind more deserving preseason divas like Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth.

At least until someone else "scoops" the Revis signing anyway.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:57 pm

Cowlishaw backtracking on Revis report

Posted by Will Brinson

Sunday, Tim Cowlishaw, a respected Dallas Morning-News reporter, dropped a tweet-bomb by announcing that a very trusted source told him Darrelle Revis and the Jets would "announce [a] new deal" on Wednesday. He actually said "probably Wednesday" but that's not the important point here, because it is Wednesday and there's no new deal.

Cowlishaw also reported that the Jets and the Revis would meet on Tuesday night; that didn't happen either, provided you believe Woody Johnson, who owns the Jets and stated that things remain "status quo" right now . (Read: no deal.)

Cowlishaw took to Twitter on Wednesday night -- as pointed out by Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk -- to revise his original statement . Kind of.
Have I said lately I was originally told "wednesday or saturday" on Revis but I shortened it for twitter? Now seems like good time. Now, without saying that Cowlishaw -- or any of the other reports discussing Revis' eventually signing a deal -- are wrong, that's a backtrack.

We tweeted at Cowlishaw to inquire as to the joking nature of the Saturday portion of his statement, but have yet to get a response. After all, he stated on Monday that he was told "Wednesday or Saturday," which, yes, is weird.

In hindsight, Cowlishaw should have originally said "Wednesday or Saturday" in his original tweet; just because it's Twitter doesn't mean that clarity should be sacrificed for brevity.

If Revis and the Jets do announce a deal on Saturday, there'll be a small measure of redemption for Cowlishaw, but the basic fact right now is that the information he originally provided on Sunday was incorrect.

Since, you know, it's Wednesday. The good news is that at least we can stop thinking about the Jets for the next two hours until "Hard Knocks" comes on again.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:52 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 1:40 pm

New Revis info emerges (UPDATED)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh has reported on his Twitter account that the Jets and CB Darrelle Revis are close to agreeing on a new deal that would be worth 10 years and $165 million (with $65 million guaranteed).

The reason a TV reporter from Pittsburgh has jumped into the fray – joining a newspaper columnist from Dallas, Tim Cowlishaw, who said last weekend that a deal could be done today – is because Revis is originally from Pennsylvania and played his college ball at Pitt.

Of course, this comes on the heels of a NY Daily News report this morning that there were no indications that a meeting between Revis and the Jets took place Tuesday night. Also, Jay Glazer from Fox Sports disputed the signing on his Twitter account this morning.

The Jets, for their part, aren’t saying anything, neither confirming nor denying the reports that seem to pop up every hour from every region of the country. If you want to read Andy’s Revis post from last night to give you all the key background info, it’s right here in all its glory.

We’ll keep you updated here, and we’ll also keep an eye on tonight’s Hard Knocks to see if any new information emerges (which I doubt will happen, but you never know).

Anybody else ready for this saga to be over, one way or another?

UPDATE (1:33 p.m.): Steve Wyche of NFL.com spoke to Jets owner Woody Johnson today, and Johnson said there were no new developments in the Revis saga. Johnson told Wyche that things remain "status quo" at this point.

Update: Brian Bassett of TheJetsBlog.com joins Will Brinson on the CBSSports.com Football podcast to hash out all the latest Revis news.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:30 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 10:37 am

Rumor has it Revis, Jets nearing an agreement

Posted by Andy Benoit

Could the biggest holdout story of the year, that of Darrelle Revis remaining absent from Jets' training camp, be coming to an end? If you believe one side of the reports, then yes. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco just sent this tweet : "Revis close to deal, according to reports. Shocking? Players don't miss game checks. How many times can I say it?"

Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News has been saying all week that Revis and the Jets will have an agreement by, roughly, Wednesday night.

Tuesday, Dan Graziano FanHouse jumped in the fray :
It's been a weird couple of days trying to make sense of the Darrelle Revis contract negotiations with the Jets, but one source close to the situation told FanHouse on Tuesday that the star cornerback's long-awaited contract extension with the team is "almost there" and could be finalized and announced in the coming days. We'll keep you posted...

UPDATE: ESPN's John Clayton and Chris Mortensen are both refuting the story that a meeting between Revis' people and the Jets is taking place Tuesday night.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 4:24 pm

Mangold contract official; Revis impact

Posted by Andy Benoit

As expected, Nick Mangold has officially become the highest-paid center in the NFL. The fifth-year pro signed a seven-year deal worth $55 million, with $22.5 million guaranteed. The previous highest-paid center in the game was St. Louis’s Jason Brown ($20 million guaranteed).

Mangold is the fulcrum of New York’s superb offensive line. He’s an outstanding run-blocker, particularly when it comes to creating angles at the second level, and he rarely (if ever) gets beat in pass protection.

With Mangold inked, one would assume Darrell Revis is next on the front office’s radar. Don’t ask the rich center about it, though.
"It’s not my place to talk to (Revis) or to give him advice," Mangold said, according to the New York Daily News. "He’s making decisions for himself. As a player, you respect that… what he has to do. It’s not my place to comment on anything he’s got going on."

Mangold originally contemplated taking Revis’s path of holding out. But instead, he showed up to camp and essentially said he was disappointed with the front office but ready to compete. He was resigned to playing out his deal, which is why it was a surprise when the Jets approached his agents about a new contract a few weeks ago.

It may appear the Jets are rewarding Mangold for showing up to camp, but that isn’t exactly the case. The key difference between Mangold’s situation and Revis’s is that Mangold had just one year remaining on his contract, while Revis has three.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:03 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 12:07 pm

Mangold will sign 7-year, $55 mil. deal

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets C Nick Mangold is expected to sign a seven-year, $55 million contract later today, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News is reporting.

It would make him the highest-paid center in the game, and the deal includes $24 million worth of guaranteed money.

The story of how everything changed a week ago is interesting. From the Daily News:

Two weeks ago, there was no hope for an extension. None. Both sides were resigned to the idea that the uncertain labor landscape precluded a new deal until 2011. Mangold even told me at the time that it wasn’t going to happen. “I’m not happy about it, but I accepted that fact,” he said.

The Daily News has learned that everything changed about eight days ago when a new element was proposed that re-opened the previously tabled talks. Sources have told me that both sides share some risk in this new deal. It’s unclear at this time which side proposed the new idea.

We’ll keep our eye on this story as it breaks during the day. But needless to say, Mangold’s deal is well worth it for the guy who is the best center in the league.

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