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New York Jets: Sign Free Agent Running Back Chris Johnson

April 16th, 2014 at 5:55 PM
By Peter Schifani

On Tuesday free agent running back Chris Johnson visited the New York Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. Today he signed a two year deal with the team worth eight million dollars with another one million in incentives.

The New York Jets have added running back Chris Johnson (formerly of the Titans) with a two year deal as reported by Rich Cimini at the Jets Blog on ESPNNewYork.com. This addition will give the Jets offense several added dimensions including Johnson's penchant for long breakaway runs at times. Adding Johnson to Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell will give many defensive coordinators fits trying to figure out whom to try to stop and when. The Jets used several triple set backfields late in 2013 season and adding Johnson to mix should allow for Geno Smith or Michael Vick to open up the offense on many levels, not just in the run game.

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New York Jets Flight Crew Holds Final Auditions

April 11th, 2014 at 3:30 PM
By Mario Scipioni

“I am very excited for this group.” Those are the words of New York Jets Flight Crew director Denis Garvey on the 2014 cheerleading squad.  Final auditions were held on Thursday in the Chase Club at MetLife Stadium, and the 40-member team was selected.

63 participants were present for the auditions and had two opportunities to show their best to the judges. The first part of the event was the solo performances, where the hopefuls presented routines that they created themselves. This portion brought a lot of variety as several different types of dances and music were seen. From rock to country to hip-hop to Broadway, many different styles were presented. To add a little more spice to it, some of the participants did their performances in fun costumes such as a circus ring leader, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, and Little Red Riding Hood. 

Garvey, who always enjoys seeing the different variety of performances at auditions, feels the solos hold a great importance in deciding who will join the Flight Crew. “What the solo presentations do for me is to separate the girls who are dancers from the girls that are true entertainers,” said the Flight Crew director. “We are looking for entertainers on the sidelines. There are plenty of girls that can dance and there are plenty of girls that are pretty, but we need girls that not only have the look but are entertaining to watch on the sidelines.”

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New York Jets: Sign Jacoby Ford and Dimitri Patterson

April 1st, 2014 at 8:08 PM
By Peter Schifani

On Tuesday the New York Jets made another small splash into the free agent market by signing wide receiver Jacoby Ford (Oakland) and corner back Dimitri Patterson (Miami) to add depth to the roster. These signings came on the heels of one other player visit on Monday as well.

On Monday the New York Jets hosted several free agents, including guard Rich Ohrnberger (San Diego) which was reported by Rich Cimini at the ESPNNewYork.com Jets blog here. Of the three men hosted, two of them were signed by the team, wide receiver Jacoby Ford and corner back Dimitri Patterson. Ford is a speedster who can stretch the field and may become the primary kick-off return threat for the club. Patterson certainly can be considered a journey-man, as the Jets will be his seventh NFL team since being signed in 2005 as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins. He has also had some injury issues being limited to only six games last season for the Dolphins.

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Jets 101 Goes One-on-One with New York Jets Flight Crew Director Denise Garvey

April 1st, 2014 at 5:29 PM
By Mario Scipioni

The New York Jets Flight Crew held the semi-final round of their auditions for the 2014 season on Sunday. I was fortunate to be there on assignment at MetLife Stadium representing Jets 101 as well as Sports Media 101 altogether.  One highlight of my day was having the opportunity to go one-on-one with Flight Crew director Denise Garvey.  She shared some very interesting facts and information about herself and the Flight Crew.

Q: How did you find your way to the Flight Crew?

A: The Jets had not had cheerleaders in the past, and I am a former professional cheerleader myself. My background is that I am a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and I’m also a former Knicks City Dancer. So, I spent six years as a professional cheerleader and then when I moved back home to be with my family, I contacted the Jets about starting up a cheerleading team. At the time, they were not interested in that. They were focused on other initiatives, but I reached out to them two years later because I’m a pretty persistent person and just said I think it’s time, I think we have something here, I think this is something that would engage the fans. So, they decided in 2007 to start a cheerleading squad, and I led that up and started the inaugural team in 2007, and it went from ten girls in 2007 to a full squad of 40 currently. It’s been nice to watch the growth.

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New York Jets Flight Crew Holds Semi-Final Auditions

March 31st, 2014 at 1:49 PM
By Mario Scipioni

It may not be football season yet, but there is still action going on at MetLife Stadium. While the New York Jets are working on putting together their 2014 roster, the Flight Crew is hosting auditions for this season’s upcoming cheerleading team.

Semi-final auditions were held on Sunday in the Lexus Club at the stadium. Flight Crew director Denise Garvey helped the hopefuls feel welcomed and let go of any anxiety. The day started with a brief intro and followed with choreography for the routine the participants would perform for the judges as well as the kick lines.

Once learning choreography was complete, the cheerleaders were given plenty of time to brush up on everything and get amped up.  A great number of competitors attended the semi-final auditions and performed their routines in groups of five. They all put on a fun and exciting show.

Garvey found the day to be successful.  “I think the day went fantastic,” said Garvey. “I’m really excited about this group. I’m probably more excited about this group of finalists than I have been in a while.”  To the Flight Crew director, what makes the group special is their variety and that they have a lot of what she is looking for.

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