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New York Jets’ Rex Ryan, Geno Smith not Worried About Quarterback Evaluation

October 23rd, 2014 at 3:05 PM
By Mario Scipioni

The remainder of the season will be huge for the New York Jets. One of those reasons is that they will be able to figure out if Geno Smith can be their franchise quarterback. He and head coach Rex Ryan are not too worried about this being an opportunity to evaluate Smith better.

After the news of the Percy Harvin trade broke, the immediate response nearly everywhere was that there are no more excuses for Smith. He now has a dynamic game changer to look for in Harvin as well as reliable receivers in Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. With this set of receivers, it is easily the best group Smith has had to work with. Therefore, the expectations have gone up and he needs to show signs of improvement.

Despite the pressure and all the talk about the remaining nine games possibly being Smith's final audition to be the franchise quarterback, the second-year signal caller is not too worried about being evaluated differently. "Quite honestly, I’m only focused on going out there and trying to win this game this weekend. Nothing else matters," said Smith when asked if having Harvin on the team provides him with a better chance to evaluate himself.

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All About the Cap: A Few Bullet Points About the New York Jets’ Salary Cap Situation

October 22nd, 2014 at 3:36 PM
By Andrew Goldstein

Take a moment to empathize with all of the Jets' writers who need to turn in a column today. Game day is a full five days away. The team is 1-6 and might end up eliminating themselves from the playoffs by the end of October. The coach is a lame duck, an almost certain goner after the season is over. If you're having a "who's the worst team in the league besides Oakland and Jacksonville?" debate, the Jets are a pretty viable team to stake your argument on.

All of this is to say that writing about the team's on the field product really isn't that compelling. Which is why, today, we are going to briefly take our eye off the ball and instead dive into the exhilarating, thrill-per-minute world of an NFL team's salary cap situation. (…….) Hey, wait, where are you going, guys? No, don't X out of this page! Really, you're gonna abandon me for Buzzfeed? Come back!

Whew, that was close. All kidding aside, though, the Jets' salary cap situation is extremely important in projecting what moves GM John Idzik will make and what the future may look like for this team. Admittedly, NFL salary caps are incredibly abstruse, so we won't get in to too much detail. Here are just a few things that you may want to know, though.

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New York Jets Versus New England Patriots: 2014 Week Seven Wrap-Up

October 19th, 2014 at 5:35 PM
By Peter Schifani

The reeling New York Jets had a short week of practice before heading up I-95 to Foxborough, Massachusetts to play the division rival New England Patriots on Thursday night. The Jets played well all game long and committed no turnovers, but still lost 27-25 when a late field goal attempt was blocked.

First Quarter:

Tom Brady hit a wide open Shane Vereen for a 49 yard touchdown pass as both Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry were caught flat footed several plays into the game. On the Jets first series and with third down and five to go, Geno Smith found Jeff Cumberland for a 29 yard catch and run to move to the Patriots 37 yard line. Chris Ivory rumbled for 15 yards on third and one to go to move them down to the 24 yard line. Smith ran down to the eight yard line a few plays later for first and goal to go. A holding call on Oday Aboushi negated a touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley from that position. On third and goal, Geno found Jace Amaro down to the three yard line. Nick Folk would make the 22 yard field goal to cut the lead to 7 to 3. The Jets' second possession started out with nine yards on first down and Ivory getting the yard plus needed for a first down. A few plays later, Geno laid in perfect pass over Darrelle Revis to Eric Decker that moved the drive to the New England side of the field. A holding penalty on Willie Colon and a dropped pass by an open Jace Amaro negated further movement into the red zone. Nick Folk would make a 47 yard field goal.

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New York Jets Release Wide Receiver David Nelson

October 18th, 2014 at 10:44 AM
By Mario Scipioni

As soon as the New York Jets traded for Percy Harvin, there were two things going through everyone's minds. The first was utter shock, and the second was wondering which Jets receiver would be let go as a result. Unfortunately for David Nelson, he will have to continue his career elsewhere.

Nelson spent just over a calendar year with the Jets. During that time, he appeared in 18 games, starting in 11 of them, and caught 44 passes for 488 yards and two touchdowns. After showing some promising signs in the 2013 season, he was rewarded with a two-year, $1.2 million contract. However, his production has not risen in 2014.

From a football standpoint, this cut is understandable. Although Nelson was not expected to be a big household name, it was expected that he would develop and improve from last year. Only eight receptions in five games this season was not cutting it. Even his role as the go-to guy for fade routes has slowly been taken over by tight end Jace Amaro.

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BREAKING NEWS: New York Jets Acquire Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin

October 17th, 2014 at 6:38 PM
By Andrew Goldstein

It appears that New York Jets GM John Idzik has just made a huge deal with his old team.

The New York Jets have acquired Seattle Seahawks' wide receiver Percy Harvin in return for a conditional mid-round pick, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. The twenty-six year old wideout originally went to Seattle right before the 2013-2014 season in a deal where the Seahawks had to swap first round picks with the Minnesota Vikings. They also had to give up a third and seventh round pick, so Harvin's value has clearly declined from where it was fifteen months ago.

A lot of people around the football world are asking why the Seahawks would have traded away a versatile, fast offensive weapon who is entering the prime of his career. There are three possible answers to that question. The first is injury history. Harvin has managed to play all sixteen games only once in his career and only played in one regular season game all of last year for Seattle. While he did have a big impact in the playoffs- specifically, with a kick return touchdown against Denver in the Super Bowl- he also missed significant playing time because of ankle and hip injuries. Those ailments are liable to recur at any time, and perhaps the Seahawks were worried that a future injury would sink his trade value for good.

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